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…

The last boyscout
The Last Boy Scout:

Forget NFL highlights.  This movie opens with one of the most spectacular touchdowns ever committed to film.  A fantastic buddy action flick.

Road Trip
Road Trip:

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.

Point Break
Point Break

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.

office space
Office Space

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.

The Hangover:

 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!

Better off dead
Better Off Dead:

 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.

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DangitDangitDANGIT!! Had I known you were doing a mailbag (you really should warn us), I would have asked you about your comic book project.

I’ll ask anyway…

If and when you get a definite go on it, will you be able to share what publisher will be handling it, and what the basic scenario will be? And how soon before you know what artist will be put on it?

And if it falls through, will you try to pitch it to another publisher?

Oh. And any angsty albinos in it???! grin

Thankies, sir!



I really liked Robocop too!
I think my favorite movie that is kind of a strange choice has got to be Escape From New York.
For some reason Snake Plisskin (sp?) is soooo cool!
PS – Just found out that Martin Gero will be doing the Creation con in LA this fall, got anything we should ask him at his talk?


Have a great dinner!

Well, I’ve seen one of those movies. I loved Clueless. And Legally Blonde is one of my guilty pleasures.


This topic came up under the subject “Guilty Pleasures” in an on-line group I follow.

Of course, I had to post Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. (for the first half)

Other people sounded way smarter in their posts.

Oh, yeah, Office Space. I worked at a place that had real TPS coversheets that hadn’t been revised since the 60s. There were so many oh, oh, oh, that’s so true scenes in that movie.

I can barely look at that Uzumaki DVD art. It scrambles my brains. Oh, no, I have a photographic memory. It’s going to be a rough night.

Somebody help! Post the coolest image you’ve ever seen on the web. I have to get that DVD cover out of my head.


Mmmm guilty pleasures:

Ocean’s Eleven~Loved it! It’s a real “ride” of a movie. And it also has a special place in my heart for a different reason: the first commentary I ever listened to was Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Andy Garcia on this movie. Highly recommend the commentary (you can buy the DVD for $2-5 at Wal-Mart!)!

A Knight’s Tale~So they didn’t have rock ‘n’ roll back then… who cares? I love this movie to bits! Highly quotable as well! wink

Finding Nemo~No, I don’t love this movie in an “aww, how cute to show your kids or to rediscover your childhood” way. I love it for everything it’s about. And quite possibly mostly because I love the way Ellen voices Dory.

The legit Disney animated classics~From Mulan to Pocahontas to Alladin to The Lion King, every Disney movie that was animated by people drawing and coloring stuff all day (and not computers) is just awesome. The music is awesome as well. Some are cheezy, but they will always have a special place on my “favorite movies not to tell potential boyfriends about” list. I think I just have a soft spot for kids movies. grin

Jurassic Park~The book was WAYYY better. But I LOVE this movie anyways, in spite of the way people groan when you mention the franchise. (Loved the ride at Universal too!)

I loved Spirited Away because it was so different than what I was used to, but that’s not a guilty pleasure so much as a movie people would be surprised to find out that I loved, let alone saw. (I only saw it because we won a free rental at a movie store and the guy at the counter was kind of cute and recommended it to me and it’s not like I was going to say “No I hate Japanese films” so I took it… and I’m glad I did!)

RANDOM OUT OF PLACE QUESTION FOR CARL BINDER: Did you write any of the lyrics to the songs in Pocahontas as well, or just the story/script? Both are awesome, but if you had input into the songs, I may have to worship you, so….yanno, just wondering…

Can’t wait for October 2nd! I’m running a 10k the Saturday before, and SGU will be my motivation to finish!

Grrr so I need to go back to programming my stupid video poker game with java. Who invented poker anyways? It doesn’t make sense to me… why do people bet money on this again?


Oh, the movies. Forgot.

I really like Point Break, too. Good flick. Hubby LOVES Better Off Dead – it has very special meaning to him, especially the skiing bit.

The only movie that holds special meaning to me…you know, the stort that really hits close to home…is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. I had a friend who lived in a situation very much like that, in a house very much like that. I always wondered what became of him.

