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  1. Hate, Detest, Despise and Abhor Movies

    Hah! Let's see you stand up to Dreamworks' Shrek series!
  2. Well, keep in mind, the '08 multi-nom rule wasn't introduced just because a lot of Dark Knight fans stomped their feet and threw tantrums (sort of like the Lego Movie, Wonder Woman and Creed fans did)--But because of the general disappointment that Wall-E could have whipped Slumdog Millionaire's hinder down to Chinatown in a fair Best Picture fight, if the former hadn't been "ghetto'ed" into the Best Animated category. After five wins, it seemed like Pixar coming to "pick up" its annual Best Animated win was more an insult to Pixar movies, than it was unfair to the other Animated nominees. And while there was a momentary craze for Slumdog among people (like the director) who'd never seen Bollywood before, with only Slumdog, Frost/Nixon and Curious Case of Benjamin Button to root for, the '08-'09 Picture race had a distinct "This is all we've got? " malaise to it.
  3. The Academy does. After 2014's Boyhood vs. Birdman got the disastrously lowest TV ratings in Oscar history, they tried to move it back to five noms in 2015....EXCEPT for the little clause in the rule that said that the multi-nomination voting allowed voters one choice for an animated Best Picture, which is how Pixar's "Up" and "Toy Story 3" made the cut for the first two years after the new Picture voting rule was introduced. And there was a certain Pixar movie in 2015 that had been considered the de facto Best Picture front runner for six months, since the week it opened. Fresh off the disaster, the Academy said they were "considering" going back to five nominations, but suddenly in June--as in, after May--announced they were keeping multi-nominations for one more year, and see. We'll never know how they arrived at that decision. Until, of course, the Golden Globes didn't nominate Pixar movies for Best Picture, and well, there you go, their word is law... (Yes, I'm still bitter.)
  4. Hate, Detest, Despise and Abhor Movies

    Both Paul Reubens and Tim Burton pretty much peaked at PWBA. It was the magnum opus sum-total of everything each of their careers were about, and it was all downhill from there. I can't even think what one post-Scissorhands Tim Burton movie I would put on a "Most insufferable" list. As for me, people's delusions that "The Greatest Showman" was going to sweep the Oscar nominations (b-but, it's a musical! In December! With the Les Miz guy!) brought back all those eye-twitches from seventeen years ago, when a lot of fans who had never seen real musicals in their life thought the genre revolved around Moulin Rouge. Oh, the horror, the horror...
  5. Slightly Taboo Movies

    And boy, did we all go back and rewatch it during the Trump campaign... At least this time around, we have Pentagon generals talking about tackling the president if he launches the missiles, hallelujah.
  6. Just to break up the string of Cave Girl threads , it's a snow day, so I thought I'd try one of my own favorite no-reason film questions: Have there been any memorable examples of actors given a special "And introducing [...] as [...]" screen credit that's even remotely recognizable and actually gone on to a second role you've heard of? The Altman "M*A*S*H" probably holds the record, for Introducing Fred Williamson, John Schuck, Bud Cort, and a dozen others you haven't heard of, but otherwise, there's: Jamie Lee Curtis, "Halloween" (1978) Jane Seymour, "Live and Let Die (1973) Jessica Lange, "King Kong" (1976) Peter O'Toole, "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) Michael Caine, "Zulu" (1964) Kirstie Alley, "Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan (1982) Shirley MacLaine, "The Trouble With Harry" (1955) Paul Newman, "The Silver Chalice" (1954) (And that's not counting Steve Martin being "Introduced" in 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, while he was still the #1 standup comic, Haley Joel Osmont being "Introduced" in Disney's DTV Hunchback of Notre Dame II, two years after he'd gotten an Oscar nomination, or Julia Roberts being "Introduced" for a gag in '01's Ocean's 11, ten years after her biggest 90's hits.) It's a short list, but I like to keep it up to date...Any other entries?
  7. Slightly Taboo Movies

    Long live the New Flesh.
  8. I was going to say Harvey Keitel in The Piano, but dang. All you left me with was Graham Chapman in "Life of Brian". That, and Julie Andrews in "S.O.B.", which you'd think you'd be curious about when you heard it, but...
  9. Slightly Taboo Movies

    Not if I only remember him for Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun".
  10. Really bad but classic movies.

