Enjoying some good, old-fashioned, brain rot!
Monday was _Rubber_
Tuesday, _John Dies in the End_
Wednesday, _Safety Not Guaranteed_
Thursday, _Flushed Away_
Friday, _Buckaroo Banzai_
It was either this, short list, or a _SOAP_ or _Coupling_
marathon (and I get *nothing* done during those! :> )
When I am in that mood I break out Caddyshack, Night Shift or the
SOB is an interesting flick too if you like dark comedy. (they could
lose most of the Julie Andrews stuff and the silly car chase)
On 1/13/2016 11:51 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I outgrew Caddyshack a long time ago. Every 5 or 6 years I may drag
it out just to see how many of the "lines" I remember, but most of
the humor is worn out, now.
Night shift was good early on. But, too many cast changes that
always felt like a step down.
I didn't like it at all. For "dark", I like _God Bless America_
and there's another similar plotline whose title escapes me
(and will probably haunt me for the rest of the evening!).
I recall John Clesse was in it as one of the smaller parts
(OK, time for a little search... _Parting Shots_!!)
I am more interested in odd plotlines (_Rubber_ is excellent in
that regard!) or interesting situations (_Safety Not Guaranteed_)
that I can ponder, afterwards.
Some flicks are an interesting combination: _Cashback_, _About Time_,
_Seeking for a Friend for the End of the World_, _Zardoz_, etc.
There's an acquired taste! Rewatched it recently. Learned (I think from
the audio commentary) that in the opening sequence shot in the fog there's a
reflection of a car dealer's showroom in the upper right frame.
Boorman chose such shiny armor suits for _Excalibur_ that there's a whole
page devoted to what you can see of the set and crew from the reflections.
What's amazing is that once they're pointed out to you, you can't stop
seeing them but most people never noticed the glitches in the first place.
Rewatched the first _Point Blank_ (also by Boorman) with Lee Marvin and
Angie Dickenson and it really, really held up after all those years. The
Mel Gibson version _Payback_ had its moments (Lucy Liu and the "Hubba Bubba"
scene) but was pale in comparison.
I will have to try to remember that the next time it comes across my
That's true of lots of easter-egg sorts of things.
Find the profanity in this:
Almost impossible, the first time! Hard to ignore, thereafter! :>
I am particularly fond of animated movies as there is no limit to what
an amused animator can slip into a scene! Unfortunately, watching
them with anyone else sorely limits how much "single stepping" you
can do without raising the ire of the other viewers! <frown>
The same is true of comics (I will never get the "Big Mac" reference
from Dr Bong out of my head and chuckle each time I remember it).
Gotta wonder how these folks come up with these little zingers!
I've noticed that I tend to find Luc Besson's films entertaining.
Seems to have a penchant for odd bits.
_Cashback_ has a fair bit of frontal nudity -- which, unfortunately,
detracts (to some extent -- though I don't object *too* loudly! :> )
from the quality/message of the film.
I've learned to make a point of watching many "fun" films for
easter eggs *after* (during?) the credits. Often the funniest
parts of the movie. The "Howard" reference at the end of
Guardians of the Galaxy was delightfully amusing (and immediately
had me thinking of Big Macs!)
I sometimes like to know about them, other times, not. I think there were
other abnormalities in the floating head scene - I believe they were
throwing rifles out of one end and then off camera, scooping them up and
feeding them through the back of the head to throw out again and you could
see it happening if you watched closely enough.
Hey, "Fu& off!" (-:
Sometimes the Simpsons has to be watched that way - alone, as you noted.
"We need total concentwation!"
There's never a static shot - was it District Nine with those incredible
I don't go looking for the quirks, normally. What usually
happens, is I either like a movie (a lot!) and start watching
it a few times -- and, as you need to pay LESS attention to
the story line, you start noticing the "little things".
E.g., the first time I watched Buckaroo Banzai, I was intent
on the absurdity of the situation (brain surgeon leaves a surgery
to climb into a "jet car" which he then drives THROUGH a mountain
via the 8th dimension... and this is just the first few minutes
of the show!). But, there were little things that my subconscious
was noticing while "I" was focused on the story.
The first was hearing the jet car "dieseling" after having just
crossed the dimensional barrier. While it was an audible sound,
your conscious tended to ignore it because you were concentrating
on the story (the jet car was rolling to a stop in the background).
AFTER that part of the scene had finished, I said, "wait, what did
I just *miss*?". So, I rewound it and watched the scene more carefully
and noticed the (now obvious!) dieseling. So, I started watching
the balance of the show more critically.
Having finished the show, I watched it again a while later. This
time, I didn't need to pay attention to the main story and could watch
for these little zingers (there are *many*!)
