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21 December 2009 @ 03:21 pm
So, I've been working at a video store for more years now than I'd like to admit, and I've recently started watching movies again. Here's some of what I watched during the week of 12/07/2009.

12/07 - City Of God
12/08 - Family Guy: Something
12/09 - Where Eagles Dare
12/10 - Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
12/11 - Planes, Trains And Automobiles
12/12 - Hell's Highway
12/13 - Taking Woodstock

City Of God had been recommended to me by several friends so I finally watched it and I thought it was great. My only complaint was that it kind of brought Slumdog Millionaire down a bit in my eyes because it was so similar. Family Guy was nothing special as the only laugh it got out of me was for Cleveland's line about the wires being nailed into the ice walls on Hoth. "I'm sure that's safe" or whatever. Where Eagles Dare with Clint Eastwood reminded me a bit of Inglourious Basterds in that it was a WW2 movie and it involved British agents undercover. I really enjoyed the way the story in Brief Interviews was told. John Krasinski directed it and though it showcases a bunch of random actors (Will Arnett, Christopher Meloni, etc), he himself has a really good scene towards the end. Planes, Trains I had seen before, and is a classic. Hell's Highway was garbage. Taking Woodstock was pretty solid, nothing amazing. I later realized it contained a sort of Girl Next Door re-union, though I don't think Emile Hirsch and Paul Dano were ever actually on-screen together. I enjoyed Demetri Martin and I thought Leiv Schrieber was great.

30 November 2009 @ 09:40 pm

Among the things that I have been discovering then quickly catching up on this year is The Mighty Boosh. The series is currently airing in reruns on Sunday nights at 1:00am on Adult Swim, which is where I first began watching it. I think it was the episode titled "The Nightmare of Milky Joe" that really hooked me. I watched the show every Sunday for the weeks following and I ended up purchasing the entire 3 season set when it was released on DVD back in October. The show is insanely original and hilarious. It's full of crazy characters as well as a ridiculous song each episode. I posted one of my favorites above from the episode "Tundra".

In Three-Toes news, X recorded a bunch of lines today for various characters for the Christmas short "Mistle-Toes!" that I hope to finish and release before the 25th this year. Lots of funny stuff that I am really excited about. I am currently cutting the recordings up and setting the lines to animation.
25 November 2009 @ 11:32 pm

I wanted to put a Three-Toes video of some sort out there after the long gap we've had and episode six and the christmas short still have a little ways to go, so I was like "Oh yeah, ask JB. I'm way behind on those". That, and I had an entire day to devote to Three-Toes stuff. So I made this video.

Step four was indeed almost "Eat that tuxedo", but I thought the butler thing could go somewhere. I had wanted to answer the next Ask JB with a response that involved a time machine in some way, cause it has been a looooooooong time since the last one. So it just sort of came together quickly and I recorded it and animated it in the same day.

There is also a brief sight gag for those who pay attention.
29 October 2009 @ 04:26 pm

Featuring Tom Kenny (Spongebob) as the doctor.

27 October 2009 @ 11:49 pm

This past Sunday's episode of Venture Bros featured a pretty hilarious parody of Batman in the character of Captain Sunshine. More particularly a parody of Batman's relationship with Robin. What really makes the episode great though is that they got none other than Kevin Conroy (THE definitive voice of Batman) to provide the voice for the Captain.

Watch on AdultSwim.com
26 October 2009 @ 11:49 pm

Saw it Saturday night (after seeing wtwta again  ). The Hangover was great and all, but Black Dynamite had way many more laughs per minute. It's funny too because I only knew Michael Jai White as Gamble from The Dark Knight ("Enough from the clown!"), so it was a huge surprise to find out how hilarious he could be. Not only does he carry the movie as its title character, but he also came up with the concept for it and co-wrote the screenplay. It also features Cedric Yarbrough (The Boondocks, Reno 911) who stands out in one of my favorite moments from the movie. But I have many favorite moments. Lots of quotable lines.

Side-note: according to this interview, MJW had originally wanted to call the movie Superbad, after he came up with the idea for the movie while listening to the James Brown song.


Speaking of favorite 2009 movie directors and music videos: Marc Webb, director of (500) Days Of Summer, directed Weezer's latest video. Coincidentally, Spike Jonze has also directed a couple of Weezer videos. Best part of this video in my opinion: Pat singing the back-up "I want you to"s while on the hood of Rivers' car.

Where The Wild Things Are just might be my favorite movie of the year so far, narrowly beating out (500) Days Of Summer and Moon. I think I'll have to see it again to be sure. Spike Jonze, much like Michel Gondry, has also directed a bunch of pretty cool music videos along with his movies. One of my favorites of his was for Phantom Planet's song Big Brat. I've always thought that Big Brat was an insanely fun and catchy song (and should have been much bigger than it was), but then the cool factor is multiplied by a million when Spike goes and adds a black and white zombie-centric-video to the equation. Awesome.
21 October 2009 @ 06:09 pm

See for yourself.

Dr. Hibbert has a pretty cool moment in the second story. But it doesn't touch this one from VII:
"Why I bet you've never even seen your own face in a mirror"