Cruellest Month #1: The Raven (A New Translation)

Edgar Allan Poe stamp

So we return to yet another April and yet another National Poetry Month. Just like last year, we’re going to be posting a new poetry recording each day. Some of it will be original. Some of it will be classic material. Some of it will be classic material presented in an entirely new way.

We’re leading off our first poem this year with Edgar Allan Poe‘s “The Raven.” Yes, we’ve showcased it before. Read by James Earl Jones, Vincent Price and Christopher Walken. I’ve even taken a crack at it.

But this something different. Our own Tee Quillin did a straight reading of it and handed it to one of his college classes as an assignment and said, “Do something with this.” Michael Blevins answered the challenge with a new translation of the classic piece that is…well, NSFW for language. We enjoyed it so much we asked for permission to lead off this year with it and we got it. So. Enjoy.

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You can download it directly here and a unique feed is here.

We kicked off last year with Tennyson and “Ulysses.”

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: A Non-Review

Megan Fox in Transformers

First of all, for the record, let me say that I have not seen the new Transformers sequel. I’m aware of the hype and I did see the first one. Thankfully, this is not a review of the new movie. It’s a review of a couple of the reviews I’ve read for that movie.

In the early, pre-dawn hours of the morning this morning, I rolled over and picked up my Blackberry to catch a glimpse of the headlines. There’s always something there that will help lock your eyeballs open for the day. This day, it was the absolute idiocy of a couple of movie reviews that was able to get me from the bed to the coffee pot.

The first review I read was by Tom Charity on The second was by Joe Morgenstern on the Wall Street Journal Online.


Tarzan (1999) – DVD Review

Tarzan (1999) DVD cover art


Written by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Henry Mayo, David Reynolds, based on the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima
Starring Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Brian Blessed, Nigel Hawthorne, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, Alex D. Linz and Rosie O’Donnell


  • Terk’s Tree Surfing Challenge – 3 All New Games
  • DisneyPedia: Living in the Jungle
  • Deleted Scenes including Alternate Opening
  • Filmmaker’s Audio Commentary
  • All-New Music Video featuring The Wildly Popular Everlife
  • Music Videos featuring Phil Collins and ‘N Sync

Released by: Disney Home Entertainment
Rating: G
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Skip it.


Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) – DVD Review

Herbie Fully Loaded DVD cover art


Written by Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on characters by Gordon Buford
Directed by Angela Robinson
Starring Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer, Justin Long


  • Director Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Title Opening
  • A Day at the Races
  • Breaking the Rules: The Stunts from Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Lindsay Lohan Music Video: “First”

Released by: Disney Home Entertainment
Rating: G
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it