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Title: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 05, 2011, 06:13:23 PM
50 lists!  Wow.  That's a lot of things we like (or think are interesting.  I'm kind of worried if that many people like Hitler on this board).  I always find that though this game/survey/goings-on has caused long bitter arguments, the lists have made for some fun times and a chance to share ideas and what we are interested in and even passionate about in some cases.  I think it's a good way to build a community in a forum and encourages participation, which is always helpful.  Yes, we are all here because we love Rifftrax, but why let it end there when we can discuss and share all the other stuff that we have taking up room in our brains.

Now as to the purpose of this post: this is were we can create our own entries for stuff that we think deserved to be on the list but didn't make it.  The premise is as such: Each day for the next 50 days, one of the topics will be the them of that day.  For example tonight (and tomorrow, since we are starting late) will be Top TV series.  I will post the original results.  Then anyone on the board can add an entry that didn't make it on the original list.  So maybe your favourite TV series is Green Acres, but it didn't make it on the original list.  Just add that entry to today's list.  Obviously, there's no numbering or counting down this time around, we'll just post entries that we think are cool.  That said, we're going to play it pretty lose on this one.  I advice that only one entry per person per day, but you can do more if you want.  I'd prefer you do one just so we can see the one thing you would have added to the list had you the chance, but if you want to add more, why not?  Just don't add like 10.  That's just too much per person on one day.  Also, if you miss a day, it's OK if you post about the topic from the day before or whatever (though you might want to make a note there).

I hope the basic premise isn't too confusing as to be lost on anyone.  Oftentimes, I'm not as clear as I intend to be with these things.  So let's begin...


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 05, 2011, 06:14:00 PM
Today (and tomorrow's) topic: TOP TV SERIES!

There's the initial list (you don't want to add a previous winner, remember)
List of Crap #1: Top 50 TV Shows
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 05, 2011, 06:16:54 PM
And here's my entry for today/tomorrow:

(http://cdn1.iofferphoto.com/img/item/127/545/989/the-prisoner-complete-series-+-bonus-68049.jpg)

The Prisoner

The series follows an unnamed British agent who abruptly resigns his job, and then finds himself held captive in a mysterious seaside "village" that is isolated from the mainland by mountains and sea. The Village is further secured by numerous monitoring systems and security forces, including a mysterious balloon-like device called Rover that captures those who attempt escape.

The agent encounters the Village's population, hundreds of people from all walks of life and cultures, all seeming to be tranquilly living out their lives. As they do not use names, they have each been assigned a number. The agent inquires of the Village's chief administrator, Number Two, "Who is Number One?", to which Number Two responds, "You are Number Six". The dialogue continues, "We want information", to which the agent responds "You won't get it!". "By hook or by crook, we will..."

The task of attempting to extract information from Number Six is carried out by the ever-changing "Number Two", acting as supposed proxy to the unseen "Number One". As the series unfolds, the audience learns that the Village authorities have other interests in Number Six aside from the knowledge he possesses: interests that often spare Number Six from the more destructive information-gathering techniques employed by the Village authorities upon other inmates.

Number Six, distrusting of anyone involved with the Village, refuses to co-operate or provide answers. Alone, he struggles with multiple goals: determine for which side the Village works, remain defiant to its imposed authority, concoct his own plans for escape, learn all he can about the Village and subvert its operation. Some of his schemes, while not resulting in an escape, do lead to the dismissal of an incumbent Number Two on two occasions. By the end of the series the administration, becoming desperate for Number Six's knowledge and fearful of his growing influence in the Village, take drastic measures that threaten the lives of Number Six, Number Two, and the rest of the Village.

The series features striking and often surreal storylines, and themes include hypnosis, hallucinogenic drug experiences, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination. A major theme of the show is individualism versus collectivism.

Personal Thoughts
Man, what a great show.  I watched it for the first time only recently and while it has it's faults (some early episodes move a bit slowly at times) it's incredibly engrossing and smart.  I can also tell that it influenced some of my favourite comic writers too.  One of the strangest adventure shows of all time, but also one of the most ambitious.  I wish there were more shows that were willing to take viewers out of their comfort zone like this one did.
http://www.youtube.com/v/zKjFgdgp7yY
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 05, 2011, 06:20:51 PM
BTW, if you are looking for the list, it was flagged as spam (I can understand why), but until it is unflagged, you can find the full list in the Masterlist thread (which also has a post waiting to be unflagged).

EDIT: And thanks to the moderator for stickying.  Much appreciated.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Tripe on July 05, 2011, 06:23:46 PM
One for Erik, I'll let him know. :)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 05, 2011, 06:45:04 PM
So we just post in here each day?  Sounds like a fun way to celebrate 50 lists of crap!

My entry for Top TV Shows is one that has been on for four seasons in the UK, but I have only recently discovered.  I fell in love with the show and although this last season was much weaker than previous years IMO, I have high hopes for future seasons.

LoC Rest of the Best - Day 1 - Top TV Shows
Benidorm
2007-present on ITV1

(http://www.allcostablanca.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/beni.jpg)

The Wiki:

Benidorm is an award-winning British television comedy-drama that is produced by Tiger Aspect for ITV and written by Derren Litten, co-writer of The Catherine Tate Show, exploiting the working-class stereotype of this popular tourist destination.

Benidorm is a prime-time ITV sitcom set in Spain, which features a strong ensemble cast composed of a number of well known faces. Set primarily in the Solana all-inclusive resort hotel, Benidorm follows regulars and first-time holiday makers on their holidays abroad. Despite their disparate backgrounds they all have one thing in common - a quest for getting value for money.


http://www.youtube.com/v/4TRvOwSt48s?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 05, 2011, 08:30:28 PM
(http://www.cbcshop.ca/CBC/images/products/etart/etart00103(450).jpg)

Very smart, very funny show. Can't recommend this enough. You'll know whether or not it's your cup of tea after watching one episode.


The Wiki:

The Newsroom is an award-winning Canadian television comedy-drama series which ran on CBC Television in the 1996-97, 2003–04 and 2004-05 seasons. A two-hour television movie, Escape from the Newsroom, also aired in 2002. In the United States, The Newsroom airs on PBS stations across the country.

Set in the newsroom of a television station (which is never officially named, but clearly based on the CBC itself. The news show itself is called "City Hour"), the show — which was similar to such earlier series as the British Drop the Dead Donkey and the Australian Frontline — mined a dark vein of comedy from the political machinations and the sheer incompetence of the people involved in producing the nightly news.

The original 13 episodes were meant as a short run, not a multiseason series, and became one of the most critically acclaimed programs on Canadian television in the 1990s. Following the end of The Newsroom, Finkleman produced three different short-run series for the CBC, More Tears, Foolish Heart and Foreign Objects, all of which included Findlay as a linking character. (A Findlay-like character with a different surname had also appeared in Finkleman's pre-Newsroom series Married Life.)

However, none of these subsequent series were as well-received by the public or by critics, and the CBC began to seek a new set of Newsroom episodes. Escape from the Newsroom, which included a fourth wall-breaking plot digression in which the characters directly addressed the idea of reviving the series, was meant partly as a sarcastic response to that request. However, Finkleman ultimately agreed to produce 13 new episodes, which aired in the winter of 2004. The last four episodes of the second season were shot as a mockumentary. A third season of The Newsroom, consisting of six episodes, aired on CBC beginning February 14, 2005. All three seasons and Escape from the Newsroom are available on DVD.

http://www.youtube.com/v/b9huazlmDI8?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement (Today's Topic: Best TV Series)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 06, 2011, 10:03:51 AM
This one is a no-brainer for me...

(http://i56.tinypic.com/radeh2.jpg)

The Wiki:

The Rockford Files is an American television drama series which aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974 and January 10, 1980. It has remained in regular syndication to the present day. The show stars James Garner as Los Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford.
The show was created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell. Huggins had created the television show Maverick (1957–1962), which had also starred Garner, and he wanted to try to recapture that magic in a "modern day" detective setting. He teamed with Cannell, who had written for Jack Webb productions such as Adam-12 and Chase (1973–74, NBC), to create Rockford.

The series' theme by composers Mike Post and Pete Carpenter was released as a single and went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for 44 weeks and won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for 1975. In 2002, The Rockford Files was ranked #39 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Producers Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell devised the main character to be a rather significant departure from typical television detectives of the time; essentially Maverick as a modern detective, Rockford had served time in California's San Quentin Prison in the 1960s due to a wrongful conviction. After five years, he received a pardon. His infrequent jobs as a private investigator barely allow him to maintain his dilapidated mobile home (which doubles as his office) in a parking lot on the beaches of Malibu, California. Each episode of the show begins with a cold open of a telephone answering machine recording, often made by a client giving excuses for not paying Rockford's rate of "$200 a day, plus expenses". In early episodes in the show's first season, Rockford's trailer is located in a parking lot alongside the highway (address 2354 Pacific Coast Hwy) and near the ocean; for the rest of the series, the trailer is at Paradise Cove (address 29 Cove Road), adjacent to a pier and a restaurant (The Sand Castle now known as the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe).

In contrast to most TV private eyes of the time, Rockford wears low-budget 'off the rack' clothing and avoids fights. He rarely carries the Colt Detective Special revolver which he does not have a permit for, preferring to talk his way out of trouble. He works on cold cases, missing persons investigations, and low-budget insurance scams and repeatedly states in the series that he does not handle "open cases" to avoid trouble with the police.

A fun show clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3E2HgnXKAA

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 06, 2011, 04:34:31 PM
The Prisoner

"You are Number, er, well, actually you don't have a number because you didn't make the list. Please wait in the bar."

This is a great show, and yeah, it can get way out there. "Engrossing" sums it up very well.

Benidorm
2007-present on ITV1


Never heard of this. The clip is pretty funny and I can see why it could be worth checking out.


(http://i56.tinypic.com/radeh2.jpg)

"Hey, cut out that Rockford music. I'm Mitchell!"
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement (Today's Topic: Best TV Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 07, 2011, 03:41:34 AM
Day 2: Fave Super-Heroes!  (A topic near and dear to my heart.


List of Crap #2. Top 50 Super-Heroes

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement (Today's Topic: Super-Heroes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 07, 2011, 06:10:49 AM
Today's topic!  SUPER-HEROES!

EDIT: I keep putting up the previous list to look at, but the system keeps thinking it's spam, so if you want to read it, go to the Masterlist of Crap Thread.

And here's my entry for today/tomorrow:

(http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/4/4f/Booster_Gold_v.2_32_virgin.jpg)

Booster Gold

In the 25th century Michael Jon Carter was a brilliant quarterback with great promise as a professional player. This potential was lost, when Carter was caught betting on games in which he played. "Booster" Carter, a nickname he received for his tremendous skills, had started gambling in order to pay for his mother's delicate operation. Realizing he could make enormous amounts of money, he continued to bet even after her recovery and was soon caught. Banished from the college athletics and shunned by the pros, Carter drifted throughout the eastern seaboard until he found employment as a janitor at the Space Museum. Once there, he realized that he had no future in that era, due to his past crimes. But while in college Carter became interested in studying the great heroes of the ages. When he came across Rip Hunter's Time Machine, he knew his future was in Earth's past. So he stole various pieces of advanced equipment, a security robot (Skeets), and the Time Machine itself and journeyed back to the 20th century. Soon after his arrival, Carter interfered in an assassination plot against the President and Vice-President of the United States. Using the publicity that followed, he took the name Booster Gold and became the world's first super-hero dedicated to commercial pursuits as well as noble causes (though he does sometimes have troubles with his priorities).
 

Personal Thoughts
What a fun character.  In an age of grim and gritty characters, Booster was always a breath of fresh air.  He's fun yet can be surprisingly noble (er... after a fashion) and has a really interesting character arc.  I especially loved him in 52 and his recent series, which is sadly soon coming to an end, though he will appear prominently in the new Justice League International series.

Plus he has a robot voiced by Billy West.

http://www.youtube.com/v/N6Jycz6ZuyE
http://www.youtube.com/v/Ru8hY-pZYM8
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 07, 2011, 06:57:16 AM
Sorry about that.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 07, 2011, 07:16:34 AM
Heh, yeah, maybe just take that one down and then put it up in 30 or so days.  Appreciate the enthusiasm though!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 07, 2011, 10:02:57 AM
L.O.C. #2 – Top Super-Heroes

I know she didn't exist when this list came out, but as we're playing it loose and she really needs to be acknowledged, I'm listing her.

HIT-GIRL

(http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/underwire/2010/04/hit_girl_costume_350.jpg)


From a Comic Book Site:

Hit-Girl (real name Mindy Macready) was raised by her father, Big Daddy, her mother being murdered by frustrated criminals. For an unnamed amount of time, Big Daddy has been training Hit-Girl to kill, allowing her to fight alongside him to avenge his wife's death by killing many criminals, ending with boss-man Johnny G. As a result of this, she has a high knowledge and interest of weapons.

Hit-Girl is a skilled and brutal fighter. Unlike most girls of her age she is very interested in weapons and can handle death well. She doesn't seem to be at all bothered by blood and guts. She also curses like a sailor and as previously mentioned likes Hello Kitty, comics and Clint Eastwood and John Woo movies. There are very few moments where she acts like other little girls her age and has often proved herself to be far more mature than her crime-fighting counterpart, Kick-Ass. Hit Girl was created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.


http://www.youtube.com/v/CjO7kBqTFqo?version=3&hl=en_US

(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/7/74588/1477568-wanna_play__by_kuroi_tsuki_large.jpg)

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 07, 2011, 10:19:07 AM
You'll be happy to know that Hit Girl is going to be getting her own series.  And BTW, catching up with wasn't around back there is one of the advantages of Rest of the Best.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 07, 2011, 10:32:16 AM
You'll be happy to know that Hit Girl is going to be getting her own series.  And BTW, catching up with wasn't around back there is one of the advantages of Rest of the Best.

That's awesome. Hit-Girl is beyond bad-ass.

Also, glad to hear that 'stuff that didn't exist yet' is welcome. Some of these lists go way back. I don't see many of them getting a second edition anytime soon, either. Super-Heroes is a perfect example.

And yeah, adding things that weren't around is another really cool reason to do this list.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 07, 2011, 10:32:49 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 2 - Top Superheroes

Woefully overlooked on any list of top superheroes.  The scene in their movie where they play tag during their first day at school may be one of my favorite action scenes in any superhero movie ever.

The Powerpuff Girls
(http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/1391/powerpuffgirls1024x768.gif)

The Wiki:
The Powerpuff Girls is an American animated television series created by animator Craig McCracken for Cartoon Network. The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three kindergarten-aged girls with superpowers, as well as their "father", the brainy scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the fictional city of Townsville, USA. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's childlike mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers.


http://www.youtube.com/v/91KK09FAux4?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

The above mentioned game of Tag from the Powerpuff Girls movie:
http://www.youtube.com/v/qBuAhRXluh0?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 07, 2011, 08:53:39 PM
Powerpuffs are hardcore, man.  They draw blood in their opening credits.  I've always loved their mix of cuteness and over-the-top violence.  If I knew everyone was going to have a pre-pubescent girl heroes, I might have made this my pick:

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_aowVcPi3Wls/Sd3Tuo1tcEI/AAAAAAAABjA/IamPOtLjMQw/s400/Molly+Hayes+Then+Ate+All+The+Ducklings+Raw.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 08, 2011, 12:16:12 AM
(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

Three cheers for girls who kick serious ass!!!

Booster Gold
Not familiar with this guy. I like the back story. The first video is pretty funny. I like how he's well aware of the fact that he's not popular and completely unrecognizable. He could definitely benefit from a good P.R. firm. Do a print campaign, some t-shirts, maybe some promotional foam footballs. Billy West seems to be going with sort of a toned-down Fry for this voice.

The Powerpuff Girls
The Powderpuff, er, I mean Powerpuff Girls are pretty cool. My cousin watches it all the time and I often find myself getting into it. It can be very entertaining. I like the green one; she's always pissed.

Although I still say they should've made their eyes bigger. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/grin.gif)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 08, 2011, 12:50:50 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 3 - Top Motion Picture Comedies

Another woefully overlooked gem.  The fact that this missed any sort of top 65 comedy list is just plain criminal.  The fact is, that after 78 years, this is still the funniest movie ever made

Duck Soup
(http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/9943/ducksoupxlg.jpg)

The Wiki:
Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. First released theatrically by Paramount Pictures on November 17, 1933, it starred what were then billed as the "Four Marx Brothers" (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo) and also featured Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres, Louis Calhern and Edgar Kennedy. It was the last Marx Brothers film to feature Zeppo, and the last of five Marx Brothers movies released by Paramount.

Compared to the Marx Brothers' previous Paramount films, Duck Soup was a box-office disappointment, although it was not a "flop" as is sometimes reported. The film opened to mixed reviews, although this by itself did not end the group's business with Paramount. Bitter contract disputes, including a threatened walk-out by the Marxes, crippled relationships between them and Paramount just as Duck Soup went into production. After the film fulfilled their five-picture contract with the studio, the Marxes and Paramount agreed to part ways.

While critics of Duck Soup felt it did not quite meet the standards of its predecessors, critical opinion has evolved and the film has since achieved the status of a classic.  Duck Soup is now widely considered to be a masterpiece, and the Marx Brothers' finest film.

In 1990 the United States Library of Congress deemed Duck Soup "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.


http://www.youtube.com/v/Dsw9jYU_rJI?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/HWlDFRRH6yE?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 08, 2011, 05:12:32 AM
Hey is there a link to the original list so I can see what was on it before making my entry?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Super-Heroes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 08, 2011, 05:28:19 AM
Absolutely, it's on the masterlist of crap thread.  I tried posting the list of each day on this thread, but it keeps getting flagged as spam.  I won't give up though.

As for Booster Gold, I tried getting the image of him where his costume is covered in advertising stickers that he wore in 52 (a la race car drivers and Captain Amazing from Mystery Men)

EDIT: Actually, I'll do things the long way and post the list while deleting all that link stuff.  Here you go.

List of Crap #3: Top 65 Motion Picture Comedies
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 08, 2011, 05:59:56 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 3 - Top Motion Picture Comedies

This is one that is also sadly overlooked, but for much different reasons.  It's certainly not a classic, but it's an awesome film that is only recently gaining popularity in the comedy community (if Dave Foley ever comes up on a podcast, the host WILL talk about how great this movie is).  And you are definitely forgiven for not having it on the list, simply because it never got a big release (in fact, it was LMLY2UoX5Aw) :

(http://media.avclub.com/images/articles/article/55875/wrong_guy_poster_jpg_300x1000_q85.jpg)
The Wrong Guy

The Wrong Guy is a 1997 Canadian comedy film directed by David Steinberg. It was co-written by Dave Foley of The Kids in the Hall and Newsradio fame, along with David Anthony Higgins and Jay Kogen (the latter of The Simpsons writing fame). Foley also stars in the picture, along with David Anthony Higgins, Jennifer Tilly, Colm Feore and Joe Flaherty.

The script was originally inspired by a sketch Foley himself wrote back during his days with The Kids in the Hall.

The Wrong Guy tells the story of dorky executive Nelson Hibbert (Foley), who gets passed over for a promotion. Upon hearing this, he ends up shouting "I'll kill you!" as security drags him from the board room. Later, when he goes to confront his boss (Kenneth Welsh), he finds that the man has already been murdered, and, due to the scene he made earlier, assumes that he will be mistaken for the murderer. Nelson flees, unaware that security cameras have already revealed the identity of the true killer to the authorities. Nelson tries to escape to Mexico, but along the way he meets both the real killer (Feore) and the murder's investigator, Detective Arlen (Higgins), who Nelson believes is trailing him. Chaotic events transpire and Nelson meets a narcoleptic farm girl, Lynn Holden (Tilly). What follows is a bizarre series of misadventures marked with slapstick routines and constant one-liners.


http://www.youtube.com/v/eyXoM-62lX0

http://www.youtube.com/v/LU73hnQdzSA[/center]
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 08, 2011, 10:05:20 AM
(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/Johnnydanerouslymovieposter.jpg)
Johnny Dangerously is a 1984 comedy spoof of 1930s' crime/gangster movies directed by Amy Heckerling. The movie stars Michael Keaton as an honest, goodhearted man who is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills and to put his younger brother through law school. The movie also stars Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne, Dom DeLuise, Danny DeVito, Dick Butkus and Alan Hale, Jr..
The theme song "This Is the Life" was written for the movie by "Weird Al" Yankovic, though for legal reasons, "This Is the Life" was not featured on home video releases of the film, until the DVD was released in 2002. The VHS home video version of the film featured a version of the Cole Porter song "Let's Misbehave"

http://www.youtube.com/v/_WEPlSPwWu8?version=3&hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/N1n5XqwUkYw?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: MontyServo on July 08, 2011, 10:43:50 AM
I still need to see The Wrong Guy.  Been meaning to do so.

And I guess I am going to have to give Johnny Dangerously another try one of these days.

I remember seeing it when it came out back in '84 and being very disappointed by it
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 08, 2011, 12:37:34 PM
L.O.C. #3 - Top Motion Picture Comedies

(http://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/79/MPW-39986)

Thoughts
I was a bit surprised not to see this on the list. I've seen this more times than I can count and it's got comedy classic status in my book. I'm a huge Chris Farley fan and find his performances to be hilarious pretty much regardless of the material. Although in this movie, I actually enjoyed the story. It's simple but good and only adds to the laugh-out-loud performances. Spade is the perfect straight man and Rob Lowe is just perfect. Sure it's goofy and slapstick, but it makes me laugh my ass off.

The Wiki
Tommy Boy is a 1995 comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, and Fred Wolf, and starring former Saturday Night Live colleagues David Spade and Chris Farley, in the title role. The film tells the story of a socially and emotionally immature man who learns lessons about friendship and self-worth following the sudden death of his industrialist father. The film did well commercially, but the critics, on average, did not favor it. [Fuck the critics.]


http://www.youtube.com/v/jCyaXh-VZco?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 08, 2011, 05:52:07 PM
Note: This could have easily been Lost in America, Modern Romance or Real Life, too...

(http://i54.tinypic.com/1znnymr.jpg)

The Wiki:

Defending Your Life is a 1991 romantic comedy/fantasy film about a man who must justify his life-long lack of assertiveness after he dies and arrives in the afterlife. The film was written, directed by, and stars Albert Brooks. It also stars Meryl Streep, Rip Torn and Lee Grant. The movie was filmed entirely in and around Los Angeles, California. Despite its comedic overtones, Defending Your Life contains elements of drama and allegory.

Thoughts:

This film is damn near perfect, full of so many great details and big laughs, not to mention my favorite Meryl Streep performance. Rip Torn has also never been better.

Favorite quotes:

Comedian: "How'd you die?"
Daniel: "Onstage, like you."

Daniel: "Is this Heaven?"
Bob Diamond: "No, it isn't Heaven."
Daniel: "Is it Hell?"
Bob Diamond: "Nope, it isn't Hell either. Actually, there is no Hell. Although I hear Los Angeles is getting pretty close."

Daniel: "What is this?"
Julia: "It's my hotel."
Daniel: "This is your hotel?"
Julia: "Yeah. Where are you staying?"
Daniel: "Obviously at the place for people that weren't very generous and didn't adopt anybody. I'm at the Continental. Come over one day; we'll paint it."

Eduardo: "What about you, my friend? You like, eh, shrimp?"
Daniel: "Um, yeah."
Eduardo: "We can make it so fresh they crawl up and put it in your plate themselves. "
Daniel: "Aren't they high in cholesterol?"
Eduardo: "I don't know what you're talking about, but they high in everything. Don't worry about it."

Sushi chefs: "TAKE A PIIIISSSS!"

Clips:
PAST LIVE PAVILLION:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZhd_mxSm3c
BIG BRAIN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF897aNyxSs
OLD WOMAN ON TRAM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEsrQkS81QY&feature=related   
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 08, 2011, 07:33:07 PM
I still need to see The Wrong Guy.  Been meaning to do so.

And I guess I am going to have to give Johnny Dangerously another try one of these days.

I remember seeing it when it came out back in '84 and being very disappointed by it

You Icehole!  Johnny Dangerously is great!  It may be Keaton's best movie.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 08, 2011, 11:45:03 PM
I saw Defending Your Life for the first time recently, and it is a fantastic film.  It definitely works as a comedy, but I almost think it's even more impressive as a gentle, sweet fantasy and brings probably the most well realized version of the afterlife I've ever seen: both beautiful and mundane.  If we do top 50 fantasy films, it'll be near the top of the list.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 09, 2011, 12:02:05 AM
Alright, and today's topic is robots: who are your favourites?

List of Crap #4: Top 50 Robots
#50: Robocop
#49: Spirit & Opportunity
#48: Roomba
#47: B-9
#46: The Vision
#45: Machine Man
#44: Starscream
#43: Thundercleese
#42: Skutters
#41: Ro-Man
#40: Maximillian
#39: Mechagodzilla
#38: Sentinels
#37: Unicron
#36: Lopez
#35: R.O.B.
#34: Megaman
#33: Cylons
#32: Ed-209
#31: The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future
#30: Calculon
#29: The Robot Devil
#28: Twiki
#27: Maria
#26: Roy Batty
#25: K-9
#24: ASIMO
#23: KITT
#22: Megatron
#21: HK-47
#20: C-3PO
#19: H.E.L.P.eR.
#18: AWESOM-O
#17: Robby the Robot
#16: The Iron Giant
#15: Bishop
#14: Gypsy
#13: Kryten
#12: HAL 9000
#11: Gort
#10: T-800
#9: Johnny 5
#8: Optimus Prime
#7: T-1000
#6: Data
#5: R2-D2
#4: Marvin the Paranoid Android
#3: Crow T. Robot
#2: Bender Bending Rodriguez
#1: Tom Servo

And here's mine...
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 09, 2011, 12:24:22 AM
LoC Rest of the Best Day 4 - Favourite Robots!

I'm picking a classic super-villain, mostly because I always thought he looked cool.  I almost went for Joe Pi from Top Ten, but decided to go less obscure...
(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/6362/171377-120306-ultron_super.jpg)
Ultron

Ultron is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Avengers #54 (1968), and was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist John Buscema.

Great villains are often made, not born, and Ultron is a very literal example. He’s one of the worst experiments gone wrong in the Marvel universe, which puts him toward the top of an awfully long list.

He began his mechanical life as the creation of Hank Pym, also known as Ant-Man and Giant-Man of the Avengers. Pym sought to build a self-willed android, using his own mind as a template for its artificial intelligence, but as tends to be the way of such things, Ultron developed a mind of his own. He soon acquired two very dangerous qualities: the ability to upgrade and improve himself, and an intense hatred of his human “father.”

Ultron’s own scientific genius is considerable. He’s even proved able to “reproduce,” after a fashion, building the Vision to help him in his quest to destroy Pym and the Avengers. Ironically, the Vision rebelled against his own creator in turn, joining the good guys and helping the Avengers shut down that particular version of Ultron.

The trouble with Ultron is that he’s more or less impossible to kill. Around 20 different versions have popped up over the course of his long career, and it can be assumed that he has his mind backed up in any number of other hidden replacement bodies. Most recently, he’s been spotted very far from home, venturing into deep space as the leader of the Phalanx. That version, like so many others, met a violent end, but it’s probably not the last we’ll see of him.

Practically speaking, Ultron has any powers he wants to design for himself. As a rule, he takes the form of a human-shaped android, albeit with a clearly artificial (and highly durable) skin made of shining adamantium. However, he can and does take other forms when the situation requires.

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ultron6.jpg)

Personal Thoughts - Well, first of all, he just looks bad-ass.  I love that hideous perma-sneer that's basically every malicious emotion rolled into one and carved into his face.
(http://comicsmedia.ign.com/comics/image/article/662/662736/ultron-20051029052410170_640w.jpg)
Then there's the weird oedipal stuff with his "dad" Hank Pym (AKA, Ant Man, Giant Man, Yellowjacket, ETC) and his wife, the Wasp.  It's like it's less about actually ruling the world (though that is in the cards) and more about showing daddy that he's superior and can and will hurt him (especially since Hank knows every murder is indirectly his fault).  Also, the guy murdered an entire (fictional) country.  That's something most villains ever get to say, even when they can take on the Avengers.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 09, 2011, 12:32:07 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 4 - Top Robots

My newest most favorite robot ever!  Just friggin brilliant!

Geoff Peterson
(http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/13242/2010/04/340x_screen_shot_2010-04-06_at_1.12.03_pm.jpg)

The Wiki:
Geoff Peterson is the robot skeleton sidekick for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. His debut appearance was on Monday, April 5, 2010. Geoff Peterson was designed and built by Grant Imahara of the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters  He has blue eyes, a metal mohawk and wears an over-sized suit with his name scrawled on a contestant's name tag from The Price is Right. New York magazine's Vulture blog described him as "the de facto animatronic 'King of the One-Liners' for this generation".

The robot is voiced by Josh Thompson, either live or as a set of pre-recorded phrases.

http://www.youtube.com/v/qAHSUTB5BJc?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 09, 2011, 12:58:03 AM
Duck Soup
Man, I haven't seen this in ages, and I mean at least a decade. I think it's time to give it another spin and it just so happens it's available on Netflix Instant Watch. How convenient.

The Wrong Guy
Damn. This is a movie that has been wallowing in my Netflix queue for what seems like forever. I think it's time to kick it up to the top and finally watch this sucker. Heh, Enema Bag Jones.

Johnny Dangerously
I remember this showing up on the Guilty Pleasures list. Definitely good for some laughs. Some of Piscopo's better film work, whatever that's worth.

Defending You Life
Great pick, and yes, any one of the other three Brooks movies would've also made fine picks. I'm a Huge Albert Brooks fan and have seen all four of those movies you listed at least five times and in the case of Modern Romance and Real Life, probably closer to ten. And Johnny couldn't be more right. Not only is it extremely funny, but heartfelt and thought provoking.

Real Life is just genius, by the way. I love everything about that movie. So many classic scenes. The testing of the potential families, the first night home pizza dinner, the conference calls with the producer, the horse scene, the Baby Broker, the Ettinauers, it goes on and on. Goddamn that movie makes me laugh.

"We were just supposed to introduce the project. Why were you singing to those people?"

"Well, you know, it's Phoenix."

"We're all gonna be on Jonas Salk's coffee table!!!"

Very quotable movie.


P.S. Geez. This list doesn't waste any time. Already two robots on the board!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 09, 2011, 11:12:57 AM
L.O.C. #4 - Top Robots

GERTY

(http://media.screened.com/uploads/0/1541/424174-gerty1_super.jpg)

Thoughts
One of the nicest, most compassionate robots you'll ever meet. Kevin Spacey was programmed by the same people who programmed HAL 9000. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/wink.gif)

If you haven't seen this movie, you should. It's fantastic.

The Wiki
In director Duncan Jones' plot-twisting sci-fi film Moon (with obvious filmic references to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Silent Running (1972), and others), lone astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) was at the end of a three-year contract on the far side of the Moon at a moon base named 'Sarang.'

Sam was supervising the strip-mining of lunar rock (with gigantic robotic machines) to obtain Helium-3, a major component of fusion technology for green solar fuel energy. His only contact and companion was a semi-mobile, multi-tasking AI robot named GERTY 3000 (voice of Kevin Spacey) with a robotic arm. The questionably-helpful, smooth-voiced, programmed GERTY used yellow smiley face emoticons to communicate emotions and monitored Sam's every move (as well as engaged in a clandestine conversation with HQ).

Director Duncan Jones on comparisons with HAL 9000:
"We could have either completely ignored that or we could have...accepted that people are going to make that connection and then sort of take their expectation and take it in a very different direction."

http://www.youtube.com/v/YQnqTjhv1h8?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Comedy Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 09, 2011, 11:37:11 AM
Moon is a great movie.  Duncan Jones may be one of the best sci-fi directors of this generation.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 10, 2011, 04:17:18 AM
LoC Rest of the Best Day 4 - Favourite Rock Bands/Stars!

Here's the original list:

#50: Exodus
#49: Neil Young
#48: "Weird" Al Yankovic
#47: Gatby's American Dream
#46: The Tea Party
#45: Motorhead
#44: The Police
#43: Stabbing Westward
#42: Korn
#41: Foo Fighters
#40: The Doors
#39: R.E.M.
#38: Prince
#37: Lynyrd Skynyrd
#36: Anthrax
#35: Dethklok
#34: Green Day
#33: The Velvet Underground
#32: Jimi Hendrix
#31: Alice in Chains
#30: John Lennon
#29: The Pixies
#28: Pantera
#27: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
#26: Jethro Tull
#25: Ramones
#24: The Smashing Pumpkins
#23: Bob Dylan
#22: They Might Be Giants
#21: Pearl Jam
#20: The Eagles
#19: Radiohead
#18: White Zombie
#17: AC/DC
#16: Spinal Tap
#15: Soundgarden
#14: David Bowie
#13: Oasis
#12: Nirvana
#11: Nine Inch Nails
#10: Iron Maiden
#9: Black Sabbath
#8: The Rolling Stones
#7: The Who
#6: Elvis Presley
#5: Metallica
#4: Led Zeppelin
#3: Queen
#2: Pink Floyd
#1: The Beatles

...and now my pick for a band I think needed to be on the list:

(http://pribek.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/devo.jpg)
Devo   

Devo is an American rock group formed in Akron, Ohio, United States in 1972. The band split in 1991 and returned in 1996. The band currently consists of Gerald Casale (vocals, bass), Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, synthesizer), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), Bob Casale (guitar, keyboards) and Josh Freese (drums). The band released their first album in 20 years, “Something For Everybody” on June 15, 2010.

Their style has been variously classified as punk, industrial and rock, but are most often considered to be the 70s/early 80s New Wave band that ushered in the synth pop of the 1980s, along with other acts such as Gary Numan and The B-52s.

Devo’s music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary, often dealing with the concept of De-Evolution, in sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures.

Their work has proved hugely influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave, alternative and grunge music, they created some memorable music videos popular in the early days of MTV.

The name “Devo” comes from the concept of Devolution (also referred to by the band as “de-evolution”). This idea was developed as a joke by Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis as early as the late 1960s. Casale and Lewis created a number of art pieces in the vein of Devolution. At this time, Casale had also performed with the local band 15-60-75. They met Mark Mothersbaugh around 1970, who introduced them to the pamphlet Jocko Homo Heavenbound, which would later inspire the song “Jocko Homo”.

The pivotal moment for the formation of Devo was the Kent State shootings of May 4 1970. Casale knew two of the murdered students, and even saw one student, Allison Krause, with exit wounds from the M1 Garand rifle. At this moment, Casale claims he changed the idea of Devolution into a serious concept.

Personal Thoughts – I got really into Devo a few years ago and last year went nuts with listening to all their music when their latest album came out (first in almost 20 years).  I think they have an interesting (if goofily pessimistic) message and want to say something with their music, but that doesn’t stop them from having cool compositions with neat time signatures and it is fun to sing along with.  In fact, the chant like lyrics of many of their songs fit in perfectly with the message, since it has been proven that when people chant, their higher brain functions are used less.

And now the Devolutionary Oath:
1.   wear gaudy colors or avoid display
2.   lay a million eggs or give birth to one
3.   the fittest shall survive yet the unfit may live
4.   be like your ancestors or be different
5.   we must repeat!
http://www.youtube.com/v/cadA5iANN2o
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 10, 2011, 10:55:16 AM
My favorite band...

THE FRAMES

(http://i52.tinypic.com/2yuaiz8.jpg)

The Wiki:

The Frames are an Irish band based in Dublin. Founded in 1990 by Glen Hansard, the band has been influential in the Dublin rock music scene. The group has released six albums. In addition to Hansard, the band's current lineup includes original member Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Joe Doyle, Rob Bochnik and Graham Hopkins.

The name The Frames arose from Hansard's habit of fixing bicycles of his friends. The large number of bicycle frames lying around his house led neighbours to dub it the "house with the frames". In a 2001 interview, Hansard said, "I worked in a bicycle shop for a little while, but the name came from ... my back garden was so full of frames, my house became known as The Frames house, much to my mother's distaste, she hated it. But my garden was full of frames, old bikes, I would make up bikes for my friends out of all the old bikes. So it sort of became known if anybody found a bike up on the hill on the way home they would throw it into my garden, a graveyard for old bikes."

In 1991, Hansard came to public attention after taking the part of "Outspan" Foster in the film The Commitments. However, Hansard regretted this role as he felt it distracted from his music career. Mac Con Iomaire also had a cameo in the movie as a violinist auditioning for the band. Bronagh Gallagher, one of Hansard's colleagues, can be seen wearing a Frames t-shirt in her appearance in the film Pulp Fiction. Hansard appeared on screen as the principal character parodied by Irish music comedy Web site Eyebrowy.com  and in 2007 as the lead in the movie Once which featured his songs.

Discography:
Another Love Song (1991)
Fitzcarraldo (1995) (as The Frames DC)
Dance the Devil (1999)
For the Birds (2001)
Breadcrumb Trail (2002) (live album)
Set List (2003) (live album)
Burn the Maps (2004)
The Cost (2006)

Thoughts:
I've seen them live around 8 times, and they never disappoint. Glen spends most of his time with Marketa touring as the Swell Season nowadays (and now he's on a ukele tour with Eddie Vedder), but the full band is always my favorite. Their albums are all fantastic (well, save for Another Love Song, which is just all right), and Set List, their live 2003 album, really captures the energy of their shows.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: anais.jude on July 10, 2011, 01:08:06 PM
Of course this happens while i can't do anything on the Internet because my computer is in a box.

Number 1 of all time: The Beatles. If someone could post Strawberry Fields Forever or Lucy in te Sky that would be great.


Current Faves: Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Coldplay


Yea, I like coldplay. What of it?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 10, 2011, 01:50:08 PM
L.O.C. #5 - Top Rock Bands

Wow. There a ton of very deserving bands missing from this list. It's a weird list. Pretty goofy list if you ask me. There were obviously some big-time metalheads weighing in (not that there's anything wrong with that; I love metal.) Bob Dylan and Exodus on the same list? What a country! Anyway, it was very difficult to pick just one that didn’t make the list. Wish I could make like five posts today.

TOOL
(http://www.lennybexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/tool-band-picture1-640x480.jpg)

Thoughts
Given the hard rock/metal slant of this list, I'm at a loss as to why this bad didn't make it. TOOL is such a breath of fresh air in today's mainstream music scene. Not only do they absolutely fucking rock, but a lot of their lyrics are really interesting and thought-provoking. There is such a wide dynamic range to their music, from quiet sadness and vulnerability to blow the doors off rage. They can make a song build like few bands can. They also make some of the most innovative, imaginative videos in recent memory.

The Wiki
Tool is an American progressive metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up has included drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Since 1995, Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist, replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour. Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries.

Tool emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album Undertow in 1993, and later became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their second effort, Ænima, in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with Lateralus (2001) and the most recent album 10,000 Days (2006), gaining the band critical acclaim and success around the world. Due to Tool's incorporation of visual arts and relatively long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock and art rock. The relationship between the band and today's music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship and the band members' insistence on privacy.

http://www.youtube.com/v/uCEeAn6_QJo?version=3&hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/hglVqACd1C8?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 10, 2011, 01:52:54 PM
Of course this happens while i can't do anything on the Internet because my computer is in a box.

Number 1 of all time: The Beatles. If someone could post Strawberry Fields Forever or Lucy in te Sky that would be great.

Current Faves: Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Coldplay

Yea, I like coldplay. What of it?

This list is for shit that didn't make the original list. So, can we put you down for Coldplay then?

Any particular favorite song?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: anais.jude on July 10, 2011, 02:04:02 PM
That's not far. I wasn't around when the original was done so I never got to contribute.


Clocks and Speed of Sound
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 10, 2011, 02:39:35 PM
That's not far. I wasn't around when the original was done so I never got to contribute.

Clocks and Speed of Sound

Well, aside from getting access to a time machine, we may have to make due with what we've got here. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/grin.gif)

Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles did made the original list.

One of the big reasons to have this is so people who weren't around for certain lists (like you and me for example) get a chance to participate. C'mon, it's fun!

Tomorrow is Top Horror Movies if you're interested.

And now, a couple of cold cuts goin' out to anais on the Rifftrax forum.

http://www.youtube.com/v/TahH7B_aUZc?version=3&hl=en_US

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN GUIDO ADVERTISEMENT
http://www.youtube.com/v/5KkWGy7W3_o?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 10, 2011, 04:56:59 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 5 - Top Rock Bands

My favorite band of all time is actually two bands.  Two sides of the same coin, you might say.

The Housemartins
1983-1988
(http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/8862/housemartins.jpg)
The Beautiful South
1988-2007

(http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/20/thebeautifulsouth.jpg)

The Wiki:
The Housemartins were an English indie pop band that was active in the 1980s.  

The band was formed in late 1983 by Paul Heaton (vocals) and Stan Cullimore (guitar), and they initially performed as a busking duo. They recorded a demo tape with Ingo Dewsnap of Les Zeiga Fleurs, which brought them to the attention of Go Discs. They then expanded by recruiting Ted Key (bass), former guitarist with The Gargoyles, and Justin Patrick [drummer on loan from Udomsuksa!] who was then replaced by Chris Lang. The band's membership changed considerably over the years. Key left at the end of 1985 and was replaced by Norman Cook (the future Fatboy Slim). Drummer Chris Lang was replaced by Hugh Whitaker, former drummer with The Gargoyles, who in turn was replaced with Dave Hemingway.  

The band split in 1988, but the members have remained friends and have worked on each other's projects. Norman Cook has enjoyed significant success with Beats International and then as Fatboy Slim, while Heaton, Hemingway and roadie Sean Welch formed The Beautiful South.

The Beautiful South were an English alternative rock group formed at the end of the 1980s by two former members of Hull group The Housemartins, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway. The duo were initially joined by Sean Welch (bass), Dave Stead (drums) and Dave Rotheray (guitar) , all of whom stayed with the group throughout their 19-year career. Later additions included female vocalist Briana Corrigan; she was replaced by Jacqui Abbott, who in turn was replaced by Alison Wheeler.

The group broke up in January 2007, claiming the split was due to "musical similarities", having sold around 6,500,000 records worldwide

http://www.youtube.com/v/KLOyF50wlBU?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/2sNffR-yTA4?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/hR9LYrCR_4I?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Personal Thoughts:
I fell in love with the music of the Housemartins when I was in high school.  After they broke up and The Beautiful South was formed, It was pretty soon that they became my favorite band.  To this day, they are probably my two most listened two bands.  Just fantastic stuff.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 10, 2011, 08:05:10 PM
I hope your computer gets fixed soon anais.  I'm just glad to see another person participating.  I'll have to give these other bands a listen.  Tool is the only one I'm mildly familiar with (I know that the lead was a big Mr. Show fan and showed up briefly on an episode, if I'm thinking of the same guy.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 10, 2011, 09:05:19 PM
Tool is the only one I'm mildly familiar with (I know that the lead was a big Mr. Show fan and showed up briefly on an episode, if I'm thinking of the same guy.

That would be him.

Devo
Devo is great and absolutely deserves to be on this list. They were quirky, offbeat, and really good songwriters. They also made some classic videos.

Awesome cover of Freedom of Choice:
http://www.youtube.com/v/wQWCZxi1ff8?version=3&hl=en_US


The Frames
Never heard of 'em so I checked out a few tunes on the YouTube. I like what they're doing melodically, but what I heard was a bit on the soft and mellow side for my tastes. Although I was impressed by these solo acoustic performances:

http://www.youtube.com/v/hZdx9e3YdVY?version=3&hl=en_US

This one would be right at home in an indie film soundtrack.
http://www.youtube.com/v/-ckMuoi48z4?version=3&hl=en_US

The Housemartins/The Beautiful South
I've heard the name but I don't think I've ever really listened to them. I'm getting a real Smiths/Morrissey vibe here, but obviously much more upbeat. I liked the second tune the best. The "musical similarities" quote is hilarious.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 10, 2011, 10:09:22 PM
Devo
Devo is great and absolutely deserves to be on this list. They were quirky, offbeat, and really good songwriters. They also made some classic videos.

I heard a song I hadn't heard before today called Deep Sleep.  It's not all that great, but it has my new favourite lyric.

"A smile is just a frown turned upside down on the face of a clown with a mean streak."

EDIT:

Today's topic: Horror Films

Here's the original List:

#50: It
#49: Creature from the Black Lagoon
#48: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
#47: The House on Haunted Hill
#46: The Lost Boys
#45: The Mummy
#44: The Fly
#43: The Hitcher
#42: The Omen
#41: Gremlins
#40: Scream
#39: Return of the Living Dead
#38: Army of Darkness
#37: Prince of Darkness
#36: 28 Day Later
#35: Braindead
#34: Friday the 13th
#33: Silence of the Lambs
#32: Near Dark
#31: Shaun of the Dead
#30: Rosemary�s Baby
#29: Frankenstein
#28: Resident Evil
#27: Carnival of Souls
#26: Aliens
#25: The Birds
#24: The Bride of Frankenstein
#23: Suspiria
#22: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
#21: Evil Dead II
#20: The Sixth Sense
#19: An American Werewolf in London
#18: The Ring
#17: Dracula
#16: Jaws
#15: Nosferatu
#14: Halloween
#13: Phantasm
#12: The Blair Witch Project
#11: Hellraiser
#10: Psycho
#9: The Evil Dead
#8: A Nightmare on Elm Street
#7: The Shining
#6: The Exorcist
#5: Poltergeist
#4: Dawn of the Dead
#3: The Thing
#2: Night of the Living Dead
#1: Alien
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Rock Bands/Stars)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 10, 2011, 10:49:08 PM
Devo
Devo is great and absolutely deserves to be on this list. They were quirky, offbeat, and really good songwriters. They also made some classic videos.

I heard a song I hadn't heard before today called Deep Sleep.  It's not all that great, but it has my new favourite lyric.

"A smile is just a frown turned upside down on the face of a clown with a mean streak."

Brilliant.

Sorry Semisonic, your lyrics will have to wait in the bar until Devo's done with their table. As a matter of fact, you're gonna have to bus Devo's table.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 11, 2011, 05:19:35 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 6 - Top Horror Films

Creepy as hell with lots of low budget gore.  One of my favorite horror films.  They just showed this a few weeks ago on TCM Underground and it still holds up.

The Beyond
(http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4620/thebeyond.jpg)


The Wiki:
The Beyond (Italian: ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà, also known as Seven Doors of Death) is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. It is considered by some horror film fans to be one of the best movies made by the Italian director. The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy (along with City of the Living Dead and The House by the Cemetery), The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part because of the film's gore-filled murder sequences, which had been heavily censored when the film was originally released in the United States in 1983.

http://www.youtube.com/v/s3rqDvWaujU?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 11, 2011, 07:01:05 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 6 - Top Horror Films

On the much subtler (but still creepy as hell) side of things...

The Tenant
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RYwGpRCoJBk/TSCqJHKUBiI/AAAAAAAAAZc/1E_M4zSSfwE/s1600/TheTenant+poster.jpg)


The Tenant (French: Le Locataire) is a 1976 psychological thriller/horror film directed by Roman Polanski based upon the 1964 novel Le locataire chimérique by Roland Topor. It is also known under the French title Le Locataire. It co-stars actress Isabelle Adjani. It is the last film in Polanski's "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. It was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. The film had a total of 534,637 admissions in France.

In Paris, the shy bureaucrat Trelkovsky rents an old apartment without bathroom where the previous tenant, the Egyptologist Simone Choule, committed suicide. The unfriendly concierge (Shelley Winters) and the tough landlord Mr. Zy establish stringent rules of behavior and Trekovsky feels ridden by his neighbors. Meanwhile he visits Simone in the hospital and befriends her girlfriend Stella. After the death of Simone, Trekovsky feels obsessed for her and believes his landlord and neighbors are plotting a scheme to force him to also commit suicide.

Personal Thoughts - If you have a hard time separating the art from the artist, you might have a hard time with any Roman Polanski film, though this one especially since he is both behind and in front of the camera.  While he might have done some abhorrant shit in the real world, he's also made some incredible films, as this is one of them.  It's really creepy, and while the ending might seem either obvious or out of left field (I could see either), I think it is very effective.  That said the whole film has an air of creepiness and a sense of losing one's sanity: is the main character jut nuts, or is he right to be paranoid...
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZmhIMbdecEU
Here's a clip from Bravo's 100 scariest movie moments.  It's number 65.  Still, I also LOVE number 67.
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZL-JfCzQFpM
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 11, 2011, 12:09:50 PM
L.O.C. #6 - Top Horror Movies

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Z6bxkWv21sc/S_VrwrAd2SI/AAAAAAAAIZ4/1uOvUaTMEO4/s1600/descent.jpg)

Thoughts
I was really tempted to pick Martyrs (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029234/) but I decided to go with more of a fun, frightening creature feature type deal. Although, Martyrs would definitely be near the top of my list if we did this today; what an amazing, soul crushing movie. The Descent would also be near the top. This is just a great horror movie, plain and simple. It's a claustrophobic, super-intense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat fright fest.

The Wiki
The Descent is a 2005 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall. The film follows six women who, having entered an unmapped cave system, become trapped, and are hunted by subterranean flesh-eating Morlock-like humanoids.

Based on 164 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, The Descent received an 84% "Certified Fresh" overall approval rating, with the sites consensus stating "Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film. In this low-budget import from Scotland, director Neil Marshall has masterfully created a spelunking nightmare, which doubles as a compelling meditation on morality, vengeance, and the depths to which we might go for survival."

http://www.youtube.com/v/l5I1q4KhKNU?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 11, 2011, 12:49:36 PM
The Descent is a great movie, and was almost the movie I chose.  It was a toss up between that, the Tenant and Demons.  All very different films, so it wasn't an easy decision to make.  I don't think that Neil Marshall has made a movie equal to it before or since.  Dog Soldiers is fun, but it's hampered by bad effects and general amatuerism that he hammered out in the Descent to make a really strong horror movie.  Amazingly, the monsters don't show up until halfway through the movie, but it's tense all the way through using the claustrophobia of the cave paired with the fact that even without the horror that awaits them, they are way in over their head and could easily die.  Damn fine movie.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 11, 2011, 02:17:05 PM
Yeah, The Descent is aces (though I'm a big, big fan of Dog Soldiers as well). The monster part I'm actually glad to get to because it doesn't scare me nearly as much as the claustrophobia/stuck-miles-and-miles-below-the-surface-of-the-Earth parts of the movie. The bit where one of the girls gets crammed in the tiny little tunnel and can't move... that's pure nightmare fuel for me, easy. Martyrs is also pretty freaky, but more in a I-feel-completely-terrible sort of way (that the American remake is set to star Kristen Stewart both confuses and intrigues me).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Doctor Who? on July 11, 2011, 02:25:04 PM
Does The Room count as a Horror movie?

It has a monster in it after all(Wiseau's bare thrusting bottom).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 11, 2011, 02:42:39 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 6 - Top Horror Films

In The Mouth of Madness
(http://www.best-horror-movies.com/image-files/mouth-of-madness-movie-poster.jpg)

Do you read Sutter Cane?

The Wiki
With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems....

The film pays tribute to the work of seminal horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, with many references to his stories and themes. Its title is a play on two of Lovecraft's tales, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and At the Mountains of Madness, and insanity plays as great a role in the film as it does in Lovecraft's fiction. The opening scene depicts Trent's confinement to an asylum with the bulk of the story told in flashback, a common technique of Lovecraft's. Quick reference is made to the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, as well as to Lovecraftian settings and characters (such as Mrs. Pickman). As read on-screen, Sutter Cane's writings even incorporate direct passages from his work. All of Sutter Cane's novels have similar titles to H.P. Lovecraft's books (e.g., The Hobb's End Horror in reference to The Dunwich Horror).

The film can also be seen as a reference to Stephen King, who also writes horror fiction set in New England hamlets. The film also makes reference to the BBC Quatermass serials, which heavily influenced Carpenter at a young age. Hobb's End is named after a fictional London Underground station where something terrible is unearthed in Quatermass and the Pit.

Thoughts
John Carpenter's last really great horror movie, or even last good movie, depending on who you talk to (full disclosure: I've got a soft spot for Escape From L.A.). It's a very odd, occasionally meta film that really drives home an excellently creepy atmosphere. It plays like a cross between a Stephen King story and some Lovecraft horrors (I'm only rudimentary familiar with either but know enough to know it when I see it). Sam Neil is great as the leading man, and though he's only in a few scenes, Jürgen Prochnow completely sells it as the mad (kinda sorta) horror writer (he comes off like some kind of Kind/Gaiman combo, which is always good). The monster effects, while sparse when they happen, are quite neat, and overall it's a fairly freaky film as far as end-of-the-world scenarios go. It can be a bit hard to swallow sometimes, and the final act does drag a bit, but overall I really like this one, and think it a very worthy capper to Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy (with the perfect The Thing and the excellent Prince of Darkness). It's definitely a film that could use a little more love, which is one of the reasons I put it here instead of going with other faves of mine like Trick 'r Treat or The Mist.

http://www.youtube.com/v/_PFcOeM_Usk?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 11, 2011, 04:18:26 PM
In the Mouth of Madness was a movie I've always intended on seeing but never got around too.  It looks great and I love the concept (I love metafictional type stuff).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 11, 2011, 04:22:22 PM
In the Mouth of Madness was a movie I've always intended on seeing but never got around too.  It looks great and I love the concept (I love metafictional type stuff).
This one should be right up your alley, then. It's also on Netflix Instant right now, so you're running low on excuses to keep putting it off ;)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 11, 2011, 04:36:43 PM
NetFlix Instant... in the states maybe.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on July 11, 2011, 05:13:50 PM
Ah, an out-of-country individual, that's right. Well, it still shouldn't be too hard to rustle up somewhere.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 11, 2011, 05:32:57 PM
Some may argue that this isn't a horror movie. They're wrong.

(http://i56.tinypic.com/2uyga4x.jpg)

The Wiki:

Seconds is a 1966 American film starring Rock Hudson. Characterized sometimes as a science fiction thriller, but with elements of horror, neo-noir, psychedelia, and drama, it was directed by John Frankenheimer with a screenplay by Lewis John Carlino. The script was based on a novel by David Ely. The film was released by Paramount Pictures and was entered into the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.

Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is a middle-aged man whose life has lost purpose. He has achieved success in his career, but finds it unfulfilling. His love for his wife of many years has dwindled. His only child is married and he seldom sees her. Through a friend, a man he thought was dead, Hamilton is approached by a secret organization, known simply as the "Company." The Company's business is helping wealthy people who are unhappy with their lives to disappear and create new lives. When Hamilton agrees to talk to the Company, he is spirited away to a secret location. While waiting for his interview he is offered a cup of tea and then falls asleep. When he wakes, Hamilton is interviewed by Mr. Ruby (Jeff Corey), who shows him a film in which he appears to have raped a girl. The film, made while he was unconscious, is intended to persuade Hamilton that it is now too late for him to return to his old life. Hamilton feels compelled to accept the Company's services -- but fears that this coercive scheme foreshadows the unfortunate consequences of doing business with the Company. Hamilton's death is staged to make it look as if he perished in a hotel fire; a corpse is left at the scene that can be identified as his. Through extensive plastic surgery and mental and physical conditioning, Hamilton is transformed into Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson), a man who looks and acts much younger. He is provided with a new home, a new identity, new friends and a devoted manservant. The details of his new existence, including diplomas and other evidence of professional accomplishment that appear genuine, suggest that there was once a real Tony Wilson, but what became of him is a mystery. (I'll leave it here as to not spoil the rest of the film)

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson saw the movie during its initial release, between sessions for Smile. Under the influence of drugs, the early stages of schizophrenia, and pressure to complete Smile, Wilson found Seconds an especially intense experience, that affected him personally (beginning with his arriving late; the first dialogue he heard onscreen was "Come in, Mr. Wilson", taking him by surprise). His state of mind shifted over the next months, between fantasies of escaping his own life in a similar way, and thoughts that perhaps rival producer Phil Spector had somehow convinced Columbia Pictures (sic) to make the movie "to mess with my mind". Wilson later abandoned the Smile sessions, and did not see another movie in a theater until E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982.

Thoughts:
This is a trippy, freaky, amazing film from John Frankenheimer, one of my all time favorite directors. The cinematography by James Wong Howe is hypnotic and eerie. Seek this one out, it's so worth it.

WATCH THE TRAILER here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQhlCRpuX8Y
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 11, 2011, 06:05:34 PM
This is one of those movies that's one of those "great movies no one has heard of."  I've only heard of it recently and all references to it are glowing.  This is a lot like the movie Don't Look Now.  Not easy to find, but everything about it sounds great.  And I loved the Manchurian Candidate (uh, not so much Reindeer Games) so I'm sure this is just as crazy.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 11, 2011, 06:11:05 PM
This is one of those movies that's one of those "great movies no one has heard of."  I've only heard of it recently and all references to it are glowing.  This is a lot like the movie Don't Look Now.  Not easy to find, but everything about it sounds great.  And I loved the Manchurian Candidate (uh, not so much Reindeer Games) so I'm sure this is just as crazy.

Frankenheimer was pretty prolific. He's put out a bunch of masterpieces (Manchurian Candidate, Seconds, Seven Days in May, The Train, Ronin, The Birdman of Alcatraz) and some series duds (Island of Dr. Moreau, The Challenge, 99 3/4% Dead, the aforementioned Reindeer Games). Still, he's an unsung auteur that deserves more recognition for his body of work. I think you'll dig Seconds when you get ahold of it!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 11, 2011, 09:12:57 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 7 - Top Fruits and Vegetables

Not the most popular veggie, but I love them.

