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Coming Attraction: Due Date

September 4, 2010

Anybody remember Planes, Trains, and Automobiles? The movie that had an uptight guy traveling with an annoying fat guy? Well, Due Date is basically an updated version of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Robert Downey, Jr. plays the uptight guy and Zach Galifinaminadingdong plays the annoying fat guy (update: Zach’s last name is apparently spelled “Galifianakis”). The uptight guy is forced to hitch a ride with the annoying fat guy so that he can get to his laboring wife in time for the arrival of his baby.

Due Date co-stars Juliette Lewis, Alan Arkin, and Jamie Foxx. Comedy director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Starsky and Hutch, Old School) directs.

More images from the trailer after the jump

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At the Movies Hosts Talk Horror

May 6, 2010

It’s refreshing to see good critics who have an appreciation for good horror. It irks me when people dismiss all horror films as junk. Every genre has lots of junky movies and some great movies. You just have to know how to keep a lookout for the good ones. You wouldn’t dismiss the entire comedy genre just because The 41 Year Old Virgin is  a piece of shit, would you?

Anyways, Michael Phillips and A. O. Scott (who also goes by Tony) of At the Movies had a segment this past week about overrated and underrated horror movies. Michael started things off with a bang by saying that The Exorcist is overrated. What? He said it was “pretentious” and nothing but a “Catholic freakshow.” Tony seemed just as surprised by this assessment as I was. Sure, The Exorcist is a pretentious freakshow, but it’s so well made with such great performances that I would hardly call it overrated. Later Michael redeemed himself by picking The Decent (which I listed as number three on my top horror movies of the last decade) as a hugely underrated film.

Tony’s picks for overrated and underrated horror films were Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and modern tweener The Final Destination. He called Dracula boring, which I think is an easy potshot since Dracula was made in an era in which, lets face it, all movies were boring (compared to fast moving modern movies anyways). Tony also said that The Final Destination was very cleverly made and, while not great, was not as terrible as everyone says it is, which I agree with.

Even though I disagree with some of their choices, I appreciate the time that the two At the Movies hosts spent suggesting unappreciated horror films. Good job, guys!

Coming Attraction: The 41 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It

April 11, 2010

Click here to watch the trailer for The 41 Year Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It

Yes, this is a real movie, and yes, that is the real title. If you haven’t figured it out from the title, this is a spoof of Judd Apatow comedies.

There is a certain connotation that goes with movies with long titles. I’m thinking of movies like Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation Kazahkstan and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. These movies present themselves as quirky, different, and unbound by the normal conventions of movie titling. The 41 Year Old Virgin doesn’t appear to have any of those qualities. Instead, it looks like a mindless spoof (has there ever been a good spoof other than Airplane!?).

What is the point of parodying movies that are already comedies? I can understand making light of disaster movies or horror movies, but comedies are already funny to begin with. And all of the jokes from the 41 Year Old Virgin trailer are either direct scenes from other movies or outdated pop culture jokes such as the “Can you hear me now?” cell phone guy. These scenes from the original movies already seemed outrageous, trying to make them more outrageous was just a fruitless pursuit.

I’m going to give this spoof a 0.5 on the Potential Meter. Please avoid it when it comes out on June 8.

Horror Alphabet: A

February 23, 2010

Here’s my latest installment in the horror alphabet. Next I think I’ll do “B is for Blood,” or maybe “B is for Buckets of Blood.”  “C” can stand for clown or Cthulhu.

Horror Alphabet

February 21, 2010

I’ve been tinkering with the idea to make an alphabet with a horror theme. Here’s the first one I’ve done. I’m thinking I’m gonna do “A is for Alien” next.

Christmas Movie Trivia

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas, movie lovers! I hope Santa brought you that remote control race car you really wanted. You know, the one that can flip over and still drive upside-down.

I guess this would be a good time to post some interesting Christmas movie factoids. So here are some little known facts about Christmas movies that are dear to my heart:

It’s A Wonderful Life
In the 1940’s, movie effects departments mostly used cornflakes painted white for the fake snow on the set. The flakes crunching on the set were so loud that it was impossible to record dialogue. RKO created a new chemical type of artificial snowflakes for use on It’s A Wonderful Life. Source

Elf
Ming Ming the elf, who briefly appeared in the beginning of the film, is played by Peter Billingsley, who starred as Ralphie in the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story.

A Christmas Story
For the scene in which Flick’s tongue sticks to the flagpole, a hidden suction tube was used to safely create the illusion that his tongue had frozen to the metal. Source

A Christmas Carol
Although the term “Scrooge” means a stingy person now, in Charles Dickens’ time, the word was a slang term meaning “to squeeze.” Source

Crazy Blogger Reveals Avatar’s Anti-gay Agenda

December 19, 2009

Over at the unintentionally hilarious blog, stopavatarmovie.blogspot.com, the message is clear: Avatar needs to be stopped because of its anti-gay message. The reasons behind the crusade are obviously deluded, but they are displayed without any irony or sarcasm. In the blog’s first post, the anti-gay reasoning is laid out in an easy-to-read, numbered format:

1) Avatar assumes that the heterosexual, “male” and “female” attraction will still be the primary relationship basis in the future.

2) Avatar ignores the fact of Evolution. Humans are evolving to be being Transgender, NOT heterosexual,

3) Avatar also assumes that intelligent beings on other worlds would be hetrosexual.

The blogger, who goes by Lara, has a lot of facts wrong here. To rebut them is almost a waste of space (but what is space for if not for wasting?).

Rebuttal after the jump!

Manohla Dargis tells it like it is

December 15, 2009

I found this awesome quote from the NY Times film critic Manohla Dargis. She was being interviewed about the lack of progress in movies for and about women. (tip: Jim Emerson)

On why so many romantic comedies are so terrible: One, the people making them have no f**king taste, two, they’re morons, three they’re insulting panderers who think they’re making movies for the great unwashed and that’s what they want. I love romantic movies. I absolutely do. But I literally don’t know what’s happening.

I think it’s depressing that Judd Apatow makes the best romantic comedies and they’re about men. All power to Apatow, but he’s taken and repurposed one of the few genres historically made for women. ….We had so few [genres] that were made specifically for the female audience and now the best of them are being made by Judd Apatow.

Dargis elegantly summed up the state of romantic comedies in a few sentences. Kudos, Manohla, for being refreshingly honest.

Source

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

Introductions

August 14, 2009
Hi, my name is Jon Teegarden. This is my movie blog.

I am a father and a husband. I am currently going to school to become a graphic designer. I am a movie lover.

I love all sorts of movies, as long as they are not bland. I have created this blog because I enjoy writing about movies and wanted a place to have some fun with it. This is a movie lover’s blog, not a cat lover’s blog (it simply has a cat theme to keep things fun and not too serious).

Thats me

Thats me