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  • fuwalda says:

    There was that scene where the Klansman walked slowly away from that burning cross at the end of Birth of a Nation.

    Somebody should make a youtube video where Nicholas Cage or Antonio or somebody walks slowly away from the Hindenburg as it burns up. If I knew how to edit special effects, I’d do that.

  • Jimbo says:

    Someone should use this cliche in a spoof. Evrytime the hero walks away from something it eplodes. People see him walking away from a building, you see them scatter like roaches because they know the bulding is going to explode. Like that cop in Police Squad that always ran into something when he drove up in his car.

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Slowly Walking Away from a Giant Explosion

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  • fuwalda says:

    Always funny. And yeah, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the real version of this scene. I always watch it on TNT or TBS or wherever. I’ll tell you what always impresses me about this scene: That forward somesault/role to a standing position Jim Carrey does. Unless they used some kind of trick photography, that was an incredible stunt.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Carrey must be pretty athletic. In one of the stand-up bits I watched the other day, he was walking around with his torso at a 90 degree angle to his legs.

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When Great Scenes are F’ed Up By Bad Editing

I watched a bit of Dumb and Dumber on television the other week–I think it was TNT–and they absolutely shat on the best scene in the movie with overzealous editing. If you excise Jim Carrey using a guy’s testicles as speed bags or ripping the chef’s heart out of his chest, you almost may as well cut the whole scene out of the film. I mean, it’s not as if any of it is even remotely realistic. The heart looks like a dog’s chew toy, fer cryin’ out loud. Not to mention that in getting rid of it, you have to also cut out the entire gag of Carrey dropping it into the doggy bag.

Anyway, for those who may have only seen this film on television, here’s how it’s meant to be seen.

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Dr. Katz, Continued

I’ve taken to just listening to these in the background while at work. Here are a few others that I recommend, that I think have a broader appeal than the David Duchovny bit, which was probably pretty esoteric.

This entire series of scenes between Dr. Katz and Dom Irrera work really well. Something about the neurotic, confessional nature of Irrera’s act makes this feel less obviously like a stand-up act and more like an improvised couch session. Both comedians have a quiet sort of humor that meshes well together.

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  • fuwalda says:

    That’s the dumbest shit ever. Seriously? That’s the kind of cornball shit even O’Henry would’ve discarded for being too dumb. Then again, I haven’t seen the movie.

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Spoilers: A Single Man

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  • fuwalda says:

    Here’s an interesting tidbit: 1 out of 1 Donalds were bored to death by this post.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Nobody put a gun to your head, foo’.

  • PFA says:

    There are lots of bizzare yet interesting things happening on the imdb voting boards.

    I found that the harshest raters are women over 45. But what strikes me as uncanny is how few female users are on imdb; I haven’t really found a mainstream film with votes in the thousands that had more women voting on it than men. Even movies such as Sex and the City or the Twilight series have more guys voting on them. I guess this comes to show that women/girls are still not as tech friendly as guys, or that they are at least less involved in the cyber-world.

    Something else I find ridiculous is these top 1000 voters. You can check out any of the most voted films and you’ll see none of them have been seen by all 1000 top voters, which is impossible to fathom, if you consider these are the people who have voted for most films on the website. Shows just how random this top 1000 voters thing is.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    I’ve noticed, as well, how few women vote on any particular movie, relative to the men who vote. I can’t explain it either. I’ve been wondering if it’s merely because men are more inclined to think that their opinion matters. Or maybe men just simply watch more movies.

  • PFA says:

    = men are just lonelier than women. Hehe.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    ha! That’s probably true.

  • Anomandariss says:

    I found one film where more women voted then man http://www.imdb.de/title/tt0988595/ratings

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IMDb Ratings Breakdown

I don’t know if anybody besides me ever bothers to have a look at the ratings breakdowns on the IMDb. I love statistics, and these can often be surprising–or if not surprising, at least somehow insightful.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse rates a 6.7 average with females and only a 4.1 with males, but what was interesting to me is how consistent female ratings are across age groups. Females under 18 rate it a 7.0 on average, while females ages 45+ rate it a 6.8. You see a much greater dip with males, as the under 18 crowd is willing to give it 5.4, while the over 45 crowd really hates it, with a 3.9.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Are you joking? The top fell over and then Leo went back and put it in his pocket. Then he looked at the camera and said, “Damn, it’s good to see my kids and stuff, but I still hate that they have the same disease as that little black kid from TV.” Then it faded to black. I didn’t like how Nolan left the ending so ambiguous. I mean, was he talking about Webster or Arnold from Diff’rent Strokes?

    I bet the projectionist f’ed up and ended the film too soon at your cinema.

  • fuwalda says:

    And then Joseph Gordon Levitt runs in and goes, “Dude, we’ve got another job. Lindsay Lohan’s mom wants us to get her off drinking.” And then Leo looks back at the camera, holds his palms up and goes, “Here we go again!” Then when the credits rolled, the music was that song Beth Barbush used to listen to that went “when I am dreaming I don’t know if I’m truly asleep or if I’m awake!”

    And did you stay until after the credits, bro? There was a little blink and you’ll miss it text crawl that said, “The Inceptors will return in Inception 2: Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made.”

  • fuwalda says:

    Yeah, I’m done. Sorry to highjack your post.

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Spoilers: Inception

If you intend to see Christopher Nolan’s film Inception some day, then you probably will not want to continue through to rest of this post, in which I intend to succinctly spoil the ending.

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Spoiler Alert

Here’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I’m going to totally spoil the ending of films with final act twists. Don’t worry…I’ll hide the spoilers behind a “Read More” link.

It has been bothering me for a while that there isn’t really a good place to go to simply find out what happens at the end of a film that you don’t intend to ever see. For example, I’m curious about the twist ending of M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Happening, but not so much that I’m willing to actually sit through it. But when I do sit through such a film, I’ll just come here and spoil it for anybody who’d rather not spend their time.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I’m not going to comment on this because I was planning on posting something on my blog. So don’t read this comment because there is no comment.

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Avengers Movie Cast Revealed

Just stumbled upon this article. Honestly, I’m not even certain why they’re making an Avengers film, and at the moment, I’m not looking forward to it. I don’t particularly want to see some cinematic hybrid of the classic Avengers and the Ultimates (I’m assuming the tone here).

Anyway, here are a few notable cast members:

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  • fuwalda says:

    “It would be nice if you could buy an all-day pass to the movie theater.”

    You can. It’s called buying one ticket and not leaving. If you don’t want to get kicked out, just go over and refill your soda whenever an usher looks at you. If it’s a woman, she’ll never notice you.

    As for Salt…. I honestly know nothing about this. I think I saw a trailer once and it didn’t stand out to me. And Predators was awesome. Go see it. You’ll be glad you did. This might convince you: There’s a fight between a samurai and a predator. I won’t tell you who wins.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      “If it’s a woman, she’ll never notice you.” I see what you did there.

      My brother used to do that: buy a ticket and then just theater hop. He’d never go to the theater unless there were two or three films he wanted to see. I’m too chicken to do something like that.

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The Next Great, Yet Kind of Dumb, Action Film

Salt or Predators. What to do? What to do?

The diversity of opinions on both of these films has me intrigued. I’d love to see both of them, honestly, though more realistically, I will see neither until they’re on DVD.

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