Brussels Sprout
(http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/227/brusselssproutcloseup.jpg)


The Wiki:
The Brussels sprout is a cultivar of wild cabbage grown for its edible buds. The leafy green vegetables are typically 2.5–4 cm (0.98–1.6 in) in diameter and look like miniature cabbages. The sprout is Brassica oleracea, in the "gemmifera" group of the family Brassicaceae. Although named after the city in Belgium, few historians believe the plant originated there

http://www.youtube.com/v/rfeIaHtuJ2k?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/aCvnSH42r2w?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 11, 2011, 10:35:40 PM
The Tenant
I've been told more than once that I need to watch this. That trailer is pretty ominous. I like stories dealing with paranoia and losing sanity so I'm gonna go ahead and check this one out.

I'm gonna take this ridiculously small sample and base the following opinion on it: foreign horror has pretty much made American horror its jail bitch.

In the Mouth of Madness
Nice pick. Highly entertaining and secondly recommended, for whatever that's worth.

Seconds
Never seen it. Another one to throw on the Netflix pile. Boy, things are really piling up!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 12, 2011, 06:57:59 AM
Today it's fruits and vegetables!  Here's the original list:

#50: Nectarines
#49: Tangerines
#48: Squash
#47: Artichoke
#46: Grapefruit
#45: Courgette/Zucchini
#44: Olives
#43: Asparagus
#42: Cauliflower
#41: Pickles
#40: Peas
#39: Avocado
#38: Okra
#37: Melon
#36: Plums
#35: Mango
#34: Celery
#33: Apricot
#32: Lemon
#31: Lime
#30: Pomegranite
#29: Mushroom
#28: Coconuts  
#27: Cucumber
#26: Green Beans
#25: Raspberries
#24: Pumpkins
#23: Garlic
#22: Watermelon
#21: Lettuce
#20: Spinach
#19: Blueberries
#18: Chili Pepper
#17: Broccoli
#16: Bell Pepper
#15: Pears
#14: Peaches
#13: Kiwi Fruit
#12: Onion
#11: Cherries
#10: Grapes
#9: Corn
#8: Pineapple
#7: Bananas
#6: Carrots
#5: Orange
#4: Apple
#3: Strawberries
#2: Tomato
#1: Potato

BTW, my avatar comes from, of course, the greatest super-hero comic of all Fruitman Special #1

(http://www.amazingco.com/amazingco.com/comics/misc/items/m381.jpg)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_QMuDihPPyPA/R6FTBU2dJxI/AAAAAAAADZE/GEoSHBQRsYY/s400/blog_fruitman.jpg)
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_thlFYTjJbmQ/SYfI5xuC-WI/AAAAAAAALhM/Z0iCZ5XTsUs/s400/fruitman6.jpg)

Wait, why is that one guy lying on top of the other guy on the last panel.  Wasn't he just knocked unconscious on the other side of the room?


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 12, 2011, 07:10:40 AM


LoC Rest of the Best - Day 7 - Top Fruits and Vegetables


At the risk of sounding hipster, my fruit is obscure, you've probably never tasted it...
Rose Apple AKA Jambo AKA CHOMPOO
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Bs8M6ycTj-E/TJKVSzjQpNI/AAAAAAAACms/oxRPbF8wedw/s1600/Jambo1.jpg)


The rose apple is yet another fruit with a surprise up its sleeve. Based on its outward appearance, it could easily be mistaken for a small pear, although the skin is usually quite waxy compared to pears. But when you cut the rose apple open, you won't find a core filled with seeds. The core of a rose apple is more or less hollow, with a bit of cottony fluff that should be scraped out and discarded.

Rose apples are eaten skin and all. The texture is somewhere between a watermelon and an apple, as is the taste. Rose apples can have a slightly bitter after-taste, but this is rarely unpleasant. There are several varieties of rose apples, with the most common in Thailand having a light green green skin. This variety is available almost year round, while seasonal varieties vary in color from apple red to almost black. The red variety is native to Malaysia, where its common English name is "Malay apple." In Southern Thailand, you will also see a small cherry red variety that looks a bit like a child's top.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NtsXvontevE

Uh... no corn and beans in my fruit salad thanks.

Personal Thoughts - This is only is South Asia, but if you are ever in Thailand or Malaysia, give it a try.  I spent 10 months in Thailand when I was 12/13, so there are definitely a lot of great (and often too sweet) fruits to try, but the light tasting Chompoo was my favourite.  I found that despite the video, red Chompoo wasn't quite as popular (at least in Bangkok) but there were a lot of green ones sold by vendors.  Red ones (which I remember as being more flavourful, but I haven't had them since I was 10) are more popular in Malaysia, although maybe things have changed.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 12, 2011, 11:20:07 AM
L.O.C. #7 - Top Fruits and Vegetables

Paul Lynde

(http://nursemyra.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/bewitched-paul-lynde.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/rFqZWc6qq8Y?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Kete on July 12, 2011, 11:34:50 AM
L.O.C. #7 - Top Fruits and Vegetables

Paul Lynde

 :clap:
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 12, 2011, 11:55:43 AM
L.O.C. #7 - Top Fruits and Vegetables

Paul Lynde

(http://nursemyra.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/bewitched-paul-lynde.jpg)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Kete on July 12, 2011, 12:31:51 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 7 - Top Fruits and Vegetables
Ginger
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a5/Ingwer_2_fcm.jpg/800px-Ingwer_2_fcm.jpg)


Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.

Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean. It is sometimes called root ginger to distinguish it from other things that share the name ginger.

Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy.

Mature ginger roots are fibrous and nearly dry. The juice from old ginger roots is extremely potent and is often used as a spice in Indian recipes, and is a quintessential ingredient of Chinese, Japanese and many South Asian cuisines for flavoring dishes such as seafood or goat meat and vegetarian cuisine.

Monty had a great idea to show the related Good Eats episode:

http://www.youtube.com/v/bF4Epk14EpQ?version=3&hl=en_US



Personal Thoughts - If you are trying to create Asian flavor in your food at home, adding ginger is the quickest and easiest way to do it.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Tripe on July 12, 2011, 05:59:08 PM
What bums me out about that list is I'm now  deathly allergic to #13 as well as #8 :(

Rose Apples are a good choice. :)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 12, 2011, 06:03:28 PM
Oh, you know them?  Do they have them in England?  I've never seen them or heard of them here.  In fact, I only know them by their foreign names.

Also, do you eat them with salt and chili powder.  Because whenever you by them or unripened mango in Thailand they come with that condiment on the side.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Tripe on July 12, 2011, 06:21:59 PM
Yes, I've had them a few times, mostly when I was little and living in Plymouth (big port town with lots of cross mingling of cuisines and cultures). My father used to put salt on Watermelon sometimes too.

It wouldn't have occurred to me to put them on the list though. :)

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Horror Films)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 12, 2011, 07:39:20 PM
Martyrs is also pretty freaky, but more in a I-feel-completely-terrible sort of way (that the American remake is set to star Kristen Stewart both confuses and intrigues me).

Really? That is interesting. I like Kristen Stewart. They better not fuck it up.

They're gonna fuck it up, aren't they?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Fruits and Vegetables)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2011, 03:21:47 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 87 - Top Holiday Songs

Here's today's topic and the original list:

#50: A Holly Jolly Christmas
#48: Wizards in Winter
#47: Christmas Wrapping
#46: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
#45: Merry Fucking Christmas
#44: Mele Kalikimaka
#43: Last Christmas
#42: I Saw Three Ships
#41: Christmas at Ground Zero
#40: 2000 Miles
#39: Feliz Navidad
#38: Little Saint Nick
#37: Angels We Have Heard On High
#36: O Tannenbaum/O Christmas Tree
#35: Happy Xmas (The War is Over)
#34: O Holy Crap
#33: Away in a Manger
#31: Jingle Bells
#30: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
#29: Auld Lang Syne
#27: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
#25: Frost the Snowman
#24: We Three Kings of Orient Are
#22: Do You Hear What I Hear
#21: Good King Wenceslas
#20: The First Noel/Nowell
#18: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
#17: The Christmas Song
#16: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
#15: Adeste Fideles/O Come All Ye Faithful
#14: Fairytale of New York
#13: Little Drummer Boy
#11: White Christmas
#10: Greensleeves/What Child is This?
#9: Christmas Time is Here
#8: A Winter Wonderland
#7: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
#6: Silent Night
#5: Jingle Bell Rock
#4: Joy To the World
#3: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
#2: O Holy Night
#1: Carol of the Bells
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 13, 2011, 04:14:55 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 8 - Top Holiday Songs
Merry Xmas Everybody
Slade

http://www.youtube.com/v/H6YbLZf8i5I?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0


The Wiki:
"Merry Xmas Everybody" is a 1973 song by the English rock band Slade. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and produced by Chas Chandler, it was the band's sixth number-one single in the UK. It earned the UK Christmas Number One slot in December 1973, beating another Christmas-themed song, Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday", which reached fourth place. By mid-January it was still at number one; it stayed in the UK Singles Chart well into February 1974.

Based on melodies from discarded songs written six years before, "Merry Xmas Everybody" was Slade's best-selling single, released at the peak of their popularity, and sold over a million copies upon its first release. It is Slade's last number-one single, but by far their most successful. It has been released during every decade since 1973, and has been covered by numerous artists like Wilbasound, ensuring it remains popular. In a 2007 poll, "Merry Xmas Everybody" was voted the UK's most popular Christmas song.

The single was certified UK Platinum by BPI in December 1980.

According to the Fan Club Newsletter for January and February 1974, the album was rewarded a Silver Disc for pre-order sales, even before the single's release. Within the first week of release, the single had sold 500,000 copies.

Also, according to the same newsletter, "Merry Xmas Everybody" was in such big demand that Polydor records had to make special arrangements to have 250,000 discs sent from Los Angeles, as well as 30,000 copies a day they were receiving from Germany
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 13, 2011, 05:51:42 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 8 - Top Holiday Songs
Christmas with the Devil
Spinal Tap
(http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/les%20goupes/S/Spinal%20Tap/Christmas%20with%20the%20Devil/Christmas%20with%20the%20Devil.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/KneOdEDwDEc


(From a fan site)
Written by Nigel Tufnel, and like many of his songs, inspired by a dream he had. From 1992 album, "Break Like the Wind." NBC-TV refused to allow the band to perform it during their 1992 reunion special, saying its lyrics promoted evil, although Tap did perform the song on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" in 1984. Derek: "We’re not advocating [Satanism]. Man’s relationship with the Supreme Evil One is a very private affair. The song is just a depiction, imagining what’s happening with Satan this time of year." Nigel: "Think about it from the devil’s point of view is all we’re saying." (LT) Early on, the band attempted to add a verse in rap to widen the song’s appeal. (SP) Released as a holiday single in 1984 and in a 7-inch picture disk that showed the devil wearing a Santa hat on one side and Tap on the other. Includes this message from the band as the song ends: "This is Spinal Tap, wishing you and yours the most joyous of holiday seasons. God bless us everyone."

Now for some contemporary jazz fusion!
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZvCjZJenyN8&NR
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Holiday Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 13, 2011, 09:34:08 AM
L.O.C. #8 - Top Holiday Songs

Things I Want

I want a solid-gold Harley with machine guns on the front
I want a Mötley Crüe lunch box filled with sticky buns

Thoughts
We're really having ourselves a metal little x-mas! Well let the headbanging continue. Not exactly your traditional holiday faire, but there's more than enough of that to go around. Here's Tenacious D belting out a kick-ass wish list with very adequate power metal backing from Sum 41. I love Tenacious D and I'm a sucker for power metal, so I couldn't really ask for more in a holiday song.

http://www.youtube.com/v/htl3zWM9EMA?version=3&hl=en_US

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Holiday Songs)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 13, 2011, 03:06:24 PM
Indie hipster Christmas celebration!

SUFJAN STEVENS -- HEY GUYS! IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME!

(http://i55.tinypic.com/1z38mcp.jpg)

The Wiki:

Songs for Christmas is a box set of five separate EPs of Christmas-related songs and carols recorded by independent musician Sufjan Stevens between 2001 and 2006. The EPs had been given as gifts to friends and family of Stevens over the past six years, except for 2004 where he was too busy recording the Illinois album. Though the first three EPs have been available on Sufjan Stevens-related fansites for several years, Songs for Christmas is the first official release of these EPs. Most of the tracks are versions of traditional Christmas songs, with a number of original compositions such as "Sister Winter" and "Star of Wonder."

The box set includes a poster of Sufjan Stevens, an animated short for "Put the Lights on the Tree" by Tom Eaton, an essay by Rick Moody, two original short stories by Stevens, stickers, comics and a sing-a-long book for all five discs. During Stevens' international tour in the later half of 2006, he regularly performed the original song "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever" while releasing inflatable Santas into the audience for fun. Songs for Christmas was generally well-received by music critics.

Here it on the ol' YuTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrEHg-0WxBQ
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Holiday Songs)
Post by: Tripe on July 13, 2011, 03:16:50 PM
I don't know, he sounds like evaporated milk singing, that's usually the sign of a poor female singer.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Holiday Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 13, 2011, 08:07:46 PM
Merry Xmas Everybody
Can I just say how epic those muttonchops are? And big-ass plaid lapels with a plaid tie? That dude is killin' it in the style department. That was their best selling single of all time? I had no idea how wildly popular that was.

Christmas with the Devil
Classic pick. I love Shearer's costume, especially when he's thumping the tail against the stage.

HEY GUYS! IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME!
All I want for christmas is an ironic t-shirt and Arcade Fire on vinyl picture disc.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riff Wishlist Part 1)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 14, 2011, 05:55:11 AM
Wow, amazing how many of these have been riffed, and how many there are too go.  Here's the original list.

#50: Braveheart
#49: High School Musical
#48: Star Trek: the Motion Picture
#47: Congo
#46: From Justin to Kelly
#45: Planet of the Apes
#44: Ghost Rider
#43: Willow
#42: Grease
#41: Escape From LA
#40: The Island
#39: National Treasure
#38: Rocky IV
#37: Dirty Dancing
#36: Under Siege
#35: Total Recall
#34: The Running Man
#33: The Last Starfighter
#32: Superman Returns
#31: Escape From New York
#30: The Hulk
#29: The X-Files
#28: Alien
#27:The Wizard
#26: Zardoz
#25: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
#24: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
#23: Xanadu
#22: Superman III
#21: Highlander II: The Quickening
#20: Waterworld
#19: Billy Jack
#18: Masters of the Universe
#17: The Matrix Reloaded
#16: Catwoman
#15: Batman Forever
#14: Face/Off
#13: House of the Dead
#12: Super Mario Bros.
#11: Jurassic Park
#10:Dune
#9: Armageddon
#8: Resident Evil
#7: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
#6: Street Fighter
#5: Commando
#4: AVP: Alien Vs. Predator
#3: Titanic
#2: Godzilla
#1: Red Dawn

Now tell us what other movies you'd like to see riffed.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riff Wishlist Part 1)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 14, 2011, 06:09:45 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 8 - Top Holiday Songs
The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage
(http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/153/999202~Caravan-of-Courage-The-Ewok-Adventure-Style-B-Posters.jpg)

You'll Live Its Adventure... You'll love its heroes!



The Ewok Adventure is a 1984 American made-for-TV film based in the Star Wars setting. It was released theatrically in Europe as Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, and is known by that title today. The film focuses on the struggles of a brother and sister, stranded on the forest moon of Endor, in locating their parents, who have been kidnapped by a monster known as the Gorax. The film is set sometime between the fifth and sixth episodes of the Star Wars saga. It is the first of two spin-off films featuring the Ewoks from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

On the forest moon of Endor, the starcruiser of the Towani family lies wrecked. The Towani family (Catarine, Jeremitt, Mace, and Cindel) are stranded. When Catarine and Jeremitt vanish, the children are found by the Ewok Deej. After Mace tries to kill them, the Ewoks subdue him and take both children to the Ewoks’ home. There, Cindel and Wicket become friends. Shortly thereafter, the Ewoks kill a beast only to find a life-monitor from one of the Towani parents with the creature.

They seek out the Ewok Logray who informs them that the parents have been taken by the monstrous Gorax, who resides in a deserted, dangerous area. A caravan of Ewoks is formed to help the children find their parents. They meet up with a wistie named Izrina and a boisterous Ewok named Chukha-Trok before finally reaching the lair of the Gorax. They engage the Gorax in battle, freeing Jeremitt and Catarine, but Chukha-Trok is killed. The Gorax is thought destroyed when he is knocked into a chasm, but it takes a final blow from Mace (using Chukha-Trok’s axe) to kill the creature, who tries to climb back up after them. Thus reunited, the Towanis decide to stay with the Ewoks until they can repair the starcruiser, and Izrina leaves to go back to her family.

Personal Thoughts[b/] - This is one of the movies I watched over and over again as a kid.  A very young kid, mind you.  Nostalgia is a powerful force, so as bad as this movie is (I imagine), I think that it would make for a tremendously fun riff, up there with the Star Wars Holiday Special. Come back to DVD soon please!
http://www.youtube.com/v/fJObyY3I3Ms
http://www.youtube.com/v/xqwgiHWe57k
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riff Wishlist Part 1)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 14, 2011, 09:58:18 AM
L.O.C. #9 - Top Movies You Want Rifftrax to Riff

(http://www.moviemobsters.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/demolition_man.jpg)

You're gonna regret this the rest of your life... both seconds of it.

Thoughts
I've always thought this would make for an outstanding riff. It's so target-rich. Crazy premise, over-the-top acting, ridiculous costumes, plenty of stupid action quips, all kinds of goofy futuristic elements, lame attempts at humor, just seems like they could a field day with it. Stallone, Snipes, Dennis Leary, Rob Schneider, seashells, Taco Bell of the future, new no-touch sex, how could this not turn out well?

The Wiki
Demolition Man is a 1993 American dystopian, science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla, and starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, and Denis Leary co-star.

The film tells the story of two men — one, an evil crime lord; the other, a risk-taking police officer — who are cryogenically frozen in the year 1996 and reawakened in 2032. Following a massive earthquake in 2010 that destroyed much of Los Angeles, it merged with San Diego to form a planned city called San Angeles in which all crime has seemingly been eliminated from mainstream society. Some aspects of the film allude to Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel, Brave New World.

http://www.youtube.com/v/18e4GeUwVWs?version=3&hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/OrWcEGDXOUg?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 14, 2011, 02:46:14 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 9 - Top Movies You Want Rifftrax To Riff

Still would love to see them tackle any one of these seventies disaster films, but if I had to choose one it would be:

Airport 1977
(http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/2672/airportseventyseven.jpg)


The Wiki:
The film stars a number of veteran actors, including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee and Olivia de Havilland. Like its predecessors, Airport '77 was a box office hit earning US$30 million and was nominated for two Academy Awards. It was directed by Jerry Jameson.

http://www.youtube.com/v/u0q09eZ1s_Q?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riff Wishlist Part 1)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 14, 2011, 10:03:29 PM
The Ewok Adventure: Caravan of Courage
Excellent pick! I'd kill to see MKB go to town on this schlockfest. They could have so much fun with this and it could indeed rival the Holiday Special. May the stars align so that it may come to pass. That little mini-me Greatest American Hero kid drives me right up the wall!

Airport 1977
Another cool idea. I love San Francisco International and it'd be interesting to see their take on a big budget airport movie with big-time actors. And yeah, I'd like to see them do any of the seventies disaster blockbusters. Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, The Swarm, those could all be good ones.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2011, 05:21:12 AM
Today it's greatest villains!  Tell us yours, but don't forget to check out the previous list.  It has some pretty cool picks.

#50: Bill the Butcher
#49: Pinhead
#48: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
#47: Mayor Richard Wilkins
#46: Patrick Bateman
#45: Ozymandius
#44: Q
#43: Predator
#42: Frank
#41: Anton Chigurh
#40: Gozer
#39: Dr. Evil
#38: Auric Goldfinger
#37: The Shark
#36: Megatron
#35: Michael Myers
#34: The Wicked Witch of the West
#33: The Terminator
#32: Xenomorph
#31: The Master
#30: Freddie Krueger
#29: HAL 9000
#28: Professor Moriarty
#27: Norman Bates
#26: Voldemort
#25: Shredder
#24: Venom
#23: Doctor Octopus
#22: Iago
#21: Bowser
#20: Satan
#19: Agent Smith
#18: Ganondorf
#17: Angelus
#16: The Monarch
#14: T-1000
#13: Dr. Doom
#12: Hannibal Lector
#11: Count Dracula
#10: Montgomery Burns
#9: Hans Gruber
#8: Emperor Palpatine
#7: Kahn Noonien Singh
#6: Dr. Clayton Forrester
#5: Magneto
#4: Sauron
#3: Lex Luthor
#2: The Joker
#1: Darth Vader
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2011, 05:59:18 AM
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LoC Rest of the Best - Day 10 - Top Villains

God, this one is tough, because while I like the original list, there are lots of great missing from it.  Angel Eyes, Mojo Jojo, GLaDOS (though she did make the best video game characters list), Eric Cartman, etc.  Plus, Don't forget the great comic book villains who didn't make it: Darkseid, the Riddler, Bullseye, Etc.  But again, this is also a chance to celebrate characters that aren't so well known:

Friend
(http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/20thcenturyboys.JPG)


I can’t find a proper bio on my villain for this today’s subject, so I had to write it myself.

Friend is the central villain of the manga series (and later film series) 20th Century Boys.  Friend is the leader of the Friendship Party, a political movement and cult.  What makes his cult incredibly strange is that it seems to be centered entirely around the games a group of children were playing in the late 60’s (which in turn were modeled after the various cartoons, comics, toys and such that they were consuming at the time) and their plans to grow up to become super-heroes and save the world.  Obviously, this never happened and the children grew up to be normal adults with their own issues, ironically only becoming heroes (though villains in the eyes of the public) when they are forced to reunite to uncover the secret of who Friend is and what his overall plans are.  Friend seems to have taken their game (which was scribbled down in a notebook titled “the Book of Prophecy”) and seems intent on making both the heroic rescue of Japan and the threat that motivated it real.

According to his followers in the Friendship Party, Friend has super-human abilities and perhaps even psychic powers, but it is unclear as to how much of this is real and how much is simply smoke and mirrors.  It is undeniable that he has tremendous charisma, instilling in the people who follow him complete and utter loyalty in the hopes of making his world vision come true.  Over the course of the series (without giving away too much), Friend rises to power in a number of ways and the Friendship Party’s power on the world stage is unavoidable.  Friend, though cool tempered and brilliant, is very childish and seems completely focused on childhood nostalgia.    He’s not so interested in saving or ruling the world as much as he is about seeing how far he can take his game.

The truth behind Friend’s identity and motives are the central mysteries of the series and even when Friend’s true identity is apparently revealed, halfway through the series, his true nature remains a mystery until the very end.  For the majority of the series, Friend’s true face is unseen and when it is not simply kept in shadow, he is seen wearing either a cloth mask carrying the symbol of the Friendship Party or wears cheap plastic kid's masks that can be bought during festivals.

Personal Thoughts – I find things like cults scary (then who doesn’t, members aside).  It’s not just that there are a large number of people in a cult or that their creepy and up to no good.  It’s the fact that a lot of members are true believers and that absolute certainty that they’re right no matter what evidence there is to the contrary.  Friend uses his charisma and ability to tap into what people want to be a part of to completely dominate his followers. He works as a straight up super-villain, but the fact that he essentially creates himself as a messiah for insanely petty reasons is pretty frightening.  Is he a believer?  That would be telling, but there’s no doubt that Friend is a megalomaniac and that what Friend represents is just as dangerous as Friend himself, if not more so.

The other reason I like the character is I think the idea of creating a cult entirely around nostalgia is very clever.  Nostalgia is a powerful force in its own right and for people to be told that they can be like the heroes they grew up on stopping clear cut “villains” would certainly be inviting for people who are looking for something to believe in.  Its like a sub-par sci-fi novelist saying the answer is we’re all the ghosts of space aliens and… actually, I think Friend’s ideas make more sense.

Oh and apropos of nothing, one of my favourite moments, which is both funny and scary, is when a robotics expert who's daughter is kidnapped is dealing with the cult who demand that they build him a robot.  The Friendship Party starts bickering amongst themselves as what counts as a robot and whether their giant city destroying robot should resemble Gigantor (which is remote controlled) or a Gundam (which is piloted).  While the expert is desperately trying to explain that a giant robot like those wouldn't exist in real life, Friend decides to settle the argument by saying that the robot should be versatile and what it should be able to do both.  The Friendship Party cheers and the poor robotics expert still can't get through to them that ROBOTS DON'T WORK THAT WAY!
Trailer for the movie trilogy based on the series




http://www.youtube.com/v/OCFOM5mZx28
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2011, 07:01:24 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 10 - Top Villains
Vladimir Harkonnen
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/aa/McMillan_as_Harkonnen.jpg/230px-McMillan_as_Harkonnen.jpg)(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/43/Vladimirharkonnen.jpg/230px-Vladimirharkonnen.jpg)
From the Dune Wiki (http://wiki.dune2k.com/Vladimir_Harkonnen)
"Commonly referred to as Baron Harkonnen, his title is officially Siridar (planetary governor) Baron. Vladimir Harkonnen is the direct-line male descendant of the Bashar Abulurd Harkonnen who was banished for cowardice after the Battle of Corrin. The return of House Harkonnen to power generally is ascribed to adroit manipulation of the whale fur market and later consolidation with melange wealth from Arrakis. The Siridar-Baron died on Arrakis during the Revolt. Title passed briefly to the na-Baron, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen." - Appendix IV of Dune

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is probably the main antagonist of the first Dune book, being the leader of the evil House Harkonnen. He appears in all the books of the Prelude to Dune, as well as the first Dune book, in which he dies at the hands of a young Alia Atreides wielding the Gom Jabbar. He also later returns to possess Alia in Children of Dune. He is known for his sadistic nature, extreme obesity, and great love of young boys. According to the Prelude books he was, at first, a good-looking, muscular man. However, when trying to rape Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam, he was infected by a disease which caused him to become so fat that he eventually had to be carried around by a suspensor belt at all times to move.

When he was killed by Alia, House Harkonnen passed to his na-Baron, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnon. He challenged Paul Atreides to a duel, which Paul won. After Paul defeated Feyd, House Harkonnen passed to the next living heir, the Lady Jessica, who declined the title. Paul then ruled that House Harkonnen passed to himself as the last living heir, and became subsumed into the throne.

Approximately 15244 A.G, Vladimir was resurrected as a ghola by the Lost Tleilaxu Uxtal at the bidding of the new generation of Face Dancers. He was decanted on Tleilax, but later moved by Khrone to Caladan to be raised by the Face Dancers. He was eventually given charge of a ghola of Paul Atreides, being told by Khrone that the Atreides ghola would be very important to their plans soon.

My Thoughts:
I really like the fat old Baron; it's fairly common for the hero to have a contentious relationship with his father but generally his grandpa isn't a concern let alone a mortal enemy. The Baron's relationship from beyond the grave with his granddaughter Alia is really the only part of Children of Dune that I really like, it's much more interesting than anything else in the novel. I rather like the vicious bastard which is always good in a villain.

I much preferred McNeice's turn as the Baron, he's much more like the character from the book rather than whatever the hell McMillam was doing (the film is really quite pants, except visually. sometimes). But here they are side by side for comparison

http://www.youtube.com/v/mWq15lDh8yMhttp://www.youtube.com/v/Ay3bCW3F3QU

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2011, 07:31:55 AM
I'm glad to see you participating Tripe.  Never read Dune myself, but I remember the unpleasant visual of Harkonnen in the Dune trailers and such.  Sounds like a right nasty bastard, that's for sure.  Also, I didn't know fat was an STD.  Is that what happened to Kirstie Alley?

Are those scars in the Lynch version a result of the... uh... fat disease, or was there other misfortunes.  It seems like Lynch makes some good decisions but makes a number of bad ones for every good one.

Good idea: the fat disease causes nasty disgusting scarring.  It's like a mark of Cain thing for the rape he committed.
Bad idea: Weird fetishistic of the scarring by a henchman (and the acting from both didn't help).

Good idea: High open ceilings and such.  Since he can fly around it makes sense to have spaces designed where he can easy float from one area of his base to the next.
Bad idea: Floating up, up... and not really going anywhere.  Not much of a glory shot.  Then an oil bath.  OK, whatevs.

Good idea: I like that the villain has his creepy love slaves with plugs in there hearts they can pull out.  I actually think that's creepy and quite visceral that he can simply pluck the life out of someone's body.
Bad: Uh... that scene didn't really play that well.

But yeah, McNiece played it better.  The directing of the TV mini-series for those scenes seemed OK, but it made me realize that I kind of want to see Twilight of the Ice Nymphs director Guy Madden do a Dune film.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: anais.jude on July 15, 2011, 07:43:54 AM
Could death be considered a villain? He (it) is certainly and antagonist in many a novel. As is really bad weather.

Outside of that, Byonic Barry from Archer. "0 for 3 off the roof"
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2011, 07:50:07 AM
Also, I didn't know fat was an STD.  Is that what happened to Kirstie Alley?
I actually quite like the first three of the prequels and that's where that comes from, and it's not technically an STD so much as a disease, the result of which is the destruction of his former powerful physique (so sort of like what happened to Henry VIII), that the BG sister (and later Reverend Mother) is able to call up and inflict upon the Baron through the medium of her loins, she could just have easily transmitted it in some other way but it was an appropriate defensive/vengeance move for that situation.

The one problem I had with the mini series is the variety of accents, it's OK that there are multiple accents around, it's a big universe, but within a family? Rabban is bad, though not as glaring as Alia, once she's old enough, it makes no sense.

Trying to remember if the tv version has the baron idly contemplating how much like Paul his catamite for that evening looks. Which is so sup[er creepy once it's revealed how closely related they are (though the Baron isn't aware of it).

But yeah hands down one of my favourite villains, not sure why he didn't make it, I thought I had him fairly high on my list but it was a while ago.

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2011, 08:13:10 AM
Could death be considered a villain? He (it) is certainly and antagonist in many a novel. As is really bad weather.

I'm pretty sure Death is a supporting character and occasional protagonist.

(http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/10900000/Vertigo-Comics-Death-Dream-and-Mary-Poppins-vertigo-comics-10940510-832-1280.jpg)
She even teaches about safe sex.

http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=420463&GSub=27878

Way better than the Spidey PSA comics I used to get at school.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2011, 08:22:06 AM
Yeah Death simply is. It's not nice to die but rarely are the personifications of Death truly villainous.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 15, 2011, 09:38:17 AM
L.O.C. #10 - Top Villains

King Joffrey

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln3hrbYj9c1qbidbp.gif)

Thoughts
Took me about a half second to come up with this one. It's not often I find a character so loathsome I feel genuine emotional hatred towards them. This is one of 'em. The most petulant, whiny, evil little inbred fuckhead I've come across in a long time. When and if this little piece o' shit finally gets what's coming to him, it's gonna be some Splenda-grade sweet revenge.

The Wiki
Joffrey Baratheon is the eldest of the three royal Baratheon children, and Robert's heir. He is 12 years old at the beginning of the series. Joffrey is a strong-willed child and has a vicious temper and an unchecked sadistic streak.

This makes me feel better…sorta.

http://www.youtube.com/v/giSLLG02Ex0?version=3&hl=en_US

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Kete on July 15, 2011, 10:55:55 AM
L.O.C. #10 - Top Villains

King Joffrey


Good call
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: anais.jude on July 15, 2011, 12:21:56 PM
No love for Byonic Barry eh?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2011, 12:29:12 PM
Uh, you can put him up.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 15, 2011, 03:29:51 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 10 - Top Villains

Lisa
"The Room"

(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/5218/theroomlisa.jpg)

(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/929/roomp.jpg)



http://www.youtube.com/v/rpfPmvG6CHI?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2011, 06:36:35 PM
Dude, she's tough.  I come to understand that she tears people into parts.

BTW, someone asked about a banner for this thread.  I might give it a try myself, but in all honesty, I don't know how to do that stuff, so if anyone either wants to make one or just gives me advice on the banner (it can be how to make one, or what you think a Rest of the Best banner should look like), I'd give bigs ups to you.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 15, 2011, 07:21:55 PM
Friend
Very obscure. Never heard of him but you make a good case for him. Really interesting profile and yeah, totally creepy. Sounds like a real psycho.

Vladimir Harkonnen
Grat pick. I'm actually really surprised he didn't make the original list. Probably the grossest villain since Jaba, maybe grosser.

Bionic Barry
Cool pick. Definitely the funniest villain mentioned. Archer's got his revenge cut out for him next season.

"The unholy abomination of metal fused with flesh that now stands before you."
"What part of 'I'm a cyborg' are you people not getting exactly?"

Lisa

(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

She is pretty evil, isn't she? Yet somehow I just can't get past her knee-buckling beauty.

BTW, someone asked about a banner for this thread.  I might give it a try myself, but in all honesty, I don't know how to do that stuff, so if anyone either wants to make one or just gives me advice on the banner (it can be how to make one, or what you think a Rest of the Best banner should look like), I'd give bigs ups to you.

I'm game. I'm cooking up a big batch of meth this weekend in honor of the Breaking Bad season premiere, so there's no reason I shouldn't be able to cook up a thread banner as well.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 15, 2011, 07:36:47 PM
Friend
Very obscure. Never heard of him but you make a good case for him. Really interesting profile and yeah, totally creepy. Sounds like a real psycho.

Yeah, 20th Century Boys is a great series (it even made it on the top 50 comic books).  I find a lot of the mysteries in Naoki Urasawa works have a few problems when held to scrutiny (largely because the series go on long enough that the over stuff gets a little convoluted.  Think Lost), but his strength is building tension, awesome reveals and, most importantly, great characters.  In fact, I think part of the reason his series tend to be so long is to give every character some spotlight time (but then he has to show how the spotlight time fits into the main story, which is successful in the short run, but does make things a little convoluted).  I haven't seen the movies but I hope they are as good as the series.  There are other cool aspects to Friend, but I don't want to spoil it in case you decide to read the manga or they try to make an American version (they were trying to make a film version of his other popular thriller epic Monster, but they probably won't do 20th Century Boys since it is so closely linked to Japanese pop culture.  Then again, they do want to make AKIRA...)

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Lisa

(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

She is pretty evil, isn't she? Yet somehow I just can't get past her knee-buckling beauty.

She's the Poison Ivy of the Wisseau-verse.
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BTW, someone asked about a banner for this thread.  I might give it a try myself, but in all honesty, I don't know how to do that stuff, so if anyone either wants to make one or just gives me advice on the banner (it can be how to make one, or what you think a Rest of the Best banner should look like), I'd give bigs ups to you.

I'm game. I'm cooking up a big batch of meth this weekend in honor of the Breaking Bad season premiere, so there's no reason I shouldn't be able to cook up a thread banner as well.

SWEET!  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Tripe on July 15, 2011, 07:41:28 PM
Vladimir Harkonnen
Grat pick. I'm actually really surprised he didn't make the original list. Probably the grossest villain since Jaba, maybe grosser.
But only the Lynch version really. You know what? I'm changing my suggestion

LoC Rest of the Best - Day 10 - Top Villains
(http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/files/2011/03/David-Lynch.jpg)
David Lynch

;)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: TeamRAD on July 15, 2011, 09:10:55 PM

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln3hrbYj9c1qbidbp.gif)


That GIF is SO much win.  :D

Outside of that, Byonic Barry from Archer. "0 for 3 off the roof"

You may want to re-check Barry's batting average from above.

My entry into the LoC, Rest of the Best would have to be the women of Summerisle. Go Nic Cage!!

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Villains)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2011, 01:07:02 AM
You can always participate now.  It's open to everyone.  And don't worry that the day has past.  I look the other way for late comers (plus you can just add the entry to your last post.

Now, today's topic is animals.  Here's the original list:

#50: Frogs
#49: Ants
#48: Weasels
#47: Ostriches
#46: Blue-Footed Boobies
#45: Tasmanian Devil
#44: Crocodile
#43: Chicken
#42: Deer
#41: Raccoon
#40: Parrot
#39: Rays
#38: Cattle
#37: Badger
#36: Mice
#35: Hamsters
#34: Bats
#33: Whales
#32: Orca
#31: Komodo Dragons
#30: Squirrels
#29: Cheetahs
#28: Mantises
#27:Rhinorocoses
#26: Giant Squids
#25: Giant Pandas
#24: Giraffes
#23: Monkeys
#22: Turtles
#21: Chimpanzees
#20: Foxes
#19: Otters
#18: Snakes
#17: Kangaroos
#16: Lions
#15: Horses
#14: Rabbits
#13: Eagles
#12: Penguins
#11: Cougars
#10: Dolphins
#9: Gorillas
#8: Wolves
#7: Platypus
#6: Sharks
#5: Elephants
#4: Bears
#3: Cats
#2: Tigers
#1: Dogs
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2011, 01:10:28 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 11 - Top animals

Geckos
(http://chezkie.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/gecko-madagascar-main_full.jpg)

The Wiki:

Geckos are lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae, found in warm climates throughout the world. They range from 1.6 cm to 60 cm.

Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos. Gekkonidae is the largest family of lizards, with over 2000 different species worldwide and many others likely yet to be discovered. The name stems from the Indonesian-Javanese word Tokek, inspired by the sound these animals make.

All geckos, excluding the Eublepharinae subfamily, have no eyelids and instead have a transparent membrane which they lick to clean. Many species will, in defense, expel a foul-smelling material and feces onto their aggressors. There are also many species that will drop their tails in defense, a process called autotomy. Many species are well known for their specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth and vertical surfaces, and even cross indoor ceilings with ease (one hypothesis explains the ability in terms of the van der Waals force). These antics are well-known to people who live in warm regions of the world, where several species of geckos make their home inside human habitations. These species (for example the House Gecko) become part of the indoor menagerie and are often welcome guests, as they feed on insects, including mosquitoes.

The largest species, the Kawekaweau, is only known from a single, stuffed specimen found in the basement of a museum in Marseille, France, and one documented sighting in the wild in 1870. This gecko was 60 cm (24 in) long and it was endemic to New Zealand, where it lived in native forests. It was probably wiped out along with much of the native fauna of these islands in the late 19th century, when new invasive species such as rats and stoats were introduced to the country during European colonization. The smallest gecko, the Jaragua Sphaero, is a mere 1.6 cm long and was discovered in 2001 on a small island off the coast of the Dominican Republic.

Personal Thoughts – When I was 12/13 I was living in Thailand, and these things were all over the house.  As a kid who loved animals, this was like a godsend, as I would catch them (not easy to catch, but not all that hard) and hold them and pet them (which they probably didn't like) and then put them back when I was done.  Of course, every month or so, you had to clean the little bits of lizard poop from behind the couch, but it was worth it.  It's just something people lived with over there.


http://www.youtube.com/v/j6LBjQO-CeM
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 16, 2011, 12:12:17 PM
"Mr. Burton, you are really starting to piss me off!!!!"

DAVID LO PAN

(http://i52.tinypic.com/2h6doas.jpg)

Lo Pan is the baddie in John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China, played marvelously by James Hong. If you've never seen it, you must rent it immediately.

"MARBLES!!!!!!! I'M SO HUNGRY HUNGRY!!!"

(http://i56.tinypic.com/6on4u9.jpg)

HIPPOPATAMUSESUSUSES!

These semi-aquatic beasts are fiercely territorial and are responsible for more deaths in Africa than any other animal, often attacking with no provocation. They only eat marbles and often organize raids on Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers factories to stock up on provisions.



Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2011, 12:53:47 PM
Hippos.  Deadly, yet adorable.

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/hungryforads/RzxNYW6rDcI/AAAAAAAAAN0/B44YysKdm5A/s800/003.jpg)

Also, if you grew up in Canada in the 90's, you saw this ad.  And you so wanted this to be real.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NBfi8OEz0rA

Speaking of awesome PSAs that sort of undercut their message with awesomeness.
http://www.youtube.com/v/0GN9dANKe_Y
They tried to make a sequel 15 years later, but it was really weak, with bad CGI and such.  I should have made Astar my choice for top robot!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 16, 2011, 01:20:56 PM
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Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2011, 02:04:38 PM
Ooooo.  Completely awesome SIG.  I'll be sure to be wearing it soon.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: goflyblind on July 16, 2011, 02:16:38 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jhW52aMy8UU/TLIddvJTl_I/AAAAAAAAA6E/LeoPuIDyBzQ/s1600/1585y81.jpg)
the kakapo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakapo)

(http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/005/cache/galapagos-tortoise_532_600x450.jpg)
the galapagos tortoise (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galápagos_tortoise)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 16, 2011, 02:25:02 PM
L.O.C. #11 - Top Animals

Llama

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Llama_lying_down.jpg/800px-Llama_lying_down.jpg)[

Thoughts
I just think they're cool.

The Wiki
The llama (Lama glama) is a South American camelid, widely used as a pack and meat animal by Andean cultures since pre-hispanic times. The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is between 1.7 meters (5.5 ft) and 1.8 meters (6 ft) tall at the top of the head. They can weigh between approximately 130 kilograms (280 lb) and 200 kilograms (450 lb). At birth, a baby llama (called a cria) can weigh between 9.1 kilograms (20 lb) and 14 kilograms (30 lb). Llamas are very social animals and like to live with other llamas as a herd. Overall, the fiber produced by a llama is very soft and is naturally lanolin free. Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25% to 30% of their body weight for several miles.

Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about 3 million years ago. By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago) camelids were extinct in North America. As of 2007, there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and, due to importation from South America in the late 20th century, there are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the US and Canada.

http://www.youtube.com/v/7FZHfYbcLRU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/i2YEkfpNjkA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 16, 2011, 03:18:27 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 11 - Top Animals

I don't really have a top animal, in fact I don't think I submitted a list for this LoC when it first came around.  So I picked one that I love... to eat!

Shrimp
(http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/8920/shrimpt.jpg)

The Wiki:
Shrimp are swimming, decapod crustaceans classified in the infraorder Caridea, found widely around the world in both fresh and salt water. Adult shrimp are filter feeding benthic animals living close to the bottom. They can live in schools and can swim rapidly backwards. Shrimp are an important food source for larger animals from fish to whales. They have a high tolerance to toxins in polluted areas, and may contribute to high toxin levels in their predators. Together with prawns, shrimp are widely caught and farmed for human consumption.

http://www.youtube.com/v/tIeHS0B610c?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/ycNuLjs1hJw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 16, 2011, 06:57:34 PM
OK, I'm wearing the sig and it's cool, but what can we do for more variety.  That way we have at least another sig so not everyone is using the same one?

I have an idea for a different but much less cool looking one: a collage of the lists from the master list of crap with a similar message about adding the greats that didn't make the original.

And thanks so much for the cool signature (maybe I should write the whole word.  I have the time) DB.  It gives the proceedings an air of authenticity.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 16, 2011, 09:33:58 PM
OK, I'm wearing the sig and it's cool, but what can we do for more variety.  That way we have at least another sig so not everyone is using the same one?

I have an idea for a different but much less cool looking one: a collage of the lists from the master list of crap with a similar message about adding the greats that didn't make the original.

And thanks so much for the cool signature (maybe I should write the whole word.  I have the time) DB.  It gives the proceedings an air of authenticity.

Don't mention it. Wear it in good health.

I cooked up a couple more for the sake of variety. I don't think they're as good as the first one, but the first one is always the best one. Kinda like the first bite of a sundae.

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Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animals)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 16, 2011, 11:29:58 PM
Geckos
Geckos rule. In addition to being the coolest lizards on the planet, they're also wildly successful car insurance pitchmen. "Many species will, in defense, expel a foul-smelling material and feces onto their aggressors." When is that going to show up in a Geico commercial?

http://www.youtube.com/v/sag8Q1tuPrA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US


HIPPOPATAMUSESUSUSES
Wow. I had no idea hippos were such dicks. Come to think of it, those teeth are pretty fucking scary. Hippos: Viscious Grass-Grazing Killers


the kakapo
Great bird name. Wow, there are only 131 of these in existence. That blows.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Strigops_habroptilus_1.jpg)

"Um, can I help you?"


Shrimp
"I love shrimp. I'm a shrimp eater!"

Seriously, I could eat a mountain of shrimp. A shrimp mountain.

http://www.youtube.com/v/0KmTTy_MM5w?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Simpsons Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 17, 2011, 02:23:17 AM
Good work Barnes.  Those are some sweet signatures.

Today’s topic: Top Simpsons episodes.  Here’s the original list.

#50: Treehouse of Horror XV
#49: Hurricane Neddy
#48: Treehouse of Horror XIV
#47: Mother Simpson
#46: Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1
#45: Colonel Homer
#44: A Milhouse Divided
#43: Brother from the Same Planet
#42: A Streetcar Named Marge
#41: And Maggie Makes Three
#40: Behind the Laughter
#39: Whacking Day
#38: Missionary Impossible
#37: Last Exit to Springfield
#36: Itchy & Scratchy & Marge
#35: Treehouse of Horror II
#34: Homer to the Max
#33: Bart of Darkness
#29: Treehouse of Horror III
#28: Treehouse of Horror
#27: Treehouse of Horror VII
#26: Homer the Vigilante
#25: A Fish Called Selma
#24: Treehouse of Horror VI
#23: Who Shot Mr. Burns Part Two
#22: Homer's Barbershop Quartet
#21: Itchy & Scratchy Land
#20: Homer Badman
#19: Homer the Smithers
#18: King-Sized Homer
#17: El Viaje Mysterioso de Nuestro Jomer
#16: Treehouse of Horror IV
#15: Simpsonclifragilisticexpiala(annoye grunt)cious
#14: Homer Vs. the Eighteenth Amendment
#13: The Springfield Files
#12: Deep Space Homer
#11: Treehouse of Horror V
#10: Homer Goes to College
#9: Mr. Plow
#8: A Lemon of Troy
#7: 22 Short Films About Springfield
#6: Homer the Great
#5: Homer�s Enemy
#4: Marge Vs. the Monorail
#3: Homer at the Bat
#2: Cape Feare
#1: You Only Move Twice
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Simpsons Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 17, 2011, 02:24:20 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 12 - Top Simpsons Episodes
The Boy Who Knew Too Much
(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l3rku9s4ji1qbsvbio1_500.jpg)
   
"The Boy Who Knew Too Much" is the twentieth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 5, 1994. In the episode, Bart runs away from a pursuing Principal Skinner after attempting to skip school. During part of his escape, he witnesses an event in which Freddy Quimby, the spoiled nephew of Mayor Quimby, is accused of beating up a French waiter. Though the entire town believes that Freddy is guilty, Bart witnessed something else. At the trial, Bart testifies for Freddy, claiming that the waiter simply hurt himself because he was clumsy. Though attempting to deny the allegations, the waiter proves the truth in Bart's words by falling out the window.
The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Jeffrey Lynch.
Thoughts – I’ll be honest, there’s not much more to say that it is a damned funny episode from the golden age that people somehow forgot about. Among the best bits: “To the Crime Lab!”, Skinner being a non-giving up school guy, the clumsy waiter, McGarnagle (I wish they did more McGarnagle sketches and of course, the great jokes they cut out of syndication.  “Now you’re the bad cop!  HAHAHAHAHA!”

Watch the entire episode on this crazy foreign site that neither knows law nor respect to copyright:

http://smotri.com/video/view/?id=v105407756dd

Great quotes:


Bart: Mom, what if there's a really bad, crummy guy who's going to jail, but I know he's innocent?
Marge: Well Bart, your Uncle Arthur used to have a saying: "Shoot 'em all and let God sort them out." Unfortunately, one day he put his theory into practice. It took 75 Federal Marshals to bring him down. Now let's never speak of this again.
Bart: Mom, what if I can get this guy off the hook? Should I do it?
Marge: Honey, you should listen to your heart... and not the voices in your head, like a certain uncle did one gray December morn.
Chief Wiggum: Oh my god, somebody took a bite out of the giant rice krispy square. Oh, and the waiter's been brutally beaten.

McGarnagle: Now tell them what you saw Billy.
Billy: But I'm so scared McGarnagle.
McGarnagle: You've gotta do this one for me Billy, McGarnagle.
Billy: Okay for you McGarnagle.
Chief: [later] Well McGarnagle, Billy is dead! They slit his throat from ear to ear.
McGarnagle: Hey I'm trying to eat lunch here!

Homer: What does "sequestered mean"?
Principal Skinner: If the jury is deadlocked, they're put up in a hotel so that they cant communicate with the outside world.
Homer: What does "deadlocked" mean?
Principal Skinner: It's when the jury cant agree on a verdict.
Homer: And "if"?
Principal Skinner: A conjunction meaning "in the event that" or "on condition of".
Homer: So "if" we get "deadlocked", we'll be "sequestered" at the Springfield Palace Hotel. Where we'll get a free room, free food, free swimming pool, free HBO. Ooh. Free Willy.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Simpsons Episodes)
Post by: goflyblind on July 17, 2011, 05:16:24 AM
i hope i can sneak this in here, 'cause i forgot it in my post yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/v/9T1vfsHYiKY?fs=1
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Simpsons Episodes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 17, 2011, 11:23:49 AM
L.O.C. #12 - Top Simpsons Episodes

Bart Sells His Soul

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v671/KD-505/bart5.jpg)

Thoughts
Really surprised this didn't make the list. Everything about this episode is great. The opening church song prank, Uncle Moe's, the termite infestation at Milhouse's, Bart's ultra-creepy midnight ride. Not only is this episode incredibly funny, it's also pretty touching. It's just a perfect episode.

The Wiki
"Bart Sells His Soul" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. It first aired on October 8, 1995. In the episode, Bart pranks churchgoers by replacing the music to a hymn with a psychedelic rock song, so Reverend Lovejoy forces him and Milhouse to clean the church's organ's pipes. Bart then sells his soul to Milhouse for $5 in the form of a piece of paper with "Bart Simpson's soul" written on it. Lisa tells Bart he will regret this decision, and Bart soon witnesses odd changes. After attempting to track down the piece of paper, Bart ultimately gets it back.

"Bart Sells His Soul" was written by Greg Daniels, who was inspired by an experience from his youth where he had purchased a bully's soul. Director Wesley Archer and his team of animators visited Chili's for examples to use in Moe's family restaurant. The episode includes cultural references to the song "In a Gadda Da Vida", by Iron Butterfly, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and a parody of the book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret., by Judy Blume. Writers from the fields of religion, philosophy, popular culture, and psychology cited the episode in books discussing The Simpsons and the show's approach to the nature of the soul. The episode was positively received by the media, and is regarded as one of the seventh season's and the series' best.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-CCbnpMCdds?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/CPIeTzils7E?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Simpsons Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 17, 2011, 11:48:47 AM
Man, you are good with the signatures DB.  Thanks a lots of a ton.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 17, 2011, 02:02:51 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 12 - Top Simpsons Episodes

For this one I went back to my original list and chose the highest episode on my list that didn't make the final LoC.. (EDIT: But then I was informed that what I posted did actually make the list! So I made a change from Homer's Enemy to:)

I Love Lisa
(http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/3668/ilovelisa.jpg)

The Wiki:
"I Love Lisa" is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season, and originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 11, 1993.  In the episode, Lisa gives Ralph Wiggum a Valentine's Day card when she sees that he has not received any. Ralph looks too much into Lisa's gesture and, much to Lisa's dismay, relentlessly pursues her with affection. Lisa snaps at Ralph and angrily tells him they are not together and that she never liked him. Heartbroken, Ralph channels his feelings into his performance as George Washington in the school's President's Day pageant. After a thunderous applause from the audience, he is able to accept Lisa as just a friend.

Frank Mula wrote the episode, and Wes Archer served as director. Michael Carrington guest-starred as Rex. Al Jean, show runner of the episode, came up with the idea for the story when he remembered that he had received a valentine from a girl in third grade that read "I Choo-Choo-Choose You". The episode was well-received by critics; Entertainment Weekly placed the episode twelfth on their top 25 The Simpsons episodes list. The episode received a Nielsen rating of 14.9 and was the highest rated show on the Fox network the week it aired. The staff received an angry letter from a Vietnam veteran because of a flashback scene depicting the fatal shooting of a Vietnam soldier.


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Simpsons Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 17, 2011, 03:46:50 PM
Actually, it was number 5.  Still, it was an amazing episode and easily the darkest in the series, in a good way (not like when Homer was raped by a Panda.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Simpsons Episodes)
Post by: MontyServo on July 17, 2011, 05:40:33 PM
Oops.  My bad.  I will pick another episode.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2011, 06:20:35 AM
Today's topic is sure to get some people interested.  It's top TV comedies.  Here's the original list:

#50: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
#49: Bottom
#48: The Bob Newhart Show
#47: MXC
#46: Reno 911
#45: The Cosby Show
#44: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
#43: Malcolm in the Middle
#42: Night Court
#42: Perfect Strangers
#40: I�m Alan Partridge
#39: Strangers with Candy
#38: All in the Family
#37: The Dick Van Dyke Show
#36: Chapelle's Show
#35: The Larry Sanders Show
#34: Get a Life
#33: Police Squad!
#32: Father Ted
#31: The Honeymooners
#30: Curb Your Enthusiasm
#29: The Venture Brothers
#28: I Love Lucy
#27: Saturday Night Live
#26: The Muppet Show
#25: Get Smart
#24: NewsRadio
#23: The Colbert Report
#22: Frasier
#21: Scrubs
#20: Family Guy
#19: The Daily Show
#18: Fawlty Towers
#17: Red Dwarf
#16: Black Adder
#15: The Kids in the Hall
#14: M*A*S*H*
#13: Mr. Show
#12: Spaced
#11: The Office (UK)
#10: Cheers
#9: 30 Rock
#8: Futurama
#7: South Park
#6: Seinfeld
#5: The Office (US)
#4: Arrested Development
#3: The Simpsons
#2: Monty Python�s Flying Circus
#1: Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: anais.jude on July 18, 2011, 06:55:13 AM
Had Archer been around during this list, it would have been my number 3 pick (Number 1 is Arrested Development and Number 2 is the Simpsons)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2011, 07:24:17 AM
Then maybe you should take part and do an Archer entry.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Kete on July 18, 2011, 09:12:53 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 13 - Favourite TV Comedies

Stella
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3d/Stella_season_one_DVD.JPG)

The Wiki:
Stella is an adaptation of the Stella comedy troupe's stage show and short films. The series follows Michael, Michael, and David, three infantile men who always dress in suits, live together in a New York apartment, and apparently have no jobs. The show is somewhat a mix of sketch comedy and a sitcom; there is a definitive central plot for each episode and recurring characters, but the show purposely ignores continuity and often becomes surreal.

The trio made 28 short films between 1998 and 2002, which were shown as part of the live show. The shorts cover various different topics such as searching for Santa, mustache growing, pizza eating, and other absurd situations. The group cleaned up much of its material for the show, as much of the humor in the sketches and short films was often derived from taboo or adult topics like necrophilia and dildos.

The show employs absurdist humor. Notable guest stars include Paul Rudd, Sam Rockwell, Topher Grace, Tim Blake Nelson, Alan Ruck, Janeane Garofalo, Elizabeth Banks, and Edward Norton.

I couldn't embed a clip from the actual show, but here is a link to it:
http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=17346&title=lost

Here is a skit from their stand-up show.  Not quite the same as the show, but still gives you an idea.
http://www.youtube.com/v/xdby-GkQlg0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Personal thoughts:
This show is completely stupid, but for some reason, it's also completely brilliant.  For me, the humor is perfect, and I really appreciate that they cleaned it up for the TV show (the live show and online skits are pretty raunchy).  It's sad that the show only lasted 10 episodes.  Honestly, I don't think the clips give the show enough credit.  Go check out an entire episode.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2011, 01:17:34 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 13 - Favourite TV Comedies

Look Around You
(http://www.benmautner.com/widerangle/lookaroundyou.jpg)

Look Around You is a British television comedy series devised and written by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, and, in the first series, narrated by Nigel Lambert. The first series of eight 10-minute shorts was shown in 2002, and the second series of six 30-minute episodes in 2005, both on BBC2.

The first series was broadcast on BBC America in early 2005, with a slightly edited version of the second series airing in March 2006. Starting 18 January 2009, the series was aired on Adult Swim in the US (rated TV-PG). The first series of Look Around You was nominated for a BAFTA award in 2003.

Although a third series has been ruled out, Robert Popper stated that he and Serafinowicz will do another project together, saying:

    "Sad news is we are not making a third series of Look Around You, but hope to make a new series of something else silly some time."
In the first series, the episodes ("modules") satirise and pay homage to late 1970s and early 1980s educational films and school programmes such as ITV's "Experiment" series, which were re-run for many years after they were made. A different scientific subject is covered in each episode.

The humour is derived from a combination of patent nonsense and faithful references and homages. For instance, fictional items that have a passing resemblance to everyday objects are shown and discussed.

The module subjects are distorted beyond recognition; for instance, germs are described as coming from Germany, and whiskey is said to be made by combining water with nitrogen. The maths module features a distorted and inaccurate version of the ancient 'seven cats' puzzle by Ahmes. Additionally, subjects are mixed - for example a chemistry experiment about eggs (In the episode Water) turns into a French language lesson. Each episode follows a general format, beginning with an introduction to the subject, followed by a series of silly experiments performed by the hapless (and normally mute) scientists, played by Popper, Serafinowicz and Edgar Wright, among others.

The series has been praised for its attention to detail. The colour and overall look of the film was purposely altered to replicate 1980s television for schools, and passably authentic incidental music written by Serafinowicz and Popper under the pseudonym Gelg was overdubbed to complete the parody of the original programmes.

