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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

daily open thread

Another new feature, and one you can expect every day Monday through Friday.

News stories I missed? Stuff you’d like me to cover? Questions you have for me? Something movie-, TV-, DVD-, or pop culture-related you want to talk about? This is where to do it.

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  • Diane

    If you’ve written about this before, I apologize.

    Have you seen the Robin Williams on Obama video? Absolutely hysterical.

  • texphile

    Hi MaryAnn:

    I just looked over your recent post in re the top 100 movies, which prompted me to take a look at YOUR top 100 movies. (I agree with 98 % of yours BTW) I have to admit that Buckaroo Bonzai is one of my favorite movies as well. It has the best movie quote of all time ” Laugh while you can Monkey Boy”. I wondered if you have ever considered writing a totally Geeky guide to Buckaroo Bonzai?



  • Patrick


    I don’t know how much of a DVD collector you are as a film buff does not necessarily mean one collects them. If so, do you have a “Holy Grail DVD” a really rare or out of print one that you value amongst others? (For instance the “Dread Pirate”/”Princess Buttercup” editions of “The Princess Bride” are out of print.)

    One of my most cherished is the 2 disc “Almost Famous: Untitled” (it came with a audio CD of the fictional band’s music).

    Also, did you like the show, “Night Court” at all?

  • JoshDM

    You’re going to get a lot of these open threads; how about a weekly one instead?

  • MaryAnn

    The open thread is for you guys to start your own discussions, too, not just to ask me questions.

    Patrick, I’m gonna use your question about DVDs as a question of the day. And no, I never watched *Night Court.*

    A Totally Geeky Guide to Buckaroo Banzai? A possibility, but probably not anytime soon.

    Robin Williams on Obama? Haven’t seen it.

  • Didn’t know if you had already seen this, but now that the new Doctor has been announced, they are already starting to speculate on his new companion.

    Personally, I’m about done with the “sweet young thing” companions. Lets see a companion couple again. Bill Bailey and Katherine Parkinson for instance as a pair of Galactic tourists who get stranded by the Sycorax who blow up their cruise ship.

    or why not Stephen Fry as a crusty old History professor whose teaching assistant Mychelle Ryan helps with her encyclopaedic knowledge of period literature.

    Or, and this would be my favorite…the couple Carey Mulligan and Finlay Robinson as Sparrow and Nightengale who about halfway through the season reveal that they are expecting a baby. And in the LAST episode get killed, leaving the child in The Doctor’s care.

  • Mo

    I’d hardly call Lily Allen a “sweet young thing” by any stretch of the imagination! *laughs* Although I have always liked her for some inexplicable reason and wouldn’t mind her as a companion if she could act, I highly doubt that she can- or that she’s even interested.

    I get the impression that almost everyone wants Carey Mulligan back- myself included. ^.^ But I think the most interesting plots would come from having an older companion and all the complicated dynamics that would go with that.

  • JoshDM

    Night Court was funny, but the recent 30 Rock episode featuring the forced Night Court reunion was funnier.

  • blake

    Have you got round to Ashes to Ashes ?
    Where’s the snarking ?

  • LaSargenta

    OK, who else is seeing unexpected languages on their Disqus widget that tells us when a comment was posted? My default language settings for everything on the web (unless I’m going to .de or .is etc.) are in US English. But, Disqus has been telling me that things were posted 23 minutes or 6 hours ago in (so far) Russian and Polish yesterday, then French. This morning I’ve been seeing a combo of Italian and English … “18 giorni ago”, I kid you not.

    I’m finding this kinda fun. Also, waiting for some language I can’t identify. I don’t think I’d know Serbian if it hit me over the head…and, is there someone with a website in Cambodia or Latvia right now who is muttering to themself “f*^%ng English again”?

    (Resurrecting this old thread for general purposes. I searched for Open Thread and this was the first one w/o a specific headline.)

  • Bluejay

    Yes, I’m noticing that too, and I’m enjoying it. It’s not often that a glitch makes a website feel more international.

  • Danielm80

    Da. Disqus turned into a mini-UN this morning, although it seems to have gone back to normal. It’s a little wake-up call for those of us who are arrogant enough to think we have any control over the universe.

  • Bluejay

    although it seems to have gone back to normal

    Nope. I’m still getting French on the “recent conversations” page. Yay!

  • Bluejay

    Aaand it’s gone. Nega-yay. :-(

  • LaSargenta

    Bai! Onespen!!

    Hem de començar a escriure en altres idiomes per veure quin efecte té.

    (Note bene: Quod duo diversa linguarum. Polyglotism RULES!)

  • LaSargenta

    Aw. Shit.

  • LaSargenta

    NO! No! It’s baaaaaack! A Russian-English mash-up. (Yesterday it was pure Russian, I have a screen shot but I don’t think I can load a file here.)

    Check it out: 54 минути ago / 1 час ago / 2 дена ago / et cetera.

  • Danielm80

    Eway ancay indfay aysway otay eepkay oinggay.

  • Bluejay

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  • LaSargenta

    Could be fEr sure, too. Tubular, man.

  • LaSargenta

    Mais oui! Guess we are the cool kids.

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