Saturday, December 03, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #67

I'm pretty pumped about today's games, even though i won't be present to enjoy either -- but Highland Park is looking at a great chance to be in the state championship game if they can knockout perennial powerhouse Stephenville in Denton. Stephenville had a double-overtime struggle last week, so i hope that's both an indication they are not all that hot, and also that the extra gametime wore them down a bit. We're thinking about ya William and Ryan! Go Scots. The other game on tap is Brad Lind's Smithson Valley Rangers. They're after a spot in the 5A final four. Brad's the coolest coach i know (and it helps that he was my college roommate of course). Go Rangers!

Go 'Horns!

Meanwhile, the Ingram Tom Moore boys basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the state in pre-season has so far made the prognosticators look good with four straight wins. I'll be keeping you up to date on them from now on as well.

Many regular readers of this blog will know that, for the last week, i've been compiling a list of obscure-but-great movies via reader and blogger nominations. I really thought it had about run its course and so i sent out a thanks email to contributors and others on my email list. Well almost immediately i received about 25 more nominations! Anyway, the compilation is below, but if you'd like an easily printable document that you can keep in the car for trips to Hastings or Blockbuster etc. just drop me an email here and i'll get it right off to you. I'm keeping it constantly updated -- there's now about 170 films there, some of them truly, truly obscure.

P.s. the idea was to generate a list of movies that were first great/outstanding movies, and secondarily that were obscure enough that the average moviegoer (not the average cinephile) would not have heard of. Well, as in any venture this size, we did get a number of films that i not only would have judged not obscure, but there are even a couple of well-known major award winners. But i didn't turn anyone down -- and in any case those movies are well worth seeing if you haven't already. The more intersting thing to me is that in a couple of places the idea morphed into an obscure-first mode, and the quality of film took a backseat, which then further morphed into a bad enough to laugh at mode. There's not many films in that category, but i'd suggest that you might look at some of the descriptive materials on the various sites as part of the educational process. As i said, i didn't turn anyone down, and i'm game to try just about anything myself.

One film that wasn't nominated here, but showed up on a favorite site about the same time, and worth looking at the original site to see what it's about, is Calamari Warrior -- check out Pharyngula here.

Speaking of the movie meme, here's a few intersting stats:
[I'm appending an update here that includes the films added since the initial big publication]

Total films nominated -- 157 (total of these i've seen, embarrassingly -- 19) [229/46]

Number of filims with a corresponding IMdB page -- 156 [228]

Number of nominating blogs -- 27 [32]

Number of languages used in these films -- 35 [38]

Here's some of the politics and offbeat things of the week:

Here's a guy who thinks the star, Daniel Radcliffe that is, of the Harry Potter series wants to marry him and thinks he is sending him messages encoded in the films themselves, but also thinks that the directors and producers are trying hard to dissuade young Potter from getting involved. Indeed. You have to listen to it to believe something like this actually happens in the real world.

Stephen Colbert snarks all over the M-i-Cs strategy speech.

The Poetry Archive.

I'm sorry, the M-i-C is just pathetic. That you can't sell our goodness simply for its goodness, that it has to be surreptitiously broadcast is a very sad commentary on us. Archived.

Thanks as always to my m ain source of cool irrelevant links -- Will at Clicked.

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