Okay, my guilty pleasures. I’m tired and I can’t think, but I do know of few movies people might be surprised I love:

Mother Lode (1982 – Charlton Heston; Nick Mancuso; Kim Basinger)

Runaway (1984 – Tom Selleck; Gene Simmons; Kirstie Alley)

Eyes of Laura Mars (1978 – Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones)

See No Evil (a.k.a. Blind Terror – 1971 – Mia Farrow)

I have a lot of other guilty pleasures – movies that didn’t get rave reviews but I loved, like Wild Hogs, Mystery Men, The Incredible Hulk, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hellboy II…but I think – with my lousy taste in both comedies and action flicks, those are pretty predictable choices on my part. razz

Oh, and I like all the Hope/Crosby road pictures, too., and anything with the Bowery Boys/Dead End Kids. grin



I watched Carl almost suffer a heart attack. Good fun.

We had a 911 call Sunday from someone who was worried because there had been yelling and loud noises coming from their neighbors’ apartment for a couple of hours, and someone yelling, “Stop, stop! No, no, no!” Officers went to check it out…they had been watching the football game.


Hey Joe smile Have you had a chance to check out Warehouse 13 yet? And if so, what do you think of it?


Good Evening Joe,
Hope you have a terrific dinner at Fuel. My Olive Garden won’t quite stand up, but it’s all in the company you keep!

Enjoyed a couple of your guilty pleasure movies. Mel Gibson in just about anything is fine by me. Enjoyed Robocop, although not too many others I know did. Clueless was good too. Have heard great things about The Hangover. Will have to see it soon.

Have you ever listed your favorite classics? I.e. Gone with the Wind, etc. Don’t remember seeing it.

Just finished Glee. Another good episode. I am really enjoying it.

Great Q&A from John Lenic. Very informative!

Have a good night.
Patty O


So here I am flipping thru the channels and I come across Glee. Since it was highly recommended I give it a try… I said ok I’ll give it a try and then I realize… it’s almost over. But in the few short minutes I saw it… was that Josh Grobin???? He also did Alley McBeal, I guess one has to start somewhere.
So I will set my DVR to record next week and give it a fair shot.

Another vocalist similar to Josh Grobin, Russel Watson is awesome – he sang the theme song to Star Trek Enterprise. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few years ago and has made a full recovery – http://www.russell-watson.com . His story is an inspiration.


How could you possibly forget a reservation To Fuel, of all places? It’s hard to imagine a lifestyle where eating there is so common and blase that you’d almost miss a dinner.
Sorry, I just can’t see Payback as a good movie. It had its moments, admittedly, but I got tired of Gibson’s chracter’s odd sense of honor. Only an idiot would take the beatings he did and not grab all the cash he could.
Facing an aweful moral dilemna. Picked up a stray pooch this afternoon, too late to drop off at the pound. Dehydrated(though it was pouring rain) but otherwise fairly healthy. I’ve even avoided giving her a name. But damn, I really hate having to give her up. Looks to be half pit bull/half lab, with all the best qualities of each breed that I can see. She’s never seen a television apparantly. But I did notice that she stared rather intently, after getting over the barking stage, at the Atlantis characters, Sheppard in particular. Maybe I can check at work and find her a place… sorry for the digression. Thanks for the mailbag and the latest movie list. How about a most incomprehensible list? Those movies that you watch and you just go “huh?” when its over.


I think my “guilty pleasure” has got to be Love Actually. Or, in fact, pretty much every Hugh Grant film ever made. I know a lot of people hate them, see them as “chick flicks” and the like… but they’re easy watching, require minimal brain power, and are usually fairly enjoyable.


great movie choices!
“vaya con dios”


I don’t remember much of anything from “The Last Boy Scout” except for the beginning. You don’t see that football play much.


Uzumaki? Hnnn, really???? Well, I’d say that this indeed proves true your post title of The Top 10 Movies You May Be Surprised I Loved (or Guilty Pleasures).


Office Space is one of my all-time favorite movies — not a guilty pleasure so much as an athem. I often mumble to myself in the passive voice like Milton: “I was told I it was to be done this way” or whatever is appropriate. Oh, and not to leave out the waitress’s (Jennifer Aniston’s) pieces of “flair,” the buttons and crap she had to wear on her uniform.

I like all the other ones you listed that I’ve seen. Point Break was great for what it was.

If it’s not too late to mention ones I hated that were hits: Kill Bill tops my list for the most incredibly drawn-out, pretentious dialog of all time. No wonder David Carridine… ha.


