Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving, internet readers! Hope everyone has plenty of turkey and plenty of gravy. Remember: gravy goes on everything, including cooked carrots.

There is some Thanksgiving-related movie news. Well, it’s not exactly new news, but I’m sure a lot of people out there have not heard it. According to Sci Fi Wire, horror director Eli Roth is planning to make a feature film from the fake trailer he made called Thanksgiving. His fake trailer was used as filler in the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse collaboration in 2007. The feature film would be in the slasher genre and take place during the November holiday weekend.

“There is hope for Thanksgiving, because that one I retain the rights to, and that I love it,” said Roth. He also expressed an inclination to make “20 Thanksgivings in a row,” and go fast and be less deliberate and expensive than a normal feature film.

There are a couple of fast inexpensive slashers that I love, including the 1978 original John Carpenter classic, Halloween. However, there are also tons of terrible fast inexpensive slashers, and I get the feeling that this would be one of them.

Click here to watch Eli Roth’s fake trailer, Thanksgiving


(Shocking) Movie News: Theater Popcorn Bad for You

November 23, 2009

Are you sitting down? Because this news may knock you over. According to a report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, theater popcorn is very bad for you. Who knew?

Those killjoy scientists equate eating a Regal medium popcorn/soda combo to eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders topped with twelve pats of butter. That’s 1,610 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat (three days worth the suggested daily intake of saturated fat).

I’m not sure movie patrons would exactly be clamoring for a healthy popcorn alternative, but if more reports come out like this, theater chains (and especially Regal) may feel bullied pressured into offering a healthier option.

Top Ten Movies of the Decade

November 14, 2009

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As the¬†’00s wrap up, I think it’s a good time to make a list for the ten best movies of the decade.

  1. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  2. Mulholland Drive (2001)
  3. Let the Right One In (2008)
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  5. Donnie Darko (2001)
  6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  7. Children of Men (2006)
  8. Kill Bill (2003/2004)
  9. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  10. Unbreakable (2000)

I guess this list reveals my penchant for sci-fi and Quentin Tarantino.

Sony Pictures takes a Risk on Board Game Movie

November 5, 2009


Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced that they had bought the motion picture rights to Hasbro’s “Risk.” Doug Belgrad, prexy of Columbia Pictures, had this to say:

The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie.

I’m not sure that Risk has the same built in audience that Transformers and GI Joe have. For one thing, Risk doesn’t have characters. Also, there are no 80’s cartoons about Risk. However, I would look forward to a movie about Scrabble.