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A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever (single link cracked.com video)
posted by crossoverman (53 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
I was fully prepared for that to suck, but they did a surprisingly good job of sustaining the joke for a full three and a half minutes. Bravo.
posted by EarBucket at 6:49 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's funny, because it's true.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:51 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


the production quality was actually pretty good on that... I've seen movies that were less interesting....

however, checking the nominations for this year, i do NOT see "Movie Title" listed....
posted by HuronBob at 6:57 PM on March 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Predictable but accurate snark.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:04 PM on March 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


I particularly liked the post-title joke moment because that has to be the most over-used trailer-structure cliche ever. It's used ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME. Ugh.
posted by crossoverman at 7:04 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Comment noting that trailer for Movie Title lacks two things: O, Fortuna (accpetable alternative: Requiemn for a Tower)and someone screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!.

Other than that, good work!
posted by WolfDaddy at 7:04 PM on March 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


When is it coming out?
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:06 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


When is it coming out?

As close to the end of the year as possible, for a week in LA at the very least, so that it's eligible for next years' Academy Awards and it's fresh in the voters' minds.

Unless there's a glut of Oscar bait films in December, then it'll be left to wallow in February.
posted by crossoverman at 7:09 PM on March 6, 2010 [4 favorites]


Particularly funny because I watched it only minutes after watching "Ex-Drummer", which doesn't exactly conform to the joke. Confirms my tendency to avoid Hellywood like the plague.
posted by crazylegs at 7:13 PM on March 6, 2010


“Specific outlining of your major character flaws!” “OVERREACTION!”

The only thing they missed was a scene where the main character stands in the pouring rain at a major crossroads in the plot and the obligatory rush to the airport (or, if the film's got a hamfisted recession theme, the bus station) and thinks he/she's too late, only to find he/she standing behind them grinning like a cheshire cat.

FADE TO BLACK

‘Humorous Love Ballad With Lyrics That Exactly Mirrors This Film's Plot (Plus A Stringed Instrument of Some Kind)’ starts to play. Audience starts preparing to leave the cinema, but the film hasn't actually finished yet! The deceptive black screen jumps to five years in the future. Said couple are now happily married with children, and the camera pans out from said children playing in their backyard, with a voiceover from the lead character (or both leads, depending on how schmaltzy the film is) throwing in a reference to something that happened in the first half of the film, congratulating the viewer for paying attention and acting as a closure for anyone lacking in imagination.
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 7:13 PM on March 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Careful, Cracked.com. ELMO KNOWS
posted by cmoj at 7:22 PM on March 6, 2010


Predictable but accurate snark.

My first encounter with this joke was 1996's Schizopolois:

Fletcher: Generic greeting.
Wife: Generic greeting returned.
Fletcher: Imminent sustenance.
Wife: Overly dramatic statement regarding upcoming meal.
Fletcher: Oooh, false reaction indicating hunger and excitement!


Perhaps the joke is even older, but seeing it repeated once a year or so becomes painful. Wasn't there even a parody of Metafilter done in this style?
posted by meech at 7:25 PM on March 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


Just too damn accurate to be funny -- but it's so dead on it's awesome...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 7:28 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is there a name for this kind of humor?
posted by archagon at 7:29 PM on March 6, 2010


Predictable but accurate snark.

Accusations of bias or misunderstanding
posted by rebent at 7:30 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Predictable but accurate snark.


Accusations of bias or misunderstanding



Retort reaffirming original premise. Pointless ad hominem directed at critics.
posted by nola at 7:36 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Predictable but accurate snark.

Accusations of bias or misunderstanding


Appeal to better nature of users
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:37 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm sorry. I'm just... so tired of this joke. So fucking tired of it. "Oh look, I'm making a reflexive statement about the statement I'm making in the tone that I would make it!" Good lord, people. Here's a quarter. Go buy a sense of humor.

