SPOILER: everyone on Twitter is actually living in modern times, but they were dead all along.
February 13, 2009 11:44 AM   Subscribe

It's Bad Movie Club night! You have until 9 GMT / 4 ET to procure #1: a Twitter account and #2: a copy of M. Night Shyamalan's critically misunderstood masterpiece, The Happening. Good luck!

Graham Linehan, of Father Ted and IT Crowd fame, will be your master of ceremonies, and there will be a second screening at midnight GMT / 7 ET, hosted by Phill Jupitus. But remember kids, piracy is stealing.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (32 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
But... tonight is raid night!
posted by Vindaloo at 11:53 AM on February 13, 2009


I couldn't possibly sit through that again, even to make fun of it.
posted by xjudson at 11:58 AM on February 13, 2009


I demand more use of the ibettheresatwist tag.
posted by Navelgazer at 12:02 PM on February 13, 2009


You know, if you watch The Happening and start She & Him Vol. One at the exact moment the first woman in the park kills herself, they like totally sync up.
posted by jbickers at 12:07 PM on February 13, 2009


Twitter, for this? I must have missed a Web 2.0 memo, but isn't this why chat rooms exist?
posted by crapmatic at 12:15 PM on February 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


But chat rooms don't let you broadcast your Wildean LOL brilliance to the world.
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:17 PM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm kinda with crapmatic on this one.

Neat concept, though, I guess going off of other widely watched twitter fests like the presidential debates, the superbowl, etc.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 12:17 PM on February 13, 2009


RT: @crapmatic Twitter, for this? I must have missed a Web 2.0 memo, but isn't this why chat rooms exist?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:17 PM on February 13, 2009 [5 favorites]


Seriously, how is Twitter not a sort of giant chat room? Or are you worried a few geeks' polluting Twitter with their quips on a crap film leaves less room for other people's timeless adages about today's lunch?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:20 PM on February 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


This is going to be a bit of a volume problem, though, isn't it? Too many people, too many twits, not enough screen space to keep up?

It'll be a write-only exercise.

On the other hand, I think M. Night could really make a comeback with a film called Don't Click: http://tinyurl.com/c9pbkv.
posted by cortex at 12:22 PM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Crappening. Too easy.
posted by kirkaracha at 12:41 PM on February 13, 2009


I saw this moview a couple of times: once it was called "IRC and another time "AOL". Hollywood Nerds keep making the same move over and over.
posted by GuyZero at 12:51 PM on February 13, 2009


PARK, EXT. MIDDAY

A group of people are standing around doing park-things: tossing footballs to each other, pushing prams down a cobblestone walkway, making out. We are listening in particular to one conversation, intelligible from the general murmur of others on the soundtrack. "I told Wends that I wanted custody on the 15th, I don't see why she would deny me this unless she...."

The voice trails off as there is the sound of rushing wind. The branches on the trees move. One of the people slows to a halt, then more. A football in mid-flight hits someone in the face. A pram rolls down the road unattended, bumping along the cobblestones, picking up speed as it passes the camera. A young couple stands up from grass, their clothes in disarray as they've stood in mid-grope.

The voice from earlier is heard: "Wh--- why, it makes sense now... Ayn Rand was right all along...."
posted by JHarris at 12:51 PM on February 13, 2009


The Happening is currently available at my local Hollywood Video store (previously viewed) on the 3 for $20 rack. I think I'll wait until it hits the 3 for $10 rack before I think about purchasing it.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 1:05 PM on February 13, 2009


JHarris: " Ayn Rand was right all along....""

The Fountainhead in 5 Seconds
posted by Joe Beese at 1:14 PM on February 13, 2009 [5 favorites]


Get back to me when they watch Gymkata.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:15 PM on February 13, 2009


I predict a large uptick in the feed on Cursebird.
posted by orme at 1:27 PM on February 13, 2009


Great headline.
posted by WPW at 1:33 PM on February 13, 2009


What is the best bad movie blog you ask? Why it is The Flop House of course. Here is their take on The Happening.

