Monday, July 26, 2010
Maxim.com did the first nine; the rest are on me.
Admiral Ackbar (Return of the Jedi, 1983)
This cosmic crustacean plans the destruction of the Death Star — and tastes great with drawn butter and lemon.
Sloth (The Goonies, 1985)
Chunk’s congenitally deficient buddy (and Baby Ruth lover) uses his strength to subdue the nefarious Fratellis.
The Subway Spirit (Ghost, 1990)
The specter portrayed by Vincent Schiavelli achieves one heroic feat: limiting Whoopi Goldberg’s screen time.
Marv (Sin City, 2005)
Despite a drug addiction and uggo mug, he’s a magnet for hotties. He could have been the fifth member of Mötley Crüe.
Rocky Dennis (Mask, 1985)
A living reminder not to judge a book by its cover. Rocky had a heart as big and wide as his… well, he had a big heart.
Harry (Harry and the Hendersons, 1987)
This cinematic approximation of ´70s-era Bill Walton was frightening to child and Grateful Dead concertgoer alike.
Frankenstein (The Monster Squad, 1987)
In the 1930s, this square-headed behemoth chucked little girls into the river. Now, he says things like "bogus" and befriends them.
Beast (X-Men: The Last Stand, 2006)
Ever dye your cat and instantly regret it? Imagine if that periwinkle monstrosity also had the stilted vocab to tell you off afterward.
Gheorghe Muresan (My Giant, 1998)
Man, CGI will never top the practical effects on display in this movie. Yeesh, how do FX guys come up with this stuff?!
Ok, my turn:
Aileen Wuornos (Monster, 2003)
Shoulda been called Fugmonster.
Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men, 2007)
The voice is Latin, but the bad hair is early Dutch. But hey.. don't tell him I said that. Please.
Sheila Kingston (Exit To Eden, 1994)
The best she ever looked...which is still worse than almost anyone else.
Tony Manero (Staying Alive, 1983)
The hair. The headband. And the hands of Hell's denizens taking him down to the dark place where he belongs.
Momma (Throw Momma From The Train, 1987)
Looks like someone beat us to it.
Napoleon Dynamite (Napoleon Dynamite, 2004)
Paul Simon called. He says please give Art Garfunkel his hair back so they can tour again. He needs the money.
Glenn Close (in anything)
Michael Douglas cheated on Anne Archer with this?
What radio stations did you grow up listening to, and what kind of music did they play?
As a kid in Atlanta, I listened to three, all of which have changed umpteen times over the years, but this is what I remember:
Z-93 - Top 40 (Prince, Madonna, Huey Lewis, Elton John, Hall & Oates, Captain & Tennille)
94Q - AOR (Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, ELO, Foreigner), the station which was supposedly the inspiration for WKRP In Cincinnati after that show's creator, Hugh Wilson, worked there in the 70s. Wikipedia: "WKRP episodes which included dropping turkeys from a helicopter and the 'dancing ducks promotion,' with ducks dancing on hot plates, were actually done by Jerry Blum at WQXI. Blum leased an 18-wheeler and tossed hundreds of live turkeys from a suburban Atlanta shopping center."
96 Rock - harder/cooler rock (Led Zep, The Who, Aerosmith, Stones, Cars, Boston)
How 'bout you?
NMANews is a Taiwanese company that creates news stories with animated graphics. Who needs live video when you have computers? I've selected a few U.S.-centric stories that they covered, because it helps if you know some of the background of the story (unless you speak Taiwanese).
The first one I saw was after the the Tiger Woods story broke.
Steve Jobs and Apple: