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It’s been a while, but I talked about several Chinese movies any film lover should see.  Someone who had the honor of holding two films on that list was director and actor Stephen Chow.  Gifted in slapstick, over the top, silly dialogue and action, Chow has cemented himself as a current leader in both quality comedy and a Chinese celebrity.  His most recent movie, released in 2013 in China, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons is the highest grossest Chinese language movie ever.  So I got my hands on the movie and had to see it myself, not really sure how I would feel about it after loving Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer so much.  Here’s a quick summary of the premise.

Xuan Zang (Zhang Wen) is an unorthodox demon hunter.  Instead of pummeling them into submission, he uses a pacifist approach through nursery rhymes to appeal to their inner good.  But when he gets in over his head, the aggressive demon hunter Miss Duan (Qi Shu) is forced to save his life over and over again.  Together they foil each other out as they journey to the west, conquering demons (get it?).  Along the way, slapstick, seduction, and heartbreak occur on the road as they learn more about each other then either of them really wanted.

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I’ve soon learned that Weekend Funnies are a temporary vacation from you real life, as you get stuck in a world where life doesn’t suck so much.  A world where anonymity is power that allows you to be racist, sexist, judgmental, or all of the above for a few quick minutes and then you can return to whoever you were before.  So take this time and enjoy these 24 images are your escape from your likely hellish life.  And if your offended with one image, always remember that if EVERYONE finds it funny, it probably truly isn’t.

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This is a really colorful image that pitches Aang, the master of the four elements [as stated in the popular Nickelodeon series Avatar: the Last Airbender] against the master of the periodic table of elements, Dmitri Mendeleev. It’s quite hilarious in the way when science and popular culture clashes. In truth, only nerds, engineers, and geeks will truly understand this. And since I fall under all three of those categories, this tickles me greatly.

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A long time ago, I wrote a very long article concerning my favorite comedy: Tropic Thunder.  It wasn’t soon after I published that article did I think of my favorite movies from other dramas.  It’s difficult to narrow them down, but I eventually settled on action movies.  I thought hard about which action movie is very much worth calling, ‘the best’.  But when you really come down to it, the most influential and generally awesome action movie of all time is “Die Hard”.  Almost every person can relate to the lovable John McClane, the idea of one man vs. a dozen is well displayed here, and the outside help elements are film staples we see in just about every action film these days.  It doesn’t take a movie critic or a film education to realize how elements from this movie have influenced the industry today, and I’ll try my best to break it down for you all.  But first, a summary.

John McClane, a New York police cop, is heading west to join his separated wife for Christmas and their children.  His wife is in the middle of a corporate Christmas party after a celebrated project wrap up, so he must make his way to the building itself.  Admist meeting her and her fellow co-workers, the building is suddenly taken hostage while John narrowly escapes.  In a game of cat and mouse between John McClane and the terrorists, led my Hans Gruber, he must shoot, trick, and explode his way back to his wife with the help of a local cop and a young limo driver.

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Nearly a month ago, I posted some real life renderings of Disney Princesses.  They were beautiful representations of some of the most memorable heroines in Disney movies.  A friend came to me afterwards asking for where Cinderella and Snow White and Tiana were.  I was surely puzzled because the artist had bothered to draw obscure Princesses like Meg and even Ursula.  So I did a little digging and found out that I haven’t shared the entire set yet.  So here’s the rest of them.  I realized I didn’t give credit to an artist, so let me fix that mistake here: http://jirkavinse.wordpress.com/  The  rest are down below.

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It might be out of taste because it’s totally so last year, but it doesn’t change the fact I stumbled into this amazingly well done RPG representation of one of the best dramas on television.  It beat out Game of Thrones last year in my opinion, and with filming occurring this year for it’s final season, it’s the only reason why Game of Thrones will probably nab my favorite spot.  I’m off topic, so let me circle back.  Today I give you two different adaptations of a Breaking Bad Video Game.  The one above was done by Johnny Utah who’s taken the Street Fighter Route to tastefully include small jokes made throughout the entire series, and the one below follows a more Japanese/Korean style RPG made by College Humor.  Enjoy them both.

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It’s no surprise that the Coen Brothers make some of the most memorable characters in movie history.  Each of their movies seem to have a perfect balance between quirky hilarious and downright terrifying.  Even their one movie I never seemed to comprehend, A Serious Man, had some decent memorable characters.  Here’s the list of my five favorite characters from their very long and impressive resume.  Feel free to chime in when you feel as though I’ve forgotten somebody.

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We’re really not a video gaming website, though it might be a direction I want to take it in the future.  But this is a rare case where television meets video games.  If you haven’t heard, South Park has returned with its 16th season and the jokes are absurd, crude, and hilarious as ever.  News says that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are now in the progress of making video game about the town of South Park, Colorado.  While there have been South Park games in the past, this is the first one including heavy involvement from Parker and Stone.  If this game has 10+ years of mythlore of the series in it and there is an RPG element that is rumored, then I’ll want these 9 favorites on my team to take down whatever darkness might incur on the streets of South Park.

