Mailbagsukidoji:

Your letters. My smartass replies.The Steady Leak
may not be so steady these days, but your letters have been, so I must
share them and answer them so that the wheels keep turning on this
crazy little bitch. Feel free to ask whatever about whomever or
whatever, and I’ll do my best to answer it. Letters in here might be
positive, negative, or indifferent and I’ll try to maintain a balance.
Please keep sending them in (SEND A LETTER), as it’s you who fuels this column.

I’m
doing a decent job of doing one or possibly two of these letters
columns a week, but I think it might be a little better if you guys
just ask random stuff instead of things just relating to the column or
the recent letters installments.

Provided
it makes sense and applies to entertainment in some fashion, send me
whatever questions you’d like! Also, since the Leak is less frequent
than I’d like, I’ll toss a few value added things in here from now on.

With that said, here we go….

Today’s Photo From Life:


This
was the sight at the Home Depot the other day. For no reason, this
little Barbie was on the pavement seemingly wanting to end her plastic
life under the wheels of an Oldsmobile. What’s her story I wonder?

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The Fact This Exists Is Hilarious.


Fun sticks? Fucking FUN STICKS?

Who needs question marks?

Mitch to the left!Rocksca writes:

When are you going to send out the tickets for Serenity for Memphis.
Please let me know.


Nick’s Reply: See below.

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Who needs question marks 2: The Demanding.

Mitch to the right.Rocksca writes again:

When are the tickets for Serenity going to be mailed out for the people in
Memphis.

Nick’s Reply: See above.

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Of Muppets and Men.

Mitch to the left!Ryan writes:

Hi, Nick. I am a big fan or your site, and have been coming here daily for a few years now.

I
love all of the DVD reviews (and not just for the screencaps, and they
are great). Where is the review of The Muppet Show: Season 1? I already
own it, have watched it a few times, long recognized the genius of Jim
Henson and all that worked on this show. I am just interested in seeing
other poeples insights, particularly in something as ripe for
commentary as this show. Besides, the screencap potential in this show
is incredible.

P.S. You must have balls of steel (or brass, adamantium, some kind of heavy
metal)
to have put up Devin’s Review of Batman Begins on the site. While I
didn’t agree with most of it, I enjoyed reading it and thought it was
well done. Kudos to you. Oh yeah, and Devin.

Nick’s Reply:
When are you going to decide if you’re a big fan or my site? I need to
know! As for the Muppet review, I believe Russ Fischer was going to do
one but he’s been swamped and I know that his Toronto coverage is a
titload better than any Muppet review could ever want to be. Maybe
later on he’ll do a review of cloth items with men’s hands in their
asses but for now we must all wait for Russ. As for Devin’s Batman Begins
review, I agree with a lot of his points but I just don’t think the
negatives were strong enough to sink what was a pretty stout movie.

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Courier.

Mitch to the right.Sean writes:

I have to say that I
really hate the new font. Actually the font might be ok if the size was like a
4. Can you please increase the size of revert back to the previous one?
Thanks!

Nick’s Reply: Holy grabs, it was for one contest! A one-time joke. Man, people DO fear change.

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Graboid.

Mitch to the left!Cam writes:

Could you archive these somewhere so that if we miss a graboid we can find them all in one place on the site?

Nick’s Reply: Honestly,
that’s one thing I don’t want to archive. The point of the Graboid is
to add another feature people come back for. I’d much rather people
search for the Graboid HERE so they realize just how much stuff we have to offer on a daily basis.

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Grabannoyed.

Mitch to the right.Hollee writes:
Do we need to have a discussion on the generally accepted meaning of daily? For
the very first time, I thought I recognized the frame from your "more polished
and tougher perspective", but, I’ve been waiting for the next Graboid to confirm
it’s was The Rock.


Nick’s Reply: I
hit a snag there for technical and personal reasons and the thing
stagnated for a week. Then a server crashed raped two days worth of
work. What do you want from a man? Sorry! I’m so sorry! Help me God I AM SORRY!

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Suggestion Box: Round, Looks Like a Garbage Can.