A running gag throughout the series is the fastidious labelling of all items, such as hairdryers, magnets, or a jar of nuts (which contained both types of nut: the foodstuff and fastener). Another recurring joke is the use of fictional apparatus and materials used in the experiments – items such as the Besselheim plate pokes fun at real lab equipment, often named after their designers (e.g. Petri dish, Erlenmeyer flask). Pencils are always used to point at key elements of the experiments, as the 'scientists' do not speak: this is sometimes taken to ridiculous levels—pointing out pencils using a pencil; pointing at chocolates and then at a person to show they are a gift.

According to the audio commentary, the program is set around 1980-81. To reinforce the show's retro look, each episode's opening continuity announcement (typically narrated by Serafinowicz, who exaggerated the sound of his breathing and mouth movements to simulate the effect of the microphones used at that time) played over the 3-dimensional BBC Two ident from 1979–1986. Additionally, location footage was shot on 16mm film, of the type used for location filming at the time. Episode 1 features a Top of the Pops-style introduction complete with the real TOTP theme music from the early 80s - "Yellow Pearl" by Phil Lynott.

Personal thoughts:
Absolutely brilliant.  One of the funniest shows I've ever seen that sends up educational filmstrips.  That's not new ground, but this takes a different tact by focusing on  70's/80's styled science films that appeared as part of a curriculum (or according to my sister's boyfriend on daytime television).  I love it's made up science and the brilliant deadpan approach (so deadpan that it's easy to miss a lot of jokes).  The pacing doesn't follow the kind of comic rhythms you expect from a lot of these spoofs and while there are lots of big obvious jokes there are lots of little subtle ones.  In fact, the narration and pacing are so spot on, there are jokes that seem big and obvious that you still might miss (a sort of forest for the trees situation).  Plus lots of great background stuff.  I know people generally don't like season 2 as much when they switched formats, but that has a lot of good bits too, in my opinion.

http://www.youtube.com/v/drE5cHe6c3s
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: Tripe on July 18, 2011, 01:32:53 PM
at's not new ground, but this takes a different tact by focusing on  70's/80's styled science films that appeared as part of a curriculum (or according to my sister's boyfriend on daytime television).  
There's no or about it, the shows for the lessons were what filled up a large portion of the schedule for British daytime TV until fairly recently.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 18, 2011, 01:43:25 PM
L.O.C. #13 - Top TV Comedies

SCTV

(http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs22/i/2007/335/9/6/The_Cast_of_SCTV_2_by_EnaBean.jpg)

Thoughts
Well, as usual, SNL makes a comedy list while SCTV gets overlooked. I loved SNL but I loved SCTV even better. The cast was a who's who of comedy writing and acting. For me, it just didn't any better than this when it came to sketch comedy. And it absolutely holds up even after all these years. I doubt we'll ever see this much comedic talent gathered on one show.

The Wiki
The basic premise of the show is that "SCTV" is an independent television station in the city of Melonville, in an unknown American state—though the popular Great White North skit, with its inside jokes about the government-mandated Canadian content, suggests a border town with an inferiority complex. Rather than broadcasting the usual TV rerun fare, the station produces a bizarre and humorously incompetent range of cheap local programming. This can range from a soap opera called "The Days of the Week" ("Monday... Tuesday... Wednesday... these are... the days of the week"), to game shows like "Shoot At The Stars" in which celebrities are literally shot at like targets in a shooting gallery, to full blown movie spoofs like "Play it Again, Bob" in which Woody Allen (Rick Moranis) tries to get Bob Hope (Dave Thomas) to star in his next film.

A typical episode of SCTV would present a compendium of programming seen on the station throughout their programming day. This would mean a given episode could contain everything from SCTV news broadcasts to sitcoms, dramas, talk shows, kids shows, and/or game shows. Episodes would also feature a range of SCTV-produced promos and commercials, such as spots for "Al Peck's Used Fruit" or "Shower In A Briefcase", or a PSA which helpfully describes "Seven Signs You May Already Be Dead". Also seen fairly frequently (particularly in the later episodes) were behind-the-scenes plots focusing on life at the station.

http://www.youtube.com/v/bB6KFa7-6B4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/8GqbCrsfrfs?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/QvB5Ch0uN3U?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2011, 02:06:37 PM
Woah, I had to double check but I'm shocked SCTV didn't make it.  Lots of great stuff on that show.  I especially loved the 1984 episode and, of course, Six Gun Justice, which had Eugene Levy at it's finest.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 18, 2011, 02:13:36 PM
Woah, I had to double check but I'm shocked SCTV didn't make it.  Lots of great stuff on that show.  I especially loved the 1984 episode and, of course, Six Gun Justice, which had Eugene Levy at it's finest.

It's an egregious oversight.

The 1984 episode is classic! I love Dave Thomas as Comrade Kangaroo.

http://www.youtube.com/v/4KpM3mb9bgY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/PVcCVd_eumA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 18, 2011, 02:37:37 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 13 - Top TV Comedies

OK, this one was my original number one pick for this list, but it was "disqualified" for not being a comedy
 in the traditional sense.  Well I say heck with that.  The show is funny, and to me that makes it a "TV Comedy"

Match Game
(http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/7794/matchgame.jpg)

The Wiki:
Match Game (also called The Match Game, Match Game '7"X", and Match Game PM) is an American television game show featuring contestants attempting to match celebrities' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions. Gene Rayburn is the host most commonly associated with the show.

The most famous versions of the 1970s and 1980s, starting with Match Game '73, are remembered for their bawdy and sometimes rowdy humor involving contestants trying to match six celebrities. The series has been franchised around the world, often under the name Blankety Blank(s).

http://www.youtube.com/v/KYavIFqFwIw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/ViFaETrxKcM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


I also edited my Simpsons pick for anyone interested.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 18, 2011, 06:52:30 PM
The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Great episode. The whole scene at the Quimby compound is hilarious. Terminator Skinner. "Magic ticket my ass, McBain!" "It's chowda! Say it right!!!" And the waiter's outrageously drawn-out fall. Definitely the Simpson's heyday.

I Love Lisa
Another great episode. It's one of those hilarious, yet touching episodes. This was back when the show just seemed to have more heartfelt soul than it does now. "Look in the tunk." "Where do want these beef hearts? - "On the floor." The whole school play story is great.


ARCHER
Yes. I wholeheartedly support ARCHER being on this list. Great show.

Stella
I watched this when it was on and it was good for some laughs. The trio has good comedic chemistry. Even though it was on Comedy Central, it just seemed like one of those shows that was doomed to fail.

Look Around You
I vaguely remember hearing about this when it was on Adult Swim, but I never watched it. I guess I was missing out. The sample is pretty damn funny. What's great is that it looks and feels so authentic, but the content is just ridiculous. I'll have to look into this further. Computerized Toast System!

The Match Game
From what I've seen of this show, it is pretty funny. Gene Rayburn was great. I love how they would get hammered and do the show, especially Dawson. What a boozy lech!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Comedies)
Post by: Tripe on July 18, 2011, 07:20:42 PM
Oh and on the narration for Look Around You: When I read educational modules that's the approximate delivery I do it's something genuine educational programming (and my own education) instilled in me.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 19, 2011, 05:31:16 AM
Today's topic: Stand Up Comedians.  Here are the previous winners here:

#51 & 50: The Mighty Boosh and the Doug Anthony All-Stars
#49: Joel McHale
#48: Brian Regan
#47: Ross Noble
#46: Larry Miller
#46: Andrew �Dice� Clay   
#45: Redd Foxx
#44: Bob Saget
#43: Dana Carvey
#42: Garry Shandling
#42: Dave Attell
#40: Gilbert Gottfried
#39: Dennis Miller
#38: Dane Cook
#37: Bill Maher
#36: David Letterman
#35: Henry Rollins
#34: Tenacious D
#33: Ricky Gervais
#32: Norm McDonald
#31: Bill Bailey
#30: Janeane Garofalo
#29: Andy Kaufman
#28: Rowan Atkinson
#27: Penn & Teller
#26: Demetri Martin
#25: Lenny Bruce
#24: Robin Williams
#23: Sarah Silverman
#22: Jim Gaffigan
#21: Sam Kinison
#20: Louis CK
#19: Bob Newhart
#18: Chris Rock
#17: Jon Stewart
#16: Rodney Dangerfield
#15: Bill Cosby
#14: Billy Connolly
#13: Lewis Black
#12: Steven Wright
#11: Dave Chappelle
#10: Denis Leary
#9: Eddie Murphy
#8: David Cross
#7: Steve Martin
#6: Richard Pryor
#5: Mitch Hedberg
#4: Jerry Seinfeld
#3: Eddie Izzard
#2: Bill Hicks
#1: George Carlin
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 19, 2011, 06:49:05 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 14 - Favourite TV Comedies

Patton Oswalt
(http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/images/patton-oswalt-evil.jpg)
   
Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor. He is best known for portraying Spencer Olchin in the popular sitcom The King of Queens, voicing Remy from the film Ratatouille and Thrasher from the Cartoon Network original series Robotomy.

Oswalt first began performing standup comedy in the late 1980s or early 1990s, by his own reckoning. After writing for MADtv and starring in his own 1996 comedy special for HBO, he went on to garner notable roles in films and television shows. His most prominent and long-running role was as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens. His first starring film role was as the voice of Remy, the lead character in the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille.
Oswalt's stand-up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal to deeper social issues like American excess, materialism, Mesopotamian cuneiform script, foreign policy and religion. He also discusses his atheism in his stand-up.

In 2004, Oswalt released a comedy lbum entitled Feelin' Kinda Patton and later that year a longer, unedited version of the same performance entitled 222, both through the United Musicians collective, and a stand-up special, No Reason to Complain. He is also on a split EP called Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton with Zach Galifianakis and is featured on two Un-Cabaret compilations, "The Un & Only" and "The Good, the Bad and the Drugly". On July 10, 2007, Patton released his second CD Werewolves and Lollipops on Sub Pop records.

In 2004, Oswalt put together the Comedians of Comedy tour, made up of modern alt-comics Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford. The tour performed at smaller, more intimate indie rock venues instead of traditional (and expensive) comedy clubs. The Fall 2004 tour was documented in a 2005 film of the same name, and was followed by a six-episode Comedy Central series based on the Summer 2005 tour. This tour featured special guest appearances from comedians such as Blaine Capatch, David Cross, Bobby Tisdale and Todd Barry. Subsequent incarnations of the tour have included Eugene Mirman and Morgan Murphy.

In 2004 Patton's stand up material was featured on Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. That same year a stand up DVD called No Reason to Complain was released. Oswalt appeared several times as a "lawyer" on Lewis Black's Root of All Evil. In the episode Ultimate Fighting Vs. Blogging, he argued that the popular influence of the blogging has been evil, and, in his closing argument, he performed a rick roll on the audience. He also provided the stand-up comedy for the closing ceremony.

On February 28, 2009, Patton recorded his third comedy album at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington D.C. It premiered on Comedy Central as Patton Oswalt: My Weakness is Strong on August 23, 2009, and was released on DVD August 25, 2009. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Personal thoughts:
I’ve known about him when the first list came around and thought he was funny enough to be on the list, but man, I recently listened to a full album (My Weakness is Strong) and everybody in the car was laughing very hard.  It was easily the most popular comedy album I bought for the trip, and it was in competition with Louis CK and Paul F Tompkins (the Tompkins album was not all that popular, but part of it was the sound, as we were driving in a loud car and Tompkins sudden switches from very quiet to loud were distracting).  In fact, the driver was worried we were going to have an accident he was laughing so hard.

http://www.youtube.com/v/AhkP0RWQ68w
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 19, 2011, 06:52:35 AM
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Warning - while you were typing a new reply has been posted. You may wish to review your post.

Seriously?!? That's classic. A KFC double-down for Patton!!!

L.O.C. #14 - Top Stand Up Comedians

Patton Oswalt

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Thoughts
I love Patton Oswalt's stand up. His comedy is incredibly smart, full of great references, and just laugh-out-loud funny. I like comedy that's engaging and requires the audience to bring something to it in terms of intellect, while at the same time has no boundaries and will go anywhere the funny is. I guess it helps that I have essentially the same political views, but even if you don't, you gotta love his pop culture material as well. Robert Evans!!!

The Wiki
Patton Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor. He is best known for portraying Spencer Olchin in the popular sitcom The King of Queens, voicing Remy from the film Ratatouille and Thrasher from the Cartoon Network original series Robotomy. Oswalt's stand-up comedy covers topics ranging from pop culture frivolity such as comic book supervillains and 1980s glam metal to deeper social issues like American excess, materialism, Mesopotamian cuneiform script, foreign policy and religion. He also discusses his atheism in his stand-up.

In 2004, Oswalt released a comedy album entitled Feelin' Kinda Patton and later that year a longer, unedited version of the same performance entitled 222, both through the United Musicians collective, and a stand-up special, No Reason to Complain. He is also on a split EP called Patton vs. Alcohol vs. Zach vs. Patton with  Zach Galifianakis and is featured on two Un-Cabaret compilations, "The Un & Only" and "The Good, the Bad and the Drugly". On July 10, 2007, Patton released his second CD Werewolves and Lollipops on Sub Pop records.

In 2004, Oswalt put together the Comedians of Comedy tour, made up of modern alt-comics Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford. The tour performed at smaller, more intimate indie rock venues instead of traditional (and expensive) comedy clubs. The Fall 2004 tour was documented in a 2005 film of the same name, and was followed by a six-episode Comedy Central series based on the Summer 2005 tour.

http://www.youtube.com/v/tfan5MacmsI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/LDCjIjsZp_Y?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/_-oxsMl3iCA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/xs4v-zexx8M?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 19, 2011, 09:28:51 AM
Yeah, Patton Oswalt is awesome. Funny about the double posting, too.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 19, 2011, 10:20:32 AM
Yeah but a lack of variety is no fun.  Do you want to add a second comedian, or shall I?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 19, 2011, 10:48:40 AM
Yeah but a lack of variety is no fun.  Do you want to add a second comedian, or shall I?

I'll do it.

Geez Johnny, you sure do run a tight ship.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Tripe on July 19, 2011, 10:54:15 AM
You know who wasn't on the list but should have been, Patton something or other, big gumpy looking dude, quite funny, funnier than Dane Cook at least.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 19, 2011, 11:03:44 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 14 - Top Stand Up Comedians

Again, I went back to my original list and picked one that I have found consistently funny.  I really dig his droll style with punchlines that hit out of nowhere.

Todd Barry
(http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/3051/toddbarryfallingofftheb.jpg)

The Wiki:
Todd Barry (born March 26, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor.

http://www.youtube.com/v/IGCnerRzgZw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

http://www.youtube.com/v/C7FRYqw_Xa4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 19, 2011, 11:04:26 AM
Surprised this didn't make the list...

(http://i53.tinypic.com/mwd5rt.jpg)

MURPHY BROWN

The Wiki:

Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988 to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy Brown, an investigative journalist and news anchor for FYI, a fictional CBS television newsmagazine.

Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) is a recovering alcoholic, who, in the show's first episode, returns to FYI for the first time following a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Her colleagues at FYI include stuffy anchor Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough), who affectionately addresses Murphy as "Slugger," and Murphy's best friend and sometime competitor, reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) who addresses Ms. Brown as "Murph". (There was a running gag about Frank's toupée, which he hated, but which producers made him wear on the show.) The main cast also includes two "new" members of the FYI team: producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud), who, at 25 and fresh public television, is the perfect object for Murphy's skewering wit and Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), a former Miss America with a perky personality and utter lack of sophistication when it comes to world affairs. (Sherwood was first runner-up until the winner was forced to resign -- Sherwood remarked in the first episode, "She told everyone she loved animals, but who knew to take her literally?") The FYI team also frequently socializes at Phil's, a bar across the street from their studio in Washington, D.C.. Phil, the bar owner, was played by Pat Corley. Phil's was as a Washington institution and its owner knew everybody who is/was any body in the capital—ranging from J. Edgar Hoover (in drag) to Deep Throat. Brown was unmarried, but had a home life as well: she hired a philosophy-dispensing house painter named Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli) to repaint her house, but he had so many grand ideas that he was with the show for six seasons.

Thoughts:
This show was amazingly funny and seriously ballsy (I loved how bent out of shape Dan Quayle got about it). We did a tribute to the show at last year's sketchfest with Candice Bergen and Diane English, and English said she'd love to do another six episodes just to tackle Sarah Palin.

(http://i52.tinypic.com/10rsuab.jpg)

and...

One of the best, most creative standups out there today...

JON DORE

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The wiki:

Dore spent three years co-hosting Rogers Television's Daytime. For his work, creativity and quick improv skills, he received the Impression Award for best on-air personality in 2001. Dore started his stand up career at Yuk Yuk's Ottawa new talent nights. He is most recognized for his part on CTV's Canadian Idol as the former correspondent reporting on the pressures and excitement of the contest with his unique brand of humour. Dore has also appeared on his own Comedy Now! special for CTV and The Comedy Network, and was featured on the A Channel's comedy special Toronto Laughs. His show, The Jon Dore Television Show, can be seen on The Comedy Network in Canada, and on the Independent Film Channel in the United States. In July 2008, Dore appeared on Comedy Central's stand-up show, Live at Gotham along with several other comedians, notably Geoff Tate.

SERIOUSLY, WATCH THESE LINKS IF YOU LIKE COMEDY:

LINK to Jon Dore/Rory Scovel bit on Conan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCjDwE9-tyo

"You don't like fishing?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq43J_OU-xw&feature=related
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 19, 2011, 11:05:35 AM
You know who wasn't on the list but should have been, Patton something or other, big gumpy looking dude, quite funny, funnier than Dane Cook at least.

(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

Seriously, Dane Cook makes the list and Patton doesn't? What kind of fucked up bizarro world is this?!?

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 19, 2011, 11:08:43 AM
L.O.C. #14 - Top Stand Up Comedians

Doug Stanhope

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Thoughts
Doug Stanhope is fucking hilarious. His humor is smart and at times incredibly crude, so I imagine he turns a lot of people off. But his overall message and politics is great, and his jokes go beyond funny. If there's anywhere you think a comedian will not go, he goes there…and camps out for a week. Unsung hero of comedy.

The Wiki
Douglas Gene "Doug" Stanhope is an American stand-up comedian and author known for his abrasive comedy routines, frequently performed while smoking cigarettes and drinking on-stage. Stanhope quit high school after his freshman year. His comedy career began 1990 in Las Vegas.

Stanhope has made appearances at several major comedy festivals, including the Montreal Just For Laughs, US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Chicago Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, where he won the Strathmore Press Award in 2002. Stanhope was the winner of the 1995 San Francisco International Comedy Competition where he edged out notable comedic actor Dane Cook in a three-week contest. He's appeared in dozens of national and international standup comedy television specials. He claims that his appearance on the BBC television show, Live Floor Show, (broadcast March 20, 2003) was fueled by "ecstasy". According to Stanhope, "TV is just for the money; live performance is where it’s at."

In 2003 and 2004, Stanhope co-hosted the fifth and sixth seasons of The Man Show with Joe Rogan. In 2005, Stanhope hosted his own radio show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. He has established a group of touring comics known as The Unbookables featuring artists such as Andy Andrist, Sean Rouse, James Inman, Brett Erickson, Travis Lipski, Brendon Walsh, Norman Wilkerson, Kristine Levine, and Brian Potrafka.[5] The Unbookables' first CD, Morbid Obscenity, also featuring Andrist, Rouse, Lynn Shawcroft, and Banjo Randy, was released July 4, 2006, on Stand Up! Records was released as a benefit for a friend, Arthur Hinty, to help pay for a gastric bypass. Stanhope appeared in the film The Aristocrats, telling a caustic joke to a baby.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ExAw4hIhRIU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/8APlx9btTn8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Tripe on July 19, 2011, 11:31:16 AM
L.O.C. #14 - Top Stand Up Comedians
Dave Allen

(http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40916000/jpg/_40916245_dave_allen_whiskey203.jpg)

The Wiki
David Tynan O'Mahoney (6 July 1936 – 10 March 2005), better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian, very popular in Great Britain, Australia, and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. He also became known in the United States through repeats of his shows on public television. His career had a major resurgence during the late 1980s and early 1990s. At the height of his career he was Britain's most controversial comedian, regularly provoking conservative indignation at his frequent highlighting of political hypocrisy and his disregard for religious authority.
Allen's act was typified by his relaxed, rueful and intimate style; he would sit on a high bar stool facing his audience, smoking and occasionally sipping from a glass of what he always allowed people to assume was whiskey, but in fact was merely ginger ale with ice. Literally and metaphorically, he was a sober-minded man who, though sometimes appearing deliberately crotchety and irritable on stage, always gave off an air of charm and serene melancholy both in his act and in real life. Each day he would pore over the newspapers, constantly scribbling notes and ideas which he then expanded for his routines.

He was a religious skeptic. (according to Allen himself, "what you might call a practising atheist", and often joked "I'm an atheist, thank God") as a result of his deeply held objections to the rigidity of his strict Catholic schooling. Consequently, religion became an important subject for his humour,
especially the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England, generally mocking church customs and rituals rather than beliefs. In 1998 he stated "The hierarchy of everything in my life has always bothered me. I'm bothered by power. People, whoever they might be, whether it's the government, or the policeman in the uniform, or the man on the door - they still irk me a bit. From school, from the first nun that belted me - people used to think of the nice sweet little ladies ... they used to knock the fuck out of you, in the most cruel way that they could. They'd find bits of your body that were vulnerable to intense pain - grabbing you by the ear, or by the nose, and lift you, and say 'Don't cry!' It's very hard not to cry. I mean, not from emotion, but pain. The priests were the same. And I sit and watch politicians with great cynicism, total cynicism."
At the end of his act Allen would always raise his glass and quietly toast his audience with the words "Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you", an original and inclusive catchphrase that typified Allen's amiable style.

Along with his seated stand-up routines, his television shows were interspersed with filmed sketch comedy.

Highly regarded in Britain, Allen's comic technique and style had a lasting influence on many young British comedians.[2] His targets were often figures of authority, his style was observational rather than gag-driven, and his language frequently ripe; he was a progenitor for the "alternative" comedians of the 1980s. In Ireland, however, he always remained somewhat controversial because of his mocking of the Catholic Church.

Thoughts
OK so I love Dave Allen, but not as much as my father did and I think that's part of why I'm so fond of him, he reminds me of my dad. My mother, being a deacon and all was always horrified when she heard him on the TV.

http://www.youtube.com/v/jxo81Ok9Urk

http://www.youtube.com/v/4IfoUM6a4bA



Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 19, 2011, 11:43:12 AM
I wasn't mad at ya, DB, I just feel if someone accidentally puts one that's already on the list or doubles up, they shouldn't have to use up their choice.  If you didn't have a comedian lined up, I had one.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: goflyblind on July 19, 2011, 12:26:15 PM
rick mercer. kinda the canadian version of jon stewart. his signature bit is "rick's rant". since my last attempt at embedding failed (i worked from a quote and everything!), i'll just throw a bunch of links at you.

vote! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=225Mx6ya7SQ

snow days. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3Upaaiv2nU

canada explained. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi1yhp-_x7A

harper's a genius. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzoCtoGtd64
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Pak-Man on July 19, 2011, 12:27:12 PM
Don't have time to write him up myself, (Don't even have time to do the list I'm actually DOING) but if a fellow fan (There must be one out there somewhere) could throw up an entry for Dimitri Martin, justice will be retroactively done.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 19, 2011, 12:29:48 PM
Demitri is on the original list already.  So your work is done for you.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 19, 2011, 12:54:41 PM
I wasn't mad at ya, DB, I just feel if someone accidentally puts one that's already on the list or doubles up, they shouldn't have to use up their choice.  If you didn't have a comedian lined up, I had one.

No, I know. I was just foolin'. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/smiley.gif)

It's actually a good thing because I really believe both Oswalt and Stanhope deserve a spot on this list.

Good turnout today!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: spaceforarent on July 19, 2011, 03:16:50 PM
I don't feel like making a full entry, but it is a damn shame that Mike Birbiglia was not on the list. He is more of a story teller than a typical stand-up comedian, but, as my friend put it, his albums/DVD are preposterously good. His earlier albums were mostly based on awkward or embarrassing stories from his life but more recently he's gotten much more personal. His newest album is on Grooveshark, but it's not sorted by track.  Still, go here (http://grooveshark.com/#/album/Sleepwalk+With+Me/6356557) and listen to the first track called "Don't Tell Anyone".
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Kete on July 19, 2011, 03:41:50 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 14 - Top Stand Up Comedians


The Sklar Brothers
(http://splitsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/cheapseats.jpg)

The Wiki:
Randy Sklar and Jason Sklar (born January 12, 1972), professionally known as the Sklar Brothers, are American identical twin comedians. They formerly hosted the show Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic, which came to an end on November 19, 2006, after four seasons.

In 1994, they moved to New York where they developed their comedy style at stand-up comedy clubs. In the summer of 1997, Jason and Randy starred in and wrote for MTV's sitcom/sketch/standup program Apt 2F. It was their first television work. The show lasted one season.

Starting in 2004, Randy and Jason played fictitious ESPN research assistants who end up hosting a comedy show as they comment on odd and notable sporting events from ESPN's extensive library.
Cheap Seats borrowed its format from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The cast of MST3K apparently were pleased with the show and afforded it a high honor - they appeared in the fourth season opener in their normal silouette format, making fun of the Sklar's host show bits. So far it is the only time Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy have appeared as their MST3K characters Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo since MST3K was cancelled.

The brothers played twin publicists Larry and Terry Bridge, and co-wrote with Nick Kroll, the web series "Layers," directed by Michael Blieden.[1]
The Sklar Brothers web series, Back on Topps was produced by Vuguru, the online production company of Michael Eisner. It won two Streamy Awards.
In 2010, the online network Crackle released Held Up, an original series written by the Sklar Brothers and starring Kaitlin Olson of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Held Up tells the story of a bored bank teller’s life-changing experience when two teams of bumbling bank robbers hold up his branch.
They started hosting a weekly Earwolf podcast series called Sklarbro Country in 2010.

One of their classic stand-up routines:
http://www.youtube.com/v/Ij5Y4A0mR5w?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Mike, Kevin, and Bill on Cheap Seats
http://www.youtube.com/v/fW7Q2dmq5Gc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Personal thoughts:
The Sklars have a fantastic style of feeding off each other and finishing each others sentences.  As Patton Oswalt says, they often devolve into metaphor avalanches.  I liked these guys on the Oblongs and on Battle Bots, but when Mike, Kevin, and Bill guested on Cheap Seats, I really started to pay attention.  Their sports podcast is hilarious, and I don't even like to follow sports.  Also, if you like Jon Dore, check out the web series "Held Up" that the Sklars did with him.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 19, 2011, 07:30:18 PM
Patton Oswalt
I'd say he's the best of his generation. My favorite comics of the last twenty years are him, David Cross, Doug Stanhope, and Brian Regan.

Todd Barry
Todd Barry is hilarious. I love his ATM bit from the Medium Energy CD. That whole CD is great. "Ramada Inns are the best motels to masturbate in." Best deadpan delivery in a long while.

JON DORE
Hadn't heard of him, but I'm glad I have now. Thanks Cole! The comic double-booking clip is fucking brilliant!!! The solo clip is also funny. I'll have to check this guy out further.

Dave Allen
Not familiar with this guy either. The clips were pretty funny. "He's the father, he's the son, he's the holy ghost. He's three-in-one!"

rick mercer
Another one I haven't heard of. The Rest of the Best list is so informative! Funny clips, even if you're not Canadian. I like the walking and ranting schtick. He's like Jon Stewart on a four-pack of Red Bulls!

The Sklar Brothers
YES!!! Fantastic pick. I love these guys. I've watched Cheap Seats tons of times over and over and it never gets old. Their stand up is great as well. The chemistry between these two is off the chart and their delivery hits the jackpot every time. Seriously, if you haven't seen Cheap Seats, you're depriving yourself of comedy gold. "Gold. I found gold!!!"
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Stand-Up Comics)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 19, 2011, 08:04:08 PM
I actually don't remember Mercer doing any actual stand-up, mostly his work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes (before it went from inconsistent to really bad) and the Mercer Report.  I find his strongest stuff the stridently political bits since it has a lot more passion and wit, but seeing him explore Canada and the various aspects of it is pretty charming and educational (one of my favourites was him helping tag bears in the woods and he gets to nuzzle wild, half blind, mewling baby bears).  The little skits have wit, but they usually aren't all that great.

I liked what I saw of the Jon Dore Television Programme (I only watched a few, but they were really good) and it's kind of sad for both parties that Jon and Jimmy Dore seem easy to confuse (especially now that they both work in the LA comedy scene).  I think they need to team up as "Double Dores!"
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2011, 07:47:01 AM
I hope you have a sweet tooth,  because today's subject is favourite candies!

#50: Fry�s Turkish Delight
#49: Maynard�s Wine Gums
#48: Abba-Zaba
#47: Almond Joy
#46: Tootsie Roll
#45: M&M�s
#44: Milky Way Midnight
#43: Maple Sugar Candy
#42: Turkish Delight
#41: Now and Laters
#40: Laffy Taffy
#39: 3 Musketeers
#38: Junior Mints
#37: Swedish Dish
#36: Almond M&M�s
#35: 100 Grand
#34: Dark Chocolate M&M�s
#33: Caramello
#32: Pop Rocks
#31: Fun Dip
#30: Bottle Caps
#29: Jolly Rancher
#28: Jawbreakers/Gobstoppers
#27: Milk Duds
#26: Take 5
#25: Lemonhead
#24: Peanut M&M�s
#23: Pocky
#22: Warheads
#21: Shock Tarts
#20: Whachamacallit
#19: Gummi Worms
#18: Reese�s Pieces
#17: Charleston Chew
#16: Twizzlers   
#15: Smarties   
#14: Sweet Tarts
#13: Cadbury Creme Eggs   
#12: Sour Patch Kids
#11: Kit Kat
#10: Sour Skittles
#9: Butterfinger
#8: Starburst
#7: Jelly Belly
#6: Nerds
#5: Snickers
#4: Skittles
#3: Gummi Bears
#2: Twix
#1: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2011, 09:11:28 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 15 - Candies


Crispy Crunch
(http://www.bradkent.com/images/bradkent.com/wrappers/wrappers/hershey/cadbury_crispy_crunch.gif)

Crispy Crunch is a hard chocolate bar with a crispy peanut flake inside that is made by Cadbury. Harold Oswin, an employee of William Neilson, developed Crispy Crunch in the late 1920s. Harold was a candy roller in Neilson's hard candy room and joined the company when he was fourteen years old. Harold was promoted to Candymaker in the late 1920s. He always had wanted to create a candy bar with peanut butter and so when a chocolate bar contest was announced, Harold submitted his innovation. Harold won the contest and received a $5.00 prize. The original recipe called for a log-shaped bar. Williams Neilson management made the decision to flatten the bar to the shape we are all familiar with today. Harold died in the mid-1990s.

The brand was repositioned in 1988 by Norm Williams, Director of Marketing. The new brief was given to Martin Shewchuck of Leo Burnett Canada who conceived the highly successful Crispy Crunch campaigns ("the only thing better than your Crispy Crunch is someone else's"). The campaign catapulted the brand to #1. Crispy Crunch is sold in Canada. Crispy Crunches were sold in the United States for a brief time in the 1990s by the food distribution arm of Pro Set, the collectible card company. Pro Set went bankrupt, resulting in Crispy Crunch no longer being available in the United States. A lower-calorie version of Crispy Crunch was available for a limited time in the mid-1990s. The original manufacturers, Neilson, sold all their chocolate brands to Cadbury in 1996, though packaging continued to feature the Neilson logo for a few years. Since Cadbury began manufacturing of the chocolate bar, the recipe has changed in that it is less salty and more sweet as it has a more of the crunchy topaz coloured candy coating around the centre.

Also, women can exchange them for sexual favours from greedy, gluttonous but still in good shape men.  But you've got to haggle.
http://www.youtube.com/v/QliLlmuJbo4


http://www.youtube.com/v/pqw1JAZ4u4c
OK, that was... nothing...

Personal thoughts:
Ever since childhood I've loved this bar.  It's super addictive, especially the little ones you can get at bulk stores (there are similar treats sold under the name Will'O Crisps or Wisps of perhaps both by different companies for cheap.  Still good for an off-brand.)
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Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Tripe on July 20, 2011, 09:20:47 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 15 - Candies


The Sklar Brothers
(http://www.bradkent.com/images/bradkent.com/wrappers/wrappers/hershey/cadbury_crispy_crunch.gif)
Man the Sklar Brother's are really tasty aren't they? ;)

Wish I could add to this list, I just don't have that sweet a tooth, I seem to recall it being a bit of a stretch to make my list the last time.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2011, 09:25:19 AM
If only it had been Twix it would have been perfect.  They're the only comedians with the cookie crunch.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 20, 2011, 09:49:13 AM
L.O.C. #15 - Top Candies

Candy Corn

(http://huntingzombies.com/candycornpics/candyCornMan2.jpg)

Thoughts
There seems to be a love/hate relationship with this candy. I know people who can't stand candy corn and people who love it. I fall into the latter category. Chewy, sugary goodness! And those big pumpkin corns rock!

The Wiki
Candy corn is a confection in the United States and Canada, popular primarily in autumn around Halloween (though available year-round in most places). Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Company; the three colors of the candy mimic the appearance of kernels of corn. Each piece is approximately 3 times the size of a whole kernel from a ripe or dried ear. Candy corn is made primarily from sugar, corn syrup, artificial coloring and binders. A serving size of 22 pieces contains 140 calories and no fat. Candy corn pieces are traditionally cast in three colors: a broad yellow end, a tapered orange center, and a pointed white tip. A popular variation called "Indian corn" features a chocolate brown wide end, orange center and pointed white tip. In recent years confectioners have introduced additional color variations suited to other holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The Christmas variant has a green end and a red center. The Valentine's Day variant has a red end and a pink center.

The National Confectioners Association estimates that 20 million pounds (over 9000 tons) of candy corn are sold annually. The top branded retailer of candy corn, Brach's, sells enough candy corn each year to circle the earth 4.25 times if the kernels were laid end to end.

http://www.youtube.com/v/DgTvgQfcllM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

P.S. Is Swedish Dish supposed to be Swedish Fish or is that a Swedish candied version of Gefilte Fish? (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/wink.gif)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2011, 09:58:52 AM
My feelings on the subject:

http://www.youtube.com/v/L8yuvMsvNqY
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Thrifty on July 20, 2011, 10:23:56 AM
I like Sixlets.  They're like M&Ms, but a little smaller and spherical.  They come in tubular sleeves rather than standard bags.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2011, 10:28:07 AM
You mean these?

(http://www.nashvillenut.com/images/candy_sixlets.gif)

Personally, I never heard of them before, but they look neat.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 20, 2011, 10:31:26 AM
My feelings on the subject:

http://www.youtube.com/v/L8yuvMsvNqY

I knew somebody would post that! I should've included it as a preemptive strike. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/grin.gif)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: goflyblind on July 20, 2011, 11:23:46 AM
i'd have to say my favourite candles are those beeswax ones that have the waffle print look to the---oh, candies. well, never mind then.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: gojikranz on July 20, 2011, 12:53:37 PM
ive become enamored with a new style of twizzlers that has sweet or sour stuff inside what used to be the whole of the twizzler.  very tasty great for movies.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Kete on July 20, 2011, 01:20:30 PM
ive become enamored with a new style of twizzlers that has sweet or sour stuff inside what used to be the whole of the twizzler.  very tasty great for movies.

Yes!!!  They used to have ones called Twerps (I think) that were bite size.  Those went away a few years ago, but the new ones are pretty close.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 20, 2011, 02:23:02 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 15 - Top Candies

Chocolatey deliciousness.  Got hooked on this particular brand of chocolate bar when I lived in Germany.

Ritter Sport
(http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/5720/rittersportschokotafeln.jpg)

The Wiki:
Ritter Sport is a German chocolate bar made by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG. It is distributed throughout the world. Each 100 gram square-shaped bar is divided into 16 smaller squares, creating a four-by-four pattern. Large bars weighing 250 grams and 16.5 gram mini bars are also available, although in fewer varieties.

Varieties:
    Vollmilch – Plain milk chocolate (Royal Blue Wrapper)
    Schoko-Duo – Plain milk chocolate and white chocolate (Royal Blue Wrapper with chocolate bar on outside)
    Dunkle Vollmilch – Plain medium dark chocolate, 40% cacao (Azure Blue Wrapper)
    Halbbitter – Plain dark chocolate, 50% cacao (Burgundy Wrapper)
    Edelbitter – Plain dark chocolate, 71% cacao (Pink Wrapper)
    Knusperkeks – Milk chocolate with a butter biscuit (Brown Wrapper)
    Pfefferminz – Chocolate with peppermint filling (Caribbean Green Wrapper)
    Joghurt – Yogurt (White Wrapper)
    Erdbeer Joghurt – Milk chocolate strawberry and yogurt filling (Light Pink Wrapper)
    Voll-Nuss – Milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts (Brown Wrapper with Hazelnut-Pattern)
    Dunkle Voll-Nuss – Dark chocolate with whole hazelnuts (Dark Brown Wrapper with Hazelnut-Pattern)
    Weiße Voll-Nuss – White chocolate with whole hazelnuts (White/Cream Wrapper with Hazelnut-Pattern)
    Knusperflakes – Milk chocolate with corn flakes (Golden Yellow Wrapper)
    Voll Erdnuss – Milk chocolate with whole peanuts (Orange Wrapper)
    Ganze Mandel – Milk chocolate with whole almonds (Dark Green Wrapper)
    Marzipan – Dark chocolate with marzipan center (Red Wrapper)
    Cocos – Milk chocolate with flakes of coconut in the center (Silver Wrapper)
    Trauben-Nuss – Milk chocolate with raisins and hazelnut pieces (Carmine Red Wrapper)
    Rum Trauben Nuss – Milk chocolate with rum-soaked raisins and hazelnut pieces (Crimson Red Wrapper)
    Cappuccino – Milk chocolate and cappuccino cream (Amber Wrapper)
    Alpenmilch – Special milk chocolate with high alpine milk proportion (Sky Blue Wrapper)
    Nugat – Milk chocolate with hazelnut-nougat center (Midnight Blue Wrapper)
    Feinherb à la Mousse au Chocolat – dark chocolate filled with chocolate mousse (Bistre Wrapper)
    Williams Birne Trüffel – dark chocolate filled with Poire Williams pear brandy mousse
    Karamel Nuss - Milk Chocolate with butter caramel cream dropped hazelnuts and crispy rice (Golden yellow wrapper)
    Haselnuss – Milk chocolate with hazelnuts
    Praline – Milk chocolate with hazelnut praline filling. (Navy Wrapper)
    Neapolitan - Milk Chocolate with neapolitan wafers, made with a hazelnut cream filled wafers and praline. (medium dark orange wrapper)

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2011, 03:40:25 PM
For some reason, I imagine that John Ritter's Sport was handball.  I don't know why.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: spaceforarent on July 20, 2011, 03:45:37 PM
Airheads didn't make the list? Really?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: ColeStratton on July 20, 2011, 04:38:09 PM
What can I say? I love these little bastards...

(http://i51.tinypic.com/2wnyb6x.jpg)

NECCO WAFERS!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 20, 2011, 04:45:32 PM
I like a LOT of candies, but these are hands down my favorites:

(http://kandiesforyou.com/images/fruit%20slices.jpg)


I am also a huge fan of Gertrude Hawk chocolates. In particular their Dark Chocolate Rasberry smidgens are AWESOME!
(http://www.gertrudehawkchocolates.com/resource/image/product/medium/4623DC17-E081-2F81-1278DC7B5E81A838.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 20, 2011, 06:14:12 PM
I like a LOT of candies, but these are hands down my favorites:

(http://kandiesforyou.com/images/fruit%20slices.jpg)

Oh man, those look tasty! I love stuff like that. So many great flavors there. I'm a huge fan of orange slices.

(http://www.candypros.com/images/005031%20Orange%20Slices.jpg)

Also, I'd like to give an honorable mention to Almond Roca. YUM!

(http://www.rainycity.com/northwest-foods/almond-roca/almond-roca-42-ounce.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Candies)
Post by: gojikranz on July 21, 2011, 02:10:38 AM
What can I say? I love these little bastards...

(http://i51.tinypic.com/2wnyb6x.jpg)

NECCO WAFERS!

another great movie candy, though there is one flavor i dislike (licorice) and i cant tell which im getting in a dark theater until that sick taste spreads on my tongue.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffer Wishlisr)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 21, 2011, 03:11:49 AM
Today's subjest: Riffers you want to see do a rifftrax.  Don't forget: they must be alive.  Here's the original list

#72: Steve Purcell
#71: Francesco Marciuliano
#70: David Spade
#69: Kevin Pollack
#68: Ronin Fox
#67: Jon Lovitz
#66: Lloyd Kaufman
#65: B Thompson Stroud
#64: Amy Poehler
#63: Will Ferrell
#62: Bob Saget
#61: Flight of the Conchords
#60: Jason Bateman
#59: Tom Lehrer
#58: Ben �Yahtzee� Croshaw
#57: Matt Caracappa
#56: Craig Ferguson
#55: Peter Segal
#54: John Oliver
#53: John DiMaggio
#52: Chris Rock
#51: Bill Murray
#50: Dave Foley
#49: David Sedaris
#48: Incognito Cinema Warriors XP
#47: Chris Jericho
#46: Josh Way
#45: Adam West
#44: Mike Judge
#43: Tom Baker
#42: Rob Paulson
#41: Patrick Swayze
#40: Alice Cooper
#39: Penn Jillette
#38: Kathy Griffin
#37: Santino Marella
#36: Eddie Izzard
#35: Eric Idle
#34: Norm McDonald
#33: Steve Oedenkirk
#32: Demitri Martin
#31: Simon Pegg
#30: Rainn Wilson
#29: Steve Carrell
#28: Mark Hamill
#27: Emo Phillips
#26: The Sklar Brothers
#25: Matt Stone and Trey Parker
#24: The Brothers Chaps
#23: Lewis Black
#22: Dan Castelleneta
#21: Seth Green
#20: That Guy With the Glasses
#19: Jerry Seinfeld
#18: Tina Fey
#17: Patrick Warburton
#16: Wil Wheaton
#15: Jim Gaffigan
#14: David Cross
#13: Steve Martin
#12: John Cleese
#11: Seth McFarlane
#10: Patton Oswalt
#9: Jon Stewart
#8: William Shatner
#7: Ricky Gervais
#6: Billy West
#5: Kevin Smith
#4: Conan O�Brien
#3: Stephen Colbert
#2: Joel McHale
#1: Bruce Campbell
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffer Wishlisr)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 21, 2011, 03:12:54 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 16 – Riffers You Want to See


John Hodgman
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kporhoNmeZ1qzk3pho1_400.jpg)

John Kellogg Hodgman (born June 3, 1971) is an American actor, author and humorist. In addition to his published written works, such as The Areas of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require, he is known for his personification of a PC in contrast to Justin Long's personification of a Mac in Apple's "Get a Mac" advertising campaign, and for his correspondent work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

His writings have been published in One Story (to which he contributed the debut story), The Paris Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Wired and The New York Times Magazine, for which he is editor of the humor section. He contributes to Public Radio International’s This American Life, and CBC Radio One’s Wiretap. His first book and accompanying audio narration, The Areas of My Expertise, a satirical tongue-in-cheek almanac which actually contains almost no factual information, was published in 2005. His second book, More Information Than You Require, went on sale October 21, 2008.
Hodgman was the headline speaker at the 2009 Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, D.C.

http://www.youtube.com/v/t1JIa5r5nkE
http://www.youtube.com/v/yBfR6wYnGZI
John also unearthed the original lyrics to the classic hobo song “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and has terrible cat sitter sing the lyrics.
http://www.youtube.com/v/6ZBo2BARTvU
      
Personal thoughts:
Like many, I first noticed him on the Daily Show.  He was certainly funny and he hit my nerd buttons (suggesting that we can only define planets based on whether Galatus would eat it for sustenance).  But after reading his amazing humour almanac “The Areas of My Expertise”, I was blown away by his comedic genius.  His matter of factness and his nerd tastes to the most ludicrous stuff makes him a prime rifer in terms of skill.  My choice for a film for him: Gymkata.  He can give us a historical perspective on Gymkata and the making of the film.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffer Wishlisr)
Post by: Kete on July 21, 2011, 09:14:16 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 16 – Riffers You Want to See


Alton Brown
(http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/alton_brown_chicken.jpg)
From wiki:
Alton Crawford Brown (born July 30, 1962) is an American television personality, author, actor, and cinematographer. He is the creator and host of the Food Network television show Good Eats and the mini-series Feasting on Asphalt and Feasting on Waves, and he is the host and main commentator on Iron Chef America. Brown is also the author of several cooking how-to books.
He brings a knowledge and enthusiasm for the science of cooking and food and a humorous approach to his shows. Bon Appétit magazine named him "Cooking Teacher of the Year" in 2004. He was named "Best Food Guru" by Atlanta magazine in 2005.

I think this sums him up pretty well:
In the tenth anniversary episode, Alton Brown stated that [Good Eats] was inspired by the idea of combining Julia Child, Mr. Wizard, and Monty Python.

Based on some twitter conversations, this may be happening:
http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php/topic,22266.0.html

http://www.youtube.com/v/DznKjP7p4-A?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
http://www.youtube.com/v/HuixJaAia84?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 21, 2011, 02:39:25 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 16 - Top Riffers You Want To See

Really, this guy doesn't even need a script.  Just let him go on a stream of consciousness rampage on whatever film and it would be fascinating and likely hilarious (but not for the right reasons)
.

Tommy Wiseau
(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/7483/tommyx.jpg)

The Wiki:
Tommy Wiseau is an American screenwriter, director, producer, executive producer, and actor. He is the founder of the film production company Wiseau Films. Wiseau is best known for his film The Room which has been described as "one of the worst movies ever made" and has gained cult film status. Wiseau also made the documentary Homeless in America and filmed the pilot episode of the sitcom, The Neighbors.

http://www.youtube.com/v/7S9Ew3TIeVQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffer Wishlisr)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 21, 2011, 07:08:45 PM
L.O.C. #16 - Top People You'd Want to See Riff

Patrick Stewart

(http://screencrave.frsucrave.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/patrick-stewart-30-12-09-kc.jpg)

Thoughts
For some reason, I just think this would be pretty damn funny. He has a great sense of humor and some of the best pipes in the business. I think he'd make a great guest riffer. Also, he'd be the first riffer who's been knighted!

The Wiki
Sir Patrick Hewes Stewart, OBE (born 13 July 1940) is an English film, television and stage actor, and university chancellor. He has had a distinguished career in theatre and television for around half a century. He is most widely known for his television and film roles, such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series, and as the voice of Avery Bullock in American Dad!.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Fg_cwI1Xj4M?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/CJoxbWW4UUw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffer Wishlisr)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on July 22, 2011, 08:10:29 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 16 – Riffers You Want to See


John Hodgman

(http://community.zenoss.org/servlet/JiveServlet/showImage/2-50935-4282/ScruffySecond.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 22, 2011, 08:26:11 AM
Today's subject?  MONSTERS!  BOO!  Hope I didn't scare you.  Here's the original list:

#50: Mr. Hyde
#49: Pinhead
#48: Metaluna Mutant
#47: Tyrant
#46: Trolls
#45: Herman Munster
#44: Griffin
#43: Aswang
#42: Medusa
#41: Chinese Dragons
#40: The Headless Horseman
#39: ManBearPig
#38: Jabberwock
#37: Clover
#36: Velociraptors
#35: Torgo
#34: Mothman
#33: Kraken
#32: Venom
#31: The Loch Ness Monster
#30: Freddy Krueger
#29: Chupacabra
#28: The Hulk
#27: Jason Vorhees
#26: Mummies
#25: Western Dragons
#24: Mike Wazowski
#23: Graboids
#22: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
#21: The Devil
#20: Count Dracula
#19: The Blob
#18: The Balrog
#17: Predator
#16: Minotaur
#15: Bigfoot
#14: Vampires
#13: Pennywise/It
#12: King Kong
#11: Cookie Monster
#10: Gremlins
#9: Cthulhu
#8: Gamera
#7: Bruce the Shark
#6: The Thing
#5: Xenomorph
#4: Werewolves
#3: Frankenstein�s Monster
#2: Gojira
#1: Zombies
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 22, 2011, 08:50:25 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters


Swamp Thing
(http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/1332/95372-16538-swamp-thing_super.jpg)
   
The Swamp Thing character first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (June–July 1971), with the name Alex Olsen. The comic is set in the early 20th century, when scientist Alex Olsen is caught in a lab explosion caused by his co-worker, Damian Ridge, who intended to kill him to gain the hand of Olsen's wife Linda. Olsen is physically altered by chemicals and the forces within the swamp. He changes into a monstrous creature who kills Ridge before the latter can murder Linda, who has started to suspect Damian. Unable to make Linda realize his true identity, the Swamp Thing sadly ambles to his boggy home.

After the success of the short story in the House of Secrets comic, the original creators were asked to write an ongoing series, depicting a more heroic, more contemporary creature. In Swamp Thing #1 (October–November 1972) Wein and Wrightson updated the time frame to the 1970s and featured a new version character: Alec Holland, a scientist working in the Louisiana swamps on a secret bio-restorative formula "that can make forests out of deserts". Holland is killed by a bomb planted by agents of the mysterious Mr. E (Nathan Ellery), who wants the formula. Splashed with burning chemicals in the massive fire, Holland runs from the lab and falls into the muck-filled swamp, after which a creature resembling a humanoid plant appears some time later. Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, who co-created Man-Thing for Marvel Comics a year and a half earlier, thought that this origin was too similar to that of their character, and Wein himself had written a Man-Thing story (in fact, the second) that was published with a June 1972 cover date, but he refused to change the origin in spite of some cajoling by Conway, who was his roommate at the time. Marvel, however, never took the issue to court, realizing the similarity of both characters to The Heap.

The creature, called Swamp Thing, was originally conceived as Alec Holland mutating into a vegetable-like creature, a "muck-encrusted mockery of a man". However, under writer Alan Moore, Swamp Thing was reinvented as an elemental entity created upon the death of Alec Holland, having somehow absorbed Holland's memory and personality into itself. He is described as "a plant that thought it was Alec Holland, a plant that was trying its level best to be Alec Holland." 

The major difference between the first and second Swamp Thing is that the latter appears more muscular than shambling, and possesses the power of speech. Being able to speak only with great difficulty, Alex Olsen's speech impediment is a major reason why his wife could not recognize him. In Swamp Thing #33, Alan Moore attempted to reconcile the two versions of Swamp Thing with the revelation that there have been many previous incarnations of Swamp Thing prior to the death and "rebirth" of the Alec Holland incarnation. All Swamp Things eventually the Parliament of Trees, a forest of plant elementals whose origins are strangely similar to the current Swamp Thing’s, despite being created in different cultures and eras.
Swamp Thing is a plant elemental. After "the Anatomy Lesson", it is revealed he is in fact a disembodied intelligence without any specific "body" as such, as he can inhabit and animate vegetable matter anywhere (including alien plants, even sentient ones) and construct it into a body for himself.  As a result, bodily attacks mean little to him. He can easily regrow damaged or severed body parts, and can even transport himself across the globe by leaving his current form, transferring his consciousness to a new form grown from whatever vegetable matter is present in the location he wishes to reach (he even grew himself a form out of John Constantine's meager tobacco supply on one occasion).

Swamp Thing possesses superhuman strength of undefined limits. While Swamp Thing's strength has never been portrayed as prominently as many of his other abilities, he demonstrated sufficient strength to rip large trees out of the ground with ease and trade blows with the likes of Etrigan.
Swamp Thing can control any form of plant life. He can make it move to his will or accelerate its growth. This control even extends to alien life, as he once cured Superman of an infection caused by exposure to a Kryptonian plant that was driving Superman mad and causing his body to burn out its own power
(http://www.comicbookbin.com/artman2/uploads/5/SwampThingvswoodrue.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_HBKWtrKbYAk/S0-3HUgS10I/AAAAAAAADsY/xuhX94_7lEY/s400/Swamp_Thing_032_08-24.jpg)

(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/dcmoment52.jpg)
 Personal thoughts:   
Ah, the protector of the green.  So many good monsters, but here is a fairly unique heroic one.  Swamp Thing was an OK character to begin with, but when Alan Moore took over the book, it went to another level.  Great new kinds of horror stories, then later sci-fi stories (though they were not as consistently good).  And ST’s journey of self-discovery (with the help of that right bastard John Constantine) is also really clever, as well as setting stuff up for DC for years to come.  Without this series, I can guarantee there wouldn’t have been a Sandman.  I also think Rick Veitch’s run following Moore’s was pretty good.  It wasn’t as good as the best Alan stories and the first arc went on a little too long for me, but I always found that Rick Veitch was also good at creating the kind of monsters that capture my attention: scary and threatening, yet strangely and intentionally ridiculous.  I hope they end up printing the then controversial story where Swamp Thing meets Christ.  I also hope the new Swamp Thing series will be good.  Nice to have him in the DCU proper again, even if there’s debate over whether the DCU itself will be proper.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: Kete on July 22, 2011, 12:29:57 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters

I know that as a Lost fan, I'm in the minority here, but.....
The Smoke Monster
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081224004219/lostpedia/images/b/b7/Monster-portal.png)
I took out some of the major spoilers from this description:
   
The Smoke Monster's most notorious ability is that of manifesting as a giant dark cloud, often described as looking like smoke. Referred to as "the Monster" by most characters, it appears immune to conventional weaponry, but was repelled on one occasion by dynamite.  While seemingly intangible, the Monster can grasp and manipulate objects with a tremendous application of force - capable of uprooting enormous fully-grown trees, knocking down walls and slamming victims into the ground. The Monster makes a variety of biological and mechanical sounds -- two of the most distinctive being a mechanical clicking and a loud high-pitched warning or alarm call. It appears the Smoke Monster is somewhat limited in movement in this form -- and cannot ascend high enough above the ground so as to pass over the sonar fence. It is implied the smoke form cannot pass over large bodies of water, although it is unknown if this is actually the case.
Some Island inhabitants believed the Monster could be summoned from a secret room in the Barracks.  Ben eventually concluded that the Monster itself controlled this process.

Throughout the series, the Smoke Monster has displayed an ability to take on a number of different forms and perfectly mimic individuals, their appearance, voice and memories so as to manipulate others. All of the confirmed impersonated individuals are dead. It does not require that the dead person died on the island, only to scan the mind of a person who knew them, selecting the forms of those that were most meaningful to people to better manipulate the targeted individual. In smoke form, it displays images from an individual's past within itself. The scanning process appears as a rapid series of bright flashes of light. It also appears to gain access to the memories of the mimicked person, even if they have been dead for sometime.  Some island apparitions, possibly the Smoke Monster's work, feature living characters. It can also transform into lower animals, including spiders. The Smoke Monster can change from human to monster form at will.

http://www.youtube.com/v/pg107BbAcsk?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
http://www.youtube.com/v/buZdqMP4Tuo?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

 Personal thoughts:   
I like Lost.  I like the ending.  I think it was all worth it.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 22, 2011, 04:21:51 PM
L.O.C. #17 - Top Monsters

The Amazing Colossal Man aka Lt. Col. Glenn Manning

(http://exclamationmark.files.wordpress.com/2006/08/colossal.jpg)

Thoughts
He's sixty-feet tall. He's batshit insane. Wears a giant diaper. What's not to love?

The Wiki
The Amazing Colossal Man is a 1957 black-and-white science fiction film, directed by Bert I. Gordon and starring Glenn Langan. The film revolves around a 60 foot mutant man produced as the result of an atomic accident.

Lt. Col. Glenn Manning, an officer in the U.S. Army who suffers serious burns to over 90% of his body following an inadvertent exposure to plutonium radiation from a bomb blast. He miraculously survives the explosion and his burns completely heal, but the radiation causes him to abnormally grow into a 60-foot-tall giant. At this size, his heart is unable to supply sufficient blood to his brain and he gradually goes insane.

Army doctors attempt to halt and reverse his growth with a formula, but after getting injected with the cure, he grabs the needle and spears one of the doctors with it, killing him on the spot. He then escapes from confinement, "kidnaps" his girlfriend, Carol Forrest (played by Cathy Downs), and wreaks havoc in Las Vegas before being cornered by the Army at the Hoover Dam. After releasing Carol he is shot and appears to fall to his death in the Colorado River.

http://www.youtube.com/v/9bB-ShV-qsU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/SRL-HU3a0Fw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

(http://images.wikia.com/mst3k/images/1/1e/Nelson-glennmanning309.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 22, 2011, 07:25:40 PM

Thoughts
He's sixty-feet tall. He's batshit insane. Wears a giant diaper. What's not to love?

Who has to change that diaper, I wonder? Presumably he lays down redwoods.

