Archive for July 4, 2013

The Oscar Quest — One Year Anniversary

Today marks the one-year anniversary of when I “finished” my Oscar Quest. That is, my quest to watch every movie ever nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

When I graduated from college, I knew I was gonna take a year off before I did anything. I knew I wanted to move to LA at some point, and I knew I wanted to stay and hang out with good friends who were a year behind me and watch them graduate. Plus I figured I could always use the year to save up money for the eventual move.

But, since I’m me, I always need something to be doing. So, within a week of being home, I decided to watch all the Best Picture winners, having had that realization of, “I can’t really complain about something having won without having seen it.” Simple enough, since I’d already seen like half of them.

But, since I’m me, I thought, “Well, if I see all the nominees, then I can say what I think should really have won, without anyone calling me out on it.” I’m all about not being a hypocrite, especially when it comes to movies. So then it became all of those. Which was 730 movies, minus the ones I’d already seen. (So… maybe 500? 400?) (more…)


Fun with Franchises: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005), Part IV — “I Kinda Just Want the Subtitle to Be Samuel L. Jackson’s Face”

Today we continue with another entry in our Fun with Franchises series, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. 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 III: Revenge of the Sith.

Star Wars Revenge of the Sith - Title Card (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “You know, I used to live like Robinson Crusoe. I mean, shipwrecked among eight million people. And then one day I saw a footprint in the sand, and there you were.”