Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
"*Sigh* Okay, I'm gonna make this real simple..."
HOW ARE YOU NOT GETTING THIS!?
H/T Catholic Caveman
Do Clones Have Souls?
1) “Reproductive cloning” – the cloned embryo could be implanted into a woman’s uterus to make a live-born, cloned child (Senator Kennedy’s younger identical twin who would be his gurgling baby brother).
2) “Therapeutic cloning” – the cloned embryonic brother of the senator would NOT be implanted, but rather, he would be violated as an embryo, at the hands of researchers who would harvest his stem cells (for various noble purposes, like getting genetically matched cells to treat the senator for serious ailments as the senator gets older and more frail). This approach is sometimes termed “clone and kill.”
Labels: Stem Cell Research
Bond Girls: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
As the quintessential Bond girl-with-a-vengeance, she never smiles or says much as she gets even for the murder of her parents with a little crossbow and a helluva lot of determination. Still, with legs like those (among the most iconic images in all of 007-dom), who needs a personality?
She was devious and devilish, but that only made Bond — and, well, men everywhere — want her more. (Her terrifically corny-comely moniker didn't hurt, either.) But beyond all that, seeing this voluptuous lady running around a burning oil rig in a technicolor bikini was all it took to make Sean Connery's dreariest outing as 007 eminently watchable.
Unsexy, you say? Not a real Bond girl? We beg to differ. Dr. Freud would have had a field day with this Russian agent's manic obsession with, er, sticking her knife (fabulously concealed in a tight leather shoe) into our hero. The first dominatrix Bond girl (and, amazingly, not the last), she never doffed her duds, but she was as memorable as they get.
She wasn't the first woman of color to match wits with 007 (although, woefully, there haven't been many). But in 1997 she became the first one you could take seriously. Hong Kong action veteran Yeoh's skilled and savvy Chinese agent was the first babe that could be called superhot on a truly global scale.
Those eyes! Those thighs! And with a name like that, guys knew they were going to get what they'd secretly longed for: a woman who really does use sex as a weapon — and can't get enough of it. Onatopp (stop snickering!) is said to be the first Bond girl seen having an orgasm, and she returned 007's leading ladies to smooth sailing after years in the doldrums.
Bach may have been an American girl, but in the mid-1970s no more exotic a woman appeared on screen than her KGB spook (codename, ahem, Agent XXX). Equally at home fighting in the Sahara as rolling in the sheets, she was the Bond-girl response to women's liberation, in every respect 007's first modern equal.
In 2006's re-energizing of the series, she fit the bill perfectly, embodying all the traits that characterize 007's most memorable minxes — the smarts of Pussy Galore, the drive of Melina Havelock, the sobriety of Anya Amasova, and the, ahem, jewels of Tiffany Case. An instant classic.
As it happened, Rigg replaced fellow Bond girl Honor Blackman on TV's The Avengers, where her Emma Peel became renowned as the toughest of dames. Opposite one-time 007 George Lazenby, however, she gave the series' most heartfelt and least comic performance as a lovelorn Mafia heiress, the only woman you could imagine the superspy settling down with.
Really, her name alone would have been enough to rank her among Bond's best loves. But Brit Blackman rounded off Pussy's cardboard edges, introducing fans to the series' first real woman — a gorgeous dame who can fly a plane and kick butt (check out her rumble in the hay with 007) as well as coo and woo.
The first truly was the best. The Swiss native's voice may have been completely dubbed over in postproduction, but, well, the goods were all hers. Her sultry walk out of the waves set the tone for every sexy-strong Bond girl who followed and led a generation of men to dream about lying down ''underneath the mango tree.''
Swedish model-actress Adams was gorgeous, the only woman to play a leading love interest in two different movies (she got offed halfway through The Man With the Golden Gun), and the only one to have a whole film named after her character. And yet, for all that, do you remember a single thing about her biggest role? Neither do we.
To appeal to younger filmgoers — or maybe just fans of Ice Castles — the producers cast the then-22-year-old figure skater to jump a few triple axels around the then-53-year-old Roger Moore. She was harmless at best, but it took more than one vodka martini for us to wash the icky daddy-daughter innuendo (especially her goofy ski-lodge flirtation) out of our minds.
Bond babe? Try bland babe. Chiles worked the CIA counter-espionage thing just fine, and none of 007's ladies looked better in zero gravity (of course, nobody else actually made it to outer space, thank God). But the ex-model was the worst victim of one of the biggest Bond Girl traps: a thorough lack of chemistry with her leading man.
We see what the Bond brain trust was trying to do by naming their main dame after Jackie O (and even winking to that fact during one extended sequence). But Lowell fumbled this attempt at giving 007 a modern, independent counterpart by turning her into a nagging pest. Who cared if she and our hero ever got it on? She just needed to shut up.
Come on, what self-respecting Bond girl would tremble at the sight of...Herve Villechaize? Another Swede who was all sex and no spunk, Ekland may have had one of the series' best bikinis, but her dopey, doltish portrayal was a turnoff as much to filmgoers as to fans of Ian Fleming's novels, in which Goodnight is one of 007's closest allies.
The un-exotic German star's SPECTRE spy and short-time lover (those piranhas gobbled her up even faster than 007 did) looked out of place in a movie where Sean Connery was getting sensuous sponge baths on Japanese mountainsides. Watching Bond cut off her dress was like watching him finally get it on with Rosa Klebb. Eeeew.
Timothy Dalton's first Bond Girl got off to a promising start, appearing through a window as a rifle-wielding KGB assassin. And yet, inexplicably, she fast devolved into a charmless wimplet, dragged around the snows of Europe and the deserts of Afghanistan with a blank stare — and a cello that always seemed to be in the way. A freakin' cello!
