Friday, June 4, 2010

Best Idea Ever: Lil' Inappropriate Golden Books

This has to be one of the coolest ideas ever. Josh Cooley, who is an Animation Story Artist over at Pixar Studios is creating a parody of those Little Golden Books from when I was a kid, under the name "Lil' Inappropriate Golden Books", with the title Movies R Fun! There are several more pages obviously, and are all in the same style as the one posted above. They cover some of the most famous scenes in cinematic history, ranging from films like Apocalypse Now and 2001: Space Odyssey. It's so genius that my only complaint about it is that I should have thought of this first.

You can check out Cooley's blog here, or better yet, buy a copy here when the book goes on sale, for a tentative price of $5,000,000. Yes, I'm sure that's just a joke. You can currently buy prints to hang on your wall however, which is pretty cool.

Favorite Trailers: 300

Thought I'd try something different and write an article every once and a while about a trailer I particularly like, even if I don't feel the same about the actual movie it's promoting (which is often the case). The first trailer I'll show off is that of 300's. Despite the film being filled with half-naked men on steroids, I am actually a fan of the film. Sometimes I enjoy a good popcorn movie with lots of gore and action and corny dialogue, and 300 fills that appetite just fine. As for the trailer, it does exactly what every trailer should do: drink a pack of Redbull and smash everything in sight. Although this is probably partially owed to the Nine Inch Nails song that is brilliantly used.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Nicolas Cage is one of the most confusing actors, ever. For every amazing performance he has done, there is another hilariously bad one to go along with it. Bad Lieutenant could easily be mistaken for the latter, but thankfully, it's not. Let me get this out of the way, however: this film is as campy as films get, and the director (Werner Herzog) and Cage know this. The problem is, not all viewers will acknowledge this, and will mistaken the intentional campiness for, well, unintentional campiness. Every minute is more ridiculous than the last, but if you look closer, it is also genius. You can tell Cage is just having a blast with his role, and as a viewer, it is a blast to watch him.