I turned on the TV to get the news Friday morning and all the coverage was of the wedding, which was already over. I flipped to an entertainment channel and sure enough, they were already re-running their coverage. I left it on while doing other stuff around the house, watching it now and then when it got interesting, and leaving it when it got boring. I have to say, the most entertaining part of the whole thing was not the wedding itself, but the ridiculous heights of hyperbole the “news people” covering it achieved. I just had to write something about the best examples.If you were to ask me if I watched the royal wedding the answer would be “sort of.”
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
“Man, I don’t drop character ‘till I done the DVD commentary.” – Kirk Lazarus, Tropic Thunder
Some of you may not care about the extras that come on DVDs and Blu-rays. You may just watch the movie and be done with it. When you do this you are only getting half of the experience from buying/renting one of these disks. Most of them usually have some extra content on them and these extras can be quite entertaining.
One of the more common extras is a commentary track. This is an alternate soundtrack where you can listen to people telling you things about the movie that you might not pick up on yourself. Sometimes these are really boring tracks done by Important Hollywood Directors that go on and on about what camera lens they used and what the weather was the day they shot a particular scene. Some, like Roger Ebert’s commentary for Citizen Kane, can be both very informative and very interesting. Some, like the original five children in Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory doing the commentary for their movie, are hilarious.
Every now and then, some people decide to get creative with the commentary tracks, too. One I shut off had a couple people pretend to get into a fight with each other and quit. Another for a musical (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog) actually had “Commentary: The Musical” where they sang songs about the movie in the commentary.
And there have been three movies I have encountered where the commentaries were done in character. By this, I mean that we are supposedly listening to the characters from the movie, commenting on their own movie as if they were real world people. The three movies that have done this are This is Spinal Tap, which is narrated by the band members; The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, which is narrated by one of Banzai’s crew members/band members; and Bubba Ho-Tep, which is narrated by “The King” (Elvis.)
On to the reviews…
You can find my posts for these movies here:
On to the reviews…
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A while back artist Jenny Burrows did three posters for a student project. She titled them “Historically Hardcore” and they were supposedly advertising an upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian that was designed to make history more relevant and interesting for today’s youths.
People liked them, they got shared, and eventually the fact that they were not real got lost. All of a sudden people were calling the Smithsonian to find out when the exhibit would be opening because they loved the concept. In fact, pretty much everybody loved the concept, except for the Smithsonian. Somebody there who was wound way too tight threatened Burrows with legal action if she did not remove these posters.
Since the posters had now been shared all across the internet that was pretty much impossible for her to do. What she did do was remove any references to the Smithsonian on the posters and put them back up on her website again.
Here is my favorite:
Thursday, April 7, 2011
After doing comedies in the zombie horror and buddy cop action movie genres, Pegg and Frost decided they would tackle the sci-fi alien genre, but also in a comedic way. It was a natural for them since they are big fans of these movies.
All three of these guys loved action movies, especially the “buddy cop” action movies like Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys, Point Break, and others. They decided to combine their love for these movies and make an action comedy of their own. The result is both a loving tribute to the genre, as well as a good movie that can stand on its own.
All three of these guys loved zombie movies and there had been a bit of a revival in interest in them with 2002’s 28 Days Later and the upcoming (in 2004) remake of Dawn of the Dead. As you can tell from the title being a play on words on Dawn of the Dead, this movie is a comedy. In fact, they claimed they had created a new genre, the “rom-zom-com.” A “rom-com” is a romantic comedy, so a “rom-zom-com” is a romantic comedy with zombies. You might not think the combination would work, but it does.
"Both me and Edgar are firm believers in never underestimating or talking down to an audience, and giving an audience something to do, to give them something which is entirely up to them to enter into the film and find these hidden things and whatever." – Simon Pegg
You may be asking yourself, “Who are Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? Or even Edgar, for that matter?”
Pegg and Frost are British actors who have collaborated on a number of projects. They are best friends in real life and this comes across on the screen. In fact, Nick Frost was Simon Pegg’s flatmate when Pegg was an up and coming actor. He actually got Frost into acting.
The two of them became known in the
after working together on a cult TV show titled Spaced that aired from 1999 to 2001. Edgar Wright directed all fourteen of the episodes. In 2004 Pegg, Frost, and Wright would team up to make a zombie horror comedy titled Shaun of the Dead. This movie was very well received and brought the three of them to the attention of American audiences and filmmakers. U.K.
They followed this up in 2007 with a buddy cop action comedy titled Hot Fuzz. The trailer said it was “brought to you by the guys who have seen every action movie ever made” and it showed.
Pegg and Wright co-wrote those two movies. Edgar Wright went on to adapt and direct the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, one of the ten best movies of 2010. (See my review here.) Pegg and Frost co-wrote their next movie, Paul, which has been in theaters the last several weeks. It is a comedy about an extraterrestrial alien trying to get home.
Outside of these movies, Simon Pegg is probably best known to general audiences for playing Scotty in the Star Trek reboot that hit theaters in 2009.
I have not seen the TV show Spaced (if someone has, please let me know what you thought of it), but I have seen those three movies and will be recommending all of them.
On to the reviews…