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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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New Science/SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Shows for Spring and Summer 2014… And when they will end!   Leave a comment

Boy Howdy! It has been quiet here over the last few months! I am so sorry to have deprived the internet of my colorful commentary regarding the world of pop culture.  Lets get back into the swing of things with one of my favorite guessing games! When Will All the New Shows Get Canceled?!

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Black Box  – April 24 2014

The premise of this show reads like a cross between House M.D. and Perception.  A medical mystery show where each episode revolves diagnosing a patient who is experiencing “rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions.”  The twist is that the main character, Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is suffering from bipolar disorder her self, and struggles with sticking to her medication regiment.

I’m torn on this one.  On one hand, I think that mental illness should be one of the highest priorities for the health care industry, and that starts with awareness.  One great way to bring awareness to the subject is by bringing the discussion directly into peoples homes.

But on the other hand, looks like this show has taken the stance that bipolar disorder makes you super sexy and self-destructive.  For people living with mental illness, who are already facing social stigma and unwarranted prejudice, this won’t be the image they want to put forward.

Cancellation Prediction:

Quietly after season four, with the characters enjoying a long life in shipping fan-fics.

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Archer and the Art of the Retool   Leave a comment

The fifth season opener of Archerthe FX animated series about a hopelessly shallow but  highly successful super spy, dumped the driving premise of the series and reemerged as something new.  Something that most shows can not pull off.

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If you have not seen the episode and plan to, I won’t spoil it for you.  Otherwise my take is below the cut!

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Posted January 15, 2014 by atomicsam in TV

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The Day After The Day of The Doctor   5 comments

Yesterday was, as I am sure you know, the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi TV show ever.  The occasion was capped off with a brand new special, Day of the Doctor.  The special was so very very good (I’ve already watched it twice), but now that half a day has passed I can sit down and think about what wasn’t perfect about it.  A criticism, yes, but a loving one.

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If you haven’t seen the special yet, now is your chance to turn back.  Here is your spoiler warning!  If you have seen it you can find my thoughts behind the cut.  And if you haven’t watched the series, you will have no idea what I am talking about!

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Posted November 24, 2013 by atomicsam in 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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It Came From Netflix Instant! Halloween is Coming Edition!   Leave a comment

Welcome back from more It Came From Netflix Instant!, my semi-regular series helping you navigate the choppy waters of Netflix Instant.  Get the pop corn, candy corn, corn chips and corn on the cob ready!  It’s October that means it’s scary movie season!

You will probably see me post a few more installments this month, as I make it a point to watch at least one new scary movie a day during October.  So keep checking back!

And remember, this move on and off instant watch from time to time, so check these out while you can!

Here are some movies that are worth your time!

Rise of the Zombies

RISE-001The cast of this B-Movie zombie flick is the reason I had to click on it. LeVar Burton, Danny Trejo, French Stewart, Ethan Suplee and Mariel Hemingway.  The casting director must have just scraped up who ever happened to be available and already in their phone that day.

It’s your standard zombie flick, from movie knock-off masters The Aslyum, drawing on The Walking Dead for the most part.  It showed up on SyFy for Halloween last year.  I can’t call it good, but I can call it entertaining.  Machete vs. Zombies? Who could complain?

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Who is Going to Die First on S.H.I.E.L.D.?   7 comments

You are one sick SOB, Whedon. #imaleafonthewind

You are one sick SOB, Whedon.

Joss Whedon puts telling a good story over your feelings.

That means no matter how much you love one of his characters you should be prepared for them to die at all times.

It’s sick and sadistic and it is what makes his shows worth watching.  You can never be sure if one of the heroes is really going to pull through.

I don’t want to be to spoilery, so if you want to remind yourself of the terrible things he has done to his characters (and the audience in turn) then why don’t you follow this link here to Comic Book Resources and try to fight back some tears as you remember those you’ve lost.

Whedon returned to TV earlier this week with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the TV tie in to the Marvel movies.  It was as entertaining and promising as any Whedon show has ever been, and with the support of the film franchise behind it we might get to see the first long running Whedon series in years.  With that, we must also prepare ourselves for the inevitable deaths of the characters we are going to grow to love.  No one is safe, but lets try to figure out Which Agent of Shield is going to Die First?

Spoiler Warning! If you are not caught up on The Marvel Movies or haven’t watched Agents of Shield Epp 1 yet now is your chance to stop reading!  Also Firelfy, Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse.

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Posted September 27, 2013 by atomicsam in Comics, TV

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