"Goodfellas was amazing to us,” Friedberg said. “I remember one day we said it could be funny if there was a spoof movie where, ‘Funny how? Like I’m a clown? I’m here to amuse you?’ — and then you cut to the guy and he’s wearing full clown makeup."
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the masterminds behind Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, The Starving Games
, and Vampires Suck
, "do not practice the same craft as P.T. Anderson, David Cronenberg, Michael Bay, Kevin Costner, the Zucker Brothers, the Wayans Brothers, Uwe Boll, any dad who takes shaky home movies on a camping trip, or a bear who turns on a video camera by accident while trying to eat it. They are not filmmakers. They are evildoers, charlatans, symbols of Western civilization's decline under the weight of too many pop culture references."
They are also notoriously reclusive, and little has been publicly known about them, their background, and why-oh-god-why they continue to do whatever exactly it is that they do -- until now
posted by eugenen
on Jan 31, 2014 -
! (also available here
): Abe Forsythe made the movie Computer Boy
when he was just 18. It's a 50 min. spoof of The Matrix that was filmed in less than two weeks at actual Matrix shooting locations in Australia and cost just over $2000 to make.*
It became a cult hit when it was released online in 2000 & was one of the first internet films to hit 500,000 views.* (wikipedia, imdb) [more inside]
posted by flex
on Dec 21, 2012 -
Four friends who collectively call themselves Igloo Tornado
wrote a series of fictional tales of the love between Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig, plus some jokes from their Satan worshiping neighbors, Daryl Hall and John Oates. This land of make-believe is contained in Glenn & Henry Forever
. There isn't a preview in one handy location, but various interviews
, and blogs
have posted some of the comics
(more: Henry has no shoes, Hall & Oats play D&D
, a postcard from Henry to Glenn
, and a page from Danzig's diary
). Danzig, often the butt of internet jokes
, was not thrilled. His thoughts were made into a final comic
. Oh, and there's an anti-Christmas animation special/advert
. And a gallery show
with more artists joining the fun.
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 3, 2011 -
Hygiene. Flexibility. Safety
(SLYT) Another spoof on the Jobs presentation
, but with a real company, product and serious effort behind it. It's odd because it's super-real, injokey and the viral ambition is ambiguous. Moneyshot at 7m40s.
As a sidenote, would Apple be able to stomp on this if they wanted to? I mean, this is so tongue in cheek I can't really see the tongue.
posted by monocultured
on Jun 25, 2010 -
was a sci-fi buff in the 1970s with the resources of the audiovisual squad at Vandenberg Air Force Base at his disposal. The result was Star Trix
, a claymation Star Trek parody, that spawned three short films
and Star Trix: The Flick (parts 1
, and 5
). Art Binninger himself explains the whole saga
on his web site.
posted by jonp72
on Dec 15, 2007 -
We haven't had a Salon
link on the front page for a while, so I don't feel bad about posting this one
. Conserve energy the Dick Cheney way! [Warning: left-wing, liberal, tree-hugging, granola-eating, pinko, partisan parody. You don't have
to click if you don't like such stuff.]
posted by jpoulos
on May 10, 2001 -
I don't know if any of you have killed anyone (I certainly hope not) lately... But if you have, these guys
can help with disposing the body. The telephone number actually works. Somebody is there just to keep the joke going. Now, we've all seen the Bonsai Kitten and Baby Smasher sites (I'm not going to relink those, you know how to use Google
, don't you?). How many more of these types of gross satire sites should we expect? What sort of social evolution do these sites indicate? A loss of sensitivity? A devaluation of human life? An obsession with death and killing? A just plain twisted sense of humor? What do you think drives the creators of these sites?
posted by Spanktacular
on Apr 18, 2001 -
"we're just two schmucks who thought something was funny."
Yet more elian/true news (like you needed more). The two playboy guys have backed down from the AP bully boys. if you are running a mirror site, send in a link to these guys and they'll link to you. With over 1,000,000 visitors in the past couple of days, it might be worth the e-mail.
Meanwhile Salon also has a run down
on the story.
posted by Neale
on Apr 29, 2000 -