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Weekly link roundup – Nov. 19-25

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“The Muppets” (A-)
“Arthur Christmas” (B+) [Film.com]

I don’t have a review of “Hugo.” Here’s why, as explained in this week’s In the Dark email:

Martin Scorsese directed this charming adaptation of the novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” — about a young orphan who lives in a Paris train station in the 1920s — and he made it kid-friendly and in 3D. In other words, it’s not much like any of Scorsese’s other movies, except that it’s full of visual style, colorful characters, and entertainment value. So why don’t I have a review of it? SHUT UP, I’M GETTING TO THAT! I was in the process of getting a cold the night I saw it, and I was at the point where I felt headachy and weak: not sick enough to stay home, but sick enough (apparently) to feel dazed and stuporous throughout the film. The 3D, which has been almost universally acclaimed as the best usage of the gimmick so far, only made my headache worse. I know that I like the movie, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing a real review un less I saw it again, under better conditions. I will say that while it’s suitable for all ages, kids under about 8 would probably find it too slow.

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: “The Net” (1995), starring Sandra Bullock as the hero and the Internet as the villain. [Film.com]

One Year Ago: Catching up with “Tangled,” “Burlesque,” and more. [Movies.com]

What’s the Big Deal? and Re-Views had the week off.

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: My rejected “Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ screenplay.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: We took the week off for Thanksgiving, and to facilitate the transfer from our former home at Cascadia.fm to our new home at MovieBS.com. We’ll have a new show next Friday. iTunes subscribers won’t notice any interruption in service, which is another good reason for you to subscribe to the podcast at iTunes. [MovieBS] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider's In the Dark]

Twitter: @EricDSnider

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MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

Here’s a nice little story about the lady who does the voice-over announcements for a bunch of airports. [YouTube]

This hilarious trailer for “Drive Thru” is only hilarious if you’ve seen “Drive.” So go see “Drive,” then watch this. [Spout]

From the New Yorker, an astute analysis of what’s wrong with the TV show “Whitney.” [New Yorker]

The “Lisa needs braces/Dental plan” remix you’ve been waiting for. [YouTube]

This essay, “The problem with film criticism,” is so full of quotable wisdom that I’m tempted to steal it and put my own name on it. [Dissent]

Statler and Waldorf review the 2011 holiday movies, according to Matt Patches. [Hollywood]

The governor of Kansas got his feelings hurt on Twitter by a teenage girl, so he demanded an apology. Really. [Kansas City Star]

Weekly link roundup – Nov. 12-18

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“Happy Feet Two” (B-)
“Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ (B-)
“The Descendants” (B+) [Film.com]
“Like Crazy” (A-) [Film.com]
“Immortals” (C)
“The Lie” (B+)

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: “Body of Evidence” (1993), starring Madonna as a woman who may or may not have killed her boyfriend with sex. [Film.com]

What’s the Big Deal?: “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972), by and about crazy people. [Film.com]

Re-Views: “All About My Mother” (1999), Pedro Almodovar’s breakout hit. [Film.com]

One Year Ago: Catching up with “Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “The Next Three Days,” and more. [Movies.com]

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: had the week off.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: This was our final show for Cascadia.fm, as the Portland-based Internet radio station has been sold. (Here’s mastermind Robert Wagner explaining it, if you’re interested.) But do not worry! Our podcast will continue! If you subscribe through iTunes, you won’t even notice a difference. If you’ve been listening by going to our page at Cascadia.fm and clicking the “play” button every week, you’ll have to go to MovieBS.com instead, but otherwise nothing will change. Bayer and I want to thank Robert Wagner for giving us a place to do our show for 86 weeks, and to congratulate him on the sale! May he spare our lives when he becomes ruler of all Portland. [Cascadia.fm] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider's In the Dark]

Twitter: @EricDSnider

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MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

A former employer of mine made the Failblog. How proud they must be! [Failblog]

From the nation of Ghana comes this 30-second trailer for what can only be the most amazing action film of all time. [YouTube]

Film journalist Drew McWeeny had his little boy, Toshi, interview Kermit and Miss Puggy. It’s even more adorable than you can possibly imagine. And kudos to my friend Drew for finding a way to be a cool dad even though he’s a nerd who writes for the Internet! [HitFix]

Here’s a little girl becoming a supervillain. They start so young these days. [YouTube]

Weekly link roundup – Nov. 5-11

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“Jack and Jill” (D) [Film.com]
“J. Edgar” (C-) [Film.com]
“Martha Marcy May Marlene” (B+)
“The Skin I Live In” (C+)

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: “Roller Boogie” (1979), starring Linda Blair and a real live artistic roller skater! [Film.com]

What’s the Big Deal?: “Midnight Cowboy” (1969), the only X-rated Best Picture winner — but there should be several asterisks next to that record. Here’s why. [Film.com]

Re-Views: “Little Nicky” (2000), which proves the theory that Adam Sandler’s movies were as bad eleven years ago as they are today. [Film.com]

One Year Ago: Catching up with “Unstoppable,” “Skyline,” and “Morning Glory.” [Movies.com]

Monday Morning Review: “Tower Heist,” full of spoilers and dissections, so don’t read it unless you’ve seen the movie and/or don’t care. [Movies.com]

Could “Shame” be the First NC-17 Best Picture Nominee?: And what would that mean for the notorious rating? [Film.com]

Logical Problems with a Horse That Goes to War: The flaws that could bring down “War Horse”! [Film.com]

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: “The Frog Days of Summer” — Marketing strategies for “The Muppets.”

