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Let's show some Christmas spirit towards these much maligned minions with their emotional baggage and superior masters
A "henchman" was originally nothing more sinister than a loyal servant who held your horse – or "hengst", from the German. In cinematic terms, of course, the word has since become synonymous with strongarmed subordinates responsible for ruthlessly executing the wishes of deranged masterminds, and it's these villanous vassals I'd like to put on display this week.
Rather than highlighting evil deeds only, I'd like to throw a slightly kinder light on these much maligned minions – after all, they're generally loyal to a fault, often have a nice line in witticisms, while even if they do tend to be murderous scum, they seldom come without damaging psychological baggage.
In going about their business they often display a thoroughness alien to their over-elaborate masters and their charisma often outshines the good guys and gals they're set up against, »
James Ellis on the demise of the spoof...
I wanted to start this article all contrived describing to all the uninformed masses what a spoof was. Literally what the spoof dictionary definition was. I was even going to add all the silly abbreviations one finds in a dictionary, make the start of the article look really cool and give myself off as some quasi-cosmic film critic: Universally intelligent and wise beyond his years (basically Kim Newman sans hair). If I did that you would probably skip to somewhere else realising everyone knows what a spoof is. What I really want to talk to you about is the recent fall of this once great, well-funny genre.
The spoof genre is often confused with satire; spoof is a light-hearted mockery of a subject (often other films), whereas satire is the exaggeration of story, characters, language etc to the point of the ridiculous. »
Editor's note: A source at ABC Daytime informed us of a top secret unaired (and unrated even) episode of One Life to Live. This episode picks up where we last saw Oliver Fish and Kyle Lewis. While for various conractual and logistical reasons the episode itself cannot be broadcast – our own snicks will be watching it this afternoon via encrypted streaming broadcast, and he'll be liveblogging as he watches. So buckle up Kish fans, and refresh often for updates!
Here is the liveblog of the footage that you'll never get to see.
2:05Pm Est: Kyle is feeding Sierra Rose when a tired Oliver walks through the door. They kiss passionately (with tongue) and Kyle asks Oliver how his day went. Oliver sighs heavily, takes off his shirt and says "It's been a period of adjustment since Roxy became Chief Of Police, but with Bo retiring to run that cattle insemination farm with Nora, »
Two new parodies open in theaters this weekend on Friday, May 21… MacGruber and Shrek Forever After. Just as these two films are very different from each other, as are movie parodies, ranging in style and format, poking fun at anything and everything. In keeping with this week’s box office theme, We Are Movie Geeks has formulated our own list of the ten best parody movies. The films we’ve selected broadly encompass the widely varying genre of parodies, and while we certainly left out some good ones, it gives an idea of what we think of as being the exemplary examples.
Honorable Mention: Uhf (1989)
I’ll admit, Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of public access television is not everyone’s cup-o-tea, but for truly devoted Movies Geeks, this is a modern classic of ridiculous comedy. Yankovic has already established himself as an international music star, which is saying a »
- Movie Geeks
Watching the Fox Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray, two things become readily apparent. One is that Mel Brooks loves movies. He doesn’t just like them, he loves them. Sure, you can hold his adaptation of the Ernst Lubitsch film To Be or Not to Be against him, but can you think of another filmmaker who would make a silent film ever, much less in the mid-70’s? His greatest films are movie-centric satires that show a great affection for old Hollywood and when he strays he tends to fall flat. The second part of the equation that is Mel Brooks is presented after the jump.
And that second part of Mel Brooks is this: he started strong and lost his way. Something of a gag writer, when paired with Gene Wilder the two made their best works - on their own Brooks made films with a lot of gags, »
- Andre Dellamorte
5 items from 2010
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