Re: If there's something strange in your neighborhood...this summer!

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Definitely on 1 through 4, but I'm not so sure about 5 through 7.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:02 AM
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It will be directed by J.J. Abrams, in which case 3, 5, and 7 will be reversed, and 6 will be debatable as it involves "red matter." The Satanic architect will have been a member of the Dharma Initiative and "Slush-O" will be mentioned in at least one scene.


Posted by: Deuce Bigalow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:10 AM
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I forgot (8) Someone else already mentioned some of this somewhere on the internet, and I face pwnage.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:10 AM
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Supplementary: Andy Samberg will play Peter Venkman.


Posted by: Deuce Bigalow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:12 AM
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3: That's a given for anything anyone posts, though, and not worth worrying about.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:13 AM
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5: Yeah. I should probably predict that way for the biblical parts, too. I amend to predict the biblical parts will be hand-wavy.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:19 AM
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I last saw Ghostbusters outdoors on a giant screen in a park with delicious snacks. That totally rocked.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:27 AM
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But will the sequel be remade? People are much less likely to have seen that one. I never did.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 12:57 AM
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You wouldn't have known (9). I will not see it unless and until it's available on Netflix or Hulu or the like. It pretty much has to be bad.


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:33 AM
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They are actually making a new film, or at least planning to. I don't know if you're aware, but there's a videogame based on the film(s) coming out pretty much now, starring most of the original cast. The experience of doing that convinced them that it would be a good idea to do a new film. See this interview for more details.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:45 AM
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I recently made a comparison between the sludge oozing up out of the Brooklyn gutters and the hate-slime in Ghostbusters II that can only be defeated by playing "Higher and Higher." My girlfriend had no idea what I was talking about and it made me sad.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 4:21 AM
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OT:Argh. Nothing worse than getting ready for court and realizing that all my suits are either dirty or in the cleaners except the one with the skirt that's too short and too tight. Sorry, petitioner! Not trying to engage in psychological warfare, I don't really have the legs for it. Just badly dressed.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 5:49 AM
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but will the goofy sidekick, who ends up saving the day because he/she is really good with electronics/machines/hacking be Hispanic or Asian ?


Posted by: cleek | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 6:39 AM
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trying to engage in psychological warfare, I don't really have the legs for it. Just badly dressed.

[imagine "getting a leg up on your opponent" and "showing your legal briefs" jokes here]


Posted by: Idealist | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 6:58 AM
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But, but . . . #7, crossing the streams . . . dude, that was totally okay because the streams crossed in the evil universe, thus destroying the evil universe and closing the gateway to it. I guess they had to shut off their ray guns real quick so that when the evil universe disappeared they didn't end up crossing the streams in our universe and destroy all of us.

Do they make new pop culture narratives any more, or is it all recycled?


Posted by: r/rar m/mmm | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 6:58 AM
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8: That's too bad. I think it was better. Not that the first wasn't good too.

13: Hmmm. Who is the Rick Moranis of the current decade?

15: "any more"?


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 7:17 AM
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How about the song? Remixed or covered? I'm too ignorant of the new stuff to speculate who'll do it, but I'm sure Sifu will be appalled.


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 7:31 AM
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Who is the Rick Moranis of the current decade?

Jon Heder?

to speculate who'll do it

Rob Zombie?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 7:38 AM
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The song has been butchered not once but twice in recent UK adverts.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 7:44 AM
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16.2 I think the new Rick Moranis is Anna Faris.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 7:45 AM
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I predict a remake, prequel, or sequel

UH, hello? McFly, anybody home? There already was a sequel. Or am I the only one who understands the awesomeness of Bobby Brown's "On Our Own"?

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold
They're called the Ghostbusters and they're in control
Had 'em throwin' a party for a bunch of children
While all the while the slime was under the building


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 7:47 AM
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Ghostbusters III is in imdb, and at least partially cast already. C'mon people!

My guess is T-Pain for the theme song.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 7:57 AM
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No way. It'll be "Crank That Slimer".


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:04 AM
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Will 'bustin' still make you feel good?


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:07 AM
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Columbia calls up new 'Ghostbusters' by the writers of Year One.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:11 AM
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'bustin'

Ah, the rare word with two apostrophes indicating truncation from both directions!


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:13 AM
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Joining the distinguished ranks of 'r' and 'n'.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:39 AM
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y'all's


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:40 AM
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Also: G'n'f'n'R', which you should understand is you were a teenager in the late 80s or early 90s. Also known as G'n'R, but of course the former more accurately captures the rock'n'roll spirit.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:46 AM
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21: Oh, yeah. Totally. I should have said another sequel. Having rewatched the first one, I realize most of my Ghostbuster-related memories (e.g., Statue of Liberty scene) are actual from the second film, which makes sense, as I was a 2yo when the first one came out but 7yo when #2 came out.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:59 AM
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Ghostbusters II sucked so bad.

Yet the original was so good!

A puzzle.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:00 AM
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A puzzle.

The difficult follow-up album.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:07 AM
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30: Thanks for making me feel old.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:25 AM
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I realize most of my Ghostbuster-related memories (e.g., Statue of Liberty scene) are actual from the second film, which makes sense, as I was a 2yo when the first one came out but 7yo when #2 came out.

Me too. Remember the Saturday-morning cartoon?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:25 AM
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34: Yep.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:30 AM
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25: Scribe Wrongshore Tubthumps Whammo New Career, Links Variety


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:34 AM
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Which saturday morning cartoon? There were two. Admittedly, one was a horrible, cheesy ripoff, but it came first.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:34 AM
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You know what are awesome? Commas.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:35 AM
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38: Actually, you know what's really awesome? This here iPhone I done got yesterday.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:44 AM
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I was a 2yo when the first one came out

Were you were the kid who cried during the whole damn movie? If so, I've been holding a grudge against you.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:47 AM
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Which saturday morning cartoon? There were two.

