Tragedy at Starbuck's

Yes, I'm referring to the massive corporate layoffs, but more importantly, I'm concerned, horrified and devastated by the decision of re-instated CEO, Howard Schultz, to do away with the hot breakfast sandwiches.

Um…what?! No good reason is given for this. As far as I can tell, they are incredibly popular. They are also pretty much the only reason I GO to Starbuck's. Their drip coffee is crap and the rest of their pastry options are mediocre at best. I urge this Schultz fellow to reconsider. And I'm not alone.

For a look back on how the Starbucks breakfast sandwich has affected my life, I refer to you to three previous journal entries.


The Starbuck's Breakfast Sandwich is dead. Long live the Starbuck's Breakfast Sandwich?


Diablo Means Devil in Spanish

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NFT Radar: Copper Gate

X-Posted from Not For Tourists.

If you aren’t descended from the Vikings, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Ballard is the Little Scandinavia of Seattle. But the Copper Gate, with its unpronounceable menu and décor, is a potent reminder. The walls are adorned with paintings (some of them black light!) of Nordic beauties in the buff. The bar is a freaking Viking Ship, the sails of which are papered with a busy collage of the aforementioned nubile Norsewomen. Even the ladies room is decorated with naked ladies (along with an inspired diorama of Barbie Dolls). Sadly, I can only imagine what the men’s room looked like. My only design complaint is about the furniture. The walls and bar scream dive, but the tables and chairs are all Belltown. Once you order, the Belltown implications make a bit more sense. Beers, meats and cream soups say “feeding the famished dock-workers”, but small portions and specialty cocktails say “Scandinavian Porn bar! How kitchy! How delightful!” The food is pretty good (Blomkalsuppe and Grill Ribbe hit the spot) and the walls are fun to look at. (Did I mention the bar is a ship?) I just wish the place were a little bit dirtier.

6301 24th Ave NW 98107

Oscar Corrections and Retractions

Have you ever watched a trailer for a film that announced it's star as “Academy Award Winner Blah di Blah” and thought to yourself “I can't believe THEY won an Academy Award”? Or wondered why former Academy Award winners were making films like “The Devil's Advocate” or “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”? I certainly have. In fact, I wish that Oscars came with the stipulation that, should you at any point in your career find yourself a shadow of your former artistic integrity, that you can actually have your Oscar revoked. In honor of this notion, and the upcoming 80th annual Academy Awards (this Sunday, the 24th of February) I present to you:


1. Marisa Tomei. She won for Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for My Cousin Vinny. Yes, you read that right. A flimsy comedy based mostly on Brooklyn accent jokes won Tomei an OSCAR. There is a theory circulating that she was actually not the rightful winner and that the presenter called the wrong name. Seems reasonably sound to me considering the dignified Hollywood veterans she was up against (Judy Davis, Joan Plowright, Miranda Richadson, Venessa Redgrave).
Revocation Worthy: Untamed Heart, also starring Christian Slater about a girl who falls in love with a simpleton who believes he has a baboon's heart. What? I know.

2. Halle Berry. She made history in 2001 as the first African American actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress. This was for Monster's Ball, a misogynistic, vaguely racist melodrama that the Academy just adored. But that's beside the point.
Revocation Worthy: Razzie award winner Catwoman. Poorly scripted “thriller” Gothika in which Berry's performance was outshined by her Nut House Chic wardrobe. Making Storm the most useless character in all of the X-Men films.

3. Cuba Gooding, Jr.. In 1996, Cuba was rewarded for the energetic delivery of one of the most irritating catch phrases in cinematic history. The Academy showed him the Oscar for Best Supporting actor in Jerry Maguire.
Revocation Worthy: Helming the unnecessary sequel (I didn't even want the first one), Daddy Day Camp. A comically bad performance as a mentally challenged football enthusiast in Radio (note: Pretty much ANY actor who plays the Retard Card is off my Christmas card list.) Acting alongside talking huskies in Snow Dogs. The homophobic comedy Boat Trip. Everything.

