fun for the whole family! fun? i meant jobs!

Who’s watched the original Battlestar Galactica mini-series? Do you remember that kid who was in it, the one who thankfully wasn’t kept on as the show moved into a full television series? Yeah, the one on the right here. The actor’s name is Connor Widdows and there’s something curious and coincidental about the films and shows he has appeared in. It’s something to do with this piece of trivia on his IMDB page: “Son of Casting Director Kathleen Widdows”

That’s not quite it though, one needs to dig a little deeper there in his IMDB profile to get at the real nugget of wonder in his bio – oh here it is: “Nephew of Casting Director Coreen Mayrs

Lets take a look at Connor’s filmography! Most recently, he appeared in Smallville. It just so happens that Coreen Mayrs was the casting director for Smallville, that’s interesting. Prior to that, he appeared in John Tucker Must Die. I wonder who the casting director might have been? Oh yes, it’s Coreen Mayrs!

X-Men: The Last Stand? Connor appears, Coreen is casting director. Battlestar Galactica? Coreen and Connor! X2? Coreen and Connor! Agent Cody Banks? Coreen and Connor! Dark Angel? Freddy Got Fingered? Agent Cody Banks? Coreen and Connor!

I’m pleased to see that the trend looks set to continue with Connor’s younger sister Sarah. Thus far she’s been in The Butterfly Effect and an episode of The L Word but I’m not going to give you any prizes for guessing who was the casting director.

The wonderful nepotistic world of show-business! 🙂

(Full credit to Ing for noticing this curiosity)

without a doubt, worst movie I’ve ever seen

Last night, I was surprised. Here I am, someone who’s seen “Plan 9 from Outer Space” and even “Manos: The Hands of Fate.” I thought I’d seen the worst movies of all time. But I was sorely mistaken. Last night, I watched “The Room”. It’s a truly extraordinary piece of cinema. Here’s a short snippet of dialog to help explain:

Mark: How was work today?
Johnny: Oh pretty good. We got a new client… at the bank. We make a lot of money.
Mark: What client?
Johnny: I can not tell you, its confidential.
Mark: Oh come on. Why not?
Johnny: No I can’t. Anyway, how is your sex life?

It really has to be seen to be believed though. It’s damn hard to get a hold of – let me know if you’d like to see it. The Rifftrax guys have released an accompaniment which I also bought but haven’t listened to yet. The movie really doesn’t need anything to be added for it to be hilarious.

you wouldn’t deprecate your friend’s chose in action

Pirated movies don’t have scratches that make them unplayable. Pirated movies don’t have irritating public service announcements you can’t skip. Pirated movies are easy to transcode and put onto my portable media player. Pirated media is often high definition. Pirated media is generally more flexible in usability than legitimately purchased media. That’s kind of a shame, really. I wish legitimate media was better.