I agree completely “Office Space” is one of the truest movies ever. Though not every work environment is like that; the ones that are are like a truly special kind of hell. A hell where creative and innovative thought go to die. Oppressed at the hands of the jaded and/or egotistical. Where those who can’t see beyond their own noses ruin those who are trying to accomplish something good… Anyways… yeah it’s a good movie.

BTW that cross fit thing John Lenic’s mentioned is really hard. Every part of me is weakened right now. Or perhaps it’s just me and my current lack of athleticism.

Gilder in San Antonio

OT: Thanks to all for your support. Plans coming together for a Saturday funeral, including at least two out-of-state relatives flying in.

“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?”

“Answer: Nope, no complaints.”

I suspect the cast and crew would feel about this as Don S. Davis felt about playing Santa Claus. He told me, “I don’t wear a costume unless I’m paid for it.” *grin*


Oh no, The Hangover made your love list, too? I really am the only person I know who disliked that film…


Just read yesterday’s post. I just wanted to put in that I, too, hated Annie Hall. It’s made me quite uninterested in seeing any of Woody Allen’s other movies.

Narelle from Aus

Office Space and Point Break. Maybe you could survive a night at our house after all Joe. How are you at playing pool?

My Husband received instant acceptance by my Brother when they sat down and started quoting Point Break. What? Expected them to recite Macbeth?

As for Top Gun and Tom Cruise. The man has always given me the heeby jeebies. When he smiles, his eyes are blank. I see no soul. That scares me.

Caught up with Mum and Dad and was asking how their 46th wedding anniversary lunch went out at De Bortolli wines nearby. They started explaining to me how the GPS had sent them down a dirt road through where all the fires had been earlier this year. I thought that was strange as the same thing happened to my friend and I a couple of months ago when we went. Mum said, “Must happen a bit. We got about 300m down the road and there was a big hand-written sign that said, “Your GPS is wrong. You need to do a U-Turn before this road turns into a dead end.” The sign wasn’t there when I was there, but you definitely hit a dead end and have to do a U-turn in someone’s driveway. I’m guessing the same person that put up the sign.

Gilder – Thinking of your family.

Trish – Sounds like a plan. Things we’ll do to watch a movie hey?


Since I have made a grown man cry (cue evil laughter) I’m a smidgen drunk with power, okay maybe just a bit tipsy. Here is my list of movies I liked that he may now mock at will.

1. The Sea is Watching
2. Marie Antoinette (please, could I have the wardrobe? Okay how about just the fans?
3. A Muppet Christmas Carol ‘…and no cheeses for us meeces!’
4. Any and all of the old Sinbad, stop gap animated monster movies.
5. Kamasutra
6. Enemy of the State
7. Mystery Men (yeah, I know but) ‘Junk it!’
8. The Chronicles of Riddick
9. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
10. Tremors



hey joe u are always showing pictures of your dogs so here is a picture of mine

Ann-Marie Sloan
Ann-Marie Sloan

Seen Point Break and Clueless. Loved both Keanu and of course the late Patrick Swayze in this movie. Still sad to realized that he is gone.


I’m one of those who loved “Moulin Rogue”, a delightful frou frou movie that I could warble with. Plus Ewan McGregor wasn’t hard to look at.

I also loved “Pocahantas”. I don’t think people appreciate how tough it is to write a family animated film that has to appeal to both kids and adults. Carl did a great job. All my life I’ve been interested in Native American cultures, and although I agree it was inaccurate in some ways, it’s impossible to cover all the history in a 90 minute family film. I think most importantly Carl was able to introduced young people to Indian culture in a very positive way. And I warbled with this one too.

Then there was “Thelma & Louise”. I hated this movie. Ridley Scott took a great original script from Callie Khouri and turned it into a guy buddy film with boobs. Every plot point hinged on Thelma doing the most stupid and inane things. Louise should have thrown Thelma off the cliff, jumped in the car, and speed off with a dust plume fading to the horizon, and freedom from the worst ending in movie history.

I’m with you about “Office Space”, “Payback”, and “Point Break” (after seeing the play “Forbidden Hollywood” years ago, Reeves will forever be Keanunu). I’d also add “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain” (whew, long title, but really sweet film), and “A Clear and Present Danger”. Harrison Ford isn’t hard to look at either.

@Gilder I can only image how heartbreaking it must have been for your family. My sincerest sympathy to you and your loved ones for your loss.