An attempt to sex up the series with the star of the French soft-core spectacular The Story of O backfired when Clery wound up the weakest of the second-tier Bond girls, those who pop up for three scenes and then haplessly die. Mlle. Dufour could fly a helicopter, but she got outwitted by Bond in two seconds and outrun by some deadly dogs in one. C'est un scandale!
Roberts was beautiful, sure, but she was also totally miscast as a geologist with a vendetta. (No wonder she got upstaged by Grace Jones' glowering henchwoman.) The squeaky-voiced former Charlie's Angel gave off so little steam that we half forgot that Bond Girls were supposed to be smart and sexy.
Let's review: Denise Richards played Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist who wore a tank top and hot pants. Bloody hell, even Q didn't have a gadget to help Bond escape from that disaster.
Labels: James Bond
Monday, January 28, 2008
The Heretic Whisperer
The Catholic Caveman (aka Vir Speluncae Catholicus) has finally found something to occupy his time since his retirement from the Marine Corps. & in doing so, has found a way to deal with a problem that has plagued the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church for decades. Taking his cue from The Dog Whisperer, Ceasar Milan, he has become The Heretic Whisperer. In fact he has already received a very important endorsement from Fr. Erik Richtsteig. He calls it "one of his BEST IDEAS EVER!" This means Cavey can now proudly display the Fr. Richsteig, Heretic Hunter Seal of Approval in his advertising of his service. ( as shown below)
Benedictus, etc! Fr. Erik Richsteig - The Heretic Hunter
Sunday, January 27, 2008
St. Joseph's 7 Sorrows & 7 Joys Devotion
1. The doubt of St. Joseph. (Matt. 1:19)
2. The poverty of Jesus' birth. (Luke 2:7)
3. The Circumcision. (Luke 2:21)
The Holy Name of Jesus. (Matt. 1:25).
4. The prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34)
The effects of the Redemption. (Luke 2:38).
5. The flight into Egypt. (Matt. 2:14)
The overthrow of the idols of Egypt. (Is. 19:1).
6. The return from Egypt. (Matt. 2:22)
Life with Jesus and Mary at Nazareth. (Luke 2:39).
7. The loss of the Child Jesus. (Luke 2:45)
The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:46).
Labels: St. Joseph (San Giuseppe)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Bishop Morlino: Catholics for a Free Choice are NOT Catholic
FRONT ROYAL, VA — The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) today applauded Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, for his letter to the Wisconsin Legislature pointing out the illegitimacy of the rogue group calling itself “Catholics for a Free Choice” (CFFC).
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Mallon, 405-720-2575
January 22, 2008
Fr. Euteneuer & the 2008 March for Life
Friday, January 25, 2008
2007 Razzies Nominees Announced
Bratz: The Movie (Lions Gate)
Daddy Day Camp (Sony/TriStar/Revolution)
I Know Who Killed Me (Sony/TriStar)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (Universal)
Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Next
Jim Carrey in The Number 23
Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Daddy Day Camp and Norbit
Eddie Murphy in Norbit (as the character of Norbit)
Adam Sandler in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Jessica Alba in Awake, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Good Luck Chuck
Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos and Skyler Shaye in Bratz: The Movie
Elisa Cuthbert in Captivity
Diane Keaton in Because I Said So
Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me (as the character of Aubrey)
Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me (as the character of Dakota)
Worst Supporting Actor
Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Kevin James in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Eddie Murphy in Norbit (as the character of Mr. Wong)
Rob Schneider in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Jon Voight in Bratz: The Movie, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, September Dawn and Transformers
Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Next
Carmen Electra in Epic Movie
Eddie Murphy in Norbit (as the character of Rasputia)
Julia Ormond in I Know Who Killed Me
Nicollette Sheridan in Code Name: The Cleaner
Worst Screen Couple
Jessica Alba and either Hayden Christensen (Awake), Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck) or Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
"Any Combination of Two Totally Airheaded Characters" in Bratz: The Movie
Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan ("as the yang to her own yin") in I Know Who Killed Me
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) and either Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong) or Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia) in Norbit
Adam Sandler and either Kevin James or Jessica Biel in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Are We Done Yet? (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House)
Bratz: The Movie ("a rip-off if there ever was one")
Epic Movie ("rip-off of every movie it rips off")
I Know Who Killed Me (Hostel, Saw and The Patty Duke Show)
Who's Your Caddy? (Caddyshack)
Worst Prequel or Sequel
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Daddy Day Camp
Hostel: Part II
Dennis Dugan for I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Roland Joffé for Captivity
Brian Robbins for Norbit
Fred Savage for Daddy Day Camp
Chris Sivertson for I Know Who Killed Me
Daddy Day Camp (Screenplay by Geoff Rodkey and David J. Stem & David N. Weiss)
Epic Movie (Written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer)
I Know Who Killed Me (Written by Jeffrey Hammond)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (Screenplay by Barry Fanaro and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor)
Norbit (Screenplay by Eddie Murphy & Charlie Murphy and Jay Sherick & David Ronn)
Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Hostel: Part II
I Know Who Killed Me
007's Quantum of Solace
Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M (JUDI DENCH) interrogate Mr White (JESPER CHRISTENSEN) who reveals the organisation which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
Forensic intelligence links an MI6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (OLGA KURYLENKO), a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (MATHIEU AMALRIC), a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organisation.
On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (JOAQUIN COSIO). Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.
In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organisation.
Labels: James Bond
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sock It To Me?
"You bet your sweet bippy!"
Day of Penance & Prayer 2008
General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373