Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rex Manning Day

April seems to be that month in between the spring kick-off of blockbusters and the debut of Marvel's The Avengers.  So, what have I been doing? Besides avoiding the overflow of Avenger's clips and interviews flooding my favorite movie sites, I've updated the Point's Facebook Page and been checking out some other unusual film related websites debuting on the internet.

Rex Manning Day - April 21st
Before I reveal the three new movie sites that I've discovered this week, I'd like to remind everyone of an upcoming special day.  As Mark said in Empire Records, "We mustn't dwell... no, not today. We CAN'T. Not on Rex Manning day!" That's right. April 21st is Rex Manning day...wait, what?  I'm sorry I misunderstood. Actually, it is referred to as record store day.  A day created to support local culture and art by visiting your neighborhood record store and getting special deals on albums. In a time of digital music and iTunes destroying mom and pop record stores, it is good to hear about a nationwide event such as this. Check out their website for participating stores:

Add B_List to your friends
Social networking has taken a strong hold on the internet with Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, Tumbr,  LinkedIn, MySpace, Friendster, blah blah blah. Then, websites like Imdb, Flixster, and Rotten Tomatoes allow viewers to rate movies as they see fit. Now Letterboxd has combined social networking with rating a way. You have friends, but you can't comment them. However, you can read their reviews and ratings on movies.  You can even LIKE their reviews. The tagline is "your life in film." Currently it is in beta testing, and you can only join with an invite, but soon enough every film fan will want to be a member.

If Letterboxd isn't enough for film fans, then they'll want to check out the Fantasy Film League.  Imagine fantasy football with movies. This website isn't new, but it's new to me. You are allowed $70M to hire 6 actors/actresses and one director then you title your film and proceed to get it greenlit. Then, it becomes a weekly competition at the box office. I signed up with Tom Hardy, Bruce Willis, Emma Stone, Will Smith, Jason Biggs, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, and Joss Whedon for my film. I also gave my movie a special title that's fits me: Ghostbusters 3: A New Hope (it's funny if you're a regular reader).  With my cast, I'm set to have one hell of a summer...seriously, football season needs to return. The concept of this game is ridiculous, yet I couldn't resist signing up.

Netflix nudity at your fingertips
Lastly, some computer whiz has brought porn back to the internet. The website BATEFLIX is a search engine platform that can be used to find different types of nude scenes available through Netflix. You can even hone your search to only discs or just streaming or both. The website allows you to pick from a variety of topics including shower scenes, lesbians, stripping, and much much more. Then, your results are rated to tell you which movies have more nudity. It's amazing how far the internet has come.

My favorite Podcast
Lately, I've discovered that every comedian has a podcast.  My two favorites are "the Pod-father" Adam Carolla and Christopher Titus who came up with "Pod-father" descriptor for Carolla.  I download them onto my phone and listen to their profanity filled rants that make me chuckle. I've also listened in on the Nerdist (Chris Hardwick), Doug Loves Movies (Doug Benson), WTF with Marc Maron, How did this get Made? (Paul Scheer), and Cashing in with T.J. Miller.  I've subscribed but have yet to listen to Talkin Walken with Kevin Pollak (impersonating Christopher Walken), Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, The Smartest Man in the World (Greg Proops), and This Week with Larry Miller.  Basically, the only reason I mention any of this is because I'd like to give Larry Miller a nice little get well message after his accidental fall.  Get well soon...although I've never listened to your podcast, I enjoy all the times you've been on the Pod-father's show.

Moving away from the internet, I've managed to see a couple of funny movies since my last edition of the Point. I refuse to write a full-fledged review once again. American Reunion reunited the gang from American Pie after 13 years. It's predictable funny with a few gross out laughs and shock value scenes. However, it's isn't anywhere near the ground-breaking, genre-defining original American Pie that sparked an onslaught of National Lampoon-esque films and honestly let studios by more likely to use Judd Apatow's risky comedy script ideas. In American Reunion, Eugene Levy is great once again, and Sean William Scott is the same ol' lovable, over-the-top dick that he plays in every movie. 21 Jump Street is the other movie I watched. It was laugh out loud hilarious. It made fun of itself and paid homage to the television show. I was pleasantly surprised.

The Beek is back!
If you didn't see James Van Der Beek's return to television, then you missed one of the best sitcom premieres since Happy EndingsThe B____ in Apartment 23 is a hilariously quirky show on ABC. Find it, Watch it, Love it.  Finally, the Shields Brothers got some redemption on The Voice when Erin Martin got sent home packing. I'm supporting Team Blake and Jordis Unga.  If you missed this week's episode of Raising Hope, then you missed a bombshell leading into the second season finale this week, plus you missed the show paying even more homage to My Name is Earl.  Finally, don't forget about the return of Parks and Rec this upcoming Thursday night.

Thanks once again for using the internet for something other than porn or Facebook, but be sure to quickly go to Facebook and LIKE the Point's Facebook Page.  Don't forget to watch The B____ in Apartment 23 and the return of Parks and Rec this week, check out Bateflix (and then call yourself a perv), join the Fantasy Film League (and call yourself a nerd), and sign up for Letterboxd (and add B_List), and then go out to your local record store for Rex Manning Day next Saturday. And do not forget to tune in next time for the zany adventures of the one and only self-proclaimed semi-professional procrastinator that doubles as an entertainment guru...or as my mom called me...that damn lazy couch potato.