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Crispin Glover In Toronto This Sunday With WHAT IS IT!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Right now, the only way you can enjoy Crispin Glover’s unique WHAT IS IT is at one of these special events. Whenever Mr. C. Hellion Glover decides to show his film, it’s worth turning out for, and for those of you in Toronto, this Sunday is that day. There’s information about both a screening and a party here, so pay attention. Check out the details:

A shout out to all you Canadian Crispin Glover freaks in Ontario and the surrounding area. Daniloff Productions, and Rue Morgue magazine who both presented Alejandro Jodorowsky to Toronto last summer are now bringing Crispin to town as part of Rue Morgue’s “ Festival Of Fear ”.

You’ve seen him in River’s Edge, Wild At Heart, and Willard, but now you can see Crispin present his debut cinematic mind trip, ‘What Is It?’, presented in glorious 35 MM. The film will be screened at the Bloor Cinema (508 Bloor Street West) in Toronto on Sunday August 28th, at 7:30 pm. Along with the screening, Crispin will also present his, ‘Big Slide Show’, and a Q&A following the film.

Those who have witnessed Crispin’s slide show and have had the opportunity to hear him speak, will tell you that this is definitely one event you CAN’T miss.

Daniloff Productions and Suspect Video Presents


"An intimate evening of film appreciation, beautifully bizarre music, and incredible moving images, introduced by Crispin Glover".

with special guests:







Sunday August, 28, 2005

Doors @ 11:00pm - $10.00


Drake Hotel Underground

1150 Queen St. West

Come celebrate the release of Crispin Glover's new film "WHAT IS IT? With CRISPIN GLOVER. Special guests include; WAX MANNEQUIN, WHIPPOORWILL, DJ SHANNON, and DJ VIDEO DAVE.

"In the world of screen actors, perhaps being a hero is measured not by how many Oscar nominations you've racked up, or by how many younger thespians you've influenced, but by how fiercely you maintain your creative integrity over the years. That unique mixture of high acting style, scene stealing, and intense emotional engagement has won Crispin Glover a rabid cult following, and more recently, helped nab him the Maverick Award from Method Fest, a film festival dedicated to the craft of acting that runs in Calabasas, CA. The career-recognition award was presented to Glover by another iconoclast, legendary filmmaker and friend, Werner Herzog."

-"Crispin Glover is the only actor who can make this world without Andy Kaufman an interesting place in which to watch."

-Kier La Janisse, Film Comment

Sounds like one hell of a way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening, and if you go, let us know what you think about it!

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Aug. 27, 2005, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by SnowMann

    glover for joker.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Yet *another* reason

    by the_motormouth

    to wish I were Canadian... oh well.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 7:28 p.m. CST

    what a bag of crap


    i hope glover dies so that the guy who said "Crispin Glover is the only actor who can make this world without Andy Kaufman an interesting place in which to watch." will no longer have a reason to live.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 7:31 p.m. CST

    re: bag of crap

    by the_motormouth

    Almost as ridiculous as Chris Farley getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by ectocriminal

    i've seen him as mcfly and willard and in some movie where he's hiding a body or has killed someone or something. he's decent in everything i've seen, but can someone list a few of his better/best performance(s) so i can get a better feel for why this guy has reached cult god status.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by jig98

    to all talkbackers:hi hows it going?

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Wild at Heart

    by brendahamLincoln

    Glover's in it for like 2 minutes, but it's the best 2 minutes in the whole movie, which on its own is really fucking good. I highly recommend. It's violent and weird and for those who care, Laura Dern is all kinds of naked. Plus it's a David Lynch movie. So you know. Yeah.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 9:46 p.m. CST

    walk of fame

    by Chuck_Schick

    to the guy who mentioned chris farley getting a star of the hollywood walk of fame...made me curious who else has obtained this (what i thought was a) unique honor. well, the list isn't unique at all! here's just a sample of other worthy honorees: liv tyler, renee zellweger, john tesh, david spade, roger ebert, ben stein...and my personal favorite...ryan seacrest! holy god! here's the full list:

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 10:04 p.m. CST

    So all it takes to win a cult following...

    by Little Beavis to make a movie dressing up drooling retards like Shirley Temple or freakish naked elephant people with enormous tits? Fuck all you Glover-obsessed art-house assholes-- "What Is It?" is rancid donkey shit, and you all know it. You retard-exploiting bastards deserve a fucking punch in the mouth.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 11:11 p.m. CST

