Friday, October 27, 2006

Lambada !

Every now and again, I'm reminded why I love reviews. The following is a review of the movie "Lambada"

From a Lambada standpoint, the film falls far, far short of Lambada dancing expectations. I surmise that the producers of this film merely attached the "Lambada" title to the film in order to capitalize on the Lambada dance craze.

This film follows the clandestine educational hijinx of a man called "Blade," aka Carlos Gutierrez and Mr. ( ). By day Blade teaches at an upscale Beverly Hills high school (Stonewood High) and by night he teaches ghetto kids at a nightclub (which only serves Pepsi) called "No Man's Land."

Blade teaches the kids who frequent "No Man's Land" a number of subjects; history, grammar, but primarily math. And his teaching methods are cutting edge: he teaches one young man math by using a protractor on the pool table. But his lessons often last a mere two to three minutes because Blade needs to get some dancing in before he goes home to his wife!

Why Blade can't simply teach the educationally deprived ghetto youth in the late afternoon or early evening is anyone's guess, and the charm of the film. Blade's mission in life is to give these poor kids hope. For, as we learn midway through the film, as Blade struggles to gain street credibility, he is "a homie!"

The protractor is a recurring theme and a symbol that is present throughout the film. We see the protractor used in a number of highly creative ways and at interesting times. (Instead of studying at home, Ramon sits in the corner of No Man's Land using his protractor to do his homework).

All in all this is a highly recommended film. Love it for what it is, instead of what it isn't-- I've seen this movie about five or six times now and LOVE IT! The reason is that it was so horribly produced, completely predictable and in it's strange but familiar (to all of the "dance movies" of the 80s) way offers a very condescending view of urban minority youth and the problems they face.

But how can you miss seeing the "Galaxy High" bus? Graffiti spray painted rolling through the rich neighborhoods? Or Blade on his Harley? Or the dancing? (Which isn't even Lambada dancing!!!)

It's a must see movie. If you rent it you'll buy it.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006


who cares?

Monday, October 09, 2006


The ACLU's vision of the future of ordering Pizza. They might be right.


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Blair Tells It Like It Is

SO Tony Blair was interviewed on the BBC.

Next up is a question from Rima, 14, who stumps Mr Blair with a question about who is the most important person to visit Number 10.

"I suppose the best known would be Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton," he replies, before remembering that the current US president is pretty important too.

"George Bush is obviously er …," he stutters before asking an aide: "Has George Bush actually been here, yeah, no he's been here, yeah … and then you get other people that come in from time to time."

linky - article on telegraph

Foley Humour

Q: How is a Republican congressman like a cel phone set to vibrate?
A: They both get a little buzz when a page comes!

Q: What did Mark Foley and his pages have in common?
A: They both gave up their seats.

Q: What’s the difference between Mark Foley and Michael Jackson?
A: Michael Jackson can sing.

Q: How can you tell Republican Congressmen are avid readers?
A: They always head right to the bottom of the page!

Q: Who are the Republicans going to replace Foley on the ballot with?
A: They don’t know yet, but they’ve narrowed it down to three: Pete O’file, Anne De’rage, and Sixteenyearold Boychaser.