December 20th, 2005

Tom Lehrer is Smug

And we did it just like that

Very few videogames can bring up multiple instances of "Holy shit, that was the coolest thing ever" like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I'm thinking primarily about a chase scene where my character rides shotgun-- er, rides submachine gun on the back of a motorcycle flying through the concrete riverbeds of downtown Los Santos (Los Angeles in our universe) while an 18-wheeler cab leaps over the side of an overpass, Terminator 2 style, to barrel down on me as I try to make my escape. All the while the in-game radio station is playing "Been Caught Stealing" to make for the most perfect soundtrack ever.

Even though I'm halfway thru the game at this point, I actually started a new game just so I could have a savegame right at that spot.

Actually, the game nearly tops itself when I realize that, while wandering the streets of San Fierro (San Francisco) I can hop into a 1970s Mustang look-alike, get it painted a nice shade of green at the chop shop, and have an awesome Bullitt chase scene for no reason around the hilly streets. But I wonder, I just hope beyond hope, that I've beaten the game to the punch in this instance. I hope that soon enough, there'll be an actual chase mission to run, and that the game will helpfully provide me with another green Mustang look-alike.

It's just that awesome.
Pee-Wee Bellhop

YOU ARE COMING WITH ME TO THE BRATTLE.

YES.
YOU ARE COMING WITH ME TO THE BRATTLE THEATRE.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2006.
I WILL TOLERATE NO EXCUSES, NO EXCEPTIONS, NO NOTHING.

Why, you may ask? Three words, Spanky:

MUPPET. MOVIE. MARATHON.

The Muppet Movie at 2:00 pm.
The Great Muppet Caper at 4:30.
The Muppets Take Manhattan at 7:00.
(Repeat of The Muppet Movie at 9:30 in case you slept in.)

You read right. So did I. I'm there. I'm very there. Front row balcony right, just as I like it.
Come with.

Personally I'm psyched to see the Brattle scheduling into 2006 even if they haven't made their $400K goal yet. So I'm going. And you should, too. I may also show up for Pee Wee's Big Adventure on Christmas, too. And maybe The Last Picture Show on Tuesday the 27th.

Oh I am chortling in my seat.