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: Reviews of “Jack and Jill,” “J. Edgar,” “Immortals,” and “Like Crazy,” plus a round of Pitch Me and other happy fun-time shenanigans. [Cascadia.fm] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider's In the Dark]

Twitter: Once I’ve gotten 10,000 followers, I’ll start implementing my plan for world domination. Believe me, you’ll want to be for us, not against us. [Twitter]

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MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

As you buy things from Amazon this holiday season, kindly remember your friends at EricDSnider.com, won’t you? [Eric's Blog]

I wrote new lyrics for the “Parks and Recreation” theme song, because why not? (Special thanks to my pal Raffi Asdourian for the video rejiggering.) [YouTube]

Brett Ratner’s apology video, as performed by Adam Pally (whom you should know as Max on “Happy Endings”). [Funny or Die]

The truth behind Disney’s “Aladdin” is finally explained! If anyone knows the original source for this, please let me know. In the meantime, here’s a screenshot. [imgur]

Bill Hader’s portrayal of Rick Perry in this “Weekend Update” segment isn’t “accurate,” exactly — but it is hilarious. This is the kind of devastating takedown that supporters would point to as being responsible for ruining Perry in the polls, if he hadn’t been ruined before this anyway. [Hulu]

In honor of Andy Rooney’s sudden and untimely death at the age of 117, here’s a montage of out-of-context quotations. [YouTube]

A critic said a particular comic book was “as bad as Shakespeare,” and started his review with this statement: “As an English major at the University of Vermont, I prided myself on completing the degree without having ever touched Shakespeare. There’s simply way too much overwrought dialogue for my interest.” Then he was put in his place by commenters, which was pretty awesome. [Bleeding Cool]

The annual Amazon.com reminder

Monday, November 7th, 2011

With the Unspecified Holiday Season having descended upon us, you have perhaps wondered, “How can my gift shopping benefit Eric D. Snider?” And the answer lies in the Amazon affiliate program.

It’s simple. Every time you plan to buy something on Amazon.com, come here to EricDSnider.com first. Under the “Buy Stuff” tab at the top of the page is an option to “Shop on Amazon.com.” Click that, and it takes you to Amazon’s home page, just like normal — except that now there is code hidden in it that will result in a small commission for me on everything you buy in that session.

It’s not a huge amount of money, but it helps cover the web-hosting fees, and it pays the salaries of the Laotian children who work in my sweatshop. And hey, you’re shopping at Amazon anyway, so why not? It doesn’t affect anything at all in your shopping experience. It only produces a warm glow in your heart. And that’s really what this season is all about: redirecting incremental portions of holiday-based capitalism to me, Eric D. Snider.

P.S. If you have Amazon bookmarked in your browser, replace the bookmarked URL with this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2F&tag=thelandoferic&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325  Then you won’t have to come here first every time.

P.P.S. It only works for Amazon.com, not Amazon.ca or Amazon.co.uk or any of the other crazy foreign Amazons. If you shop with one of those non-American Amazons, I don’t want your filthy money.

P.P.P.S. I don’t think there’s a way to use my code if you do your Amazon shopping through an iPhone or iPad app, so obviously you shouldn’t shop that way.

Weekly link roundup – Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“Tower Heist” (B-) [Film.com]
“A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” (B-)
“Anonymous” (C+)

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: “The Gate” (1987), about a backyard portal to hell. [Film.com]

What’s the Big Deal?: “The Sound of Music” (1965), in which the hills come alive and terrify the villagers. [Film.com]

Re-Views: “Pokemon The Movie 2000″ (2000), a garish animated turd that has not gotten any better with time. [Film.com]

One Year Ago: Catching up with “Megamind,” “Due Date,” and more. [Movies.com]

Pitch Meeting: How “New Year’s Eve” came to be. [Film.com]

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: “Infant Jest” — The many sights and sounds of babies.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: “Tower Heist,” “Harold & Kumar,” a round of Interquel, Question of the Week, and more. Much more! [Cascadia.fm] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider's In the Dark]

Twitter: This is where you can “follow” me, metaphorically. [Twitter]

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MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

Cecil Adams addresses an important scientific question: Would the very smell of massed zombies be toxic? [The Straight Dope]

Steve Jobs’ sister composes a lovely eulogy. Bonus: Her name is Mona Simpson, same as Homer’s mother. [The New York Times]

This fond “remembrance” of the movie “Halloween” is funny and weird. (Contains adult language.) [Badass Digest]

Here are Jon Huntsman’s daughters making fun of that weird Herman Cain ad. [YouTube]

Simple pleasures: making Siri say something funny. [Slacktory]

Stephen Colbert has a hard time keeping it together during a particularly juvenile bit. Seeing a comedian crack up gets old when it happens regularly, but this is a great clip. [YouTube]

I love the song “A Real Hero” from “Drive,” but apart from the refrain, I couldn’t make out much of the lyrics. Now that I know what they’re about, I kind of wish I didn’t. Because it’s kind of dumb. [New York Magazine]

Spend the next 80 seconds watching this video, being delighted, and not knowing why. It’s a splendid example of carefully composed “randomness.” [YouTube]

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