And, yeah, meech - it was funny in Schizopolis. It is no longer funny at all.
posted by koeselitz at 7:49 PM on March 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


Nah, that was a trailer for every Academy Award nominee. The winner had a Holocaust survivor in it.
posted by gompa at 7:52 PM on March 6, 2010



I'm sorry. I'm just... so tired of this joke. So fucking tired of it. "Oh look, I'm making a reflexive statement about the statement I'm making in the tone that I would make it!" Good lord, people. Here's a quarter. Go buy a sense of humor.

You're not very good at this game.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:05 PM on March 6, 2010 [23 favorites]


I'm sorry. I'm just... so tired of this joke. So fucking tired of it. "Oh look, I'm making a reflexive statement about the statement I'm making in the tone that I would make it!" Good lord, people. Here's a quarter. Go buy a sense of humor.

There is a time for everything - different forms of humor included. I am sure that if I saw this as much as you have, I would not like it either, but as it is, I found it silly and refreshing.

What is important here is that the video is mocking the repetitive and utterly pointless Oscar Bait that is in the media. Because the oscar bait is repetitive and predictable. But this is not. Yet. for me, anyway.
posted by rebent at 8:14 PM on March 6, 2010


You're not very good at this game.

Dude!
posted by ODiV at 8:16 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's one time I saw this done well, and it was Title of the Song by Da Vinci's Notebook. Perfect phrasing, perfect delivery. Every other version pales by comparison.

People whose idea of a good joke is something they saw somebody else say sometime make me cry. Just this week I came across Gareth Marenghi's Darkplace, which I recommend for anybody in need of unexpected hilarity.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:33 PM on March 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


WORDS OF PRAISE FOR FISHFOOD
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND ACCEPTENCE OF TERMS
posted by griphus at 8:39 PM on March 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


"Friendly black optimistic advice" - that was Isaiah Mustafa, wasn't it.
posted by cashman at 8:50 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Good lord, people. Here's a quarter. Go buy a sense of humor.

*Snip*

Thank you!

I hereby award koeselitz honorary co-author status, should he/she wish it.
posted by Scattercat at 9:08 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Coincidentally, I recently came across the comedy group/duo that made this clip in this AV Club piece collecting various under-the-radar comedians and comedy groups (scroll down to "Morning Routine" for the guys from the OP). Here's their site, as well.
posted by MadamM at 9:16 PM on March 6, 2010


griphus,
You are now the cause of like 20 minutes of me reading bash.org. Damn you.
posted by azarbayejani at 9:18 PM on March 6, 2010


Griphus beat me to it, but the #1 rated quote on bash.org (with edits to the brackets):


Donut[AFK]| HEY EURAKARTE
Donut[AFK]| INSULT
Eurakarte| RETORT
Donut[AFK]| COUNTER-RETORT
Eurakarte| QUESTIONING OF SEXUAL PREFERENCE
Donut[AFK]| SUGGESTION TO SHUT THE FUCK UP
Eurakarte> NOTATION THAT YOU CREATE A VACUUM
Donut[AFK]| RIPOSTE
Donut[AFK]| ADDON RIPOSTE
Eurakarte| COUNTER-RIPOSTE
Donut[AFK]| COUNTER-COUNTER RIPOSTE
Eurakarte| NONSENSICAL STATEMENT INVOLVING PLANKTON
Miles_Prower| RESPONSE TO RANDOM STATEMENT AND THREAT TO BAN OPPOSING SIDES
Eurakarte| WORDS OF PRAISE FOR FISHFOOD
Miles_Prower| ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND ACCEPTENCE OF TERMS

posted by mrbill at 9:41 PM on March 6, 2010 [4 favorites]


Snarky restatement of meta-meme.
posted by b1tr0t at 9:50 PM on March 6, 2010


Metafilter: SUGGESTION TO SHUT THE FUCK UP
posted by griphus at 10:08 PM on March 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


This wasn't bad.

Given how lousy Cracked the kids' humor magazine was/is, I've never figured out why they haven't renamed and re-branded the website; the latter aims at a completely different audience and is more often than not rather amusing.
posted by darth_tedious at 10:20 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've never figured out why they haven't renamed and re-branded the website.

