Movie of the Day – Black Dynamite

Movies are a labor of love, most of the time though, and we as movie lovers have to learn to appreciate the care that goes into making a movie.  Some directors choose to create original movies and wow us with something we have never seen before.  Other directors will take the route of retreading past movies as a directorial style.  There are even certain directors that will pay homage to movies that influenced them in their film making.  Homages in general are a tricky thing for directors to make, since we as a viewer will be familiar with the story and setting, so nothing can honestly take us by surprise.  Homage movies run the risk of also seeming unoriginal to others.  Tarantino has this criticism put on him many times as he takes story elements from numerous genre’s and places them into his movie.  I mean Kill Bill had almost all the elements of Lady Snowblood, but the Tarantino was influenced by the story and added his typical dialogue and flair to the movie.

Homages try and toe this line between parody and send-up of the genre the film maker is wanting to portray.  Often times they fall on the parody side and focus on the ridiculousness that the genre has to offer.  There was a little known cult movie that came out in 2009 that was a loving send-up to the genre of Blaxploitation movies.  You might be familiar with movies like Shaft, Super Fly, Foxy Brown, or maybe Blackula (Black Dracula).  Those films were iconic in the 70s as they part of a slew of films that focused on the black community.  They gave the African-Americans their own story, their own voice and their own heroes to root for when they went to the movies.  Their characters are strong and independent.  They don’t take shit from the man.  Most were even about the political and social climate.  So when a director wants to recreate the look and feel of the era, they will have to walk a fine line as to not upset those that love the genre.

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Movie of the Day – Mars Attacks!

Ack! Ack! Ack!  Ack Ack Ack!  Ack!

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Movie of the Day – FDR: American Badass

I fucking love history!

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Shit Movie of the Day – Disaster Movie

I honestly thought that I was re-watching Epic Movie for the first 15 minutes.  Even getting further into this shitty movie made me realize that this is basically an exact carbon copy of Epic Movie and that is insulting.  The same stale pop culture jokes, racists stereotypes and even the most juvenile of flatulence jokes that you could cram into your ass.  I just can’t believe that this got made and that the directors think that this is humorous.  I am certain they think their own farts to be masterpieces in cinema and comedy.

You know what, since this is a carbon copy of Epic Movie, my review will be a carbon copy of my previous review.  That is how little effort I want to put into this since I watch two directors basically just erase and whiteout their previous movie for this one.

Fuck this movie.


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Shit Movie of the Day – Epic Movie

You know, parody movies use to be some of my favorite comedy movie around.  Airplane!, The Naked Gun series, Top Secret and Mel Brooks movies were the essential comedic movies in my youth.  These “parody” movies such Disaster Movie, Meet The Spartans, even Scary Movie are just raping the corpse of comedy.  This Epic Movie just made me angry.  I honestly feel like these were made for kids to have a movie to go to so they can text and talk.  Parody movies are supposed to be insightful with their lampooning and satirical take on the subject matter.  This is just everything that is wrong with comedy.

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Movie of the Day – OSS 117: Lost in Rio

After seeing this movie, it’s not hard to see why Jean Dujardin won for his role in The Artist, which isn’t to say that the roles are similar here.  It’s rather the general charisma that this man has on screen for a deadpan delivery of jokes and lines to his expressive nature in front of the camera.  He is an actor that is versatile and unique, easily one of my favorite actors given his body of work.  OSS 117 is the sort of spoof movie that is a bit more clever in the spy parody genre.  Where Austin Powers is more of a hokey, gag filled movie, OSS 117 is the smart and sophisticated spoof movie that isn’t on the nose and relies deadpan delivery with a smirk.  I guess since it is a French film, we shouldn’t expect less.

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Movie of the Day – The FP

In the future, those Asian kids who are insanely good at Dance Dance Revolution will control the world.  That is if The FP is any indicator of our future, arguments, turf wars and general revenge pride schemes are settled in the ancient combat of Beat Beat Revelation.  I take back everything I have ever said bad about dance movies, cause if it wasn’t them we probably wouldn’t have Battlefield America and The FP.  Prepare for the dance battle of your life.

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Movie of the Day – The Cabin In The Woods

 

Man, I couldn’t even begin to tell you how floored I was by this movie when I saw it many months ago.  I am not the biggest horror movie fan out there, but what this movie managed to do was make a satire of horror movies while still delivering all  things we  have come to associate with the genre.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest seeing this before reading my little musings and full linked review.  It works best when I don’t spoil the whole premise of the movie.  SO GO NOW!

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Movie of the Day – Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

Yep, I am going from Killer Klowns to Killer Tomatoes and it is deliciously delightful.  I always knew that tomatoes in whole form were terrible for me.  When they are in the form of ketchup or pasta sauce, then I enjoy it, but this movie dispels my notions of safety and makes me terrified of tomatoes all over again.  Just like Killer Clowns from Outer Space, this movie is ridiculously wonderful and fun and all sorts of b-movie greatness.

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Movie of the Day – Spaceballs

It is a sad state of affairs when the art of the movie parody goes out the window.  It used to be about a solid comedic story where the sight gags and call backs were worked into the overarching story rather than the only thing that drives a movie.  Now we get shit like Epic Movie or “Blank” Movie that is just 90 minute sight gag and pop culture filled movie that is not at all entertaining to watch.  There is not story, but rather the movies bank on you remembering that time when Paris Hilton was relevant and vampires being glittery.

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