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Ranking the SNL Movies Worst to Best   Leave a comment

To celebrate the 40th anniversary Saturday Night Live I thought I would take a look back at what has represented the long running series biggest successes and resounding failures.  These are the 11 feature films based on the show’s sketches.  Some translated perfectly to the big screen, while most are best left forgotten forever. But I’ll go ahead and dredge them back up anyway. According to the only unit of measure that matters, their Rotten Tomatoes scores, here are the SNL Movies ranked worst to best!

11. It’s Pat – 1994 – Rotten Tomatoes: 0%

It is hard to tell if Pat is a man or a woman.  The end.  This was a hard sell as a two minute sketch, and it should have never been attempted to be stretched into a barely feature length (78 mins) film. The film’s antagonist is a man obsessively trying to figure out Pat’s gender and solve the mystery that no one cared about.  Maybe Pat is trans? Or ambiguously gendered? Anyone ever think of that?  None of our business, people!

10. The Ladies Man – 2000 – Rotten Tomatoes: 11%

After a string of movies through out the 90’s, The Ladies Man put an end to SNL on the big screen for a decade.  Like many SNL movies, it just didn’t have enough story or jokes to sustain a full length movie.  The premise, an old school player tries to turn himself around but has a hard time letting go of his lifestyle, is so cliche and hackneyed that it never had a chance rise above the sketch that spawned it.

9. A Night at the Roxbury – 1998 – Rotten Tomatoes: 11%

I can’t help but feel that if this movie came out about six years later it might have succeeded.  Will Ferrell’s breakout role in Old School and subsequent success as a leading man-child in Elf were still five years off, leaving Roxbury with a star that we were all still some time away from appreciating.  The movie was written off as being one note, and that is true, but it’s not like Will Ferrell’s best comedic work is known for being nuanced or deep.  Maybe Roxbury needed to happen so Will Ferrell could figure out how to be a leading man and work up to having the confidence he now has that allows him to be a human cartoon character.

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Posted February 15, 2015 by atomicsam in Film, Lists, TV

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Evolution of The Living Dead   Leave a comment

George Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead is the quintessential zombie movie.  The first of its kind and the father of all modern zombie cinema. Today, you can’t walk five feet without running into a zombie and you can thank Night of the Living Dead for that.  As well as its sequels. And remakes.  And its other remakes.  And the sequels to those other remakes.

Recently I mentioned the Night of the Living Dead franchise in my post about the Army of Darkness sequel (which may have all been based on a lie). Night of the Living Dead is the only franchise that I can find where the original film continues to get sequels after there has been a reboot. Several reboots in fact.

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An oversight by the distributor left the film without a copyright.  Since it is in the public domain any TV station can air it for free.  Soon after its release it became an easy go to late night filler for TV stations with nothing else to air, introducing it to a wide audience that it otherwise would not have reached.  This error in paper work lead the film to becoming the most widely known zombie film of all time.

This also lead to the film’s content and title to be fair use for any other filmmakers to capitalize on.  Anyone can shoot a movie, call it Night of the Living Dead and legally release it in theaters. And many people have.  Beyond that, rights to the many of the films that followed the original have been sold off to various entertainment groups, and have had their own series of sequels.

Today there are over 30 movies and TV shows (plus comics, novels and who knows what else) that tie directly back to the Night of the Living Dead in someway. With more to come!  With that in mind I thought this could use some sorting out.  I Present to you, Dear reader, The History of the Living Dead! Complete with nifty Flow Chart!

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Prelude to: Evolution of The Living Dead   Leave a comment

Hey All! For the last few days I have been working on a post about the convoluted history of the Night of the Living Dead films. While I do hope to one day finish the post I am quickly coming to realize that it may take quite a lot of time. But before Halloween comes and goes I do want to show off the first version of the flow chart I made to help navigate the those choppy waters. Movie buffs, if you see anything I missed please let me know! When I do one day hit publish on that entry, I want to get this right!

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Update!

Thank you so much to everyone who gave me more info about this! I have uploaded a second version of my chart.

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Posted October 28, 2013 by atomicsam in Film

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Army of Darkness 2 and What it Means for the Future of Evil Dead   2 comments

The internet had a small aneurism this week when B-Movie actor turned cable TV star Bruce Campbell maybe-sorta-kinda announced that he and long time best friend/bitter enemy/ blockbuster director Sam Raimi are working on the long awaited follow up to their cult classic Army of Darkness, the third film in the Evil Dead series.

