A long time ago (April 2011) in a galaxy far, far away (the same spot where my ass was in April 2011), I used a piece from the Beer and Whiskey Brothers as inspiration for The Six Stages of Movie Geek Evolution. At the time, I was trying hard to work my way up to the final stage- Celluloid Sapien. In the following year and a half of movie-watching, I learned a completely unexpected lesson. Continue reading
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Drugs are bad, mmmkay? Even drugs made famous or popular by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey- in other words, hallucinogenic drugs- are bad, mmmkay? But sometimes, there are acceptable circumstances in which hallucinogenic drugs can improve your movie-watching experience because they add faux emotional depth to the film. It’s not real emotional or intellectual depth but it sure does seem important at the time. Here are some examples of movies made better by hallucinogenic drugs. That’s what I’ve heard, anyway. I wouldn’t know because drugs are bad, mmmkay?
Hello Again (1987)
Shelley Long chokes on a piece of chicken, comes back to life thanks to her occultist sister, and throws a monkey wrench into the wedding plans of her partially-widowed husband, Corbin Bernsen (who made said wedding plans before his dead wife, Long, was brought back to life). The only drawback to watching this after ingesting mushrooms or LSD is that you may just laugh yourself to death. But if you plan ahead, you can have your occultist sister resurrect you to take more hallucinogenic drugs and then you can finish the movie. Continue reading
The violent cat and mouse from The Simpsons, Itchy and Scratchy, have been a favorite part of the show ever since their first appearance in the debut season. The cartoon-within-a-cartoon structure is brilliant- using a very violent cartoon show, on a cartoon show, to spoof other violent cartoon shows. As The Simpsons and Itchy and Scratchy grew in popularity, it opened up the possibility to spoof pop culture. Here are ten movies that have been spoofed by Itchy and Scratchy:
1. JFK (1991)
Simple but effective, it pops up in an untitled Itchy and Scratchy episode that’s “directed by guest director Oliver Stone”. It features Scratchy, in black and white footage, being led Lee Harvey Oswald-style through a room full of reporters before Itchy appears just in time to shoot him. It fades to black and someone is overheard saying, “Oh God! Get his gun!” before the end credits are heard. Sadly, Bart can’t be bothered with it because he’s reading Johnny Tremain.