(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

I kept waiting for the scene where he's rinsing out his diaper in Lake Mead.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 22, 2011, 10:07:10 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 - Top Monsters

For this list I picked a minor but important character from a wonderful film.  2319!
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George Sanderson
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/5536/983036georgesandersonla.jpg)

The Wiki:
There is no Wiki for him, but he is the happy go lucky monster who has a very unfortunate thing happen to him all because of a sock in the Disney/Pixar classic Monsters Inc.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NSAXkp9cqbk?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: gojikranz on July 23, 2011, 01:47:17 AM
theres a whole host of great godzilla monsters out there.   id put gigan perhaps as my favorite.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 23, 2011, 12:10:54 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 18 - Top Christmas Shows

A total no-brainer!  One of the most entertaining nights I have ever spent at the movies!
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Rifftrax Live Christmas Shorts Stravaganza!
(http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/628/rifftrax.jpg)

The Wiki:
Really?  Does anyone here not know what this is?

http://www.youtube.com/v/Sl9qwT5PtlY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Christmas Movies/Specials)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 23, 2011, 12:18:53 PM
Sorry, I'm late.  Hit England today and a 11 hour plane ride and a 3.5 hour bus tour of London can really sidetrack things.  OK, today's topic is Christmas Specials and Movies.  Here's the original list:

#50: Fanny and Alexander Part One
#49: Love, Actually
#48: Jingle All the Way
#47: Stalag 17
#46: All I Want For Christmas
#45: Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
#44: Christmas Comes to Pacland
#43: The Office Christmas Specials
#42: Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey
#41: A Christmas Carol (1984)
#40: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Amends
#39: South Park � Woodland Critter Christmas
#38: Scrooge
#37: Justice League � Comfort and Joy
#36: A Christmas Carol (1999)
#35: Futurama � Xmas Story
#34: Ernest Saves Christmas
#33: South Park � Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo
#32: The Queen�s Speech
#31: The Snowman
#30: Santa Claus is Comin� to Town
#29: Terry Pratchett�s Hogfather
#28: A Wish for Wings That Work
#27: Futurama � A Tale of Two Santas
#26: Pee Wee�s Playhouse Christmas Special
#25: The Star Wars Holiday Special
#24: Die Hard
#23: The Year Without a Santa Claus
#22: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All
#21: The Santa Clause
#20: A Muppet Family Christmas
#19: Mickey�s Christmas Carol
#18: Blackadder�s Christmas Carol
#17: Frosty the Snowman
#16: The Nightmare Before Christmas
#15: Elf
#14: Home Alone
#13: Mystery Science Theater 3000 � Santa Claus
#12: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
#11: Miracle on 34th Street
#10: The Simpsons - Simpsons Roasting Over an Open Fire
#9: Gremlins
#8: A Christmas Story
#7: The Muppet Christmas Carol
#6: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
#5: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
#4: It's a Wonderful Life
#3: Scrooged
#2: A Charlie Brown Christmas
#1: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Christmas Movies/Specials)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 23, 2011, 12:29:57 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 18 – Christmas Specials and Movies


Joyeux Noël
(http://thecia.com.au/reviews/m/images/merry-christmas-joyeux-noel-poster-1.jpg)

Joyeux Noël (English: Merry Christmas) is a 2005 film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, British and German soldiers. It was written and directed by Christian Carion.  It was screened out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. The film was one of Ian Richardson's last appearances before his death on February 9, 2007.

The year is 1914, and as World War I continues to rage across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's Academy Award-nominated account of the true-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour. When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that it waged upon German, British, and French troops was palpable. As the winter winds began to blow and the soldiers sat huddled in their trenches awaiting the generous Christmas care packages sent by the families, the sounds of warfare took a momentary backseat to the yearning for brotherhood among all of mankind. It is here that the fate of a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, a German tenor, and a Danish soprano's lives were about to be changed forever. On Christmas Eve of that year, the lonely souls of the front lines abandoned their arms to reach out to their enemies on the battlefield and greet them with not anger or hostility, but with the simple, kindly gesture of a much needed cigarette or a treasured piece of chocolate, and to put their differences aside long enough to wish their brothers a sincere "Merry Christmas!"


http://www.youtube.com/v/aaJcSNBh-ok

Personal thoughts:
A beautiful sentimental movie.  You may call it corny, but if you think so, then corn me up.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Christmas Movies/Specials)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 23, 2011, 12:48:26 PM
L.O.C. #18 - Top Christmas Shows

Seinfeld: The Strike (Festivus Episode)

(http://thebrocave.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/seinfeld-festivus.jpg)
"I find your belief system fascinating!"

Thoughts
This is one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes. George and his Dad are in rare form throughout with the Festivus story. The subplot involving Jerry and his two-face, hot one minute, not the next girlfriend is great, especially the other character's reactions upon seeing her. Elaine vs. Denim Vest and fake phone numbers is classic. Denim Vest is hilariously played Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall. And George's Human Fund scam is also great; I love episodes featuring Kruger. Kramer as the Norma Rae of the bagel industry, the sleazeballs at the betting place. It's all good stuff. This is a surefire cure for the holiday blues.

The Wiki
"The Strike" is the 166th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the tenth episode of the 9th and final season. It aired on December 18, 1997. This episode featured and popularized the holiday of Festivus. This episode also popularized the concept of a "two-face": someone who looks attractive sometimes and looks bad at other times, depending on exterior conditions, such as lighting. It also explained why Kramer never held a job throughout the show.

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. It was created by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld, as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday's celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, includes an unadorned aluminum "Festivus pole", practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles". Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us", a saying taken from the O'Keefe family traditions and popularized in the Seinfeld episode to describe Festivus' non-commercial aspect.

http://www.youtube.com/v/X_z3RTwIWOw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/IPAO_AzYNKI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/bGWb10u2EPY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/QvJSHEv5uRA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Christmas Movies/Specials)
Post by: gojikranz on July 23, 2011, 01:50:36 PM
how about that tales from the crypt episode, and all through the house, with the killer santa clause.  directed by robert zemekis too.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: Invader_quirk on July 24, 2011, 07:18:28 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters

I know that as a Lost fan, I'm in the minority here, but.....
The Smoke Monster
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081224004219/lostpedia/images/b/b7/Monster-portal.png)

 Personal thoughts:   
I like Lost.  I like the ending.  I think it was all worth it.


Second. When you hear the Smoke Monster's sound, you tense up. Very eerie. Very mysterious. And as you learn more about it, it doesn't become less frightening, but takes on a new sinister light.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Favourite Monsters)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 24, 2011, 09:40:52 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 17 – Monsters

I know that as a Lost fan, I'm in the minority here, but.....
The Smoke Monster
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081224004219/lostpedia/images/b/b7/Monster-portal.png)

 Personal thoughts:   
I like Lost.  I like the ending.  I think it was all worth it.


Second. When you hear the Smoke Monster's sound, you tense up. Very eerie. Very mysterious. And as you learn more about it, it doesn't become less frightening, but takes on a new sinister light.
I thought it turned out to be just the Silver Surfer?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 24, 2011, 02:20:35 PM
Again, sorry for being late.  Today, it's the riff wishlist part 2

#50: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
#49: The Sound of Music
#48: Friday the 13th
#47: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
#46: War of the Worlds
#45: The Mummy: Curse of the Dragon Emperor
#44: Ghost Rider
#43: Super Mario Bros.
#42: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
#41: Eagle Eye
#40: Total Recall
#39: Transformers: the Movie
#38: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
#37: Double Dragon
#36: The Wizard of Oz
#35: Gungeons and Dragons
#34: Superman Returns
#33: Batman Begins
#32: AVP: Alien Vs. Predator
#31: The Matrix Revolutions
#30: Aliens
#29: Jaws: The Revenge
#28: Congo
#27: Waterworld
#26: From Justin to Kelly
#25: Star Wars: the Clone Wars
#24: Catwoman
#23: Commando
#22: The Mummy
#21: Billy Jack
The rest was never finished
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 24, 2011, 02:39:25 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 19 – More Movies You Want to See Riffed
This one literally JUST NOW came to me and while I love the movie, I think it would be great.
The Dark Crystal
(http://images.wikia.com/darkcrystal/images/b/b7/The_Dark_Crystal_Poster.jpg)

The Dark Crystal is a 1982 British and American fantasy film directed by puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz, creators of The Muppet Show. Although still marketed as a family film, it was notably darker than previous material created by them. Characters for which they are famous do not appear, but some of the same performers are used. The animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking. The primary concept artist was the fantasy illustrator Brian Froud, famous for his distinctive faerie and dwarf designs. Froud also collaborated with Jim Henson and Frank Oz for their next project, the 1986 film Labyrinth, which was notably more light-hearted than The Dark Crystal.

The Dark Crystal was produced by Gary Kurtz, whose list of credits includes American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return to Oz, and Slipstream. The screenplay was written by David Odell, who had worked with Henson as a staff writer on The Muppet Show. Trevor Jones provided the film's atmospheric music. The film makes an attempt to study the nature of good and evil in terms of conscience, destiny, and the triune nature of harmony. The film was produced by ITC Entertainment, the British production company responsible for producing The Muppet Show.

Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos has began! The evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gives the Skesis their power and restore the balance of the universe.


http://www.youtube.com/v/ZzgVPB5dpgg

Personal thoughts:
This movie scared the crap out of me when my sister would rent it.  I actually liked it, but I was too scared of Fizzgig to move forward (plus the Skeksis were a tad scary).  When I got older, I rented it and loved it.  Still, over the top fantasy films with their own set up rules make for fun targets.  It's fun and crazy and would make for a tremendous riff.  This, along with the Wizard, would be perfect for the Brothers Chaps to do a guest riff (who are also my number one on my guest riffer wish list.  This might be the only time that we'd see a Jim Henson movie riffed.  Maybe Labyrinth, but this strikes me as a much better choice.

Also, for a bonus:
(http://randomoverload.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/f4f16fbcark-crystal.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 24, 2011, 03:16:44 PM
Why was that LoC never finished?

Also, that Maris Shriver/Aughra pic is hilarious. And yes, that would make a spectacular riff. Love that movie.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 24, 2011, 03:22:17 PM
I think it was a mix of Greg being busy and Greg being grumpy.  But I don't remember and don't feel like looking it up.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 24, 2011, 04:04:06 PM
Why was that LoC never finished?
I think it was a mix of Greg being busy and Greg being grumpy.  But I don't remember and don't feel like looking it up.

Who doesn't finish a List of Crap?!? That's worse than leaving someone's #1 pick off the list! (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/wink.gif)


L.O.C. #19 - Top Movies You Want Riffed

Quarantine

(http://www.horrorphile.net/images/quarantine-movie-review1.jpg)

Thoughts
I really enjoyed the Cloverfield Rifftrax. This is a found-footage Cloverfield type movie, with a crazy zombie virus instead of a monster. It's also more claustrophobic given it all takes place in an apartment building. Quarantine stars Jennifer Carpenter, who I can't stand to the point where she almost ruins Dexter for me. The cast is filled with stock characters, over the top crazed zombie action, and a somewhat annoying and sometimes shrieking performance by Carpenter (although as previously mentioned, I'm a bit biased on the subject. I think MKB could have a lot of fun with this one.

The Wiki
Quarantine is a 2008 American horror film, directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter. The film is a shot-for-shot remake of the Spanish horror film REC with a few exceptions such as added scenes and dialogue. Shot in the "found footage" style, the movie was released in 2008 by Screen Gems. The film features no incidental music, being "scored" only with sound effects. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Television reporter Angela Vidal and her cameraman are assigned to spend the night shift with a Los Angeles Fire Station. After a routine 911 call takes them to a small apartment building, they find police officers already on the scene in response to blood curdling screams coming from one of the apartment units. They soon learn that a woman living in the building has been infected by something unknown. After a few of the residents are viciously attacked, they try to escape with the news crew in tow, only to find that the CDC has quarantined the building. Phones, internet, televisions and cell phone access have been cut-off, and officials are not relaying information to those locked inside. When the quarantine is finally lifted, the only evidence of what took place is the news crew's videotape.

http://www.youtube.com/v/uZ15yrxh7ZQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

I cant believe they got the FRONTLINE narrator to do one of the trailers.
http://www.youtube.com/v/D4inLY7YmNI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: Dim of the Yard on July 24, 2011, 06:41:00 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 19 – More Movies You Want to See Riffed

Brothers Grimm
(http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/3810/brothersgrimmmovieposte.jpg)

From the Wiki: The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 fantasy comedy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The film stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in an exaggerated portrait of the Brothers Grimm as traveling con-artists in French-occupied Germany during the late 18th century. However, the brothers eventually encounter a genuine fairy tale curse which requires real courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. Supporting roles are portrayed by Peter Stormare, Lena Headey, Jonathan Pryce, and Monica Bellucci.

My Thoughts: Terry Gilliam is one of my favorite directors. That’s why I’m really itching to see one of his movies riffed. The problem is that many of Gilliam’s films would be tricky to riff, if not nearly impossible. The movies are generally pretty dense, both in terms of the mise-en-scene and in the sense that his films aren’t exactly light fare, and it’d be difficult to work a riff around a film like this.

Brothers Grimm is about the least-Gilliam film Gilliam has ever made. It’s a movie that you can safely turn your brain off for and not miss a thing. The plot is straightforward and exceedingly simple to follow, the characters aren’t exactly richly layered, and the movie has a happy ending, to boot. The acting tends to get hammy, the premise is a touch goofy, the special effects are questionable at times, and really, there’s nothing in this film that sets it apart from other fantasy movies. It’s stupid, but inoffensively so. I’ve always found it fun, myself, even if it’s not exactly a Gilliam movie. It’s perfect riff fodder, as far as I’m concerned.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3QkwDld1d4

(Apologies if the YouTube clip doesn't embed. I have the worst luck with those...)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 24, 2011, 06:49:01 PM
Brothers Grimm


Oh God yes! This movie is so stupid! Both the premis and Gilliam directing had so much premis, but it turned out so badly. Perfect riff fodder.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 24, 2011, 07:33:00 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 19 - Top Movies That Need To Be Rifftrax (or something like that) Part 2
Falls under the category of comedy that is so pretentious and unfunny that it needs to be brought down a few pegs.  Not that it isn't already down with the lowest of the low.  One of the worst big budget films ever made.
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Town & Country
(http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/8325/townandcountryver1.jpg)

The Wiki:
Town & Country is a 2001 film starring Goldie Hawn, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Garry Shandling and directed by Peter Chelsom. It is a romantic comedy in which Beatty plays New York City architect Porter Stoddard, with Keaton as his wife and Hawn and Shandling as their best friends. It holds the distinction of being one of the biggest money-losing films in American film history. This is Beatty and Keaton's second film since 1981's Reds. As well, this is Beatty's third film with Hawn since 1971's $ and 1975's Shampoo.

http://www.youtube.com/v/DPX_1XQtmB4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0


And yes, I know that the guys never do comedies (or that at least it is highly unlikely that they will do comedies).  Just saying that if they wanted to do one, this would be a great choice.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic Riffs Wishlist 2)
Post by: Invader_quirk on July 24, 2011, 08:33:37 PM
I despise The Brothers Grimm. Hate hate hate it. I didn't even finish it. After the guy shredded the kitten and that was supposed to be funny I just left in disgust. Unfunny, uninteresting, revolting, and offensive.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 25, 2011, 01:48:33 AM
Hey all, today's topic is authors.  And yes, my avatar is being used ironically, don't worry (unless you are worrying about me being a hipster, because ironic avatars are one step into that direction).  Anyway, here's the original list:

#50: Brian K. Vaughan
#49: George MacDonald Fraser
#48: Clive Barker
#47: Dave Berry
#46: William Shakespeare
#45: Iain Banks
#44: Kevin J Anderson
#43: F. Scot Fitzgerald
#42: Ray Bradbury
#41: Jonathan Safran Foer
#40: P.G. Wodehouse
#39: Frank Herbert
#38: Hunter S Thompson
#37: Harlan Ellson
#36: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
#35: Sylvia Plath
#34: Raymond Chandler
#33: Cormac McCarthy
#32: C.S. Lewis
#31: George R.R. Martin
#30: Haruki Murakami     
#29: Bill Bryson
#28: Neal Stephenson
#27: Edgar Allen Poe
#26: Arthur C Clarke
#25: John Steinbeck
#24: Frank Miller
#23: H.G. Wells
#22: Jane Austen
#21: H.P. Lovecraft
#20: William Faulker
#19: Mike Nelson
#18: Harper Lee
#17: Charles Dickens
#16: Roald Dahl
#15: Mark Twain
#14: J.K. Rowling
#13: George Orwell
#12: Orson Scot Card
#11: Arthur Conan Doyle
#10: Ernest Hemingway
#9: Philip K Dick
#8: Isaac Asimov
#7: J. R.R. Tolkien
#6: Neil Gaiman
#5: Terry Pratchett
#4: Stephen King
#3: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
#2: Alan Moore
#1: Douglas Adams
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: anais.jude on July 25, 2011, 06:36:12 AM
Within the last year I have absolutely fallen in love with Norman Mailer, so he is my pick. And I suggest everyone read "An American Dream." Phenomenal
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 25, 2011, 08:31:56 AM
Madeleine L'Engle


Madeleine L'Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007)[1] was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c9/Madeleine_lengle.jpg)

A wrinkle in time was, and the following books were so unique to me as a kid.  That totally sucked me into their world and introduced me to ideas that were just so absent from regular themes seen in shows and books and movies.  As an adult I find they still hold up great.  I would still recommend her books to anyone. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 25, 2011, 09:14:41 AM
Oh, I was a huge fan of the Wrinkle in Time series when I was a kid.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 25, 2011, 10:23:34 AM
Yeah i liked that one. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 25, 2011, 11:33:43 AM
L.O.C. #20 - Top Authors

David Foster Wallace

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Thoughts
I love David Foster Wallace. I love his novels, his short fiction, and his essays as well. The word genius does get thrown around quite a bit, but I truly consider this man to be a genius. The first book of his I read was The Broom of the System and I was pretty blown away at how smart and talented a writer he was. And then along comes Infinite Jest. What a masterpiece. It's so good on so many levels. The multiple parallel and converging narratives, the ninety-eight pages of notes and errata (some of which span several pages), and the incredibly meticulous and at times incredibly dense use of language really forces you to bring your brain to the book. His sense of humor and his ability to project our current commercial-driven culture to ridiculous hypothetical extremes makes you literally laugh out loud. I can remember reading the book in public and just bursting into laughter, not even bothering to look up and see if people were looking because I just wanted to keep reading. It takes an incredible talent to create something so engrossing, intellectually stimulating, hilarious, tragic, and genuine. It's such a shame he's gone. What a huge loss for literature and our culture as a whole.

The Wiki
David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American author of novels, essays, and short stories, and a professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He was widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which Time included in its All-Time 100 Greatest Novels list (covering the period 1923–2006). Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin called Wallace "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years". Wallace's unfinished novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.

Wallace's first novel, 1987's The Broom of the System, garnered national attention and critical praise. Caryn James of The New York Times called it a successful "manic, human, flawed extravaganza", "emerging straight from the excessive tradition of Stanley Elkin's Franchiser, Thomas Pynchon's V., John Irving's World According to Garp." He had begun work on his second novel, Infinite Jest, in 1991. Wallace published short fiction in Might, GQ, Playboy, The Paris Review, Harper's Magazine, Mid-American Review, Conjunctions, Esquire, Open City, Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The New Yorker, and Science.

Wallace committed suicide by hanging himself on September 12, 2008. In an interview with The New York Times, Wallace's father reported that Wallace had suffered from depression for more than 20 years.

http://www.youtube.com/v/cj0JgqOnK2M?version=3&amp;hl=en_US


P.S. The original list was, um, interesting to say the least. (http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/wink.gif)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 25, 2011, 12:04:30 PM
My wife adores him. Our dog is named for him.

That is so cool. And your wife has very good taste.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 25, 2011, 12:45:16 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 20 – Favourite Authors
This one probably seems like I picked it because it makes me look smarter than I am.  This is true.  Still...
Oscar Wilde
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/23/Oscar_Wilde.jpg/220px-Oscar_Wilde.jpg)

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.

Wilde's parents were successful Dublin intellectuals, and their son showed his intelligence early by becoming fluent in French and German. At university Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his tutors, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. He also profoundly explored Roman Catholicism, to which he would later convert on his deathbed. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles. As a spokesman for aestheticism, he tried his hand at various literary activities: he published a book of poems, lectured in the United States of America and Canada on the new "English Renaissance in Art", and then returned to London where he worked prolifically as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde had become one of the most well-known personalities of his day.

At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The opportunity to construct aesthetic details precisely, and combine them with larger social themes, drew Wilde to write drama. He wrote Salome (1891) in French in Paris but it was refused a licence. Unperturbed, Wilde produced four society comedies in the early 1890s, which made him one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London.

At the height of his fame and success, whilst his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde sued the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, for libel. After a series of trials, Wilde was convicted of gross indecency with other men and imprisoned for two years, held to hard labour. In prison he wrote De Profundis (written in 1897 & published in 1905), a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure. Upon his release he left immediately for France, never to return to Ireland or Britain. There he wrote his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life. He died destitute in Paris at the age of forty-six.

His Works
(http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/wilde/oscar/happy/images/c_cover.jpg)(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_y6KIPvOYMOA/TMh6bDCVYeI/AAAAAAAAEPw/rPKi1-H1VCg/s1600/356428272_647da11f7f_o.jpg)
(http://images.filedby.com/bookimg/1409/9781409725572.jpg) (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dLSVgS5AxBI/SUDiezgsVbI/AAAAAAAATy4/nasFMgK6aqM/s400/jessie-king-pomegranates01.jpg)
   

Personal thoughts:
Possibly the most quotable author of all time, I discover Wilde in college and as a person who sometimes feels he relates more to fiction that reality, his embrace of artifice caught ,me at just the right time.  It’s interesting that at the time he was thought of as an amoral author, since I think his works are quite more.  The Picture of Dorian Gray is good (if overly long, in my opinion), but what I really love are his children’s stories.  The Giant’s Garden makes me tear up every time I read it.  Same thing happened to Wilde supposedly, stating that he always cried at beautiful things.  Well said.  And speaking of…
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
"I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there."
"Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power."
"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you."
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit."

Also, I enjoy this much more than I should.
http://www.youtube.com/v/Mhk5Rjz7xk0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 25, 2011, 01:55:33 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 20 - Top Authors
This guy is easily one of my favorite modern authors.  Unfortunately he passed away last year, but he was very prolific and left behind some great characters that will likely live forever.
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Robert B. Parker
(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Books/Pix/pictures/2010/1/20/1263985391351/Robert-B-Parker-006.jpg)

The Wiki:
Robert Brown Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced. His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area. Parker was 77 when he died of a heart attack at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts; discovered at his desk by his wife Joan, he had been working on a novel. The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert Crais, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own work but reviving and changing the detective genre.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Authors)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 25, 2011, 09:45:15 PM
Madeleine L'Engle
While I'm familiar with a couple of her titles, I've never actually read anything by her.

Norman Mailer
Nice choice. I've read The Naked and the Dead and the The Executioner's Song and thought they were both fantastic. I'll put An American Dream on my seemingly endless list of shit I need to read.

Oscar Wilde
Great choice. Just an incredibly smart and witty writer. This guy could knock out anybody in a no-holds-barred, steel cage battle royale of wits.

Robert B. Parker
Haven't read anything by him, either. Although I did enjoy Spenser: For Hire as a kid, although I know it was only based on the novels. Hawk!!! Or is it Hawkes!!!


I thought there would've been a bigger turnout for this category.

Oh, and that original list is pretty messed up.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 26, 2011, 02:11:33 PM
Again, sorry I'm late.  Still, this one (which I am nonetheless proud of) is a bit of an odd-ball, so I wouldn't be expecting a lot of contributions (prove me wrong,  children.  Prove me wrong).  Still, I'm sure you can think of something cool with a little imagination.

Here's the original list of top 52 Super-Powers:

#50: Eidetic Memory
#49: Handyman
#49: Super-Jumping
#48: Super-Accuracy & Precision
#47: Hard Light Constructs
#46: Precognition
#46: Willed Bowel Loosening
#45: Interdimensional Travel
#44: Ability/Power Taking
#43: Kinetic Absorption/Redistribution
#42: Pleasure Touch
#41: Breathing as Optional
#40: Force Field
#39: Super-Agility
#38: Wall Crawler
#37: ESP/Clairsentience
#36: Transmutation/Alchemy
#35: Omnilinguilism
#34: Cat Herding
#33: Biokinesis
#32: Electro Control/Generation
#31: Animal Transformation/Mimicry
#30: Healing Powers (others)
#29: Self-Duplication
#28: Super-Senses
#27: Size-Changing
#26: Zoolingualism
#25: Pyrokinesis
#24: Plant Control
#23: Mind Control
#22: Time Travel
#21: Machine Empathy/Control
#20 Weather Control
#19: Super-Intelligence
#18: Time Manipulation
#17: Accelerated Healing
#16: Cryokinesis/Ice Manipulation
#15: Underwater Breathing
#14: X-Ray Vision
#13: Elasticity
#12: Intangibility
#11: Immortality
#10: Heat/Laser Vision
#9: Telepathy
#8: Invulnerability
#7: Shapeshifting
#6: Super-Speed
#5: Super-Strength
#4: Tele/Psychokinesis
#3: Teleportation
#2: Invisibility
#1: Flight
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 26, 2011, 02:12:12 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 21 – Favourite Super-Powers
Photographic Reflexes
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_36s76xZ60Kg/TTS3vyUIPLI/AAAAAAAAALo/4LblStl4Tg0/s1600/Taskmaster.jpg)

Photographic reflexes is the ability to essentially copy any martial arts move that you see. A prime example of this would be Echo, recently known as Ronin. The Batman villain Prometheus has a similar power, though instead of it being an actual power, he downloads the martial arts techniques into a suit, which allows them to register into his brain. The first villain with this power was known as the Taskmaster, who battled the Avengers to a standstill in Avengers #195, vol. 1. He was defeated by Jocasta (comics), the bride of Ultron, because he had never seen her in combat before and therefore could not predict her moves.


Personal thoughts:
Basically, the premise is that you can do any sort of physical activity with perfect precision simply by watching it being done.  Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can necessarily do what that person couldn’t if he was in your body (IE, a weightlifter’s ability probably wouldn’t help unless you had substantial strength), but it means that you can simply watch martial arts movies and be able to do what they can do within the physical confines of your body.  And if anything, it probably would give you initiative to work out more.  Plus, it could be applicable to sports, exercise (I always feel I’m doing something wrong when I exercise, so here I would know), sexual techniques (uh, just don’t tell me where you’ve seen them) and any physical activity.  It doesn’t give you the raw power, but it gives you instant skill.

Imagine what you could do simply by watching this video.
http://www.youtube.com/v/7ItnogOU2gM
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 02:13:32 PM
I'll have a think, not sure I can top the ones on my original list though.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 26, 2011, 02:16:17 PM
Too be fair, not all the ones on your original list made it.  Maybe you should check what didn't...
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 26, 2011, 02:31:17 PM
L.O.C. #21 - Top Super Powers

Magnetism Manipulation

(http://www.vfxtalk.com/feature/xmen3/xmen3magneto.jpg)

Ability to control and/or generate magnetic fields.

Thoughts
Magneto was pretty badass, at least until he lost his power in The Last Stand and immediately turned into a cowering geriatric. And plastic guns? Fine, I'll just heave giant chunks of steel at you. What are you gonna do? Come at me in a plastic tank?

CHEEESSSSSSS!!!

http://www.youtube.com/v/a5RoSt7aoUM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 02:50:07 PM
Right you are, from that list:

I was a little peeved that my number seven didn't show up, I was quite pleased with that one.  :)

LoC Rest of the Best - Day 21 – Favourite Super-Powers
The Power to Prevent Forest Fires
(http://www.deanbennett.com/forest-fire.gif)
Dammit! If only Nick were here!

Personal thoughts:
Forest fires are of course utterly horrendous but for centuries mankind was at their mercy until one day a champion was chosen, and oddly it was a human, chosen by the wild beasts of the forest, I am that human, how did I gain these powers you ask. Well it's fairly simple really, one day I was walking through the woods (Grosse Pointe Woods I believe) when I found that a bear had walked across my path, encased in a TV. He didn't allow the imprisonment distract him from his cause however and, to me surprise he spoke to me in the language of my people and said that only I, yes I a lowly British emigre had the power to prevent forest fires. Sadly I don't really live near any of the forest fire hotspots so they continue to rage every summer, sorry about that. Promise, if ever I'm near the west or something I will see if the bear was telling the truth. Mind you, he's a talking bear, why would he lie?
http://www.youtube.com/v/U6xMd0wSbZc
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 04:37:19 PM
Oh and the latest After Hours (http://www.cracked.com/video_18289_the-best-super-power-is-not-what-you-think.html) vid on Cracked is appropriate to the topic (also Katy has been making some bold and appealing wardrobe choices of late)

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on July 26, 2011, 05:32:52 PM
Ability to take photographs with ones eyes

I don't have a picture for this, though I suppose literally any picture would do. It wouldn't be useful for combat, but you could easily use it for espionage. Mostly it's just something that I've often wished I could do.

And wasn't there a kid in Speaker for the Dead who had some sort of electronic eye that could record things? Or did I imagine that?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 06:46:56 PM
Provocative wardrobe selection?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 07:04:00 PM
Ever read The Fermata by Nicholson Baker, it's all about that power, and yeah said power gets used mostly for the same purposes discussed in the vid. It's kind of like if Patrick Stewart had that ability...
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 26, 2011, 07:15:23 PM
how long could you stop time?  The ability to spy on evil people and help good people would be astronomical.  Hell i could end the Lybia conflict right now depending on my timeline.  It also wouldnt end up killing anyone. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 07:26:29 PM
So did you dig this show then?

http://www.youtube.com/v/L2UkZzdyD0A
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 26, 2011, 07:49:36 PM
i dont know what that is but its filmed in Monterrey apparently so im cool with it
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 07:54:14 PM
It was a show about a little girl with a quasi-MILFy* mother who'd boinked an alien played (in voice only) by Burt Reynolds resulting in the little girl having the ability to stop time. Doug McClure was also in it.


*he says being now two years older than the woman was at the beginning of the show
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 26, 2011, 08:03:51 PM
So did you dig this show then?

http://www.youtube.com/v/L2UkZzdyD0A
Th...that's REAL? That's a real show? You're fucking kidding me!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Tripe on July 26, 2011, 08:05:32 PM
And it sustained ratings enough (or the creators had dirt on the network execs damaging enough) to last for four seasons.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite World Leaders)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 27, 2011, 12:16:46 PM
I'm busy (great day today) but here's today's topic.  I'll be back to post my choice soon, but feel free to start without me.  Here's the original list of world leaders:

#50: Lev Davidovich Trotsky
#49: Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus
#48: Harry S Truman
#47: Otto Von Bismarck
#47: Charles De Gaulle
#47: Frederick Douglass
#47: Antiochus IV Epiphanies
#43: Joseph, Son of Jacob
#42: Marcus Aurelius Antioninus Augustus
#41: Alexander Hamilton
#40: Mar�a Coraz�n Cojuangco-Aquino
#40: Polybius
#40: Hammurabi
#40: Louis Riel
#40: Susan B Anthony
#40: Flavius Claudius Julianus
#34: Saul of Tarsus
#33: Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov
#32: James I of England, VI of Scotland
#31: Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher
#30: Ronald Wilson Reagan
#29: Kanuni Sultan S�leyman
#28: Theodore D Roosevelt
#27: Cleopatra VII Philopator
#26: Jeanne d�Arc
#25: Benjamin Franklin
#24: George William Frederick
#23: Kublai Kahn
#22: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
#21: Rammesses II
#20: Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili
#19: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
#18: John Adams
#17: John Fitzgerald Kennedy
#16: C Iuilius Caeser
#15: Moses
#14: Yekaterina II Velikaya
#13: Martin Luther King Jr.
#12: Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatsu
#11:Elizabeth I
#10: Adolf Hitler
#9: Thomas Jefferson
#8: Franklyn Delano Roosevelt
#7: Napoleon Bonaparte
#6: Alexander VII of Macedon
#5: George Washington
#4: Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus
#3: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
#2: Abraham Lincoln
#1: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: Kete on July 27, 2011, 12:36:41 PM
So did you dig this show then?

http://www.youtube.com/v/L2UkZzdyD0A
Th...that's REAL? That's a real show? You're fucking kidding me!

I remember that show!!  I didn't know I remembered it, but the theme song made it all come back to me.  Geez....the things I liked when I was 10.....
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite World Leaders)
Post by: goflyblind on July 27, 2011, 12:42:43 PM
i would have to say lester b. pearson. his government gave canadians healthcare, student loans, made canada bilingual and won a nobel peace prize. he's also got an airport in toronto named after him, but i won't hold it against him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_B._Pearson
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Super-Powers)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 27, 2011, 01:19:02 PM
The Power to Prevent Forest Fires

Personal thoughts:
Forest fires are of course utterly horrendous but for centuries mankind was at their mercy until one day a champion was chosen, and oddly it was a human, chosen by the wild beasts of the forest, I am that human, how did I gain these powers you ask. Well it's fairly simple really, one day I was walking through the woods (Grosse Pointe Woods I believe) when I found that a bear had walked across my path, encased in a TV. He didn't allow the imprisonment distract him from his cause however and, to me surprise he spoke to me in the language of my people and said that only I, yes I a lowly British emigre had the power to prevent forest fires. Sadly I don't really live near any of the forest fire hotspots so they continue to rage every summer, sorry about that. Promise, if ever I'm near the west or something I will see if the bear was telling the truth. Mind you, he's a talking bear, why would he lie?

(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

Nice one, Tripe.

And hey folks, don't we all have this power within us? Oh wait, I'm being reminded that if you're all psyched about having a raging psilocybin-fueled bonfire, you should really appoint a designated sober fire-putter-outer and then promptly hit them with a log and hope they wake up just in time to save 500 square miles from an ashy end. I think I might need to watch the PSA a few more times.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite World Leaders)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 27, 2011, 01:33:02 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 22 – Favourite World Leaders
Pierre Trudeau
(http://www.artizans.com/images/previews/BAD125.gif)
Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, CC, CH, PC, QC, FSRC (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000), usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and again from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984.
Trudeau began his political career campaigning for socialist ideals, but he eventually joined the Liberal Party of Canada when he entered federal politics in the 1960s. He was appointed as Lester Pearson's Parliamentary Secretary, and later became his Minister of Justice. From his base in Montreal, Trudeau took control of the Liberal Party and became a charismatic leader, inspiring "Trudeaumania". From the late 1960s until the mid-1980s, he dominated the Canadian political scene and aroused passionate reactions. "Reason before passion" was his personal motto. He retired from politics in 1984, and John Turner succeeded him as Prime Minister.

Admirers praise the force of Trudeau's intellect and they salute his political acumen in preserving national unity against Quebec separatists, suppressing a violent revolt, and establishing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms within Canada's constitution. His detractors accuse him of arrogance, economic mismanagement, and unduly favouring the authority of the federal government in relation to the provinces, especially in trying to control the oil wealth of the Prairies.

Personal thoughts:
I must make a confession: while I certainly have my personal politics, I don’t pay nearly enough attention to the Canadian political scene.  I’m mostly liberal, but I sometimes I’m disappointed enough that I go NPC, but I really don’t pay enough attention until it’s election time, and then I feel kind of poorly informed, and it’s no one’s fault but mine.  That said, sometimes I’m impressed by certain fellows in Canadian history and for the most part I’m very on board with Pierre Trudeau.  In an age when most parties seem to run just to win and are seeing who can shout the loudest, Trudeau was an intellectual, was largely even handed and argued well with political opponent (in terms of the Quebec referendum) Rene Levesque.  I really have to study Canadian political history more.  It’s not nearly as boring as one would think (not like the present).

 http://www.youtube.com/v/NLkJbcW33rE

http://www.youtube.com/v/LpeNG0rx0K4
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite World Leaders)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 27, 2011, 01:56:30 PM
L.O.C. #22 - Top World Leaders

Golda Meir

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/09/17/article-1056842-020D04DD00000578-177_468x329.jpg)

"Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either."

Thoughts
Golda Meir was tough, had a ton of heart, and a truckload of integrity. She was one of the most important figures in international politics for over two decades. Like all leaders, she wasn't perfect and made mistakes, but she was an intelligent, straight-shooting leader. We could use a few more like her.

The Wiki
Golda Meir was a teacher, kibbutznik and politician who became the fourth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. Israel's first and the world's third woman to hold such an office, she was described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics years before the epithet became associated with British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Former prime minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir "the best man in the government"; she was often portrayed as the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people." In 1974, after the conclusion of the Yom Kippur War, Meir resigned as prime minister. She passed away in 1978 at the age of 80.

After Levi Eshkol's sudden death on 26 February 1969, the party elected Meir as his successor. Meir came out of retirement to take office on 17 March 1969, serving as prime minister until 1974. Meir maintained the coalition government formed in 1967, after the Six-Day War, in which Mapai merged with two other parties (Rafi and Ahdut HaAvoda) to form the Israel Labour party. In 1969 and the early 1970s, Meir met with many world leaders to promote her vision of peace in the Middle East, including Richard Nixon (1969), Nicolae Ceausescu (1972) and Pope Paul VI (1973). In 1973, she hosted the chancellor of West Germany, Willy Brandt in Israel. In August 1970, Meir accepted a U.S. peace initiative that called for an end to the War of Attrition and an Israeli pledge to withdraw to "secure and recognized boundaries" in the framework of a comprehensive peace settlement. The Gahal party quit the national unity government in protest, but Meir continued to lead the remaining coalition.

http://www.youtube.com/v/wET_StZgPk8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite World Leaders)
Post by: Tripe on July 27, 2011, 02:33:34 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 22 – Favourite World Leaders
Charles Stuart
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f6/Charles_II_of_England.jpeg)

Charles II was born in St James's Palace, London. During the Civil War he lived with his father in Oxford 1642–45, and after the victory of Cromwell's Parliamentary forces he was in exile in France. Accepting the Scottish Covenanters' offer to make him King, he landed in Scotland in 1650, and was crowned at Scone on 1 January 1651. An attempt to invade England was ended on 3 September 1651 by Cromwell's victory at the Battle of Worcester. Charles escaped according to legend by hiding in an oak tree, and for nine years he was in exile in Holland, France, Germany, Flanders, and Spain. The death of Cromwell and the collapse of the English Commonwealth lead to opening of negotiations in 1659 by George Monk for the restoration of the monarchy.

In April 1660 Charles issued the Declaration of Breda, promising a general amnesty and freedom of conscience. Parliament accepted the Declaration and he was proclaimed King on 8 May 1660. Charles landed at Dover on 26 May 1660, and entered London three days later. He was crowned at Westminster on 23 April 1661. Despite the Declaration there was retribution. The body of Oliver Cromwell was dug up and posthumously decapitated, Charles I was venerated a Saint by the Anglican Church, and all legal documents were post-dated as though Charles II had succeeded on his father’s death in 1649. The Act of uniformity required all Puritans to accept the doctrines of the Church of England. Many who refused sort a new life in to the colonies in North America. The Restoration brought liberalizing social changes including the re-opening of theatres and study of sciences that had been banned by the Puritans. The Royal Society for the study of Science was established and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. In May 1662 Charles married the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza. Her dowry brought Tangiers and Bombay to British control, but despite four pregnancies she produced no children. Charles did however have at least 17 illegitimate children by his various mistresses who included Lady Castlemaine, Nell Gwyn, Lady Portsmouth, and Lucy Walter.

England was at war with Holland and in 1664 seized the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam in North America and renamed it New York. However the Dutch Navy sailed up the River Medway and humiliated the Royal Navy by capturing the English flagship and burning other ships. In 1665 the Great Plague struck London killing over 60,000 people, and was followed in 1666 by the Fire of London which destroyed a large part of the city including St Paul’s cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to rebuild the cathedral. The Dutch war furnished an excuse for banishing Lord Clarendon who was made a scapegoat in 1667, and he was replaced by the Cabal of Clifford and Arlington, both secret Catholics, and Buckingham, Ashley (Lord Shaftesbury), and Lauderdale. In 1670 Charles signed the Secret Treaty of Dover, whereby he promised Louis XIV of France he would declare himself a Catholic, re-establish Catholicism in England, and support the French king's projected war against the Dutch; in return Louis was to finance Charles and in the event of resistance to supply him with troops. The third Dutch War followed in 1672, and at the same time Charles issued the Declaration of Indulgence, suspending all penal laws against Catholics and Dissenters.

In 1673, Parliament forced Charles to withdraw the Indulgence and accept a Test Act excluding all Catholics from office, and in 1674 to end the Dutch war. The Test Act broke up the Cabal, while Shaftesbury, who had learned the truth about the treaty, assumed the leadership of the opposition. In 1678 Titus Oates's announcement of a 'Popish plot' released a general panic, which Shaftesbury exploited to introduce his Exclusion Bill, excluding Charles’s brother James, Duke of York, from the succession as he was openly Catholic and instead he hoped to substitute Charles's illegitimate son the Duke of Monmouth. Charles dissolved Parliament in 1679 declaring there would be no talk of change of succession. He now ruled as absolute monarch without a parliament, financed by Louis XIV. When the Whigs plotted a revolt, their leaders were executed, and Shaftesbury and Monmouth fled to the Netherlands to William of Orange. Charles died in 1685, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church on his deathbed. He was succeeded by his brother James II.

Personal thoughts:
Not quite as clever as his grandfather but certainly more politically adept, Charles II was truly one of the greatest monarchs to sit on the thrones of England, Ireland and Scotland. He recognized that his restoration held the potential for more bloodshed and maneuvered to turn the republican forces into allies with forgiveness of most of those who had stood against his (frankly utterly crap) father. There are many things I'd like to do if I had a time machine; go see Cardenio at Blackfriars, Meet Emperor Norton, shag Mary Boleyn, but one of the things I'd like to do most (aside from shagging Mary Boleyn) is to be in England during the restoration, all the accounts I read of it sound almost as exciting as shagging Mary Boleyn.

In addition because of this little lady

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Catherine_of_Braganza.jpg)

Britain was introduced to the most quintessentially British thing ever, Tea.

The man had great taste in wife. :) And in fact by all accounts they had a very good and loving relationship despite his stable of mistresses, a model for us all I think. :)

What a shame his brother was awful, thankfully his nieces were a lot better.

OK, a couple of vids

http://www.youtube.com/v/P2kyNbZc7oc

http://www.youtube.com/v/vVXQUIi8eh0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite MST3k Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 28, 2011, 02:07:39 AM
This should be a popular day!  It's top MST3k episodes.  Here's the original list:

#50: The Mole People
#50: 12 to the Moon
#50: Gamera Vs. Guiron
#49: The Horrors of Spider Island
#49: The Brute Man
#48: Master Ninja I
#47: Monster A Go-Go
#47: The Creeping Terror
#46: The Screaming Skull
#45: The Painted Hills
#44: The Day the Earth Froze
#43: Operation Double 007
#43: Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell
#42: Samson Vs. The Vampire Women
#42: The Leech Woman
#41: Night of the Blood Beast
#40: Diabolik
#40: Gunslinger
#39: The Magic Sword
#39: Quest of the Delta Knights
#37: Zombie Nightmare
#36: The Amazing Colossal Man
#35: Track of the Moon Beast
#34: The Horror of Party Beach
#33: Red Zone Cuba
#32: Devil Doll
#32: The Dead Talk Back
#31: Girls Town
#30: Angels Revenge
#30: Final Justice
#29: Girl in the Gold Boots
#28: Godzilla Vs. Megalon[/url]
#27: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies
#26: The Incredible Melting Man
#25: Santa Claus
#24: Boggy Creek II And the Legend Continues
#23: Eegah
#22: Parts: the Clonus Horror
#21: Laserblast
#20: I Accuse My Parents
#19: Riding With Death
#18: Cave Dwellers
#17: The Touch of Satan
#16: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
#15 Soultaker
#14: The Giant Spider Invasion
#13: Prince of Space
#12: Jack Frost
#11: Hamlet
#11: Hobgoblins
#10: The Final Sacrifice
#9: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
#8: Werewolf
#7: Merlin�s Shop of Mystical Wonders
#6: Pod People
#5: �Manos� The Hands of Fate
#4: Time Chasers
#3: The Pumaman
#2: Space Mutiny
#1: Mitchell
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite MST3k Episodes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 28, 2011, 08:55:55 AM
L.O.C. #23 - Top MST3K Episodes

(http://images.wikia.com/mst3k/images/5/51/1004.jpg)

Thoughts
I love this episode. One of those made-for-MST movies where it's so bad it's good, however, it's not aware of this and hence takes itself seriously, with tragic results. MKB have a field day with it. It's one of those eps where you get the feeling they had a blast making it; I love when they crack each other up. It's also great when the riff is just them laughing at what's going on, e.g. the fake reporter, "Captain Polaris" etc. I could probably quote at least fifty lines, but I'll spare you. Go watch it if you haven't seen it in a while. It's also one of the Sci-Fi Channel eps that features some really quality host segments. Droppy the Water Droplet is classic. Oh, and somebody check their rolodex for a Fred Burroughs.

Movie Summary
From the future traveled a master race of cyborgs. They made abductions from Earth's past. The dinosaurs were trained as trackers. The humans were bred as slaves. Now a runaway slave escapes to a place his people call heaven...we know it as Earth.

Host Segments
Prologue: Using a computer spreadsheet program and Diane Feinstein as a baseline, Crow tries to calculate how many times a lady Gypsy is. Gypsy is disappointed that she is only 2.7 times a lady; turns out Mike is eight times a lady.

Segment One: Pearl is conducting LSD tests on the robots and monitors their hallucinations. To augment the effect, Bobo and Brain Guy have formed an acid rock band called Narcotic Casserole. Servo has his usual delirium; Crow has a harrowing experience in which he sees Mike eating a Snickers candy bar, not a Milky Way. Crow is also somewhat surprised to learn that Mike is not a clown.

Segment Two: Tom makes a pair of legs so he can kickbox. He challenges Gypsy to a fight, but she has a singular, misshapen leg of her own and instantly takes out Servo.

Segment Three: Mike, Crow and Servo realize they've never really thanked Pearl for not killing them. They take a moment to thank Pearl, interrupting her attempt to kill them.

Segment Four: Crow is Droppy, The Water Droplet, an emissary from the National Water Council, who has come to share just a few thousand of the many uses for water.

Segment Five: Mike has a giant Robert Z'Dar-esque chin. The bots chide him for being so insensitive to all the people with large prosthetic chins. MIke doesn't really care. Down in Castle Forrester, Bobo and Brain Guy inform Pearl that Narcotic Casserole is leaving to tour with Moby Grape. Pearl gives them each exploding tracking collars. You can guess the rest.

Stinger: Robert Z'Dar and Daniel Bernhardt kick-box and Bernhardt's shirt somehow slips off.

http://www.youtube.com/v/BHoGF3hfVXM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Ladies and gentlemen…Fred Burroughs!
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Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite MST3k Episodes)
Post by: Kete on July 28, 2011, 08:59:10 AM
I just love that the guy from Future War has a noticeable role in the second Matrix movie.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite MST3k Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 28, 2011, 01:55:16 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 23 – Favourite MST3k Episodes
Agent for HARM
(http://images.wikia.com/mst3k/images/c/cb/0815.jpg)
   
Movie Summary: Ah yes, it's the '60s again, and studly secret agents are running all over the place, proud and free. The eponymous "Agent For H.A.R.M." is one Adam Chance, a joyless fellow who favors yellow cardigan sweaters and looks like Dr. Smith's less effeminate younger brother. Chance is assigned to protect one Dr. Jan Steffanic, a scientist recently defected from a vague Iron Curtain country (remember them?). Turns out Steffanic is on the cutting edge of some wacko technology which shoots "spores" at people, turning them into quivering masses of green-grey fungus - quite a disgusting little fate, as you might imagine. Dr. Steffanic also has a frequently-bikini-ed niece, who is certifiably hot. And though she is easily 25 years younger than Chance (really, when has that ever mattered in the world of movies?), they become entangled. They survive an onslaught of fey, mincing Euro-bad guys, one of whom is the artist known as Prince. Turns out the niece -- like most alluring women in these kind of movies -- is Evil and not to be trusted. She is exposed as a double agent for the Commies, and then the movie mercifully ends.
 
Prologue: The 'Bots are really into Extreme Sports, man. Doesn't matter what, as long as it's extreme and you can yell really loud while doing it. This includes Extreme Yoga and Extreme Stamp Collecting. They berate Mike for being so un-Extreme.

Segment One: Mike is whisked away from the SOL by a mysterious Intergalactic Judge to stand trial for his recent rash of world-destroying. Bobo is appointed his defense attorney. Pearl, of course, is the prosecutor.

Segment Two: Pearl and Bobo's opening statements. Bobo gets very off-track, digressing mostly into ruminations about food. Mike feels doomed.

Segment Three: The 'Bots supply video testimony to the court. Servo mistakes his with a T.V. telethon; Crow sinks Mike's boat even further with a barrage of bleeped obscenities.

Segment Four: Servo searches for a legal precedent that might help Mike. Meanwhile down in the courtroom, the Observer testifies, adding weight to Pearl's case. But then he's craftily trapped in a lie about baking pies by Bobo, who knows his pies if he knows anything.

Segment Five: The 'Bots hold a candlelight vigil for Mike on the SOL. Meanwhile, Pearl calls her final witness, Ortega, who is sealing Mike's doom. Then Bobo counters with a little Amish boy, and all heck breaks loose. Finally the verdict from the Judge: Mike is guilty! And is sentenced to death!...But this is quickly commuted to community service. Back on the SOL, the 'Bots are not shy in making Mike get right to it, cleaning up the mess they made while he was away.

Reflections: The generic-'60s-spy movie theme from Agent for H.A.R.M. provided us all with yet another vehicle to torture each other's already embattled psyches around here at Best Brains -- it was sung and hummed at top volume for weeks, ultimately hurting everyone involved, I think.
This show had several milestones in it, if you're into that kinda thing. It marked the directorial debut of one Michael "Antonioni" Nelson, who did an excellent job despite the pretentious on-set wardrobe of jodhpurs and riding crop. Mike had a tough first assignment with our extended courtroom scenario, which was a trip into the unfamiliar for all of us -- but came through with flying colors (or more appropriately, with flying black and white). It was also the first show where the voice of Gypsy was supplied by our own set-and-prop genius Patrick Brantseg, filling Jim Mallon's big shoes extraordinarily well, and wielding the often-unwieldy Gypsy like a pro.

I also think Mary Jo and Kevin reached new heights of funny for Pearl and Bobo in the host segments, as attorneys for the prosecution and defense, respectively. Our brilliant editor Brad Keeley turned in a CableAce-worthy comic performance as the little Amish boy, challenging our collective ability to keep a collective straight face while taping.

I played the intergalactic judge, and though my voice changed accents and octaves in every segment, it was, technically, supposed to be only one consistent character -- although when Brain Guy took the stand, Paul sat in as the Judge. This is noticeable on not-so-close scrutiny, since I weigh roughly four times what Paul does, and it shows in the face. -- Bill Corbett.

   
Personal thoughts:
This was a treat for me to watch, as I got to see it before video downloads were common and youtube was around (or at least well known).  I got a tape from a friend and for a Canadian who can’t get MST3k except through Rhino episodes, it was great to see the newer episodes.  It was also a great one.  In fact, I have a fondness for all the spy movie episodes (except Castle of Fu Manchu) and this one is hilarious all the way through.  Well, it looks like I’m running out of room

Johnny “HARM” Unusual

 http://www.youtube.com/v/idDzhBOD2fQ
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 28, 2011, 08:00:58 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 21 - Top Super Powers
Better late than never.  My pick may be seen as a combination of several things that were on the original list. But it's my pick and I don't care. :)

Clarity
(as seen in the 2011 film, Limitless)
(http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/4338/limitlessbradleycooperp.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/jOLqNOfzus4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Personal thoughts:
This could just be seen as Super Intelligence, but to me it also includes a heightened state of awareness.  I guess you could say that Sherlock Holmes has this "power" (without the use of a little clear pill).  Just saw this movie by the way and loved it.


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 28, 2011, 08:11:43 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 23 - Top MST3K Episodes
Nose wheel feels mushy!

San Francisco International
(http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7779/0614t.jpg)
The Wiki:
The folks who run a large metropolitan airport handle several crises on the job. The airport’s arrogant security chief, played by Pernell Roberts, stages a phony crisis aboard an airplane full of congressmen in order to demonstrate the need for more security and safety precautions. Pernell is joined by Clu Gulager, who plays a policeman. The two must stop Tab Hunter and his gang from stealing a shipment of newly-printed currency. David Hartman also appears as a pilot whose wife is being held hostage, so that Hartman will delay takeoff long enough for the criminals to remove the money from the plane. A subplot involves a young boy taking to the air in a stolen Ercoupe because his parents are getting a divorce.

http://www.youtube.com/v/aWyzRst9Fjg?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Personal thoughts:
One of my all time fav episodes of the show.  A classic that hopefully will be released by Shout Factory someday.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite MST3k Episodes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 28, 2011, 10:21:18 PM
Agent for H.A.R.M
This is a great choice. So much to love: the low budget, the smarm, the sweater, the Prince jokes, the drunk boss, the out-of-place James Bond themes, the blonde. "Just need to run in and get my check...DA-DA-DA-DAAAAAA!!!" Mike on trial is hilarious, especially the videotaped depositions. My favorite riff is when Kevin sings the muted Grateful Dead song when the van drives away in the beginning. "Don't you let your deal go down."

San Francisco International
Another excellent pick. I actually considered picking this one myself, but Future War won the day. The host segment with Forrester and Frank as construction workers is classic. Mike as Erkel with all the other MST characters is damn funny stuff. This movie was made for MST3K with its cavalcade of TV movie actors and stock plot. I love the references to other TV cheese, like the actors are completely interchangeable in an endless series of guest starring roles. The riffing on the annoying kid is unrelenting and awesome. "Staggers from one commercial break to the next."

Haven't seen either one of these in a while. I think this weekend calls for yet another repeat viewing.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Movie Fight Scenes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 29, 2011, 12:54:16 AM
Not a lot of participation yesterday.  That's a bit of surprise considering the subject.  Oh well.  Today's topic: Movie Fight scenes!  Here's the original list.  HI-KEEBA!

50. Edmond Dantes vs. Fernand Mondego - The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
49. Bathhouse Knife Fight - Eastern Promises (2007)
48. Nighcrawler Attacks the White House - X2 (2003)
47. Bus Driver's Rumble - The Big Bus (1976)
46. Right Foot to Right Cheek - Billy Jack (1971)
45. Sean Thornton vs. Squire 'Red' Will Danaher - The Quiet Man (1952)
44. Railroad Overpass Battle - Battleground (1949)
43. The Lobby Scene- The Matrix (1999)
42. Dutch vs. The Predator- Predator (1987)
41. The Diner Robbery - A History of Violence (2005)
40. Shack vs A-No. 1 - Emperor of the North (1973)
39. Psycho Boy - Fight Club (1999)
38. Wong Fei Hung vs. The Axe Gang - Drunken Master 2 (1994)
37. Sing vs. The Beast  - Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
36. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - Tombstone (1993)
34. Cairo Marketplace Fight - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
33. Smiths - The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
32. Lo-Pan Goes Down - Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
31. Superman vs General Zod, Ursa and Non - Superman II (1980)
30. Yoda vs Palpatine - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
29. Daniel LaRusso vs. Johnny Lawrence - The Karate Kid (1984)
28. Landlady and Landlord vs The Beast - Kung-Fu Hustle (2004)
27. Yoda vs Count Dooku - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
26. Rob Roy vs Archie Cunningham - Rob Roy (1995)
25. Dragon vs Colt - Way of the Dragon (1972)
24. Trailer Fight- Kill Bill Volume II (2004)
23. Hospital Shootout - Hard Boiled (1992)
22. Ash vs. Ash's Hand - Evil Dead II (1987)
21. Father McGruder vs The Zombies - Dead Alive (1992)
20. Darth Maul vs Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Gin - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
19. Somerfield Fight - Hot Fuzz (2007)
18. Yu vs. Lien - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
17. Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed - Rocky (1976)
16. Wong Fei-Hung vs John - Drunken Master II (1994)
15. Optimus Prime vs. Megatron - The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
14.Hammer Hallway - Oldboy (2003)
13. Indy vs. The Swordsman - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
12. T-800 and Sarah Conner vs T-1000 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
11. 3-Way Duel - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)
10. Indy vs. The German Mechanic - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
9. Nada vs. Frank - They Live (1988)
8. News Anchor Brawl - Anchorman (2004)
7. Westley vs. Inigo Montoya - The Princess Bride (1987)
6. Sanford Town Gunfight- Hot Fuzz (2007)
5. Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock - Spider-Man 2 (2004)
4. Ripley vs. Xenomorph Queen - Aliens (1986)
3. Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader - Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
2. Showdown at House of Blue Leaves - Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
1. Black Knight Duel - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Movie Fight Scenes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 29, 2011, 12:57:41 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 24 – Favourite Movie Fight Scenes
Wong Fei-Hung Vs. Thunderleg
(http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/ab5734/drunken_master.jpg)
   
http://www.youtube.com/v/jYIx_uJLWdk

Side One: Trouble maker and reluctant kung fu student Wong Fei-Hung (a heavily fictionalized version of a real guy).

Side Two: Yan Ti San AKA Thunderleg, master of the Devil’s Shadowless Hand.

The Stakes: The life of Wong’s father.

   
Personal thoughts:
Man, what a cool fight.  I always love drunken boxing, since it such an unusual style and plays with expectations of what a fighting style is.  It also shows Jackie Chan doing great choreography, and though it doesn’t use a lot of the cool improvised weapons and set pieces that his later films had, it makes for a cool old fashioned martial arts fight made up of clearly defined beats and features some very impressive agility.  I know Legend of the Drunken Master is more popular and the fights are certainly crazier, but I just like Drunken Master better as a whole, largely because the part where Jackie Chan gets upset about his alcoholism takes away from the fun of the character.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Movie Fight Scenes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 29, 2011, 01:02:42 AM
San Fran Internan was a great episode.  I have a soft spot of TV movie episodes, just due to the 70's/80's cheese in each one, but SFI was different.  It took a premise that was rather dull to begin with and tried so hard to make it exciting that it became insanely ridiculous.  They tried to use dull minutiae as important plot points, as if we should all gasp.  They created bizarre, meaningless conflicts that didn't seem interesting enough to resolve (Did that hippy hit that guy?  We may never know).  But they got the new runway in the end.  YAY!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Movie Fight Scenes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 29, 2011, 09:07:21 AM
L.O.C. #24 – Best Fight Scenes

Timmy vs. Jimmy

(http://0.tqn.com/d/animatedtv/1/0/B/I/sp503_CrippleFight.jpg)

Thoughts
It's just over the top of the top. It goes on forever and for me just gets funnier as it keeps going. It's very South Park, and as a result, something I find incredibly entertaining; all about context, I suppose.

