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IR113: Boxart, Rap & Big N

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

10 Movies That Are Narrative Remakes of Documentaries

And a lot of them great flicks too.

Short: Beth

You start off thinking "oh, it's a funny little skit about KISS" but kind of goes in a completely different direction. Once the song hits, you kind of feel sad. I don't know if that was the intention, it starts like a lot of comedy shorts start, but you might just get a little moved at the end of it.



Michael Shannon Reads Insane Sorority Letter

This tells me a few things:


1) Michael Shannon is awesome. He's already a good actor with a really good sense of humor, but he plays this so straight that you just have to laugh. He's damn serious, and damn angry.

2) Michael Shannon is a little to convincing in his anger. Kinda scary.

3) The Greek Fraternity / Sorority stuff is something I've never understood. I'm not one of those assholes that will say "Dude, I don't want to conform to some hierarchy BS" or whatever hipsters say these days. I just never got the idea of it because it always promotes itself as a social community, but they're really some of the most unsocial and restrictive out there and this letter, which Shannon recites so damn well, is kind of proof of that. "You can hang out with this person but not that person?" College should be a time when you should try and be friends with all sorts of people and making real world connection and the moment you start segregating one over the other, you're limiting your entire life view and future.


4) To think that someone was so upset over this kind of shit? Hilarious. Lilfe's way too short to start getting so livid over childish stuff like this to write a huge letter about it, call people names and just be an all-around bitch.


Soundworks: Oblivion

Oblivion is an auditory experience, to say the least. This mini-feature details the soundtrack and sound effects.

The 8 Worst Raps in Videogame Marketing History

For some of you young folks out in the audience, here's a brief history lesson. Around the 80s/early 90s two things were really taking off: videogames and rap music. Marketing geniuses thought "Hey, that's two great things that could go great together." Sure, they knew videogames...but guess what? They didn't know rap music. Every white guy thought this was rap. It's all just stock, basic beats and Dr. Seuss quality rhyme...but white people heard rap music back then and that's kind of what they assumed it all was. To them, this sound like rap music, therefore hip and cool. Kids were pretty smart though. I know because I was one of them. We all thought it was pretty lame even back then.

Naturally a lot of these come from that era. The Knuckles theme isn't rap by the way. And as for #1, yeah, it's horrible, but that was kind of the point. I kind of think it disqualifies it: all those others were actually trying to be cool and thought it was totally rad, dudes.


Internet Comments

Here's the most brilliant comic I've seen in a while. Click the link for context, but it's still pretty brilliant even without because it's also universal.

Star Wars in a Minute

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30 Videogame Box Arts Recreated in Clip Art

Just...what...? This is the greatest thing I saw all week. Here's some of my favorites:

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Raptors vs. Mexican Wrestlers.This needs to be a thing.

Final Fantasy Tactics: So Many Chickens


Epic Rap Battles

Not just some mad beats...but a nice history of Russia too. Seriously, they pull some things for a rap battle that says "yeah, we did some research." Nice to see people spend time for stuff.

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Run Play Think: Little Computer People

I really love this series.


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Also, he takes a nice jab as Top 10 lists here. I like lists, they're fun most times, but some places are way too dependent on them  and they do it to drive traffic, not necessarily have anything interesting to say.



Super Villain Speed Dating

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Rolling Stone: 10 Bands That Should Enter the Hall of Fame

No argument with any of these, but there's a running theme: some musicians won't attend and think the hall of fame is sham.


Well, they're right. But you know what? There's no other goddamn Rock and Roll hall of fame, so unless you want to go out and start your own, put on your big boy pants, grow the fuck up and attend if you're selected. It's one night out of your miserable, cynical life to just go out and enjoy people praising you.  If Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Phil Collins are going to show up, you better fucking show up. Quit acting like you're twelve and you won't eat your meat. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?



Lie Witness News: Coachella Bands

Jimmy Kimmel sent out a reporter to Coachella and asked idiots about fake bands to see if they'll admit they don't know them, or pretend they do to look cool. (hint, admitting you don't know them doesn't make for hilarity).

