Hammer to Nail Review: Tickled

I don’t know about you, but I hate being tickled and always have. There’s something insidious about a person forcing uncontrollable laughter out of you despite not enjoying how they’re doing it. Inexplicably, both my children love being tickled and will even request it. If they ask me to stop, I do so immediately. Their laughs are genuine, though I can’t imagine why. Even as a child, I detested it and would become furious when subjected to it. On more than one occasion, my brother received a bloody nose in response to his non-consensual tickling. So when I heard about “Competitive Endurance Tickling” – the subject of New Zealand directors David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s documentary, Tickled – my first thought was, “DEAR GOD, WHY?!” The easy answer is the same as the reason people do anything unpleasant – money. A lot of money. But, as Farrier and Reeve soon discover, there’s a lot more to the story than that…

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SIFF Review: The Lure

Mermaid stories have never been the most feminist of folktales. They’re either presented as evil temptresses with the sole intent of luring men to their doom, or as lonely creatures who are themselves drawn to land by a strange man, never hesitating to give up everything to be with someone who barely registers their existence. Polish horror rock opera, The Lure, is a bit of both, but with some extremely creative motifs and appropriately alluring imagery to make the more misogynistic aspects of being a fish lady more palatable…

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Hotter With a Beard: Trent Reznor Edition

I was wondering why Trent was no longer showing up on my Twitter feed. Apparently, he’s over it because some people were saying nasty things about his lady friend. He’s always been very sensitive. “Pretty Hate Machine” was one of my favorite albums as a teenager and when I re-discovered it a few years ago, I realized why. The lyrics were basically excerpts from my diary. Of course, I was a 16-year-old GIRL at the time, while he was 26. I still love that record to pieces though.

But the point is, while Trent is slipping on the tears you made him cry, he has also stopped shaving. And I dare say my favorite pocket-sized goth is looking pretty terrific.

What a wonderful, thick, blacker-than-the-blackest-black beard he has these days! I’m not quite as fond of the frumpy hoodie. But imagine how delicious he’d look in a clean, collared shirt (black, of course)! I never knew he had it in him. I always assumed his face was as smooth as Rosemary’s baby’s ass.

As usual, I have D-listed to thank for the pic.

NFT Radar: Atlantic Crossing

On a recent warm Sunday morning, a crowd waited outside the Sunlight Cafe so that they could eat mediocre breakfast indoors. Meanwhile, Atlantic Crossing, with its spacious outdoor patio (direct sunlight, people!) and exceptional brunch menu, was empty. This was a culinary crime. Me, I’m a law-abiding citizen of Yum City. Every dish on their brunch menu is a winner and comes with your choice of Mimosa or Bloody Mary. They do put a LOT of ham on their Eggs Benne. But if you like to look a gift ham in the mouth, there’s always the Florentine option. The Banana Bread Pudding French Toast is decadent but not overwhelming. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go for the Scotch Egg: an egg wrapped in sausage and then fried. But A.C. is more than brunch. Being a pub, they also come equipped with your favorite beers from the British Isles. Their modern twists on traditional pub food are staggeringly clever. They cover all sorts of things in their house made beer battered from fish and chips to avocados and they soak pork in Magners hard cider for their quesadillas. It’s almost as if beer is better off served in food. Almost…


6508 Roosevelt Way NE 98115
206-729-6266
www.atlanticcrossing.com.

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Having just been to karaoke, I'd say this is a pretty accurate quiz result.

Your Taste in Music:

80's Alternative: High Influence
80's Pop: High Influence
90's Alternative: High Influence
Hair Bands: High Influence
Heavy Metal: High Influence
Punk: High Influence
80's Rock: Medium Influence
80's R&B: Low Influence
Adult Alternative: Low Influence
Alternative Rock: Low Influence
Gangsta Rap: Low Influence
Progressive Rock: Low Influence
Ska: Low Influence

Like an afterburner for your penis.

Is it just me, or is The O.C. getting really weird?

