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My favorite shirt. Totoro meets Batman! Also rocking the Star Wars watch that my girl Laksmikanti sent me.
The beautiful Mrs. Pirate sporting her geek shirt
Couldn't get my Ninja Turtle Collection, but here is The Bride and a Predator
Happy Birthday, old man! :P
1. FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Django Unchained
2. WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Battleship
3. BEST DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Joss Whedon – The Avengers
4. BEST SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR: The Cabin in the Woods
5. MOST OVERRATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Les Miserables
6. MOST UNDERRATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Seven Psychopaths
7. TRIPPIEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Life of Pi
8. BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR: 21 Jump Street
9. BEST HORROR MOVIE OF THE YEAR: The Cabin in the Woods
10. BEST ANIMATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Wreck-It Ralph
11. BEST SCI-FI MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Looper
12. BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS OF THE YEAR: Life of Pi
13. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR: The Dark Knight Rises
14. BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR: 21 Jump Street
15. BEST ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
16. BEST ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: Naomi Watts – The Impossible
17. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
18. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams – The Master
19. BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi
20. FAVORITE CELEBRITY OF THE YEAR: Jennifer Lawrence
21. COOLEST CHARACTER OF THE YEAR: Dr. King Shultz – Django Unchained
22. BEST MUSIC IN A MOVIE: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
23. FAVORITE MOVIE POSTER OF THE YEAR: The Cabin in the Woods
24. BEST TRAILER OF THE YEAR: The Dark Knight Rises
25. BEST DVD OF THE YEAR: Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
26. BEST ACTION SEQUENCE OF THE YEAR: Final NY City battle – The Avengers
27. MOST MEMORABLE SCENE IN A MOVIE: The purge (unleash the monsters) – The Cabin in the Woods
28. BEST T&A OF THE YEAR: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
29. BEST LINE OF THE YEAR: “Argo fuck yourself!” - Argo
First of all, calm down about the title. I know it's a pretty controversial title and some may be offended by it but let's be mature about it. There's a quote from Fred Williamson shown before the movie starts on the DVD released in 2008 (re-titled as just plain Boss) where he acknowledges the title and expresses his approval. Hell, the guy produced the friggin' film under that title so let's all just calm down.
This is the first movie that came to mind when I learned the details of Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained, because it too is a blaxploitation western. I mean how can you go wrong with Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Black Caesar himself in a fucking western movie? Spaghetti-style violence mixed with jive talking and a groovy soundtrack. It's quite a treat for a movielover like myself.
The story is pretty cool because The Hammer and his fat woman-loving bounty hunter partner mozy into a town with no Sheriff, prompting him to take the job. As you can imagine, this creates a lot of racial tension. There is a lot of comedy that comes with a black Sheriff in charge of a town full of white bigots, like how these guys set up rules like not being allowed to use "the N word" in public.
Overall, it's a pretty cool little blaxploitation movie mix with some fun racial humor, a funky soundtrack, cheerful violence and the motherfucking Hammer. I'm sure it had to be a great inspiration to Django Unchained.
(In anticipation for the Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western/blaxploitation flick, I’m revisiting some of my genre favorites.)
Often considered Sergio Corbucci’s best work, this bloody buddy western definitely plays on the lighter side and features a lot more humor that his previous flicks, but still offers up a decent amount of violence. One thing that makes it so fun is the chemistry between Franco Nero (Django) and Tomas Milian, whose characters are completely different and practically hate each other, even to the point where they get into fist fights. There’s also a secret that Nero keeps throughout the movie that plays well.
I love a good villain, and this one is a pot tokin, bird loving psycho with a heavy wooden hand. This memorable fiend is played by western villain veteran Jack Palance. You know, the guy who played Napier’s boss in Burton’s Batman. I heard in an interview that he was really smoking the ganja on the set, and it isn’t hard to believe when you see him on screen just as happy as ever, stumbling around and laughing. Milian asked Corbucci if he his character could smoke weed too, but was turned down.
My wife and I got into this discussion last night after watching Battleship. I couldn’t stand this movie. There were several times that I wanted to turn it off and couldn’t help but harshly criticize every single scene. I just hated it so much. And my wife was quite shocked at just how much I hated it, hitting me with….”Compared to all that stupid shit you watch, I didn’t think it was that bad."
She’s right. I do watch a lot of stupid shit. I love bad movies. Movies that miss the mark so much that you can’t help but enjoy yourself. Movies with such ridiculous premises and such awful dialogue that I’m sure it is hard to conceive any type of pattern. I think it’s the barrier that these movies immediately break that I find so appealing. You put in a critically acclaimed masterpiece like *insert personal favorite masterpiece here* and you sit through the whole thing with a magnifying glass, desperately seeking its flaws.
But with these bad movies, it’s the flaws that run the show. You know that shit stinks and you’re simply there for the entertainment and to have fun with its problems. Movies like Frankenhooker and Killer Klowns from Outer Space are some of my absolute favorites. On a technical level, they’re much worse productions than most of the big-budget blockbusters that I bash. But on the other hand, I enjoy these movies so much more.
I think one thing that has a lot to do with it is the camp. These older bad movies have a certain way of delivering these asinine lines that strikes me so hilarious. You can see these actors obviously trying their best in their performances, and it’s so unconvincing that you can’t help but laugh. Same for the effects. There’s no comparing the dated effects of The Brain that Wouldn’t Die to a CGI Optimus Prime. But oddly enough, I prefer Brain’s crude prosthetics.
Look at the modern day bad movies like Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun, two brilliant throwbacks to the trashy exploitation era of the 70’s. These are two movies that know they’re bad. They know they’re not being taken seriously. The horrible nature of the acting and dialogue is intended. Yet, the subtle wit and apparent homage just goes to show how much more respect and passion these directors have for the art of cinema.
Machete and Hobo would not fall into the same category as the shit that Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich churn out, because those dumbshits actually do believe they’re making good movies. These are the kind of men who are ruining cinema in my opinion. Their main priority is loud noises, the flashy effects and hosting a popular cast, without a single shred of creativity or artistic expression. And what’s even worse is that this is becoming the standard for what mass audiences claim to be “good movies” Which is just fucking sad.
So, believe it or not, there are different kinds of bad movies. Know what I mean?