Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, Christmahannukwanzaka is upon us. And of course, stores all around us have been prepping for it since the day after Halloween. That means it’s officially the time of year where TV and theaters will inundate the public with Christmas-themed entertainment, insuring that we’ll all have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fuckin’ Kaye. If you’re like me, you’re more than happy to partake. Here’s the hit list of Christmas movies and TV specials I watch each December.
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Bears have a long and proud cinematic tradition, going back to at least 1925 when Charlie Chaplin wrestled with a bear in The Gold Rush. More than any other animal, bears are ripe for humor. They’re charming, stuffed panaceas for young children when in toy form, but large and menacing beasts in their natural state. I’m human with human emotions and even I’m not that versatile. Here are the nine best movie bears. Continue reading
Look around your room right now. You will no doubt see an air vent somewhere. You might think that it’s for transporting climate-controlled air around your dwelling, and you’re right. But if you watch enough movies, you’ll realize that it’s apparently meant to be used for many other things. It’s intended as a means of illegal break-in and escape. Or maybe you can use it to hide things, even people. Whatever the case, if you’re only using your air vent and ducts for climate control, then you’re misusing the product. Here are the nine best examples of ventilation duct usage in movies. Continue reading
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a “Great Moments in Movie History”, mostly because I’ve lost my use of Adobe Illustrator. That said, I still have Photoshop. And because of that, I can give you the return of the slightly different “Great Moments in Movie History”. Today, we’ll take a look at a personal favorite, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Specifically, I’ve used stick figures to replicate the scene where a “polar bear” (a.k.a. a guy in the worst polar bear costume ever made) chases the two kids into an ice cave on the North Pole. Enjoy! Be sure to click on it to get the full-res version. Continue reading
Nicolas Cage’s latest movie, Season of the Witch, hit theaters this week. It was greeted by a resounding critical response. That response? “This is a humongous pile of feces”.
In the interest of full disclosure here, I haven’t seen the movie. I might not ever see the movie. For all I know, it might actually be a decent movie. But, boy howdy… the critics sure don’t think so. As of right now, it’s coming in at 1% on Rotten Tomatoes. That means that 1 out of every 100 reviewers gave it a positive review, while the other 99 folks called it a stinker. Even the one positive review wasn’t particularly kind to it. Here’s what Tom Huddleston of Time Out said. Keep in mind, this is the positive review:
It’s creaky, predictable and frequently idiotic. But for a tipsy Saturday night, this should tick all the right boxes.
“Creaky, predictable, and frequently idiotic”. With friends like this, right Nic? Just how bad is a 1% on Rotten Tomatoes? What kind of company is this movie keeping in the RT slums? Here’s a list of some notoriously craptastic movies and how they’ve fared on Rotten Tomatoes: Continue reading
Tonight, I finally watched The Day the Earth Stood Still- the 1951 original. It’s quite an impressive film. I’m not the biggest sci-fi fan but there’s little denying that it was both well-made and influential. In the long run, it made me wonder, “How can I turn this into a mildly pointless entry for TDYLF?”. TA-DA! Here are a bunch of aliens throughout history, presented chronologically. Perhaps seeing them chronologically will say something to you from a sociological vantage point about what scared and/or fascinated people throughout the various decades. As for how I’m viewing it? Look at the goofy pictures of aliens!
1948, Looney Tunes
Occasionally, a film is changed completely by the presence of something really astounding. Sometimes, it can be a tour de force acting performance (see, Daniel Day Lewis in There Will be Blood). Sometimes it’s a deft directorial touch (see P.T. Anderson’s work in There Will be Blood). Other times, it’s the cinematography (see the work of Robert Elswit in There Will be Blood). And still other times, it’s someone wearing an animal costume. Here are ten great performances by people dressed in animal costumes in movies. Continue reading