    RE: Little Beavis

    by decastro

    So you've seen it then? Not to mention, he's had a cult following long prior to this movie coming out.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Rubin and Ed

    by scratcher

    Has anyone ever seen this film? I just remember Glover on Letterman showing a clip of it 15 years ago, and it was completely insane (no real surprise). Howard Hesseman? Karen Black? Is it worth hunting down? I just watched Wild at Heart again last night, and Glover/Lynch almost had me crying during the Dell segment.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover has a great PR guy

    by I Dunno

    How else could someone play a nerd in a great but completly mainstream comedy, a characature of Andy Warhol, a guy who plays with rats and a dufus henchman in Charlie's Angels and still maintain some sort of quirky, off beat misunderstood artist cred? Godspeed, Crispin, you Goddamned anarchist and I hope that lawsuit with the producers of Back to the Future went well. You're hard core.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Dead Man

    by scratcher

    By the way, I just noticed on IMDB that this is the 10th anniversary of one of the greatest films of all time -- Dead Man. If you haven't seen it, you're missing something great If you have and didn't like it, try again. I only wish that I could see it in a theater again, with that amazing Neil Young soundtrack.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 11:55 p.m. CST

    What is it? It's it!

    by bib fortuna

    Glover is a good actor but not an Epic one.

  • Aug. 27, 2005, 11:55 p.m. CST

    CrispIN is AWESOME - I'll miss it!

    by khalthephal

    Listen, Crispin Glover is the best. Everything I have seen him in, he is interesting, and not threating like TOny Perkins. BTW DJ Shannon is awesome, she does Mondays at Lee's Palace across the street. Yup. That's my old neighbourhood from only 3 months ago- Bloor Cinema. Well at least I'll be in the Jesse James picture in Winnipeg, woot!

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Saw an early cut

    by elecam

    I saw an early cut that still had the timecode running across it about 7 years ago at a book reading he did. The description Little Beavis wrote was pretty accurate. Guy with Down Syndrom getting jerked off by a large chested woman in a gorilla mask is one of the images I remember and Crispin in black face too. Didn't make too much sense. But I don't think anyone who is familiar with him would expect it to.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Re: decastro

    by Little Beavis

    Just saw the trailer when it came out during Sundance. Had the chance to see it in Austin when Glover came to town, but decided I just couldn't support this bullshit. I AM a big Glover fan as far as his willingness to try crazy shit goes, but I just won't go so far as to support exploiting retards for 'artistic value'. That's fucking heartless chickenshit, McFly.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 3:17 a.m. CST

    my god...

    by SnowMann

    I love the whedon... LOVE the whedon... but what the hell does he have to do with crispin glover? Quint may have been right in comparing some whedonites to scientologists, if only because that previous post was fucking crazy. Like I would love nothing more than to be watching serenity right now or having some more concrete info on this spike spinoff, but if i saw toney on oprah tomorrow jumping on a couch confessing his love to joss, i wouldn't be surprised.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 5:20 a.m. CST

    the What Is It trailer was so disturbing the last time I saw it.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    that if I wasn't focusing on getting drunk, I would've fucking thrown up. Jesus H Christ.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 7:13 a.m. CST

    snowmann, dude...

    by omarthesnake

    Can't you recognize satire when you see it?

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 7:54 a.m. CST

    No "Crispin for Joker" posts yet? As Joss as my witness, I swear

    by Big Bad Clone

    Midgets, fur coats, naked chicks amd "'tards"? Add in some flashy wheels and you have a rap video.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Crispin for Joker

    by performingmonkey

    Suck it fuckers!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 11:02 a.m. CST

    so we all agree that this movie is beyond trash

    by SirBiatchReturns

    the trailer just looked like first year film garbage. worse than that actually. i'm surprised that someone would even try to support something like that.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Crispin as The Batman!

    by Uncle Stan

    If you really want to wig-out mainstream America, this is the way to do it. And he would own that bat-belt, you nancy boys!!

