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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Monday, September 16

Watch This First: Grand Theft Auto trailer, 1977

by Jason Toon

Feels like a '70s Car Movie Trailers kinda week, doesn't it? So that's exactly what the Watch This First bureau will be doing all week long. Let's get it started with Ron Howard's 1977 caper Grand Theft Auto. When Opie and his girlfriend steal her dad's Rolls for a junket to Vegas, it's way more fun than the video game that would later take the same name.
 


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 12

Watch This First: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Played Straight

by Jason Toon

If you're not among the 571,349 people who had already seen this by the time I wrote this post, allow me to introduce you to a recut trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail that recasts it as a grim, violent epic. I do wish the fonts were a little more convincing, but otherwise, it's brilliant enough to revive the moribund trailer-remix genre.

 

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, January 23

The Trivial Eye: 90s Movies Based on Old TV Shows

by Jason Toon

OK, maybe the '80s got it started with Dragnet, but we really have the '90s to blame for the plague of Hollywood remakes of old TV shows. If it was on the Nick at Nite lineup, you can bet some producer was trying to convince Judge Reinhold or Kelly McGillis that it would be a perfect family-friendly comeback vehicle. Can you endure the awful memories long enough to remember these eight '90s movies based on much earlier TV sources?

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Wednesday, August 22

The Trivial Eye: Fake Bands

by Jason Toon

Part scrappy gangs of streetfighters, part larger-than-life demigods, rock and hip-hop groups have grown into the closest approximations to legends you'll find in our skeptical age. So it's not surprising that so many movies and TV shows have populated their epic tales of success and excess with imaginary pop stars - enough to keep the Rocklopedia Fakebandica growing every day.

You won't see any of these acts on a festival stage near you (with maybe one exception), but can you name them, and the fictional movie or TV universes where they're famous?



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