Thursday, August 05, 2004

My latest obsession

I have a new obsession called fanlistings. You may have never heard of the word, but you probably stumbled across them while searching the internet. A fanlisting is a place for all fans of a particular show, movie, actor, actress, singer, etc. to come together and build the biggest listing of people from all around the world who are fans of that subject. So, a fanlisting is a web clique that lists fans of a particular subject. Unlike most web cliques, a person does not need a website in order to join. Fans from around the world submit their information to an approved fanlisting and they are then listed to show their love for the subject. There’s only one fanlisting per subject. (http://www.thefanlistings.org/) You can find my favourites or joined fanlistings in the following categories [Actors/Actresses; Animation & Anime; Artists; Authors/Writers; Books & Comics; Characters: Book, Comic & Movie; Characters: TV; Computer, Internet & Appliances; Directors/Producers; Fashion/Cloths/Cosmetics; Food & Drink; Miscellaneous; Movies; Music; Places; Relationships; Television Shows and Websites] at my website.

Since it’s the summer holiday I finally have some time to watch the movies I’ve downloaded during the last year with the help of Direct Connect. I’ve already watched Peter Pan [very childish, but with a terrific role of Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook], Spirited Away [absolutely beautiful anime movie that excels in originality, with a cool story, interesting characters, a nice soundtrack and all this magnificently done], The Matrix: Revolutions [a lot of well done action of course, but it still disappointed me] and The Pianist [touching story about the Polish Jewish piano player Szpilman who has to survive in Warsaw during World War II, but not as imposing as Schindler’s List. I think the movie has a different impact on people who have or haven’t seen Schindler’s List]
Still to watch: Master & Commander, 13 Going On 30, Love Actually, Thirteen, Donnie Darko and Fahrenheit 9/11.

Related to that last movie is the next Flash-movie: One is a liberal wiener. The other’s a right-wing nut job. John Kerry and George W. Bush square off and trade insults in this can’t-miss campaign parody. It’s really good! http://www.jibjab.com

And here’s another Bush-parody by Will Ferrell that I don’t want to keep from you: http://whitehousewest.com/ (thanks Amys!) It works best if you just download the video to your computer and then watch it. This particular parody was an initiative of ACT (America Coming Together), the largest voter contact program in history. Their goal is to beat George W. Bush and elect Democrats up and down the ticket in 2004, in federal, state, and local elections. And now there’s even going to be the Vote for Change Tour, a multi-city, multi-artist tour. It’s a loose coalition of musicians brought together by a single idea – the need to make a change in the direction of their country. Finally they’re waking up over there! It’s very good to see there are still millions of Americans who don’t agree with the Bush administration. I do hope they succeed in their mission to bring Bush down. It probably won’t make a huge difference, but it can’t possibly get any worse.


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