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23 Skidoo

Civilization without any humans is pretty darn weird.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 29, 2009 - Comments (15)
Category: Destruction, Disasters, Movies, Science Fiction, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Motor Patrol

For those of you who are wondering about the possible ancestors of the famed TV show CHiPs--and there must be at least six of you--here comes the 1950 film MOTOR PATROL. I watched it recently, and it's not as goofy as many cheap films of this era. But the fact that ninety percent of the action and intrigue does NOT involve motorcycles has to count for something.

Isn't that fellow in the white suit really channelling Clark Gable pretty badly?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 28, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Movies, Regionalism, 1950s, Motorcycles

Bollywood Numerology

Some examples of Bollywood film names: Heyy Babyy, Singh is Kinng, Krazzy 4, Karzzzz, A Love Issshtory.

Notice the strange spellings? It's not just variant Indian spellings. It's numerology. Apparently Bollywood directors swear by it. From the Deccan Herald:

Names of films like ‘Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai’, ‘Zubeidaa’, ‘Kabkakkth Ishq’, ‘Kyaa Kool Hai Hum’ are all products of numerological calculations. Some of them have done good business...
The upcoming ‘Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam’, starring Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat, has recently been respelled after the director consulted a numerologist. Even a director like Ashutosh Gowariker added an extra ‘a’ in ‘Jodhaa Akbar’.

In other news, we've decided to change the name of Weird Universe to Weirrrdd Universe.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 28, 2009 - Comments (17)
Category: Languages, Movies

Fantomas

We are approaching, in 2011, the one-hundredth anniversary of the creation of Fantomas, villianous antihero adored by the French. But something about Fantomas just doesn't translate to American tastes, and he's never been popular here.

Somehow I don't think this trailer from Fantomas's 1964 self-titled film will help win over the US audience.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 23, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Movies, Scary Criminals, Foreign Customs, 1910s

Repo Chick

Remember one of the weirdest films ever made, REPO MAN? This month marks the start of filming for a sequel titled REPO CHICK. Let's hope it can live up to its predecessor.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 20, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Business, Death, Movies, Paranormal, Pop Culture, Unsolved Mysteries, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1980s, Cars

The Force Trainer

The Force Trainer, coming out later this year from Uncle Milton toys, reads your brain activity via a wireless headset, and then translates your brain waves into physical action. Namely, it activates a fan which raises or lowers a ball inside a tube.

Boring! They've gone with the wrong movie. If they were coming out with the Stephen King Firestarter Trainer, that would have been interesting.

At the very least, they should have included the ability to activate Jedi Force Lightning.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jan 20, 2009 - Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Toys

Psych-Out

Once you have experienced the 1968 film PSYCH-OUT, you will be unable to return to your square, plastic, uptight lifestyle. Just the sight of Jack Nicholson's fake ponytail alone will trip you out!



Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 16, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Bums, Hobos, Tramps, Beggars, Panhandlers and Other Streetpeople, Costumes and Masks, Drugs, Fads, Fashion, Hair Styling, History, Hollywood, Inebriation and Intoxicants, Movies, Music, Regionalism, Sexuality, Stereotypes and Cliches, Surrealism, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960s, Posters, Dance, Body Painting, Facial Hair

Buddy Love/Luv

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What's up with Buddy Luv Dog Biscuits? Will they turn your pet into an arrogant, smooth-talking, lounge-singing ladies' man?




Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 09, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Products, Movies, Pets, Dogs, Pop Culture, Sex Symbols

Vampira

Those end-of-the-year tributes to all who died in 2008 seem to be neglecting Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, who passed away just a year ago. In memory, let's look at two short clips of the lady. She was weird enough, but when you add Liberace into the mix--!



Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 06, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Celebrities, Horror, Movies, Television, 1950s

Worst. Spy Movie. Ever.

1) Incoherent script.

2) Lame humor.

3) No chemistry between Peck and Loren.

4) Primary villain looks like Peter Sellers as Inspector Clousseau.

5) Sophia Loren as an Arab.

6) Gregory Peck takes a psychedelic trip on a bicycle.

7) Secondary villain uses term "daddy-o" excessively.

8) Poison eyedrops.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 26, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Stupidity, 1960s

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