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Ontario and the surrounding area?

    by ottawafreddy

    That's about the dumbest thing I've read today. Clearly this Kier person has never seen a map.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 3 p.m. CST

    Rubin & Ed, Bartlby, River's Edge

    by Incrediburgible

    These three films are fantastic and Glover is the main reason in each case. Rubin & Ed can be found (for rent) on VHS, but was never released at a consumer pricepoint. (i.e. Amazon always carried it, but it was like $68 or something). Bartlby (a reinterpretation of Bartlby The Scrivener) came out a few years ago and was a quiet masterpiece, and hilarious. River's Edge (1987) is his original acting tour de force. He doesn't play a weirdo, just a fucked up stoner high school student... going toe to toe with Dennis Hopper. - - - Willard was a shitty movie through no fault of Glover's. Wild At Heart is awesome, but his cameo in it is just that. His turn as George McFly still entertains me every time I see it. As Warhol in The Doors he was okay. No worse than Bowie as Warhol in Basquiat. Another little-known Glover showcase is a film called Twister (not the blockbuster Twister, the OTHER Twister) where he co-starred with Harry Dean Stanton in a story about a kind of Plains States White Trash Addams Family. Of these I'd say River's Edge and Bartlby are the cream of the crop. And for anyone who's seen his art books Oak Mot and/or Rat Catching, this new movie What Is It? will make perfect sense - - - - - - as will Chris Cunningham's Rubber Johnny, you stupid cunts. - - - - - - Oh, and his father Bruce Glover has rocked the silver screen for decades - from films like the original Walking Tall and China Town in the '70s to Ghost World most recently. (He was the dude in the wheel chair in the coffee shop who answered the question of the day with his laptop computer.) - - - - - Having said that, Crispin has no business appearing in a dumbass Batman movie. He should do a biopic about Franz Kafka, IMHAFO.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 3:02 p.m. CST

    OK, Bartleby is spelled with an 'e' - if you're inte

    by Incrediburgible

    and Joe Piscopo is (bewilderingly) great in it too

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 3:03 p.m. CST

    big ups to bib fortuna

    by one man orgy

    I just don't see enough FNM references on here.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Bartleby co-stars...

    by Incrediburgible

    David Paymer, who is the dude from Mr. Saturday Night who I mistook for that unknown actor who died the other day. - - -

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I HAVE witnessed him speak, and you can skip it...

    by jlr248

    This was probably the worst piece of crap-masquerading-as-art I've ever seen in my life. Unless you like movies with snail decapitation, hot 'tard on 'tard action, and guys with down's syndrome being jerked off in a giant clam shell, in which case, it'll be your favorite movie of the year. I actually went to see this thinking it would be weirdly entertaining, but it was almost unwatchable. Crispin's Q & A at the end proved what a pretentious ass he really is. Apparently sad masturbation in a fake forest with old-timey rascist music, swastikas, and dead slugs is a real "screw you" to mainstream Hollywood. I guess he really never got over that feud with Spielberg over Back to the Future II...

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 3:21 p.m. CST

    You pious fuck.

    by Incrediburgible

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I see SirBiatch is being his usual open-minded self.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Just don't disagree with him or he'll break out some memorable insults like "dumbass" or tell you you like it up the ass.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Apologies to the treasurer of the Crispin Glover Fanclub.

    by jlr248

    Whether or not I'm a pious fuck doesn't change the fact that Glover is a pretentious fuck. Schlocky shock value films from Troma or old John Waters stuff work because they don't pretend to be important artistic masterworks. If you want to make fun of the retarded, go for it, but don't make fun of the retarded and then pretend what you're really exposing the world to their beauty through your amazing art that no one else is brave enough to attempt. That's total bullshit.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 4:58 p.m. CST

    haha Jacktool. funny how you were the first to mention any kind

    by SirBiatchReturns

    but regardless, why not look at the person below you? just about everyone thinks this movie is utter trash. so Jack, make like Jill and run up a fucking hill. and then fall off. silly fool.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Dont know about this film...

    by Nabster

    But Crispin Glover is awesome in the few roles I have seen him in, even in Willard. And Dead Man is indeed a superb film. What the hell does Whedon have to do with Glover, Whedon does not have the veil of artistic intregity Glover maintained, whether or not artificial. Whedon aims for mainstream.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 6:17 p.m. CST

    As far as penetration, I quoted you from another talkback, geniu

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I'm sure alot of the people that think this is going to be trash are illiterate Michael Bay fans that need explosions and fast cars to keep them from nodding off and drowning in a pool of their own slobber. Even if not, only a moron like you would use a line like "everyone thinks this movie is utter trash" to validate your useless opinion. Guess you aren't use to thinking on your own, are you? Thanks for validating my original post on your close-mindedness, you predicatable simpleton.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Incrediburgible

    All art is pretense, blowhole. Go fellate your politically-correct self.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by Incrediburgible

