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Archive for May, 2013

Pic of the Day Update – B+ Movie Blog

It’s been a while since I’ve had one of these.

Basically, at this point, most months out of the year, my Pics of the Day are revolving around some sort of theme. Generally what happens is, I go, “This would be a good idea,” and then, I schedule it. And the beauty with Pics of the Day — you can just do it way in advance. And I’m that person. I’ll just sit there and, as a change of pace from writing, will just schedule the next year or so of Pics of the Day. I’m crazy, you see.

I don’t do an entire year, I’m exaggerating. But I will do like, nine months, since I do leave room open in March, and other random months to include all the newer movies that I haven’t gotten to show yet and stuff like that. But generally most of my months do end up being related to some sort of theme, even if it does seem kind of random most of the time.

Anyway, it’s pretty assumed at this point that the Pics of the Day for December will be Christmas movies, and January and February are all Oscar movies. I’ve done genre months before — musicals and westerns — there was that one month where I did the specialized studio logos, I did all the Disney films, I did all the Bond films twice, for the films and for the credits songs — I’ve had my share of theme months. Naturally — there are always more.

This time, I have theme months planned from now until… November. The next five months are all theme months. The first three, though, are all the same theme. The other two are separate. (more…)

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Fun with Franchises: Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Part V — “How Come They Didn’t Give It a Cold First?”

Today we begin another entry in our Fun with Franchises series, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Part V.

In case you don’t know how this works — a while back, I decided to rank my favorite Disney movies and rank my favorite James Bond movies. And the Disney ones were mostly straight synopses and not too much fun, but when I got to Bond, I enlisted the help of my friend Colin (whose blog is TokyoRemix.com. Fuck yeah, promotion!), who knows everything about the Bond franchise that I do not, for those articles, and along the way, learned how to have fun with it. And, by the end of the Bond articles, we were having so much fun that I said, “Man, we have to do this again with other stuff.” Because I spent about a straight month and a half putting together those articles. That’s how much time and effort actually goes into something like that. And not once did it feel like work. It was so much fun that I knew, as long as we were doing it for comedy purposes and able to riff off of each other — we could do pretty much any film and it would work.

And very quickly, the first ones you come up with are the major franchises, because those are not only the most fun, but also the most universally known. Everyone’s gonna understand all the jokes we make (well… most of them. Some of them might be limited to three people) about them. So that’s what we’re doing. And if you’re gonna have fun with franchises, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t franchise it. Also, just so we’re clear, this is all for parody. We’re just messing with them because we love them.

And that’s Fun with Franchises. Right now, we’re doing the Star Wars franchise, and today is the fifth and final part of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope:

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Fun with Franchises: Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Part IV — “This Place Is the Towering Inferno of Space Stations”

Today we continue with another entry in our Fun with Franchises series, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Part IV.

In case you don’t know how this works — a while back, I decided to rank my favorite Disney movies and rank my favorite James Bond movies. And the Disney ones were mostly straight synopses and not too much fun, but when I got to Bond, I enlisted the help of my friend Colin (whose blog is TokyoRemix.com. Fuck yeah, promotion!), who knows everything about the Bond franchise that I do not, for those articles, and along the way, learned how to have fun with it. And, by the end of the Bond articles, we were having so much fun that I said, “Man, we have to do this again with other stuff.” Because I spent about a straight month and a half putting together those articles. That’s how much time and effort actually goes into something like that. And not once did it feel like work. It was so much fun that I knew, as long as we were doing it for comedy purposes and able to riff off of each other — we could do pretty much any film and it would work.

And very quickly, the first ones you come up with are the major franchises, because those are not only the most fun, but also the most universally known. Everyone’s gonna understand all the jokes we make (well… most of them. Some of them might be limited to three people) about them. So that’s what we’re doing. And if you’re gonna have fun with franchises, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t franchise it. Also, just so we’re clear, this is all for parody. We’re just messing with them because we love them.

And that’s Fun with Franchises. Right now, we’re doing the Star Wars franchise, and today is the fourth part of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope:

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Pic of the Day: “When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written, ‘He dies.’ That’s all. Nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is ‘He dies.’ It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with ‘He dies.’ And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words ‘He dies,’ but because of the life we saw prior to the words. I’ve lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading, and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest ‘He died.’”

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Fun with Franchises: Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), Part III — “And Not a Single ‘Woo Hoo’ Was Said”

Today we continue with another entry in our Fun with Franchises series, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Part III.

In case you don’t know how this works — a while back, I decided to rank my favorite Disney movies and rank my favorite James Bond movies. And the Disney ones were mostly straight synopses and not too much fun, but when I got to Bond, I enlisted the help of my friend Colin (whose blog is TokyoRemix.com. Fuck yeah, promotion!), who knows everything about the Bond franchise that I do not, for those articles, and along the way, learned how to have fun with it. And, by the end of the Bond articles, we were having so much fun that I said, “Man, we have to do this again with other stuff.” Because I spent about a straight month and a half putting together those articles. That’s how much time and effort actually goes into something like that. And not once did it feel like work. It was so much fun that I knew, as long as we were doing it for comedy purposes and able to riff off of each other — we could do pretty much any film and it would work.

And very quickly, the first ones you come up with are the major franchises, because those are not only the most fun, but also the most universally known. Everyone’s gonna understand all the jokes we make (well… most of them. Some of them might be limited to three people) about them. So that’s what we’re doing. And if you’re gonna have fun with franchises, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t franchise it. Also, just so we’re clear, this is all for parody. We’re just messing with them because we love them.

And that’s Fun with Franchises. Right now, we’re doing the Star Wars franchise, and today is the third part of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope:

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Pic of the Day: “Just one more thing to say: my late husband was a great lover of poetry, and I suppose some of it sunk in, despite my best intentions. And here today, I remember this, I believe, from Tennyson: “We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

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