What You Should Be Watching: Gaki No Tsukai!

This Japanese show is really unlike anything we have in the western world. The program is presented by five Japanese comedians who pretty much destroy themselves to entertain the viewer. The most famous segment that has been widely viewed on You Tube is the chinko machine:

But the most brilliantly funny are the No Laughing games. Once a year the five go to a place for 24 hours where they are to be trained for a certain profession. Reporter, nurse, spy and policemen just to name a couple. When they are there they cannot laugh, if they do they are punished, mostly with a hard smack on their ass. A lot of Japanese celebrities star in these all to make the cast laugh. Here is an example:

If you want to see more, this fansite has a lot of links to subbed pieces of Gaki No Tsukai and other, similar Japanese shows:

http://www.gaki-no-tsukai.com/

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Mash-Up: Home Alone + Dawn of the Dead

Imagine Kevin waking up and finding his whole family gone… forever! As the only remaining survivor of a zombie apocalypse he decides to defend his house with everything he can find: christmas decorations, paint, slippery slopes and so much more…

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Portrayals: Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle is the creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. This character has been portrayed by many different men and other creatures. He’s been in movies, television series and cartoons. Rightfully so, he is a brilliant figure and there are a lot of possibilities with the way he can be played and portrayed. The difference between the martial arts using Holmes played by Robert Downey Jr. is a long way off from the Holmes played by Peter Cushing in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The first Holmes on the screen was played by an unknown man in the 1900’s movie Sherlock Holmes Baffled.

Kind of sad that Holmes his first movie adventure ended with him losing against a teleporting burglar.

A lot of actors played Holmes in the following years. Some only once but some played him in more than a couple, such as Georges Tréville who portrayed him 8 times. But even more impressive is Eille Norwood who played Holmes in 47 different films. Not full features off course. Most of them were around 30 minutes long, such as this one; The Dying Detective (1921).

Then Holmes made his appearance in the talkies. The first notable actor to portray Holmes with a voice was Basil Rathbone in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939).

Whatever it is he’s looking for, he’ll probably find it.

He played Holmes in 14 more movies and 1 TV show.The way he was portrayed then is how most people, up until recently, perceived him. The Jacket matching the hat, a looking glass and a big pipe.

Sherlock Holmes (1951) was the first TV series revolving around the detective. He was played by Alan Wheatley in this Mini-Series. Holmes remained mostly the same.

Whatever it is he’s looking for… He’ll probably find it. Again.

In the next series Holmes was played by Ronald Howard. Again the character remained the same.

In 1959 Hammer Film Production took a swing at the magnifying glass wielding genius with two of their biggest talents; Peter Cushing played the detective and Christopher Lee was Sir Henry in The Hound of the Baskervilles. One of the biggest changes was that Holmes was in color!

You have failed me for the last time, Watson!

Three years later Christopher Lee played Holmes in the German movie Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes or Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace. Peter Cushing reprised his role in the television series carrying the name of the detective.

In 1970 one of the greatest directors of all time, Billy Wilder, wrote and directed the crime/comedy The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Christopher Lee again enters the frame and again he plays a different character; Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. This time it was Robert Stephens who donned the coat and pipe.

In the following years a number of notable actors portrayed Holmes, among them:

– John Cleese, Roger Moore, Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Peter O’Toole, Tommy Cooper, Michael Caine, Jeremy Irons, Charlton Heston, Alfred Molina and even Jimmy Fallon (in his own show).

Here is a fragment of The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977) starring Cleese. It is a fragment mostly starring Arthur Lowe as Watson but Cleese is in there too.

Next to that impressive line of actors who portrayed Holmes, here are some TV-shows where the character made an appearance:

– Star Trek: The Next Generation, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Real Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live, Animaniacs and the Muppets Tonight.

Here’s the Star Trek version:

Jep, That just happened.

Then, in 2009, Holmes was re-introduced to us by Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes. This Holmes was unlike any we had seen before. Besides the fact that he is more charismatic and muscular than previous Sherlock’s, the biggest difference is that he actually fights like a trained MMA fighter. This was an action blockbuster first and foremost, the crime and mystery took a backseat. Downey is joined by Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong to create a star-studded cast.

On TV Holmes was also on the move; Benedict Cumberbatch (Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Watson) portrayed the duo in modern London. Despite the modern twist the character is much closer to the Holmes of Arthur Conan Doyle than the Guy Ritchie Holmes is. The name of the series is Simply Sherlock.

The next project about the detective is very similar to Sherlock. Also in a modern setting only this time in New York, it’s stars are Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (The first female Watson). The name of the series will be Elementary and debuts on September 27th on CBS. I hope people don’t compare Sherlock and Elementary too much and give Elementary a fair shot.

Here’s the Elementary trailer:

Side note: This actually has 1100 dislikes on YouTube! People really don’t look forward to this.

Well that’s it.There are a lot of films and series I didn’t mention because the post would have been way too long. And I made it without using the famous quote: It’s elementary, my dear Watson!

Well… I guess I didn’t.

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4 Games That Should Make The Transition To The Silver Screen

Games aren’t what they used to be. A good story matters now, just saving the princess from a castle doesn’t cut it anymore. Many games are so good that they should be made into a movie. Several are planned or rumored to be happening. Halo, Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Deus EX, Uncharted and Devil May Cry. All of these have a lot of potential. I just hope they don’t end up like Alone in the Dark (2005) or Double Dragon (1994).