If you haven't heard their pitch for a Ziggy movie check it out right now.
posted by bytewrite at 3:14 PM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


As a former MSTie who engaged in chat-room riffing of the AMC special-effects showcase (Hosted by Stan Winston, Vulcan rest his soul) I approve of the intent if not the execution of this experiment.

Oh God, I wasted my youth
posted by The Whelk at 3:47 PM on February 13, 2009



ahem... for those who were hoping this might be interesting (it wasn't)

10:03pm 63min in @Glinner’s Twitter account was suspended for over use!
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:10 PM on February 13, 2009


Second screening starts at midnight GMT / 7pm ET / 4pm Pacific.

Uh. 10 minutes ago.

Overuse? Really?
posted by Pronoiac at 4:25 PM on February 13, 2009


Really, I think everyone should just relax and enjoy this with some hhot dogs.

Rifftrax has already handed this particular movie its ass, but I look forward to other such twitterings of movies.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:06 PM on February 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Put it in the shitter.
posted by autodidact at 5:49 PM on February 13, 2009


Meh. I frequent a site that did this kind of stuff on their blog, and then later on their forums.

The blog comments worked really well, b/c you could refresh, scroll, and then add comments.

The forum conversations are much more convoluted.

I can't imagine Twitter being an improvement on the latter, never mind the former.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:25 PM on February 13, 2009


Oddly, his instructions on how to participate end after

1. Download this app
posted by flotson at 8:51 PM on February 13, 2009


My bad movie night is way cooler. My friends and I wear fake beards and top hats and smoke tobacco pipes. We've already watched, like, five movies off that sweet Askmefi thread. Boo Twitter! Boo!

(no reason to boo it, just felt like it)
posted by Bageena at 9:25 PM on February 13, 2009


"Twitter, for this? I must have missed a Web 2.0 memo, but isn't this why chat rooms exist?"

Twitter is irc 2.0. They're using hashtags for this.
posted by Manjusri at 10:01 PM on February 13, 2009


Get back to me when they watch Gymkata.
posted by louche mustachio at 4:15 PM on February 13 [+] [!]


Gymkata is not a bad movie, but the second best movie of all time, right after The Last Dragon.
posted by stavrogin at 12:42 AM on February 14, 2009


I'm just so glad that M. Night Bowzer-from-sha-na-na* has now rightfully taken up residence at the bottom of the same filth-encrusted barrel as Uwe Boll. I, along with everyone else who loves actual horror/psychological thriller films, suffered through years of him being hailed as a genius while our cries of "HE'S A FUCKING HACK! HIS FILMS ARE SHIT! THEY'RE PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR FOR MOUTH-BREATHING IDIOTS! HIS "WHATTA TWEEST!" ENDINGS ARE NONSENSICAL MORONIC GARBAGE, AND THAT'S THE ONLY THING HE HAS! HE SHOT HIS WAD WITH SIXTH SENSE, AND EVEN THAT WASN'T VERY GOOD!" went unheard. Now everyone else has finally come around. Now, if we can all come together and work towards the sterilization of everyone who pays to see anything in the Scary/Epic/Date/Etc. Movie series and the public gibbeting of Will Ferrell, the world will truly be a better place.

* Don't you dare get all "LOL FOREIGNERS HAVE FUNNY NAMES" with me, chuckles. Any man who not only refers to himself as "Night" but also expects others to do so deserves to be ridiculed until he pees himself, and no, his parents didn't name him "Night". I bet his real name is like "Raul Perez" or something anyway.
posted by DecemberBoy at 1:21 AM on February 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


That Flop House shit is terrible.
posted by Curry at 2:53 AM on February 14, 2009


Too many people, too many twits...

Too...easy.
posted by kittyprecious at 8:52 AM on February 14, 2009


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