Last night’s episode featured Caleb about to dump his wife for something that most husbands would be excited about but then changing her mind (because he’s plotting something more evil??) , Kirstin being tempted by a guy who is only hot in that early 90’s kind of way, and Zach hinting at being evil himself. And speaking of evil, what was WITH that comic industry party? First of all, there is NO WAY that a publisher who was initially interested in Atomic County would start making all those demands to Disneyfy it. The comic world isn’t governed by the same “standards and practices” that television and film are. Comics push the envelope and are edgy and typically very violent. They also have a built-in demographic so who CARES what the mid-western kids can “relate” to. They don’t read comics to relate. They read them to forget about their own boring, sex-less lives for a while. The O.C. needs a comic consultant to make this storyline more realistic.
And the SECOND weird thing about that industry party was all those industry dudes standing around drinking wine and laughing maniacally. Was that supposed to be as comic-y as it was? Is this some clever subversive way of making The O.C. more artistic? Or are they just losing their minds over there?

As for Tru Calling, hilarity ensued yet again. Highlights include when Tru spoke of her titular “calling”, when porno music played during YET ANOTHER of her bizarrely flirtatious conversations with her brother and when she once again fell “in love” with a guy she knew for two episodes who died. And what’s the deal with all these love interests being “90’s hot”? Is that look coming back or something? This particular stud is reminiscent of Is it just me, or is The O.C. getting really weird?

Last night’s episode featured Caleb about to dump his wife for something that most husbands would be excited about but then changing her mind (because he’s plotting something more evil??) , Kirstin being tempted by a guy who is only hot in that early 90’s kind of way, and Zach hinting at being evil himself. And speaking of evil, what was WITH that comic industry party? First of all, there is NO WAY that a publisher who was initially interested in Atomic County would start making all those demands to Disneyfy it. The comic world isn’t governed by the same “standards and practices” that television and film are. Comics push the envelope and are edgy and typically very violent. They also have a built-in demographic so who CARES what the mid-western kids can “relate” to. They don’t read comics to relate. They read them to forget about their own boring, sex-less lives for a while. The O.C. needs a comic consultant to make this storyline more realistic.
And the SECOND weird thing about that industry party was all those industry dudes standing around drinking wine and laughing maniacally. Was that supposed to be as comic-y as it was? Is this some clever subversive way of making The O.C. more artistic? Or are they just losing their minds over there?

As for Tru Calling, hilarity ensued yet again. Highlights include when Tru spoke of her titular “calling”, when porno music played during YET ANOTHER of her bizarrely flirtatious conversations with her brother and when she once again fell “in love” with a guy she knew for two episodes who died. And what’s the deal with all these love interests being “90’s hot”? Is that look coming back or something? This particular stud is reminiscent of a certain former MTV VJ or the star of this horrific and short lived MTV sci-fi series. Gross.
Also, was the ending where they showed the consequences of Tru “breaking the rules” supposed to be shocking?! “I have de ja vous”. OOOH! The horror! Better not keep breaking the rules, Tru. We don’t want a bunch of people running around getting De Ja Vous. Imagine that chaos that would cause!
God, I love this show!

Lies! It's all lies!

This quiz is kind of stupid because there are lots of cities I've been to that weren't listed. Like several in the UK and loads of small southern towns. And even some larger southern towns. I mean, Richmond wasn't even listed and I lived there for 11 years! It used to be the capitol of the entire country, for God's sake. But whatever. I guess these are probably supposed to be for “fun”.

UPDATE: I just want to say that I actually HAVE travelled to Latin America. I've been to Cancun which wasn't listed. I've also been to 8 towns in England BESIDES London but none of them were listed. I'd say that makes me pretty well traveled in the UK. And one of them was the place of Shakespeare's birth so I can't imagine why that doesn't “count”. Morons.

Your Travel Profile:

You Are Very Well Traveled in the Northeastern United States (71%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in Canada (40%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Southern United States (38%)
You Are Somewhat Well Traveled in the Western United States (32%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Eastern Europe (20%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Western Europe (14%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in Southern Europe (13%)
You Are Mostly Untraveled in the United Kingdom (13%)
You Are Untraveled in Africa (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Asia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Australia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Latin America (0%)
You Are Untraveled in New Zealand (0%)
You Are Untraveled in Scandinavia (0%)
You Are Untraveled in the Middle East (0%)
You Are Untraveled in the Midwestern United States (0%)