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four-letter feasts

Posted by rollinsloane on 15 January 2008

The fine folks over at Box Office Psychics have put together a list of the 53 most ‘fuck’-filled movies (thanks to The Wire‘s all-‘fuck’ murder investigation scene, I think we already know which TV show takes top honors).

Not surprisingly, a documentary on the word has the highest ‘fuck’ count. It will also shock no one that 24 of the 53 are from 1990 and on, and 26 are from 2000 and on — mainstream’fuck’ acceptance is a modern trend. Only Scarface, Born on the Fourth of July and Eddie Murphy: Raw represent the 80s (and how). Also featured: Quentin Tarantino (19, 20, 27), Martin Scorsese (3, 10, 25), Kevin Smith (22) and The Dude (1998), not to mention Eminem (42), 50 Cent (50) and, of course, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen (53).

1. Fuck (2005) – 824
2. Nil by Mouth (1997) – 428
3. Casino (1995) – 398
4. Alpha Dog (2007) – 367
5. Twin Town (1997) – 318
6. Summer of Sam (1999) – 315
7. Running Scared (2006) – 315
8. Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat (2002) – 311
9. Menace II Society (1993) – 300
10. Goodfellas (1990) – 300
11. Narc (2002) – 297
12. Harsh Times (2006) 296
13. Another Day in Paradise (1998) – 291
14. Made (2001) – 291
15. Dirty (2005) – 280
16. Jarhead (2005) – 278
17. Bully (2001) – 274
18. State Property 2 (2005) – 271
19. Reservoir Dogs (1992) – 269
20. Pulp Fiction (1994) – 265
21. The Big Lebowski (1998) – 260
22. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) – 248
23. Dead Presidents (1995) – 247
24. The Boondock Saints (1999) – 239
25. The Departed (2006) – 237
26. Empire (2002) – 236
27. True Romance (1993) – 234
28. State of Grace (1990) – 230
29. My Name Is Joe (1998) 230
30. Gridlock’d (1997) 227
31. The Devil’s Rejects (2005) – 224
32. Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) – 223
33. Suicide Kings (1997) – 222
34. Black and White (1999) – 215
35. American History X (1998) – 214
36. The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) 213
37. Layer Cake (2005) 210
38. Scarface (1983) 207
39. Spun (2002) 203
40. A Bronx Tale (1993) 200
41. Foolish (1999) 200
42. 8 Mile (2002) 200
43. DysFunktional Family (2003) 200
44. I Got the Hook Up (1998) 197
45. Born on the Fourth of July (1989) – 196
46. Overnight (2003) – 191
47. Magnolia (1999) – 190
48. Monster (2003) – 187
49. Hustle and Flow (2005) – 186
50. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005) 185
51. Formula 51 (2001) – 180
52. Flawless (1999) – 178
53. Superbad (2007) – 176

Ollie

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a recent bit from the bard of the cornfields

Posted by rollinsloane on 27 October 2007

Garrison Keillor is increasingly becoming the living embodiment of Americana nostalgia. Raised in the conservative farm country of Heartland Christianity, the writer-humorist-radio host continues to cherish and poke fun at his prim 50s youth. 2002’s Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 is a winning addition to the his on-going chronicles of a fictional small-town Minnesota community, narrated by 14-year-old wannabe writer Gary (author stand-in, much?) whose sexual awakenings/longings/confusion reads like a pint-size Philip Roth.

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This little snippet is the teenage poetry of narrator Gary’s beloved cousin Kate, a rebel against the sexual restrictions of her religious family. It’s a simple bit, but we here at TORO! believe in preservation at even the smallest level. There’s some concluding narrative to give a dose of Keillor’s wry voice.

soliloquy:

death is easy like taking a bath
with an electric fan and waving hello to god
you could die like walking in front of a bus
or jumping into the big blue air or into the lake
or doing almost anything
you could die by living in minnesota
and forgetting your scarf
or remembering your scarf and it catches on the axle and strangles you
god is love but
he doesn’t necessarily drop
everything and go save you
does he

Miss Lewis was horrified. She told Kate she was a very sick girl. She sent the poem home to my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Sugar, and it scared them silly. How could Kate say such crazy things? And putting an electric fan in the bath? Where did she come up with something so grisly? And why wasn’t god capitalized?

“It’s only a poem,” said Kate. She pointed out that a soliloquy is a speech to one’s self and that it wasn’t her talking, it was the person in the poem. Nonetheless, Sugar hustled around and locked up all the knives and razor blades and small electric appliances, and hid the rope and the garden hose.

 

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