    Meaning, it was a garage-made "remake" of some better known American Int'l B-movie, in this case Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef in Roger Corman's "It Conquered the World".

    If you mean "The $ound of Money"* (yep, I got that "50 Years of MAD" CD-Rom collection), keep in mind TSOM had been in theaters for almost a year and going on four. It was the unstoppable Titanic and Twilight of its day, combined. Among other things, that frustration is what caused the popularity of, and contributed to the death of, the Late-60's G-Rated Musical, not to mention piling all that weary misdirected audience guff on "sweet, sappy" Julie Andrews in Disney's Mary Poppins. (Which, coming in at 1964, would have been arriving near the middle-end of Maria-mania.) As for Disney, other kids' films were relatively unknown in the Ron Miller 60's-70's. Maybe the odd Hanna-Barbera, or a few low-rent Italian or Japanese oddities trying to steal Pinocchio's thunder, but Disney basically had the monopoly on G-rated entertainment. And, as we moved into the "gritty" late-60's and early 70's, Disney, owner of the biggest cultural property in the world, and theme-park political sovereignty to honor it, was not only seen as an easy-target mega-corporation on the level of IBM and DuPont, but the symbol of safe, G-rated "establishment" culture to pacify the masses. There's a reason we got all those danged Ralph Bakshi films, and why the Blue Meanies in "Yellow Submarine" looked like evil Mickey Mouses. But I digress. And if you're trying to throw this into an Elvis/Fabian/Ricky Nelson discussion, so do you. ----- * - Mad's satire also did a funny poke at TSOM perpetuating the Sally Field convention that nuns in movies have to be "cute", and do funny and crazy things like fix cars or play guitars, to get the audience's mind off of less cute things like Catholic-school memories or Vatican dogma.
  12. Ha!...I KNEW it was fake! Swanson didn't introduce the Hungry Man dinner until 1973!
  13. Go ahead, cry me a river.

    Probably the biggest reason for no new songs from Broadway musicals are, we haven't HAD any new Broadway shows in the last twenty years that weren't picking the bones of existing movie musicals--The last time we had anything with a new song to break out, Andrew Lloyd Webber was writing them, and nobody had a cast album in their record collection like we did in the days of Camelot and West Side Story. (And if you go around remembering songs from Rent, La Cage or Kinky Boots, there's, ahem, probably a reason for that...) The other is that, like the old shows with the "strange" songs, shows became tighter and the songs were more in context, they just didn't make sense outside of their shows--How many remember sniggering over the "dirty" lyrics in "One Night in Bangkok" in the 80's, without realizing it came from Abba's "Chess" musical, and that the "ultimate test of cerebral fitness" and the "queens we use would not excite you" was referring to the international chess tournament from the story? Apart from the Big Webber Three, think one of the last times we did have a legitimate all-purpose breakout Broadway "standard" for Streisand or Mandy Patinkin to sing was "Putting It Together" from Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George", and quick, hum another song from that musical... (Although there have been some covers of "I Am Unworthy of Your Love" from Sondheim's "Assassins", but they're a bit out of context. ) After that, we'd be talking about "Popular" from "Wicked"...'Nuff said. And, of course, with the rise of songwriters in the 70's and music videos in the 80's, causing the death of TV variety, there was no more need for the "independent" lounge singer who crooned covers of other people's songs, including other show's songs

    We still have to work on tightening those "hook" thread titles, though-- Those of us who weren't picturing an Eddy/McDonald thread, you KNOW we were picturing Madeline Kahn...
  15. Films of 2018

    It's another pop-singer story, for people who believe Barbara Streisand's was the ONLY version ever made. ...Nuff said about Gags. Quick, which one is the real Marvel movie?

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