I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture that so fully summed up what it is to be a cat owner.
I confess that it wasn’t until recently that I understood the degree to which Love Actually, the 2003 romantic comedy by writer/director Richard Curtis, had been gradually reevaluated and granted the status of a “classic” holiday film. For me, the news came by way of a November Vulture piece that began, “It might be hard to recall, but the film that has now become a beloved holiday classic was one that initially received a flurry of mixed reviews.”
My own review was among several cited. I’ve of course always known that my take on Love Actually was more unforgiving than most. But beloved holiday classic? Really?
Well yes, evidently. Over the course of several conversations with friends and colleagues, some of them conducted with good cheer but at high volume—I refer interested parties to the Twitter feeds of Atlantic employees on the afternoon of November 20th—it was confirmed to me that a considerable number of people not only consider Love Actually a classic, but go so far as to watch the movie annually as a holiday tradition.
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The scene with “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was pretty ok.
If you know me well, you know I take a lot of issue with many Hollywood romantic films and this does a really good job of explaining (for the most part), why,
I don’t know why the coffee shop has to bring up the eternal religious debate. (at Pushcart Coffee)
making these the jars today
WWE has released a 7-minute extended version of yesterday’s Muppisode. Watch WWE’s The Miz order from The Swedish Chef and Gordon Ramsay tackle an “Insult Inferno” against Statler and Waldorf.
Check out both versions of the Muppisode and much more on The Muppet Mindset!
Oh man, nearly all of my all-time favorite muppets in one sketch. This is great.
Also, Bork Bork Fork; what I’ll call my first food truck, even if it’s not Swedish food.
While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, ancient folklore in Europe’s Alpine region also tells of Krampus, a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways — or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack. In keeping with pre-Germanic Pagan traditions, men dressed as these demons have been frightening children on Krampusnacht for centuries, chasing them and hitting them with sticks, on an (often alcohol-fueled) run through the dark streets.
There’s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you’ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat maps. And more sweary heat maps. And sweary interactive maps. There’s just something about big data and sailor-cursing that complement each other—like peanut butter and mothereffing jelly.
Traditionally, those maps are based on text—on swears that are typed into Facebook or, even more publicly, Twitter. Making a map of the sweariest states requires simply gathering geocoded posts, isolating the swears, and going from there.
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motherfuckin yeeeah IL!
Love love love Jurassic Park's Dr. Ellie Sattler.
WHAT RHINOS SOUND LIKE
PERFECT SWEET BABIES
I love showing this video to people because no one knows what rhinos actually sound like.
THEY’RE SO CONVERSATIONAL.
This is important
THEY SOUND LIKE DEFLATING BALLOONS
grace did you see this
A Night At The Opera was a huge critical and commercial hit, and no less reputable a source than Groucho himself considered it and its follow-up, A Day At The Races, the best films they ever did.
It was also the beginning of the end for the Marx brothers.
In this month’s Departures, Scott Tobias looks at the film that saved the Marx Brothers’ act while stripping it of much of the mirthful anarchy. [Read more…]