Here are a couple of others that could make the transition:

Gears of War

Helmed by Ridley Scott, this could end up as one of the best sci-fi/action movies ever. The story of the game is that the earth-like planet Sera is invaded by aliens called The Locust. We follow the delta squad, lead by Marcus Phoenix, bad-ass extraordinaire. Marcus Phoenix bares a lot of resemblance to ex-WWE wrestler Batista.

Probably separated at birth

I don’t know if Batista can act, but if he could, they definitely should pick him for the role.

God of War

Replace Gears with God and you’ve got another great game with potential. Imagine Kratos destroy gods like he does in the game on the big screen. It would be gory and brutal, but most of all; fun!

Alan Wake

This one should be easy to make since this game already had a great storyline. The game with the best story that I have ever played. It’s about a writer with writer’s block so him and his wife go to this remote village in the hope that he will regain his inspiration. Quickly things go wrong and Wake ends up searching for his wife who has disappeared. The game itself is presented as a television series and each part is considered an episode. Still, I would prefer a single movie to a series.

It isn’t as peaceful at night…

Borderlands

Has Sci-fi/Action/Comedy movie written all over it. A barbaric world, savages and singing robots could result in Mad Max in outer space.

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Guess The Movie

I have, with my crappy photoshop skills, made a movie riddle. It’s an easy riddle, but still, it’s a riddle. The following image is also the name of a movie. Guess away! The winner gets a cookie. He/she has to, however, buy and get it him or herself.

Looks delicious

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What I Want To See In Anchorman 2

Anchorman (2004) for me, is one of the funniest movies ever. The one-liners, the cameos and Will Ferrel and others made it simply hilarious. The news that a sequel was in the make made me smile with anticipation. Then the trailer appeared:

It doesn’t reveal much. Actually… it doesn’t reveal anything except for the fact that the channel four news team will be complete (No Veronice Corningstone yet though). I’m glad that those four are back, but here some other things that I would like to see:

John C. Reilly as the villain

If there will be such a part as “the villain”. I hope it’s him. He has proven that he has great chemistry with Will Ferrel and Adam McKay in Talladega Nights (2006) and Step Brothers (2008) and it helps that he is a very funny guy. Maybe he could be the owner of a rival news station trying to sabotage channel 4 working together with Vince Vaughn’s character.

Looks pretty evil right?

A Buttload of Cameo’s

Like in the first one I hope one after the other funny celebrity appears. I would love to see Will Arnet as a crazy beggar or Donald Glover as Ron burgundy’s biggest fan. What about Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler or Richard Ayoade who was great in The IT Crowd. They don’t all have to be pure comedian actors, we saw Tim Robbins being pretty funny in the first one so why not throw someone unexpected in there? Someone established like Tommy Lee Jones or relatively new such as Jeremy Renner could be good. Also don’t forget to put Ken Jeong in there, he always makes me laugh.

The man eats golden popcorn. That’s how awesome he is.

Musical Number

In the first one they had Afternoon Delight but that was on a small scale. Why not end the second movie with a bang with everyone singing and dancing in the most ridiculous and unexpected ways. This propbably won’t be such a popular idea but I would love it. To remind you, here’s Afternoon Delight.

Eva Mendes

The girl who uses her sexuality to tear the group apart. Doesn’t sound good? I don’t care, look at her!

I have nothing to add

Seriously though, she did a pretty good job in The Other Guys (2010) and would love to see her play in another Adam McKay movie.

More Brick

Steve Carell has become a big star since the first Anchorman and will probably take up more screen time this time around. I don’t care, he was one of the best things about the movie. Maybe he could get a little storyline of his own? He could search for the toilet store or we could see him eating a lava lamp.

More of this

What would you guys like to see in Anchorman 2?

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Want! Car Gadgets from Movies

I am sure everybody has experienced the following: You’re watching a movie when the hero, or villain, pulls out a gadget or do-hickey that looks so awesome or useful you wish you had an entire room filled with the stuff. A lot of those gadgets involve cars. Here are some of the ones that I would gladly install.

1. Flux Capacitor

Is there anyone who wouldn’t want this in their car? Sure you could end up in the past and prevent your own birth, but chances of that are relatively small. I would also prefer to have the upgrade that allows me to use thrash as fuel, saves a lot of money.

Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?

2. Hover Conversion

Staying on topic here with the same car and movie. At the end of Back To The Future, 1985 we saw the DeLorean fly away. How cool is that?A flying car? Sign me up! I just hope i won’t collide with a flock of seagulls or a B-52.

Roads? What the hell are you talking about?

3. Submarine Mode

James Bond really had some of the coolest cars with some of the best gadgets. My favorite is his Lotus Esprit wich could drive underwater (The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977). Instead of taking the car out for a spin, why not take it out for a swim?

Always wear you’re Deep Blue Seatbelt! OK, I know that was lame. It will not happen again. (this post)

4. Auto-Repair

Are you tired of having to visit the car mechanic everytime something is wrong with your car? Well no problem with this feature wich is shown in Christine (1983). Every dent, small or large, will repair itself without problems!

5. Ejection Seat

This was probably featured in more than a few movies but I’m thinking about Johnny English (2003). At the end of the movie Rowan Atkinson sends Natalie Imbruglia flying with the press of a button. This feature has a lot of possibilities; it could help you get to safety or it could get rid of an annoying passenger who keeps telling you how to drive. You could remove the seat so you have more room for your bagage. Want to impress your friends? Shoot your seat at an overflying helicopter!

Actually, don’t try that last suggestion.

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