I saw an absolutely awesome movie over the weekend - Baghdad Cafe. Don't let the name fool you, it has nothing to do with Iraq. It's one of those movies that "gets it". If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend revoking food, heat, and water to see it right now.
There's no readily recognizable faces, except for one: Jack-friggin-Palance, who is totally awesome in everything he does ("Believe it'a, or not'a"). And he's pretty damn good in this movie - at one point, he's waving a flower, trying to seduce a woman who is being interrogated by the police. Awesome. Plus, some of you might recognize CCH Pounder, who really puts out a strong performance in BC. Merianne Sagebrect, a German actor who was totally unknown to me before, really steals the movie though (you'll see).
It was apparently also made into a bad TV series. Here's something that's weird though. Try searching under Google or IMDB for "Baghdad Cafe". You won't find it easily, except for the TV show. IMDB seems to have never heard of it, at first... however, after some searching under the actors names, I finally found it - for some weird reason, it's listed under "Out of Rosenheim". Why? I really don't know and don't care enough to find out at this moment... All I know is I saw a great movie, and it was called Baghdad Cafe, and Whoopi sure as hell wasn't in it.
But you really should see it - if you like silly little things like dialogue, good acting, and a great story, then see it. It's one of those movies I'd say has a "magic" quality about it, like Spirited Away or Donnie Darko.
Most of you probably know how much I love the 80's. Last Thursday, 80's singer Laura Brannigan died in her sleep from an aneurysm at age 47. She was perhaps best known for her huge hit song, "Gloria". She was also known for one of my favorite 80's songs "Self-Control" ("Iiii...I live among the creatures of the night... Ooaah.. Aaooh.."). I still remember seeing her on CHiPs. She was getting ready to get a new album together when she died. My condolences to her family, friends, and fans. You died too young, Laura, I and the world will miss you.