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The funny and awesome people at Uproxx have compiled this awesome gallery of famous rappers/celebrities doing absolutely normal things. I’ve chosen my favorites and the whole gallery is here.  As usual, Beyonce is beautiful.

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Rotten Tomatoes also compiled some crime thrillers that are really awesome.  Zodiac, Collateral, all 10 of these movies are really freaking sweet.

10 Certified Fresh Crime Thrillers

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Spirited Away (2002)

There are a lot of lists that include the best movies ever.  Each list has its own personality and every movie on it has its own credibility and worthwhile aspects to be watched.  So if you ever wanna burn through 100 movies.  As for me…I’m at 64/100.  If you’re lower than me, you have work to do.  If you’re higher than me, movie film points for you.

100 of the Best Movies

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Pixar has a knack for creating some of the most lovable animated characters to ever hit the screen.  They’ve done more than 10 movies where each of them has at least 2 or 3 likable/lovable characters.  So I’ve made a list of my 5 favorites below.

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http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/jwmvxd/chappelle-s-show-love-contract

[EDIT] This video is making serious beefs with my format. The youtube version was cut for copyright and the one I tried to embed is making my format lose all common sense. Until I find another version, I refer you to the link.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

I recently watched The Chappelle Show for laughs and giggles.  First off, it was probably one of the more controversial and groundbreaking shows of its time and inspired a heinous string of followers: Mind of Mencia, etc.  Regardless, the show had a couple of sketches that I dropped my jaw when I saw.  In the clip above is the beautiful tropical fish, Ann Perkins, as an extra who had been reduced to doing seedy yet hilarious sketches like this before her Parks and Recreation days.  Not too groundbreaking, yes, but I think it’s fun to see actors ‘paying their dues’ before they make it big.  I’m sure she cringes every time someone references this.

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Dialogue is the writer’s way to speak the characters soul in a movie.  It relays personality, interests, priorities, and values that we come to love about our favorite movie characters.  Too much of it however, can be a bad thing.  Not in all cases, but most people don’t like people who have an infinite battery source on the chatterbox.  The ramblings of a disillusioned man or even an intelligent man can usually tend to get on our nerves.  Today I’ve compiled a rather small list [but equipped with videos as well as images] of some of the biggest chit-chat-kats in the movie galaxy that are worthy of your note.  As usual, please let me know who I’ve missed.  I like my mind stimulated as much as yours.

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Adult Innuendo in Kids Films

UGO does a good job in compiling lists and can be compared to Cracked.com.  Which is a humungous compliment to them.  They’ve listed a couple of movies of where kid’s movies have adult innuendos.  Not all kids movies are strictly for kids.  There are a couple of jokes that simply fly over their heads and the parents and baby sitters put their hands over their mouths and giggles.  Here’s the link.

Adult Innuendo in Kid’s Movies

 

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Last week, it sort of felt as though I bashed being a movie buff in preference for being a television buff with so many television related posts.   I can feel sometimes that I relay the imbalance of movies and television and I have to remind myself that I still need to write about movies every once in a while.  I haven’t really been to a movie theater as of late and all the movies I’ve been watching are either old or terrible, neither of which warrants a full blow review.  And I tire of lists that hold little relevance.  So I kind of went into the mind process of when I wrote about my ‘television ratio’ and ‘reasons to watch television’.  Today I write to defend the movie buff honor and claim how pride I am to being one. Below I’ve compiled a list of 5 reasons or better yet, perks to being a movie buff.  Read below.

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It’s no surprise that many movies have tried to copy the repeating success of a film franchise.  No one movie alone can beat the strength of a franchise in terms of box office.  Everyone beginning film wants to be the next Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings.  But where these franchises have succeeded, about 3-5 have failed.  Below you’ll find The Golden Compass, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Eragon.  While not all these films are bad [Mystery Men is in there, and I absolutely loved that movie], either their box office or uncommitted stars stopped these films from become sequels or even more.

20 Failed Franchise Formations

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Absurd things like the rappelling scene in Mission Impossible are like the dreams of a fantasia screen writer.  However, these 6 scenes were inspired by events that actually happened.  Check out this other Cracked article that compiled this awesome list.

6 Absurd Movie Scenes that Actually Happened

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I’m the one who knocks.

Bacon and Eggs.

Fallopian Tubes.

These are the best lines of 2011 compiled by the Huffington Post.    Check them out below.

The Best TV Lines of 2011

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I tried to vary it up.  I stuck away from leecher sites like 9gag and funny junk.  Power to the original creators, not leecher sites that get paid over the creativity of others.  Off the soap box.  Enjoy this weekend’s 27 images.

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