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  1. I spent two hours this afternoon watching this turd sandwich when I should have been grading term papers, so I think I won the afternoon. Lots in there but I'm feeling rusty after a while off the boards so I'll hold off before diving right in.


    One thing I wondered: did anyone else think of Daft Punk's 'Around the World' video during the skeleton dance song? Daft Punk mostly use mummies, but the jerky choreo made me think of it. I think it's clear that Daft Punk ripped Chilly off. Damn Frenchies.


    Anyway, hi everyone! Glad to be back now that school's out for another year! I started listening to back episodes today and it was like coming home to old friends.




    I actually signed on today hoping to be the first to comment on it. It's too close to it for me to think Michel Gondry wasn't inspired by it somehow, but I can't find evidence of him copping to that.

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    Yes! This retroactively makes me question Cassandra's talent, as it turns out that all of the songs she performs in Wayne's World are covers:


    "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix (this is actually what she plays when Wayne first sees her)

    "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet (the final performance in Wayne's basement that gets her the record deal . . . or burns down Wayne's house, depending on which ending you accept)


    And this one too?! Did you actually write any songs of your own, Cassandra?


    There is artistry in interpretation. She owned every one of those songs.

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  3. I just saw this movie on Amazon Prime and I had to share it with all of you. I'm not going to post the trailer here -- it reveals too much, even though there are a few extra twists and a great payoff that aren't there -- but suffice to say that this movie is like if Tommy Wiseau aimed for Hitchcock and missed by a long shot.


    A couple in suburban Las Vegas, struggling to conceive for the first time, has a creepy kid move in across the street from them, and the wife starts inexplicably experiencing night terrors. The narrative plays like Jacob's Ladder Scenario: The Home Game, and the twists come frequently. There are passages where you will wonder if you are watching the Room, except everything in this movie has a reason for being there. It's nuts.


    This movie is insane.

  4. I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, on an '80s kid perspective. Was it bad and stupid? Absolutely. What it also was, though, was a bunch of people doing exactly the jobs they had been hired for, and doing them well. Bronson Pinchot: jogging along pews, pinballing around rooms full of people and committing 1000% to every bit. John Larroquette: pretty much just being Dan from Night Court, but in league with a psychic. Bess Armstrong: constantly in her moment. All of it didn't come together all that well, but people were trying.


    That said, I want to talk about the take-off on the early Poltergeist scene where Larroquette and "Pankin's Wife" (played by Mad Men's Christine Estabrook) are having remote wars, her with the remote, he with Bobby McGee's rabbit-ear limbs. If she was betting on all the games based on McGee's projections, just like he was, wouldn't she want to watch the game, and not the ABC TGIF lineup?

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  5. I want to, real quick, call attention to my favorite moment in this movie (it got the biggest laugh from me), and maybe the only time the writers are taking a stab at grounding the movie in the real world.


    When Sho' Nuff and his gang are trashing Daddy Green's Pizza, there is a moment towards the end where Sho'Nuff destroys the video jukebox, and Daddy Green goes "That isn't mine! I DON'T OWN THAT!" This gets into some real random specifics about the synergy between restaurants and vending machine companies and I love it.

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  6. I want to say that it's happened a lot in other movies, but I'm struggling to come up with an older example at the moment. As far as that trope is concerned though, it made me think that if you were filming ANYTHING with your family in it back then, they were pretty much fucked, because the only time you ever see anyone watching these videos back is in cases JUST like this, where a wife and/or kid has been killed. No one's ever watching them for fun, not that they're fun things to watch anyway. I film weddings on the side, and holy shit, talk about a waste of money...


    The only other instance I can think of is "Starman," when Jenny Hayden is drinking and watching old films of Scott, but I don't remember off-hand whether she was speaking her part. If the confluence of drinking, watching old home movies of dead people, and speaking one's own lines in the conversation is a trope, there should be a supercut somewhere to show us how fictional technology has evolved this process.

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  7. Did anybody clock the influence this movie had on Steven Spielberg's Minority Report -- specifically, the scene where Tom Cruise, alone in his apartment, is drinking and watching (holographic) videos of his dead son and speaking his own lines in the recorded conversation?

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  8. FWIW, I'm watching Ninja Terminator on YouTube after buying the DVD. Maybe it's the luck of the bootleg draw, but the version I got was pan-and-scan (1.66:1 instead of 2:35:1) with a shaky camera. Very different experience, as the YouTube version shows a much steadier camera at play than the DVD version gives it credit for.


    I'd recommend the YouTube version, but for those with sensitive hearing, be prepared to shave the top of your high frequencies and compensate with low end, because this mix is trebly as a clef.