4. Jon Voight. Who could forget Jon Voight in his star-making turn in Midnight Cowboy and his Oscar-winning leading role in 1978's Coming Home? Now he's more famous for being crazier than his crazy daughter, Angelina Jolie.
Revocation Worthy: Though I REALLY want to forgive him due to his inspired role as a hardened coal miner in Zoolander, these titles speak for themselves: Anaconda, Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, Bratz, The Karate Dog.

5. Jack Nicholson. He took home a total of 3 Mr. Goldies. 1975 for Best Actor in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1983 for Best Supporting Actor in Terms of Endearment and in 1997 for Best Actor in As Good As It Gets. The last role seemed to seal the deal for Nicholson. His Pavlovian response kicked in and he has played nothing but elderly curmudgeons ever since.
Revocation Worthy: The Bucket List.

6. Geena Davis. Another surprising recipient, Davis won Best Actress in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist.
Revocation Worthy: Way before Johnny Depp made pirates beloved, her husband Renny Harlin cast her in a little film called Cutthroat Island which goes down in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest loss of money for a film company ever. I didn't see it either.

7. Sean Connery. This Jeopardy enthusiast snagged an award in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables. For this, people would continue to confuse his baffling “Scottish” accent and cocky delusions as good acting for years to come.
Revocation Worthy: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Dragonheart.

8. Whoopie Goldberg. In 1990, Whoopie was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role as a fraudulent medium who is haunted by Patrick Swayze. For me, this is another one of those “Shouldn't have happened in the first place” moments. But happen it did.
Revocation Worthy: Theodore Rex.

9. Robert De Niro. This veteran actor who yell-acts his way through current movie roles (see also Al Pacino), was once a legitimate talent. He won Best Supporting Actor in 1974 for The Godfather Part II and Best Actor in 1980 for Raging Bull. These were inarguably great performances in great films. However…
Revocation Worthy: Analyze This and Analyze That could be considered parodies if they weren't so humorless. I'm sorry, but Meet the Parents and especially Meet the Fockers are embarrassing for everyone involved. And just what the hell was he doing in Stardust?!

10. James Cameron. The only director on this list, James Cameron took home an ungodly amount of awards in 1996 for his epic fluff-fest, Titanic. However, I don't think he should have been rewarded for this in the first place. Seriously. Take his awards away. Have you seen it lately? Kate Winslet and a talented supporting cast aside (Billy Zane!) Titanic really sucks. If you ask me, his Terminator films and Aliens were the only award worthy films in the Cameron Oeuvre.
Revocation Worthy: Titanic.

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Rad Movie Meme!

This is a really rad meme from Maura_F

1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.

2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.

3. Post them here for everyone to guess.

4. Looking them up is cheating, you jerks!

1. “Hey! Let's make the wiener kid sing his song!”
2. “I haven't read more than two books in my whole life. One, never finished. And the other is the phone book.”
3. “Now I know I'm pretty. But I ain't as pretty as a couple a titties.”
4. “You must choose. It is like that movie 'Sofie's Choice', only it is Nathan's choice. Do you know that movie, 'Sofie's Choice'? It is like that. Only it is this.” (Fun fact. I was the one who submitted this quote to IMDb.)
5. “It happens sometimes. People just explode. Natural causes.”
6. “He has his father's eyes.”
7. “Chuck. Chuck. It's Marvin…your cousin, Marvin BERRY. You know that new sound you're looking for? Well, listen to this.”
8. “Lord loves a workin' man. Don't trust whitey. See a doctor and get rid of it.”
9. “We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!”
10. “Listen! Forget about the Cheetah!”

Update: Answers in comments!

The Return of Cox

I just learned that one of my favorite directors, Alex Cox, is releasing a graphic novel sequel to the 1984 classic film Repo Man!

In the interview, Cox discusses why he was unable to film the sequel and why Otto is now called Waldo, as well as the long-delayed DVD release of Walker and his newest film that will be making the festival rounds. At the end of the article, there are 3 sneak-preview pages from the novel entitled Waldo's Hawaiian Holiday! The art is very reminiscent of a Garth Ennis novel.

All of this makes me very happy.

My Sentiments Exactly

The folks over at Something Awful have perfectly captured what bugs me about Diablo Cody by leaking her new super-secret screenplay, Quotey! THIS is the screenplay that should have been nominated for an Academy Award. Be sure and read every juicy little tidbit, nugget-oleos!