The Thing Musical

Worried about the upcoming remake/prequel of The Thing (1982)?

Then check out this Frank Sinatra remix of the original.

I like the first YouTube comment visible under the video:

“My god… It can even imitate Sinatra!”

Music, lyrics and video editing are by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan.

> More on John Carpenter’s The Thing and the 2011 remake/prequel/whatever
> Jon and Al Kaplan


Inception in Little China

Does this trailer mashup suggest that Christopher Nolan is a closet fan of Big Trouble in Little China (1986)?

Despite the plethora of Inception-themed trailers online, it is worth checking out:

Made by YouTube user scarecrowsimmons, he says:

“This is what happens when Wes and I sit down to watch “Inception” and both think old Ken Watanabe looks like Lo Pan”

There do seem to be bizarre parallels between the two trailers: key Asian characters who age, dreams, zero gravity fights, elevators, water and crumbling buildings.

Anything else?


Shut Up Movie Compilation

A compilation of ‘shut ups’ from various movies down the years.

There’s some strong contenders but it’s hard to beat Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction (1994) (“shut the f**k up fat man…”), Philip Seymour Hoffman in Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and John Goodman’s recurring command in The Big Lebowski (1998).

[via Buzzfeed]

Amusing Viral Video

Star Wars meets Drive

A YouTube user has cut a rather brilliant trailer mashup of Star Wars (1977) and Drive (2011), with Hans Solo in the role of Ryan Gosling’s Driver.

For reference, here is the official trailer for Drive:

Now, here is the Star Wars remix:

The film opens in the US on September 16th and in the UK a week later on the 23rd.

> IMDb
> The real Drive trailer

Amusing Interesting

Huge-ly Misleading

The DVD cover for the British film Huge features a misleading quote.

Take a look at the cover below and you’ll see that someone from The Guardian found it ‘heartfelt’.

This would normally indicate a positive review, but if you actually hunt down the full review on The Guardian’s website, you’ll find Xan Brooks wasn’t too impressed.

Not only does he give it two stars, but the full sentence containing the word ‘heartfelt’ reads:

“The tale is heartfelt but the technique is shot”

I don’t know about you but the second half of that sentence isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement is it?

What about the remote chance that another Guardian writer found the film to his liking and also used the word ‘heartfelt’?

No, that didn’t happen.

Although not quite up there with ‘freelance runners‘ from UK distributors¬†planting comments on blogs or the major studio who invented a critic to lavish praise on its own movies, it’s still pretty misleading.

The Advertising Standards Authority is the body that regulates the UK advertising industry and its code of practice states:

“no marketing communication should mislead, or be likely to mislead, by inaccuracy, ambiguity, exaggeration, omission or otherwise”

In this case, I think the quote on the Huge DVD cover misleads by omission.

Can you think of any other examples of reviews taken out of context?

> Guardian review of Huge
> Huge at the IMDb
> BBC News on the legal fallout in 2005 from a studio inventing quotes