"They'll run out of steam soon." Yeah, not so much.

The Wiki
The mini-DVD commentary for the episode describes how the fight between Jimmy and Timmy is based on the fight between George Nada (Roddy Piper) and Frank Armitage (Keith David) in the 1988 film They Live. When overdubbed with the appropriate audio from the film, the fight sounds and much of the dialogue match up almost perfectly with the animation.

http://www.youtube.com/v/REbOa9lno6s?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Movie Fight Scenes)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on July 29, 2011, 09:31:43 AM
Jackie chan ladder fight:  First strike

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ9DJZAoq3g


This was so amazing when i first watched it.  The ingeniuty of jackie and his ability to turn ANYTHING into a weapon is so astounding and above all fun to watch.  I could link to hundreds of jackies movies that always fill me with jaw dropping awe but this is the one that as a kid really finally said im hooked. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Movie Fight Scenes)
Post by: Tripe on July 29, 2011, 10:03:30 AM
Ok it wasn't allowed under the rules of the original list but this is one of my all time favourite fights:

http://www.youtube.com/v/BWC6IVHNuGg

Had to make the clip and post it to youtube.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 29, 2011, 07:51:22 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 24 - Top Fight Scenes
A small bit of the overall fight that originally was number two on this list.  I'm sorry but this one-on-one fight deserves it own mention.

The Bride (Uma Thurman) vs. Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) - (Kill Bill Vol 1)
(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/401/gogoblade.jpg)

The Wiki:
Gogo Yubari (played by Chiaki Kuriyama), a young associate of O-Ren Ishii, is a severely disturbed 17-year-old schoolgirl who takes a sadistic delight in killing. She is O-Ren's top assassin and personal bodyguard. Gogo's disturbed mind and vicious penchant for killing is displayed when she offers herself to a drunken man in a bar and then disembowels him.

Later on, she takes on Beatrix Kiddo when the latter has already slaughtered several of O-Ren Ishii's immediate guards at the House of Blue Leaves. Although the Bride gives her the opportunity to walk away, Gogo takes her on with a large meteor hammer, almost overcoming the Bride by strangling her savagely with the chain. Eventually Kiddo kills Gogo by driving a broken chair leg studded with nails into her foot which distracts Gogo so Kiddo drives the chair leg on the side of her head.

Gogo Yubari's name is based on two influences. Her personal name is based on Mach Go Go Go, the manga and anime that the English-dubbed cartoon Speed Racer was based on. Her family name of Yubari is based on the International Film Festival hosted by the former mining town of Yūbari, Hokkaidō, where Tarantino had been a guest many times. Her school girl uniform references Chiaki's earlier role in the film Battle Royale. Her weapon references both the "combat yoyo" carried by the schoolgirl character in the Delinquent Girl Detective manga / anime / live-action TV / movie series and the eponymous chain-weapon weapon from Master of the Flying Guillotine.

http://www.youtube.com/v/x9iIKn1Bl6c?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Personal thoughts:
My favorite fight in the entire Kill Bill saga.  And that says a lot given what else is in there.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on July 29, 2011, 08:33:56 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 24 - Top Fight Scenes

Kiss My Anthia vs. King Argotron - (Role Models)

Personal thoughts:
Just kinda fun shit.  Great actors all over this scene.

Nice choice.  That scene really made that movie in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Movie Fight Scenes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2011, 02:27:52 PM
Late again.  Just got back from England, but here's the original list.  Be back later:

#53: Homestar Runner
#52: Kronk
#51: Strong Bad
#50: Lisa Simpson   
#49: Jay Sherman
#48: Spongebob Squarepants
#47: The Question
#46: Coach McGuirk
#45: The Grinch
#44: Bart Simpson
#43: Roger the Alien
#42: Marvin the Martian
#41: Brak
#40: Master Shake
#39: Huckleberry Hound
#38: Peter Griffin
#37: Roger Rabbit
#36: Zim
#35: Space Ghost
#34: Goofy
#33: Harley Quinn
#32: Droopy
#31: Stewie Griffin
#30: Sam & Max
#29: Optimus Prime
#28: The Tick
#27: The Genie
#26: Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner
#25: Shaggy and Scooby Doo
#24: Foghorn Leghorn
#23: Winnie the Pooh
#22: Phil Ken Sebben
#21: Rocko
#20: Spike Spiegel
#19: Buzz Lightyear
#18: Ren & Stimpy
#17: Phillip J Fry
#16: Pinky & the Brain
#15: Donald Duck
#14: The Joker
#13: Tom and Jerry
#12: Rocky and Bullwinkle
#11: The Monarch
#10: Eric Cartman
#9: Wallace and Gromit
#8: Batman
#7: Brock Sampson
#6: Wall-e
#5: Wile E. Coyote
#4: Bender Bending Rodriguez
#3: Daffy Duck
#2: Homer Simpson
#1: Bugs Bunny
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Cartoon Characters)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 30, 2011, 02:58:19 PM
Welcome back Johnny!

L.O.C. #25 - Top Animated Characters

Dr. Byron Orpheus

(http://images.wikia.com/venturebrothers/images/1/1f/DrByronOrpheus.JPG)

Thoughts
The original list already reflects some serious Venture love, which is a testament to this show's pure awesomeness. Orpheus is such a loveable character. He's both a total badass and a big softie. I love how he tries so hard to get in on the action. He has some of his finest moments in the yard sale episode when he goes around trying piss off the arch enemies. I love the way he talks, especially when accompanied by his trademark dramatic music. My favorite aspect of his character is how he melodramatically exclaims everything. It doesn’t matter if he's casting a spell to defeat a demon or just deciding what clothes to wear.

"Alright fine. Get me my BLUE WINDBREAKER!"

"Do not be too hasty entering that room. I HAD TACO BELL FOR LUNCH!"

The Wiki
An expert necromancer and mystic who rents a portion of the Venture Compound and is friendly with Dr. Venture. Along with Brock, he is the only associate of Dr. Venture who displays any sort of competence, although his pomposity tends to detract from his abilities. His character is a parody of vintage comic book magic-users such as Doctor Strange and the even older Mandrake the Magician. His face and hair are similar to those of Vincent Price. He has been confused for Dracula a number of times. His speech is filled with overly dramatic phrases, delivered in a theatrically grandiose voice with extreme emphasis on mundane topics, usually over a background of ominous trumpet-laden music, implying the pun, "Dr. Obvious". After witnessing Dr. Venture's various enemies, he develops a fervent desire for an arch nemesis of his own. He is fiercely protective of Hank and Dean Venture.

Dr. Orpheus is voiced by Steven Rattazzi.

Embedding Disabled by Request – Gimme a break.
http://youtu.be/fkWD50Pz7sk
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Cartoon Characters)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 30, 2011, 07:10:10 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 25 – Favourite Cartoon Characters
Ralph Wiggum
(http://images.wikia.com/simpsons/images/6/69/The_simpsons_ralph_wiggum-1-.png)
Ralph Wiggum is a recurring fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright.[1] The son of Police Chief Wiggum and a classmate of Lisa Simpson, Ralph is best known as the show's resident oddball, and is noted for his non sequiturs and erratic behavior. His lines range from nonsensical, or bizarre interpretations of a current event, to surprisingly profound statements that go over people's heads; and his behavior varies between blissfully unaware, to dim-witted, to awkwardly spontaneous, even occasionally straightforward. The very nature of the character has undergone seemingly differing interpretations over the years and within various media, though his role as the show's quintessential basket case misfit remains his over-encompassing characteristic.

The creator of the show, Matt Groening, has cited Ralph as his favorite character.  He generally remains one of the more popular and often quoted secondary characters in the show.

Ralph is an awkward but good-natured 8-year-old boy in Lisa Simpson's second-grade class taught by Ms. Hoover. Although his beginnings were that of a tertiary child character along the same lines as Lisa's on-and-off friend Janey he has since become one of the more prominent secondary characters on the show, even being the focus or at least a major character of some episodes.

To date, these include: "I Love Lisa" (season four, 1993), an episode which arguably set him apart from other tertiary characters and defined much of the character,"This Little Wiggy" (season nine, 1998), and "E Pluribus Wiggum" (season nineteen, 2008); as well as appearances both minor and prominent in many other episodes. Ralph is also very popular to feature in various other media, and sees fairly frequent use in the Simpsons comic book by Bongo as a focus.

Ralph eventually became one of the show's most popular characters. He's a particular favorite character to feature on lots of media and merchandise related to the show; for instance Kidrobot released Ralph as a separate figure from the rest of their Simpsons line of figurines in 2009. The figure is twice as large as the other ones. Ralph's popularity as a character has even spread so far that the comedy band The Bloodhound Gang made a song called "Ralph Wiggum", dedicated to the character and composed solely of some of his most famous quotes for lyrics. The song can be found on their album Hefty Fine. Show creator Matt Groening has stated that whenever someone asks who writes specific characters (a common misconception about the writing process), writers will most likely take credit for writing for Ralph.
 
Personal thoughts:
Come on, it’s Ralph.  He’s a quote machine and can be a surprisingly sympathetic character on rare occasions.  While we haven’t seen those occasions in a while, Ralph is still a great character.
 http://www.youtube.com/v/oEWn0EyGDFs

I never really cared for Bloodhound Gang... until this song:
http://www.youtube.com/v/EaGFPdP0-ug
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Cartoon Characters)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 30, 2011, 09:50:43 PM
How can you not love Ralph and his mad genius? "I Love Lisa" is a Ralph Tour de Force.

There are so many secondary Simpsons characters that would be deserving of a spot on this list. Come to think of it, you could probably do an entire list of favorite Simpsons characters.

Lord knows there are plenty to choose from...

(http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/6858/simpsonsxm.jpg)

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Cartoon Characters)
Post by: Darth Geek on July 30, 2011, 10:16:09 PM
Lots of really good ones from Futurama, but a personal favorite has always been MORBO:
(http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/4417/morbo.gif)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Cartoon Characters)
Post by: Rattrap007 on July 31, 2011, 03:49:21 AM
Rattrap from Beast Wars is always going to be a fave of mine...
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2011, 07:44:41 AM
Hey folks, today's subject is top TV themes.  I know Doctor Who? was looking forward to this one.  Now here's the original list:

#52: Kids in the Hall
#51: Psych
#50: The Odd Couple
#49: Sanford & Son
#48: G.I. Joe
#47: Barney Miller
#46: The Dukes of Hazzard
#45: Doug
#44: Freakazoid!
#43: The Golden Girls
#42: Bonanza
#41: The Rockford Files
#40: Laverne & Shirley
#39: WKRP in Cincinnati
#38: Jim Henson�s Muppet Babies
#37: Firefly
#36: The Addams Family
#35: Invader Zim
#34: Law & Order
#33: Red Dwarf
#32: Pinky and the Brain
#31: The Andy Griffith Show
#30: Get Smart
#29: Aqua Teen Hunger Force
#28: The Greatest American Hero
#27: All in the Family
#26: The Office (US)
#25: Dexter
#24: Magnum PI
#23: Knight Rider
#22: Fraggle Rock
#21: The X-Files
#20: Gilligan�s Island
#19: Spider-Man
#18: Transformers
#17: Mission Impossible
#16: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
#15: DuckTales
#14: The A-Team
#13: Monty Python�s Flying Circus
#12: Cowboy Bebop
#11: M*A*S*H
#10: Batman
#9: Sesame Street
#8: The Twilight Zone
#7: Cheers
#6: Doctor Who
#5: Star Trek
#4: The Simpsons
#3: Futurama
#2: The Muppet Show
#1: Mystery Science Theater 3000   
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2011, 07:58:59 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 26 – Favourite TV Themes
Powerpuff Girls (End Theme)
(http://geektyrant.com/storage/page-images/powerpuffgirls1.jpeg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1292434701670)
http://www.youtube.com/v/uTWoIXKZGOg


 
Personal thoughts:
Awesome.  Bis is a great band and the song has a mix of the sweetness of bubblegum pop and the rambunctious energy of punk.  I also highly recommend the album "Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains" with original music by Frank Black, Devo, Optiganally Yours, Shonen Knife, Dressy Bessy and more.  All the bands do great songs and none of them feel phoned in.

BTW, here are some other great Bis songs:

http://www.youtube.com/v/hkTiWGghDdg
http://www.youtube.com/v/xqXqsTStYUo
http://www.youtube.com/v/rVRITY4AYA0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on July 31, 2011, 08:16:10 AM
Parks and Recreation

It's an infectious theme in the same vein as the Office theme, but bouncier, and the editing in the intro plays off its energy really well. Sweet and simple.


Unfortunately this is the best video I could find and it doesn't have the last note of the song.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gXNDJnwpvig


This one has the final notes, but 1) it's scrunched and 2) it's I guess from season 1 probably so the theme is a little bit different...

http://www.youtube.com/v/wI7f4CgATiE
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Invader_quirk on July 31, 2011, 09:13:19 AM
Baccano!

Baccano!'s theme is one of my favorites, and that includes not just the music but the sequence as a whole. All these characters are main characters, but it takes a long time for many of them to even show up. As a result, the opening gets better as you meet the characters, and it serves as a reminder that the whole series was planned out from the beginning.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Msg8ypnLqaw

Also, if there was a LoC for "Best character names", Jacuzzi Splot would be at the top of my list.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Invader_quirk on July 31, 2011, 09:19:57 AM
Also: the firefly theme, like the show, sucked goat testicles.

I like the show, but always always always skip the theme. I can't stand it.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Tripe on July 31, 2011, 09:20:41 AM
I'd kind of like a longer version myself. :)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Invader_quirk on July 31, 2011, 09:28:21 AM
Arrested Development

Looking over the list, I was shocked to not see this one.
http://www.youtube.com/v/zYqPs0LInls
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2011, 09:56:46 AM
Just as Imrahil claims that he is definitively right with no room for opinion, I say Imrahil is definitively very wrong.

Never seen Boccano.  I... I guess it's about poker?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Invader_quirk on July 31, 2011, 10:15:01 AM
Never seen Boccano.  I... I guess it's about poker?

Haha actually not at all. It's an extremely violent mafia story with some immortality mixed in.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 31, 2011, 10:39:46 AM
Just as Imrahil claims that he is definitively right with no room for opinion, I say Imrahil is definitively very wrong.

You're right, I always claim that.  However, I do it without actually claiming it, so it's magnificent of you to pick it up.  Guess what else I'm claiming now?

I try to avoid jumping claims. It invariably ends with discomfort and bathroom unpleasantness.

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_W-pG7tUmJk0/TN0LLKx-b-I/AAAAAAAADEo/SGtYAHxaQr4/s1600/claimjumper_buffalo_wings_01.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 31, 2011, 11:01:55 AM
L.O.C. #26 - Top Theme Songs

(http://www.ffinsider.net/onelinkmoviez/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/The-Venture-Bros.jpg)

Thoughts
More Venture love! This theme is so perfect for the show. It's loud, anxious, and weird. I love how it combines the big, blaring, exciting action theme with spooky, off-beat elements. It's one of those themes that completely psychs you up for the show. The ending theme is great as well. The Venture Bros.: The Music of J. G. Thirlwell has a bunch of awesome stuff on it. There are a ton of clips on YouTube.

 The Wiki
J. G. Thirlwell's music - under his various project names: Foetus, Wiseblood, Steroid Maximus, Baby Zizanie, Manorexia and others - includes elements of punk rock, 20th century classical music, industrial music, big band, Americana, jazz, African and Cuban percussion, and epic/horror film soundtracks. Much of Thirlwell's aural output is built on a percussive, rock music-type structure, though to call it rock music would be inaccurate. Thirlwell prefers not to categorize music in general, and this is evidenced in the way his music transcends genres: by means of accomplished studio-as-instrument craftsmanship, Thirlwell combines percussion, strings, distortion, brass, electric guitars, electronic sounds and voice into a single, frenzied, epic symphony of hate, pain, violence, grief, beauty and fury - at once powerful, complex and primal. Recurring lyrical themes include destruction, persecution, anxiety, abuse, incest, masochism, angst, self-destruction, self-abuse, lust, prejudice, murder, failure and machismo, often expressed using American colloquialism and black humour. J. G. Thirlwell is also a member of Freq out and the Freq out orchestra.

http://www.youtube.com/v/3B8Nrw19qEM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Some of Thirwell's incidental music for the show.
http://www.youtube.com/v/NByzAA5QSkQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2011, 11:35:44 AM
Just as Imrahil claims that he is definitively right with no room for opinion, I say Imrahil is definitively very wrong.

Never seen Boccano.  I... I guess it's about poker?

You're right, I always claim that.  However, I do it without actually claiming it, so it's magnificent of you to pick it up.  Guess what else I'm claiming now?

Now now, no one says always.  Oh, except you just now.  Wait, wait... this is a paradox isn't it?  Ow, my head.

The Venture Bros theme is pretty damned awesome!  There are a lot of themes I would have loved to added.

Never heard the Parks and Rec theme before, but it's pretty good.

I like the music in Arrested Development but the opening is pretty brief and I usually like my openings to be a little longer.  Still, I love the songs created for the show, including the power-anthem "Balls in the Air" and the unbelievably creepy theme to "Motherboy", not to be confused with the band Motherboy, who rock pretty hard.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 31, 2011, 01:11:20 PM
Was that for the show originally?  Because I've heard it other places used as background music for wacky goings on and humourous digressions.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on July 31, 2011, 01:13:06 PM
The first season had this great quirky guitar song which fit the intro credits and the character perfectly. It was catchy, upbeat, etc.

Then came motherfucking mushmouthed Randy Newman, who shat all over it.

Enough of the fans bitched about it that they made a minor story point about it in one ep.  Ah well.  I stopped watching when Sharona left anyway.


I agree that Randy Newman sucks and that the first theme was better, but I hated Sharona.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: spaceforarent on July 31, 2011, 08:56:58 PM
 http://www.youtube.com/v/RRrQSGD2e14?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on July 31, 2011, 11:24:08 PM
I love the Powerderpuff, er, Powerpuff theme! They got the perfect band.

Parks and Rec is a nice pick. It's the perfect little midwestern ditty.

Never heard of Baccano!, but the theme is pretty groovy.

That Monk theme is cool. The same guy did the Carnivale theme, which is awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/v/U-Onb-FqR74?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

The Sealab theme is so appropriately quirky. I would have never heard of calamine if it weren't for this show. Thank you Sealab!

http://www.youtube.com/v/CiTbEE3tzPM?version=3&amp;hl=en_US


I'm gonna go a bit off-script and add a few more, seeing as how we're pretty much done for the day.

I thought somebody might pick this so I didn't. Mad Men not only has one of the coolest themes, but also one of the coolest credit sequences. (Embedding disabled for an incredibly inane reason.)

http://youtu.be/NJ5-sdHP0YQ

I also figured somebody might pick the True Blood theme song, another cool song and great credit sequence.

http://www.youtube.com/v/vxINMuOgAu8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Speaking of awesome credit sequences...

http://www.youtube.com/v/53c8reh_uh0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

And finally, some loveable cheese to make the palette all mucousy and gross.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZmUlKPthrag?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2011, 05:14:41 AM
Whenever I hear the Love Boat theme, I want to finish the line "It's an open smile" with "It's an open sooooooooooore!"
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2011, 05:29:30 AM
Where do you want to go today?  To a fictional place!  Here's the original list:

#56: Toon Town
#55: Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
#54: The Stratford Inn
#53: Neopolis
#52: Melonville
#51: Druggachusssetes
#50: Diskworld
#49: Carcer City
#48: Bedford Falls
#47: Apeture Science
#46: Mount Olympus
#45: The Axiom
#44: Dinotopia
#43: Santa�s Workshop
#42: Sudden Valley Show Home
#41: UHF Channel U62
#40: Tatooine
#39: Camp Crystal Lake
#38: Middle Earth
#37: Muppet Theatre
#36: Ankh-Morpork
#35: Monach�s cocoon
#34: Atlantis
#33: The Venture Compound
#32: Fraggle Rock
#31: City 17
#30: The City
#29: Halloween Town
#28: The Dreaming
#27: Monkey Island
#26: Narnia
#25: Shermer, Illinois
#24: Hobbiton
#23: Buy More
#22: Freedonia
#21: Serenity
#20: Wonderland
#19: Red Dwarf
#18: South Park, Colorado
#17: The Tardis
#16: The Land of Oz
#15: The Island
#14: Jurassic Park
#13: New New York
#12: The Death Star
#11: Corusant
#10: Cybertron
#9: Deep 13
#8: Hyrule
#7: Willy Wonka�s Chocolate Factory
#6: The Mushroom Kingdom
#5: USS Enterprise
#4: Gotham City
#3: Springfield
#2: Hogwarts School of Wizardry
#1: The Satellite of Love
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2011, 05:30:17 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 27 – Favourite Fictional Places
The Village
(http://bavatuesdays.com/files/2010/06/prisoner_village_map.jpg)
   

The Village is the fictional setting of the 1960s UK television series The Prisoner where the main character, Number Six, is held with other former spies and operatives. The theme of the series is his captors' attempts to extract information from him and his attempts to learn the identity of Number One and escape.
The location of the Village is unknown; clues in the series as to its whereabouts are contradictory. In "Many Happy Returns", it is said to be on the coast of Morocco or southern Portugal, possibly an island, and is located by Number Six in this area while making reconnaissance passes in an aircraft. Prior to this, in "The Chimes of Big Ben", it is claimed to be located in the vicinity of Lithuania and Poland, on the Baltic Sea, though this may be part of an elaborate plot by whoever controls the Village. (The episode states "in Lithuania, 30 miles from the Polish border." In the unbroadcast version of the episode "The Chimes of Big Ben", Number Six constructs a device that allows him to work out the Village's location; this scene was cut presumably to remove the reference to navigation by stars which would have allowed an estimation of the Village's region, at the least. This version of the episode is not considered part of the series canon.
Finally, the series finale episode, "Fall Out", strongly suggests that it is located in England near London, and shows a sign for a road which is in Kent. Number Six and other characters are able to drive from the Village (or at least the Degree Absolute interrogation facility which may or may not be attached to The Village) to central London, indicating a location in Great Britain. Although a line of dialogue in "Many Happy Returns" has a character speculating that the Village is on an island, this is never confirmed in the series, and in fact all given locations (save for that in "Fall Out") should be considered unreliable evidence given the fact they are mentioned as part of a deception aimed at getting Number Six to reveal why he resigned from his secret British government job.
The Italianate architecture of the Village is somewhat deceptive as the interiors of the buildings are frequently Georgian, 1960s 'Mod', or in a number of instances, an oddly sparse kind of 'ultra modern' design. Throughout the Village, music plays in the background, nearly all of it alternating between rousing marching band music and lullabies, periodically interrupted by public announcements. The media and signage consistently incorporate sailing and resort themes.
The Village has a logo in the form of a canopied penny-farthing bicycle which appears on almost everything, including the daily newspaper called the Tally Ho. Exactly who operates the Village is deliberately obscured. Ostensibly, the Village is run by a democratically elected council, with a popularly-elected executive officer known as "Number Two" presiding over it and the Village itself, although internal dialogue indicates that the entire process is rigged. "Work units" or "credits" serve as currency in its shops, and are kept track of with a hole-punched credit card.
The exact size of the environs of the Village is never established on screen. Besides the townsite, which is known to include a hospital building, there are forested, mountainous and coastal areas. The Village is large enough that one episode ("Living in Harmony") established that an entire Old West town was built somewhere in the vicinity. In "Arrival" (and other episodes) Number Six views the Village from the air, yet is apparently unable to spot any surrounding towns or cities. In other episodes (depending upon the camera angle), buildings can clearly be seen on the far side of the bay. Nevertheless, all maps of the Village seen in the series display little beyond the central townsite.
Scenes of the Village were filmed in the grounds of Clough Williams-Ellis' Italianate Hotel Portmeirion, a resort near Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales. Principal location shooting took place over four weeks in September 1966, with a return visit for additional, second unit-style shots for later episodes in March 1967. Sections of the resort (such as Number 6's residence interior with exterior) were replicated at MGM Borehamwood Studios in England. Later episodes were shot almost entirely on the sets on MGM's sound stages and backlot and locations within easy reach of the studio at Borehamwood, (e.g., in "It's Your Funeral", "A Change of Mind", "Living in Harmony", and "The Girl Who Was Death"), and by reusing Portmeirion footage from earlier episodes the production company was able to save a great deal of money that further principal photography at Portmeirion would have cost.
 
Personal thoughts:
Most places I chose were based on my wanting to live or visit there, but the Village is a fascinating nightmare and a place where the most paranoid person would feel a healthy sense of validation.  It is a paradise that feels like what would happen if the body snatchers had a nasty sense of humour.  I almost put in New Venice from Seaguy on the list, but that city is clearly based on this place, where you can be happy.  All that you need to do is… submit.

http://www.youtube.com/v/zalndXdxriI
http://www.youtube.com/v/ato5NS9dW0A
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 01, 2011, 09:23:20 AM
The Citadel

(http://images.wikia.com/half-life/en/images/7/7b/Citadel_from_Canals.jpg)
(http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ll5bxje8xF1qgvvtno1_500.jpg)

An imposing monolith that looms over City 17, the citadel is the Combine headquarters, as well as a communication beacon and portal to the Combine's dimension. In terms of gameplay, this is the final gauntlet in Half-Life 2 and is most notable for being the only chapter of the game in which you get to manipulate soldiers themselves with the gravity gun.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 01, 2011, 09:28:29 AM
My Citadel could beat up your citadel. ;^)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Kete on August 01, 2011, 10:28:08 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 27 – Favourite Fictional Places
Rapture
(http://images.wikia.com/bioshock/images/d/de/Rapture_trailer.jpg)
(http://images.wikia.com/bioshock/de/images/1/17/Rapture3.jpg)
   

Rapture is an underwater city that is the setting for the games BioShock and BioShock 2. The game's back-story describes the city as envisioned by business tycoon Andrew Ryan in the mid-1940s as a means to create a utopia for mankind's greatest thinkers to prosper in a laissez-faire environment outside of increasing oppression by the worlds' governments. However, these ideals would not hold up, turning into a dystopia, and on the eve of 1959, a class war broke out, leaving much of Rapture's population dead. The remaining citizens either become psychotic "Splicers" due to the effects of ADAM, a substance that can alter genetic material, or have barricaded themselves from the Splicers to protect themselves, leaving the city to fail and fall apart around them.
The player first experiences Rapture in BioShock, in the year 1960, a year after the fateful riots, as a man named Jack that has come to Rapture after a plane accident over the Atlantic Ocean where the city was located; during this, they come to learn more about Ryan's motives and those that he struggled against to keep the city's ideals until the very end. In BioShock 2, the player takes the role of a "Big Daddy", a heavily-modified human in an armored diving suit designed to protect the Little Sisters as they collect ADAM from Rapture's dead; this takes place eight years after the events of the first game, and while Ryan has been killed, there remain those that vie for the vacuum left in his position of power.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 01, 2011, 11:18:28 AM
L.O.C. #27 - Top Fictional Places

Dark City

(http://www.eskimo.com/~noir/ftitles/darkcity2/dc07.jpg)

Thoughts
Awesome movie and an awesome city. Kinda dark, though.

The Wiki
The city in Dark City is described as a "murky, nightmarish German expressionist film noir depiction of urban repression and mechanism". The city has a World War II dreariness reminiscent of Edward Hopper's works and has details from different eras and architectures that are changed by the Strangers; "buildings collapse as others emerge and battle with one another at the end". The round window in Dark City is concave like a fishbowl and is a frequently seen element throughout the city. The inhabitants do not live at the top of the city; the main characters' homes are dwarfed by the bricolage of buildings.

http://www.youtube.com/v/jSpowoKqSzc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite TV Themes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 01, 2011, 11:43:10 AM
Whenever I hear the Love Boat theme, I want to finish the line "It's an open smile" with "It's an open sooooooooooore!"

(http://forum.rifftrax.com/Smileys/default/cheesy.gif)

The herpes boat, soon will be spreading to one you love
The herpes boat, promises blisters for everyone
And love, will burn evermore...

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Tripe on August 01, 2011, 01:49:33 PM
This is the second time I'm doing something Frank Herbert derived, the writs from Kev and Bri should be arriving any time now.

L.O.C. #27 - Top Fictional Places

Arrakis

(http://playeraffinity.com/images/dune_arrakis.jpg)

The Wiki
Arrakis (pronounced /əˈrækɨs/Arabic:Yeah that's not going to show up‎, ar-rāqiṣ, "the dancer")  – informally known as Dune and later called Rakis  – is a fictional desert planet featured in the Dune series of novels by Frank Herbert. Herbert's first novel in the series, 1965's Dune, is popularly considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, and it is sometimes cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history. On April 5, 2010, a real-world plain of Saturn's moon Titan was named Arrakis Planitia after Herbert's fictional planet.

In Dune, the planet is the home of the Fremen (Zensunni wanderers), and subsequently is the Imperial Capital of the Atreides Empire. Arrakis is the third planet orbiting the star Canopus, and it in turn is orbited by two moons, one of which has the image of the desert kangaroo mouse, Muad'Dib, on it; the other moon possesses the image of a human hand.

Quote
Arrakis ... Dune ... wasteland of the Empire, and the most valuable planet in the universe. Because it is here — and only here — where spice is found. The spice. Without it there is no commerce in the Empire, there is no civilization. Arrakis ... Dune ... home of the spice, greatest of treasure in the universe. And he who controls it, controls our destiny.

A desert planet with no natural precipitation, in Dune it is established that Arrakis had been "His Imperial Majesty's Desert Botanical Testing Station" before the discovery of melange, for which it is the only natural source in the universe. Melange (or, "the spice") is the most essential and valuable commodity in the universe, as it extends life and makes safe interstellar travel possible (among other uses). The planet has no surface water bodies, but open canals called qanats are used "for carrying irrigation water under controlled conditions" through the desert. The Fremen collect water in underground reservoirs to fulfill their dream of someday terraforming the planet, and pay the Spacing Guild exorbitant fees in melange to keep the skies over Arrakis free of any satellites which might observe their efforts. As indicated by its large salt flats, Arrakis once had lakes and oceans; Lady Jessica also notes in Dune that wells drilled in the sinks and basins initially produce a "trickle" of water which soon stops, as if "something plugs it." Paul Atreides recalls that the few plants and animals on the planet include "saguaro, burro bush, date palm, sand verbena, evening primrose, barrel cactus, incense bush, smoke tree, creosote bush . . . kit fox, desert hawk, kangaroo mouse ... many to be found now nowhere else in the universe except here on Arrakis." The most notable life forms on the planet are the giant sandworms and their immature forms of sandtrout and sandplankton. Sandtrout encyst any water deposits; predator fish are placed in the qanats and other water storage areas to protect them from the sandtrout. In Children of Dune (1976), Leto Atreides II explains to his twin sister Ghanima:

Quote
The sandtrout ... was introduced here from some other place. This was a wet planet then. They proliferated beyond the capability of existing ecosystems to deal with them. Sandtrout encysted the available free water, made this a desert planet ... and they did it to survive. In a planet sufficiently dry, they could move to their sandworm phase.

The Dune Encyclopedia
The non-canon Dune Encyclopedia (1984) theorizes that the depletion of the oceans (the primary result of which was desertification) was probably caused by the impact or near miss of a comet or other quasi-planetary body. This event caused the loss of much of the atmosphere of Arrakis, allowing most of the oxygen and water to escape into space. This is thought to have occurred approximately 50 million years before the Imperium's creation. This catastrophic loss of oxygen led to the extinction of nearly all native fauna and then therefore the flora.

The Encyclopedia also explains that one of the few forms to survive were tiny worms of the phylum Protochordata. One of these forms was Shaihuludata, a genus of anaerobic burrowing worm that was the basal species from which the giant sandworms (Geonemotodium arraknis or Shaihuludata gigantica) evolved. Rather than sandworm creating desert, it was desert that created sandworm. The mass extinction of all of its predators and competitors for food allowed the animal, in a manner somewhat analogous to the evolution of unique faunal forms on isolated Terran islands, to take the evolutionary path that would not only re-oxygenate the Arrakeen atmosphere, but also create the spice melange with all of its immense consequences for humanity.

Finally, the Encyclopedia notes that early in the history of Arrakis, the Imperium made several attempts to terraform the planet, which resulted in an abundance of Terran desert life on the planet (such as kangaroo mice and hawks), but failed to otherwise change the environment, as the local sandtrout "encyst" any open water on the planet.

Frank Herbert's own Children of Dune, however, establishes that the sandtrout were brought to Arrakis from elsewhere. In the 1985 novel Chapterhouse: Dune, Chapterhouse is turned into a desert planet by transplanting sandtrout there.

Thoughts
OK so Arraqkis is one of my favourite fictional planets, it's a planet that makes no sense yet Herbert actually takes time to fix the problems that might occur with precipitation free planet (the whole oxygen production problem for example) there is something appealing about the idea of endless desserts, at least to me, somebody whose father worked a ton in the ME when I was little and was always bringing back dessert things.

The books are a mix of planitery romance and space(or hey, spice) opera, but it's the former that's compelling, the reason they become less interesting is because the latter element comes to the fore and really Herbert wrote far more interestingly about strange worlds than political/spiritual machinations.

Oh and that thing about "informally known as Dune" is patent bollocks, almost never do people refer to it as Dune it's almost always Arakis (kind of like how Conan Doyle has Watson say that Holms never refers to Irene Adler by name and then never has an instance when Holmes does anything but refer to Irene Adler by name) I know they're all aristos or the retainers of such but you'd expect some of them to use the informal name more than the official one.

Still good stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/v/2B6jgkcANRE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Have I mentioned that I think the Lynch version is pants?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: spaceforarent on August 01, 2011, 03:11:00 PM
I'm not sure if this counts since it's more a "time" instead of "place" but I do love the world of Futurama. Like they said in a commentary, it's not a future utopia or dystopia. It's basically like modern day with future technology that still doesn't quite work right. Also, robots built for essentially useless purposes is a plus.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 01, 2011, 03:40:28 PM
I wouldn't like Arrakis at all.  No sir.  

Also not a fan...

(http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/8/89/AnakinEstGrumpy.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Kete on August 01, 2011, 03:42:26 PM
Are these places we'd like to visit, or just places we think are cool?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2011, 04:58:08 PM
Either/or.  I'm sure I wouldn't want to spend time in the Village.

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Tripe on August 01, 2011, 05:52:49 PM
And that's why Arrakis is there.

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 01, 2011, 06:06:42 PM
Yeah, Tripe wants to ride the worm.  But enough about his tequila addiction...
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Tripe on August 01, 2011, 06:38:00 PM
Yep, and trust me Fremen Tequila's no joke (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg0E-8Kr1lA).

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on August 01, 2011, 07:03:44 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 25 - Top Animated Characters
My favorite characters from one of my favorite animated series.  Although most of the characters from this show are ace, these two are the most ace.

Billy Quizboy and Pete White - (The Venture Brothers)
(http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/959/200pxbilly.png)(http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/3594/200pxpete.png)

The Wiki:
Master Billy Quizboy (voiced by Doc Hammer): A self-proclaimed "boy genius," Billy Whalen is actually an adult (35 in "The Buddy System", 37 in "Handsome Ransom") with a speech impediment and growth hormone deficiency. He suffers from hydrocephalus, although his intellect seems to be unaffected by this condition. He starred as a contestant on the game show Quizboys hosted by Pete White. When White gave him the answer to the final question, they were both kicked off the show and Billy's winnings were frozen by the FCC. White and Billy went to Mexico, where Billy was accidentally entered into a dog fight, thinking it was an underground quiz match. Billy lost a hand and eye in the mix up. Billy left White, and was recruited by O.S.I. agents Brock Samson and Hunter Gathers, who provided him with a mechanical hand and camera eye. Brock and Hunter sent Billy undercover to spy on Professor Fantomas and dig up dirt on the possible existence of the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Fantomas had Billy help with his experiment, but the experiment went wrong, Fantomas became Phantom Limb and Billy lost his left eye again. After a mind wipe, Brock (newly assigned to Venture) smuggled Billy out of O.S.I. and left him with White. He then became a neurogeneticist and co-founder of Conjectural Technologies. He is a virgin as revealed during a conversation with Pete White and Dr. Venture. In "The Invisible Hand of Fate", Billy hits his head on a toilet and remembers everything.

Pete White (voiced by Christopher McCulloch): An albino computer scientist and co-founder of Conjectural Technologies. He went to college with Venture, Samson, Baron Ünderbheit and The Monarch where he hosted a New Wave radio show called "The White Room". After college, White and Billy Quizboy worked in tandem on a Jeopardy-styled gameshow, called "QuizBoys" in which Pete hosted and Billy participated. After a debacle concerning the show seeding Billy's answer display with the correct answer, regardless of what he put down, White and Quizboy were fired and left to find new lives. While the two had a short falling out, Pete eventually rejoined Billy (after his short unwanted stint with O.S.I. and his task of spying on Phantom Limb). They find refuge in a trailer near the Venture Compound where they currently reside. Like Venture and Quizboy, White tends to be somewhat lazy and half-hearted in his efforts. On occasion, characters refer to him as "the gay albino", which seems to annoy him as he does show interests in women such as Dr. Girlfriend and fantasies about the mother from Growing Pains.

All the good clips can't be embedded from youtube.

Personal thoughts:
On a show with loads of great characters, these two stand out for me.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on August 01, 2011, 07:13:39 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 26 - Top TV Theme Songs
'80s style!

Square Pegs
(http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/7315/517nclmva0lsx500.jpg)

The Wiki:
Square Pegs is an American comedy series that aired on CBS during the 1982–1983 season. The series follows Patty Greene (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Lauren Hutchinson (Amy Linker), two awkward teenage girls desperate to fit in at Weemawee High School.

To accurately reflect high schoolers' tastes of the moment, new wave music was an important facet of the show's style. The show's opening and closing theme songs, "Square Pegs", and an untitled instrumental reminiscent of "Chopsticks" composed by Tom Scott, are performed by The Waitresses. In some episodes, "Chopsticks" is the opening theme and "Square Pegs" the closing theme, and in others these are reversed.
 
http://www.youtube.com/v/CKj88uuoObQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0

Personal thoughts:
Love The Waitresses and even though the show was short lived, this catchy song always stuck with me.

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Places)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 01, 2011, 07:33:35 PM
Favorite Places supplementary:

Since the Satellite of Love won the Top 50 Poll (surprise surprise), here is my favorite of all the MST3K secondary sets:

DEEP APE

(http://thumbnails.truveo.com/0020/D7/5D/D75DBA310306C89755205C_Large.jpg)

This picture is the best I could find on short notice, and it doesn't do it justice.

After coming back from the edge of the Universe and materializing back from their various forms of energy, the intrepid crew of the Satellite of Love find themselves orbiting a very Earthlike planet. However, they are shocked to find the transmission to be of talking apes! *dun dun dun!* They are in a far future where apes have evolved into the dominant intelligent species on the planet. One has to seriously question the intelligence of the rest of the species on the planet at this point, though, given some of their actions.

Here we are introduced to the wonderful Professor Bobo, and Kevin is introduced to the horrors of makeup glue and full face latex appliances. I love Professor Bobo, he has so many good moments (particularly the Mike trial), but here we are talking about the set. The setting is a blatant ripoff of Planet of the Apes, and they have so much fun with that. Including the nuclear bomb from Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Here the shoestring budget of MST3K really benefits the set, as it's obvious cheap nature makes it al the funnier. Designed to look like a monkey house exhibit at a local zoo, complete with tire swing. Whoever designed this set was a genius! I really wish we had spent more than just a few episodes here. It cracks me up every time I see it!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 02, 2011, 06:31:58 AM
Happy Halloween! What?  It's not?  Oh well, tell us your favourite Halloween movies!  Here's the original list:

#50: The Birds
#49: The Sixth Sense
#48: Hellboy
#47: Silent Hill
#46: Braindead/Dead Alive
#45: Aliens
#44: Demons
#43: Disney�s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
#42: Nosferatu
#41: Fright Night
#40: Scream
#39: Suspiria
#38: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: the Dream Warriors
#37: The Worst Witch
#36: Friday the 13th
#35: Thriller
#34: The Blair Witch Project
#33: Disney's Halloween Treat
#32: The Addams Family
#31: Frankenstein
#30: Hocus Pocus
#29: Clue
#28: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
#27: Psycho
#26: Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
#25: Phantasm
#24: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
#23: The Frighteners
#22: An American Werewolf in London
#21: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
#20: Day of the Dead
#19: The Haunting
#18: Sleepy Hollow
#17: Army of Darkness
#16: Alien
#15: The Lost Boys
#14: The Thing
#13: Evil Dead
#12: Evil Dead 2
#11: Night of the Living Dead
#10: A Nightmare on Elm Street
#9: The Shining
#8: Dawn of the Dead
#7: Beetlejuice
#6: Shaun of the Dead
#6: Halloween
#5: Young Frankenstein
#4: Poltergeist
#3: Ghostbusters
#2: A Nightmare Before Christmas
#1: It�s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 02, 2011, 07:12:08 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 28 – Favourite Halloween Movies
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
(http://www.steve-calvert.co.uk/pub-dom/imgs/cabinet-des-dr-caligari/cabinet-des-dr-caligari.JPG)
   

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Kabinet des Dr Caligari) is a 1920 silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema.

Francis, a young man, recalls in his memory the horrible experiences he and his fiancée Jane recently went through. It is the annual fair in Holstenwall. Francis and his friend Alan visit The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an exhibit where the mysterious doctor shows the somnambulist Cesare, and awakens him for some moments from his death-like sleep. When Alan asks Cesare about his future, Cesare answers that he will die before dawn. The next morning Alan is found dead. Francis suspects Cesare of being the murder, and starts scouting on him and Dr. Caligari. The following night Cesare is going to stab Jane in her bed, but softens when he sees the beautiful woman, and instead of committing another murder, he abducts her. Jane's father awakens of the noise, and he and some servants follow the fleeing Cesare. When Cesare cannot keep the distance to his pursuers anymore, he lays Jane down on the ground...

Writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer met each other in Berlin soon after World War I. The two men considered the new film medium as a new type of artistic expression – visual storytelling that necessitated collaboration between writers and painters, cameramen, actors, directors. They felt that film was the ideal medium through which to both call attention to the emerging pacifism in postwar Germany and exhibit radical anti-bourgeois art.
Although neither had associations with any Berlin film company, they decided to develop a plot. As both were enthusiastic about Paul Wegener's works, they chose to write a horror film. The duo drew from past experiences. Janowitz had disturbing memories of a night during 1913, in Hamburg. After leaving a fair he had walked into a park bordering the Holstenwall and glimpsed a stranger as he disappeared into the shadows after having mysteriously emerged from the bushes. The next morning, a young woman's ravaged body was found. Mayer was still angered about his sessions during the war with an autocratic, highly ranked, military psychiatrist.

At night, Janowitz and Mayer would often go to a nearby fair. One evening, they saw a sideshow "Man and Machine", in which a man did feats of strength and predicted the future while supposedly in a hypnotic trance. Inspired by this, Janowitz and Mayer devised their story that night and wrote it in the following six weeks. The name "Caligari" came from a book Mayer read, in which an officer named Caligari was mentioned.

When the duo approached producer Erich Pommer about the story, Pommer tried to have them thrown out of his small Decla-Bioscop studio. But when they insisted on telling him their film story, Pommer was so impressed that he bought it on the spot, and agreed to have the film produced in expressionistic style, partly as a concession to his studio only having a limited quota of power and light.
 
Personal thoughts:
I saw this one in film class and it made a pretty big impression.  Yeah, it might not sem all that scary, but it’s moody as hell and has clearly (for better or worse) influenced every Tim Burton movie ever made.  Perfect for Halloween.  Love that art design.

Lame music aside (is that the new Schnappi theme?), a great scene
http://www.youtube.com/v/CNDaifCMAdI
Some more cool visuals
http://www.youtube.com/v/T9WjHEKLMbc
Or hey, just watch the whole movie.
http://www.youtube.com/v/ALqnSUMHPrA
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 02, 2011, 07:59:02 AM
ever feel like tim burton is taking a lot of his ideas from caligari?  i do.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 02, 2011, 12:31:10 PM
L.O.C. #28 - Top Halloween Movies

The Exorcist

(http://www.impawards.com/1973/posters/exorcist.jpg)

Thoughts
How in the hell did this not make the original list?!?

The Wiki
The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty and based on the exorcism case of Robbie Mannheim, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The film features Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller, and Mercedes McCambridge. The film is one of a cycle of 'demonic child' movies produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Rosemary's Baby and The Omen.

The Exorcist was released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. on December 26, 1973. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations—winning two, one for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay, and losing Best Picture to The Sting. It became one of highest earning movies of all time, grossing $441 million worldwide.

The film has had a huge effect on popular culture. It was named the scariest movie of all time by Entertainment Weekly and Movies.com and by viewers of AMC in 2006, and was #3 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The film was selected in 2010 to be preserved by the Library of Congress as part of its National Film Registry.

http://www.youtube.com/v/kpPwC7QRvFQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/YDGw1MTEe9k?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 03, 2011, 04:53:24 AM
More movies today!  The subject?  Animated films.  Here's the original list:

#50: Ali Baba Bunny
#49: Rescuers Down Under
#49: Howl�s Moving Castle
#48: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
#48: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
#47: Lady and the Tramp
#47: Triplets of Belleville
#46: The Rescuers
#45: Heavy Metal
#45: Kiki�s Delivery Service
#44: Castle of Cagliostro
#43: Mulan
#43: The Wrong Trousers
#42: The Little Mermaid   
#42: Transformers: The Movie
#41: The Great Mouse Detective
#40: Chicken Run
#39: Robin Hood
#38: A Bug�s Life
#38: The Jungle Book
#37: Bambi
#37: Animal Farm
#36: Pinocchio
#36: The Land Before Time
#35: Watership Down
#34: An American Tail
#33: Alice in Wonderland
#33: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
#32: Beavis and Butthead Do America   
#32: Persepolis
#31: Princess Mononoke
#30: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie   
#30: Lilo & Stitch
#29: Dumbo
#28: The Dot and the Line: A Romance of Higher Mathematics
#27: Shrek
#26: One Froggy Evening
#25: The Lion King
#24: The Secret of NIMH
#23: The Emperor�s New Groove
#22: Akira
#21: Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit
#20: My Neighbor Totoro
#19: The Rabbit of Seville
#18: Grave of the Fireflies
#17: Beauty and the Beast
#16: Toy Story
#15: Finding Nemo
#14: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
#13: Aladdin
#12: Ratatouille
#11: The Iron Giant
#10: Monsters, Inc.
#9: Toy Story 2
#8: Fantasia
#7: The Nightmare Before Christmas
#6: Spirited Away
 #5: Duck Amuck
#4: What�s Opera, Doc
#3: Up
#2: WALL-E
#1: The Incredibles
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 03, 2011, 04:58:17 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 29 – Favourite Animted Films
Feed the Kitty
(http://images.wikia.com/looneytunes/images/5/56/FeedtheKittyTitle.jpg)
   

Feed the Kitty is a Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese, in which Bulldog Marc Antony (spelled Marc Anthony on his sleeping basket in the cartoon itself and called that by his mistress) adopts small cat Pussyfoot and tries to hide it from his owner. It was released theatrically on February 2, 1952. In 1994 it was voted #36 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.
Personal thoughts:
Man, there are a lot of great cartoons out there, but I always find that this one is a little more ignored.  It’s really a love story in the most basic level: it represents the courtship of a man and woman just as much as it represents a boy for his pet.  And it’s SOOOOOOOOO cute.

And now, the entire cartoon
http://www.youtube.com/v/pccO1RBJZL8
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: Compound on August 03, 2011, 08:15:35 AM
The video linked is a tad different than the plot to "Feed the Kitty."
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 03, 2011, 09:36:37 AM
Fixed the Kitty.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 03, 2011, 09:38:51 AM
I am still so glad that The Incredibles made it to #1 on that poll. Awesome movie!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 03, 2011, 09:49:20 AM
L.O.C. #29 - Top Animated Films

(http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/439288.1020.A.jpg)

Thoughts
What an incredibly cool looking movie with some great, eccentric performances. I found this compelling for a number of reasons; it not only it looks cool, but it also delivers a trippy, interesting story and some damn good acting.

The Wiki
A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 rotoscoped film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of identity and deception in a near-future dystopia constantly under intrusive high-technology police surveillance in the midst of a drug addiction epidemic. The movie was filmed digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope over the original footage, giving it its distinctive look. The film was written and directed by Linklater and stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Rory Cochrane.

http://www.youtube.com/v/cxXg0t59IDE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on August 03, 2011, 01:57:45 PM
I was unavailable yesterday, so I missed the Halloween list. Therefore, I'm posting this now, because to not post it at all would have just been wrong.

LoC Rest of the Best - Day 28 – Favorite Halloween Movies

Trick 'r Treat
(http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/gallery/images/1411/1.jpg)

The Wiki:
The film is an anthology of four Halloween-related scary stories. One thing that ties the stories together is the presence of Sam (Quinn Lord), a mysterious pint-sized trick-or-treater wearing shabby orange pajamas with a burlap sack over his head. He makes an appearance in all the stories as a 'friendly-reminder' to those who break Halloween traditions.

Despite only a handful of public screenings, the film has been reviewed extensively by online journalists and bloggers, especially in the genre/horror communities, and reviews are nearly unanimously positive. Dread Central gave it 5 out of 5 stars and stated "Trick 'r Treat ranks alongside John Carpenter's Halloween as traditional October viewing and I can't imagine a single horror fan that won't fall head over heels in love with it." The film earned 10 out of 10 from Ryan Rotten of ShockTilYouDrop.com. It also earned an 8 out of 10 from Bloody Disgusting, who later ranked the film ninth in their list of the 'Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade', with the article saying, "[It's] so good that its lack of a theatrical release borders on the criminal." IGN attended a screening of the film and concluded, "This well-crafted Halloween horror tribute is a scary blast.", rating it 8 out of 10 overall. Based on 17 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating from critics of 88%, with an average score of 7.7/10.

Personal thoughts:
I think the only reason this didn't make the original list is because it wasn't (widely) released until just before the list started. That's actually got to be the reason, as this is the perfect Halloween movie. No other film better captures the spirit of the holiday, and this one just feels so right for the day that nothing else really will do (even the original Halloween, with minor tweaking, could take place on pretty much any other holiday (as the legion of copycats showed in earnest). Not this one). That it's also a damn fine and enjoyable horror movie is also good reason to keep it around. I love love love this movie, and hope to be able to see it on the big screen surrounded by fans one Halloween day (shoot, I'll take any day for this one).

I don't plan on having kids, but if I did, they're going to be dressed as Sam come Halloween.
(http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/scarletv23/trick-r-treat-dvd-art.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/wUqsXvBAqRY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US]
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on August 03, 2011, 02:10:30 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 29 – Favorite Animted Films
Cats Don't Dance
(http://www.impawards.com/1997/posters/cats_dont_dance.jpg)
   

Wiki:
Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 animated musical film, notable as the only fully animated feature produced by Turner Entertainment's feature animation unit (later merged into Warner Bros. Animation, Turner Feature Animation had also produced the animated portions of The Pagemaster in 1994). The film was distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment. Set in a world where human beings and anthropomorphic animals live side-by-side, it focuses on a cat named Danny who wants to break into show business in Hollywood.

The film features the voices of Scott Bakula and Jasmine Guy, and was the directorial debut of former Disney animator Mark Dindal. It is also notable for its musical numbers, written by Randy Newman, and for Gene Kelly's contributions as choreographer. Cats Don't Dance was Kelly's final film project, and the film is dedicated to him.

Personal thoughts:
I've loved this movie ever since I was a kid and discovered it hidden in the unholy mess that was the animated movies section. Slick animation, a good combination of talking animals and humans (tricky in animated movies, and not as common as you might think), some great songs, and plenty of really cool references, homages, and motifs to old school Hollywood. It even beat the rush and had a penguin character back before everyone was sick of those things. Considering my movie-loving Furry self now, it's actually not that big a shock to think that I watched this one constantly back in the day (still do, actually).

And yes, you can watch the whole thing on Youtube. But instead, have a song:
http://www.youtube.com/v/H9czEZR5ysY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 03, 2011, 07:28:43 PM
Trick r Treat was a criminally ignored movie.  Not perfect, but definitely tons of fun.  Shame, I think it would have gotten a stronger following if it made it into theatres like it was supposed to.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Movies)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 03, 2011, 08:28:02 PM
Yeah, Trick R Treat is very good. Absolute shame how long this movie stayed on the shelf for no damn reason, and then just tossed on DVD.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 04, 2011, 05:28:05 AM
Hi there kiddies.  Today's subject is favourite toys.  Here's the original list:

#50: Voit Playground Balls
#49: Gamecube
#48: Micro Machines
#47: Simon
#46: Slinky
#45: Jurassic Park Dino Plushes
#44: Transformers: Generation 2
#43: Coleco Handheld Games
#42: Dreamcast
#41: Trampolines
#40: Nerf Balls
#39: Lionel Train Set
#38: Tonka Truck
#37: Big Wheel
#36: Colorforms
#35: Marvel Legends
#34: Laser Tag
#33: Nerf Guns
#32: Frisbee
#31: Super Ball
#30: Playstation
#29: Transformers: Robots in Disguise
 #28: Beast Wars: Transformers
#27: Mr. Potato Head
#26: Transformers Animated
#25: M.A.S.K.
#24: Little People
#23: Silly Putty
#22: View-Master
#21: Movie Maniacs
#20: Star Wars (Modern)
#19: Zoids
#18: Wii
#17: Lincoln Logs
#16: Genesis
#15: Masters of the Universe
#14: Matchbox
#13: Play-Doh
#12: Crayola Crayons
#11: Gameboy
#10: Lite Bright
#9: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
#8: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
#7: Atari 2600
#6: Super NES
#5: Star Wars (Classic)
#4: NES
#3: Transformers
#2: Hot Wheels
#1: Lego
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 04, 2011, 05:34:52 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 30 – Favourite Toy Lines
DC Direct
(http://www.whatsyourobsession.com/images/2010/dc-direct-brightest-day-toys-figures.jpg)
   
   
DC Direct is the collectibles division of DC Comics, the Time Warner subsidiary that publishes comic books and licenses characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Batman, Batgirl and Hawkgirl. DC Direct produces statues, props, replicas and prints for the direct market, a distribution and retail network primarily serving comic book specialty stores. DC Direct produces a number of action figures for this market as well, most of which are produced in the 6 to 7-inch scale.

Beginning in 1998 with three figures based on characters from Mad Magazine, DC Direct has released several hundred figures based on popular and obscure characters based on properties published by DC Comics, including those under the Vertigo and WildStorm imprints.

For the first several years, the most recognizable DC characters were not released. DC Direct focused on lesser-known characters and comic series designed for mature readers such as The Sandman, Preacher, and Transmetropolitan. Now, DC Direct has increased its production of recognizable characters such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Batgirl, Aquaman and Robin. Figures were first grouped randomly, then thematically and now in official groupings that may be released over several years. The first three series in 1999 had a variant for each figure, but the practice was quickly dropped. Of those figures, only the variant of Death has never been re-released. Currently DC Direct shares the licenses for many DC characters with other toy manufacturers, notably Mattel which has the master toy license for all DC Comics properties, but DC Direct alone holds the licenses for Vertigo figures.

While most figures have been released on blister cards, some have been available in boxes and a very few in clamshell packaging. There have also been several boxed sets featuring multiple characters or a character with a particularly large accessory.
Because DC Direct sells primarily to the comic book specialty market, the figures ship to stores on predictable dates, a rarity for toys.

 Personal thoughts:
DC Direct toys were a pretty big deal when they first came out: not only DC having it’s own toy company, but it had action figures based on Vertigo comics and Mad Magazine and other things that people will expect action figures from.  All of the action figures have toys, and DC cleverly created a way to release action figures of the same characters without it being boring: basing characters not only on different costume designs, but different artist interpretations.  You can get the old timey Superman of Curt Swan (even with weird interchangeable heads), Frank Quitely, Ed McGuinness and Alex Ross to name a few...
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 04, 2011, 12:01:40 PM
L.O.C. #30 - Top Toy Lines

Wiffle Ball & Bat

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Wiffle_bat_and_ball.jpg/400px-Wiffle_bat_and_ball.jpg)

Thoughts
Countless hours spent playing waffle ball as a kid. This is how I learned to hit a baseball as well as pitch a baseball. You could throw a wicked curve even as a little kid with the waffle ball. The coolest thing about this is I've been able to play it with three different generations of the family, just a plastic bat and ball!

Seriously, if you have any hope for your kid ever being able to hit a nasty curve, slider, or change-up, get this. Thanks to wiffleball, regular Joes can throw Carlton-esque benders. Pitching may actually be more fun that hitting.

The Wiki
Wiffle ball is a variation of the sport of baseball designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas. The game is played using a perforated, light-weight, rubbery plastic ball and a plastic (typically yellow) bat.

