Painfully Corny Movie Trailer Spoof – Check Mates

Imagine, a prim-and-proper person encounters a “street” person, is entranced by some vague idea they present, spends some peculiar and awkward training time with them, and eventually has their worldview shattered, happy ending, blah blah, with the audience ending up facepalming in contemplating why exactly this movie viewing experience was chosen instead of say, spending the same amount of time on 4chan.

This painfully corny version that pretty much sums up why I won’t be watching many of its kind.

I’m not sure how non-movie nerds might take this: do they catch the more subtle trailer-humor within?

A Call for Nominations.. Best End Titles / Sequences

I’m trying to make a compilation/montage of end sequences (that is, the scrolling of the credits) that I find most impressive or uniquely inspired, and I’m willing to accept any suggestions. I’ll probably end up making my own montage and posting it up when I’m done, providing I can find enough high-quality examples ^_^ So far I’ve got these, to research —

Silent Hill
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkahan
300
A Series of Unfortunate Events

I’m aiming almost strictly on visual appeal, not necessarily the music. Some reels like the Bourne series have nifty credits sequences but the music is not my style.

I’d like to make it a top-ten, but I’d even settle for top five if I can just find a fifth =P heh Post your suggestion in the comments!

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Silent Hill

300

Movie Trailer for Showbiz Pizza creator biopic

It would appear there is a movie coming out about the animatronics engineer for Showbiz Pizza Place, the famous American restaurant chain that featured a “live” band made up of animatronic animals playing musical instruments and singing on stage, and is called Rock-afire Explosion. The restaurant often featured a ball pit, arcade and pinball games, ticket-generating games like skee-ball, and a person dressed up as an man-like animal that would go around and hug the kids and take pictures with them.

The store is often associated with Chuck E. Cheese’s (which I think bought them, or merged, or something) quite a few years ago. I worked there in the kitchen for two years and many of the products, although it is officially called Chuck E. Cheese’s nowadays, still had many product seals and condiment labels indicating the old Showbiz logo and words.

The movie (per a BB corrected article), looks to be moreso about the creator of the machines on stage than about the company, which is fine by me. I’d always wanted to know who did all that stuff, and the story behind it. I had great fun there, and it was my first job.

Geeky Garage Sale Find: Ewok VHS movies

Me and dad, on our usual Saturday tour through the local garage sales, occasionally find some rare steals. One such incident occurs not too long ago, resulting in nerdy grab at a dollar apiece:

The Ewok Adventure (listed for $1.99 at half.com)
Ewoks: The Battle For Endor (listed for $6.99 at half.com)

Also pictured is my official ablestmage mascot, Pallu.

Funny “The Happening” Review @ New Republic

If you had planned on seeing The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan at the theatre soon, like I was, you might want to read this review first. It contains pretty much all spoilers you’d ever need to know without having to see the movie, to be able to hold a discussion about the movie. That said, it’s very funny and very easily rips it to shreds as being quite possibly the lamest movie he’s put out yet.

I have my doubts, but I am actually kinda thinking M.Night may even be trying to pull a fast one on the studios. The reviewer apparently hated Lady in the Water which I thought was rather good myself. It was never supposed to be scary, even M.Night himself said to the press before the movie came out that it was supposed to be a bedtime-story kind of movie, not a thriller. So when it didn’t turn out to be a thriller, I got what I’d expected. Maybe he’s just going for something in the Weird Tales vein instead of scary. Though from some of this reviewer’s descriptions, there’s a bit of gore. *shrug*

Chapman/Dodge College Film Wrap-up

A very good friend of mine (arguably my best friend) is wrapping up his final semester at Chapman film school in California, one step in the realization of a dream held since he was about 8 years old. Anyhow, he sent along an invitation to check out their final projects. It’s a web address that I have to log into to see, and for the sake of not hammering their site with crazy hits from everywhere, I’m trying to see if I can make a simple collection of all of the streaming FLV movies they have available — you know, for archiving purposes should any of them become famous or something (which hopefully will be at least one in particular, or all of them, whatever). I have doubts that I’ll be able to share them, but we’ll see ^_^

Watching these and reviewing them has been what’s taking up a bit of my time lately. That, and making videos, and watching the first season of Angel (for the first time), so apologies for the relative dearth of posts just recently ^_^

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed … Oh dear.

The local college/singles bible study leader is taking us all to go see Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on Thursday, and I’m not really looking forward to it. When he announced it, he wasn’t even sure what it was about, so I had to explain it to the group. It may stir up some discussion, but I think more damage will be done to Christianity than will be done against science, if they really do use the terrible journalism it has been reported to use so far. However, Jesus will still be Jesus.

The Expelled wiki entry that thoroughly castrates the movie
The official Expelled movie trailer (183mb MOV).
The average movie review of twelve reviews aggregated on Rotten Tomatoes is nine percent!