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Monday, September 10, 2007
The MTV Video Music Awards were never relevant, but at least the shows have been entertaining in the past. Last night's fiasco was a horrible piece of shit from top to bottom. First you have Britney Spears lip syncing and shaking her way too flabby body to be wearing just black panties on stage and turning out to be one of the biggest embarrassments in history to start the show off, then you just have a parade of unoriginal overproduced characterless hip hop and teenybopper bands that could completely disappear off the face of the earth without changing the world one bit. With the exception of Rihanna, Kane West and Justin Timberlake, who at least know how to put on a show, the entire night was just a big waste of time. Even the promise of Sarah Silverman's opening monologue fell flat as she stumbled around and blew her jokes. There was even an audible shout of "YOU'RE UGLY!" during her train wreck. Best line of the night went to Justin Timberlake, however, who showed some really big balls by chastising MTV for not playing videos anymore!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Who are the coolest actors of all time?
photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment

Years and years ago we published a list of the 100 Coolest Actors of all time, and I think it's about time we did a brand new one. I'm talking of ALL time so anyone from Bruce Lee to Johnny Depp to Humphrey Bogart is eligible. These might not be the most handsome or dashing actors either. Submit your comments below, or email me at rberry@retrocrush.com with your suggestions.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Krispy Kardiac

I love going to the fair, and there's no better reason to go to the fair than the deep fried goodness that they sell. Here's Chicken Charlie's from The California State Fair this year. I think they made the frog look too cute and pitiful to make you want to snack on his legs. I've heard about or at least tried most of what's on here, but I'm sad to say I've not yet tried the Elvis inspired deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. The deep fried Coke is a bit misleading, as it's more or less just a funnel cake inside of a Coke cup with some concentrated Coca Cola syrup inside. The deep fried Avocados taste like hot green snot with batter on them. And the Twinkies are OK to try just once, but you'll never really want to eat them again.

The true test of culinary fortitude is this stoner inspired Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich. My stomach is already turning thinking about it again. It's a hot fried chicken patty, in an ice cold Krispy Kreme donut with raspberry jelly. It's a taste than I can only imagine is akin to going down on Courtney Love (by Nico at the Dhead). Don't plan on riding anything after eating one of these monstrosities.

Hump Day On Your Leg
Check out this picture of Sam Brownback addressing some enthusiastic supporters at a campaign rally.

Jerry Lewis apologizes for using a gay slur at his telethon. Still won't give me my Pride and Joy card back.

Michelle Pfieffer has been voted the Hollywood star that has aged the best. I have to say from seeing her in those commercials for Stardust, I'll agree. Of course, who's the Hollywood Star that hasn't aged the best? I'd have to suggest Jessica Tandy.

A local Sacramento movie theater has been showing retro semi-Midnight movies (10PM) every Thursday. It's usually can't miss selections like "The Shining", "Revenge of the Nerds", and "Scarface", but they're whipping out the crowd pleaser "The Color Purple" tonight. Nothing like a 3 hour sprawling epic about domestic abuse to make the kids go out at night.

I've been watching Heroes Season 1. I missed about the first 6 episodes and was told be friends if I jumped in midstream I'd be missing so much, so I've been plowing through the DVDs so I can be all caught up in time for the October season 2 premiere. So far Hiro, Ando, and Niki are my favorites. Very cool show, though, with lots of great comic book references. I loved when the cop was interrogating Hiro and found a Merry Marvel Marching Society badge in his wallet.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The Disco Beaver from Outer Space
I remember seeing bits of this back on HBO back in 1980 or so, but it's never been released on DVD (or even VHS, from what I can find). With all the crap National Lampoon slaps their name on these days, you'd think this fun retro flick would certainly be worth their time to re-market. I remember a scene where a guy is ironing and the phone rings, so he accidentally answers his iron and burns his face. Anyone here actually seen this thing? How could it not be great?
Monday, August 27, 2007
Siouxsie Sioux Redioux
Here's a fun new video from the long dormant goth diva that started it all!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Nike is pissed
The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes a Nike rep today re: Michael Vick

This could be the latest financial hit for Vick. On Friday, Nike official severed its ties with the quarterback, saying in a statement, "We consider any cruelty to animals inhumane, abhorrent and unacceptable."

Now let's go make some shoes out o' cows the loving and gentle way!
Remembering The King
The New York Times has a pretty swell piece on Jack Kirby today. Here's an excerpt:

Mr. Kirby did a lot more than just draw. As the critic Gary Groth so ably put it in The Comics Journal Library, “He barreled like a freight train through the first 50 years of comic books like he owned the place.” He mastered and transformed all the genres, including romance, Westerns, science fiction and supernatural comics, before he landed at Marvel.

CLICK HERE for the entire article.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Friendly Fire
What a funny term. You accidentally shoot a fellow solider and it's called friendly fire. That's a pretty shitty friend. So if you knife you're girlfriend is that a "love stab"?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I'm a Reunion Junkie
I went to my 20 Year High School Reunion for Arroyo High School (San Lorenzo, CA) last Saturday and and loved the hell out of it. Way more than I thought I would. It blew my mind how nice and cool everyone was. I wasn't expecting to get hazed and thrown into a locker, but aside from a small handful of good friends that I've mostly kept in touch with since high school, I wasn't expecting much. It seemed more often than not, even people I hardly talked to much had lots of great and enthusiastic things to say and memories to share. It was so funny and surreal to see girls that you had a crush on back in 3rd grade after so many years. My wife and I both had a very good time.

There was plenty of booze and mingling, and nobody made an ass of themselves. It was probably the best mingling experience of my life. Maybe it was the alcohol as a social lubricant, but nearly everyone there was smiling ear to ear and just happily chatting away. All the goofy clique-iness of the past was just thrown aside.

We had been all communicating via Yahoo Groups (mostly because that god-awful Classmates site really really sucks) for over a year, so we've been catching up via email long in advance. It was nice to have a lot of people check out retroCRUSH and tell me nice things about the site at the place.

One of my friends, who I won't name so as not to embarrass her was charming as anything when I talked with her. She was sort of this arty slightly misfit type girl. I told her that in retrospect she was one of the coolest people in high school that never got credit for being cool back in the day. She was stunned and said, "That's about the nicest thing anybody ever told me."

The alcohol certainly helped me to let the compliments (heart felt ones) fly throughout the night. You know, if you think someone is great, let them know. Holding it in doesn't do anybody any good, and boy can you make their day/week/year/whatever if you let it out. Too many people hold on to nice things to say until it's time for the funeral. What good does that do anybody?

Now I went to Arroyo High School for my 8th-11th grades, but my parents had some fucked up idea to move to Kentucky that summer, which lasted about 4 weeks before we moved back to California. In the process I went to Hayward High School (about 15 miles away) for my senior year, which was another great experience.

And another great opportunity to go to a 20 year reunion, which is going to be at Scott's at Jack London Square in Oakland. I can't wait.

You can check out a few pictures of the reunion at my Myspace page, if you so desire.