The Soak of the Year

When you look annoyed all the time people think you're busy.


It doesn’t get much more English than this:

Newsstand manager Paul Heath says, “Punters in the pub opposite find it highly amusing watching the greedy blighter make off with my crisps. So I took them off the bottom two shelves which I thought would fox him.”




Thanks to the blogs that I reads (, in particular methinks) I came across this collection of last words from men about to be executed. Reading them made me understand, think about and sit in awe over the death penalty. The finality of it brings about some heavy words and heavy thoughts and I highly recommend reading this collection. At the very least, it will cause you to reflect on this form of punishment.

In full disclosure, I’m against the death penalty but more because it costs more to put a man to death than it does to incarcerate them for life. While I have no problem pushing my morals on others, I’m undecided on the death penalty from moral grounds which makes the economic ones the balance tippers.

Anyhoo, read the last words of dead dudes.

Rotten Tomatoes graphed

This is awesome. Finally we can see how directors and actors trend when viewing their careers through Rotten Tomatoes ratings. I could write my own description of what constructed but that would be a waste of time. So I’ll take it from them

…use Slate’s Hollywood Career-o-Matic tool…to map the career of any major actor or director from the last 26 years. You can also type in more than one name to plot careers side by side. For example, Paul Thomas Anderson vs. Wes Anderson vs. Pamela Anderson. Mouse over the data points to see which movies they represent. (We’ve included only actors and directors who’ve released at least five films between 1985 and March of this year, according to the RT data, to filter out thousands of bit-actors you’ve probably never heard of.)

This is fantastic and, Jesus Christ, Nicolas Cage is all over the place. I love that guy. Check it out today and tell us who you checked out.

Shania Twain is unimpressed

Heard Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” on the radio a couple of days ago and it got me thinking. In Twain’s 1998 hit single, the Canadian pop-country singer lists several different types of men (or specific ones) who leave her less than thrilled. While Twain is certainly entitled to her own opinions, our beef is that she is unimpressed by a group of pretty extraordinary men.

In order here’s the list of men with whom Twain is not impressed:

  • rocket scientist (“Okay, so you’re a rocket scientist…”)
  • Brad Pitt (“Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt…”)
  • car owners (“Okay, so you’ve got a car…”)
  • Elvis Presley (“Okay, so what do you think you’re Elvis or something…”)
  • Tarzan (“You’re Tarzan”)
  • Captain Kirk (“Captain Kirk maybe”)
  • John Wayne (“John Wayne”)
What is wrong with this woman?! Let’s go back to this list and take a second look.
  • rocket scientist – aerospace engineering is extremely complex and requires a high level of intelligence.
  • Brad Pitt – two Academy and four Golden Globe nominations, A-list actor, been in some great movies.
  • car owners – fair point there as owning a car is unimpressive.
  • Elvis Presley – king of rock ‘n’ roll, cultural icon, best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music, nominated for 14 Grammys, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36.
  • Tarzan – one of the best-known characters in the world, a hero who protects the virgin jungle from exploitation.
  • Captain Kirk – only student to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test, Starfleet’s youngest captain.
  • John Wayne – American icon, epitome of masculinity, awarded Congressional Gold Medal, Oscar winner.

That’s a pretty impressive list of people if you ask me. So what does impress Shania Twain? She sings “Don’t get me wrong, yeah I think you’re alright, But that won’t keep me warm in the middle of the night.” It appears that the ability to purchase a blanket or central heating would be enough which is more in the “car owners” category if you ask moi.

Actually let’s look at the men with whom Twain has been impressed. In 1993, Twain married music producer “Mutt” Lange (left). Lange has produced albums for AC/DC (Highway to Hell, Back in Black), Nickelback, Def Leppard (Hysteria), Foreigner and Bryan Adams (Waking Up the Neighbors). Twain and Lange separated after Lange had an affair with Twain’s best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud (oof). In 2011, Twain married Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud who is the ex-husband of Marie-Anne Thiebaud (whoa).

So it appears that Twain likes music producers who make music of questionable quality (just see the rest of the Mutt Lange catalog to see what I mean) and rich dudes who were the cheated on party whilst Twain was the other piece of bread in the cheater sandwich.