  9. I know they addressed the issue of conversational speech during the course of the movie -- you can ask a series of questions and get a series of answers, and it's OK to reorder them so we feel like we're listening in on a conversation -- but there is one exchange that bothers me. It's the one where Keanu trails off while talking about something his father said -- and then Sandra prods him to go on and say it -- and then he says it. THAT can't be accomplished any other way than by having Keanu's letter end in an ellipsis, then Sandra to write a letter that just says, "What did he say?," then for Keanu to pick up where he left off. In any normal penpal relationship, ending your letter in an ellipsis is psychotic behavior, but through a TIME RIFT?

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  10. I should correct myself: Los Angeles stands in for New York City. They don't dutch it up to look like NYC, but they also don't change any of the New York of it all from the script (this was originally supposed to be shot here, but it was decided that it would be too expensive, which is headscratching but not if you consider that Liongate's head producer's long game was to shelve it in favor of his own projects -- the costuming and behaviors all scream New York noir.

  11. Stars: Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

    Director: Ryuhei Kitumara http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0457565


    Bonkers-level: Exponentially higher with each act.


    Los Angeles stars as New York City, as Bradley Cooper, a photographer hell-bent on capturing the dangerous side of the Big Apple, finds himself on the wrong side of the tracks when he follows the wrong kind of butcher into the wrong kind of train.


    I just finished this movie, which I randomly found on Netflix, and am beside myself. This thing needs to be seen and talked about, if only so somebody can confirm what I just saw.


    Here's the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805570/videoplayer/vi2259812633

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  12. It's been noted earlier that "The Rodeo Song" is a real song, but I'll add that while the actor sounds like he's making it up on the spot and embellishing it with f-bombs, it is a faithful rendition. He doesn't add any profanity to it -- that is what that song is. What a weird choice, and also very King. Something that always takes me out of his writing is how all of his characters live in the same musical taste bubble as he does, so it's not uncommon to have one quote obscure verse lyrics at the other and for the other to respond "ayuh" like he'd been thinking the same thing, like Darmok for lyrics.

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  13. OK, on the topic of the talent show, some thoughts


    Stephanie and Johnny winning is pure bullshit. First off, Johnny didn't enter on his own -- he had his T-Birds with him, they were announced as "the T-Birds," and they all rehearsed. It's Shooter's turn for some credit, damn it. On that same note, Stephanie didn't enter on her own either -- she just hijacked "Girl For All Seasons" at the end there to sing her song about turning back time, which brought the HOUSE DOWN despite the fact that it was going on completely in her head!


    What was she doing during the parts where Rex Manning was singing? If you're in the audience of that talent show, is she swinging back and forth in a fugue state, or is she singing his parts in that low register women take on when they do impressions of men? (If there's a deleted scene of that happening, I would totally watch that, btw). Either way, it's an IMPROVISED SONG tacked onto the sandbagging of all of Connie's hard work!


    Ooh, speaking of sand, or sandMEN (smoooth), the Preptones should still have gone on. Wet shirts or not, you can still sing.


    (btw, not for nothing, but there is a callback to the "2 missed periods" joke that makes me think that joke was supposed to go to Paulette, because Connie says that they had to start with the other seasons because Paulette was always late, which cuts to a reaction shot from Paulette that I think indicated that for a second there, she thought Connie was putting her cycle on blast.)


    Also, the prize changed in midstream. At first the winner was supposed to get 100 albums, but when it came time, Johnny and Stephanie were given a fifty/fifty split of the records, and crowned king and queen of the luau. In no high school would a talent show be arbitration for dance royalty.


    I'm glad Pamela Adlon got props during this episode. Jason's reaction was a lot like mine, with the exception of the stuff about knowing Pamela Adlon.

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  14. Last but not least, I watched this entire movie with captions on, because I had a sleeping baby and the mix of the music to the dialogue was insane (btw, zero effort at digital restoration on this one, either -- so much film noise that I think they must have just digitized one already-used print that they found in a dusty storage room in the back of a theater), and I think it's safe to assume that whoever wrote the closed captions for this has no familiarity with Nic Cage's work:




    ...no, dudes. That is how Nic Cage thinks people laugh.

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  15. Guys, there is nothing gradual about his abuse of poor Alva. This happens 24 minutes in: He tells her she has to STAND THERE while he gets chewed out by his client, then (and apologies for the sloppy borders, this was a rush job with Paint):




    He then hangs up and says, "You see that? I couldn't get a WORD IN, he was so mad."


    ...so not only is he overreacting to her not being able to find this file, there is literally NO PRESSURE on this task, so all he's doing is doubling down on her throughout the movie.

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