Summer Movie Preview 2010

Posted in Side Topics at 12:19 pm by Sam

Over on the RinkWorks Message Forum, I posted my annual Summer Movie Preview for 2010. On the slate this year: lots and lots and lots of remakes.


Title Tangles

Posted in Side Topics at 5:00 am by Sam

Silly fun movie-related exercise: pick two different movie titles, preferably one that ends with the same word the other starts with, and mash them together. Hilarity ensues.

Embarrassingly, this idea consumed four hours of time in RinkChat yesterday, starting with song titles and progressing to movie titles. Go here for the full transcript.

Some of the highlights:

* My Big Fat Greek Wedding Singer
* Seven Brides For Seven Samurai
* The Unbearable Lightness of Being John Malkovich
* The Madness of Curious George
* A Bug’s Life Stinks!
* Snakes On Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
* Jason X-Men
* Groundhog Day of the Triffids
* From Russia With Love, Actually
* Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Nude Bomb
* Darby O’Gill and the Little People Vs. Larry Flynt

Any more?


Blooper: Aspect Ratio

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

Math is hard. This one’s from Special Episode 5.

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Top 6 Words: Good

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

For this entry in the Top 6 Words series, the word is a good one. Literally. It’s “good.” That means I’m going to be listing my Top 6 “good” movies, which would mean something very different without the quotation marks.

The list follows the jump, but you might want to come up with your own list before peeking at mine. What are YOUR favorite “good” movies?

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Top 6 Words: Seven

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

The word for this entry in the Top 6 Words series is “seven.” My favorite “seven” movies follow the jump, but try thinking up some “seven” titles on your own before peeking. Chime in with your own list in the comments section.

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Blooper: Internet

Posted in Bloopers at 5:00 am by Sam

This outtake from Special Episode #4 isn’t a blooper so much as a joke that I didn’t like. Stephen had just feigned surprise at the Internet not existing back in the 1940s, and I made a follow-up crack. When I went to edit, I felt Stephen’s joke played better without mine, and so I took mine out. But here it is, in case you’re curious.

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Top 6 Words: That

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

“That” is the word for this third post in the Top 6 Words series. Yes, “that.” I know. I was surprised too when it came up. But That was the word that came up, and so That is the word I must use. (Did you see what I did there? Heh heh heh.) The words my program chooses are not supposed to be very common words, but I guess “that” is not as commonly found in movie titles as it is elsewhere.

Do you know how hard it is to think of “that” movies? Words like “eyes” and “kiss” are easier, because they are dominant words. But I don’t mentally file “Analyze That” under “That,” I file it under “Analyze.” Likewise, “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” goes under “Brain” with a cross-reference under “Die,” but “That” doesn’t come into it.

I have no doubt that I missed some great candidates for this list. Clue me in in the comments section, so I can turn my forehead red from slapping it. My Top 6 list of “that” movies after the jump.

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Remake This

Posted in Side Topics at 11:53 am by Stephen

With the success of the Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (it’s awful by the way), news is that one of the long-in-production remakes of The Wizard of Oz may actually get made. Oh, here’s a twist: one of the ideas is to do a dark, spooky version.

I can’t wait for a whole series of dark and gritty remakes of classic movies. But I think Hollywood isn’t going far enough. So listen up, studio execs, because I have an idea for you: you know that movie Taxi Driver? Yeah, the “You talkin’ to me?” movie. Everyone loves that line. What I’m saying is, let’s remake that one, only this time we’ll make it dark and gritty! Feel free to leave me your e-mail address in a comment, and I’ll tell you where to send my check.


Bakery Brawls: Part 2

Posted in Side Topics at 5:00 am by Sam

Earlier, I posted some thoughts on how pie fights and saloon brawls start. But why do they start? To anybody reading this right now: have you ever in your life witnessed a saloon brawl or pie fight in real life? They are so common in movies, I expect future civilizations to think we have them all the time.

I’m less interested in saloon fights as pie fights for this subject. Pie fights get put in movies because they are thought to be funny. I know of no other use for the pie fight than to induce laughter. But are pie fights really funny?

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Bakery Brawls: Part 1

Posted in Side Topics at 9:25 pm by Sam

A particular old staple of westerns is almost exactly the same thing as a particular old staple of comedies. I’m talking about saloon brawls and pie fights, respectively. Both have roots as old as film itself. One is played for action and the other for laughs, but both work the same way and serve the same purpose.

It is wrong to apply logical thought to these two phenomenons. They happen in the kinds of movies they happen in because they are supposed to happen in the kinds of movies they happen in. If you follow me.

But I can’t help myself. My logical mind is compelled to break it all down. Here’s what I can’t quite figure out.

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