This was the sixth episode of WDYTOTM that we made for This Is Infamous. I watched a lot of movies this summer and while almost all of them were entertaining enough, this was the only jaw-dropper. The sense of scale on display was, in and of itself, art. I’ve decided that we’re soaked through with CG and fantasy worlds such that we can’t even recognize when we’re seeing something that came out of our imaginations fully formed. If you missed this in the theater, don’t drag your feet on watching it at home. I sometimes highlight negatives when I put together WDYTOTM but not this time. This is just a victory lap for the best film of the summer.
This was the fifth episode of WDYTOTM that we made for This Is Infamous. My aww-ing is meant to pay homage to the great Alison Brie as Annie Edison on Community. I was watching a lot of that when we shot this. The kid crushing on Helena Bonham Carter gets me right in the feels.
Playing catchup here. This was the fourth episode of WDYTOTM we did for This Is Infamous. I hate the idea that there are some movies you have to remove your brain to enjoy. So I used this platform to poke fun at the idea of all these orphaned brains lost, scared and alone waiting outside the theaters for their selfish, abusive guardian bodies to pick them up after they’ve finished staring blankly at a flashing screen for two hours. Movies aren’t just the story or the logical consistency of their moving parts, they are also what you see and hear and I’m not talking just eye candy big budget beauty shots, I mean composition and the combination of light and sound. you need your brain to enjoy that too. Anyway, I never actually saw White House Down and I think my brain is grateful to me.
This is the third episode of What Did You Think Of That Movie? Shawn and I made for This Is Infamous. Amazingly, we’ve yet to miss a week. I was actually on my way to see World War Z, when zombie explosion fatigue set in, and I inexplicably blurted out that I wanted one ticket for The Bling Ring instead. I cannot tell a lie. I loves me some Sofia Coppola. Oddly enough, it sort of was about zombies of a different breed. Instead of brains, they mindlessly feasted on celebrity. I can’t say I loved it but I had more to think about afterward than I have as of late. For that brief respite from summer blockbusters I thank you, Sofia.
I’ve been a busy boo. This is the second episode of What Did You Think Of That Movie? Shawn Stutler and I made for This Is Infamous. It is also the end of an era for my side hair. Whether I let nature course correct my side hair to its former greatness or I continue to spit in the face of the salon gods, history can never erase the fact that I shaved it gone and ended up looking like a lesbian teen runaway, in the best possible sense of those words.
As for me and Man of Steel, I expected better of all involved. If you like what you see, comment, share and subscribe to The ThisIsInfamous YouTube channel. There’s so much more to come.
There’s a new geek culture website in town and it’s called ThisIsInfamous.com The website goes live Wednesday, May 29th and I’m a part of it. SO LIKE IT ON FACEBOOK. I’ll be contributing a show called “What Did You Think of That Movie?” which I’m currently developing. In the meantime, I’ll be contributing features and videos. This is in addition to the work I contribute and will continue to contribute to Nerd-Base, and Tainted Reality.
The internet outrage was deafening, or it would have been if web chatter were measurable on the audio spectrum. When people saw this:
That’s the plucky heroine, Merida, from Disney Pixar’s Brave on both the right and the left. As part of her induction into the gang of Disney Princesses they prettied her up.
Cue internet rage:
“Egads! What hath they done to our Merida,” cried out the angry populace of Huffington Postville! I mean, it’s right there in the title of the post: Merida gets unnecessary makeover! Opinionized for you, just in case you were incapable of forming one yourself. And lo a great petition was made to combat what some called, “an unnecessary makeover!” Others, “Another sad, vapid girl concerned with a narrow waist and perfectly shaped eyebrows. Shame.”
The thing is the petitioners aren’t wrong exactly. The redesign is kind of hideous looking but since when do we hold the Disney Princess brand up to some high standard of excellence? It’s a vapid, fancy dress cotillion of airs and faces put on that white washes the bunch of them.
As a sometimes contributor to nerd-base.com I feel I have the authority to say this with love, nerds are the worst. Fail us and you will never hear the end of it. Feed us and we will demand a second course before the first is even done. We are cursed with insatiable appetites for the familiar and companies and the media do well to feed us ourselves over and over again.
For me the real star was Roger Deakins’ brilliant cinematography. Every frame of that film begs to be printed out and hung in an art museum. I think most reasonable movie lovers would agree that it was a damn fine movie picture and a splendid return to dapper form for 007 after the nearly mute, rushed-to-theaters Quantum of Solace.
You would think we would all be a little grateful to Sam Mendes for bringing such a wonderful vision of Bond to the screen… and maybe we were five minutes ago but that was FIVE MINUTES AGO and nerds don’t do five minutes ago. We do “years from now” and in years from now Sam Mendes didn’t make the next James Bond film sitting in our Blu-ray Ultra-HD collection. Why? Because that big, crying, diaper baby had “other commitments.” Pansy.
I recently had a hankerin’ to revisit the world of, WALL-E, Pixar’s gorgeous CG animated love letter to the human spirit told almost entirely through robots. I thought I understood what the film was about but that’s the thing with revisiting the past, the destination almost always changes depending on where you’re walking from.
At the time of its release there was a certain section of the population who were highly critical of WALL-E‘s political agenda. Oddly enough you can attack the film from both sides of the partisan divide. It’s either a satire of capitalism out of control and in decline made by a bunch of free-lovin’, tree-huggin’, socialists, or it’s a spoof of what a nanny state big government spoon fed society would look like. The freeloading fatsos in the film, for example, presumably can’t do anything for themselves specifically because they were urbanite, no-nothing parasites who needed Uncle Sam to do everything for them -including wipe their ginormous asses. Not to mention that WALL-E was made under the Disney umbrella, just the kind of massive, anything-for-a-buck conglomerate the film criticizes.
They cried hypocrisy, they did!
How can the movie be about two things that diametrically oppose each other? It can’t. You chowderheads.
Forget for a moment about the role government, business and even the environment plays in the film. These are just story elements that help cast the film’s humanity in relief. WALL-E isn’t about them. At its heart it’s the story of what happens when a foreign contaminant is introduced into a perfect system and when we choose not to learn from the past, and live only in the moment.
When we first meet the robot, WALL-E, he is literally digging through our past and selecting moments to learn from. He arrives on the ship as an ambassador of our past but is immediately identified by the janitorial robot, Mo, as a foreign contaminant. Interesting…