Ever since Rob Thomas’s beloved TV show Veronica Mars got canceled, he’s wanted to make it into a movie. Turns out all he needed was the help of 91,585 of his biggest fans
. [more inside]
The Point! (1971)
is the animated TV adaptation of singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson's fable about a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything had to have a point. Despite his round head, Oblio has many friends. But an evil count, jealous that Oblio is more popular than his own son, says that without a pointed head, Oblio is an outlaw. Along with his faithful dog Arrow, Oblio is exiled to the Pointless Forest. There, he has many fantastic experiences (including encounters with a 3-headed man, giant bees, a tree in the leaf-selling business, and a good-humored old rock). From his adventures, Oblio learns that it is not at all necessary to be pointed to have a point in life. Directed by Fred Wolf
and narrated by Ringo Starr, the film features all the original songs from Nilsson's album
of the same name. [more inside]
In celebration of Halloween, The Dissolve
has devoted three long posts to The Shining
: a keynote
examining the film and King's relationship to it, a staff discussion,
and a critical comparison
of the film with the 1997 TV miniseries
written by King. (Scrubbed the show from your brain? Let this episode of Nostalgia Critic
refresh your memory.)
The 1991 CBs made-for-TV movie adaptation of Shadow Of A Doubt
and the 1943 Alfred Hitchcock version are based on the same source material and contain many of the same lines, beats, and scenes. So why is one considered a classic film noir and the other a flop? The Dissolve puts the two movies next to each other and tries to find out.
"Now, my friend Adams was accused of a crime he didn't commit, so he escaped into the mountains, leaving behind the only life that he ever knew."
In 1977, three years after the popular movie The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
introduced the story of John "Grizzly" Adams to the public, a TV show of the same name premiered. [more inside]
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
スターウルフ, "Star Wolf
," was a half-hour sci-fi TV show produced and aired in Japan in 1978. (TV Tropes page
-- addiction warning) It had somewhat cheesy special effects, understandable being a TV series made just one year after Star Wars, but it made up for it with style, energy, and ACTION PACKED MUSIC
American viewers will know it best as the show ripped apart and reassembled into two Fugitive Alien movies by Sandy Frank Productions
, then shown on two memorable episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. (Episodes on YouTube: Fugitive Alien, its sequel.)
Although the Japanese show got at least two seasons (the second under the title Space Hero Star Wolf
), only the first four episodes appear to exist on the internet. Here they are: One
. (There are no subtitles, but you should be able to figure out what is going on if you've seen the MST episode.) [more inside]
Why watch a movie when you can just watch the titles?
Browse title sequences by designer
and read interesting backstory
and discussion on the art of making a title sequence.
"Let's do those drive-in totals. We have: Nineteen dead bodies (plus fragments)
. Ten breasts (shame on you, TNT censors)
. Two zombie breasts. One-hundred twenty-five zombies. Mummy dogs. One-half zombie dog. Ten gallons blood. Brain-eating. Gratuitous embalming. Zombie fu. Nekkid punk-rocker fondue. Gratuitous midget zombie. Torso S&M. One motor vehicle chase (totalled by zombies)
. Pool cue fu. No aardvarking. Heads roll. Brains roll. Arms roll. Hands roll. Joe Bob says, Check It Out."
Only on MonsterVision
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It's almost time to Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys
-- the final episode of the Trailer Park Boys
aired in December, 2008. (As Bubbles says, "It's a dirty, sassy liquor. So sassy.") Producer Mike Clattenburg says that there will be a second movie
, "Countdown to Liquor Day"
, to be released late in 2009. After that, though, the TPB franchise will buy the great double-wide in the sky
. [pervyously, preevisilly or however th' fuck you say it.] [more inside]
If you were a fan of late-nite horror movies in Northern California during the 1970's, you likely spent Saturday nights watching Bob Wilkins
, the droll, cigar-smoking host
of Creature Features
. An unlikely horror-show host, Wilkins' deadpan delivery and apparent disdain for the show's films
(he reguarly suggested his audience change the channel) made Creature Features
a show not to be missed. Bob Wilkins passed away today after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease
M. Night Shyamalan has decided to cast white actors
in the main roles
of the upcoming motion picture
based on the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender
. The problem
: Avatar featured an Asian world with Asian characters, including Aang, the titular character, and his friends Sokka and Katara. [more inside]
Just over 25 years ago
, ABC broadcast the most watched made-for-television movie of all time
. You probably remember where you were when you saw it
. [last link possibly NSFW]
It all started with
writer wearing a tutu
, getting splashed by a passing bus...
"It's really hard to walk in a single woman's shoes—that's why you sometimes need really special shoes."
a 7-parter on the shoes
that made the show
... [more inside]
As the Writer's Guild of America strike wears on into its second week,
it seems appropriate to remember why they're striking in the first place. If you ask me, the terms seem almost too reasonable.
But in the defense of the studios, I'm sure the businessmen involved
have gotten used to spending those millions of dollars, and wouldn't want to see them go. Now that Broadway has shut down
in allegiance to their Hollywood compatriots, things are looking grim for anything to be resolved without more financial bloodshed.
Rather unusually, the Sci-Fi channel have made the entire first episode of their new Battlestar Galactica
show available online, uncut and without commercials, for free
(Real format, not bad video quality). While the series is still being aired in the US and Australia, the first episode has now been shown in all markets and the Sci-Fi channel may be trying to figure out if making the ep available online could improve ratings.
Their decision may have been aided by the fact that the show was aired in the UK two months before the US, resulting in an awful lot of US fans downloading the show
; normally it's the other way around.