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Honda vs TRON by jimmycanuck
November 27, 2006, 2:43 pm
Filed under: movies, tv, youtube

TRON is one of those things in life that makes me yell “FUCK YES.” I’ve seen the movie countless times, and I’m even proud to admit that I beat the shit out of TRON 2.0 a few years back (hands down, the most underrated game ever.) That’s why, when I stumbled across this ad for the new Honda Civic, I immediately knew I needed to by a new car. See? Marketing directly to the car-less sociopath with a lightcycle fetish TOTALLY pays off.

Interesting sidenote – did you know that Wendy Carlos, the composer who brilliantly scored the movie, was born Walter Carlos? I guess he swapped one baton for another. Ba-dum bum.

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Best. Ad. Ever. by jimmycanuck
November 23, 2006, 9:51 am
Filed under: gaming, movies, tv, youtube

I LOVE Office Space.  If you’ve ever worked in an office, especially in lower middle management, this thing is your opus.  It’s almost enough to make me miss the days of being shit all over again and again when I was the supervisor to a team of miscreants in the quality assurance department of a third party call center.

…almost.

I know this video has been making the rounds on the internet all week, but since I didn’t get around to seeing it until just now I figure some of you might be in the same boat.  This is a brilliant ad for World of Warcraft (that’s actually running on TV!) mashing up a great scene from Office Space with some WoW content.  C’est magnifique.



Stop reading if you can’t stand Harry by jenifesto
November 22, 2006, 9:50 am
Filed under: movies, reviews, youtube

JimmyCanuck is cringing over this post, but I’m a super Harry Potter Fan Girl and I don’t care who knows it, and this weekend was rife with excitement over the Order of the Phoenix trailer. Not willing to shed 8 dollars or my dignity to go see Happy Feet and catch the trailer at the theatre, I was rabidly checking YouTube for a crappy bootlegged version, which natch, was promptly delivered on Saturday. However, it’s up for reals now, so neither you nor I have to endure someone with a shaky hand and the sound of popcorn bags.

But I digress: Jim asked if I could review something, and since I can’t think of anything else to review, here are my impressions on the trailer. I am, as most if not all HP fans are, totally loyal to the books. More awesome than the movies blah blah superiority cakes. I’ll probably catch a mighty shit storm for this, but I thought movie three sucked incredibly bad, movie four was better than three (could it be worse?), and movies one and two were good, with two being by far the best. I’ve since worked out a theory that the better the book, the worse the movie. Book one and movie one tie. Book two meh, movie two FANTASTIC. Book three my favourite, movie three f’ing awful. Book four quite good, movie not bad. So on this logic, book five (quite long, drawn out, over all kind of weak) is going to make the best movie yet.

So onto the trailer: Squeal!!! It’s only the teaser, coming in at less than a minute, but I’m totally loving what I’m seeing. First off, we see some new characters, like Umbridge and Bellatrix. Loving the Imelda Staunton as Umbridge, and Bonham Carter… I can take or leave, but I think she’ll turn out perfectly for the role. Secondly, Gary Oldman has finally gotten his head out the fire and ass into gear, and he’s actually given dialogue. I’ll omit my rant re: the shoddy treatment of Sirius in movie four, and just say it’s good to have him back in action. Third – The Ricker. I’m so pleased they put the occlumency scene in the trailer. It means it’s there and it’s going to be important in the film (I hope). If they gloss over that, I’ll have a fit. Not only because my Alan is rad, but I think it’s important in the series overall. Not that they haven’t taken out important/interesting stuff before, but you know. (Sidenote: if you’re going to make a big deal out of Harry being able to produce a patronus, and you make sure it’s a stag, why not explain the significance of it being a stag!? I mean, it’s not vital to the understanding, but it’s called texture and movie three lacked it, big time.) I like the overall vibe I’m getting from this trailer, like, maybe Harry’s angsty year will translate better on screen than it did in the book. I still like the book, but moody teenagers aren’t particularly fun no matter who they are, and I think I can say that with authority. Anyways, I’m super looking forward to the next trailer, and of course, the film in the summer.