    Bush's America is ALL ABOUT contempt for the weak. Therefore I predict this film will do huge box office. With or without car chases or explosions.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Rubin & Ed

    by trevor2001


  • Aug. 28, 2005, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by jlr248

    Wow, I never thought of it that way. If there were a few car chases and Crispin Glover would have exploded in the final shot, I would have LOVED the movie. And I guess what you're implying through your prediction is Glover and Bush BOTH have contempt for the weak. Even if I didn't like his movie, I still would have given Glover more credit. Just because a movie's politically incorrect doesn't automatically make it a work of fucking genius. A film can be politically incorrect AND shitty! For example, this stinking turd of a movie.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Incrediburgible

    Anything that gets a puritanical Nancy like you in a twist is doing something right. What Is It doesn't need to be a work of genius, and no one is saying it is. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go pray to my Flying Spaghetti Monster god. - - - touched by his noodly appendage, Incrediburgible.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by jlr248

    Actually, Crispin Clover seemed pretty fucking confident that What Is It is a work of genius, which is what I had a problem with. And now I'm off to ass rape my dead cousin with a crucifix (in blackface, obviously!) and film it so you'll have something to watch in case Crispin's sequel gets held up. And I'll put an exploding car chase in mine, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 9:45 p.m. CST

    'WHAT IS IT?' It is, simply, the worst movie I've e

    by Toxic Frog

    Pure, total, complete, SHIT. Anyone that claims otherwise is an absolute idiot. I have never wanted to throw rotten fish guts at anyone before. If I'd had some at the screening, ol' Crispin would have been covered in rancid fish parts.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 10:56 p.m. CST

    "Anyone that claims otherwise is an absolute idiot."

    by SirBiatchReturns

    so by that statement, it shows that IamJack is indeed an absolute idiot.

  • Aug. 28, 2005, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by Incrediburgible

    I haven't seen people this repulsed and indignant at a movie since Blue Velvet came out. Those people had the sense to stomp out half-way through the movie yet you stuck it out for some reason.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I feel fairly certain that "What Is It?" is just a bunch of weir

    by rev_skarekroe

    That said, his albums are hilarious.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Crispin Glover being weird...

    by Childe Roland

    ...for weird's sake? That doesn't sound like him at all. In Bizarro world. I enjoy some of the man's work in front of the camera, but behind it he's a ratchet set short of a compelte toolbox. If he remained in character (the character he's been playing in real life since high school), he would make an intersting Joker in the next Batman movie, though.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 12:11 p.m. CST

    the glover oeuvre (the "gloeuvre"?)

    by duanejones

    "Unless you like movies with snail decapitation, hot 'tard on 'tard action, and guys with down's syndrome being jerked off in a giant clam shell, in which case, it'll be your favorite movie of the year." -- woo-hoo! finally! to think i've struggled through one of the worst years for new films on record, only to be redeemed cinematically by the love of 'tard for 'tard on the half-shell...thank you, c. hellion! actually, i've been reading about this for the last few months, and it honestly sounds more terrible than i could dare imagine...which is not to say i won't see it. cf. _showgirls_ for a comparable cinematic delight. possily more importantly, i'm delighted to see that so many here appreciate mr. glover's contributions to some great, underappreciated films by great, underappreciated directors, including _dead man_, mr. jarmusch's BEST film -- although i've not yet seen _broken flowers_, but i'll bet bill's deadpan is no substitute for exchanges like "i'm not a poet."/"oh, you're so modest...". _twister_ -- NOT the cow-in-the-air one with helen hunt -- is a strange damn film by the superb michael almereyda, featuring not just the sublime glover, stanton, etc. but the late, great cut-up wm. s burroughs -- very much worth tracking down. and i'd heard good things about _bartleby_ (and joe piscopo! go figure...), and crispin's seems perfect for the role, bordering on typecast. then there's _charlie's angels_...psych! but wasn't he a truly, unnervingly credible bad guy? kafka seems like further superb typecasting for the man -- would he need make-up to be a credible cockroach? signs point to "no"...anyways, the point is: i admire him and his outre sensibility, but that doesn't mean i'm going to suffer through every manifestation of his muse, no matter down's syndrome sufferers get off in the "bargain". really, how many _brown bunny_'s must we endure in one film cycle? with _battle for heaven_ and this soon to open, plus _9 songs_, i guess that makes four...

