I completely forgot I have dinner reservations tonight. I’m off to Fuel to eat a roast suckling pig. But, before I go – since you asked (well, someone asked anyway) – I leave you with my list of The Top Ten Movies You May Be Surprised I Loved…
Forget NFL highlights. This movie opens with one of the most spectacular touchdowns ever committed to film. A fantastic buddy action flick.
Not to be confused with the low brow, gross-out humor of various other teen comedies – well, okay, it’s occasionally low-brow and gross-out but, unlike most teen comedies, it has a lot of heart. And, oh yeah. It’s very funny. You may never order French toast in a restaurant again.
Forget Braveheart, this is Mel Gibson’s masterpiece. Just a wild, violent, over-the-top ride that I’m sure Tarantino wishes he’d directed. Oh, and Lucy Liu in her most memorable performance to date.
I have to admit, I’m not a huge Keanu Reeves fan, but he is perfect here as a surfer dude – uh, FBI agent doing a perfect imitation of a surfer dude in order to get the goods on a bank robber played by the late Patrick Swayze.
For anyone who has ever worked in an office, this movie says it all. From passive-aggressive bosses to faulty photocopiers, it is one of the truest films ever made.
One the surface, it appears to be another silly teen comedy but, in reality, it’s incredibly clever and downright hilarious.
I’d heard this movie talked up so much that I was fully prepared to either hate it or, at the very least, come away disappointed. Instead – I loved it! Special mention should be made of Ken Jeong as the trash-talking Mr. Chow.
Okay, granted, the sequels and the series were, uh, less than stellar, but the original is an SF classic. Clarence Boddicker = Best Villain Ever!
Utter lunacy prevails! For everyone who has experienced the heartbreak of being dumped, worked in a crappy fast food joint, and sought to win the love of a French foreign exchange student by winning a ski competition against some guy called Stalin, this movie will speak to your very soul. Otherwise, it’s still pretty damn funny. A comedy well ahead of its time.
What list of guilty pleasures would be complete without at least one obscure foreign horror film. Unlike the Asian horror movies like Ringu, Ju-on, or The Grudge, this one is less recognized because, quite frankly, it’s so damn weird. The inhabitants of a remote seaside community begin to exhibit strange behaviors and physical transformations, the result of a bizarre obsession with spirals. Based on Junji Ito’s three-volume Japanese manga.
Today’s entry is dedicated to Gilder.
Belouchi writes: “How is it that the space suits from the Destiny shown in the pictures you have posted resemble greatly the lost tribe exoskeleton? Are they in any way connected.”
Answer: Well, hey, now that you mention it – yeah, they do look remarkably similar. In fact, if I was a betting man, I’d wager that the Dark Asgard suits are a modified version of the Ancient space suit. Wonder what’s going on there.
Cody writes: “Do you have any ideas on what the art will look like, or is that sort of something that will come later?”
Answer: We have yet to discuss that aspect of the series.
Airelle writes: “How are the pups doing? Brie all healed and Jelly, feeling better? Who is the boss, most days in the posse? Maximus?”
Answer: Definitely not Maximus (pictured in the banner). He is the most easy-going of all the dogs and the one who gets picked on all the time. All of the gals are super bitches but I’d call Jelly the big boss.
Madwelshboy writes: “What episode is currently filming? What will be filming next?”
Answer: Shooting Lost. Next up, Subversion.
Kevin Roberts writes: “I was wondering if there will be a Stargate Atlantis: The Ultimate Visual Guide?”
Answer: No idea. Sorry.
Vvv0472 writes: “Do you watch True Blood?”
Answer: Nope. Only saw the first three episodes.
Pastrygirl writes: “What is an address we could use for you if we had an entry for Weird Food Purchase, perchance?”
Answer: 2400 Boundary Road, Burnaby, B.C. V5M 3Z3
Joe Julians writes: “After the pilot does the show go into some shocking and dark places? As in not afraid to take risks with regards to the story?”
Answer: We certainly do – to the point that it engendered some fairly heated discussions in the writing room.
E writes: “Is SGU S1 gonna have so-called clip show ep? Like SG-1 had “Politics” and SGA “Letters from Pegasus”?”
Answer: Nope. Sorry, all you clip show-lovers.
Iamjohn writes: “Joe do you have any specific plans for what you’re going to do for the day of the premier or day after? I’m assuming your planning to do something out of the ordinary?”
Answer: Not really. I’ll do a work-out. Check my blog. Maybe go out for dim sum.
Juralas writes: “SGU will air in tandem on the SPACE Channel in Canada with Syfy in the States, but that wasn’t the case for Atlantis or SG-1. Have you ever heard complaints around the set that the cast or crew (many of whom are Canadian) aren’t able to watch the episodes? Who is able to watch dailies? What are “dailies”?”
Answer: Nope, no complaints. As for dailies — they are scenes that were shot the previous day.
Iamjohn writes: “Hey Joe- Any reaction to [the SFX review]? I’m sure you disagree with their description of your characters as too flat- what aren’t they seeing?”
Answer: Right after the New Mexico shoot, Rob and I watched a cut of Air III with our wives. Both of them absolutely LOVED the Greer character. I guess it all comes down to a matter of personal taste.
Luis writes: “Do Pug’s shed a lot of Hair???? How often do you brush them???? “
Answer: The fawn pugs do shed a fair amount, especially in the Summer. I try to brush them every couple of weeks. Either that or give them a vigorous pet.
Herbertsommerfeld writes: “Enjoy the Goldman interviews.”
Answer: Oh, that was you. Thanks!
JimFromJersey writes: “Why does Carl have a pretty little frilly-dressed doll on his bookshelf?”
Answer: It was sent in by a fan and ended up in my office. I found it creepy and gifted it to Carl who evidently found it creepy as well. The eyes follow you.
Ytimyona writes: “In Metamorphosis, Jonas is flirting with a young Lt. Rush. Related at all to Dr. Nicholas Rush?”
Answer: Nope, no relation.
Spencer Schleicher writes: “By the way, since you didn’t like Death Proof, what did you think of Planet Terror?”
Answer: I didn’t mind Planet Terror. I thought it did a great job of capturing that sense of campy B horror.
Shiloh42 writes: “On another note: after Saturday’s College Football, and changes? Any love for my Trojans????”
Answer: Call came over to watch the game and I watched Carl almost suffer a heart attack. Good fun.
Sclairef99 writes: “Anyway – Joe M – any feedback on Warehouse 13?”
Answer: Haven’t seen it.
Teal’c_P.I. writes: “I’ve seen quite a few cartoons with your name on them lately: The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Animal Crackers, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures, etc. Could you possibly let me know which one (if any) was the most fun to work on?”
Answer: I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for Animal Crackers – and it’s wild cast of characters: Lyle Lion, Gnu the gnu, Dodo, and the elephant Eugene.