Wednesday, July 23

 

Thursday, March 13

The Trivial Eye: Basketball Movies

by Jason Toon

The likes of Eight Men Out and The Blind Side notwithstanding, basketball tops every sport on the silver screen. The back-and-forth scoring, the spectacular jumps and shots, the buzzer-beaters from halfcourt, the complex interplay of class and race: it's all made for the movies. Before the real basketball drama starts unfolding next week, can you identify these eight hoops films by their posters or DVD covers?

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Thursday, March 06

The Trivial Eye: Foreign Posters for Hollywood Movies

by Jason Toon

These days, the posters for Hollywood movies usually look pretty much the same everywhere, except for the language. But there was a time when it was more common for local distributors and exhibitors put together their own posters to appeal to local audiences. And their re-imaginings can be more interesting than the movies themselves. Sometimes they'd interpret the movie's theme symbolically. Sometimes they'd latch on to some detail that the American producers considered secondary. Sometimes they'd take a completely different tone or visual style. And sometimes they'd make some crap up and hope it got people in the door. Can you recognize any of these well-known Hollywood flicks from their foreign posters?

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Friday, February 28

Movie-Awards-That-Happen-This-Weekend Bingo!

by Team Chuckle

Are you sick of watching boring television programs in the age of video games? Tired of never-ending speeches and shots of Jack Nicholson trying not to fall asleep? Hey, this year, why not make the O████s fun again? Why not join us in a few games of BINGO?

 

We've put together one two three four different Bingo cards, so you and those you love can compete to see who is the best person in the history of ever. Print 'em out, hand 'em out, fill the spaces and cheer!

Just, whatever you do, don't say their actual given name. Sheesh. It's like they're Voldemort or something.

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Wednesday, February 26

There Can Be Only Pun: Best Picture Cereals

by Sean Adams

You guys, I have an addiction. I'm addicted to puns. I need them. I can't get enough of them. I HUNGER FOR THEM. That's why I've set up this weekly blog feature: so you guys can feed my addiction. Every week, I'll name the topic, give you some examples, and then you'll pun away in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter. I'll choose the best ones and post them here next week. Sound good? Good! Let's do it!

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: Best Picture Cereals!

It's almost time for the big movie awards show. So we're looking for Best Picture cereal puns. (Doesn't have to be a movie that won; can just be a nominee.) Here are some examples:

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Tuesday, October 01

Watch This First: Billy Eye's Rock Scream, 1984

by Jason Toon

What better way to kick off Rocktober than with some bloodcurdling 80s metal wailing? Taken from the 1984 dumbsploitation gorehole Rocktober Blood (IMDb synopsis: "A crazed rock singer returns from the dead to murder members of his former band"), this is 1:42 of the kind of caterwauling yowl that makes survivors envy the dead.
 


Watch Watch This First first, every weekday morning. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Friday, September 20

Watch This First: Corvette Summer trailer, 1978

by Jason Toon

Our 70's Car Movie Trailer Week concludes with the story of a regular kid from the middle of nowhere who dreamed of zooming across the galaxy in a powerful craft: yes, it's Mark Hamill in Corvette Summer, reputedly shot before Star Wars but unreleased until after he hit the big time. It seems Lu- uh, Mark spent a year cherrying out the ultimate 'vette only to have it stolen the next day. A pre-Designing Women Annie Potts plays a sort of slutty, Earthbound Princess Leia.
 


70's Car Movie Trailer Week has been fun, but there are so many more "great" 70s car movie trailers than one week could possibly hold. Share your unsung favorites in the discussion thread.

Watch Watch This First first, every weekday morning. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Thursday, September 19

Watch This First: The Big Bus trailer, 1976

by Jason Toon

Four years before Airplane!, the disaster-movie parody The Big Bus barreled into cineplexes, fueled by the atomic star-power of Vic Tayback and Richard Mulligan. It's long been a favorite of Woot writer Sean "University" Adams, so Watch This First is pleased to present it here on the penultimate day of '70s Car Movie Trailer Week.
 


Watch Watch This First first, every weekday morning. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Wednesday, September 18

 

Tuesday, September 17

Watch This First: The Van trailer, 1977

by Jason Toon

Oh, '70s Car Movie Trailers, you're so innocently sleazy. The 1977 teen sex romp The Van don't mean nobody no harm. It's just looking for a lady in a short pair of cutoffs for a laid-back ride through endless stoned sunshine. If the trailer gives you the munchies, you can watch the entirety of this very NSFW pre-AIDS time capsule right there on the YouTube.
 


Watch Watch This First first, every weekday morning. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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