Link Dump: #8

[Via Nordenwald]

I’m not shy about my love of George Sanders. His worldly, acerbic presence was the cherry on top of many great movies. And hey, since it’s October, why not think about all the great scary movies that got the George Sanders treatment? Like Rebecca (1940), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), Lured (1947), Village of the Damned (1960), and many more, especially toward the end of his career. Sanders was always witty, even with bad dialogue, and wit is one of my favorite traits in a horror movie. Plus, he voiced worldly, acerbic kitty in a Disney movie. What’s not to love? Now, for this week’s links…

  • Last week was Banned Books Week, but don’t forget that some library books are just awful. This hilarious website shows some of them. (Of course, even the most awful books shouldn’t be banned; that’s just silly.)
  • To follow up on our coverage of Satoshi Kon’s passing a few weeks ago, here’s a piece from Filmwell discussing his all-too-short career.
  • Look! Weird Danish comics!
  • This is truly incredible: the theme from Psycho played on a church organ.
  • In the last Link Dump, I mentioned Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project. Well, it’s inspired a flood of responses. Here’s an article on Jezebel defending the project against criticisms from within the LGBT community; a new project called Make It Better that takes Savage’s one step further; and two very powerful, touching pieces on the film blogs Billy Loves Stu and I’m Not Patty.
  • If there’s anything we love to hate, it’s wacky fundamentalist websites. Movieguide.org is like Jack Chick writing movie reviews; I can’t recommend it highly enough. It gave me hours of lolz. Princess Mononoke is “demonic”? Palindromes is “putrid”? Oh yes, and there’s more ahead! (Hint: If a movie has any queer content… outlook not so good.) Alas, their web design is not as immaculate as their souls, so the site’s pretty hard to navigate.
  • Speaking of fundamentalist wackos, here’s a satirical piece about the evils of Glee. Best line: “Sports are essential for keeping fit, strong and attractive!”
  • And still speaking of fundamentalist wackos, here’s a story about a teacher who was driven out of her job by censorship done, you know, in the best interest of the children.
  • Jezebel has the scoop on the smutty side of Edith Wharton.
  • Everybody loves gendered stereotypes, right? Here’s a Twitter feed full of them called GuysTruths! Sample tweet: the classic “Fellas, when you see a girl cry, just hug her.”
  • Super Punch had a Calvin and Hobbes art contest, which includes awesome Let the Right One In and The Sandman parodies; the last entry on here (reading “Playtime is over”) is by a friend and former classmate of mine.
  • Finally, do you like webcomics? Do you like them funky and sexy? Scott has what you need with Funky Sexy Jazzmen, updated weekly.

On the search terms front, the last couple weeks haven’t seen anything especially exciting. I think I’ve seen “nipple masturbation” and “pregnant gore” juxtaposed so often that I’m officially desensitized to all the words involved. However, one search did manage to weird even me out: “fire extinguisher pussy.” That phrase has unpleasant implications I don’t want to explore. Somebody searched for everyone’s least favorite kind of hipster, the “public masturbation hipster.” I hate those hipsters so much, always masturbating in public! Some cool news: Pussy Goes Grrr is officially the #1 hit on the search “emilie karsunke,” which is the real name of Mieze from Berlin Alexanderplatz. And lastly, someone posed the all-important question, “how big is a whales pussy”? I’m stumped on this one. But, for some fascinating whale pussy-related trivia, I turn to Spencer Tinker’s Whales of the World, page 96:

A very unusual structure called the vaginal “plug” is found in the vagina of some toothed whales (Odontoceti), but does not occur in any known species of whalebone whales (Mysticeti). This puzzling structure is formed by secretions from the wall of the vagina and is composed in part of hard, calcareous substances. The purpose of this “plug” is doubtless related to reproduction, possibly copulation.

Thank you for reading.

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4 responses to “Link Dump: #8

  1. I just watched Paprika and, frankly, the whole thing gets much more depressing when you realize Satoshi Kon is dead.

    I love psycho fundamentalists. You almost think they’re kidding.

    • Seriously, Kon’s death colors any viewings of his movies now. I’m still going to watch all of Paranoia Agent in the coming weeks, but I’ll be cursing fate while doing it.

      And yeah, mercifully, the fundamentalists condemning Glee up there ARE kidding. But the other ones are totally real, and actively damaging people’s lives. Let’s weaken them through laughter. (That works, right?)

  2. More pussy-related searches that came to my site, thanks to your name being in my sidebar ;).

    “Female stingray pussy.” This one really gets to me. I could understand a search for “stingray vagina;” I wouldn’t like it, but I could understand it. And isn’t any search for “female ___ pussy” redundant? Sigh.

    Next: “ants crawling deep inside pussy videos.” ‘Nuff said.

    If you want to check out a truly crazy fundamentalist movie review website, go to http://www.capalert.com/. WARNING: you need an advanced degree in statistics to understand the rating system. At one point the person operating the site was demanding a donation before he would review a movie; he may have backed off that requirement.

    • Yeah, there’s a strange demographic out there with a yearning for redundantly worded pictures of animal genitalia and/or mutilated, animal-infested human genitalia. Unfortunately, there’s also an even stranger demographic out there putting those pictures and videos online…

      CAP Alert looks amazing; I’m sure I’ll be spending a while there in the near future. Their ratings systems are SO labyrinthine, and their design makes it almost impossible to find the reviews in the first place. (Not to mention the fact that it’s a deeply ugly website.)

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