Don't forget Slimer! and Extreme Ghostbusters. So really there were four. The Real Ghostbusters is obviously the real one though. I mean it says so right there in the title.


Posted by: CJB | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:53 AM
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I'm pretty sure I saw the original on giant laser disc, back in the day. I didn't understand why everyone thought the Stay Puff marshmallow man was so hilarious and was somehow disappointed that Harold Ramis didn't have more of a role (having had the adolescent nerd-boy's fondness for SCTV).

"Cats and dogs living together" is still a great line.


Posted by: Jimmy Pongo | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 9:57 AM
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But to my mind only the 2nd best dog quote in the movie. (That clip used to be on YouTube, but it is frustratingly gone now.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 10:13 AM
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41: Oh, yeah. Slimer ended up being a good guy. Weird.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 10:16 AM
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44: And a Hi-C flavor.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 10:30 AM
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And an action figure that was packaged with toy slabs of meat, IIRC.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 10:33 AM
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Because of the line "This chick is toast," which makes me think of Tadahiko Ogawa's most famous work, mention of Ghostbusters makes me think of the Mona Lisa (that is, the Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo). I blame the postmodern condition.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 10:43 AM
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I saw Ghostbusters in a theater in suburban Chicago (no idea where, but I would still recognize the location if I were taken there) with my big sister and grandmother. Summer of '84? Great movie.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:09 PM
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Brits: have any of you seen Mary Poppins? Is Dick van Dyke's cockney(?) accent as awful as it sounds to me? Or is it actually OK but I have a bad attitude?

God I hate this movie, which Iris just finished watching across the hall from my office.

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Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:11 PM
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See this

The American's "strike a light, guv'nor" Cockney caricature in Mary Poppins is widely regarded as delivering the worst film accent of all time. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it was not.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:20 PM
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50: I knew it!

The only reason I doubted was that van Dyke is/was a very talented performer, so it didn't seem impossible that he was getting it right, however silly it sounds to an American. Sounds worse to Brits, I gather.

BTW, I now recognize that I erred, and 49 was in fact an "OT bleg." Apologies all around.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:23 PM
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For more in depth reading on DVD's accent, see this.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:25 PM
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Poor Iris, to grow up with such a father. Sure, Bert's accent is abysmal. But -- Dick Van Dyke! Julie Andrews! Anti-capitalism! Feminism! Magic! Uncle Albert! It's funny and fun and has great music. You're an old grump, JRoth. Go fly a kite!


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:49 PM
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JRoth: Objectively anti-bird.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 2:58 PM
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I quite like this fellow linked in 52:

Now, granted, Van Dyke's cockney accent is pretty damn awful . . . . But as far as inaccuracies go, the film is full of others. Greenwich does not set its time by the cannon fire of Admiral Boom; Nannies can't fly . . . and (I know this from experience) the wait staff at most English cafes consists entirely of Polish immigrants, not dancing penguins.

Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:12 PM
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The blog linked in 52, and the endless stream of anti-DVD reference linked in that blog, is breathtaking.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:12 PM
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Here's the worst part: Iris likes to sing "Let's go fly a kite," and she sings, "up where the air is clear" with this awful accent that I can't even figure how to transcribe.

53: I can't abide any of that shit. I mean, OK, anti-capitalism and feminism are great, but that's what Gang of Four are for.

Never seen the goddamn Sound of Music either.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:15 PM
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DVD trivia I just learned via Wikipedia: He was also the elderly bank chairman, credited as "Nackvid Keyd".


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:16 PM
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57: Tell me that AB is sane on this matter, else I'm calling CPS.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:21 PM
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Dick Van Dyke's accent is indeed epically bad.

".. eh-low mehREE popIHngs," etc.

Very few American actors can do British accents well, but DVD's goes completely past that into something genuinely surreal; it's almost subvervsive. Maybe it's some act of Brechtian sabotage by DVD, the genius of which has gone unremarked for decades.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:26 PM
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59: Indeed. If not for AB, Julie Andrews would never have brightened our TV.

Dreck.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:36 PM
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Maybe this is the right place to mention one of my very favorite covers, a French cabaret/bossa nova cover of the DKs too drunk to fuck


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:47 PM
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I guess DVD never figured out how to get around the region encoding.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 3:57 PM
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I just read the first few pages of Mary Poppins on Amazon--it's quite funny. I recall taking it all literally when I was a child.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 4:01 PM
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I just read the first few pages of Mary Poppins on Amazon--it's quite funny. I recall taking it all literally when I was a child.

Did you know that there are three sequels, too?


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 4:55 PM
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I hear they're remaking it as a horror film.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 4:59 PM
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And four Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle sequels!

The wikipedia entry is a classic. Check out the huge deadpan chart. Most formulaic stories ever?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 5:57 PM
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Iris has been enjoying the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle vids. I have no position on them, but I'm pro-Stapleton.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:27 PM
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67: The table on that page should be in the next Edward Tufte book as an exemplar of how to communicate information efficiently.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 06-16-09 8:41 PM
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62: excellent, but not quite as good, I think, as the same band singing The Clash's "Ze Guns of Breexton".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 06-17-09 2:24 AM
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Yeah, the Nouvelle Vague joke only works on some tunes, on some the tunes really work in their own right, though.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 06-17-09 3:46 AM
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I have no position on them, but I'm pro-Stapleton.

I like NWW too, but I'm surprised you play them for Iris.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 06-17-09 9:56 AM
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