You've got it backwards; the current set of investors bought Cracked specifically for brand recognition and new editors/writers/etc. were hired to create a new product. Originally it was going to be a Maxim-style magazine along with the website, but the magazine folded. Wikipedia page.
posted by griphus at 10:52 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


investors bought Cracked specifically

I kinda miss Jay Pinkerton. He went to work somewhere in Seattle, I think, and that was it.
posted by maxwelton at 11:05 PM on March 6, 2010


>> You've got it backwards

Thanks for the info. So, apparently an effort was made to re-brand and reposition Cracked magazine; a somewhat questionable idea, given the memorability (and stench) of the existing Cracked brand.
posted by darth_tedious at 11:15 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Comment regarding the askmetafilter thread I just read seeking this sort of thing that referenced, amongst other things, a play written by the father of one of the beastie boys.
posted by beardlace at 11:19 PM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was surprisingly great.
posted by painquale at 12:49 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the info. So, apparently an effort was made to re-brand and reposition Cracked magazine; a somewhat questionable idea, given the memorability (and stench) of the existing Cracked brand.

I think I must be the only person on Earth who was equally a fan of both Cracked and Mad magazines as a kid. When I was about 7 or 8 (ca. 1984/85) and my mom brought me along to the grocery store, I more often than not came home with an issue of Cracked. This was mainly because of the clever clip-out activity sections (make-your-own-headline kits and board games), awesome movie monster parodies (lots of stills from classic Universal and AIP films with pithy captions) and the amazingly well-done art by guys (who I came to recognize later) like John Severin, Howard Nostrand, and Dan Clowes. Once I got a little older, I could tell that Cracked was a blatant copy of Mad in many respects, and that Cracked clearly went straight to hell (especially in the art department) in the '90s, but I'm still quite nostalgic for for the old mag.
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:58 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Late comment expressing positive reaction but failing to add anything new to the discussion.
posted by mmoncur at 2:53 AM on March 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


I felt that they mixed traditionally separate tropes in the clip (notably, when the "action-y" stuff starts happening) in order to make the clip fill the full three minutes or whatever.

A few good lines, but I feel it could've been funnier if they'd taken just one traditional Oscar-bait plotline and really worked on it, rather than lazily throwing in a few which just scratched the surface.
posted by djgh at 3:53 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I had not come across bash.org before - so thanks for that!
posted by Tamzin at 4:41 AM on March 7, 2010


djgh; at the risk of bean-plating... weren't they picking specific tropes from specific moves that had already won the award and mashing them all together into one trailer?
posted by odinsdream at 5:52 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


and then there was No Country for Old Men
posted by sonic meat machine at 6:44 AM on March 7, 2010


Catch Phrase!
posted by Bonzai at 8:26 AM on March 7, 2010


and then there was No Country for Old Men

Right. I think the cliches they refer to in this video are more typical of the "mildly successful movie that clearly wanted to be an Oscar nominee" than the actual Oscar winning movies. I mean, some of them I'll give you, but did anyone think they nailed Slumdog Millionaire with this? Schindler's List? Lord of the Rings? Shakespeare in Love? Annie Hall? It does occasionally happen that the Academy awards movies that aren't your typical Hollywood formula.
posted by albrecht at 8:38 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Were that a real movie, I'd watch it.

CATCHPHRASE!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:03 AM on March 7, 2010


I was most impressed by their ability to deliver the meta-lines with the exact same inflection the real lines would have been delivered in an Oscar-bait movie.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:45 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Another one in the same style: Truth in Advertising
posted by Rhomboid at 11:44 AM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love Truth in Advertising. Makes me very glad I avoided a career doing it (barely).
posted by Ubiq at 1:19 PM on March 7, 2010


Thematically, but not specifically related:

The opening theme to Garry Shandling's Show from '86-90
posted by Sparx at 1:52 PM on March 7, 2010


"The book was better." - A Critic
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:40 PM on March 7, 2010


did anyone think they nailed Slumdog Millionaire with this?

Yes! Slumdog Millionaire is exactly the sort of movie that this video was lampooning.
posted by painquale at 5:51 PM on March 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


They should have included more disappointing special effects.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:19 AM on March 18, 2010


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