It’s Not Parkinson’s, It’s the Caffeine by jimmycanuck
November 15, 2006, 12:26 pm
Filed under: links, movies, tv, youtube

Now that he’s been shaking up the the stem cell debate recently, a lot of people are waxing nostalgic about Michael J. Fox.  Sure we all loved Teen Wolf and Family Ties – but if you people loved him into the 90’s as much as you did in the 80’s, maybe he could spring for some fucking tranquilizers or duct tape to him hold him in a chair. 

I found this ad he did for a Japanese soft drink back in ’94 on the blog The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns.  It was probably shot between takes of Doc Hollywood and Greedy – anyone who makes movies this bad deserves a hell of a lot worse than Parkinson’s. 

Maybe if he’d laid off the caffinated foreign beverages, he wouldn’t twitch so damn much.



The Simpsons Movie Trailer by jimmycanuck
November 13, 2006, 11:06 am
Filed under: movies, tv, youtube

The trailer officially debuted during last night’s episode.  Know it.  Learn it.  Love it.



How To Calibrate Your TV Picture – For Free! by jimmycanuck
November 13, 2006, 8:57 am
Filed under: gadgets, movies, tv
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Having purchased my first HDTV a few weeks ago, I decided over the weekend that it was finally time for me to sit down and get the picture looking and colorful and clean as I possibly could.  But how would I do it?

I could always just eyeball it, but let’s face it – guessing with the settings will only get you so far.  My next option would have been to pick up the ultimate in home calibration tools, Digital Video Essentials – but then I would’ve needed to take out a second mortgage on my house.  My only other option, or so I thought, would have been to call in a professional.  Again, second mortgage time.  But after much investigation into all of the possibilities, I discovered a little secret – most of us have a basic calibration utility in our house and we don’t even know it.

Do you own any movies in THX?  Sure you do.  If you own a Pixar movie – you’ve got it.  If you own a Star War’s movie – you’ve got it.  If you own any one of a hundred or more of the most popular DVD’s to come out in recent years, you’ve got it.  You’ve got the THX Optimizer. 

The THX Optimizer is a very simple tool that will help you calibrate your TV’s audio and video ways that simply eyeballing it just can’t.  It’s a short series of tests that you calibrate you picture and sound with ease.  There’s an optional pair of blue glasses that you can order from the THX website for $1.00 if you want to go the extra mile – but it’s certainly not essential.  If you own a THX movie and you haven’t calibrated your TV properly, you owe it to yourself to do this.

The Optimizer itself can be hard to find in the menus, so you may have to do a little hunting.  I used my copy of Star Wars: A New Hope, and the Optimizer was hidden between the two columns of choices in the Options Menu – blended right in with the background picture.  Still, it may be a pain to track down, but it’s well worth the hunt.



Fast Food Nation Takes Fries Out of Groening’s Mouth by jimmycanuck
November 8, 2006, 11:08 am
Filed under: links, movies, pictures

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Take a look at the poster for Fast Food Nation. Doesn’t that slogan sound a little familiar? “Do you want lies with that?” Well it should.

Forgive me for a moment as I put my Comic Book Guy hat on, but in season 14, episode 16 of The Simpsons, “Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky,” Eric Idle plays a filmmaker working on a Springfield Elementary documentary — a filmmaker whose previous works include “Do You Want Lies With That?,” a documentary slamming Krusty Burger.

Just thought you’d all like a reminder that despite what anyone may tell you, there are no original ideas left in Hollywood. You’re looking at a film based on a book with a tagline borrowed from a cartoon.

If you’re interested in seeing Fast Food Nation (and despite this minor snafu on the part of their marketing, I am) there are a number of screenings occurring in Canada this month. Dates and locations can be found here.