Monday, June 28, 2010


No, this isn't a post to announce a film adaptation of the movie Sorry. Although, I'm sure it's coming. This is an Apology post for the lack of Regular posts on HSC as of late.

As most of you know, Whitney and I launched a weekly film podcast called Frankly, My Dear. We hit the ground running about a month ago and have beeen extremely, extremely pleased with the feedback everyone has given us. A lot of people are listening and we couldn't be more happy about it.

But the show takes a lot of preparation and I haven't has the time to post as frequently as I'd like to on He Shot Cyrus.

I'm going to try my hardest to post more. But we are considering moving the Thanks for Writing contest over to FMD. Let me know what you think of this.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Frankly, My Dear Podcast

There's a reason I haven' been posting as frequently as usual. Whitney and I started a podcast. It was way more difficult than I would have thought but totally worth the work. The first two episodes are up on iTunes and Podomatic. We've got movie reviews, Top 5 lists, and theme music!

So here's the link if you want it.
And you can also subscibe to our show on iTunes.
If you have a podcast, or if you listen to film podcasts, leave a comment with the link and I'll definitely check it out. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Splice Review (Major Spoilers)

I know what you’re thinking. “Science-Fiction? BOR-ING. Science is boring by itself and fiction? No thank you. I prefer my disciplines to be fact-based and set in reality.” See, I did know what you were thinking. But like the Weather Girls, have I got news for you! Science is so much more than debating Pluto’s planet status and building pinwheels. Take Splice for example. Vincenzo Natali’s riveting documentary about two scientists (who are SO MUCH better looking than most scientists I know) who spliced together a whole bunch of animal DNA (a.k.a. blood) and human DNA (a.k.a. blood) and made a species which they call DREN but which I would have called Animan or Manimal.

Anyway, this director is really good because, unlike most documentaries, he really tried to stay away from the dreaded “floating heads” style of movie. For the most part, he really just lets the people tell their own story (except for DREN) who can’t speak English. There weren’t any subtitles but after a while you get used to it.

Anyway, these scientists have to hide their DREN because the government would NOT like the fact that these two made a creature of their own. Especially since the DREN is creepy looking. It was a pretty good thing that people didn’t know DREN existed at the time when they were making the movie or they would have freaked out. I almost freaked out and I had a movie screen in between me and the DREN! Needless to say, things start going wrong and quick! Turns out, DREN has a tail with a spike in it (I think it came from either the scorpion DNA (a.k.a. blood) or the human DNA (a.k.a. blood).

Anyway, the DREN’S face reminded me of this.

What was really incredible about the movie was how close the filmmaker could get to the creature without it ever attacking him. I mean, the DREN jumped at the camera a lot but the story kept going on so I guess he was always alright. One part that made me sad was when the boy scientist and the girl scientist were having relationship problems.

And then Adrian Brody fucked his creature-daughter.

The End.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Doug Comic

Matthew from Culture Kills e-mailed this awesome (and slightly disturbing) Doug comic drawn by H. Caldwell Tanner from  This has an American Splendor feeling to it mixed with a little noir.  I hope this is part of a series.  Thanks, Matthew!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Why Didn't They Tell Me About THIS EITHER?

They put "California Dreams" on DVD???
Damnit! All the wasted time!
Netflix, here I come.

Why Did NO ONE Tell Me About This?

Jimmy Fallon put a "California Dreams" reunion together?
Why Did NO ONE Tell Me About This?

Guess We Found Our Third

R.I.P. Rue McClanahan, Dennis Hopper, and Gary Coleman.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thanks For Writing - May 2010 Winner

The comments were counted. The name was drawn. May 2010's Thanks for Writing winner is none other than Simon from Four of Them. He really put the work in this month and I appreciate it. She has one week to send her name & mailing address to

A huge thanks to everyone who contributed comments this month. Reading your comments makes the work worthwhile. And if you didn't win, don't worry, this month's contest begins...NOW!

Miraculous Merch: Belgian "Escape to Witch Mountain" Poster

I love foreign posters for American movies. The artwork is usually more interesting. The text is in another language. And it gives you a familiar-but-not-quite feeling.  

Escape to Witch Mountain was one of my favorite movies growing up. That's why I tracked down a copy of the Italian version of its poster. MovieGoods is selling the Belgian version (pictured above) for $19.99 and it's almost as cool as the one I own. Buy it.