Frogs Hangin'

Sticky Introductions

Theo Jansen is a Creator from Holland who makes Beach Walking Beests from PVC.

Here is an excerpt from a BBC program about the Creator and His Creations.


I find it quite touching that he hopes that his Beests live on without him. But I wonder, will there be Beest Veterinarians who care and tend broken Beests? Will the Beests one day wonder who created them and what is their purpose on Life's Beach?

And I wonder, do the Beach Beests ever despair and walk into the Ocean and commit Seacide?

Life is a Pondering Thing.

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Late To the Oscars...What'd I Miss?

I had actually seen all the Oscar nominated movies for 2016? 2017? (that always confuses me) before the Oscar broadcast, but due to a wrist injury, I never posted about them.

So now, after the Oscar Kerfuffle---who won Best Picture BTW? I will review what is Gone and Past (like Gone With the Wind but not so hungry).

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Zenobia

Oscar Films for 2016: My Meaningless Vote for the Best Picture of 2015*

I have watched all the films nominated for Best Picture for 2015*, and I have my write-in ballot ready to be counted (by imaginary movie gremlins and their pals, the print scratchers).

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Woman and Cat

Oscar Films for 2016: Room

I was not eager to see this film and that is why I saved it for last. I don't like abuse and brutality toward anyone or anything, and particularly not women. (However, Mad Max: Fury Road did not bother me because that is well-deserved cartoon violence. We all get to have some contradictions.) The first 20 minutes of the film confirmed my distaste for the film.

But wait...
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Zenobia

Oscar Films for 2016: The Hollywood Reporter Brutally Honest Reviews

Last year, The Hollywood Reporter posted nine exit polls, so to speak, from nine members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts, and Sciences on what and whom they voted for and why. This year, the exit polls are back and the members are just as onery and frank as last year. However, I have to say that this year, the ones that I have read so far have been pertinent and not as far off the mark as I found the the ones from last year.

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Woman and Cat

Oscar Films for 2016: The Revenant

The Revenant is based on a novel by Michael Punke also titled The Revenant. Unlike The Martian, Punke's novel was commercially published not self-published.



The movie is essentially a Revenge Western (much like the Hateful Eight) but it takes place in the 1820s and the action occurs in the far Northern section of the Missouri River of the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase of the United States (this is what I understand from the movie, I haven't read the book, but I always like to plug a book if I can). The Native American Tribes, who run part of the plot (how nice is that? The Others have their own cares and concerns that are only periphally influenced or determined by the White Guys in this movie), are the Pawnees (DiCaprio speaks Pawnee in the movie) and the Arikara (whom I had never heard of. I kept thinking that they were talking about the Crees and the Crees are really Far North as in Northern Canada).

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Zenobia

Oscar Films for 2016: The Martian



The synopsis for The Martian is that a group of astronaut explorers are doing their exploration on Mars. There is a big sandstorm (no water on Mars when this film and the book that it is based on, The Martian by Andy Weir, were made), also because of the lack of air pressure on Mars, there are really no big sandstorms just faint breeze, but we have got to get this story rolling. The explorers have to get back to their space ship on their shuttle thing that is more like the lunar lander than a Star Trek shuttle. One of the astronauts, Matt Damon as Mark Watley, gets bonked on the head by the equipment and falls in the red dust (Bad Day at Red Sand, I couldn't resist) and is left behind by the departing astronauts.

Alone on Mars! It's like Home Alone! It really is.

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Zenobia

Oscar Films for 2016: The Big Short



The Big Short is a socially (and financially) conscious movie about the Sub-Prime Lending crisis (betting on residential home mortgages) and the many white guys on Wall Street who benefited from the larceny of cheating the little (aka, Stupid Peons) people out of their homes and savings with the help of Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve and the Big Banks and Brokerage Houses (this is when Lehman Brothers rightfully fell to their demise on the hard concrete of Wall Street).

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Zenobia

Oscar Films for 2016: Brooklyn



Brooklyn is a young woman's tale of voyage and discovery. She departs from her home and family in 1950's Ireland to try a new life in a different land and culture, the US, but unlike most fairy tales about young women who depart from their beloved parents with a young prince, the heroine in Brooklyn has no promise of a prince (she is going to a Republic where Princes are discouraged from settling). Our heroine only has the dreams of her older sister who wants the best for her younger sister and has the resources to make the attempt to improve her younger sister's prospects and life.

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Eye Candy

Oscar Films for 2016: Bridge of Spies



Bridge of Spies is a historical movie directed by Stephen Spielberg about the Cold War after World War II between former allies and now adversaries, the US and the USSR. The movie is about the negotiations between the two powers over spies that were apprehended in the other's country---the USSR spy is hiding in a New York City apartment, painting pictures, and sending messages to his USSR superiors in coins. The US spy is Air Force pilot, Gary Powers, who flies a spy plane over the USSR to take pictures of industry of importance for the US. He is shot down in a very spectacular manner and doesn't take his medicine, a poison pill in a coin. The USSR puts him on trial and in prison while they use sleep deprivation methods among others to break him and make him talk.

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