The Wiffle ball was invented by David N. Mullany of Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 in Shelton, Connecticut when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a "whiff". A classic Wiffle ball is about the same size as a regulation baseball, but is hollow plastic no more than 1/8 inch thick. One hemisphere is perforated with eight .75 inches oblong holes, with a solid second hemisphere. This construction allows pitchers to throw a tremendous variety and size of curveballs, sinkers, and risers. Wiffle balls are typically packaged with a hollow, hard plastic, yellow bat that measures 32 inches in length and about 1.25 inches in diameter.

The game of wiffleball, which sprang from the invention of the popular Wiffle ball, became popular as a backyard, sandlot and picnic game in the 1960s and 1970s. Since 1980, the game has also exploded as an organized sport, with many successful leagues and tournaments now played across the United States and as far away as Spain. These competitions have been known to draw dozens of teams or more, typically consisting of two to five players per team, with widely varying rules and field dimensions. [Seriously, you could play this anywhere.]

http://www.youtube.com/v/r3bHtmPJ_GY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/bYdR5kMzqJo?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: ColeStratton on August 04, 2011, 12:40:21 PM
This one is  a no-brainer for me...I loved these lil' guys!

M.U.S.C.L.E.

(http://i53.tinypic.com/30vj2pg.jpg)

The wiki:
M.U.S.C.L.E., (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere), was a toyline of 2-inch tall monochromatic PVC gum wrestling figures produced in the United States from 1985 to 1988. The story involved intergalactic wrestlers fighting for supremacy of the universe. The toy line itself was straight forward and collectors continue to make the line a viable hobby. The US line included 236 official figures, a boardgame, a NES game entitled M.U.S.C.L.E., a championship belt figure holder, and a wrestling ring playset. The figures were distributed in clear, blister-packed random 4-packs, semiopaque garbage can 10-packs, and boxed fixed sculpt 28 packs. For a short time, the figures were also distributed as a bonus in Nestlé Quik (now known as Nesquik) cans.

The M.U.S.C.L.E. figures were based on the Japanese toyline called kinkeshi. Kinkeshi were based on a manga and anime called Kinnikuman, and some figures were based on anime-only characters. The main hero was Kinnikuman, who, in the US, was "Muscle Man" and was the leader of the "Thug Busters." He was described as the greatest wrestling champion. The only other named figure in the US line was Buffaloman, who was renamed "Terri-Bull," and said to be the leader of the "Cosmic Crunchers."
Some of the figures were sculpted to resemble popular wrestlers who had competed in Japan such as Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes, Abdullah The Butcher, and Jushin "Thunder" Liger.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 04, 2011, 01:11:14 PM
HA!  i loved those little pink things.  What a great toy line.  which brings up these:

MONSTERS IN MY POCKET

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters_in_my_pocket

Monster in my Pocket is a media franchise developed by Morrison Entertainment Group, headed by Joe Morrison and John Weems (two former senior executives at Mattel).

The focus is on monsters and legendary creatures from religion, mythology, literary fantasy, science fiction, cryptids and other anomalous phenomena. Monster in My Pocket produced trading cards, comic books, books, toys, a board game, a video game, and an animated special, along with music, clothing, kites, stickers, and various other items.

The line proved controversial for various reasons and many changes were implemented that took it away from its original mythmaking focus, though it has since reemerged with the original idea intact.



My thoughts: i always figured this was essentially a toy line similiar to the top list of crap.  Which is awesome
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 04, 2011, 07:00:40 PM
i always figured this was essentially a toy line similiar to the top list of crap.  Which is awesome

Que?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 04, 2011, 07:54:19 PM
it was basically the companies favorite monsters and they were even numbered.  It always felt to me like they were trying to tell us which monster was the coolest/toughest.  its like if did our own list of crap and then at the end we decided we needed a toy line to celebrate that list. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 04, 2011, 08:13:37 PM
I thought M.U.S.C.L.E. were pretty cool growing up and these days I have a soft spot for the source material, though I can imagine for various reasons it would turn off a lot of people.  The neat thing about a lot of those figures you played with were designed by children.  When the original Kinnikuman first started, it began as an Ultraman spoof, so the creators (who were only 19 at the time) got young fans to submit monster designs for future stories.  That's actually pretty cool, since it involved fan participation in a really cool way where something they created became part of the story.  As the series moved on the creators dropped the monsters in favour of monstrous super-powered wrestlers in life-or-death matches for the fate of the Earth (because why not) and fans began submitting art for villains, many of whom became important characters to the series and fan favourites.  I think that's pretty neat.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Toy Lines)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 04, 2011, 10:43:51 PM
Heck, I can toss in a favorite toyline of mine:

Mighty Muggs


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/ba/Mighty_Muggs.jpg)

Just the facts/Stuff I wiki'd:

Mighty Muggs are a vinyl–plastic collectible toy series made by Hasbro. The toys resemble super deformed versions of characters from the following franchises: Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. There is a line of smaller figures, called Mini Muggs, as well as blank Mighty Muggs for customization. A full length film is in development with Easy Films. The line has been commercially discontinued, but certain retailers receive exclusive 'continuation' lines, and Comic-Con International 2011 has an exclusive Avengers line.

Pak's Thoughts -  We have so many of these scattered throughout my house. They just look too cool. And the neat thing is the accessories are interchangable. Indiana Jones' hat and whip have gradually migrated throughout key characters in the Marvel and Transformers universes. The Hulk can rock a fedora! :^)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 3)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 05, 2011, 05:59:19 AM
Yet another Rifftrax wishlist.  Here's the original list:

#50: Transformers: The Movie
#49: The Spirit
#48: Dungeons & Dragons
#47: Pearl Harbour
#46: Doom
#45: Armageddon
#44: The Never-Ending Story
#43: Resident Evil
#42: In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
#41: Knowing
#40: Alone in the Dark
#39: War of the Worlds
#38: Hackers
#37: Face/off
#36: Batman
#35: Aliens
#34: Waterworld
#33: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
#32: Catwoman
#31: AVP: Alien Vs. Predator
#30: I Robot
#29: The Giant Claw
#28: The Wizard
#27: National Treasure
#26: Gymkata
#25: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
#24: Commando
#23: X-Men III: the Last Stand
#22: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
#21: Jumper
#20: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
#19: Showgirls
#18: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
#17: House of the Dead
#16: Citizen Kane
#15: The Island
#14: Air Force One
#13: The Incredible Hulk
#12: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
#11: Street Fighter
#10: Planet of the Apes
#9: Congo
#8: Super Mario Bros.
#7: Billy Jack
#6: High School Musical
#5: G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra
#4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#3: Hulk
#2: Dune
#1: Godzilla
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 3)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 05, 2011, 06:06:11 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 31 – Riff Wishlist 3
   
 
Night Fright
(http://www.cellphonemoviestore.com/images/night-fright.jpg)
   
   
Night Fright is a 1967 American film directed by James A. Sullivan.
The film is also known as E.T.N.: The Extraterrestrial Nastie, E.T.N.: The Extraterrestrial Nasty, The Extraterrestrial Nastie or The Extraterrestrial Nasty in the United Kingdom.
A Texas community is beset with a rash of mysterious killings involving some of the students from the local college. The sheriff investigating the deaths discovers the startling identity of the killer responsible for the murders. a NASA experiment involving cosmic rays has mutated an ape and turned it into an unstoppable killing machine with a thirst for blood.

 Personal thoughts:
I admit it, this was mostly an excuse to show my free fan riff of this public domain movie, but this one really has it coming.  Plus an editor from Manos directed it.  So there’s that.

Another VOD I’d like to see: Invasion of the Bee Girls.  This one might be… R rated (the movie’s PG, but it’s the kind of PG were there’s some boobs).


http://player.vimeo.com/video/18356668?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0

EDIT: If anyone could tell me ow to embed a Vimeo video I'd appreciate it.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 3)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 05, 2011, 08:58:05 AM
L.O.C. #31 - Top Movies You Want to See Riffed

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Thoughts
This movie is ridiculous on a boatload of levels. In terms of riffing potential, this is what you would call extremely target-rich. Between the lame plot, cheesy one-liners,  and over-the-top characters/performances, this pile provides an all-you-can-eat buffet of riff fodder.

The Wiki
Con Air is an Academy Award Nominated 1997 American action-thriller film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich. The film borrows its title from the nickname of the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System.

The film featured the 1997 hit single "How Do I Live", originally performed by LeAnn Rimes and performed for the film by Trisha Yearwood. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Song and Best Sound, losing to Titanic in both categories. It was also declared by the Golden Raspberry Awards as having the "Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property" of any film in 1997.

http://www.youtube.com/v/fWq-S1_1vnc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

LET THE CHEESE FLOW
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http://www.youtube.com/v/AW3aCuxY1DY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 3)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 05, 2011, 10:10:05 AM
#2: Dune
By all rights, if this movie is eventually riffed, RVRII MUST be guest riffer.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 3)
Post by: anais.jude on August 05, 2011, 06:01:52 PM
#2: Dune
By all rights, if this movie is eventually riffed, RVRII MUST be guest riffer.

I would buy sooooo many copies of this riff if RVR was the guest riffer
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 3)
Post by: Tripe on August 05, 2011, 06:09:00 PM
Maybe that's the way to do a LOC of forum members, the top fifty you'd like to hear guest riff. :)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Guilty Pleasure Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 06, 2011, 01:35:16 AM
Today's Subject is Guilty Pleasure Movies.  Here's the original list:

#56: Xanadu
#55: With Honors
#54: Twilight
#53: The Crush
#52: The Core
#51: The Conqueror
#50: Some Kind of Wonderful
#49: Newsies
#48: Johnny Dangerously
#46: Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf
#45: Harry and the Hendersons
#44: Dragon Wars: D-War
#43: Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 AD
#42: Conan the Barbarian
#37: The Happening
#36: Moonraker
#35: Star Trek Generations
#34: Once Bitten
#33: Josie and the Pussycats
#32: Billy Jack
#31: UHF
#30: Airplane
#29: The Craft
#28: Starship Troopers
#27: The Lost Boys
#26: The Producers (2005)
#25: Major League
#24: Commando
#23: Gremlins 2: the New Batch
#22: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
#21: Titanic
#20: Troll 2
#19: Con Air
#18: Godzilla Vs. Megalon
#17: The Goonies
#16: Jason X
#15: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
#14: Fantastic Four 1994)
#13: Mannequin
#12: Zoolander
#11: Plan 9 from Outer Space
#10: Bring it On
#9: Star Wars: Episode I: the Phantom Menace
#8: Ace Ventura, Pet Detective
#7: Hudson Hawk
#6: Grease 2
#5: Roadhouse
#4: Showgirls
#3: Labyrinth
#2: Baseketball
#1: The Room
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Guilty Pleasure Movies)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 06, 2011, 01:36:04 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 32 – Guilty Pleasure Movies
   
 
Barbarella
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After an in-flight anti-gravity striptease (masked by the film's opening titles), Barbarella, a 41st century astronaut, lands on the planet Lythion and sets out to find the evil Durand Durand in the city of Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Exessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an accomplished artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who, in her dream chamber, can make her fantasies take form, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which, via a poor victim struggling in its glass globe, dispenses Essance of Man. You can't help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what few clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Based on the popular French comic strip.

 Personal thoughts:

Not quite sure why I have such a soft spot for this movie, aside from the crazy ass world that it creates.  Jane Fonda’s take on Barbarella is appealing too, as a sort of strong willed naïf in the Dorothy in Oz vein.  But it certainly is silly and I’m sure for every virtue I see in the film there are more faults.  Still, that’s what makes a guilty pleasure.  I kind of want to read the original Barbarella comics too.

http://www.youtube.com/v/1uwNEnh9uaM
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Guilty Pleasure Movies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 06, 2011, 12:15:32 PM
L.O.C. #32 - Top Guilty Pleasure Movies

(http://whysoblu.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Megan-Fox-Jennifers-Body-1.jpg)

Thoughts
This is truly a guilty pleasure. I've from more than one person how they passionately hate this movie, but I just find it enjoyable. First off, I'd watch Amanda Seyfried in anything, yes, even Red Riding Hood. Second. I think the first half of this movie is has a great edge to it and is incredibly entertaining. It's just a sexy, fun comedy horror movie. Unfortunately the film falls flat on its face and drags itself to the ending. Still, I enjoy it enough to have watched it twice. This movie also includes a very cool end credit sequence.

The Wiki
Jennifer's Body is a 2009 black comedy horror film written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. The film stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, and Adam Brody. Fox portrays a newly-possessed teenage serial killer specializing in killing her male classmates as her best friend strives to stop her. The title is a reference to the song of the same name by Hole on their album Live Through This. As a tie-in to the film, Boom! Studios produced a Jennifer's Body graphic novel.

Working with Cody again following their collaborative efforts on the film Juno, Jason Reitman stated he and his producers "want to make unusual films". Cody said she wanted the film to speak to female empowerment and explore the complex relationships between best friends.

The film had a disappointing performance at the North American box office, making $2.8 million its opening day and $6.8 million its opening weekend, and received mixed reviews from critics; where negative reviews classified the film as lacking the intensity needed for "true horror" and desperate to be a cult classic, positive reviews praised the film for its "occasionally clever" and often witty dialogue combined with "fun performances" and emotional resonance.


Oh, and it's got this in it, so yeah.

http://www.youtube.com/v/B_cTkSAj1kE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Guilty Pleasure Movies)
Post by: ColeStratton on August 06, 2011, 12:45:01 PM
It's the great all-nighter!

L.O.C Rest of the Best - Day 32 -  Top Guilty Pleasure Movies

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

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The wiki:
Midnight Madness is a 1980 comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and starring David Naughton, Stephen Furst and Maggie Roswell. The film is about a group of college students who participate in an all night puzzle solving race. It is Michael J. Fox's film debut.

Leon (Alan Solomon), a genius, summons five college students to his apartment and challenges them to participate in his latest game creation: The Great All-Nighter. He tells them about his game and instructs them to form teams. At first, the leaders refuse to play. However, rivalries between them lead all five to change their minds by the game's start time. The game works like this: Teams are given an initial clue to solve. When the clue is solved, it will lead to a location. At that location they must find and solve another clue leading to another location and eventually the end. Leon, as "game master," keeps track of the teams locations with a giant map, and various radio equipment. The teams are supposed to call and check in at each clue (though many of the teams end up skipping at least one location).

Teams are made up of characters who are broad stereotypes. They wear matching sweatshirts, and ride in vehicles that also match their team color.
The members of the Yellow Team are all friendly, and kind; they play fair and are the main heroes of the film. The yellow team are led by the protagonist Adam (Naughton). The Yellow team picks up an additional member, Adam's troubled younger brother Scott, partway through the game, who acts out to get Adam's attention. They also force the shy Flynch (Joel Kenney), whom Adam has been counseling, to play the game rather than allow him to go on a date with an ugly girl. Also on the team are Laura (Debra Clinger), Adam's love interest, and Marvin (David Damas), another friend of Adam's. The team vehicle, owned by Marvin, is often referred to as a Jeep[citation needed]; it is actually a Toyota Land Cruiser.

The members of the Blue Team are all selfish, rude, and unattractive individuals who cheat at every opportunity. They are led by overweight snob Harold (Stephen Furst), who is intensely jealous of the popular Adam. Melio (played by future Hollywood director Andy Tennant) purposely instigates fights between Harold and his girlfriend, Lucille, who puts Harold on a diet just before the game starts. "Blade," a Mexican-American who is constantly brandishing his switchblade knife, never speaks. An additional member, Barf (Brian Frishman), is apparently mentally challenged. The team vehicle is a van equipped with a computer that can solve clues, however this device is destroyed early on when Harold hides a stash of marshmallows in the circuitry.

The Green Team, also known as the "Meat Machine," is made up of jocks from the school's football team. They are led by Lavitas (Brad Wilkin); Dirk Blocker is also on the team. Their antagonism leads both the Red and White teams into playing. The team vehicle is a Volkswagen Beetle named the "Meat Wagon."

The White Team is made up of debate team nerds, led by Wesley (played by Eddie Deezen). The White Team rides matching Puch mopeds which they eventually share with the Red team after their vehicle is destroyed.

The Red Team is made up of four members of an unpopular sorority led by Donna, played by Maggie Roswell. Two of the members are a set of frequently giggling, overweight twins (many of the jokes involving the red team come at their expense) and the other two are feminists. The Red team's vehicle is a pickup truck which is eventually destroyed by the Green team.

Personal thoughts:
I've seen this movie dozens of time--I watched it over and over on HBO as a kid, and still have a serious soft spot for it. Getting Eddie Deezen (the white team leader, and Eugene from Grease) on my podcast was a serious highlight for me. I even did an all-vocal cover of the theme song, since I'm an idiot (if you really want to hear it, it is here: http://www.colestratton.com/?page_id=33) (also covers of songs from The Lost Boys, Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas).

The infamous FAGABEEFE scene: http://youtu.be/aTUQXSH9YyE
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Guilty Pleasure Movies)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 06, 2011, 11:34:53 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 32 – Guilty Pleasure Movies
   
Barbarella
   

For those of you who either don't  know or remember, I hosted this list and made one of the more egregious L.O.C. gaffes by somehow managing to overlook Johnny Unusual's #1 pick which just happened to be Barbarella. Had I not made this mistake, Barbarella would have indeed made the list. This is a mistake that has brought shame on myself and my family.

I'd like to express my appreciation to Johnny for not taking this rare opportunity to heap well-deserved scorn on my spreadsheet inadequacies.

 ;D
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 07, 2011, 02:10:22 AM
Today is songs of the 80’s.  Don’t worry that the one you pick might not be a hit single, I think just 80’s songs will be good enough here.  Here’s the original list:

#51: Let�s Dance
#50: Abacab
#49: Eat It
#48: Whip It
#47: The Way It Is
#46: Karma Chameleon
#45: One Night in Bangkok
#44: Rock the Casbah
#43: Sweet Child o� Mine
#42: Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
#41: Don�t You (Forget About Me)
#40: Africa
#39: 867-5309/Jenny
#38: Jessie�s Girl
#37: Groovy Kind of Love
#36: Mexican Radio
#35: Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
#34: Eye of the Tiger
#33: The Boys of Summer
#32: Thriller
#31: I Love Rock and Roll
#30: Rock Me Amadeus
#29: Invisible Touch
#28: Never Gonna Give You Up
#27: Photograph
#26: The Power of Love
#25: Rio
#24: In a Big Country
#23: Safety Dance
#22: With or Without You
#21: Walk Like an Egyptian
#20: She Blinded Me With Science
#19: Tainted Love
#18: You Give Love a Bad Name
#17: Everybody Wants to Rule the World
#16: Livin� On a Prayer
#15: Sledgehammer
#14: Time After Time
#13: Major Tom (Coming Home)
#12: 99 Luftballoons
#11: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
#10: In Your Eyes
#9: The Final Countdown
#8: Call Me
#7: Ghostbusters
#6: Don�t Stop Believin’
#5: Land of Confusion
#4: Come On, Eileen
#3: Every Breath You Take
#2: Mr. Roboto
#1: Take on Me
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 07, 2011, 02:16:32 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 33 – Favourite 80’s Songs
   
 
Cactus – the Pixies
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Ex272jpUOSg
   
"Cactus" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, and is the eighth track on their 1988 album Surfer Rosa. It was written and sung by the band's frontman Black Francis and produced by Steve Albini.  The song is about a man in prison writing to a woman, asking for her dress, which he would like her to stain with bodily fluids (blood and sweat) and food, as a reminder that she’s still alive.

Personal thoughts:

There’s something very primal about this song, and I’ve always been attracted to songs that are a bit creepy.  And though it is creepy, there’s also a sense that this isn’t just a perv looking for a girl’s smelly clothes.  He wants the essence of his woman on these clothes as a way to keep him going through his incarceration.  Yeah, it’s sinister sounding, but it’s also moving and animalistic.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 07, 2011, 07:12:27 AM
Hm. Disappointing list. There's no way I can rectify it with just one song (adding the Pixies was a good start though). I guess I'll go with...

Laurie Anderson — Sharkey's Day

According to Wikipedia, "The single "Sharkey's Day" was for many years the theme song of Lifetime Television." Who knew?

http://www.youtube.com/v/GlTj_yty4JI

If it had to be a chart topper, (and if UK charts were applicable), I would go with O Superman.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-VIqA3i2zQw
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 07, 2011, 08:41:06 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 33 – Favourite 80’s Songs
Ten Pole Tudor - Swords of 1000 Men
http://www.youtube.com/v/mANx3L-N0yU
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 07, 2011, 09:58:20 AM
L.O.C. #33 - Top Hit Singles of the 80's

RUSH - Tom Sawyer

Thoughts
I've never had such mixed feelings about a band. From the mid-seventies into the early-eighties, they produced some extraordinary music. Then they went in the toilet for while when they got way too synthed out. They eventually returned to their rock roots and made some good music again. It seems like people either love Rush, hate Rush, or love/hate Rush. I love/hate Rush. For me, they hit their pinnacle with Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, and Moving Pictures. Tom Sawyer is just a great song, both musically and lyrically. Peart is a master, Lee is phenomenal, and Lifeson has his shining moments. There are so many things to appreciate about this song. I could hear it a million times and not get the least bit tired of it.

The Wiki
"Tom Sawyer" is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, named for Mark Twain's literary character. The song was released on Mercury Records and PolyGram in 1981 on the Moving Pictures album and numerous compilations thereafter, such as 1990's Chronicles. It has also appeared on several live albums and bootlegs. Geddy Lee has referred to the track as the band's "defining piece of music...from the early '80s". It is one of Rush's best-known songs and is a staple of classic rock radio. It reached 25 in the UK singles chart in October 1981 and in the US peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at 8 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. In 2009 it was named the 19th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. "Tom Sawyer" was one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010.

http://www.youtube.com/v/KNZru4JG_Uo?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

And they can still bring it thirty years later. Lee may have lost a bit vocally, but I think he and Peart have actually improved instrumentally.

http://www.youtube.com/v/JFGVDWc_5Q8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 07, 2011, 03:15:03 PM
I've never heard of either of those songs.  That's why it was "hits only."

Well, hits usually suck.

[edit]: Alright, not quite, but they're usually not the best thing on the album if the band is any good at all. And I had an opportunity to push something more obscure so I did (although, like I said, O Superman was #2 on UK charts). If I was to pick a hit pop song, it would be by the B-52s, probably Private Idaho.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: ColeStratton on August 07, 2011, 05:20:16 PM
L.O.C Rest of the Best -- Day 33 -- Favorite 80's Songs

At This Moment -- Billy Vera and the Beaters

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The Wiki:

"At This Moment" is a song that was first recorded by Billy Vera & The Beaters in 1981 during a string of performances at the Roxy in West Hollywood (January 15–17) and featured on their self-titled live album, Billy and the Beaters, released that same year.

When it was originally released as a single, as the follow-up to the album's first single, "I Can Take Care of Myself" (which had become the band's first Billboard Top 40 hit, "At this Moment" stalled on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #79 at the end of 1981. However, the song was included on several episodes of the NBC sitcom Family Ties during the 1985-86 season, where it was the love song associated with Alex P. Keaton (played by Michael J. Fox) and his girlfriend Ellen Reed (played by Tracy Pollan, whom Fox eventually married in real-life) on the show, and this exposure renewed interest in the song. This growing interest prompted reissue label Rhino Records to purchase the track from the band's original record label, Alfa (which was by then inactive), and re-release it in its original version themselves. Upon its re-issue, the tune began a revived chart run, eventually hitting #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts in January 1987. It quickly sold over a million copies in the United States, becoming one of last ever Gold-certified singles in the 45 format. The song also crossed over to the both the R&B and Country formats, reaching #40 on the Country Singles chart.

In an interview with Rachel Ray in 2007, Michael J. Fox good-naturedly said "Tracy and I couldn't get on the dance floor anywhere in the world for like ten years without them playing 'What would you think...' " (These are the opening words of "At This Moment".)

A cover version was recorded by country music singer Neal McCoy on his 1990 debut album, also titled At This Moment. McCoy's version was released as a single, although it did not chart. Another cover version of the song appears on Michael Bublé's 2009 album, Crazy Love.

Personal thoughts: I DESTROY this song in karaoke (in a good way. I can sing, y'all). It's such a great ballad.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 07, 2011, 05:33:24 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 33 – Favourite 80’s Songs
Ten Pole Tudor - Swords of 1000 Men
http://www.youtube.com/v/mANx3L-N0yU

If there's ever a movie where Jack Black travels back to Camelot and must lead the Knights of the Round Table to victory and there's a montage of Jack Black training himself to fight and getting his army ready, the creators will probably not use this song.  But in our hearts, we will know this is the one they should have gone with.  Those jerks probably picked "All Star" by Smashmouth.  Jerks.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 07, 2011, 05:38:15 PM
Good call.

I like Ed, or Edward as he prefers these days, his granddad was a fairly important theological philosopher and should enough people kark it, he could concievable claim the british crown ( he's one of those Poles) and he's delightfully dotty. :)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 08, 2011, 05:47:54 AM
Today's topic is film directors.  Here's the original list:

#52: Milos Forman
#51: Wes Craven   
#50: Brian De Palma
#49: Carol Reed
#48: Don Bluth
#47: Ivan Reitman
#46: Jim Henson
#45: Steven Soderbergh
#44: Sidney Lumet
#43: Robert Altman
#42: David Cronenberg
#41: Woody Allen
#40: Howard Hawks
#39: Robert Zemeckis
#38: Ron Howard
#37: Preston Sturges
#36: John Huston
#35: David Zucker
#34: George Lucas
#33: Joe Dante
#32: Mel Brooks
#31: Paul Thomas Anderson
#30: John Carpenter
#29: Clint Eastwood
#28: Brad Bird
#27: James Cameron
#26: John Ford
#25: David Lynch
#24: John Hughes
#23: Orson Welles
#22: David Fincher
#21: David Lean
#20: Frank Capra
#19: Peter Jackson
#18: Edgar Wright
#17: Hayao Miyazaki
#16: Sergio Leone
#15: Akira Kurosawa
#14: Terry Gilliam
#13: Guillermo del Toro
#12: Wes Anderson
#11: Sam Riami
#10: Tim Burton
#9: Ridley Scott
#8: Francis Ford Coppola
#7: Billy Wilder
#6: Quentin Tarantino
#5: Martin Scorsese
#4: Stanley Kubrick
#3: Steven Spielberg
#2: The Coen Brothers
#1: Alfred Hitchcock   
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Directors)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 08, 2011, 06:08:18 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 34 – Favourite Film Directors
   
Danny Boyle
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/DannyBoyle08.jpg/220px-DannyBoyle08.jpg)
      

Daniel "Danny" Boyle (born 20 October 1956) is an English filmmaker and producer. He is best known for his work on films such as Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Trainspotting. For Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle won numerous awards in 2008, including the Academy Award for Best Director. Boyle was presented with the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award at the 2008 Austin Film Festival, where he also introduced that year's AFF Audience Award Winner Slumdog Millionaire. On 17 June 2010, it was announced that he will be the artistic director for the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony.

Boyle's love for film began with his first viewing of Apocalypse Now:

“It had eviscerated my brain, completely. I was an impressionable twenty-one-year-old guy from the sticks. My brain had not been fed and watered with great culture, you know, as art is meant to do. It had been sandblasted by the power of cinema. And that’s why cinema, despite everything we try to do, it remains a young man’s medium, really, in terms of audience.”

The first movie Boyle directed was Shallow Grave. The film was the most commercially successful British film of 1995 and led to the production of Trainspotting, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. Working with writer John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald, Shallow Grave earned Boyle the Best Newcomer Award from the 1996 London Film Critics Circle. Shallow Grave and Trainspotting caused critics to claim that Boyle had revitalised British cinema in the early 90's.

He then moved to Hollywood and sought a production deal with a major US studio. He declined an offer to direct the fourth film of the Alien franchise, instead making A Life Less Ordinary using British finance.

\Boyle's next project was an adaptation of the cult novel The Beach. Filmed in Thailand with Leonardo DiCaprio in a starring role, casting of the film led to a feud with Ewan McGregor, star of his first three films. He then collaborated with author Alex Garland on the post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later.

He also directed a short film Alien Love Triangle (starring Kenneth Branagh), and was intended to be one of three shorts within a feature film. However the project was cancelled after the two other shorts were made into feature films: Mimic starring Mira Sorvino and Impostor starring Gary Sinise.

In 2004 Boyle directed Millions, scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce.[22] His next collaboration with Alex Garland was the science-fiction film Sunshine, starring 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy, and was released in 2007.

In 2008 he directed Slumdog Millionaire, the story of an impoverished child (Dev Patel) on the streets of Mumbai who competes on India's variant of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, for which Boyle won an Academy Award. The film won eight Academy Awards in total. "To be a film-maker...you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different." Andrew Macdonald, producer of Trainspotting, said "Boyle takes a subject that you've often seen portrayed realistically, in a politically correct way, whether it's junkies or slum orphans, and he has managed to make it realistic but also incredibly uplifting and joyful."
In 2010, Boyle directed the film 127 Hours, starring James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara. It was based on Aron Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which detailed his struggle of being trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorting to desperate measures in order to survive. The film was released on 5 November 2010 to critical acclaim and to which Franco received an Oscar nomination.

In a webchat interview with Empire Magazine, Boyle stated on more than one occasion his enthusiasm to work again with Ewan Mcgregor on his next feature film.
Personal thoughts:

I watched Shallow Grave recently.  If you haven’t seen it, it takes a story that could have been forgettable and has all the expected betrayals one expects from these stories, yet it work because of the arc of the characters, who are unlikable, yet not overtly sinister until the sins they commit take a toll on their souls and it has a completely satisfying ending.  Many movies have tried to copy Tarantino, and Guy Ritchie, but I think this film has had a big influence on crime thriller cinema that is not as widely acknowledged.

Danny Boyle is amazingly versatile.  Not only does he do many different genres, but his works seem to be able to reach many different audiences, which is not easy for a lot of visionary directors.  He’s an auteur, though I must admit, if there are recurring elements or themes in his stories, I’m not sure I see them.  And his projects are always interesting.  His next film is to be a thriller involving a failed heist and a love triangle and as cheesy as that sounds, I have high hopes for it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/G9pVMzmblcc
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Directors)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 08, 2011, 07:49:02 AM
Satoshi Kon

(http://thatwasjunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/satoshi-kon.jpg)

Satoshi Kon is an anime director known for blurring reality and illusion (dreams, madness, etc). He died just last year, leaving his body of work at only four movies and one short series. He directed his first feature, Perfect Blue, in 1997—a Giallo in the tradition of Dario Argento's Deep Red.

Then came Millennium Actress, which blends the life and roles of a retiring actress so show her lifelong chase of a man she met when she was young.

After that was the award-winning Tokyo Godfathers. From IMDB: "Christmas in Tokyo, Japan. Three homeless friends: a young girl, a transvestite, and a middle-aged bum. While foraging through some trash, they find an abandoned newborn. Hana, the transvestite with delusions of being a mother, convinces the others to keep it overnight. The next day, using a key found with the baby, they start tracking down the parents, with many adventures along the way."

In Paranoia Agent, "Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way." It's a complicated and psychological series that's very difficult to describe, and there's evidence that it may be cyclical in nature.

Paprika is one of his most famous movies, and probably the most quintessentially his style. It revolves around the use (and misuse) of a device called the DC-Mini to enter people's dreams and the degrading barrier between the dream world and the real world.

Kon died during production of The Dream Machine, which is scheduled to be completed this year and which he did at least finish writing.

I'll post videos later...
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Directors)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 08, 2011, 09:26:06 AM
Satoshi Kon

(http://thatwasjunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/satoshi-kon.jpg)
Oh, so apparently Japan has their own Cinema Snob. Cool.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Directors)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 08, 2011, 09:51:12 AM
L.O.C. #34 - Top Film Directors

Elia Kazan

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Thoughts
This was a massive snub. How he didn't make the list and place highly on it is unbelievable. Kazan had an amazing run of classic films and got some extraordinary performances out of actors and actresses. Absolutely deserved to make the top-ten. His influence and legacy is right up there with the all-time greatest.

The Wiki
Elia Kazan (1909 – 2003) was an American director and actor, described by the New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history". Born in Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, to Greek parents originally from Kayseri in Anatolia, Kazan emigrated to New York when he was four. After two years studying acting at Yale, he acted professionally for eight years before becoming a stage and film director. Kazan co-founded the Group Theater in 1932 and Actors Studio in 1947, and together with Lee Strasberg, introduced Method acting to the American stage and cinema as a new form of self-expression and psychological "realism". Having been an actor himself for eight years, he brought sensitivity and understanding of the acting process, and was later considered the ideal "actor's director". Kazan only acted in a few films, including City for Conquest (1940), alongside James Cagney. He also produced, and wrote screenplays and novels.

Kazan introduced a new generation of unknown young actors to the movie audiences, including Marlon Brando and James Dean. Most noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 different actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He became "one of the consummate filmmakers of the 20th century", after directing a continual string of successful films, including, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden. During his career, he won two Oscars as Best Director and received an Honorary Oscar, won three Tony Awards, and four Golden Globes. Among the other new actors he introduced to movie audiences for the first time, were Warren Beatty, Carroll Baker, Julie Harris, Andy Griffith, Lee Remick, Rip Torn, Eli Wallach, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Fred Gwynne, and Pat Hingle. He also elicited some of the best performances in the careers of actors like Natalie Wood and James Dunn. Producer George Stevens, Jr. concludes that Kazan's films and new actors have "changed American moviemaking".

http://www.youtube.com/v/1idnsOUjixQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Directors)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 08, 2011, 10:32:52 AM
Oh, and Charlie Chaplin. He should be on there.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best: A LoC Funtime Supplement
Post by: MontyServo on August 08, 2011, 07:38:28 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 31 - Top Songs of the '80s
Missed some of this since I have been busy, I wanted to make sure I included 2 of my fave '80s songs.  Both really catchy bits of '80s pop.

Live it Up by Mental As Anything
(http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9898/liveitup3.jpg)

The Wiki:
Mental As Anything (or Mentals to fans) are an Australian New Wave–rock music band formed at an art school in Sydney in 1976. Their most popular line-up was Martin Plaza (real name Martin Murphy) on vocals and guitar; Reg Mombassa (real name Chris O'Doherty) on lead guitar and vocals; his brother Peter "Yoga Dog" O'Doherty on bass guitar and vocals; Wayne "Bird" Delisle (real name David Twohill) on drums; and Andrew "Greedy" Smith on vocals, keyboards and harmonica. Their hit songs were generated by Mombassa, O'Doherty, Plaza and Smith, either individually or collectively.

Their top ten Australian singles are, "If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?" and "Too Many Times" in 1981, "Live it Up" in 1985 and "Rock and Roll Music" in 1988. While their top ten albums are, Cats & Dogs in 1981, Creatures of Leisure in 1983, Fundamental in 1985 and Greatest Hits Vol. 1 in 1986. They had top 50 chart success with "Too Many Times" and its album, Cats & Dogs in Canada, which followed touring North America in support of Men At Work. "Live it Up" reached the top 50 in European charts including peaking at #3 in UK, #4 in Norway, and #6 in Germany, after it featured in the 1986 Australian film "Crocodile" Dundee.

 
http://www.youtube.com/v/eThl2OayKRw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0
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Hanging On A Heart Attack by Device
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The Wiki:
Holly Knight is a songwriter, vocalist and musician of pop and rock music.  She had a second band called Device in the mid 1980s, who had a hit with "Hanging on a Heart Attack" off their 22B3 album.

 
http://www.youtube.com/v/kykts8xH8q4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Rifftrax)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 09, 2011, 05:42:06 AM
Hey, it's the top 50 Rifftrax.  What are your favourite? Here's the original list:

#50: Red Dawn
#50: Saw
#49: Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country
#48: Cocktail
#48: X2: X-Men United
#47: Grey's Anatomy
#47: A Visit to Santa
#47: The Tale of Moosebaby   
#46: Beowulf
#45: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
#44: Next
#44: Independence Day
#43: The Day After Tomorrow
#43: Star Wars Episode III - The Revenge of the Sith
#43: Casion Royale
#42: The Wicker Man
#41: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer   
#41: The Flying Stewardess
#41: Jaws
#41: Spider-Man 3
#40: The Two Towers
#40: Eragon
#40: Point Break
#39: Safety - Harm Hides at Home
#39: Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace
#38: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
#37: Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Kings
#36: Over the Top
#36: Firewall
#35: Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast? Petaluma Chicken
#35: Crossroads
#34: The Dark Knight
#33: Missile to the Moon
#32: Plan Nine from Outer Space - Live Version
#32: Fantastic Four
#31: D-War: Dragon Wars
#30: Dirty Dancing
#29: Cloverfield
#28: Batman & Robin
#28: Daredevil
#27: The Matrix: Reloaded
#26: X-Files: Fight the Future
#25: Glitter
#24: Spider-Man
#23: Troll 2
#22: Iron Man
#21: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
#20: Planet of the Dinosaurs
#20: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
#19: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
#18: The Twilight Saga: New Moon
#17: One Got Fat
#16: The Matrix
#15: Plan Nine From Outer Space - Three Riffer Edition
#14: X-Men
#13: 300
#12: Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
#11: Titanic
#10: Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
#9: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
#8: The Happening
#7: Drugs Are Like That
#6: Jurassic Park
#5: Transformers
#4: Road House
#3: The Room
#2: Twilight
#1: The Star Wars Holiday Special
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Rifftrax)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 09, 2011, 07:47:43 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 35 – Favourite Rifftrax
   
Your Chance to Live: Technological Failures
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What happens when a public television studio realizes that it has to spend $2,000 of government grant money before Wednesday in order to qualify for full funding for the next fiscal year?  You get Your Chance to Live: Technological Failures!  Obviously thrown together in a matter of hours, Your Chance to Live rails against modern man's dependence on technology with the vibrant coherency of a raving street corner derelict.  This may have something to do with the fact that the producers hired an actual street corner derelict to do the raving, or as they refer to it, the "narration."  Among the pearls of wisdom he imparts along the way? "Without electricity, there could be no electrical fires."  The point is emphasized by showing stock footage of "Pioneers" baling hay.

Surely, the producers of this film were on a higher plane of consciousness, or maybe just really wanted to get off work in time to catch the tail end of happy hour.  The whole thing makes for an experience that is as surreal as it is hilarious.  Mike, Kevin and Bill seize Their Chance to Riff!

 Personal thoughts:

Not much to say beyond the fact that it is a very good short.  I guess I’m attracted to the sheer randomness of it, as it’s message is horribly unclear and it’s attempts at humour are bizarrely awkward.

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Rifftrax)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 09, 2011, 11:10:46 AM
L.O.C. #35 - Top Rifftrax

(http://www.rifftrax.com/files/PotterGobletWeb.jpg)

Thoughts
The Potter riffs are guaranteed gold in my book. What was cool for me was that this was when I actually started watching the Potter movies without the riffs. As the franchise has gotten darker, the more I've enjoyed it. I started to look forward to these movies, whereas in the past I thought they were just goofy and only wanted to see them because of the riff. The Potter flicks have always seemed to be ultra-fertile riffing ground for MKB and the writers; it's like the pizza and beer of riffing. Two-and-a-half hours of pure comedy goodness.

The Wiki
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The story follows Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts as he is chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament, a highly dangerous competition. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and is followed by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

EMBEDDINGS DISABLED BY REQUEST…What sort of evil would request that?!?

http://youtu.be/a7KGuRvdr5M

http://youtu.be/a7KGuRvdr5M
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Classic TV Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 10, 2011, 07:13:37 AM
Surprisingly few biters for the rifftrax day.  I expected Cole to recommend some of his and Janet's riffs (or the upcoming riff night with Chris Hardwick, Andy Richter and Adam Savage).  Well, it's not to late if you want to post it... late.  Anyway, here's the original list for Classic TV Series (IE, pre-1980):

#52: The Littlest Hobo
#51: Little House on the Prairie
#50: I Spy
#49: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
#48: Wild, Wild West
#47: The Jetsons
#46: The Outer Limits
#45: Sanford and Son
#44: Mission: Impossible
#43: Barney Miller
#42: Laverne & Shirley
#41: The Avengers
#40: Mister Ed
#39: The Six Million Dollar Man
#38: I Love Lucy
#37: Dragnet
#36: Battlestar Galactica
#35: Bewitched
#34: Gilligan's Island
#33: The Flintstones
#32: The Monkees
#31: I, Claudius
#30: Fernwood 2 Night
#29: The Rockford Files
#28: Taxi
#27: Mork & Mindy
#26: Batman
#25: The Carol Burnett Show
#24: Soap
#23: Columbo
#22: Happy Days
#21: SCTV
#20: The Andy Griffith Show
#19: The Brady Bunch
#18: The Addams Family
#17: All in the Family
#16: Mary Tyler Moore
#15: The Bugs Bunny Show
#14: Sesame Street
#13: WKRP in Cincinnati
#12: Fawlty Towers
#11: The Dick Van Dyke Show
#10: The Bob Newhart Show
#9: Rocky & Bullwinkle
#8: Doctor Who
#7: Saturday Night Live
#6: M*A*S*H*
#5: Get Smart
#4: Star Trek
#3: The Muppet Show
#2: The Twilight Zone
#1: Monty Python's Flying Circus
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Classic TV Series)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 10, 2011, 09:16:28 AM
I expected Cole to recommend some of his and Janet's riffs (or the upcoming riff night with Chris Hardwick, Andy Richter and Adam Savage.)
Oh, thanks for rubbing it in to those of us who can't go!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Classic TV Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 10, 2011, 10:03:43 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 36 – Favourite Classic TV Series
   
Galaxy Express 999
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A twelve year-old street urchin named Tetsuro Hoshino desperately wants an indestructible machine body, giving him the ability to live forever and have the freedom that the unmechanized don't have. While machine bodies are impossibly expensive, they are supposedly given away for free in the Andromeda galaxy, the end of the line for the Galaxy Express 999, a space train that only comes to Earth once a year.
The series begins with Tetsuro and his mother making their way to Megalopolis where they hope to get jobs to pay for passes for the 999. Along the way however, Count Mecha and a gang of "human hunters" kill Tetsuro's mother. Before she dies, she tells him to continue the journey they started, and to get a machine body to live the eternal life she couldn't.
Intent on killing Count Mecha to avenge his mother, Tetsuro meets up with a beautiful woman, Maetel, who is the spitting image of his dead mother. Maetel offers him an unlimited use pass for the 999 if he will be her travelling companion to which Tetsuro agrees. Along the way, Tetsuro has many adventures on many different and exotic planets and meets many kinds of people, both human and alien, living and machine. Increasingly, Tetsuro realizes that a machine body won't fix all of his problems. In fact, most of the machine people he meets regret the decision to give up their humanity.
 Personal thoughts:

This is a surprisingly smart and exciting adventure series in the vein of classic literature aimed at young adults such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped!  The series is composed of one or two part adventures, usually involving the main character almost losing his ticket to the Galaxy Express (it seems as long as they have the ticket, anyone can board the express, making the young lad an instant target once he lands) or meeting humans turned to robots.  The adventures include trippy classic sci-fi to westerns to whatever kind of world the creator can come up with.  Hell, the idea of a train that looks like a spaceship is at a time machine shaped like a police box level of awesome.

I love the relationship between Maetel and Tetsuro, as Maetel sort of acts as a mother figure, but she and Tetsuro are equals.  It’s also obvious that Maetel is hiding something (which is revealed in the last arc of the series), which gives her character an aura of melancholy.  The interesting thing is that while it seems like a great series for young boys, I ignored it for a long time, thinking it uncool.  Now I see it’s very good, and very smart considering the age group it’s targeted to.

I never finished the series, but apparently the entire series is streaming for free at crunchyroll.com.  I got to finish it sometime.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Gq-b_iNrQaQ
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Classic TV Series)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 10, 2011, 10:22:26 AM
L.O.C. #36 - Top Classic TV Series

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Thoughts
I can't believe this didn't make the original list. The Twilight Zone gets #2 and Hitchcock doesn't even place?!? For chrissakes, even The Outer Limits made the list.

The Wiki
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the premiere of the show on October 2, 1955, Hitchcock had been directing films for over three decades. Time magazine named Alfred Hitchcock Presents one of "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME".

Alfred Hitchcock Presents is well known for its title sequence. The camera fades in on a simple line-drawing caricature of Hitchcock's rotund profile. As the program's theme music, Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette, plays, Hitchcock appears in silhouette from the right edge of the screen, and then walks to center screen to eclipse the caricature. He then almost always says "Good evening." The caricature drawing — composed of just nine strokes — was the work of Hitchcock himself.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Dj15EGFWgXA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/YQ2TebS4DIU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Classic TV Series)
Post by: ColeStratton on August 10, 2011, 07:30:45 PM
Sorry---busy last couple of days. Better late than never. Let's start with...

This guy!

L.O.C. Rest of the Best -- Day 34 -- Best Directors
JOHN FRANKENHEIMER

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John Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film and television director known for social dramas. He won four consecutive Emmy Awards in the 1990s for the television movies Against the Wall, The Burning Season, Andersonville and George Wallace, which also received a Golden Globe award. He was considered one of the last remaining directors who insisted on having complete control over all elements of production, making his style unique in Hollywood.

His 30 feature films and over 50 plays for television were notable for their influence on contemporary thought. He became a pioneer of the "modern-day political thriller," having begun his career at the peak of the Cold War. Many of his films were noted for creating "psychological dilemmas" for his male protagonists along with having a strong "sense of environment," similar in style to films by director Sidney Lumet, for whom he had earlier worked as assistant director. He developed a "tremendous propensity for exploring political situations" which would ensnare his characters.

Movie critic Leonard Maltin writes that "in his time [1960s]... Frankenheimer worked with the top writers, producers and actors in a series of films that dealt with issues that were just on top of the moment—things that were facing us all." Among his credits were The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Birdman of Alcatraz (also 1962), The Train, (1964), Seven Days in May (also 1964) and Ronin (1998).

This Riff show!

L.O.C. Rest of the Best -- Day 35 -- Top RiffTrax
NIGHT OF THE SHORTS II: ELECTRIC RIFFALOO

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IT. WILL. BE. FUN!

This TV show!
L.O.C. Rest of the Best -- Day 36 -- Top Classic TV Series
MAVERICK

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Maverick is a western television series with comedic overtones which was created by Roy Huggins that ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and featured James Garner, Jack Kelly, Roger Moore, and Robert Colbert as the roving, poker-playing Mavericks (Bret, Bart, Beau, & Brent). Moore and Colbert were later additions, though there were never more than two current Mavericks in any single episode at any given time, and more often only one. The series' primary sponsor for the first few seasons was Kaiser Aluminum, and their "quilted" aluminum foil was widely advertised in commercials shown on Maverick.

Maverick presented James Garner as Bret Maverick (1957–1960), a cagey, articulate cardsharp roaming the Old West, Jack Kelly as his equally skilled brother Bart Maverick (1957–1962), and Roger Moore as British accented cousin Beau Maverick (1960–1961). Bret Maverick is the epitome of a rounder, always seeking out high-stakes games and rarely remaining in one place for long. James Garner was the only Maverick in the series during the first seven episodes, and the show is generally credited with launching Garner's career although he'd appeared in several earlier movies, including Sayonara with Marlon Brando. Maverick often bested both The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show in audience size.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Classic TV Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 10, 2011, 07:53:07 PM
Oh, Bob Odenkirk.  Now I really wish I could be there.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Vehicles)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 11, 2011, 05:40:01 AM
Today's list is best fictional vehicles.  Here are the previous winners:

#51: White Star   
#50: Ghost Rider's Bike
#49: Wallace and Gromit's Rocket
#48: The Thousand Sunny
#47: The Ark
#46: Mach 5
#45: Hogwarts Express
#44: Cat Bus
#43: Max
#42: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
#41: The Going Merry
#40: Mad Max Pursuit Special
#39: Iron Man Suit
#38: The Time Machine
#37: Luke's Speeder
#36: Animated Batmobile
#35: Death Star
#34: Klingon Bird of Prey
#33: Howl's Moving Castle
#32: The Executor Super Star Destroyer
#31: Light Cycle
#30: The Nautilus
#29: Hover Board
#28: Eagle V
#27: USS Enterprise D
#26: Starbug
#25: Bill & Ted's Phone Booth
#24: Bluesmobile
#23: The Bebop
#22: Pee Wee's Bike
#21: Bond's Astin Martin DB5
#20: Herbie the Love Bug
#19: Imperial Speeder Bike
#18: General Lee
#17: Satellite of Love
#16: Red Dwarf
#15: The Mystery Machine
#14: KITT
#13: Batmobile from Adam West Series
#12: The A-Team Van
#11: X-Wing Fighter
#10: Batmobile Tumbler
#9: USS Enterprise
#8: AT AT Walker
#7: Planet Express
#6: Ecto-1
#5: Serenity
#4: The Heart of Gold
#3: The TARDIS
#2: The DeLorean
#1: The Millenium Falcon   
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Vehicles)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 11, 2011, 09:50:12 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 37 – Favourite Fictional Vehicles
   
Lexx
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fb/TheLexx.jpg)
      

The Lexx is a bio-engineered, Manhattan-sized, planet-destroying bioship in the shape of a giant wingless dragonfly and also reminiscent of male genitalia. It was grown by ingesting organ collections from the protein bank on the Cluster, the seat of the Divine Order, for use by His Divine Shadow. The Lexx was originally intended as the ultimate deterrent: the threat of a weapon that could instantly obliterate any planet would keep the remaining "Heretic" worlds of the Light Universe in line, and those that refused to capitulate would be summarily destroyed to reinforce the point. This plan was foiled when the crew commandeered it to escape from the Cluster.

The most important function of the Lexx is its ability to destroy entire planets with a single, high-powered blast. Its only weapon is initiated by command from the captain only, followed by a highly dramatic sequence when the Ocular Parabola found on the surface of its eye tissue flips from a smooth surfaced dome into a complex array of satellite dish-like structures. Huge amounts of yellowish-orange particles are released en masse from the array and focused by Lexx's nervous system to a point just above its mouth. Once focused, the particles burst into a massive, forward-moving, planar wave which expands ahead of the Lexx exponentially until colliding with an object of sufficient mass to disperse it, usually a planet. The wave instantly vaporizes smaller ships without losing momentum. Though the Lexx is designed to destroy entire planets, it can fire less intense blasts to hit smaller targets; however, the smallest area it seems capable of destroying is roughly the size of an entire city such as Ottawa.
A special living energy being known as the "key" is required to control the Lexx, and it will usually only respond to its owner. However, if the ship is in a deficient mental state, it may respond to anyone. A special holographic hand-scanner on the bridge confirms that the captain of the ship possesses the key. The captain then controls the Lexx through voice commands.

The Lexx itself is sentient, but not very intelligent. The show's creators have it compared to a dog. The Lexx often takes orders literally, even when it's not being addressed directly (Stan accidentally orders the Lexx to destroy a planet when he explains its function to some astronauts). It acknowledges commands and comments with a droning, simple male voice; for example, "As you command, Stan." The Lexx has emotions (it actively enjoys destroying planets, for instance, and becomes rather petulant when denied the opportunity), and is, to a small extent, capable of acting of its own accord when in defense of itself. In the final episode of the show, as the Lexx is dying, it tells Stan that he was always its favorite captain, since they both enjoy destroying planets.

The Lexx ages several thousand years during the run of the series, and in later seasons its advanced age and decrepitude following millennia of starvation and neglect lead to it becoming increasingly unstable. In the final episode of the series, Lexx dies, giving birth to a smaller, very Lexx-like ship, the result of a brief union with an insect from Earth. The new ship, dubbed "Little Lexx" by Stan and Xev, imprints upon Stan when he tells it that he is its captain. This causes Little Lexx's key, blue instead of Lexx's yellow, to bind with Stan's right hand.
 Personal thoughts:

I know a lot of people don’t care for this show (it is quite sophomoric), but I think it’s very imaginative, and that extends to the living ship the show is named after.  A living ship with a slight Cronenberg bent, the entire place feels vaguely obscene (especially the toilets), but is visually very interesting and seems like a cool place to hang, if you can stomach the amenities.  

http://www.youtube.com/v/NxuUbizTVXM

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Vehicles)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 11, 2011, 11:31:17 AM
L.O.C. #37 - Top Fictional Vehicles

Duocar

(https://webfiles.uci.edu/redwards/public/Ambiguously%20gay%20duo%20car.jpg)

Thoughts
Well, as long as we're doing vehicles that, um, look like stuff…it's the Ambiguously Gay Duocar! Always up to the challenge, the Duocar pops long, stiff wheelies and shoots down the road delivering Ace and Gary to their latest confrontation with hard criminals.

The Wiki
TV Funhouse’s Ambiguously Gay Duo is as crime fighting cartoon as interpreted by guys who grew watching the same Saturday morning specials you did, and you also like you did, began to suspect that something was just off with the hero/sidekick relationship. Not only is it vaguely nostalgic, but it also provides some validation for those many sleepless nights you spent as a kid, wrestling with the inner suspicion that despite his awesome crime fighting powers, Batman was still kind of a fruitcake.

Ambiguously Animated/Live-Action Hybrid
http://www.youtube.com/v/TG-eGMoUCkA?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 12, 2011, 05:48:30 AM
Today's topic is film scores.  Here's the original list:

#50: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
#49: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
#48: WALL-E
#47: Millenium Actress
#46: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
#45: Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
#44: The Black Hole
#43: The Great Escape
#42: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
#41: The Truman Show
#40: Chinatown
#39: Up
#38: Paprika
#37: Young Sherlock Holmes
#36: Goldfinger
#35: Vertigo
#34:The Terminator
#33: Koyaanisqatsi
#32: V for Vendetta
#31: Gremlins
#31: Taxi Driver\
#30: Peewee's Big Adventure
#29: The Godfather
#28: Raising Arizona
#27: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the King
#26: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
#25: Inception
#24: Alexander Nevsky
#23: The Dark Knight
#22: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
#21: Beetlejuice
#20: Edward Scissorhands
#19: Batman
#18: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
#17: E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
#16: Suspiria
#15: The Magnificent Seven
#14: Once Upon a Time in the West
#13: Superman: the Movie
#12: The Third Man
#11: North by Northwest
#10: Back to the Future
#9: Jaws
#8: Ed Wood
#7: The Incredibles
#6: Jurassic Park
#5: The Empire Strikes Back
#4: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
#4: Raiders of the Lost Ark
#2: Psycho
#1: Star Wars


Now tell us your favourite.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 12, 2011, 06:04:00 AM
A lot of my Top Scores list made it on the final list, but I can't believe these two didn't

Nightmare Before Christmas
Yes, I am talking about the score itself, not the songs. Although the score is an extension of the songs, it is still excellent.


Coraline
I really love this movie, and the score is just one of the reasons why. Beautiful.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 12, 2011, 07:51:38 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 38 – Favourite Film Scores
      
For a Few Dollars More
(http://www.wildsound.ca/images/clint_eastwood_for_a_few_dollars_more.jpg)
         

For a Few Dollars More (Italian: Per qualche dollaro in più) is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also plays a supporting role as a secondary villain. The film was released in the United States in 1967 and is the second part of what is commonly known as the Dollars Trilogy.

Ennio Morricone composed the film's soundtrack as he did for A Fistful of Dollars: before production had started, under Leone's explicit direction. In fact Leone often shot to Morricone's music on set. In the United States, Hugo Montenegro released a cover version as did Leroy Holmes who released a cover version of the soundtrack album with the original American poster art. Maurizio Graf sang a vocal "Occhio Per Occhio"/"Eye For An Eye" to the music of the cue "Sixty Seconds to What" track that did not appear in the film but was released as a tie-in 45rpm record.

The rock band Year Long Disaster has recorded a song called "Per qualche dollaro in più". However, it is unknown how large the connection with it is.
British band Babe Ruth famously covered the main theme as part of their song The Mexican.

The theme "La resa dei conti" was used as a ringtone for Vertu phones.

 Personal thoughts:

I love music from all the Sergio Westerns, and though this might be the least known of the Man with No Name trilogy, both the film and the music are completely awesome..  In all honesty, I have trouble putting into words what makes the music great except that it cemented my love of the western genre.  It creates a sense of excitement and mystique that would be hard for most film makers to match though it fits perfectly in the film and some of it even ties into the story.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Nl8mmoH_63g
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 12, 2011, 09:14:20 AM
L.O.C. #38 - Top Film Scores

Requiem for a Dream - Clint Mansell

(http://www.hdwarez.com/poster/requiem-for-a-dream/Requiem-for-a-Dream-2000-BRRip-XviD-AC3-FLAWL3SS-hdwarez.com-1.png)

Thoughts
I love this. It's a gut-wrenching score for a gut-wrenching movie. I just think it brings a sort of epic quality to what's happening onscreen, which isn’t 'epic' in a traditional sense, but grand in a crushing, tragic sense.

The Wiki
The soundtrack was composed by Clint Mansell and performed by the Kronos Quartet. Mansell's score was his follow-up to the score he composed for Aronofsky's first film, π, and has since become a cult hit. The music is notable for its use of sharp, often staccato 'un-vibrato-ed' string instruments to create a cold and discomforting sound from instruments frequently used for their warmth and softness (an effect pioneered in film soundtracks by Bernard Hermann). Reportedly Kronos Quartet asked for a very reasonable fee which, according to Aronofsky, suited him well; Aronofsky also stated that the music inspired him during the editing process.

The soundtrack has been widely praised, and in particular the track "Lux Aeterna" (which itself is much used in the film) has subsequently been used in various forms of media. The theme was reorchestrated for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers trailer and is known by the name "Requiem for a Tower". The theme has been featured in trailers for other films, including Babylon A.D., The Da Vinci Code, I Am Legend, Sunshine, and Valley of Flowers. It also appeared in the video games "Total Miner: Forge", Assassin's Creed, and in numerous TV spots and adverts, and at sporting events. Use of the theme has extended to the point where it is interchangeable with the name "Requiem for a Dream."

http://www.youtube.com/v/KSY4Yi2ypno?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: Tripe on August 12, 2011, 09:46:32 AM
Great score, can't be bothered to watch the film though.


Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: Russell on August 12, 2011, 10:13:41 AM
Conan the Barbarian has one of the best musical scores of all time! And if you
do not listen, then to hell with you! :D
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: Tripe on August 12, 2011, 10:35:35 AM
Yeah I can see that, I know I watched it a bunch of times when I was little but don't think I ever need to see it again (plus the poem's much better)

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Film Scores)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 12, 2011, 02:17:17 PM
Nightmare Before Christmas
Yes, I am talking about the score itself, not the songs. Although the score is an extension of the songs, it is still excellent.

If I remember right, we didn't actually distinguish between songs with lyrics and scores as long as it was original, but you're right, either way it's great.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Video Game Characters)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 13, 2011, 11:58:54 AM
Put on your game faces for your favourite (video) game characters. Here's the original list:

#50: Ratchet and Clank
#49: Razputin
#48: Niko Bellic
#47: Lord Fawful
#46: Eddie Riggs
#45: Big Daddy
#44: Yoshi
#43: Larry Laffer
#42: Duke Nukem
#41: Chun-Li
#40: Prince of Persia
#39: HK-47
#38: Lazlow
#37: Little Mac
#36: Midna
#35: Pyramid Head
#34: Falco Lombardi
#33: Princess Zelda
#32: Sackboy
#31: Alyx Vance
#30: Kane
#29: Dirk the Daring
#28: Leon Kennedy
#27: Simon Belmont
#26: Princess Peach Toadstool
#25: Solid Snake
#24: Toad
#23: Q* Bert
#22: Andrew Ryan
#21: Wario
#20: Cloud Strife
#19: John Marston
#18: Pheonix Wright
#17: Nathan Drake
#16: Sam & Max
#15: Fox McCloud
#14: Donkey Kong
#13: Earthworm Jim
#12: Sonic the Hedgehog
#11: Kirby
#10: Bowser
#9: Gordon Freeman
#8: Luigi
#7: Guybrush Threepwood
#6: Mega Man
#5: Samus Aran
#4: Pac-Man
#3: GLaDOS
#2: Link
#1: Mario
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Video Game Characters)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 13, 2011, 12:01:10 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 39 – Favourite Video Game Characters
      
The Ouenden
(http://www.thebbps.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/ouendan-4.jpg)
         

Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (押忍!闘え!応援団 Osu! Tatakae! Ōendan?, lit. "Hey! Fight! Cheer Squad"), sometimes referred to as simply Ouendan, is a rhythm video game developed by iNiS and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console in 2005, for release only in Japan. Ouendan stars a cheer squad rhythmically cheering for various troubled people.

Ouendan details the plight of several characters in hopeless situations who cry out for help. In response, the Ouendan, an all-male cheer squad appear to help each character work through their problems by cheering them through music. The origin of the Ouendan is unexplained in the game, though they are always nearby when help is needed. The Ouendan appear wearing highly stylized black uniforms (based on gaku-ran Japanese school uniforms) with red armbands, a common sight at Japanese school sporting events.

Most of the scenarios are inspired by modern Japanese culture, or are heavily influenced by the Japanese form of print comics, or manga. For instance, the first stage features a high school student distracted from studying for his college entrance exams by his family, while a later stage focuses on a pottery master who has lost the inspiration to create unique works. Most of the stories are presented in a light-hearted or comical fashion, emphasized by absurd storyline twists and the sounds of whistles and cheer shouts as the player progresses through each stage. The one notable exception to this is a love story set to the song "Over the Distance," which is told in a more heartfelt, subdued tone further marked by the gameplay's whistle sound effect being replaced with subtle chimes.

While the individual stories otherwise have no connecting theme to them, characters from some stories reappear in others as background figures or supporting characters. However, all of the characters reappear in the final story, in which the Ouendan must lead the entire world in a cheer to save Earth from being destroyed by an asteroid.

 Personal thoughts:

The most macho men in the world cheering you on?  Then you can do anything.  Osu! Takatae! Ouendan! is a very fun rhythm game where you basically cheer people on to help them complete impossible tasks.  Help a toy monkey make it home.  Invade a boys dream so he won’t wet the bed at night!  Re-Ignite the sun!  Tremendously fun game and I love the idea of heroes who will give their all to support and encourage you.
http://www.youtube.com/v/-_Z85RIYYRA
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Video Game Characters)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 13, 2011, 01:12:49 PM
L.O.C. #39 - Top Video Game Characters

The Long–Ass Piece from TETRIS

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bzznoP8inP0/TajrfkE4okI/AAAAAAAABH8/fF9cDyTVNV8/s1600/Long.jpg)

Thoughts
"C'mon…c'mon…YES!"

The Wiki
THE COCK PIECE
As is quite apparent for anyone who has seen a game of Tetris being played, or even participated in a competition themselves, Tetris obviously contains sexual undertones. The most prominent is the coveted phallic block, known officially as the "I-Piece." This block plays a crucial role, in that it is the main requirement for the act of a Tetris, or four simultaneous lines. The Cock Piece is the main source of most players' misery -- and joy.

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h275/rvr2/03/Winner.gif)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Video Game Characters)
Post by: Invader_quirk on August 13, 2011, 01:25:14 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 39 – Favourite Video Game Characters
      
The Ouenden

YEAH! I got Elite Beat Agents for ten bucks and loved it so much I just had to import the second Ouendan. It's my favorite DS game alongside Rhythm Heaven. I'm so disappointed there haven't been any more games in the series.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Comic Books)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 14, 2011, 02:36:21 AM
All new!  All Different!  Today's topic is comic books.  Here's the original list:

#50: 20th Century Boys
#49: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
#48: Planetary
#47: Chick Tracts
#46: the Astonishing X-Men
#45: Owly
#44: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight
#43: Archie
#42: Man-Eating Cow
#41: Sam & Max
#40: Captain America
#39: Death Note
#38: Detective Comics
#37: Swamp Thing
#36: Grendel
#35: All-Star Superman
#34: Elfquest
#33: From Hell
#32: Hellblazer
#31: One Piece
#30: Justice League of America
#29: Daredevil
#28: Wolverine
#27: The Dark Knight Returns
#26: Astro City
#25: Batman
#24: Fables
#23: 100 Bullets
#22: Savage Dragon
#21: Superman
#20: Batman: the Killing Joke
#19: The Mighty Thor
#18: Love & Rockets
#17: The Incredible Hulk
#16: Top 10
#15: Fantastic Four
#14: V for Vendetta
#13 Batman: Year One
#12 Scott Pilgrim
#11 the Avengers
#10: Preacher
#9: the Tick
#8: the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
#7: the Walking Dead
#6: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
#5: Bone
#4: the Uncanny X-Men
#3: the Amazing Spider-Man
#2: the Sandman
#1: Watchmen


Post your own favourite comics.  I hope you survive the experience.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Comic Books)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 14, 2011, 02:37:48 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 40 – Favourite Comic Books
      
   
EC Ghoulunatics Books:
Crypt of Terror/Tales from the Crypt
Haunt of Fear
Vault of Horror
(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln08qzRG651qf83cro1_500.jpg)
            
   
Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror are three bi-monthly horror comic anthology series published by EC Comics in the early 1950s. Tales from the Crypt hit newsstands with its October/November 1950 issue (#20) and ceased publication with its February/March 1955 issue (#46), producing a total of 27 issues (excluding the initial three issues, #17-19, published under the title The Crypt of Terror). The title was popular, but in the late 1940s and early 1950s comic books came under attack from parents, clergymen, schoolteachers and others who believed the books contributed to illiteracy and juvenile delinquency. In April and June 1954, highly publicized Congressional subcommittee hearings on the effects of comic books upon children left the industry shaken. With the subsequent imposition of a highly restrictive Comics Code, EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines canceled Tales from the Crypt and its two companion horror titles, along with the company's remaining crime and science fiction series in September 1954. All EC titles have been reprinted at various times since their demise, and stories from the horror series have been adapted for television and film.

Horror comics emerged as a distinct comic book genre after World War II when young adult males lost interest in caped crimebusters, and returning GIs wanted titillating sex and violence in their reading. One-shot Eerie Comics (1947) is generally considered the first true horror comic with its cover depicting a dagger-wielding, red eyed ghoul threatening a rope-bound, scantily clad, voluptuous young woman beneath a full moon. In 1948, Adventures Into the Unknown became the first regularly published horror title, enjoying a nearly two decade life-span.

In 1950, publisher Gaines and his editor Al Feldstein discovered they shared similar tastes in horror and began experimenting with horror tales in their crime titles. Tales from the Crypt traces its origin to a Feldstein story, "Return from the Grave!", in EC's Crime Patrol (#15, December 1949/January 1950) with the Crypt-Keeper making his debut as host. Issue #16 featured more horror tales than crime stories, and, with issue #17, the title changed from Crime Patrol to The Crypt of Terror. Due to an attempt to save money on second-class postage permits, the numbering did not change with the title and continued as The Crypt of Terror for the next two issues. The title saw its final form, Tales from the Crypt, with issue #20, October/November, 1950.

Early front covers were created by Feldstein, Johnny Craig and Wally Wood, with the remaining covers (1952–55) by Jack Davis. The contributing interior artists were Craig, Feldstein, Wood, Davis, George Evans, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Williamson, Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall, Bernard Krigstein, Will Elder, Fred Peters and Howard Larsen. Jack Davis took over the art for the Crypt-Keeper stories with (#24, June/July, 1951), and continued as the title's lead artist for the rest of the run. Feldstein devised the Crypt-Keeper's origin story "Lower Berth!" (#33) which was illustrated by Davis. Issue #38 was one of two covers from EC's horror comics censored prior to publication. While The Vault of Horror cover for issue #32 was restored in Russ Cochran's EC Library reprints, the Tales from the Crypt cover remained censored. "Kamen's Kalamity" (#31) starred many members of the EC staff, including Gaines, Feldstein and the story's artist, Kamen. Ingels, Davis and Craig also made cameo appearances in the story in single panels which they drew themselves.
(http://blogs.amctv.com/monsterfest/vault.JPG)

 Personal thoughts:

Keep in mind that this is from the Tales from the Crypt page, but really all three series are essentially the same series with a different title.  Even the hosts of each title frequently appear in the books of the other hosts (AKA the GhouLunatics) and mock and jibe each other in their letters pages.

Yes, the series often ripped off classic stories*.  Yes, most of the stories are formulaic and the dialogue is quite silly (although mercifully briefer than some of the more verbose comics of the time).  But the art is fantastic (and artists were given proper credit), they made a connection with their fans in a way that would be reflected by Marvel a decade later, many of them touched on social issues in a way that was pretty daring for the time and the stories were tremendously fun.

I used to abhor horror, but the kind of poetic justice stories that where popularized in EC Comics (yes, I know they were just ripping off similar classic stories, but I maintain they help make the formula popular) eased me into horror with the idea that the bad guys would get what they deserve, almost making the supernatural monsters unintentional “heroes”.  Of course, now I like more ambiguous horror stories, but I still like a good tale of extreme karma.

*(In fact, there’s a sweet story behind when EC Comics stole from Ray Bradbury. Ray acted the bigger man when he had every right to be upset and gave them the chance to credit him and give him his due from his stories.  After that, Ray even let EC Comics adapt his stories with his name splashed across covers as a selling point.)
(http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/public/news_images/4/47378_102504_3.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Comic Books)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 14, 2011, 10:51:34 AM
L.O.C. #40 - Top Comic Books

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

(http://forums.mycotopia.net/attachments/general-discussions/159466d1268291763-freak-brothers-tribute-hippie3-ferretious-fff1.jpg)

Thoughts
Because this geekfest of a list needs more hippies and hard drugs.  ;D

The Wiki
The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers are a trio of underground comic strip characters created by the U.S. artist Gilbert Shelton. The work enjoys a sizable cult following, and the magazines are widely available in comic stores.

While most underground comix are humorous, the Freak Brothers live a slapstick existence reminiscent of the best silent comedies. Their entire lives rotate around the procurement and enjoyment of recreational drugs, particularly marijuana. None of them have the slightest concern about gainful employment, and the only use for money is to procure some food and lots of drugs without getting "burned" by unscrupulous dealers or busted by the police. Other storylines include "Fat Freddy's Cat" and a military empire of cockroaches in the kitchen. The stories often satirize the establishment and right-wing politics. For a counterculture production, the standard of artwork is exceptionally high; Shelton's striving for accuracy and attention to detail have earned him comparisons with Hergé.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Music/Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 15, 2011, 05:20:18 AM
Next, Halloween songs.  Here's the original list:

#56: Black No. 1 � Type O Negative
#56: Dr. Stein - Helloween
#56: The Graceful Ghost Rag
#56: Halloweenhead � Ryan Adams
#56: I Hold Your Hand in Mine � Tom Lehrer
#56: A Nightmare on Elm Street Main Theme � Charles Bernstein
#56: The Rake�s Song � The Decemberists
#56: The Stand � the Alarm
#56: Thus Spake the Nightspirit - Emperor
#47: Do They Know It's Hallowe'en? - North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative
#47: Dope Hat � Marylin Manson
#47: Halloween - Helloween
#47: Little Demon � Screamin� Jay Dawkins
#47: Grim Grinning Ghosts - Buddy Baker, Xavier "X" Atencio, Thurl Ravenscroft
#47: Witch - Goblin
#41: Ave Satani � Jerry Goldsmith
#40: Hell � Squirrel Nut Zippers
#39: The Devil Went Down to Georgia � The Charles Daniels Band
#38: Black Magic Woman - Santana
#37: Bark at the Moon � Ozzy Osbourne
#36: Beetlejuice Main Theme � Danny Elfman
#35: Everyday (is Halloween) - Ministry
#34: Theme of Simon Belmont � Masanori Adachi
#33: Dead Man�s Party � Oingo Boingo
#32: The Great Pumpkin Waltz � Vince Guaraldi
#31: Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) � David Bowie
#30: Season of the Witch - Donovan
#29: The Edison Museum
#28: Tubular Bells � Mike Oldfield
#27: Suspiria Theme - Goblin
#26: Theme from the Twilight Zone � Marius Constant
#25: Beware of the Blob � The Five Blobs
#24: The Man Comes Around � Johnny Cash
#23: Red Right Hand � Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
#22: Psycho Killer � The Talking Heads
#21: Turn Around � They Might Be Giants
#20: Brains - Voltaire
#19: Sympathy for the Devil � The Rolling Stones
#18: Living Dead Girl � Rob Zombie
#17: Superstition � Stevie Wonder
#16: Nightmare on my Street � DJ Jazyy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
#15: Bela Legosi�s Dead - Bauhaus
#14: RE: Your Brains � Jonothan Coultan
#13 Psycho Main Theme � Bernard Herrmann
#12 I Put a Spell on You � Screamin� Jay Hawkins
#11 Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Sa�ns
#10: Night on Bald Mountain � Modest Mussorgsky
#9: Nature Trail to Hell � Weird Al Yankovic
#8: Halloween Theme � John Carpenter
#7: (Don�t Fear) the Reaper � Blue �yster Cult
#6: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
#5: This is Halloween - Danny Elfman
#4: The Monster Mash - Bobby �Boris� Pickett
#3: Thriller - Michael Jackson
#2: Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
#1: Ghostbusters -Ray Parker Jr

Boo!   Now what are your picks?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Music/Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 15, 2011, 06:05:44 AM
You know, Halloween, it's not all blood and gore or even standard frights, there's a mystical, pagan, dammit Ok , hippie, side to it too.

L.O.C. #41 - Top  Halloween Songs

Tam Lin - Fairport Convention

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/tam-lin.jpg)

Thoughts
OK I love Tam Lin, it's one of the greatest ballads in the English Language and is nicely evoked in Lords and Ladies which is one of my favourite Discworld books (loves me some witches). Fairport Convention does the best full instrumentation version of it, Sandy had such a great voice.

The Wiki
Most variants begin with the warning that Tam Lin collects either a possession or the virginity of any maidens who pass through the forest of Carterhaugh. A young maiden, usually called Janet or Margaret, comes to Carterhaugh and plucks a double rose, whereupon Tam appears and asked why she is in Carterhaugh without his command and has taken what is his. She states that she owns Carterhaugh, because her father has given it to her.

In most variants, she then goes home and discovers that she is pregnant; some variants pick up the story at this point. When an old knight taxes her with it, she announces that she will not declare him her baby's father, that her lover is an elf and that she loves him. She returns to Carterhaugh. In some variants, her brother has told her that a herb growing there will induce an abortion. In all, she picks something, whether the herb or the same roses as when they first met. Tam reappears, enraged, and forbids her to abort.
She asks him whether he was ever human, either after that reappearance, or in some variants, immediately after their first meeting resulted in her seduction. He reveals that he was a mortal man, who, after falling from his horse, was rescued and captured by the Queen of the Fairies. Every seven years, the fairies pay a teind, a tithe to Hell, of one of their people, and Tam fears he will become that tithe on that night (Hallowe'en). He is to ride as part of a company of knights, and Janet will recognise him by the white horse upon which he is riding. He warns her that, when she catches him, the fairies will attempt to make her drop him by turning him into all manner of beasts (see Proteus), but that he will do her no harm, and when he is finally turned into a burning coal she is to throw him into a well, whereupon he will reappear as a naked man and she should hide him. Janet does as she is asked, and wins her knight. The Queen of the Fairies is not best pleased, but acknowledges her claim.

http://www.youtube.com/v/jy3ihk205ew
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Music/Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 15, 2011, 11:04:40 AM
L.O.C. #41 - Top Halloween Songs

(http://991.com/NewGallery/The-Ramones-Pet-Sematary-287992.jpg)

Thoughts
I'm not a big fan of The Ramones but I like this song quite a bit. It's much darker and melodic than most of their other stuff. It's a catchy, cool tune…about zombie pets.

The Wiki
The Ramones recorded the title song for the film which can be found on their album Brain Drain. Although the song is heard only during the closing credits, their song "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" is played when Gage is killed.

http://www.youtube.com/v/L6GzVCYqoyY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Music/Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 15, 2011, 03:23:43 PM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 41 – Favourite Halloween Songs/Music
      
   
In the Hall of the Mountain King – Edward Grieg
(http://www.makingmusicfun.net/images/thumbs/in-the-hall-of-the-mountain-king-trombone-solo.jpg)
            
http://www.youtube.com/v/xrIYT-MrVaI

In the Hall of the Mountain King (Norwegian: I Dovregubbens hall) is a piece of orchestral music composed by Edvard Grieg for the sixth scene of Act II in Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, which premiered in Christiania on February 24, 1876.

It was originally part of Opus 23, but was later extracted as the final piece of Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46. Although a performance of the full piece runs to slightly less than 3 minutes, its easily recognizable theme has helped it attain iconic status in popular culture, where it has been arranged by many artists.

The piece is played as the eponymous Peer Gynt, in a dream-like fantasy, enters "the royal hall of the Old Man of the Dovrë (the Mountain King)." The scene's introduction continues: "There is a great crowd of troll courtiers, gnomes and goblins. The Old Man sits on his throne, with crown and sceptre, surrounded by his children and relatives. Peer Gynt stands before him. There is a tremendous uproar in the hall." The lines sung are the first lines in the scene.

Grieg himself wrote: "For the Hall of the Mountain King I have written something that so reeks of cowpats, ultra-Norwegianism, and 'to-thyself-be-enough-ness' that I can't bear to hear it, though I hope that the irony will make itself felt."

 Personal thoughts:

Perhaps it’s because it’s been used in so many movie trailers, but this is an awesome tune that builds the tension higher and higher, starting off mischievous and ending apocalyptic.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Music/Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 15, 2011, 03:30:05 PM
The words are nice and halloween appropriate too:

Slay him! The Christian's son has bewitched
The Mountain King's fairest daughter!
Slay him!
Slay him!
May I hack him on the fingers?
May I tug him by the hair?
Hu, hey, let me bite him in the haunches!
Shall he be boiled into broth and bree to me
Shall he roast on a spit or be browned in a stewpan?
Ice to your blood, friends!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Halloween Music/Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 15, 2011, 03:41:30 PM
Man, now I'm hungry.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Aliens)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 16, 2011, 09:57:09 AM
Today's list is aliens.  Here's the original one:

#47: Close Encounters of the Third Kind Aliens
#47: Max
#47: The Savage Dragon
#47: Ug the Bounty Hunter
#45: Admiral Ackbar
#45: Dick Solomon
#43: Audrey II
#43: Zorak
#42: The Greys
#39: Zim
#39: They
#39: Mork
#37: Starman
#37: Megatron
#36: Kosh Naranek
#35: Ignignokt and Err
#34: The Silver Surfer
#32: Allen the Alien
#32: Morbo the Annihilator
#29: Romanadvoratrelundar
#29: Klaatu
#29: Galactus
#27: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
#27: Salacious Crumb
#26: G�Kar
#25: ET, the Extra Terrestial
#23: King Ghidorah
#23: Thomas Jerome Newton
#22: The Master
#21: Christopher Johnson
#19: Worf
#19: The Martian Manhunter
#18: Yoda
#16: Q
#16: Londo Mollari
#15: Marvin the Martian
#14: Ford Prefect
#13 Optimus Prime
#12 Jabba the Hutt
#11 The Thing
#10: ALF
#9: Zaphod Beeblebrox
#8: The Doctor
#7: Dr. Zoidberg
#6: Predator
#5: Superman
#4: Kang and Kodos
#3: Xenomorphs
#2: Chewbacca
#1: Spock
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Aliens)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 16, 2011, 10:22:38 AM
L.O.C. #42 - Top Aliens

Roger

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1c/Roger_Smith.png)

Thoughts
I wouldn't watch this show if it weren't for Roger. Not that the other characters don't have their moments, but Roger steals the show more often than not thanks to his wacky antics…Sunday nights on FOX!

The Wiki
Roger is a character from the animated television series American Dad!. He is a space alien, reminiscent of the Roswell greys, and lives with the Smith family. Roger is sarcastic, amoral, self-centered, and hedonistic. He speaks in a swish intended to resemble Paul Lynde, and has a near-obsessive childlike affinity for role-playing various personas in his day to day life. He came to live with the Smith family after saving Stan Smith's life in Area 51 four years prior to the show beginning.

http://www.youtube.com/v/q6yQIo4L5o0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/AtEy5LrvNVE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Aliens)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 16, 2011, 11:27:10 AM
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 42 – Favourite Aliens
      
   
Yip Yips
(http://images.wikia.com/muppet/images/d/d4/YipYip.jpg)
            
The Yip Yips (also known as the Martians or aliens ) are characters on the popular children's television show Sesame Street. They are interplanetary visitors, from the planet Mars (in the first skit, as soon as they descend, their first words to each other are "...Not Mars." "Nope."). They marvel at devices such as clocks, telephones and computers. When frightened, each covers its face with the lower part of its jaw while making a distinctive "goom" noise.

In their skits, these creatures, with squid-like tentacles, large eyes, and antennae, materialize into a room and say, "Yip-yip-yip-yip... Uh-huh. Uh-huh", in monotone voices. They come across common objects and, curious as to their names and functions, the Yip Yips consult a book they call "Earth book" which presumably contains information about things on Earth. For example, in their first skit the Yip Yips try communicating with a telephone by common greetings such as "Hello", "Greetings", and "Hi there!" unsuccessfully. After each failure they say "nope nope nope". Next they address the phone as a cow, a cat, and then a chicken, only finally learning what it really is when it rings. They "ring" back at it with their voices, clearly pleased to have identified and established communication with it.

They are "Yip Yipped" by multiple muppeteers including Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson, and Kevin Clash. The puppets have a very simple design, controlled entirely by two rods (one for the body and eyes, the other for the front of the mouth). This allows their entire bodies to be seen on camera, appearing to float in the air.

The two Yip Yips seen most often are called "Bob" and "Joe". On the Dutch version, Sesamstraat, the Yip Yips are called "Sjoerd and Hendrik Marsman", referring to the early 20th century poet Hendrik Marsman. Note that in Dutch, Marsman does literally mean "Martian".

 Personal thoughts:

Yipyipyipyipyipyipyipyip Uh-Huh Uh-Huh Yipyipyipyipyipyipyipyipyipyipyipyipyipyip

http://www.youtube.com/v/KTc3PsW5ghQ
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Aliens)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 16, 2011, 11:39:16 AM
Good call on Roger. My favorite American Dad episode is a Roger-Centric one. The one where one of his personas has taken on a clean-cut life of its own.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Aliens)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 16, 2011, 12:13:24 PM
Good call on Roger. My favorite American Dad episode is a Roger-Centric one. The one where one of his personas has taken on a clean-cut life of its own.

Great Space Roaster. Great episode.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Aliens)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 16, 2011, 12:21:15 PM
Good call on Roger. My favorite American Dad episode is a Roger-Centric one. The one where one of his personas has taken on a clean-cut life of its own.

Great Space Roaster. Great episode.

No, the Great Space Roaster is the one about Roger insisting that he be roasted, and then tries to murder the Smiths.  The one he's talking about is called "The One That Got Away" and it's one of my favourites too.  (Great Space Roaster is good too).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Aliens)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 16, 2011, 12:29:38 PM
Good call on Roger. My favorite American Dad episode is a Roger-Centric one. The one where one of his personas has taken on a clean-cut life of its own.

Great Space Roaster. Great episode.

No, the Great Space Roaster is the one about Roger insisting that he be roasted, and then tries to murder the Smiths.  The one he's talking about is called "The One That Got Away" and it's one of my favourites too.  (Great Space Roaster is good too).

Oh yeah, I think you're right. Great Space Roaster popped into my head because Roger fakes like he cleans up his act after the roast. But, yeah, it's not really one of his "personas".
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 17, 2011, 02:33:36 PM
Hey there folkies.  It's time to grunge out (that's what the kids like to do, right?) with 90's music.  Post your fave 90's songs.  Here's the original list:

#3 Votes!
Banditos - the Refreshments
Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin
Custom Concern
Dinosaur � King Crimson
Faithful � Go West
Homeboy - Adorable
In Bloom - Nirvana
Purple Sneakers � You Am I
Say It Ain�t So - Weezer
Silent All These Years � Tori Amos
The Good Life - Weezer
Walking on the Sun � Smash Mouth
You Do Something to Me � Paul Weller
#2 Votes!
Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente
Country House - Blur
Distant Sun �Crowded House
I�m Afraid of Americans � David Bowie
Inertia Creeps � Massive Attack
My Brain Hurts � The Screeching Weasels
My Favorite Game � The Cardigans
Mysterious Ways � U2
N.W.O. - Ministry
Ordinary World � Duran Duran
Say Something - James
Step On � Happy Mondays
Styrofoam boots/It�s All Nice on Ice, Alright? � Modest Mouse
Voodoo Doll � Red Elvises
#1 Votes
Albuquerque � �Weird� Al Yankovic
All Apologies - Nirvana
All Star � Smash Mouth
Another Cup of Coffee � Mike and the Mechanics
Black Metallic � Catherine Wheel
Doing the Unstuck � The Cure
Don�t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
High Hopes � Pink Floyd
I Heard Ramona Sing � Frank Black
Inbetweener - Sleeper
Mamasita � The Red Elvises
Song No. 2 - Blur
The Lights � Spock�s Brain
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite � R.E.M.

#17: Run-Around � Blues Traveller
#16: Tubthumping � Chumbawumba
#16: Creep - Radiohead
#15: I�m Gonna Be (500 Miles) � the Pretenders
#14: Inside Out � Eve 6
#13 Today � Smashing Pumpkins
#12 Barbie Girl - Aqua
#11you�re your Hair - Pavement
#10: I Want You � Savage Garden
#9: I Love You Always Forever � Donna Lewis
#9: Buddy Holly - Weezer
#8: The Drugs Don�t Work- the Verve
#8: The Birdhouse in Your Soul � They Might Be Giants
#7: Stay � Shakespeare�s Sister
#6: Lightning Crashes - Live
#6: Plowed - Sponge
#5: Alive � Pearl Jam
#4: Wonderwall - Oasis
#4: Brian Wilson � Barenaked Ladies
#4: Cannonball � The Breeders   
#3: Ordinary World � Duran Duran
#2: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
#1: Sabotage � The Beastie Boys
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 17, 2011, 03:59:06 PM
L.O.C. #43 - Top 90's Songs

(http://roxcalibur.com/pix/e3537.jpg)

Thoughts
Here's another original list with some serious issues, in my opinion. There are a lot of wrongs that need to be righted. No Soundgarden? No Primus? No Rage Against the Machine? No Green Day? No Tool? No Foo Fighters? No Red Hot Chili Peppers? And no Alice in Chains?!? Are you kidding me? Anyway, I'll go ahead and right one of those wrongs with an absolutely kick-ass tune from a legendary band.

The Wiki
"Would?" is a single by grunge band Alice in Chains. The song first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 movie Singles, in which the members of Alice in Chains make a cameo appearance and later appeared on the band's album Dirt, also released in 1992.

http://www.youtube.com/v/IGOrBx9jc3M?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 17, 2011, 04:48:44 PM
A rare twofer from me for today
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 43 – Favourite 90’s Songs
      
   
Chemical Bomb – The Aquabats
(http://images.wikia.com/mega64/images/1/14/Aquabats.jpg)
               
http://www.youtube.com/v/-EvHAhK8J7k   
 Personal thoughts:

Wicked awesome song, and one of the darker ones by the usually light-hearted and fun-lovin’ Aquabats.  I have a friend who worked in a coffee shop and he was aloud to put on his own music as long as it was calm and swear-free.  He loved watching people who caught onto the lyrics that were coming out of this mellow sounding song.

Hello Good Night – The Aquabats
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http://www.youtube.com/v/839xAD5AzG0   
 Personal thoughts:

From an unusual dark song from this band to a surprisingly melancholy one.  I can’t put my finger one it, but I kind of tear up a little when I hear me.  Don’t judge me.  DON’T YOU JUDGE ME!

Looking forward to the Aquabats TV show.  Also just learned today that the Front Man is also the co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba.  So that’s pretty hip.  Also, I think it’s cool that Mark Mothersbaugh occasionally appears on the show, since the Aquabats owe something to DEVO (it’s even mentioned in the song Play Dough).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 17, 2011, 04:59:42 PM
Damn there is a song that's really 90s and was written in 93 but not released until 02. Alas.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 17, 2011, 05:04:13 PM
Damn there is a song that's really 90s and was written in 93 but not released until 02. Alas.

That's good enough for Rest of the Best. Post that shit!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 17, 2011, 05:11:18 PM
OK I'm going to post this and just leave it here. I think it's telling that it works well with a show that's mostly from the 90s (well half from the 90s  literarly but still feels very 90s even in the 00s) too. I could do the original vid but I like fan made musical tributes, moviemaker is the ardent fangirl's friend ;)

http://www.youtube.com/v/zunjGFTfbM8
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 17, 2011, 05:50:52 PM
I dig that song. It's kind of a novelty song, but it also legitimately rocks quite a bit.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 17, 2011, 05:51:46 PM
Honestly it's like the fecking Lemonheads, I know they had other songs but I can only think of one.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 17, 2011, 06:07:35 PM
Honestly it's like the fecking Lemonheads, I know they had other songs but I can only think of one.

This is the only other one I can think of:

http://www.youtube.com/v/9T-s9Ne2Gns?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 17, 2011, 06:13:26 PM
You know the sad thing, my best man was their label rep in the Detroit and surrounding market when they were at the top of whatever wave they were riding (I have a promotional Frisbee somewhere, guess what colour it is).

Honestly I don't hate their stuff, and I remembered the one you posted when i heard it, but the track I posted is the only one that sticks in my memory.

Oh and this is the only Lemonheads song I can think of:

http://www.youtube.com/v/-1FybvwFGpo

And that is the 90s isn't it?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: Tripe on August 17, 2011, 06:40:29 PM
The second album still had some good stuff

http://www.youtube.com/v/z-CHEnJ7gnc

I generally think Shirley is Jenny Greenteeth though
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Futurama Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 18, 2011, 07:19:10 AM
Futurama, brought to you by Thompson's Teeth: the only teeth strong enough to eat other teeth.  Here's the original list:

#50: Xmas Story
#49: Mars University
#48: The Honking
#47: When Aliens Attack
#46: A Head in the Polls
#45: Bend Her
#44: Bender�s Big Score
#43: Love�s Labour Lost in Space
#42: Bendin� in the Wind
#41: Bendless Love
#40: 30% Iron Chef
#39: Prisoner of Benda
#38: Future Stock
#37: Less Than Hero   
#36: A Clockwork Origin
#35: A Leela of Her Own
#34: Spanish Fry
#33: Leela�s Homeworld
#32: A Fishful of Dollars
#31: Space Pilot 3000
#30: The Cyber House Rules
#29: How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back
#28: Lethal Inspection
#27: The Farnsworth Parabox
#26: Obsoletely Fabulous
#25: Raging Bender
#24: Fry and the Slurm Factory
#23: I, Roommate
#22: Into the Wild Green Yonder
#21: Brannigan, Begin Again
#20: Anthology of Interest I
#19: The Sting
#18: The Devil�s Hands Are Idle Playthings
#17: Time Keeps on Slippin�
#16: The Problem with Popplers
#15: Anthology of Interest II
#14: Three Hundred Big Boys
#13: Amazon Women in the Mood
#12: Where No Fan Had Gone Before
#11: Hell is Other Robots
#10: The Late Phillip J. Fry
#9: Insane in the Mainframe
#8: Godfellas
#7: Parasites Lost
#6: War is the H-Word
#5: The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
#4: The Luck of the Fryrish
#3: The Why of Fry
#2: Jurassic Bark
#1: Roswell that Ends Well
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 90's Songs)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 18, 2011, 08:58:47 AM
But I really like this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/1N29vkIT3eo

Garbage really rocked the shit out of their first album, and each one got progressively worse.  Then they broke up.

Reminds me of the last time period I actually listened to the radio. I must have heard "Only Happy When It Rains" 500 times. Very cool tune.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-aWcXlG1sgY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Futurama Episodes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 18, 2011, 09:30:39 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 44 – Favourite Futurama Episodes
      
   
The Beast With A Billion Backs
   
(http://thecia.com.au/reviews/f/images/futurama-the-beast-with-a-billion-backs-poster-0.jpg)
               
The Planet Express crew must work to fix rips between their universe and another inhabited by a planet-sized, tentacle alien which soon takes over the Earth and uses it's ability to control Fry to command an entire religion which takes over and convinces the inhabitants of Earth to abandon the Earth to live in a pseudo-heaven, leaving the robots of the world to inherit the planet   

 Personal thoughts:

A lot of people didn’t care for this one as much as Bender’s Big Score, but I think it’s pretty good.  I love the idea of one universe going on a date with another (I love mixing Sci-fi high concepts with comedy) and the moment when Fry tells Bender that robots can’t go to heaven is very heartbreaking.

http://www.youtube.com/v/MHDHgRGtOY0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Futurama Episodes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 18, 2011, 09:58:08 AM
L.O.C. #44 - Top Futurama Episodes

Attack of the Killer App

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_bUlG_hqzEP0/TC4Wy4FDDsI/AAAAAAAAI_4/or5RL23MI48/s1600/futurama_killer_app.png)

Thoughts
This episode pretty much perfectly captured my feelings regarding gadgetry and social media.

The Wiki
The episode opens with the Planet Express crew recycling their old electronics. After dropping off all the Earth’s recyclables on the Third World they decide it would be better to keep using their old electronics. This changes when they see a commercial for MomCorp’s new eyePhone. The crew all buy eyePhones, which feature the Twitcher application. Bender and Fry get into a competition to get the most followers, wagering a dollar and stating that the loser must jump into a tub of two-headed alien goat vomit and diarrhea.

http://www.youtube.com/v/iQTz--U33EI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 19, 2011, 06:04:26 AM
We are getting into the home stretch.  Less than a week till the end of Rest of the Best.  Here's the last Rifftrax wishlist.  And here's the original list:

#50 Aliens
#49: The Apple
#48: ZARDOZ
#47: The Social Network
#46: The Incredible Hulk
#45: High School Musical 2
#44: The Terminator
#43: Catwoman
#42: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
#41: The Poseidon Adventure
#40: Citizen Kane
#39: Spawn
#38: Star Trek: Nemesis
#37: Pearl Harbor   
#36: Hackers
#35: Street Fighter: The Movie
#34: Clash of the Titans (1981)
#33: Howard the Duck
#32: National Treasure
#31: Airport
#30: I, Robot
#29: The Island
#28: Transformers: The Movie
#27: X-Men Origins - Wolverine
#26: Lara Croft � Tomb Raider
#25: Knowing
#24: Dungeons and Dragons
#23: Congo
#22: Star Trek: the Motion Picture
#21: The Giant Claw   
#20: Billy Jack
#19: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
#18: Black Swan
#17: Godzilla
#16: Showgirls
#15: Xanadu
#14: Tron: Legacy
#13: Fantastic Voyage
#12: Air Force One
#11: Gymkata
#10: Iron Man 2
#9: Dune
#8: The Wizard
#7: Rocky IV
#6: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
#5: Jonah Hex
#4: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
#3: Watchmen
#2: X3: The Last Stand
#1: Super Mario Brothers
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 19, 2011, 06:58:14 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 45 – Rifftrax Wishlist 4
      
   
The Octagon
      
(http://wherebadmovieslive.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/octagonmovieposter.jpg)
               
The Octagon is a 1980 action film with Chuck Norris in the leading role. It was directed by Eric Karson and written by Paul Aaron and Leigh Chapman. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California and released on August 14, 1980. It is notable for its inventive use of 'voice over' effects to portray the inner life of Chuck Norris's character, Scott James. This was actor Richard Norton's film debut.
Scott's life is plagued by two kinds of flashbacks. First are the childhood memories of the rigorous training he and a friend endured under a martial arts master. The second is of a mission Scott went on that ended with him watching his friend get murdered. Scott later becomes drawn closer to a vicious crime ring known as The Octagon. As he gets closer to the truth, Scott learns that these may be the men that murdered his friend so long ago.

 Personal thoughts:

Me and a friend watched this mess on AMC late one night.  It was terrible, and yet we could not look away.  There are probably dumber action films, but they haven’t done a Norris film yet (and yes, I’m sick of all the Norris fact jokes too, but there’s a lot more to work with here.

http://www.youtube.com/v/yfY1wa8oVN0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 19, 2011, 07:22:15 AM
If you're a blonde man, you shouldn't have a mustache.  Unless you have braids and a horned helmet too.

http://www.youtube.com/v/GEStsLJZhzo
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Tripe on August 19, 2011, 07:23:32 AM
How about if you're blond and all you have is the facial hair?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Tripe on August 19, 2011, 07:34:02 AM
Well, it's not just a moustache:

(http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/TripeHoundRedux/NewPic.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Tripe on August 19, 2011, 08:04:30 AM
I do have a monicle lying around somewhere.

I'm not as blond as I used to be certainly, I used to look like one of the children of the damned.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 19, 2011, 10:24:18 AM
How many Rifftrax wishlists are we going to do? Couldn't we have done this once and submitted four entries?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Tripe on August 19, 2011, 10:32:33 AM
Yeah see this is why I find the wish list kinda boring.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 19, 2011, 10:38:21 AM
It's my favorite forum event each year.  I look forward to the wish list.  it's interesting to see what people want riffed this year vs.last year and what has been riffed in the mean time.  i think it's fun.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 19, 2011, 10:59:58 AM
L.O.C. #45 - Top Rifftrax We Want to See

(http://www.agonybooth.com/images/articles/_Manos__The_Hands_of_Fate_1966/title.jpg)


Thoughts
This movie is terrible! I can't believe it hasn't been riffed.


http://www.youtube.com/v/oBAMDPLo70o?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Rifftrax Wishlist 4)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 19, 2011, 11:01:56 AM
Actually, it would be cool if they could reriff Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It would complete the circle. :^)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 20, 2011, 01:17:42 AM
Just 5 days left.  Today's topic is animated series.  Here's that original list:

#50 Darkwing Duck
#49: The Brak Show
#48: Schoolhouse Rock!
#47: Courage the Cowardly Dog
#46: Mushi-Shi
#45: Samurai Jack
#44: Clerks: The Animated Series
#43: Beavis and Butthead
#42: Aqua Teen Hunger Force
#41: Batman Beyond
#40: Reboot
#39: Archer
#38: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
#37: Tiny Toon Adventures   
#36: Scooby Doo, Where Are You!/The New Scooby Doo Movies
#35: Robot Chicken
#34: American Dad!
#33: Beast Wars
#32: Planetes
#31: Superman: the Animated Series
#30: The Flintstones
#29: Paranoia Agent
#28: Danger Mouse
#27: Sealab 2021
#26: Avatar: The Last Airbender
#25: Dexter�s Laboratory
#24: Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
#23: Family Guy
#22: The Real Ghostbusters
#21: Duck Tales
#20: The Tick
#19: Pinky and the Brain
#18: Rocko�s Modern Life
#17: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
#16: Space Ghost Coast to Coast
#15: Transformers
#14: Home Movies
#13: Freakazoid!
#12: The Critic
#11: Ren & Stimpy
#10: Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
#9: Looney Tunes
#8: Invader Zim
#7: Cowboy Bebop
#6: The Venture Bros.
#5: Animaniacs
#4: South Park
#3: Batman: The Animated Series
#2: The Simpsons
#1: Futurama
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 20, 2011, 01:35:12 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 46 – Animated Series
      
   
Adventure Time
      
(http://mastertoons.com/Images/AT.png)
               
Adventure Time (also known as Adventure Time with Finn and Jake) is an American emmy-nominated animated television seriescreated by Pendleton Ward and produced by Frederator Studios for Cartoon Network. The series focuses on the surreal adventures undertaken by two best friends, Finn the human boy and Jake the dog with magical powers, who dwell in the Land of Ooo. The series is based on a short produced for Frederator's Nickelodeon animation incubator series Random! Cartoons. After the short became a viral hit on the Internet, Cartoon Network picked it up for a full-length series that had a preview on March 11, 2010 and officially premiered on April 5, 2010. The series has been a critical and commercial success, receiving generally positive reviews. This series is rated TV-PG.

Following the animated short, Frederator Studios pitched an Adventure Time series to Nickelodeon, but the network passed on it twice. The studio then approached Cartoon Network, with creator Pendleton Ward delivering them an early storyboard for "The Enchiridion", showing that the premise could be expanded into a series while maintaining elements from the original short: funny catchphrases and dances, an awkward kiss moment with the princess and an "Abe Lincoln moment". Cartoon Network greenlit the first season in September 2008, and "The Enchiridion" would become the first produced episode.

Series creator Pendleton Ward has stated that the artistic style is influenced by his time at CalArts and later working as a storyboard artist on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. He tries to include "beautiful" moments like those in Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro and some subversive humor, inspired by series like The Simpsons and Pee-wee's Playhouse. Executive producer Fred Seibert compares the show's animation style to that of Felix the Cat and the Max Fleischer cartoons but says its world is also equally inspired by Dungeons and Dragons and video games. Ward intends the show's world to have a certain physical logic instead of "cartoony slapstick" — even though magic exists in the story, the show's writers try to create an internal consistency in how the characters interact with the world.

Many of the series' writers and storyboard artists have a background in indie comics. Pendleton Ward refers to them as "really smart, smartypants people" who are responsible for inserting weirder and more spiritual ideas into the series during its third season.

Ward describes the character Finn as fiery little kid with strong morals, while Jake is based on Bill Murray's character in the movieMeatballs, as a laid-back twenty-something who usually jokes around, but occasionally gives good advice.

 Personal thoughts:

I saw the pilot short a while back, but I only saw the series recently.  It’s really amazing, deftly mixing humour and adventure and mixing all the stuff I loved as a kid.  There’s nothing else on TV that feels like this show, not only because it’s weird (and there are plenty of oddball shows on cartoon network) but due to the atmosphere created by the world, where it feels like it’s an anything goes funhouse, but there’s still a consistency that makes the world and the characters fun to revisit.

And it’s just fun.  It’s criminal how much fun is packed into each episode.  It reminds me of a lot of the crazy comedies I grew up with, as well as various comics and video games that made a huge impact on me.  The show is quite popular (I could see it hitting Powerpuff Girl levels of merchandising soon, so watch out parents) and if it gets a video game (which I’m sure it will), I hope they don’t just release another cheap quickie and spend time making a game that reflects the rambunctious energy of the show.

http://www.youtube.com/v/xm59awDARaw
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 20, 2011, 01:47:18 AM
Aww. I was totally going to write-up Adventure time when it came up. :^)

It really is an incredible show. The writing is all kinds of fun. It's also one of the few cartoons out there that makes me sit up and take notice artistically. I love cartoons a LOT (Which is why I hosted this list originally) but for me it's usually about the comedy and the writing and the slapstick. I'm not really an art guy. But Adventure Time's art style speaks to me. I love the bright colors and the stretchy wobbly feel everything has, and all the little details lovingly sprinkled in the background.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 20, 2011, 10:00:16 AM
L.O.C. #46 - Top Animated Series

(http://images.zap2it.com/images/tv-EP00141615/dr-katz-professional-therapist-4.jpg)

Thoughts
This show was so great. It combined the best comics of its day with the hilarious and adorable antics of Dr. Katz and small circle of family and friends. The idea of comics in a therapy setting enabled the animating of their stand-up bits, which adds a visual element to the jokes that is more-often-than-not laugh-your-ass-off funny. The chemistry between Katz and Benjamin and their ability to improve makes for some of the most genuine and hilarious banter you'll see. I literally wore out VHS tapes of this show back in the day. Absolutely fantastic.

The Wiki
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist is an American animated series that originally ran on Comedy Central from 1995 to 1999,–with a final set of three shelved episodes airing in 2002–starring Jonathan Katz, Jon Benjamin, and Laura Silverman. The show was computer animated in a crude, easily recognizable style called Squigglevision in which all persons and animate objects are colored and have constantly squiggling outlines, while most other inanimate objects are static and usually gray in color.

The show focused on the title character, Dr. Jonathan Katz, who was voiced by, and visually based on, the comedian of the same name. Dr. Katz was a professional psychotherapist who had famous comedians and actors as patients, usually two per episode. The comedians' therapy sessions generally consisted of them doing their onstage material while Dr. Katz offered insights or simply let them rant. Meanwhile, therapy sessions featuring actors and actresses offered more interpersonal dialogue between Katz and his patient to better suit their predisposition. Dr. Katz is a very laid-back, well-intentioned man who enjoys playing the guitar and spending time at the bar with his friend Stanley and the bartender, Julie.

Interspersed with these scenes were scenes involving Dr. Katz's daily life, which included his aimless, childish 24-year-old son, Ben (Jon Benjamin), his uninterested and unhelpful secretary, Laura (Laura Silverman), and his two friends: Stanley (Will Le Bow), and the barmaid, Julie (Julianne Shapiro). In later episodes, Todd (Todd Barry), the video store clerk, became a regular character.

http://www.youtube.com/v/tM_lrK4upvw?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/fMUgQbkydPc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

http://www.youtube.com/v/mWAtl5eIs6c?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 20, 2011, 01:05:14 PM
Aww. I was totally going to write-up Adventure time when it came up. :^)

It really is an incredible show. The writing is all kinds of fun. It's also one of the few cartoons out there that makes me sit up and take notice artistically. I love cartoons a LOT (Which is why I hosted this list originally) but for me it's usually about the comedy and the writing and the slapstick. I'm not really an art guy. But Adventure Time's art style speaks to me. I love the bright colors and the stretchy wobbly feel everything has, and all the little details lovingly sprinkled in the background.

It also occurs to me that not only is the art impressive, so is the sound.  The show has a love of music and song (I love Finn's auto-tuned songs.  "Remember when I swallowed that little computer?") and the way that it is used is very impressive.  It often uses sounds in the  of style old video games, but it isn't just using that simply to push some nostalgia buttons (though I do like when they are pushed) but also to enhance the atmosphere of the show.
http://www.youtube.com/v/ByLuj7bte30
http://www.youtube.com/v/zWSCnr8QVZk
http://www.youtube.com/v/HGMD0HV6IWo

It can also be surprisingly avant garde sounding.  Check out the full score to the Jiggler episode.
http://www.youtube.com/v/MdUTk8sjCTs

It has great opening and ending themes too.  John DiMaggio is fantastic as always and 14 year old Jeremy Shada is damned good for his age as Finn.  The creator mentioned that there are lots of indie comics creators involved with the creation of the show, I'm hoping I could see some big names to guest write episodes, like Ben Edlund (it totally seems to be in his wheelhouse), Jhonan Vasquez or  Michael Kupperman (or Tales Designed to Thrizzle fame).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 21, 2011, 02:12:39 AM
Today's subject is fictional weapons!  Check out the original list before you wreck yourself:

#50 Overwatch Standard Issue Pulse Rifle
#49: Glitch
#48:DisembAudio
#47: Bone Gun
#46: Shamble
#45: Samuel Colt’s Revolver
#44: Orgasmatron
#43: John Steed’s Hat
#42: Tissue Compression Eliminator
#41: Magic Wand
#40: Power Rings
#39: Double Clawshot
#38: Cancer Gun
#37: The Stopwatch
#36: Hoffman Lenses
#35: Mjolnir
#34:The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch
#33: Death’s Scythe
#32: Wolverine’s Claws
#31: Bag of Holding
#30: Mr. Fusion
#29: The Hand of Omega
#28: The Good Samaritan
#27: Irken Pak
#26: Ash’s Chainsaw Hand
#25: Batarangs
#24: The Master Sword
#23: Excalibur
#22: The Infinity Gauntlet
#21: The Death Star Super Laser Cannon
#20: Identity Disc
#19: Death Note
#18: Spider-Man’s Webshooters
#17: Sting
#16: Pokeball
#15: Megatron’s Fusion Cannon
#14: Captain America’s Shield
#13: The Fing-Longer!
#12: Replicators
#11: The Green Lantern
#10: Gravity Gun
#9: Samus Aran’s Arm Cannon
#8: Tricorders
#7: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
#6: The Babel Fish
#5: The Sonic Screwdriver
#4: Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device
#3: Phasers
#2: Proton Packs
#1: Lightsabre
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 21, 2011, 02:17:27 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 47 – Favourite Fictional Tools and Weapons
      
   
Gantz Suit
      
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Jb34kv7lz4k/TUQrxN5u_II/AAAAAAAABjg/qIhu760m_1Q/s1600/GANTZ_japan_anime_fumiko+kawa_02.jpg)
               

These come from the manga series Gantz, about people who have just died being resurrected to “play a game” in which they must kill or capture (usually kill) aliens at the behest of a black ball known simply as Gantz.  If a player earns 100 points, they earn freedom.  Of course, Gantz is full of surprises, most of which are unpleasant.  A gantz suit is what the persons playing "Gantz" must wear if they are to survive the m ission. The suit adapts to the user’s body and form.

When in the "Mission Room" a large spherical ball(Gantz) will give the players their mission and open up, revealing three spring out compartments. The one in the back holds a case with each person’s name or nickname on it. Each case holds a suit that is specifically tailored to that person's body no matter how big (or small) the person. Not only that, the suit is only functional for the person it is made for, as wearing another person's suit will not give you the same protection and augmentations to strength and speed that it gives to its owner. The suit is made up of several pieces, with a bottom part similar to an armless wetsuit with the top part fitting over the arms and neck. In addition to these two main parts, there are shoes and gloves that go along with these, all clipping together through buckle-like connections. The suit is difficult to put on as it is skin tight, requiring the wearer to be completely naked to put it on. However, with the suit on the wearer's speed, strength, and defensive capabilities are enhanced to superhuman degrees.

The suit is slim enough to fit underneath normal clothing and done so frequently. Gantz has also shown that it creates suits for all hunters in the game, even those of another species as evidenced by the suits worn by a dog and panda. The suit is essentially a way to exponentially increase your survival rate within the game, as it is nearly impossible to survive without it.

The suit functions much like a suit of armor. The suit protects all parts of the users body, including the uncovered head through some unknown means. Bullets to the head can be survived if the suit is still at 100% functionality. Attacks that are received while the suit is on are extremely lessened, so much so that attacks such as gun shots and punches will affect the suit and wearer very little. However, substantially powerful attacks can still be damaging or may even break or bypass the suit altogether. Also, even conventional weapons such as assault rifles can damage or even potentially break a suit if continually attacked. Upon being broken, the "caps" on the suit, which contain the liquid which power the suit in addition to showing the status of the suit, will rupture and the suit will be as useful as ordinary clothing.

The suit also serves as a weapon which will exponentially increase the wearer's strength, allowing the wearer to take on some foes with just their suit. As the wearer reaches the limit of the suits strength enhancement, the suit will bulk up and look similar to muscles. The suit also aids in speed enhancement, allowing users to run at higher speeds than without the suit. Jumping is also greatly increased with the suit on, with the shock of the landing absorbed by the shoes. If the user gives their suit ample time to recover from attacks their suit can last indefinitely.
The suits weaknesses are primarily high powered lasers and certain types of swords, which which are shown to bypass the suit altogether if sufficiently powerful. In addition to this, some foes have used acid to bypass the suit's protective qualities, burning through the suit and user. Along with these weaknesses the suits "caps" can be targeted specifically to break the suit's abilities where they are located or if the neck "caps" are targeted, break the suit altogether.


 Personal thoughts:
   
It’s basically just a suit that makes you superhumanly strong and fast.  So that’s cool.  I also recommend the manga, though with fair warning that it’s full of boobs, blood and an intentionally unlikable main character (who gradually becomes a less self involved ass over the course of the series and even becomes smart and selfless).  The series is actually coming to an end in Japan (though the last story arc will probably take a couple years to finish).

http://www.youtube.com/v/lvhFHb0D7xs
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Animated Series)
Post by: Tripe on August 21, 2011, 07:52:43 AM
Or British/Canadian.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Fictional Tools and Weapons)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 21, 2011, 11:52:01 AM
L.O.C. #47 - Top Fictional Tools and Weapons

Portable Automated Somnacin IntraVenous Device

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4818308659_aee5090034.jpg)

Thoughts
I think lucid dreaming would be a dream come true. I think shared dreaming would be a dream within a dream come true X1000 with a Marion Cotillard on top. It's fun explaining really trippy dreams to someone, but it always feels one-sided. How awesome would it be to just experience the dream together? And to experience fifty years of shared dreaming with your better half? Sign me up for that…except for the part where your better half plummets to her death.

The Wiki
Technically called the PASIV Device, the briefcase that uses wires and sedatives to connect human beings into a shared dream space is better understood as the dream machine. In Inception, we are briefly told that it was created by the military to enhance the training of soldiers without risking lives.

Here's some really uninteresting video of the device.
http://www.youtube.com/v/xGPqzeccm1E?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Music Videos)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 22, 2011, 05:17:20 AM
Three days left until the end and we're all caught up.  Today's list is music videos.  Here's the original list:

#52 Preacher Man – Fields of the Nephilim
#51: Keep Fishin’ - Weezer
#50: Eat It – “Weird” Al Yonkovic
 #49: I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight – U2
#48: Worlock – Skinny Puppy
#47: Inertia Creeps – Massive Attack
#46: Cloud Bursting – Kate Bush
#45: Goonies R Good Enough – Cyndi Lauper
#44: It’s Oh So Quiet - Bjork
#43: Karma Police – Radio Head
#39: Smells Like Nirvana – “Weird” Al Yankovic
 #41: Bad – Michael Jackson
#40: Rockit – Herbie Hancock
#39: The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails
 #38: Windowlicker – Aphex Twin
#37: Everlong – The Foo Fighters
#36: Freak on a Leash - Korn
#35: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
#34:Knights of Cydonia - Muse
#33: The Kill (Bury Me) – 30 Seconds to Mars
#32: Hurt – Johnny Cash
#31: Polite Dance Song – The Bird and the Bee
#30: Hungy Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
#29: All is Full of Love - Bjork
#28: The Superbowl Shuffle – the 1985 Chigcago Bears
#27: Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
#26: Experimental Film – They Might Be Giants
#25: Trapped in the Closet – R Kelly
#24: Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
#23: Closer – Nine Inch Nails
#22: Whip It - Devo
#21: Sweep the Leg – No More Kings
#20: Sober - Tool
#19: Beautiful World - Devo
#18: Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins
#17: This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
#16: Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
#15: Rabbit in Your Headlight - UNKLE
#14: Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
#13: Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai!
#12: Come to Daddy – Aphex Twin
#11: Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
#10: Human Behaviour - Bjork
#9: Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
#8: Buddy Holly - Weezer
#7: Land of Confusion - Genesis
#6: Here It Goes Again – OK Go
#5: Weapon of Choice – Fatboy Slim
#4: Sabotage – Beastie Boys
#3: Sledgehammer – Beastie Boys
#2: Take On Me – A-Ha
#1: Michael Jackson’s Thriller – Michael Jackson
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Music Videos)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 22, 2011, 09:20:52 AM
They Might be Giants - I'm Impressed

http://www.youtube.com/v/3CccPPDe2JU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Pak's Thoughts: Stop Motion Robot Gladiators. I can't think of 3 tastes that would taste any better together than that. :^)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Music Videos)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 22, 2011, 09:39:24 AM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 48 – Favourite Music Videos
         
   
Dare to be Stupid – “Weird” Al Yankovic
      
               

http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x1asji

"Dare to Be Stupid" is an original song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a musical pastiche (or "style parody") of the band Devo.

Shortly after the song was released, Yankovic received a letter from Mark Mothersbaugh congratulating him on writing "the perfect Devo song". In an interview on VH1's Behind The Music, Mothersbaugh stated in reaction to the song that: "I was in shock. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. He sort of re-sculpted that song into something else and, umm ... I hate him for it, basically."