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST

    You know what's worse than "weird for weird's sake"?

    by Some Dude

    Normal for normal's sake.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Art films

    by Incrediburgible

    I suspect "What Is It?" is no "Cremaster" - - I'll see it though, whatever it is.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Incrediburgible, should we assume...

    by duanejones LIKED _cremaster_? matthew barney = assmaster.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 2:48 p.m. CST

    That was postively lame, SirBiatch. You're very weak even at

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    And did I say it wasn't crap? Nope, learn to read and try again next time. But I am remaining open-minded to it, unlike yourself. Maybe if they threw hip-hop or Diddy in it, you'd give it a chance?

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Sideshows never interested me

    by antonphd

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 3:17 p.m. CST

    artistic integrity

    by antonphd

    I knew that reading this thread was going to make me laugh. Thanks guys. Now... I'm going to go and watch Charlies Angels 1 and 2 for some artistic integrity in action.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 3:51 p.m. CST

    I agree with you completely...

    by Childe Roland

    ...Some Dude, but I prefer my weirdness to stem from efforts on the part of the weirdo to be normal. There is no shortage of delightful accidental and even incidental weirdness in the world. When someone tries as hard as Glover, it's just a little sad.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Cremaster 2

    by Incrediburgible

    I didn't see them all, but I loved Cremaster 2 (the one about Gary Gilmore). Cremaster 1 (the one shot in Bronco stadium) was the other one I saw and I didn't like it nearly as much. They had the air conditioning cranked in the theater and I was freezing and just wanted it to be over.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Oh, btw, Eraserhead continues to slay

    by Incrediburgible

    We'll all be sucking hard on Eraserhead for many years to come.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Crispin Glover is a terrible actor

    by Doc_McCoy

    I avoid any project he's involved with like the plague.

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 6:16 p.m. CST

    by ectocriminal

  • Aug. 29, 2005, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by ectocriminal

    and speaking of, it seems i can't type. although the idea of incorporating retarded people performing sex acts into a video may seem shocking, working with individuals with down's syndrome between ages 15 and 25 is like non-stop pornography. they are constantly groping and penetrating one another with foriegn objects, having homo- and heterosexual conquests with one another, and the like. and, once in the act, you're supposed to let them finish and in no way shape or form break them up or interact at all. i think the reason for this is that retarded people have no impulse control, so they act on every sexual desire they can conjure up. maybe glover is using trying to use that as some sort of metaphor, i dunno, i'm having trouble defending retarded pornography. i did check out some more of his films though, including his role in charlie's angels, and i think i agree that this guy would make an awesome, awesome joker, especially if he's as bugfuck crazy as he seems to be.

  • Aug. 30, 2005, 1:13 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is it?

    by Veraxus

    Let me know when it's playing in Socal. I can't resist a massochistic evening of brain abuse and drug-induced cinematic insanity.

  • Aug. 30, 2005, 5:30 a.m. CST


    by BlackIronPrison

    There is no one quite like Crispin. Even if his movie sucks. He will still be light years ahead of Joss Whedon and his silly attempts to do anything beyond third-rate garbage. Remember Alien:Resurrection. I would personnally find a Tardsploitation flick a hell of a lot more engaging than Buffy. Crispin's movie has retards in it, yes. But Whedon's stuff is for retards. IMO.

  • Aug. 30, 2005, 8 a.m. CST

    The Good Son Remake

    by stlfilmwire

    I wanted to see a Good Son remake... with Crispin in the Culkin role and Steve Guttenberg in the Wood role. Just to see the two dangling from a cliff while the mom (who could be played by Cindy Lauper) must make a choice. Of course, the music would be done by Wilco and the director would be a Brazilian Harmony Korine impersonator. That would be a great flick. Then of course, he could star in a remake of Man's Best Friend with Crispin in the Ally Sheedy role.

  • Aug. 30, 2005, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I like to support weirdy stuff....

    by Mr Bungle I'll support this. Crispin Glover is always a pleasure to watch. Anyone who thinks Joss Whedon has more talent is likely to be one of those mindless mainstream fuckwits can I just can't stand, so I'll just laugh at them instead. This film does admittedly look incomprehensible, but at least its not the recycled garbage we see with every other film. Whether or not it has purpose, I don't care. I like fucked up shit and this looks like it may be hard to top in that regard. Oh, and I must also say kudos to the guy who tied the title into FNM's 'Epic', was thinking the same thing.

  • Aug. 30, 2005, 4:38 p.m. CST

    My Tutor...

    by josef.salyer

    ...has to be the best Crispin Glover movie of all time! It really sublime. You must have some "Summertime Fun" and "Kick out the Jams"