On a related note, what does Brad Pitt think of this song? Does Shania Twain even know him? I imagine he was out driving listening to the radio and then this song came on. He’s thinking it’s a pretty catching tune and then in the second verse he gets called out and is stunned. Who does this woman think she is?

Aliens vs. Communists

Was pointed to this blogpost on and it’s goddamn awesome. No point in getting into too much detail as I’ll just quote from the post.

These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš)…In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.

No doubt that these are communist spacecraft of some kind and either we need a way to get inside them and launch to Caprica or we need to destroy them immediately b/c they’re a beacon for our alien overlords.

Great Star Wars posters

Let’s take a trip to Nerdville, loyal readers, with some posters made by Olly Moss. More cool stuff can be found at Olly’s website.

A conversation w/gifs

Well, hello there.

Time for another post.

Don’t be scared. You should be happy.


Yeah, that’s it! Got any other smooth moves?

Watch out! Steven Seagal is on the loose!

Oh noes…

How did Dances with Wolves happen?

The Soak of the Year has looked at Hootie and the Blowfish’s one album of genius, Cracked Rearview, and we decided to start up a regular series looking at acts of genius and wondering how they happened. This is our second series – stay tuned for the latest Cheap Beer of the Week recycle soon.

Dances with Wolves, Kevin Costner’s 1990 epic western, is part of the recent American film canon. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Directing, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mixing and Original Music Score. Plus it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director. It also received Oscar noms for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction and Costume Design. Finally it was named to the American Film Institute’s best 100 movies of the past 100 years in 1998.

All due respect to Costner as he unearthed the story, directed and starred in the movie, chipped in $3 million of his own cash and almost broke his back in an on-set horse accident. Basically the project took huge balls to see through and a boatload of talent to execute.

In 1990, man of letters Roger Ebert wrote:

Dances With Wolves has the kind of vision and ambition that is rare in movies today. It is not a formula movie, but a thoughtful, carefully observed story. It is a Western at a time when the Western is said to be dead. It asks for our imagination and sympathy. It takes its time, three hours, to unfold. It is a personal triumph for Kevin Costner, the intelligent young actor of Field of Dreams, who directed the film and shows a command of story and of visual structure that is startling; this movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it’s a directorial debut.

Yet for all the film’s genius (the Library of Congress has preserved the film because it is “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”), its existence gnaws at us. How can an feat of such impressive creativity and storytelling be such a one-time thing?

When considering the rest of the Costner’s filmography, Dances with Wolves just doesn’t fit at all. While Costner’s work in The Untouchables and A Perfect World was commendable, it is nowhere near the breadth and depth and complexity of his work in Dances with Wolves. Plus his work as a producer and/or director has not even come close to the quality of his first-ever effort. See below, dear reader, and leave your theories on how something like this happens in the comments.

1985 – Silverado
1986 – Shadows Run Black
1987 – The Untouchables
1987 – No Way Out
1988 – Bull Durham
1989 – Field of Dreams
1990 – Revenge
1990 – Dances with Wolves
1991 – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1991 – JFK
1992 – The Bodyguard
1993 – A Perfect World
1994 – Wyatt Earp
1994 – The War
1995 – Waterworld
1996 – Tin Cup
1997 – The Postman
1999 – Message in a Bottle
1999 – For Love of the Game
1999 – Play It to the Bone
2000 – Thirteen Days
2001 – 3000 Miles to Graceland
2001 – Road to Graceland
2002 – Dragonfly
2003 – Open Range
2005 – The Upside of Anger
2005 – Rumor Has It…
2006 – The Guardian
2007 – Mr. Brooks
2008 – Swing Vote
2009 – The New Daughter
2010 – The Company Men

Sign me the eff up

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So I have That Cute Site in my RSS feed. I don’t know why as the site actually annoys me more than anything. I added it to my reader b/c some list of great blogs had it on there. This is a horrible reason. Anyhoo, finally I came across something on the site worth posting. Kinda. Well, not really.

So we were browsing around our cute picture archive, when we spotted this little fella, and much to our surprise he REALLY reminded us of a certain type of bird…

…so with the help of a little Photoshop magic…

angry bird!