snap culture: October 2007

  1. a great play ben, 10/31/2007 0 comments
  2. Don't drive like my brother William, 10/30/2007 0 comments
  3. from the "where are they now" file ben, 10/30/2007 0 comments
  4. Congrats to the Red Sox ben, 10/29/2007 0 comments
  5. How to fight monkeys William, 10/24/2007 0 comments
  6. Joe Frazier is angry man ben, 10/17/2007 0 comments
  7. I ask Wes and Jason a question ben, 10/16/2007 0 comments
  8. Probably my favorite story in a while... William, 10/10/2007 0 comments
  9. Wes Anderson Week continues ben, 10/10/2007 0 comments
  10. good luck ben, 10/09/2007 0 comments
  11. perfect timing ben, 10/08/2007 0 comments
  12. Your suggestions requested ben, 10/05/2007 0 comments
  13. Hockey season is upon us ben, 10/05/2007 0 comments
  14. catching up on videos ben, 10/03/2007 2 comments
  15. I got 99 problems ben, 10/01/2007 0 comments
  16. lowest common denominator, indeed ben, 10/01/2007 0 comments

10/31/2007 Add a comment

which, if you watch ESPN or follow any of the sports blogs, you've already seen. This 15-lateral play by Trinity University (TX) won them the game as time expired. Here's one angle of it, and here's the view from the end zone. And the announcer who called the play gets a nice write-up in yesterday's Times. So there you go. ben

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10/30/2007 Add a comment

or, really, a South African.

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10/30/2007 Add a comment

Sugar Ray Thrilled To Be Playing In Man's Head.

(from the Onion, of course) ben

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10/29/2007 Add a comment


for finally removing the horrible curse that had befallen you these rough three years. Yes, I'm talking about the Curse of Curtis Leskanic.

Unfortunately, Red Sox fans, everyone in the country hates you. They hate BC being undefeated, they hate that the Celtics have put together a great team (on paper), and most of all they hate the Patriots, who are running up the score on everyone. And are clearly cheating because their linebackers are all 58 years old and yet unstoppable. One of my favorite bloggers, Big Daddy Drew of KSK, sums it up best in this hilarious (and highly offensive and NSFW) post on what it means to be a New England sports fan these days (obviously with the Sports Guy in mind). ben

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10/24/2007 Add a comment

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10/17/2007 Add a comment

and it comes through loud and clear in this article from ESPN.com. He's still mad at Ali for the things Ali now calls "jokes." ben

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10/16/2007 Add a comment

Last week I posted about an appearance by Wes Anderson at the local Borders bookstore. The ante was upped two-fold, as I later found out that Jason Schwartzman would be appearing with him, and that they were giving away tickets to a screening of the new movie, Darjeeling Limited, at the same time.

Needless to say, I was psyched. Borders tells me they're giving out wristbands for the appearance and tickets for the screening at 9 am Monday morning. So I get out there at 7:45, expecting to be one of the first in line. Not so. People had SLEPT OUT to get wristbands and tickets. I was about 88th in line when I got there, which meant I was able to get a wristband for the show but no ticket to the movie.

Borders did a horrible job with the event and had about four rows of ten seats for 250 people, so everyone crowded around and stood uncomfortably. I arrived in a suit and sneakers. Wes and Jason came out and a movie critic from one of the Detroit papers asked a bunch of boilerplate questions and got mostly boilerplate answers from the two of them. Then they opened it up to the audience. My friend Josh caught the eye of the guy going around with the microphone and they handed it to me:
I have a two-part question. How do you go about casting the small roles in your movies, characters who have no lines or one or two but end up stealing the scene? Secondly, can I have one of those roles?
The audience laughed, but Wes and Jason seemed oblivious. Wes muttered something about making a note, and Jason launched into a cute story about how they met a kid while filming in India. The other questions were horrific:
"How do you like Ann Arbor?" [What the hell kind of question is that?]
"I'm an aspiring filmmaker, how do I get people to see my work?" [Have you heard of film festivals?]

My general impression is that Wes is completely neurotic and socially awkward to the extreme. Jason, on the other hand, seemed very friendly and down-to-earth. After the Q & A, they headed over to the signing table. Wes went at a near-sprint, so I couldn't stop him to say hi, but Jason meandered over, shaking hands, saying what's up, so I said hi. Josh asked if he was going out later tonight, and he said that maybe he'd go and get krunked. All in all, it was great to see them in person and damn am I glad I didn't camp out overnight (low of 40 degrees). They were filming the event for Borders.com, so you might be able to see me ask my question here at some later date. I hoped to come away with a part in his next film, but I guess my aspirations as a one-line scene stealer were never meant to be. ben

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10/10/2007 Add a comment

75-year-old arrested for smashing Comcast office. That four-hour window is bad enough. Even worse when they just give you a day of the week and it could be anytime that day. Glad I don't have Comcast, although they are pretty much all the same anyway. William

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10/10/2007 Add a comment

at the AV Club, with 10 films that couldn't have been made without Wes Anderson and an interview with the man himself. Yeah, I'm psyched for Monday... ben

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10/09/2007 Add a comment

finding someone to convincingly play Biggie convincingly. Why not have six different Biggies? ben

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10/08/2007 Add a comment

the AV Club has a feature today called 16 films without which Wes Anderson couldn't have happened. Maybe I should quiz him on the lighting choices of Godard vs. Fellini. Of course, then I would need to watch all these movies, which I'd love to do at some point, but not between now and next Monday... ben

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10/05/2007 Add a comment

My favorite director, Wes Anderson, is coming to the local Borders bookstore in 10 days. He's giving a talk or signing something, I don't know. And his new movie doesn't come out here until the 25th, I believe, so who knows what people are going to be able to ask him about.

My question to you, helpful loyal reader, is how should I greet him? Keep in mind that the greeting should be so brilliant that it will get me a These pretzels are making me thirsty one-line role in his next film. ben

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10/05/2007 Add a comment

and I couldn't care less. The Blackhawks destroyed their fan base by giving away talent and not televising games, so they left me no other choice. Here's a proposal to save the league. Step 1: Contract the league through relegation. The worst 8 teams are out of the league. Then allow teams to move up or down from the minor leagues to the NHL. I'd watch those elimination games. Obviously it will never happen, but do you think it could work? ben

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10/03/2007 Add a comment

Many must-watch videos that I simply haven't gotten to:

The latest SNL skit, I, ran. Underrated...funnier on the second watch. It's not going to take off like the others, but it's better written in some ways.

When you think about it, Bob Dylan really has written every song.

Proof that Dick Cheney is pure evil. That is damn depressing.

HOT HOT HOT!

Finally, this guy is going to be a hit on American Idol. I can feel it. ben

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  1. Blogger Luke S.: Don't tell anyone, but that Appalachian State song was a cover of a song of Sufjan Steven's forthcoming album, "North Carolina." It's actually exactly the same except Stevens sings lead vocals. 10/04/2007  
  2. Blogger William: Agreed on "I Ran" -- definitely a new level for the Lonely Island guys. And that Dylan piece cracked me up. 10/05/2007  

10/01/2007 Add a comment

But the Cubs ain't one. Game 1 vs. the D-Backs is Wednesday night... ben

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10/01/2007 Add a comment

The Rock's "The Game Plan" made 22.7 million dollars over the weekend. I just threw up a little bit. I always groan when these previews come on tv and wonder why they get made, but damn do they make money! Is there a website where we can find out how much they spend on Dwayne Johnson, special effects, marketing, etc.? Because there should be. I want to know if they're already in the black after one weekend... ben

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