Non-Geek TV From The Geek Perspective: Documentary Now

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There’s a lot of TV out there, and some of it is parody of things many would not think to parody.

I speak of the IFC series Documentary Now.

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Trailer Time: The Jungle Book

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Remember when Mel Brooks decided to take some of his old comedies and turn them into Broadway musicals?  It worked out pretty well for the guy.  Well, Disney decided somewhere along the line that what they really needed to do is take some of its classic animated films and turn them into live action movies.  So, we got a live action Cinderella, that Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland…thing, and the villain’s side of Sleeping Beauty with Maleficent.  But that may be kid’s stuff compared to the next one, namely The Jungle Book, where most of the cast is a bunch of talking animals and one kid.

See the trailer after the cut.  I am not sure if it is even remotely faithful to Rudyard Kipling’s original, but Kipling was clearly not thinking far enough ahead in terms of special effects advancement in the motion picture era.  I mean, really.  Where else were we going to get Bill Murray as Baloo the bear?

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On Our Heroes Dying

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The entire geek portion of the Internet was united recently by the death of Leonard Nimoy.  It was enough to get a lot of stupid talk about a dress off my Facebook feed, so even if it wasn’t enough Nimoy was one of the people who led me to science fiction, he has my gratitude for that one final favor.

And while I am a little saddened by the death of a man who I honestly never met, I am also not as shocked as I was by some past deaths.  Nimoy’s health has been rather bad for a while now.  There’s a reason even when he did some acting work, that it was done to keep his actual appearance to a bare minimum.    But there’s something else to consider:  Nimoy was 83 years old.  As timeless as performances captured on camera can be, Spock got old, and he died.  He wasn’t the first, he won’t be the last, and its something we will all do ourselves.  What do we do when people we have never met, but have touched us in some way as we became the adults we are, die?

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Flying Towards Us At LUDICROUS SPEED Is A Spaceballs Sequel!

 

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MAY THE SCHWARTZ BE WITH YOU! Yes you heard us correctly, THE SCHWARTZ! Because Mel Brooks is at it again! A Spaceballs sequel was just announced and you know what that means – oh yeah – we’ll finally be able to answer the question of whether your Schwartz is as big as mine. And let’s clarify immediately – yours is not!

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