Friday, April 17, 2009

Classic 70s TV Show Open Of The Day

How much did I love this show as kid? I just got goose bumps watching this. That did not happen when I saw the BJ & The Bear open the other day. That one left me indifferent... confused... and empty inside.

A request from Hutchlover.



20 Great Movie Plot Twists Of The Day

From Premiere. With only 20, of course, they left some off the list. A few that come to mind are Vertigo, The Conversation, The Crying Game, The Manchurian Candidate, Witness For The Prosecution, Primal Fear and The Spanish Prisoner. What others?

Oh, by the way, spoiler alert. Duh.




CHINATOWN (1974)

DIRECTOR: Roman Polanski


THE SETUP: Private dick Jake Gittes is hired to investigate what he thinks is a routine case of corruption and adultery. It turns out to be a tad more complicated.


THE TWIST: Evelyn Mulwray's sister — slap! — is her daughter — slap! — her sister and her daughter! — slap!


FUN FACT: During the climactic reveal, Faye Dunaway asked Jack Nicholson to really slap her. He did.




THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)


DIRECTOR
: M. Night Shyamalan

THE SETUP
: A very sensitive, and kind of creepy, little kid tells his psychologist that he "sees dead people."

THE TWIST
: His psychologist is actually one of those dead people.

FUN FACT
: Though he's actually left handed, star Bruce Willis learned to write with his right hand so viewers wouldn't notice his character's missing wedding ring.



THE PLANET OF THE APES (1968)


DIRECTOR
: Franklin J. Schaffner

THE SETUP
: A group of American astronauts crash land on a world where apes talk and rule, while humans are primitive slaves with no voting rights.

THE TWIST
: The planet is actually Earth; the space ship traveled in time instead of space. ("Oh my God, I was wrong/It was Earth all along" - The Simpsons)

FUN FACT
: The script was actually written by twist-loving "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling.



STAR WARS: EPISODE V -- THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)


DIRECTOR
: Irvin Kershner

THE SETUP
: After blowing up the Death Star in 1977's Episode IV — A New Hope, Luke Skywalker trains to become a Jedi while Vader and the Empire strike back, frequently.

THE TWIST
: Darth Vader is Luke's father. Though as we learned later, he was also Princess Leia's father and, in a way, C-3PO's father. Which kind of makes him the Sith version of K-Fed.

FUN FACT
: In an attempt to keep this twist a secret, the scene was originally shot with actor David Prowse — the guy in the Darth Vader suit — saying to Mark "Luke" Hamill, "Obi-Wan killed your father."



THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)


DIRECTOR
: Bryan Singer

THE SETUP
: After a group of criminals are caught during a heist, one of them, a crippled man named "Verbal" Kint, reveals that the entire plot was the work of master criminal (and urban legend) Keyser Söze.

THE TWIST
: Verbal is Keyser Söze.

FUN FACT
: Soze is actually Turkish for "talks a lot."



PSYCHO (1960)


DIRECTOR
: Alfred Hitchcock

THE SETUP
: After stealing money from her boss, Marion Crane checks in the Bates motel, where people check in but they don't check out!

THE TWIST
: The murderer is the inn's owner, Norman Bates, who thinks he's his own mother, even though Mama Bates is dead … and kind of ripe.

FUN FACT
: Among the women considered for the role of Marion Crane, which ultimately went to Janet Leigh, were Eva Marie Saint, Lana Turner, and Shirley "Mrs. Partridge" Jones.



JACOB'S LADDER (1990)


DIRECTOR
: Adrian Lyne

THE SETUP
: When Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer starts hallucinating demons and his dead son, he thinks it has something to do with post-traumatic stress from combat.

THE TWIST
: Jacob actually died in Vietnam, and everything he sees is a deathbed vision.

FUN FACT
: Jacob's doctor was played by Lewis Black, who's now known for being a comedian, a Daily Show regular, and kind of twisted.



THE GAME (1997)


DIRECTOR
: David Fincher

THE SETUP
: Nicholas Van Orton is a tightly wound executive who eventually chucks himself off a building when his life goes to hell.

