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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

Death Laid an Egg

I've never seen this movie, but the plot summary sounds promising:

A love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm), her husband Marco (who kills prostitutes in his spare time) and Gabriella (the very beautiful secretary). Marco continues to kill as jealousy becomes more prevalent on the farm.

It was released in Italy in 1968 as Morte ha fatto l'uovo and in the US as Death Laid an Egg. Looks like the soundtrack is available on Amazon, but not the movie itself. The trailer is on YouTube:

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 26, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies

Underwater

This had to be one of the most unusual movie screenings ever. From the New York Times, Jan 11, 1955:

SILVER SPRINGS. Fla. -- More than 150 members of the press from New York and Hollywood, Calif., gathered in this village for the premiere of a motion picture -- "Underwater" -- underwater.
The contingent was led by the star of the picture, Jane Russell. She and about forty others, wearing oxygen masks, sat on four long benches, placed twenty feet down in the clear water of the springs.
A large plastic screen, sprinkled with reflecting aluminum dust, was suspended fifty-two feet from the projection machine, housed in a glass-wall boat. Loudspeakers were scattered about the sand.


Apparently the screening didn't turn out very well. According to an RKO publicist, "Several journalists kept bobbing to the surface."

Some more trivia about the movie. That's not Jane Russell's body in the poster. The artists swiped the body from the August '54 issue of Collier's magazine.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 04, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Movies

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