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 OK, so Lorenzo Music voiced Garfield in cartoons, and Bill Murray played Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters movie.

Then Lorenzo Music voiced Peter Venkman in the first season of The Real Ghostbusters, when eventually Bill Murray would voice Garfield in the feature-length films.

After season one, Dave Coulier took over the voice of Venkman.  He's an impressionist whose repetoire includes Bill Murray.  And it's hardly worth mentioning, except for that throughout the run of The Real Ghostbusters, Ray Stanza was voiced by Frank Welker, who recently did the voice of Garfield in his new CGI series.

If I can work Egon into this, I might have enough coincidences lined up for a full-blown conspiracy theory.
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Weekend so far:

Friday night: hopped on the bus so I could do my run through the neighborhoods around ASU and see [livejournal.com profile] tamtrible's new, slightly cleaner place. I didn't notice the difference immediately, but I wasn't in constant danger of knoking things over. She drove me home and did a load of laundry, upon my request, as I'd surmised she'd want her entire wardrobe available for the following day.

Saturday afternoon, Larry, Larry's GF Stacy, Melissa, and Melissa's new friend Dan, all came over to watch The Wizard of Speed and Time. It was corny but had a lot of heart, and I have a soft spot in my heart for people who pull off technical marvels with limited resources. There was an original short film produced in 1979, followed by a 1988 feature length film about the production of that short. Much like Idiocracy, it got only limited release years after it was actually filmed. It has a web presence, very Web 1.0, even has a web ring link at the bottom. Now that I've seen the name in print, "Mike Jittlov" does sound familiar; maybe I saw him on Usenet back in the 1990s, or he was talked about but never explained.

We had two medium pizzas, beer, tea, V8 fusion. Larry and Stacy left to get back home to their dogs. Then we put in Scott Pilgrim vs the World, for which Dan was too tired to stay through the whole thing.

Then Melissa tried to solve a 5x5x5 cube. Well, to be accurate, she started trying to solve it between the movies, but forgot all the tricks, and I ended up confiscating the cube 10 minutes into Scott Pilgrim. For some reason it bothered me that the movie was being missed. It's a very information-dense movie and you can miss a lot in a short amount of time.

also, chargenning for some RPG thing. I think I'm just going with it but I don't really have any fuel of my own for it... but unconsciousness was a good enough excuse to stop, and my final guest went home.

two days left in this 3-day weekend....
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A local channel is running The Wrath of Khan tonight, and I just noticed something for the first time.

In the original Star Trek episode, when the historian went to meet Khan for the first time, the first thing he did was insist that she wear her hair differently, as a token of her submission to him.

In the movie, Saavik changes her hairstyle after failing the Kobayashi Maru exercise.
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You can now watch Religulous in its entirety on Google Video.
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Tonight I went to a double feature of The Room and Birdemic, two movies that you can't believe people spent that much time and money to make.

Birdemic was new to me. It looks like it was shot on a cell phone camera, and then the birds were superimposed animated GIFs.
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i think avatar is a pretty cool guy. eh talks to animals through a serial cable and doesn't afraid of anything.

Big Fan

Jan. 31st, 2010 03:48 pm
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I just watched Big Fan.

It's a good movie. I'm not usually into the film noir, but this one had it.

The movie stars Patton Oswalt as a sports fan, more obsessed and sad than any anime otaku or bug collector. Granted, most sports fans are hard-working, well-rounded, and successful. But not our protagonist, who has essentially his entire identity locked up in his sports team, to the detriment not only of his personal life, but to his place in society at large. He clings to his job at a parking garage, as it leaves him free to write, not the great American novel, but prepared rants to late night talk radio shows. He and his friend feel they're privileged to be able to watch the big game on a big TV in the parking lot of the stadium, having to forget that there was a time when working-class fans could actually afford to go inside. He is, indeed, proud to be a peasant, and indeed he chooses that life over all other possible opportunities.

It's when he and his friend spot his hero on his way to a party that he cements his place in the world, as a helpless peasant in every sense. In American football, there are class differences as expansive and insurmountable as feudal England. And, clearly, this guy's idea of "reaching for the stars" is perverse, even by the standards of other fans. Indeed, a scene at the end takes place at a proper sports bar, where the warmth of the shared experience of a sports game is closest to that of the local stadium games of old. This movie is about someone who seems to be traveling perpendicular to that, for whom loyalty is everything.

I really don't know how to conclude this post, so I will take a small bow.
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Went out with [livejournal.com profile] tamtrible and her friend to a thrift store.

This was the first time I actually bought something at one. My take: an Atari 2600 cartridge I didn't already have, a remote video transmitter and receiver set without power supplies, and a big 1998 book about the Internet. Actually, I should go back because there's now another receiver station there, and it's kind of useless to anyone else now. I might also find the power supplies; the one I found hanging off the wall didn't work.

We all watched Dr. Strangelove, and stayed up extra-late to watch, of all things, Penn & Teller Get Killed. I was expecting to just show the first few scenes and send them home, but the video froze halfway through one scene and my guests were audibly disappointed. Luckily, it just so happened I knew where I had a backup copy of the movie stored, and we were able to finish it.

I was going to use the Pac-Man Christmas Special I ripped from YouTube to get them to leave, but I couldn't stand playing it for long enough for it to have the desired effect. So I just asked.
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So I'm left wishing that the movie I just saw was a TV pilot, and that I could tune in next week to see more.

But no, they're going to do another nine seasons of all that shit I don't watch.
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I saw Battle for Terra last night. In 3-D!