For those unfamiliar with the films (right now is a good time to change that), they follow Ash Williams, played by Campbell, who goes to a cabin with his friends only to see them picked off one by one by demons. The third film sees him sent back in time to medieval Europe where he fights off an army of the dead.  The series was rebooted in 2013, with new characters in the same situation.

According to Bloody-Disgusting.com Campbell made the announcement at Wizard World Nashville when speaking to a crowd.  When asked if the film was going to happen he said:

“Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.” and ended with “Alright sir, the answer is yes.

I am not one to get my hopes up about these things.  The idea that this movie was going to happen has been floating around since 1992.  But when Campbell said that it was actually happening, rather than saying it might like he had been known to do in the past, my exact reaction was “AHHHH!! I’m freaking out!

While I remain skeptical of any film’s expected existence until set set photos begin to leak, expectation that this announcement is true, and not just wishful thinking, is backed up by Fede Alvarez, who stated last month that “as far as I know, and heard, Sam is really determined to get Army Of Darkness 2 happening.”

Alvarez directed the very successful 2013 reboot of the Evil Dead series and is working on a sequel to that film.  According to my research, this is a first, of sorts.  The first time that a long running franchise and the reboot of that franchise will be making films simultaneously.

The one other instance would, perhaps, be the Living Dead films.  George Romero still puts out new ones every few years, even though the original film and its sequels have been remade a few times now.  But since each of those films are stand alone stories, with little connecting them other than mythology, I wouldn’t put them in same category.

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Posted October 23, 2013 by atomicsam in Film

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It Came From Netflix Instant! Halloween is Comming Week 3!   Leave a comment

This month It Came From Netflix Instant is focusing on the best scares to be found on instant watch! Love October! Its all beer and candy and scary movies!

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Anyway, there is a lot lot lot of terrible crap on Netflix Instant and it is my goal to help guide you around it to find only the best crap!  This week I am proud to recommend the following:

Carrie – 1976

The verdict is in on the remake and it is mixed at best.  The original is a classic and if you haven’t seen it get some popcorn going and cancel your plans to see the new version.  I’m mean, it’s got John Travolta! What could be better!

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Over Thinking: Is It OK To See Ender’s Game?   4 comments

No, probably not.  But I really want to!

A few years back I picked up a book that had been sitting on my shelf for a long time, never having been read.  A gift from my sister who told me she thought I would like it.  Ender’s Game.  I was hooked in moments and raced through it, cover to cover.  It was the first time I had ever read a book so quickly, and why it is today that I love reading. I credit Ender’s Game for turning me into a life long lover of books.

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When I was finished it I couldn’t wait to read the next in the series.  I was determined to read all of them.  But first I was off to  Wikipedia to read about the author, Orson Scott Card.

And then…

Heart break.

Orson Scott Card is a bigot.

That tore me up inside and I’ve not picked up any of his other works.  But, inspite of that Ender’s Game remains one of my favorites of all time.  As angry as I get at Card, I just can’t make myself unlike that book.

Now the movie is on the way and I want to see it. But, I don’t know if I can reconcile my feelings for the author with my feelings for the story.  And there are a lot of valid arguments that I shouldn’t.

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Posted October 14, 2013 by atomicsam in Books, Film, Over Thinking

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It Came From Netflix Instant! Halloween is Coming Part 2 -90’s Style!   Leave a comment

Another round of It came From Neflix Instant! for your Halloween season! In It Came From Netflix Instant! I wade though the mostly terrible movies available on Netflix instant to find you what’s worth watching.

In today’s installment I am looking back at the movies I had to sneak into because I was too young to get a rated R ticket! 90s Teen Horror! 

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Side note, I miss the thrill of sneaking into R rate movies. It made me feel like a rebel.

Side note two, every trailer on this list has the same voice over guy.  The late great Don LaFontaine.  One day I’ll have to do a post about his work.

Scream – 1996

A masked slasher terrorizes sexy high school student, Neve Campbell.  Then, everyone dressed like Ghost Face for Halloween ’96.  Literally everyone, figuratively.

The original and best 90s teen scream classic Scream as well as two of is sequels, Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000) are currently on Instant Watch, waiting for you to marathon through them.  The fourth film, which was surprisingly good (not actually good, just better than you would have expected and worth watching if you like the other movies.) is currently only available on DVD.  So, add that shiz to your queue.

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