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Archive for October, 2010

Overthinkingit’s Female Character Flowchart

Presented without comment.


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Alright, one comment! I get what they’re doing here, but I think that the size of the chart disproves the point. Turns out: there is a great variety of female characters. In other words, a similarly sized chart could be constructed for male characters, too. Not that I’m about to do it.

Still, fun to look through.

[Via Overthinkingit]

Top 10 Disgusting Halloween Masks

DVD Report – October 19th

The best new DVD of the week is the documentary Oceans, by French filmmaker Jacques Perrin. But this isn’t necessarily the same film that Perrin shot — it was released in America by DisneyNature, who cut 20 minutes from the film to make it more “kid-friendly”. Apparently, that meant taking out some of the more troubling stuff about the environmental challenges facing our oceans, and adding a Joe Jonas song to the ending credits. But still, it’s probably a better flick than Predators.

Has anyone out there seen both the French and Americanized version of Oceans? We’d like to know if it was a better film before Disney got their hands on it.

PredatorsAverage Tier 4.34
A group of elite warriors are hunted by members of a merciless alien race known as Predators. Predators @ Amazon

AgoraAverage Tier 6.00
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria. Agora @ Amazon

Please GiveAverage Tier 5.74
In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in apartment the couple owns. Please Give @ Amazon

OceansAverage Tier 6.81
An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world. Oceans @ Amazon

Holy RollersAverage Tier 4.00
In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israel drug cartel. Holy Rollers @ Amazon

Halloween Costumes 2010

Your Daily Bit of Back to the Future Trivia

Here’s something I didn’t know. Back to the Future started filming with Eric Stoltz in the role of Marty McFly. Michael J. Fox had always been the preferred choice, but was too busy with Family Ties when production started.

Robert Zemeckis eventually decided that Stoltz’s performance was good, but not light-hearted enough for the role. Re-shooting with Fox, whose schedule eventually eased up, added another $3 million to the budget. Here’s recently-released footage as Eric Stoltz in the classic role. Tough luck! I’m sure his career would’ve had a much different trajectory had he kept the part.

[Via Slashfilm]

DVD Report – October 12th

Similar to 2009’s surprise hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a non-Pixar animated film with an unwieldy title took everyone off-guard in 2010 by becoming one of summer’s biggest smashes, as well as one of its most critically well-received. And like Cloudy, How to Train Your Dragon was adapted from a popular children’s book. Perhaps thanks to Pixar’s influence, animated movies seem to be picking up in the quality department across the board.

Criticker Pick!How to Train Your DragonAverage Tier 7.11
As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third faces a rite of passage: He must capture and train a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But when the only dragon he can snare is a paltry, toothless beast, his trial doesn’t go as planned. Peter Hastings directs this animated adaptation of the book by Cressida Cowell that features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and America Ferrera. How to Train Your Dragon @ Amazon

Leaves of GrassAverage Tier 5.48
An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug lord. Leaves of Grass @ Amazon

Arn: The Knight TemplarAverage Tier 4.55
Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love. (imdb) Arn: The Knight Templar @ Amazon

I Am LoveAverage Tier 6.59
A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love. I Am Love @ Amazon

Jonah HexAverage Tier 1.84
The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth. Jonah Hex @ Amazon

Random Good Stuff Entertainment Blog

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Iron Man Mark V Briefcase

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Lord of the Rings Bar Ware

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Etched glasses, such as these fine ale-toting types, are clearly THE WIN when it comes to collectible glassware. Because the artwork is etched directly into the glass, the wear-and-tear of normal use will not affect them like their poorly-painted brethren. Also, unless you go breaking them up and chewing them, they’re completely safe and will never be recalled. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! Now you just need to choose your favorite tavern: are you a Prancing Pony or Green Dragon type?

More info: Lord of the Rings Bar Ware

Forum Watch – Children Being Killed

About a month ago, TheDenizen started what has quickly become one of our favorite topics on the forum: Children Being Killed. The topic is about exactly that — movies with scenes featuring children being murdered.

Any time a topic starts out with a warning like “hopefully people won’t be shocked and horrified by what I’m about to say”, you know you’re in for a treat. Upon seeing it the first time, I sighed, naturally assuming a wave of scorn and anger would follow. But that didn’t happen! A lot of users contributed films in which kids are hacked up, sliced to pieces and brutally, shockingly slaughtered.

What I love about this topic is the disregard to sensitive cultural norms. Criticker’s forums are at their best when the discussions veer off what we could ever have anticipated; and when they’re of questionable taste, it’s just a bonus.

So, if you’re interested in the brutal murder of children, head over the forum! And then take a cold shower, stare at yourself in the mirror, and soberly contemplate the state of your soul.

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DVD Report – October 5th

Every once in awhile, a movie appears which is so unnecessary, so wantonly depraved, that it makes you question not only the humanity of the filmmakers, but of anyone who would willingly watch it. In fact, it makes you question the goodness of the world, itself. I’m referring, of course, to the remake of The Karate Kid.

And then there’s The Human Centipede. Now, a remake of that starring Jaden Smith, I might watch.

The Karate KidAverage Tier 4.45
Work pressures cause a single mother moves to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces karate, taught to him by a master of the self-defense form. The Karate Kid @ Amazon

SpliceAverage Tier 4.82
Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with an experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Splice @ Amazon

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)Average Tier 2.93
Two pretty American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany they end up alone at night with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa. The next day they awake to find themselves trapped in his terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. An older German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) @ Amazon

A Nightmare on Elm StreetAverage Tier 2.73
A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their real death in reality. A Nightmare on Elm Street @ Amazon

The Secret of KellsAverage Tier 6.14
The story is set in the 9th century. Twelve year old Brendan is educated by his uncle, Abbot Cellach, who holds a firm grip on his nephew and expects him to follow in his footsteps. One day, Brendan meets Brother Aidan, a master illustrator who shows him the beauty of art and stimulates his creativity and fantasy. Finally, Brendan decides to break free in search of his dream: completing the valuable Book of Kells. On his journey through the forest, he has to face his biggest fears. (wikipedia.org) The Secret of Kells @ Amazon