David Cross plays the robot, and there are flying whales.

It left an overall good impression on me, although Read more... )
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Are there any movies other than Rocky Horror Picture Show that have audience participation, either in the form of shouting back at the screen or other audience behaviors?
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I just realized that I made fried chicken on MLK day.

I assure you, it's a coincidence, and I apologize to the entire African-American community.

But while I'm on the topic, I should point out that as a white person, I didn't realize that fried chicken and watermelon were considered offensive stereotypes until I was in college. There was a story about Tiger Woods playing in some tournament, championship, open, mini-golf benedit, I don't even remember. And some old white guy said he imagines they'll be serving fried chicken and watermelon at the crafts table, luncheon, I don't remember that clearly. I just remembered thinking that fried chicken is awesome, but kind of heavy and unhealthy, which would make watermelon a refreshing, vitamin-rich contrast. Also, Lee Travino used to do ads for salsa.

Anyhow, if you're white, but haven't been around enough racists to know what the stereotypes are, you can find out most of them by renting Bamboozled. It's a movie about a frustrated black TV producer, who tries to take the piss out of his network by producing a revival of the blackface shows of the 1920s, pitching the offensiveness as "edgy". Hilarity ensues.
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I've been hearing, but not watching, ads on TV for "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans", with a lot of shouty dialogue that tries really hard to evoke "300".

But because I hadn't seen the title, I had assumed that it was about lichens.

I'm not saying that would be a better movie, but I'd be more likely to see it out of curiosity.
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I saw the first 2/3 of Shock Treatment yesterday. It was all we could handle before turning it off.

And I think I know why Dame Edna exists. If I were in a movie like this, I too would put on a disguise and never take it off.

What bothers me isn't necessarily the plot or the interminable musical numbers or the writing. Rather, I couldn't get past the movie's complete sarcastic hostility toward every aspect of modern life. It's the same attitude I saw in a lot of works of the 1970s and 1980s. It reminded me of Fritz the Cat, somehow. It's hard to care about a movie that has disdain for all its characters.

This was an almost-sequel to Rocky Horror Picture Show, which had a similar nihilistic attitude, but is tolerable only because the content of the movie is secondary to the ceremony of seeing it in a theater.

Also, this movie's Janet sang with a man voice.

Had I been missing the point or something?
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People today aren't as angry at Nixon as they used to be.
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There are two things that should never be done.

1. Dubbing "French in Action" into English.
2. Animating a visible Harvey into "Harvey".
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You would think that Futurama and D&D would be like chocolate and peanut butter. But not really. The first two DVD movies were so much better. 3 out of 5 stars.
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OK, now, I was amazed at Seth Green's career before.

I first noticed him as Scott Evil, and saw him in some other pretty good movies. I like a good civilian race movie, so I liked Rat Race. I love a good heist movie, so I loved The Italian Job. So I figure, hey, a good character actor is living up to his potential, to the point where I know his name.

Then he achieves multiple Holy Grails for actors: not only does he land a voice acting gig for a network TV show, but he creates and produce his own hit show on cable. Voice actors on network TV work less hours per week than I do per day, and they earn a comfortable Los Angeles living wage at the very least. That light workload serves as the perfect complement to the heavy demands of producing a stop-motion-animation show, especially one that nips at the heels of as many trademarks as Robot Chicken does. Oh yeah, and he's still in movies.

But wait, there's more! Anyone remember Rally's? They had combo meals for $2 back when Burger King's combo meals were $3. I was lucky enough to grow up within walking distance of one, and I loved their seasoned fries. Yeah, Seth Green was in Rally's commercials. Behold. I learned about this on a recent talk show appearance, where he described that it became a weird phenomenon for New Orleans Saints fans, and hence his appearance at a half-time show. Most people his age would have been happy to have peaked there, and used all the money to pay for a useless college degree.

I don't know why, but celebrities of this kind have more of my respect than the big Tom Hanks style celebrities, because they're just so non-stop busy. Like that year where Tommy Lee Jones was in every single movie.
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The guy who plays the titular role in "W" also got top billing in Thrashin', a skateboarding movie we had on VHS when I was growing up. My brother would watch it over and over.

Mark Wahlberg was on SNL talking to him, and mentioned he was on Goonies, and I knew the older kid from Goonies was the same guy, so I looked it up, and sure enough.
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I caught "Stuck on You" on Comedy Central. It's not the first time I've caught it on cable, but it's the first time I've seen it from the beginning. It's about conjoined twins, played by Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. Both are short-order cooks in a restaurant that they own. Bob (Greg Kinnear) is an actor who does one-man shows and decides to move to Hollywood. Walt (Matt Damon) has panic attacks, and has an Internet girlfriend in Hollywood whom he's afraid to meet.

Damon's great, Kinnear's great, and even Cher is great. The actors who I can't name are great. The story is great. Even the cheap conjoined-twin gags are great.

It's a wonderful movie. I don't know how well it's received by conjoined twins in general. As I'm what they would term a singleton, I'm almost jealous of the life. I barely ever see my brother, and I've had a lot of amazing moments in my life that have gone unrcorded, unreported, and unshared.

In his book Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert describes the sisters conjoined at the forehead, one of whom is a country singer. They're mentioned by name in the movie, even. They're cited as an example of people who are happy, when you might think that it wouldn't be possible. Somehow, it reminds me of The Planiverse, because many things we take for granted would become impossible if one of our spatial dimensions were taken away. I posted a quote about that years ago.

I suppose life's about playing the hand you're dealt. Which is great, if you're good at poker.


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