It's strange that we live in a society (sheesh, I sound like Fox News) where nobody wants to admit that they don't know something. Critics Should Be Allowed to Give Spoilers

Bullshit. You can read a great response from Rob Hunter here, but to me, trying to justify "spoiling" movies in reviews doesn't make a damn bit of sense. I've written on this blog about spoiler usage in the past, but if you're reviewing a film, it's absolutely not your place to reveal spoilers of anything. Sorry, are you not a good enough writer to write around spoilers? Can you not muster up a thought other than that or lack the ability to write around it?

It takes talent…but it also shows respect. At the end of the day, it's your responsibility to do that, just as it's your responsibility to not forget you are a tool for consumers. If you want to write about details of a plot that can ruin the experience for your audience, then don't label it a review. Label it a commentary or an essay or anything but a review. Marsh is talking about criticism as though it's one single thing and there are no alternatives when there are various aspects to it and numerous ways to approach it. A film review is one, and a film review shouldn't contain spoilers.

I probably wouldn't mind her piece if she didn't have that typical, "film school douchebag" mentality of entitled superiority with this line:

Consider the real issue here: if you haven’t seen a film and you are concerned about spoilers, the onus is on you to not read reviews before seeing the film.


What a pretentious asshole.

On a side note: if someone compared a film to Moon then added M83, that's a good thing to me. How is that automatically bad? Because it's derivative. Welcome to sci-fi.


io9: 9 Classic Movies That Some of the Cast/Crew Thought Sucked

Many stories are of legend, from Alec Guiness to Brando on Superman, but stuff like Predator and Scanners were news to me, but notably Aliens. From the sound of it, that movie shouldn't have happened at all with the way Cameron was treated by cast and crew. Then again, it's a safe bet Cameron wasn't treating them great either, though I think the slam against Cameron "not working his way up" is rubbish. Cameron more than paid his dues early in his career. Love him or hate him, he was working in the biz for years before making any film of his own.

The Cinema Snob: Terminator 1991 Remake

Though a bit unfair in a sense, these are just kids with a videocamera, it's still fun to poke fun at bad. I do prefer when our wonderful Snob takes on actual films, but it's still funny. If anything, it's kind of cool to see how in 1991, The Terminator inspired people who love movies to actually try to remake it.

The Sess: Nintendo's E3

Couldn't have said it better myself. Nintendo removing themselves from the press conference lineup is a mistake. They're growing seriously out of touch and seem incapable of listening to people that actually care about them. Though, as I said in my blog last week, Nintendo financially is fine, it's more like a "weathering of the storm." Sure, they have enough net worth to sustain for a while, but with strange decisions like this, it's difficult to kow where they're going to be in 10 years.

The press conferences are almost always awful, but that's not the point. It's about public awareness and staying in the minds of people: to put on a show. Nintendo has always been decent at putting on shows, and ignoring the public relations attributes of a televisied and streamed live press conference, while your competition touts themselves out on stage for hours, is a huge, huge mistake.

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Reply Joshua
8:55 PM on April 29, 2013 
Then haven't you heard of Nintendo Directs? Personally, I'd rather prefer having them since they're spread out instead of giving everything all at one show. I was seriously uncomfortable with last year's E3 and I feel the show's getting increasingly irrelevant with the use of separate press events such as the Nintendo Directs and the recent PS4 reveal and the forthcoming Xbox reveal.

By the way, Nintendo's not withdrawing themselves from E3. They're still gonna be there with their game demos. They're just trying to experiment a bit by doing smaller press events aimed at the press and at investors while showing off their games to the general audience through a different method ala the Nintendo Directs. Hope this clears some confusion.
Reply J. Conrady
1:31 PM on April 30, 2013 
Hi Josh, thanks for the comment.

I like Nintendo Directs, but as Sessler points out, the people that are already fans of Nintendo are the ones finding Nintendo Directs and watching them. The E3 press conference is a spectacle to a far wider audience: people that they need to sell the under-performing WiiU on. People that watch Nintendo Directs probably already have one and it's less "converting" potential consumers and more just "preaching to the choir."

I'm aware that they're still at E3, but the press conference is the issue. The press conference is a direct voice to the people that can't attend E3 and won't be at their booth. Relying on the press to write about something at their booth isn't the best way to go about relaying your goals and vision of your console and business direction.