The song was featured in The Transformers: The Movie. It was later released as a double a-side along with "The Touch" by Stan Bush.
The music video and song are, as Yankovic himself said, a "style parody" of Devo's works:

   Yankovic and his band wear the yellow radiation suits from Devo's cover of The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" video throughout. Much of the performance segments of the video are modeled on the "Satisfaction" music video, including the man having a fiton a wallpapered wall and floor.
   Segments of the video are reminiscent of several of Devo's other videos:
   "Devo Corporate Anthem" – In one scene, the band is standing in the same pose as Devo.
   "Jocko Homo" – In another segment, the band wears nylon stockings over their heads.
   "Come Back Jonee" – In one scene, the elderly men dressed up in cowboy suits are reminiscent of the elderly men bowling in the "Come Back Jonee" video.
   "Freedom of Choice" – The use of stop-motion animation and computer graphics is also reminiscent of this Devo video. The use of Roman togas also comes from "Freedom of Choice," and at one point, a man must choose between a banana and an accordion - in Devo's original, it's a gun or a grenade.
   The man with a pipe, smiling and watching television with a chainsaw near the beginning of the video is a very typical Devo-like image as well, juxtaposing violent, out of context or unexplained occurrences and objects with a 1950s-like "wholesome American" feel. This man is meant to be J. R. "Bob" Dobbs, Head of the Church of the SubGenius.
   The swim goggles Yankovic wears over his eyes resembles those of Devo vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh's in the "Satisfaction" and "Come Back Jonee" video.

 Personal thoughts:
   
Love Devo and “Weird” Al, so putting them together is a great match.  But the great thing about the whole thing is that despite it referencing Devo very heavily, it stands on it’s own as a call to arms to be stupid. I didn’t know Devo at all as a kid and found the video delightful and cool.

Also, does anyone know how to properly embed dailymotion videos?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Music Videos)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 22, 2011, 10:12:05 AM
It's on the YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/v/SMhwddNQSWQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Music Videos)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 22, 2011, 10:16:50 AM
Unless you aren't American.  So I guess the uploader is a xenophobe.  Prove me wrong uploader!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Music Videos)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 22, 2011, 10:32:49 AM
Unless you aren't American.  So I guess the uploader is a xenophobe.  Prove me wrong uploader!

That blows.  Well, embedding is disabled on mine. And there's an ad to boot! Perhaps I should've just picked different video. Oh well.

L.O.C. #48 - Top Music Videos

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/122/292761875_4cd4f4f7fa.jpg)

Thoughts
One take!

The Wiki
The video was directed by Michel Gondry. It features Thom Yorke in a hospital by the bedside of a woman, played by Emma de Caunes, who appears to be his partner in the video. The whole video was shot in one take, quite remarkable considering the scene changes required. Attempts to interpret the surreal imagery and fit it with the song lyrics were dashed when Gondry eventually revealed that the video was autobiographical. Some may find thematic parallels with Gondry's later film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

EMBEDDING DISABLED (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ1iMQA0egc)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite Music Videos)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 22, 2011, 08:43:59 PM
They Might be Giants - I'm Impressed

http://www.youtube.com/v/3CccPPDe2JU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US

Pak's Thoughts: Stop Motion Robot Gladiators. I can't think of 3 tastes that would taste any better together than that. :^)

This is very cool. And the song is pretty good as well. I usually don't care all that much for their music, but I liked this one.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 23, 2011, 07:51:10 AM
Two days left.  Here's the celebrity crush list:

#56 Sofia Vergara
#55: Kelly Sweet
#54 Sandra Bullock
#53: Kate Winslet
#52 Julie Newmar
#51: Will Arnet
#50: Conan O’Brien
#49: Amy Acker
#48: Linda Cardellini
#47: Dana Delany
#46: Kari Byron
#45: Lauren Graham
#44: Mary Stewart Masterson
#43: Brian Blessed
#39: Brook Burke
#41: Isla Fisher
#40: Vincent Price
#39: Emily Blunt
#38: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
#37: Bruce Campbell
#36: Audrey Hepburn
#35: Christina Ricci
#34:Cindy Crawford
#33: Angelina Jolie
#32: Alison Pill
#31: Keira Knightley
#30: Johnny Depp
#29: Kirsten Dunst
#28: Scarlett Johansson
#27: Karen Gillan
#26: Seth MacFarlane
#25: Tiffini Theissen
#24: Jenna Fischer
#23: Helena Bonham Carter
#22: Danica McKeller
#21: Nicola Bryant
#20: Elizabeth Montgomery
#19: Emma Stone
#18: Carrie Fisher
#17: Alicia Silverstone
#16: Lea Thompson
#15: Jennifer Connelly
#14: Maggie Gyllenhal
#13:  Monica Belluci
#12: Anne Hathaway
#11: Amanda Seyfried
#10: Pheobe Cates
#9: Jessica Alba
#8: Morena Baccarin
#7: Joel McHale
#6: Jewel Staite
#5: Nathan Fillion
#4: Alyson Hannigan
#3: Zooey Deschanel
#2: Christina Hendricks
#1: Natalie Portman

Now who are yours?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Tripe on August 23, 2011, 07:52:24 AM
Hmm which one from my little celeburem should I do? I'll have a think about it.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Kete on August 23, 2011, 08:41:02 AM
Ugh. I really do not get the love for Natalie portman. At all.

I think it's safe to say that there are many women that others find attractive, and that's just the way it is.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 23, 2011, 08:42:44 AM
Quote
that's just the way it is.

Things will never be the same Ah yeah. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 23, 2011, 09:38:43 AM

 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 49 – Celebrity Crushes
            
   
Kate Micucci
      
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090131111135/scrubs/images/archive/e/e8/20090203194014!Kate_Micucci.jpg)
               

Her TV credits include numerous television commercials, a recurring role as the babysitter/dogsitter/eldersitter Shelley on "Raising Hope", as well as Toni the barista on NBC's Four Kings, and guest roles on Malcolm in the Middle, 'Til Death, How I Met Your Mother, Cory in the House, Campus Ladies, and a recurring role on Scrubs.Her film credits include The Last Hurrah, Bart Got a Room and When in Rome.  She plays "Lily the IT girl" on Elevator Show produced by HBO's Runawaybox, which can be seen on YouTube. In early 2009, she released a five-track EP entitled Songs.

Micucci appeared in five episodes of Scrubs — "My Lawyer's In Love", "My Absence", "My Chief Concern", "Our Histories", and "My Finale" — as Stephanie Gooch, a ukulele player with whom Ted Buckland begins a relationship. She performs her song "Mr. Moon" as well as an adapted version of "Fuck You" (retitled "Screw You" for ABC), a song she typically performs with Riki Lindhome as part of the musical duo Garfunkel and Oates.

In 2009 she starred in the short Imaginary Larry, co-written and co-directed by Riki Lindhome, her partner in Garfunkel and Oates.

As of August 2009, Micucci can be seen on an advertising campaign for Hillshire Farms. In January 2010, she appeared in an advertising campaign for H & R Block.

Micucci performs "Playin' with Micucci" every third Monday at the Steve Allen Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood, California. The act is described as "Songs and Stories with Kate Micucci".

She can also frequently be seen performing with Lindhome in "An Evening with Garfunkel and Oates" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles.

She performed with William H. Macy on the ukulele to promote the DVD release of the film Bart Got a Room. The video has been circulated around the Internet on sites such as YouTube and The Huffington Post.

In 2010, she appeared in the Kristen Bell film When in Rome and also in an episode in the 6th season of the TV show Weeds as a slightly sedated waitress. She appears as Shelley in the show Raising Hope and appeared in some episodes of the HBO show, Bored to Death.

In February 2011 Kate appeared briefly in a Progressive Insurance ad as a waitress.

She has also voiced a character on Pendleton Ward's animated series Adventure Time.

 Personal thoughts:
   
She’s cute (like a friggin’ doll person or something), she hot, she’s fun and she’s funny.  I mostly know her from her podcast appearances (she’s everywhere) and I hear she’s work on a show with Riki Lindhome on a Garfunkel and Oates show.  Good luck, lllllllllllllllllllladies.

http://www.youtube.com/v/EXPcBI4CJc8
http://www.youtube.com/v/CRm1yqSmsGY
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: anais.jude on August 23, 2011, 09:41:08 AM
I would have much preferred more females have contributed. That being said, I am sure I will include many a good looking male when I get home
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Darth Geek on August 23, 2011, 09:48:37 AM
Lindsay Ellis (Nostalgia Chick)
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoo42weNPDWzlN5Vi48v0j-bGlAh-xSem8LjjuhGDMUGi1uFQXtA)

Allison Pregler (Obscurus_Lupa)
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ3vqjqbmUYFTUWjE2Er9uqKsA2UunW-8J5kx0IbaJzog5KCTMwdA)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 23, 2011, 09:59:53 AM
Fuck it. Second to last Rest of the Best day...I'll be posting a few a these.

Grace Kelly

(http://www.mrkstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/to-catch-a-thief-grace-kelly.jpg)

Gorgeous. Sexy. Classy. She's a triple threat.

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Kete on August 23, 2011, 10:07:48 AM
Fuck it. Second to last Rest of the Best day...I'll be posting a few a these.

Grace Kelly

(http://www.mrkstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/to-catch-a-thief-grace-kelly.jpg)

Gorgeous. Sexy. Classy. She's a triple threat.



You beat me to it.

I'll add a couple other classics.
Donna Reed:
(http://withfriendship.com/images/h/36995/Donna-Reed-pic.jpg)
She's adorable in It's A Wonderful Life

Shirley Maclaine:
(http://cache2.allpostersimages.com/p/LRG/37/3704/ZS2AF00Z/posters/the-apartment-shirley-maclaine-1960.jpg)
A big part of it is her personality.  She's just so feisty in Trouble With Harry and The Apartment (if you ignore the attempted suicide).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: goflyblind on August 23, 2011, 10:54:50 AM
someone i completely forgot:
(http://www.softpedia.com/screenshots/Gillian-Anderson-Screensaver3_1.png) (http://images.doctissimo.fr/1/cinema-television/red-tv/photo/hd/8844794884/504642313f/red-tv-gillian-anderson-maxim-big.jpg)
gillian anderson

and two from my list who didn't make it:
(http://www.idolimage.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ellen-muth-7474.jpg) (http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/ellen-muth-7th-annual-star-trek-convention-day-3-09xo4M.jpg)
ellen muth

(http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/5201754/Neko+Case+Neko++Tiger.jpg) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4504742604_6b8fc3694d_o.jpg)
neko case
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: anais.jude on August 23, 2011, 12:26:57 PM
Outside of Grace Kelly, my response to all these women is the same




Her?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Kete on August 23, 2011, 12:54:09 PM
Outside of Grace Kelly, my response to all these women is the same




Her?

How about Kate Beckinsale?
(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRc2hi4iUFSTCDHrU66_yvEw02IwOYeWU5GxyzVaKrOEweKVMk1)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 23, 2011, 01:36:23 PM
It's always nice when you can cover two crushes with one pic. Especially this pic...

(http://cdn.crushable.com/files/2011/07/community-gillian-jacobs-alison-brie_628.jpg)

Season 3 is less than a month away!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 23, 2011, 01:47:46 PM
Uh what is this season three of i think i need to watch it. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Kete on August 23, 2011, 01:49:40 PM
Wow.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Tripe on August 23, 2011, 01:54:46 PM
Uh what is this season three of i think i need to watch it. 
Community



Apparently I have a thing for Penny Gadget since I had both her original voice:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
And the girl who played her in the movie (though it's what she looks like now not then that's important)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
on my list.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 23, 2011, 02:11:44 PM

And the girl who played her in the movie (though it's what she looks like now not then that's important)
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Her eyes are outta sight!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Tripe on August 23, 2011, 02:14:55 PM
You know what's funny, eyes are actually very important, go check out my full list, how did you phrase it wurwolf?  :)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 23, 2011, 08:05:00 PM
(http://thesilvertongueonline.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/david_bowie_9.jpg)

There's an unwritten rule: it doesn't count as gay if it's Bowie (hear that Jagger?  You can tell the truth now!)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 23, 2011, 08:24:13 PM
I have always wanted to know why people found Bowie so attractive.  Not that he isnt more so i can understand people
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 23, 2011, 08:38:40 PM
There's an unwritten rule: it doesn't count as gay if it's Bowie

I think the same rule applies to Jon Hamm...I think.

(http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/08/20/alg_mad_men_jon_hamm.jpg)


Lemme just even out this post a bit.

Elizabeth Banks
(http://www.straitpinkie.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/082.jpg)

What a swell gal.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 23, 2011, 09:28:20 PM
I used to hate her kinda, but she was great in Role Models.  Also, the blooper where she and Paul Rudd re-enact the barbecue kiss from Wet Hot American Summer is the best blooper reel footage found anywhere, ever.

I am so looking forward to seeing this. What a great cast!

http://www.youtube.com/v/CfyHY58lqCk?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Russell on August 23, 2011, 10:20:38 PM
I found the best pic of celebrity crush Kelly Brook... and damn it's possibly the best pic of all time actually.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
I think she's ready for her appearance on the Benny Hill show! :D

Lindsay Ellis (Nostalgia Chick)
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoo42weNPDWzlN5Vi48v0j-bGlAh-xSem8LjjuhGDMUGi1uFQXtA)

Allison Pregler (Obscurus_Lupa)
(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ3vqjqbmUYFTUWjE2Er9uqKsA2UunW-8J5kx0IbaJzog5KCTMwdA)
Mmm you have no idea how much I would love to be sandwiched between those two. Honestly though, Lindsay would
HATE me because I'm far from being her intellectual equal. But I think Allison would like me because I can be immature
and I wouldn't punch her in the nose(if you don't regularly watch videos on TGWTG you won't know what I'm talking about)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Pak-Man on August 23, 2011, 10:41:56 PM
Gamer Girls need love too!

Jessica Chobot

(http://www.businesspundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/jessica-chobot-psp.jpg)

Wiki'd Stuff:
Jessica Chobot (born Jessica Lynn Horn) is an American on-camera host and staff writer for IGN. She is best known for hosting the IGN show IGN Strategize, which also runs on Xbox Live and formally IGN Daily Fix.

Chobot was born on July 7, 1977, in Buffalo, New York. Her family moved from town to town frequently during her youth. Before entering high school, Chobot lived in several places on the East Coast and all around the Midwest. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. On August 21, 2011 Chobot became engaged to G4tv's Blair Herter.

Chobot gained exposure when a tongue-in-cheek modeling photo of her licking the Sony PSP appeared online in 2005. The photo has been widely parodied since, even appearing on Sony-branded advertising. Supplementing her love of videogames is an obsession with Japanese culture, specifically anime and manga. In 2006 Chobot was hired full-time by IGN.com to take over hosting responsibilities for the network's IGN Weekly show which is still running. Her segments included stand-up introductions as well as "woman-on-the-street" pieces. Starting in 2009 Chobot hosted a daily show entitled "IGN Daily Fix"; the first episode aired March 23, 2009. Chobot is no longer the host of this show. She was replaced by Naomi Kyle shortly after E3 2011. Daemon Hatfield has also been known to host the show from time to time. The show does a weekly Friday giveaway asking questions about random video facts, the winner receiving a video game. In addition, she contributes columns, features and reviews and runs a blog on IGN. Chobot is also a former contributor to FHM UK, Mania.com, and has made multiple appearances on G4's "Filter" and "Attack of the Show!". She has also hosted a videogame preview segment for Fuel TV’s, “The Daily Habit,” and co-hosts on Lifeskool TV’s, “Gamer’s Dojo”. She also contributes as a weekly guest on Maxim Radio, where she answers caller questions for an hour each Monday. Chobot and Ryan Dunn starred in "Proving Ground", for one episode on June 14, 2011. G4 has since temporarily pulled the show due to Dunn's death on June 20, 2011, however has stated that they will begin re-airing on July 19, 2011.
 
Chobot has appeared on commercials for ADV’s Anime Network On Demand cable station, lent her likeness to Symbiote Studios Toy Company for two limited-edition anime-style sculptures. In addition, she has modeled for the J!NX female gamers clothing line. In 2006-2007, she co-wrote a sci-fi script with writer/director/creator of Tron, Steven Lisberger, for Soul Code. Current collaborations include an anime-style collectible figurine in development with Symbiote Studios, a representative of JiNX.com women's apparel line. Chobot is also writing the "Ask Jess, Dammit!" blog for Maxim. She was named the 88th most desirable woman of 2008 by AskMen magazine and 14th hottest woman of business 2009 by Business Pundit. Chobot also hosts a weekly show featured on Inside Xbox called IGN strategize. Chobot recently placed at #57 in the 2011 Askmen's Top 99 Women poll.

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Russell on August 23, 2011, 10:51:02 PM
Gamer Girls need love too!

Jessica Chobot

(http://www.businesspundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/jessica-chobot-psp.jpg)
I'm more interested in Gamer Girls who I'd actually have a snowball's chance in hell of going
to bed with.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Celebrity Crushes)
Post by: Steve-O on August 24, 2011, 01:22:45 AM
There is no such thing as a Gamer Girl who you couldn't potentially go to bed with. This is the beauty of the whole Gamer Girl concept.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Video Games)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 24, 2011, 04:43:23 AM
Last day ya'll!  The last list is 80's and before) video games.  Here's the original list:


#50: Bad Dudes Vs DragonNinja
#49: 1942
#48: DuckTales
#47: Shinobi
#46: ExciteBike
#45: Arkanoid
#44: Bomber Man
#43: Mega Man
#42: Ghostbusters
#41: Joust
#40: Spy Hunter
#39: Psychic 5
#38: Maniac Mansion
#37: Defender
#36: Ninja Gaiden
#35: Dragon Liar
#34: Q*Bert
#33: SimCity
#32: Pitfall
#31: Pole Position
#30: Paperboy
#29: Pong
#28: Bubble Bobble
#27: Frogger
#26: Tron
#25: Centipede
#24: Asteroids
#23: Oregon Trail
#22: Duck Hunt
#21: Ms. Pac-Man
#20: Dig Dug
#19: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
#18: Missile Command
#17: Star Wars (arcade)
#16: Galaga
#15:  Gauntlet
#14: Mega Man 2
#13:  Rampage
#12: Contra
#11: Castlevania
#10: Super Mario Bros. 2
#9: Space Invaders
#8: Donkey Kong
#7: Pac-Man
#6: The Legend of Zelda
#5: Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
#4: Metroid
#3: Super Mario Bros. 3
#2: Tetris
#1: Super Mario Bros.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Video Games)
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 24, 2011, 11:01:20 AM
Quote
That's gross. Does she know where that's been?

She is intimately aware of where it has been.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Video Games)
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 24, 2011, 12:06:14 PM
L.O.C. #50 - Top Video Games of the Eighties (and Before)

(http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/nes/ff1/images/ff1.gif)

Thoughts
I'm still a bit baffled as to why this didn't make the original list. It seems like this was one of the seminal games for the RPG genre. I played this for countless hours on NES. We'd just meld with the couch, smoke pot, and lose entire days and nights. This and Zelda were the only RPGs I ever really got immersed in. Cool game.

The Wiki
Final Fantasy is a fantasy role-playing video game created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, developed and first published in Japan by Square (now Square Enix) in 1987. It is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy series. Originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Final Fantasy was remade for several video game consoles and is frequently packaged with Final Fantasy II in video game collections. The story follows four youths called the Light Warriors, who each carry one of their world's four elemental orbs which have been darkened by the four Elemental Fiends. Together, they quest to defeat these evil forces, restore light to the orbs, and save their world.

The game received generally positive reviews, and it is regarded as one of the most influential and successful role-playing games on the Nintendo Entertainment System, playing a major role in popularizing the genre. Praise focused on the game's graphics, while criticism targeted the time spent wandering in search of random battle encounters to raise the player's experience level. All versions of Final Fantasy sold a combined total of two million copies worldwide by March 2003.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Tx0c7jXbA_E?version=3&amp;hl=en_US
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best (Today's Topic: Favourite 80's Video Games)
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 24, 2011, 05:05:30 PM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Day 50 – Favourite Video Games from the 80’s (or before)
            
   
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
      
(http://www.the-commodore-zone.com/articlelive/content_images/game_hitchhiker_infocom.gif)
               
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an interactive fiction computer game based on the comedic science fiction series of the same name. It was designed by series creator Douglas Adams and Infocom's Steve Meretzky, and was first released in 1984 for the Apple II,Macintosh, Commodore 64, DOS, Amiga, Atari 8-bit and Atari ST. It is Infocom's fourteenth game.

The game loosely mirrors a portion of the series' plot, beginning with the impending destruction of Arthur Dent's house and subsequent demolition of the Earth by Vogons.

After being rescued from open space by the Heart of Gold and figuring out how to activate the Infinite Improbability Drive, the player is hurled through space and time, assuming the roles of Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian at various intervals. (The question of the player character's identity at any time can be answered by the WHO AM I command.) For the majority of the game, Arthur Dent is the main player character.

An in-game virtual edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy provides a variety of major and minor characters, locations, and miscellany from the series that can be referenced, if not directly encountered. Topics ranging from Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters toGalaxia Woonbeam can be looked up with the command CONSULT GUIDE ABOUT <topic>.

The ultimate goal of the game is mentioned by Zaphod in an offhand manner: finding the legendary lost planet of Magrathea. While the other characters relax in the ship's sauna, however, Arthur has to jump through a number of hoops to collect a bizarre array of tools and four types of fluff before the Heart of Gold gets anywhere near the planet. The problem of managing this burgeoning inventory is neatly handled by a humorously ill-defined object called "That thing your aunt gave you which you don't know what it is", which has two important attributes: a nearly limitless capacity for holding other objects, and a penchant for showing up in the player's inventory after seemingly being lost.

When the characters finally set foot on Magrathea, the game ends with the never-fulfilled promise of a thrilling sequel.

Most Infocom games contained "feelies", bonus novelty items included to enhance the immersiveness of the game. The feelies provided with this game included:
   A pin-on button with "Don't Panic!" printed in large, friendly letters
   A small plastic packet containing "pocket fluff" (a cottonball)
   Order for destruction of Arthur Dent's house
   Order for destruction of Earth written in "Vogon" (actually an English cryptogram written in a thinly-disguised Cyrillic alphabet. The text was nearly identical to that of the English Order for Destruction, so it was not hard to solve.)
   Official Microscopic Space Fleet (an empty plastic bag)
   "Peril Sensitive Sunglasses" (a pair of opaque black cardboard "sunglasses")
   How Many Times Has This Happened to You?, an advertising brochure for the fictional guidebook/encyclopedia The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
   No tea
HHGTTG gained a reputation for deviousness. Perhaps the most notorious of these involved getting a Babel Fish out of a dispenser in the hold of the Vogon ship. This extremely tricky puzzle appeared very early in the game, required the player to use a variety of obscure items in a very specific fashion, and had to be "solved" within a limited number of turns. Failure to "solve" the Babel Fish puzzle did not kill the player, but rendered the remainder of the game unwinnable. That particular puzzle became so notorious for its difficulty that Infocom wound up selling T-shirts bearing the legend, "I got the Babel Fish!"

Another fiendish puzzle involved the ten tools scattered throughout the game's locations. One of the final puzzles involved Marvin asking for a particular tool to use in unjamming the ship's hatch. If the player had failed to collect ten, Marvin would invariably ask for one of the missing ones. Likewise, while the opening section of the game closely resembles the opening scenes of the original radio play and book, there are several actions not in the radio play or book that the player must perform in order to make the game winnable. Other puzzles are based so closely on the book or radio play as to be solvable only by those who are intimately familiar with Adams' work. In spite of all of this, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was rated as "Standard" difficulty by Infocom's rating system, though it was advertised to be at expert difficulty.

Curiously, the player is seldom given an actual purpose, apart from the implicit goal stated by the inventory item of "no tea". Much of the game is spent simply reacting to situations, such as the impending deaths variously threatened by bulldozers, matter-transference hangovers, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, or nuclear missiles. This lack of direction had little effect in deterring fans of Adams' work.

Like many Infocom games, an InvisiClues booklet was available for this game, as a separate product.

The Infocom version of Hitchhiker's Guide quickly became a fan classic; it was one of five top-selling Infocom games to be produced in Solid Gold versions, with a built-in hint system not included in the originals. The game was re-released by Activision in several collection packages before rights reverted to Adams, enabling The Digital Village to re-release it as a web-based Java applet. Originally published as a fund-raising tool on the 1997 Comic Relief website, it took up permanent residence on Adams' own website the following year.

On September 21, 2004 the BBC launched the 20th Anniversary Edition to coincide with the initial radio broadcast of the Tertiary Phase. Sporting a Flash user interface, and illustrated by Rod Lord (who also produced the guide animations for the Hitchhiker's TV series), it won the Interactive BAFTA Award for Best Online Entertainment.

Once BAFTA judging had completed, the BBC re-launched the game in two distinct versions to showcase new artwork for scenes and objects deliberately omitted from the first release. While both editions retain Rod Lord's illustrations, all placeholder graphics were replaced by artwork designed and sent in by contest participants. One edition includes the artwork of overall winner Nolan Worthington, the other features the work of runners-up.

The original text-only version appeared in the Game On computer games exhibition, which has toured museums worldwide since 2002, representing the text-based genre of computer games.

The game has 35 locations (or "rooms"). By some accounting, it only has 31 rooms, but 35 also counts the rooms that the player has to visit in the maze.

 Personal thoughts:
   
The game is hard as all get out in many ways (even the very first moment.  Really, all I needed to do was open my eyes?) but had all the fun of the series.  Definitely worth checking out.  Just make sure you get that Babel Fish.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 25, 2011, 05:24:42 AM
Well, the show's over but the memories live on.  In fact, from this point on the thread is open to new entries relating to the previous lists.  I got a few that I realized I missed before.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Tripe on August 25, 2011, 05:51:13 AM
Yep, rewatching The IT Crowd, it occured to me that I should have included:

LoC Rest of the Best – Celebrity Crushes
            
Katherine Parkinson
(http://img485.imageshack.us/img485/5739/katherineparkinsontheitye0.jpg)
   

Wiki: Laura Katherine Parkinson (born 9 March 1978) is an English actress and comedian who is known for playing the part of Jen Barber in the Channel 4 comedy series The IT Crowd. She has contributed sketches for Katy Brand, her friend since studying at Oxford.

Katherine Parkinson studied at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames, London and then read Classics at St Hilda's College, Oxford before moving to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where she met Chris O'Dowd, fellow The IT Crowd lead, for the first time.

During her studies she left the course to star in the play The Age of Consent. Her subsequent career has seen her star alongside British actors such as Martin Clunes and Julie Walters. In 2007, she appeared in a new translation of Chekhov's The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre in London, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Mackenzie Crook. In 2010-11 she appeared in Season's Greetings at the Royal National Theatre and in 2011 as Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal* (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre.

On New Year's Day 2009 she appeared in a feature-length episode of Jonathan Creek, called The Grinning Man, which was broadcast in the UK. At the end of 2009 she appeared in the acclaimed Cock at the Royal Court Theatre.

In 2008 Katherine played Danika Meanwhile in the Doctor Who audio The Death Collector alongside Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor.
Having played the doctor's receptionist, and later phlebotomist, in Series 2-4 of Doc Martin opposite Martin Clunes, a March 2011 press release from ITV about Series 5 indicated that there would be a new receptionist at the doctor's surgery, confirming that Katherine Parkinson had left the programme.

In 2009, for the third series of The IT Crowd Parkinson became one of the highest paid actresses on Channel 4.

Thoughts: * Which is a fantastic play and I'd have loved to have seen her in it.

What a difference wardrobe makes. She's an integral part of Doc Martin but the clothes they make her wear are horrendous, as Jen however she generally looks pretty damn sexy, and she's funny which I always like in a girl.

Ann actually has a bit of a, well a fairly subtantial, crush on her (mostly from Doc Martin though) so I suppose that opens up the potential for a nice little couples activity we could do. ;)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: D.B. Barnes on August 25, 2011, 11:57:27 AM
Well, the show's over but the memories live on.  In fact, from this point on the thread is open to new entries relating to the previous lists.  I got a few that I realized I missed before.

Oh man, I just realized I'm really gonna miss this. It's become routine!

Anyway, thanks for the great idea and for facilitating the proceedings, Johnny. That was a lot of fun.

 :clap:

Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 25, 2011, 02:45:12 PM
Well, the show's over but the memories live on.  In fact, from this point on the thread is open to new entries relating to the previous lists.  I got a few that I realized I missed before.

Oh man, I just realized I'm really gonna miss this. It's become routine!

Anyway, thanks for the great idea and for facilitating the proceedings, Johnny. That was a lot of fun.

 :clap:




It was good why dont you just start over from the beggining? and add all the ones we posts here so that we post all new ones again. 
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Tripe on August 25, 2011, 03:08:13 PM
I'd not have a prob with that happening, BUT,

a) Perhaps consolidate the Rifftrax Wishlists into a single entry
b) Maybe the second time through do the supplemental for the lists, maybe (you know least favourite that sort of thing).
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 25, 2011, 05:28:11 PM
I don't think I have it in me to do another 50 days, but I might post from time to time on other on other things that were missed.  That said, I think it's ready to be unstickied now.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Tripe on August 25, 2011, 05:43:22 PM
Fair enough, but should you you feel like doing it again it can get restickied then.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on August 25, 2011, 06:15:09 PM
thats what she said
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 25, 2011, 08:17:10 PM

 
LoC Rest of the Best - People We Want to See Do a List of Crap
            
   
Michael Swaim and Dan O'Brien
      
(http://chud.com/articles/content_images/0NICK2/cracked2.jpg)
   
From the Cracked member pages:

MichaelSwaim

Real Name: MichaelSwaim
Location: San Diego, California
Member Since: October 12th, 2007
Last Seen: August 24th, 2011 3:03 pm
Personal tag line: I AM creative enough to have written a personal tag line, but choose not to for religious reasons.
Message board posts: 145
About MichaelSwaim
I write here sometimes. Also make videos. I also do that one (the videos one) at my own site, Those Aren't Muskets! (www.thosearentmuskets.com). I also do a lot of other stuff, but it's not as directly applicable to the Internet, and I feel like that's what you're probably most interested in. I often shave.

daniel.

Real Name: Daniel.
Location: California
Member Since: September 3rd, 2007
Last Seen: August 24th, 2011 4:16 pm
Personal tag line: There's really no place in America for a celebrity of the First Rank.
Message board posts: 2,731
About daniel.
I am the Senior Writer of Cracked.com. Follow the shit out of me on twitter:
http://twitter.com/DOB_INC
Or make me uncomfortable on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=8832406


Stay Tuned for These Things:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i5aa07fe16321f439a8de487fee86f3e6

____________________________

I also hate pregnant women.

Read more: daniel. | Cracked.com http://www.cracked.com/members/daniel.#ixzz1W6Hrh37n
 Personal thoughts:
   
I admit I didn't follow Swaim's Those Aren't Musket's stuff but he and Dan O'Brien are possibly the only video personalities on Cracked I get excited about (Gladstone's OK)

If you haven't seen their stuff, check it out:

Agents of Cracked
http://www.youtube.com/v/p2RjrEopknc

After Hours
http://www.youtube.com/v/EwmVAFRpT6w

And my favourite video series Does Not Compute
http://www.youtube.com/v/W_QMQV06138
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 26, 2011, 07:57:48 AM
LoC Rest of the Best – Celebrity Crushes
            

The guy I most expected the girls to vote in:

Jason Bateman
(http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/famecrawler/2008/06/23-End/Jason-bateman-michael-bluth.jpg)
(http://www.jasonbatemanfansite.com/Pictures/One%20way%20out/onewayoutsmile.jpg)

The girl I most regret forgetting:

Anna Friel
(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2009/10/12/1255375429842/anna-friel-001.jpg)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 26, 2011, 04:01:06 PM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Favourite Bands/b]
            
   
The Aquabats
      
(http://www.theaquabats.com/chargeboat.gif)
   
The Aquabats (often written as The Aquabats!) are an American rock band formed in 1994 in Orange County, California. They have released five full-length studio albums and have toured internationally. They are best known for their mythology, in which they claim to be superheroes on a quest to save the world from evil through music. As a part of this mythology the band members have adopted superhero pseudonyms and dress in matching costumes. Their eclectic live show often includes onstage "battles" with costumed foes, and the band has built up an elaborate and ever-changing backstory of their origins and adventures, along with a roster of allies and enemies.

The group's lineup has fluctuated significantly throughout their career, with founding members The MC Bat Commander and Crash McLarson as regular fixtures. Jimmy the Robot has also remained a longtime member, having joined the band in 1997. The Aquabats' early work was heavily rooted in the third wave of ska music, with touches of surf and punk rock. Over the years their music shifted towards more synthesizer-based rock with a new wave influence. Their current style blends elements of rock and roll, pop-punk, ska, and synthpop.


Personal thoughts:
   
Deep philosophical messages?  A sound to turn music on it's ear?  Nope.  But this is one of the most fun bands of all time, with a feel all their own.  It's not straight up comedy, but it's goofy and fun as hell.

http://www.youtube.com/v/uIqLz6LqMsU
http://www.youtube.com/v/z4tw6vBbwVY

Plus the lead singer created Yo Gabba Gabba, the hippest kids show ever made.
http://www.youtube.com/v/O6CNdlJp9c8

AND THIS IS HOW YOU TEACH KIDS TO COUNT!
http://www.youtube.com/v/743a_um0CfI
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Asbestos Bill on August 26, 2011, 04:52:44 PM
ENOUGH ABOUT THE FREAKING AQUABATS!
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 26, 2011, 06:14:40 PM
Nope.

http://www.youtube.com/v/2-YLI894wH0

http://www.youtube.com/v/8A48yxob6KQ

http://www.youtube.com/v/xZaAlv1E6M0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 27, 2017, 08:33:50 AM
Hey, I'm starting this one up again.  For those who don't know, last time the List of Crap hit 50 lists, we did a Rest of the Best, in which we name things that we love that didn't make previous lists.  Each day for 50 days we go over previous lists to make our own entries until we get to 100.  If you are late, don't worry, you can play catch up.  Just don't go ahead of whatever the topic of the day is.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 27, 2017, 08:35:43 AM
Top Science Fiction Characters

These are the science fiction characters that made it last time.
List of Crap 51: Top 50 Sci Fi Characters
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Who would you like to give a shout out to whoever didn't make it?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Tripe on January 27, 2017, 08:53:09 AM
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XtzJfM1F2CY/UYfW7M0cGBI/AAAAAAAAB9k/iUHKd0Zgrqs/s1600/h2.jpg)

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (10110 AG - 10193 AG) was the penultimate ruler of House Harkonnen, and the chief architect in the demise of Duke Leto Atreides I of House Atreides during the latter part of the reign of Shaddam IV.

Early Years
Born the son of a Harkonnen Baron, Vladimir showed an early interest in attaining power, and was trained to become the heir to House Harkonnen, ahead of his more mild-mannered half-brother Abulurd. During this time, his father served as head to the House Harkonnen and as Siridar and Baron of the planet Giedi Prime.

Vladimir built upon the earlier success of his predecessors, gradually making House Harkonnen more successful through blackmail, subterfuge and treachery.

Leadership Style
However, his expectations in this sense were not easily achieved. He deemed Glossu too brutish and stupid to be an effective successor. And despite showering Feyd-Rautha with praise and the promise of eventual leadership, his hold over the cunning and impulsive youth remained tenuous.

The Baron recognized efficiency and talent in people, and he has shown remarkable insight in knowing people. This was shown plainly in the promotion of Kryubi and the maintenance of the twisted Mentat, Piter de Vries. This was also implied in the way he developed the roles his nephews (Feyd and Glossu) eventually took, in an ultimate, yet unsuccessful plan to reinstate Harkonnen power in Arrakis.

In addition to sadistic homosexual tendencies, Vladimir Harkonnen also harbored destructive personal inclinations. He had a penchant for medical procedures that encouraged skin infections, and revelled in devising elaborate torture methods for his enemies. Additionally, he flaunted his morbidly obese body form and the health complications that went with it.

As a leader of a Major House, Vladimir proved to be incredibly cruel, earning House Harkonnen its notorious reputation. He had no qualms in using widespread torture, murder and slavery to maintain power. The cruelty also characterized the way House soldiers and administrators handle subordinates and prisoners. And though he was generally cunning, his arrogance and intense hatred of House Atreides proved to be his un-doing.

Death on Arrakis
Vladimir Harkonnen died during the defeat of House Harkonnen and Sardaukar forces at the hands of the Fremen on Arrakis in the year 10,193. While watching the looming Fremen forces he was poisoned with a Gom Jabbar, wielded by a young Alia Atreides, his granddaughter.

When he was killed by Alia, House Harkonnen passed to his na-Baron, Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. He challenged Paul Atreides to a duel, which Paul won. After Paul defeated Feyd, House Harkonnen passed to the next living heir, the Lady Jessica, who declined the title. Paul then ruled that House Harkonnen passed to himself as the last living heir, and became subsumed into the throne.

However, death was not the end for Vladimir. Paul's sister, Alia, was born with her ancestral memories in the womb, including Vladimir himself. Alia fell victim to the Bene Gesserit prediction and initially shared control of her body with the Baron, gradually falling under his power. The vengeful desires of the residual Vladimir Harkonnen persona proved fruitless due to Alia's eventual success in overcoming her possession by suicide.


Appearance
In his later years, the Baron's most notable feature was his corpulent frame. Vladimir's sheer weight required belt-mounted suspensors to retain mobility, which allowed him to float in midair from place to place, as he was unable to walk under his own power unassisted. The Baron's weight was attributed to a degenerative disease transmitted to him sexually by the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam.


Behind the Scenes
In the 1984 movie adaptation of Dune, Vladimir Harkonnen was played by the late Kenneth McMillan. In the 2000 Dune and 2003 Children of Dune mini-series the character was played by Ian McNeice. In the former, Harkonnen was given more gritty and hideous appearance, including the presence of black pustules that constantly require draining, as well as made significantly more unstable than in the original book. His fate was also altered slightly in the 1984 film as well: Alia, instead of merely poisoning him, proceeded to also telekinetically shove him through a damaged wall during the climactic battle, resulting in a giant worm devouring him.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Tripe on January 27, 2017, 08:54:51 AM
That's also my favourite portrayal of him, though I just bought the audible adaptation so I'll see how that goes.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 27, 2017, 06:57:23 PM
 
LoC Rest of the Best - Favourite Science Fiction Characters
            
   
Spider Jerusalem
   

(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/7/7a/Spider_Jerusalem_01.JPG/revision/20150504224336)
Spider Jerusalem is the lead character in the political science fiction comic Transmetropolitan.

The series, which takes place in the far future, focuses on Spider, a famous gonzo journalist, who learns that after years of retirement and isolation, he never fulfilled his contract to write two more books.  To do so, he travels back to The City (just like the Tick) to get back, much to his reluctance, to get back into the game and get a lay of the political landscape just as the next US election is starting up.  He ends up with an assistant (and later another one), as he ends up in conflict with an unscrupulous new candidate nicknamed The Smiler.

(http://i.imgur.com/e1NAcuB.jpg)
Spider is crude, cynical, paranoid but extremely observant and is willing to get his hands dirty to get to the heart of the story.  Though there are a few times the character risks becoming a writer mouthpiece who can do no wrong, we definitely get to see a more complex character as the series goes on.  Despite his cynicism, he truly believes in the power of journalism, even when he fails or faces his limitations.

(https://blogdotcrankycoderdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/oh-hell.jpg)
Interestingly, Patrick Stewart is a big fan of the series and even wanted to appear as the character if it ever became a film or show.  It even came pretty close to being a web series in the early to mid-2000's, but it never panned out.

I also really like the world of Transmetropolitan, which might seem dystopian at first blush but is really just an extreme version of our own world, that definitely has it's problems but also has accomplished amazing things.  It's not a good or bad future, it just is.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 29, 2017, 06:51:02 AM
Top Beverages

These are the beverages that made it last time.
List of Crap 52: Top 64 Beverages
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
What would you like to give a shout out that didn't make it?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: CJones on January 29, 2017, 11:09:20 AM
(http://bourbonbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/redstag.jpg)

Jim Beam: Red Stag 80 proof

You know that problem with straight liquor, that it tastes like turpentine. Well, good Bourbon is the least offensive in my opinion.

But Jim Beam Red Stag actually tastes good. Real good. Or at least the 80 proof variety did. They recently cut the alcohol content to 70 proof and it's not nearly as good. Red Stag has a strong taste of Black Cherry, with some Vanilla and Oak. The 70 proof stuff tastes watered down and syrupy, almost like cough syrup. But the 80 Proof was AWESOME.

If you can still find bottles of the 80 proof stuff, you won't be disappointed. Buy it ASAP and hoard it. I wish I had.

BTW, there's also a Cinnamon variety that I quite liked.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 30, 2017, 01:24:54 PM
Arnold Palmer
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/04/My_new_obsession_the_arnold_palmer!!!_(5184944881).jpg/220px-My_new_obsession_the_arnold_palmer!!!_(5184944881).jpg)
My favourite drink on a hot day.  For those who don't know (though I think everyone does) and Arnold Palmer is just a fancy way of saying lemonade mixed iced tea at a 50/50 ratio.  It's named after the golfer who famously drank it during games.  There's actually a 30 for 30 episode all about it featuring Will Arnett, so I should check that out.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 30, 2017, 01:26:43 PM
Top death scenes

These are the death scenes (from TV and film) that made it last time.
List of Crap 53: Top 50 Death Scenes
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
What death scene do you think deserves a shout out?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: CJones on January 30, 2017, 06:27:38 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/kCveSwKIfvY

Ramsay Bolton

I think speak for everyone when I say FUCK RAMSAY. The Battle of the Bastards was the highlight of the show for me. Yes, I did enjoy seeing the High Sparrow get blown to hell in the next episode, but that was somewhat mired by the fact that Marjory also died. But Ramsay.. my only complaint is that they cut away from him being eaten by his own hounds. I would pay to see him getting torn to shreds.

Here's to hoping that in hell, he gets his dick ripped off and is raped for eternity.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 31, 2017, 05:01:18 AM
Spoilers for Breaking Bad
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 01, 2017, 04:56:09 PM
Second Bananas

Who is your favourite sidekick-type character that didn't make this list?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Tell us now, I'm dying to know.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 01, 2017, 05:24:50 PM
The Cheat
(http://www.hrwiki.org/w/images/thumb/2/23/The_Cheat_Character_Video.PNG/180px-The_Cheat_Character_Video.PNG)
From Homestarrunner.net ("It's dot com!") comes the Cheat, the appropriately named ne'er-do-well pet/henchman to Strong Bad.  He's adorable, a ladies man and is probably Strong Bad's best bro (and Strong Bad has actual bros).  Though he seems mostly dedicated to Strong Bad, he certainly has a life outside of this relationship, making internet cartoons, playing in a band (Cool Tapes) and doing flaming lay-up drills.  OK, that's not something he normally does, but he does like to impress.

He "speaks" in squeaks and grumbles and despite trouble making, he has a largely good relationship with most of the other Homestar Runner characters.  He lives in a BBQ grill which, using cartoon/TARDIS logic, is much bigger on the inside.  Though he is far from a sycophant, The Cheat is almost always down for whatever Strong Bad is down for.  He's also besties with Strong Mad, despite Strong Mad's constant (off-screen) accidental eating of the Cheat.

https://www.youtube.com/v/xVrNZznshJ0
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Tripe on February 02, 2017, 06:03:47 AM
Morty Smith
(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/rickandmorty/images/c/ce/MortyTransparent.png)
Mortimer "Morty" Smith Sr. is one of the two eponymous main protagonists in Rick and Morty. He is the grandson of Rick and is often forced to tag along on his various misadventures. Morty attends Harry Herpson High School along with his sister, Summer.

Appearance
Morty is a young teenage boy. He has short brown hair that he wears straight and neatly combed around his head. Morty's head in round and roughly in the shape of a circle, unlike many other characters in the show. He wears a yellow shirt, blue pants, and white shoes. He has a pronounced stutter (even when calm) and his voice constantly breaks due to the effects of puberty.

Personality
Morty is a young, good-natured, and impressionable boy who can be somewhat easily manipulated. He has been described as 'challenged' and has difficulty in school. He also has a pronounced stutter. Despite his apparent lack of intellect, Morty has shown to be a good listener and follows directions well. These traits make him the perfect sidekick to Rick.[2] He is interested in Jessica, a student in his math class. Like many boys his age, he spends a good deal of time masturbating.

Morty may sometimes act spineless, but he has shown bravery and quick-wittedness in the face of adversity, such as leading the extraction effort out of Anatomy Park, and using a pair of grappling boots to escape the guards in Intergalactic Customs.[1] Morty is also quite responsible for his age, refusing to kill an alien child in the episode "Raising Gazorpazorp".

While Rick, Beth, and Jerry have all expressed their belief that Morty is unintelligent, there is substantial evidence to the contrary. When the group at Anatomy Park are attacked by Gonorrhea, he comes up with the idea to exploit the gas building up in the body to defeat the disease. He is able to grasp complex concepts, such as the multiverse of infinite realities, when Rick explains them to him, and is quick to notice Rick's hypocrisy regarding the morality of his microverse in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy." His hidden intelligence also continues to be an asset in season 2. Impressively, Morty is able to distract Fart, a being capable of reading minds, by requesting that he sing. This gives Morty time to kill him with an antimatter gun, clearly surprising the telepathic being. In "Total Rickall," Morty is the first to realize that the alien parasites are only capable of creating positive memories. He was also able to, while inside the Teenyverse, find the Tree People, be accepted into their group, learn their language and culture, and work his way up the ranks until he had the ability to command them, all within, from their perspective according to Rick, a few months. Despite this, he thinks poorly of his own intelligence, referring to Jerry and himself as "idiots" when Scroopy Noopers questions the intelligence of the members of the Smith Family in "Something Ricked This Way Comes." This is probably because of his impressionable nature; since Rick and his parents tell Morty he's stupid, and because he doesn't perform well in school, he has a low opinion of himself.

Despite his malleable nature, Morty has the strength to be able to stand up to Rick. In the episode "Meeseeks and Destroy", Morty directly calls out Rick on his cynical nature. He leads his own adventure with the direct goal of helping villagers.[3] His malleable nature makes him echo Ricks words and speech, especially after Rick insults Summer, though he has a tendency to become hysterically upset at her.

Morty is shown to have repressed anger issues which is most notable seen in "Look Who's Purging Now". These anger issues have caused him to become hysterical and homicidal.

Relationships
Family
Rick
Rick is Morty's maternal grandfather; he and Morty have a close relationship overall. They come across more as best friends than grandson and grandfather, with Morty addressing Rick on a first-name basis and only adding the grandpa out of gratitude, respect or when he wants something from him. According to Beth, Morty doesn't have any friends, implying that Rick may be Morty's only friend. This could be a reason as to why Morty puts up with Rick's selfish and exploitative behavior.

Morty at first had a very one-sided relationship with Rick, helping him out despite usually ending up in harm's way or nearly killed. However, Morty does have his limits, as he will stand up to Rick when he is pushed over the edge - for example, when both of his legs are broken in "Pilot", or when Rick destroys the human race in "Rick Potion No. 9". Rick will help Morty out if it is beneficial to him, as in "Lawnmower Dog", in which he tricks Mr. Goldenfold into giving Morty A's in math so that Morty can help him more on his adventures. However, it is implied that Rick does indeed love Morty, as shown in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind", when Rick starts crying at his memories of Morty, but generally he refrains from expressing it so that Morty does not become, as he puts it, "cocky".

From "Rick Potion No. 9" onwards, Rick and Morty no longer live in their original dimension, as Rick's love potion, and various "remedies" rendered dimension C-137's Earth filled with hideous mutants, (apparently sparing the rest of their family from transformation, because of the love potion having no affect on those who are closely related to you, with a maximum seen degree of two generations, as Rick is spared despite being Morty's grandfather and not an immediate family member to Morty). The mutants are described by Rick as "Cronenburgs" (Named after Canadian horror film maker: David Cronenburg). Instead of fixing the problem however, Rick instead takes himself along with Morty to an alternate dimension where they somehow (in a method undisclosed to the audience) managed to fix the problem. Due to an accident which occurs shortly before the C-137 Rick and Morty's arrival, the new dimension's counterparts are killed in an explosion caused by an invention being engineered by that dimension's Rick. The original C-137 Rick and Morty bury their dead other-dimensional selves and secretly replace them.

In "Ricksy Business", after Rick and Summer both throw parties at the same time and trash their house, Morty is presented with an opportunity to permanently end all future adventures with Rick. Morty claims that he shouldn't care that he wouldn't be able to travel with Rick anymore, but still decides to have Rick fix everything, instead of leaving him passed out on the couch, implying that while Rick's actions do affect him, he would rather continue having adventures as opposed to not having them.

Morty thinks that Rick is "petty", and resents the fact that Rick has trouble "rolling with the punches" when put into a situation he isn't comfortable with; something that Morty does on a near-daily basis. Morty also seems to take what Rick says about him very seriously, as he becomes teary-eyed when Rick calls Morty "as dumb as he (Rick) is smart" in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". He is also very upset and angered at the idea that Mortys only exist to be human cloaking devices for Ricks, and resents the fact that Rick could just replace his Morty at any time with another Morty from a different reality. Despite all this, Rick still believes that Morty is "the Morty-est Morty", since he views himself as "the Rick-est Rick".

Summer
While in the pilot, Morty and Summer's relationship is that of a normal younger brother and older sister, they eventually became somewhat closer. It is shown that Morty loves and respects his sister, which is most evident in "Rixty Minutes", where Morty reveals to her he isn't her "real" brother and convinces her to not move out. He also defends his sister against Rick's harsh treatment several times, becoming angry with Tiny Rick for humiliating her at the school dance in Big Trouble In Little Sanchez and chastising him for saying 'fuck you' to her in The Wedding Squanchers.

Despite their close relationship, the two have lots of bad memories of each other as seen in Total Rickall, where Summer kicks Morty in his crotch for going in her room even though he was innocent. And when Summer enters the kitchen to find Morty masturbating in the corner.[4]

Although she seems to envy the adventures Rick and Morty have, Summer seems to hold this more against her grandfather than Morty himself. Morty is also sickened by the sight of a dream version of Summer dressed in highly sexual clothing in "Lawnmower Dog".

Jerry
Morty has a loving but strained relationship with his father due in large part to the frequent misadventures Morty has with Rick. Because Rick often puts Morty in dangerous situations, Jerry is against his son being involved with him. His opposition to Rick bringing Morty with him is likely also a result of his own constant conflicts with Rick, as Jerry is frequently, and shamelessly insulted by Rick at any given opportunity, typically pointing out Jerry's far less than average intelligence and his less than perfect marriage to his daughter. 

Morty still goes to Jerry for advice, such as when he needed romantic insight in "Rick Potion No. 9", and agrees to work on his science project with him (though this is only because Beth discreetly tells Morty that Jerry is insecure with his intelligence). In many ways, their relationship is somewhat reversed from a normal father-son dynamic: Morty often acts like the mature one, pointing out that he could have been masturbating in his room when Jerry entered without warning, and sparing Jerry's feelings about Pluto not being a planet in "Something Ricked This Way Comes", whereas Jerry often acts like a child, having fits of rage over simple things like golfing, and trying to prove to others around him that Pluto is a planet.

Beth
Morty respects and loves his mother very much, despite the fact that they have yet to have any meaningful interactions with each other. It is implied that Morty respects her more than his father, though he does not think that her method of parenting is very good in "Raising Gazorpazorp". Either way, he still loves his mother very much, and for Beth the feeling is mutual.

In the pilot episode, Beth expresses concern when Morty falls asleep at breakfast if he is getting sick. Also in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick-kind" Beth is terrified when Morty is taken away by the council of Ricks and yells at Jerry that their son has been abducted. "The Wedding Squanchers" Beth is seen with her arm around Morty when they arrive at the Screaming Sun planet. This shows that Beth does have a great amount of concern for her son.

In the episode, Something Ricked This Way Comes, Beth asks Morty to let Jerry help him with his science project instead of Rick to boost his self esteem, through the phone. They seem to know and understand each other, and Jerry, very well.

Snuffles
Snuffles was Morty's dog, first shown in "Lawnmower Dog". Morty always treated Snuffles, aka Snowball, with kindness, so Snuffles lets him keep his testicles and live by his side. Morty seems to support Snuffles' decision to colonize a new planet with the other intelligent dogs.

Morty Jr.
Morty's Gazorpian son born from a Gazorpian sex robot that Rick purchased for Morty in "Raising Gazorpazorp". Morty had a love-hate relationship with Morty Jr. Morty wanted to keep his son safe and happy, as a result, he imprisoned him within their home for his own good, as well as for the safety of the world, due to his son's desire to murder everyone he saw, and wanting to conquer the planet. When Rick tried to kill Morty Jr., Morty intervened, going so far as to state that he'd risk his own life to save his son's. In the end, however, Morty Jr. became spiteful of his father, going so far as to title his autobiography "My Horrible Father". Morty was shocked and hurt at this; Beth told him that a parent can only do the best they can, but only said dejectedly "I hope he's eating enough", showing that in spite of everything, he still loves and worries about his son.

School
Jessica
Jessica is Morty's main love interest in the series. She is a student who goes to school with him and is in a few of his classes. Morty rarely talks to Jessica and mainly just admires her from afar. On a few occasions, he's talked to her. In the Pilot, he started to have a conversation with her, about Rick, before Rick pulled him away. In Ricksy Business, Jessica was at his house for Summer's party and Morty had a conversation with her about her failing relationship with Brad. Later, Morty showed her around Rick's garage and introduced a bunch of his inventions to her. Currently, they can be considered friendly acquaintances.

The closest the two of them have ever come to dating, was in the episode Big Trouble In Little Sanchez, where Jessica and Morty were seen holding hands with each other at the school dance. Given that Jessica was in a relationship with Brad at the time, it's unlikely that they were dating, and they were simply together as friends. Also, given the expulsion of Tiny Rick in that episode, whatever relationship they previously had in that episode, is definitely over.

Being a teenager, Morty's love for Jessica extends beyond romance, as he has a lot of sexual fantasies about her. In the Pilot episode, Morty fell asleep in class and had a wet dream about fondling Jessica's boobs. In the episode Mortynight Run, it was revealed that Morty also has a foot fetish for her and occasionally has erotic thoughts about her feet.

Mr. Goldenfold
Mr. Goldenfold is Morty's math teacher, and because Morty is really bad at math, he has a lot of problems with him. Mr. Goldenfold constantly has to yell at Morty and get angry at him for his behavior in class, and Morty is too unmotivated to do anything about it.

In the Pilot episode, Morty fell asleep in Mr. Goldenfold's class, not paying attention to his teachings, and instead thinking about Jessica. While he was asleep, Morty's hands started to play with Mr. Goldenfold's man boobs. He stood there and yelled at him for it, but Morty didn't wake up. Due to him taking some weird pleasure from it, Mr. Goldenfold waited there and enjoyed it for a few minutes, before he officially "got mad". In the episode Lawnmower Dog, instead of studying and doing his work, Morty got help from Rick, so that they could incept Mr. Goldenfold's dreams, and make him give Morty an undeserved "A" in his math class. In the episode Something Ricked This Way Comes, Morty once again fell asleep in Mr. Goldenfold's class. Just as he did, he spontaneously transformed into a car, which caused a huge distraction for Mr. Goldenfold.

Trivia
Morty's voice, and general appearance stemmed from an early Justin Roiland short entitled The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, which was a parody of Back to the Future. Morty parodies Marty McFly from Back to the Future.
Another character named Marty with an appearance and voice completely identical to Morty's also appears in Justin Roiland's short Paloni Pitch Presentation. Another identical character named Pumpkinseeds and Peanuts, voiced by Andy Dick, appears in another short; The Unmarketables.
He was deemed the "one true Morty" by the imprisoned Mortys in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind".
Morty is considered by Rick to be the "Morty-est" Morty.
Since he helped conceive Morty Jr. in Raising Gazorpazorp, this makes him Morty Smith, Sr.
Although Morty has a crush on Jessica, he fell in love with a different girl named Annie in Anatomy Park and started a relationship with her. After the episode was over, Morty went back to loving Jessica again. But in the episode "Look Who is Purging" Morty has a crush on Arthricia.
Morty masturbates frequently, and according to him, "everywhere". In the episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes", Morty mentioned that he watches a lot of porn on his laptop and masturbates in his bedroom. In the episode "Total Rickall", a flashback showed Morty masturbating while standing up on the kitchen table, while thinking about a hot friend of his sister's. In the episode "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", while in an ultra-microscopic world, Morty mentioned that he masturbated to a curvy piece of driftwood.
It was revealed in "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" that Rick modified Morty's DNA structure so he can transform into a car. However, Morty was unaware of this until Rick told him while they were chasing Zeep Xanflorp.
Morty has a foot fetish. As heard in the episode Mortynight Run, when Fart says "I communicate through what you call 'Jessica's feet', no, 'Telepathy'." "Jessica's feet" was an excerpt from Morty's mind.
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 02, 2017, 06:29:50 AM
Christmas/Winter-Themed Characters

Here are the characters that came before...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Which characters do you think needs a shout out?
Title: Re: The Rest of the Best
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 03, 2017, 10:45:07 AM
I'd put up the Winter Warlock, AKA Winter, but he gets his due in the Magic Users list.  So I'm going to go with this

Papa Elf
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Elf is mostly a great movie, but making Bob Newhart a Christmas elf is an act of casting genius.