Tag Archives: Movies

Indian Robot Rampage

I ran across this clip from the Indian science fiction film clip that is ASTOUNDING!!!!!

I’ve seen two spellings for the name of the flick – Enthiran and Endhiran. The Indian to English translation for both those words must be Awesome!

If you can watch this with a straight face, count me impressed.  I grinned, giggled and guffawed while watching.

The Moon and the Tides

squirrel in the moon

Rant begins here > So I’m reading that Bill O’Reilly doesn’t understand why the tides roll in and out. Ask any sixth-grader. It’s the moon’s gravitational pull, or is “science” still a dirty word?

Science, why that’s for the birds. Birds that are falling out of the sky that is. Wait, isn’t that a sign of some foreboding apocalypse? Yikes. The gods, they must be angry. Wait, Angry Birds. Isn’t that a game on the Intertubes? Ahh, it’s all coming around again. Just like the Mayan Calendar. Wait, is this all leading up to 2012? Wait, that was a movie and movies are made by liberals and that means they believe in science. My mind is exploding!!!!111!!~

Movie Macguffins

squirrel directorI ran across this post at Paste Magazine and had to share.

It’s the top nine movie macguffins of all time.

What, you don’t know what a macguffin is? Yes, you do. You’ve seen it in all sorts of movies, but may not have realized it.

It’s not something you can order from the McDonald’s breakfast menu.

The Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail and Marcellus Wallace’s suitcase are just a few from the macguffin list.

A macguffin is the ultimate destination of every chase. Not every movie gets there, but all the characters are in pursuit of the macguffin.

Here’s the actual definition from Paste –

Mac•guff•in: In cinema vernacular, an object of great importance that serves as the primary motivator for the protagonists, and their antagonists.

The list of movies they’ve compiled is filled with several of my favorites. They’ve got video clips from each movie over there too.

Enjoy.

Elvis and Mama

Is it just me or does Mama have a little bit of an Elvis snarl and some hound dog sideburns? All topped off by Priscilla’s Aqua-Netted hair-spectacular.

Ahhh, the 70s.

And if I’m not mistaken the kid in this pic fell into the chocolate river and went on to be sucked up into the Fudge Room in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Poor Augustus Gloop.

I found this pic over at Gelmania, but if you want to see plenty more of the same ilk, don’t forget to stop by Awkward Family Photos. Oy!

I’m With Coco B.

All this television chatter about Jay Leno’s primetime failure and subsequent return to late night by supplanting Conan O’Brien‘s current slot got me to thinking.

There’s an “I’m With Coco” movement afoot for those folks supporting the carrot-topped (but not that Carrot Top) tv host. O’Brien has opted to put his foot down and refuse to move.

Talk all you want about that Conan, but I’m rooting for a different Conan.

The original Conan – The Barbarian.

The real deal who would smite down Leno with one deft swoop of his sword. “The Chin” would fall in a heap at this Conan’s feet.

Gawker has a round-up of all the late night hosts and their Leno bashing.

The Movie Timeline

For movie buffs out there, the Movie Timeline is an exhaustive chronological list of events that happened in movies starting with the dawn of time and the beginning of our planet

“In the beginning… God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible)”

all the way into the future to the year

“865,427,810 Alexander Hartdegen briefly arrives from 802,701 (The Time Machine)”

Everything else in between is included as well.

Here’s another example. All the things below happened in movies set in the year 1954.

“1954 Ray
Don Vito Corleone dies while playing with his granddaughter; Carlo Rizzi dies and his son Michael Francis Rizzi is born (The Godfather)
Godzilla is discovered and destroys Tokyo, before being killed by an oxygen destroyer (Godzilla, King of the Monsters!)
New England – Messrs Peacock, Scarlet, White, Plum, Mustard & Green may have murdered My Boddy, a cook, a maid, a policeman, a chauffeur & a singing telegram (Clue, 1985)
March 9: Edward Murrow broadcasts report condemning Senator McCarthy’s methods (Good Night, and Good Luck)
April 6: Senator McCarthy broadcasts his reply to Edward Murrow, accusing him of Communist leanings (Good Night, and Good Luck)
June: Squatney, London – Nigel Tufnel and David St Hubbins first meet, going on to form legendary rock band Spinal Tap (This Is Spinal Tap, 1984)
June 22: Christchurch, New Zealand – Teens Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme murder Pauline’s mother Honora (Heavenly Creatures)
November 24: Linda Porter dies, leaving Cole a widower who would rarely write again (De-Lovely)”

Interesting minutia for movie geeks. I’ll admit I didn’t read it all, skimmed it instead. Still, it’s a pretty cool list.

It’s interesting to see history overlap with fiction. Looking through the early 1940s, you see Pearl Harbor bombed and other World War II events listed because they were plot points in war movies.

I see the list being used as a reference tool for writers.

H/T to Roger Ebert from his Twitter stream @ebertchicago.

Scar Wars – a Scarface, Star Wars Mash-up

I ran across this mash-up of Han Solo from Star Wars and Tony Montana from Scarface over at the Entertainment Weekly site.

It’s funny stuff, although there is some adult language involved. Hey, it’s Tony freakin’ Montana people. Of course, there are some F-bombs involved.

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EW also has a Star Trek/A-Team mash-up, if you’re so inclined.