THE TWIST
: Instead of being killed in the fall, Nicholas lands in one of those big air stunt pillows because everything that has happened — including being kidnapped and left for dead in Mexico, and accidentally killing his brother — was part of an elaborate game paid for by his brother (Sean Penn) as a birthday present.

FUN FACT
: While doing such a game may have looked far-fetched 10 years ago, similar A.R.G.s (alternate reality games) have since become popular (and commercial) and have been used to promote things like Nine Inch Nails's Year Zero album, the TV show "Lost," and the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight.



CITIZEN KANE (1941)


DIRECTOR
: Orson Welles

THE SETUP
: The story of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane is told by a reporter who's trying to find out what Kane meant when, with his last dying breath, he uttered the word "Rosebud."

THE TWIST
: Rosebud was his childhood sled.

FUN FACT
: Kane was inspired by real-life newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who was so "flattered" by his thinly veiled portrayal that, when the film opened, he decreed that no Hearst paper mention it. At all. Ever.



FIGHT CLUB (1999)


DIRECTOR
: David Fincher

THE SETUP
: On his way home from a business meeting, a normal shlub befriends a far more interesting guy named Tyler Durden, leading the two eventually to form an underground boxing organization.

THE TWIST: Tyler Durden is all in the narrator's head.


FUN FACT: According to Variety, Fight Club was one of the first DVDs to be overseen by the film's director, which might explain why it was, and still is, one of the better movie DVDs ever made.

For the rest, check out the full list on Premiere.com.


News Story Of The Day: Botched Boobs (NSFW)

From Lola.

Songsmith Song Of The Day: Rush

MOFM will kick my ass for this, but it must be done.


Video Of The Day: Don't Do It (NSFW)

From Melissa and Cracked.com, a version of those "Don't Vote" ads that you might've missed.


The 15 Strangest College Courses In America

Oh good, more stuff for jocks to take. From OnlineColleges.net.

14. Underwater Basket Weaving



Yes, it actually exists, both at UC San Diego and at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Underwater basket weaving involves making wicker baskets by dipping reeds or stalks of plants into water, and letting them soak. Full body immersion is optional.

11. The Art of Walking



This Centre College, Kentucky offering might sound like the epitome of college fluff, but it’s actually a class dealing with Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Judgment.” The course offers a mixture of lectures and walks around the Danville, Kentucky area including strolls through “nature preserves, battlefields, cemeteries, the nearby Shaker Village, campuses and farms.” Students are also given freelance walking assignments in addition to more traditional college work like reading and term papers.

9. Joy of Garbage



The Joy of Garbage is a Santa Clara University course that actually deals with real science through the lens of garbage. Students study decomposition and the chemicals that give garbage an unpleasant odor, and they also learn about sustainability when it comes to the things we throw away. Classes don’t just study household garbage either; there’s also a section on nuclear waste. And topping things off there are even field trips, with students visiting local sanitation plants and landfills.

7. Zombies in Popular Media



Here’s one that people are dying to take: The History of Zombies in Popular Media at Columbia College in Chicago. Lest you think it’s just about zombie movies, it should be emphasized that the course also covers the history of voodoo in Haiti and video games like Resident Evil.

4. Simpsons and Philosophy



This one isn't surprising, as you’ve got a twenty-year-old show with fairly intellectual material and a main character with the name of “Homer.” UC-Berkeley claims this isn’t at all a dumbed-down class, but a rigorous philosophical course. The text of the class is the book The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D’oh of Homer, which features weighty questions such as “Can Nietzsche’s rejection of traditional morality justify Bart’s bad behavior?”.

3. Far Side Entomology



The comic strip “The Far Side” featured a rich universe filled with interesting animals and bugs. Oregon State professor Michael Burgett uses the comic strip as a teaching tool to explore interactions between humans and insects. Says Burgett, “The anthropomorphism in the cartoons makes an immediate connection between insects and people … Students take those connections farther, connecting to ideas and relationships they wouldn’t have imagined in a straight systematics course.”

See the rest at OnlineColleges.net.

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