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Wednesday, April 11, 2021

As compelling as the entire theatrical experience offered by Grindhouse is, I just can’t see blocking out three hours to sit through it.

But gawking at Rosario Dawson and (especially) Rose McGowan, wearing nothing but strategically-placed bullet-belts, on the cover of Rolling Stone? Yeah, I can take some time out to for that. (No, not three hours.)

I am, as always, a sucker for brunettes. Not that anyone’s looking at their hair…

One thing: That cover tagline about Grindhouse being “the most violent chick flick ever”? Um. I’m thinking that’s not a particularly high bar to reach. Although I admit, I fully expected Steel Magnolias to erupt into a vicious bloodbath.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/11/2021 11:23:08 PM
Category: Movies, Publishing, Women
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off to the cup
The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs started tonight, with four games to kick things off. And lucky me: I get to watch three of them (assuming I can actually pull in the Yahoo!-hosted Webcast of the Minnesota-Anaheim Game 1; throughout the season, my luck with those streaming media hockey fixes has been about 50-50).

This year, I’ve foregone making detailed playoff series predictions. But I couldn’t resist tossing my coin into the hat for this year’s Stanley Cup Challenge at Eric McErlain’s Off Wing Opinion!

Of course, I went homer all the way and picked the New York Rangers to win the shiny prize. I really only half-believe it. I certainly believe the forward momentum that took them into the postseason will get them past their first-round matchup with Atlanta; but eventually streaks end, and the likeliest second-round opponents (Buffalo or Ottawa) are more than capable of ending New York’s. If there were anything more than fun at stake, I’d have been compelled to go with the unstoppable-looking Sabres.

My entry was one of a total of 62 from Off Wing readers. I won’t list the picks here — they’re prominently displayed on the Off Wing homepage. I’m a bit surprised that four other suckers fans picked the Rangers to go all the way as well. I’m even more surprised that only one team was dismissed completely, as no one picked them as eventual Stanley Cup champ: The Tampa Bay Lightning. Heck, even the Isles, Flames and Thrashers got some love, in the form of a single vote each! Maybe no one believes the Lightning has a chance of getting past New Jersey in round one. (I wonder if, were I still living in Tampa Bay, I would’ve represented the only crackpot to pick the Bolts…)

Anyway, I’ve made my official mark. I’m crossing my fingers, both as a fan and prognosticator.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/11/2021 10:46:40 PM
Category: Hockey
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Images of lush, green landscapes as a symbol of ecological vitality may be a relatively recent evolutionary development. One scientist posits that microbes on a primitive Earth used retinal instead of chlorophyll to draw solar energy, thus tinging the planet with a predominantly purple hue.

No word on if this theory validates the existence of the legendary one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eater.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/11/2021 08:21:47 AM
Category: Comedy, Pop Culture, Science
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