Mitch to the left!Nick writes:


Quick site suggestion for you guys –

You
really should create a seperate column/box with the latest DVD Review
links. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that it’s probably the least
interesting material you guys put out, and it’s sort of lame to check
out the sidebar only to find that 80% of the day’s links are DVD
reviews. It’s not that you don’t write witty and well plotted reviews
- it’s just, who really cares about DVD reviews in the first place?

Just a suggestion, keep up the good work and get that bastards final list out!

Nick’s Reply: I think DVD reviews are brilliant and wonderful and a lot more interesting than who Variety said is starring in Smells Like Heaven IX. See, they’re original content. All ours. I guess either you like them or you don’t. Sorry you don’t.

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Pawed Cast.

Mitch to the right.Brandon writes:

I just wanted to tell you all that
the pod casts are awesome and I look forward to hearing the new one! When..WHEN
will we get the next pod cast!

Nick’s Reply:
I think we’ll record one next Friday. The one with Devin had to be put
to pasture for technical reasons. Glad you like it though!

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I Like Him.

Mitch to the left!Daniel writes:

First of all great
site. I’ve been reading it for 4 years now. I thought that as I enter my fourth
decade I would have grown out of the internet and would have less time for
movies.

In fact, I have
merely become more selective in my movie watching. I wait for video more often
(partly because of the high London ticket prices – £8.50, about $15 !!) and
don’t let the hype overwelm me. As a result I enjoy watching movies more often.

So thanks to the
CHUD crew for your reviews, which help sort the wheat from the chaff. Because of
you guys a lot of my friends have liked movies like Equilibrium and TV like the
Shield. (By the way, here in the UK we are about 6 episodes into season 4 and
its fantastic.) It’s nice not to be the only person to like a particular movie.

OK, now that I’m
doing kissing arse, here are a few questions:

1: Any progress on
the movie of ‘Killing Floor’ ? I’m a big fan of the Jack Reacher novels. (That
reminds me, can you recommend another author for those who like Lee Child
?)

2: What did you
think of the Island ? I thought it was exciting and ambitious, but did have
flaws. It was trying to be both a sci-fi film with a serious point ot make, and
big Michael Bay actioner. The end result was too dumb for fans of serious
sci-fi films, and maybe too slow for action fans at the beginning.

However, I manged to
enjoy it for what it was, and think it should have been more successful. Maybe
it would have been if they had gone for the hard ‘R’ rating. T3 and Bad Boys 2
proved that ‘R’ rated films can be successful. Isn’t the ‘r’ rating a draw for
the teen crowd ?

3: Do the old radio
links work ? The one for the Star Wars discussion does, but none of the others.
I don’t have an Ipod so don’t use Itunes, but would love to here the rest of the
discussions.

Thanks for the great
site.

Nick’s Reply: 1. Killing Floor is dead, much to the chagrin of screenwriter John Rogers and myself. One Shot,
the latest Reacher book, is apparently going to be made even though the
last 30 pages is the only compelling part of the book. As for other
writers, you ought to read Richard Stark / Donald Westlake, James
Ellroy, Dan Simmons’ "Hard" series, Greg Rucka, and the many other
great edgy crime novelists. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Left Turn starts to feel a little grim and gritty too.

2.
I hated the action stuff, which is odd for a Bay flick. I thought it
started well and had some nice moments but all the action seemed forced
and in a derivative film you need to have a good combination of story
and action. It didn’t. It certainly didn’t deserve the hate it got
though.

3. They work like a charm! All pertinent info is here.

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We Ain’t So Easy to Peg!

Mitch to the right.Mark writes:

Normally I am one of the ungrateful a-holes who just reads the site and never
sends feedback on all the great work you guys do at Chud.com…But that changed
with Bill Nolen’s review of the Ghostbusters DVD…It was the straw that broke
the camels back (or stroked the camel’s sack if you are a Kelly Bundy
fan)…There was one screencap with comment that completely characterized the
writing and humour of this site…Awesome…C’mon, "Go ahead, say hoser one more
goddamn time"…Classic. That is one of the reasons I go to this site instead of
actually doing my work at the office, great reviewing with little hidden gems
like that.

Nick’s Reply:
No offense to Bill, but I don’t think that’s what I’d use as an example
of CHUD escapsulated. I’m glad you liked his review, though! It was his
first for us.

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SPAM OF THE DAY!

Mitch to the left!

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