Last Sunday was the annual Gay Pride Parade here in West Hollywood, the city with the highest percentage of openly homosexual citizens in the world. And in the midst of all the continued controversy over gay marriage, as well as this recent brouhaha over including historical figures' sexual preferences in school textbooks, I thought I'd pay a little tongue-in-cheek tribute… read more!
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In honor of the upcoming Presidents' Day holiday, and in the midst of my country's current scandal-plagued presidential administration, I thought I'd list nine of the more interesting legends involving our past heads of state. Some are rumors, some are guarded secrets, some are mysteries never to be solved. I'm making it a point to avoid sex scandals, as they… read more!
Five years ago I made a list about the nine words that sum up 2000 - the various catchphrases and brand names that were on everybody's tongue that year. I feel that 2005 has been more about particular personalities - people you'd never heard of before, but who suddenly became big news. Chances are, you won't be hearing about most… read more!
The Michael Jackson molestation trial is nearly over as I write this. Possibly the only good thing that can be said about the media's coverage of this is that nobody's been calling it the "Trial of the Century" - seeing as how we're only five years in. However, that appellation was frantically used left and right during the last decades… read more!
A few years back, I was curious to see if my being born under the sign of Taurus (April 20 - May 20) meant anything, and so I started researching famous Taureans to look up any consistency in personality traits, vocations or whatever. To my surprise, I discovered that many of the world's biggest tyrants were all born under Taurus.… read more!
[Note from Mark: as I'm stressed out with other film-related duties, my friend Thomas Lakeman returns with another list guaranteed to expand your historical consciousness.] History loves winners, and whenever we talk about big turning points it's easier to point to the revolutions that actually took off - American, French, Russian, Industrial... but what about the ones that never got… read more!
If you are sans a sweetie this Valentine's Day, take heart: you're not alone. In fact, some of history's most influential people never got any action at all. Here are a few of them. Isaac Newton. Possibly the most well-documented historical virgin, Newton (who, after establishing landmark theories in mathematics and inventing physics, spent the rest of his life trying… read more!
This list is a little too late, as it was in December 1999 when radio stations, magazines, and MTV "counted down" the most popular tunes of recent times, calling them "the top 50 songs of the millennium". It was a misnomer: such countdowns never included a song before 1950 (if that). I do not believe that Michael Jackson's "Beat It"… read more!
Happy New Year. As we brush 2000 under the carpet, I'd like to pack nine words into a verbal time capsule, to give future generations a feel for what this past year was all about. So as "Viagra" and "Lewinsky" defined 1998 and "Columbine" and "Y2K" defined 1999, here are my candidates for the year 2000: Whassup. This is the official spelling of the… read more!
The '90s are officially over, folks, and now that we're in a position where we can look back with a growing sense of (shudder!) nostalgia, many will identify the decade with its more notable fads: Monica Lewinsky, Pulp Fiction, grunge, etc. But what of the fads that didn't take off? The ideas that everybody saw as lame at the outset?… read more!
I am as amazed as everybody else at how good the year 1999 was for films. Particularly surprising was the high quality of output from the Hollywood studios – not, as of late, known for churning out anything of lasting worth. But who wants to talk about the good stuff? Let's pay homage to the lamest ideas, events, and personalities of 1999. Star… read more!
As we look back on the decade, it's interesting to see how the cinematic landscape has changed, and how it hasn't. This list calls attention to what I feel are the 9 most influential films released between 1990 and 1999. This has nothing to do with the urgency of the films' messages, or even how good the films are; in fact,… read more!
Happy birthday to me! Mark Tapio Kines turns 29 years old today. April 26 usually gets a bad rap, and who can blame it? This day marks the anniversary of the death of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, the Chernobyl disaster, the bombing of Guernica (which inspired Picasso's famous painting), and the marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But let's pay tribute… read more!
Just before Oscar time - and just before the big glut of 1999 films starts pouring out - I thought I'd sneak in under the wire with my own annoying list of movies that I think you should watch. Please note that, although I'm calling these the nine best movies of 1998, they are really just nine films that I… read more!
Although he wrote a song about it, David Bowie never committed rock & roll suicide. But many famous musicians did check out this decade, all by their own hand. It's a distressing signal to be seeing so many of them: before the '90s, rock's only noteworthy suicides were Joy Division's Ian Curtis (in 1980) and the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious… read more!