Other flicks like _Flushed Away_ make it pretty obvious that the
film is playing with your head. So, you're alerted from the first
few minutes of the film. The film is so visually overloaded that
you simply can't catch all the little things hidden in the film
after 2, 5 or even 10 views.
E.g., the title credits to Futurama have lots of little details
hidden in them -- but, only a few seconds for you to try to
The Simpson's don't have too many hidden zingers. They're backgrounds
tend to be largely static. Usually, the little jokes are "cameos"
in the backgrounds of the scenes -- so your attention isn't DIRECTED
to them but something you have to stumble on.
The character in most of his flicks (those that I've enjoyed) are outrageous.
And, the plot lines insane. I throughly enjoy The Fifth Element each time
I watch it -- despite knowing everything that I'll see. I'm still waiting
to see if I can determine a pattern to leeloo's speach -- or, if it is
_The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec_ is still too confusing
for me to "study" in detail.
It's a light-hearted piece. More of the "Marvel Comics" franchise.
Each film therein has a teaser trailer with ties to some other
film yet to be released.
The Groot character is the most entertaining.
It was a favorite movie of my tech buddies. We often used quotes like
"Laugh while you can, monkey boy!" - I'll have to dig it up again.
There's just so much attention you can pay outside of the plot line, at
least at the first go-round. I think I watched _Inception_ three times
before I even thought I knew what was happening. I walked out of Pulp
Fiction at the theater because it seemed they were showing the reels out of
order. They weren't.
Worse, still, if you have the CC on, it rides right over the banner change
they did every week. Did you see the "Simpsorama" episode?
Wasn't there another "District" film set in South Africa? Senility is
really setting in as well as laziness (as in too lazy to check Google). It
was the insectoids living in refugee camps with their huge spaceship overing
So much stuff to watch but never enough time. I am plowing through Poldark
that I got as a Christmas gift. A three DVD set )-:
"Laugh-a while you can... mun-key boy!"
"It's not my stinking planet!"
"Great! What's a truck?!"
I don't know. Between Futurama, Simpsons, South Park, etc. it's hard
to sort out who's spoofing who.
I particularly enjoyed the Futurama episode where Leela meets the
"last male of her kind" (who actually *isn't*) and ends up being
"made over" in the image of Peg Bundy...
No idea. I like the oddball plots/characters most.
_The City of Lost Children_ is tops in that regard (but not Luc Besson's
I "watch" a lot of DVD's (from the library). But, I usually do
this while doing something else. So, it doesn't consume a lot of
time. As a result, I usually catch just a rough synopsis of the
show on the first pass. If it's uninspired, then I may never
actually see the whole flick.
OTOH, if there are enough scenes that catch my interest, I may
devote more attention to it. Or, take it out again at some
future date (doesn't cost anything to do so!).
If I've seen it *often*, then I pretty much know the plot line
and can just *listen* -- until I hear a part that I particularly
like. Then, take a break to watch it actively.
E.g., SOAP, Coupling, Dinosaurs, etc. I can "enjoy" without
actually seeing the screen. OTOH, when I hear a particular
scene coming up (the Reservoir Dogs scene in Coupling:
< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx0yCo9Rv8k or when Peter is
introduced to the Tates < https://www.youtube.com/watch?vV__1FlhLzo
in SOAP) then I'll drop what I'm doing in preparation for the
Not sure how the image of a car dealership got in there, but it did. Lots
of people don't know the double-play on words: Zardoz is actually derived
from the WiZARD of OZ and that title was alleged selected because Frank
Baum's file cabinets were labled A-N and O-Z.
On Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:37:42 AM UTC-5, Don Y wrote:
2 great films that achieved somewhat of a cult status:
Death Race 2000 (1975) - Think of this film as a combination of
Cannonball Run and that game you played as a teenager where you
estimated the points you would get if you ran over a elderly
person, a fat lady, etc.
Phantom Of The Paradise (1974) - This is essentially a rock version of
Phantom Of The Opera. The Paradise is a concert hall and the hero
becomes the Phantom after (spoiler alert) getting his face disfigured
by a record pressing machine.
When I was in the USCG, they used to show some pretty "wacky" movies. On the
large bases they showed them in an actual theater. On the smaller bases,
we would get them as 3 separate reels and set up a projector in the mess
hall. Head breaks and beer runs were taken while the reels were being changed.
On movies with especially graphic/funny/etc. scenes, that section of the film
might get a little worn out as we (and obviously others) rewound and reshowed
the scene multiple times.
I remember the time we screwed up and actually burnt the film while trying
to show a scene over and over again. I can't remember the name of the movie,
but it was a scene where the bad guy gets cut in half by a propeller while
he was standing on the runway. We loved how the upper half of his body is
cut to bloody shreds by the prop and then a few seconds later both of his
legs fall over. We showed it so many times that it got jammed up and instead
of the legs falling over, the film started to melt right at that point. It
was funnier than hell.
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