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September 15th, 2005


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11:57 pm - 6:5 When he opened the third seal, I saw there shrinkwrapped a copy of Mac and Me.
I got paid today.

Generally when I get paid I make a short excursion to Best Buy or some such place to test my self-restraint in front of the DVD section.

I went to One of Those Stores and they were selling Mac and Me on DVD. Remember Mac and Me? 'course you don't. It was an incredibly mediocre film. It's a 90 minute McDonald's commercial (complete with Coke-addicted alien (that's Coke, the beverage, not coke, the drug which probably inspired Mac and Me) masquerading as a slightly cuter version of ET for kids too slow to appreciate the real thing. The TV previews featured a bunch of kids bragging about how many times they'd seen it ("Thirty seven! In a row!"). The centerpiece of the film is a dance sequence in McDonalds featuring good ol' Ronald McDonald. Choreography fetishists might read that sentence and try to imagine what incredible feats of footwork Ronnie was doing, but you miss my point: The film culminates in the dance scene which, as far as Hollywood dance scenes go, is at or below average..

Admittedly I liked Mac and Me the first time I saw it, but in my defense I was nine. Two years later the only redeeming quality I could find in the film was that if you squint hard, you can spot the Catty Kathy Garbage Pail Kid on the main character's wall.

Apparently Mac and Me has been out since April, but I didn't know because it's one of those things you just don't look for.

I understand, of course, that film distribution rights can be complicated and cost-prohibitive to obtain, but lots of good stuff is still not available on DVD. Twice Upon a Time? Max Headroom? Shock Treatment??? No, no, and of course not. Nobody wanted a DVD edition of Mac and Me. Nobody. I'd buy "Manos" The Hands of Fate or Robot Monster before I'd ever watch Mac and Me again for free.

Well, actually, I kinda did buy Manos a few years back... And I kind of like it, if only because it's inept, not actually evil.

At least all four Killer Tomatoes movies are out now...
Current Mood: angrydisgusted
Current Music: Echo and the Bunny Men -- The Killing Moon

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From:lord_alucard
Date:September 16th, 2005 06:34 am (UTC)
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You're a sick, sick man colin gagnon.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
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I assume that you're referring to my fondness for the Killer Tomatoes movies, since I know your taste is too good for Mac and Me.
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From:theenigma42
Date:September 16th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
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Actually, I remmeber Mac and Me quite well. I was a kid also when I last saw it, but I used to like it a lot. I probably hate it now, but I still wouldn't mind having the chance to see it again.
-KEiTH
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, it can be yours on DVD, you sicko.
From:renny1780
Date:September 16th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
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Hey, I liked that movie when I was a kid...of course, I'd probably hate it now. You forgot to mention that the main character ("me") is in a wheelchair. It's not really important or anything but it's so rarely seen for a main character...


Yeah. I'm going now.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
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While I commend their choice to give us a disabled main character, the fact remains that this is the most product-placement heavy movie I have ever seen. On top of that, the plot is a complete rehash of ET, right down to the alien's obsession with a snack food (Reese's Pieces vs. Coke). I guess I can't stop people from liking it (hell, if ET hadn't existed first, I might not dislike this movie so much), but to me it reeks of marketing.
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From:fuzzyinthehead
Date:September 16th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Speaking of movies, the Union is doing a sneak preview showing of The Corpse Bride in the Play Circle on Tuesday. If you would like to go, let me know soon. I'm sure the tickets will sell out fast.
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. Damn. offBeat's singing on Tuesday, so I won't be able to make it. Thanks for the offer, though.
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From:seanorange
Date:September 16th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Dude, I did the same thing last night, only I went to the TV section. It's true -- everything ever made ever will be on DVD. Starting with Danger Mouse. It's touted as seasons 1 and 2, but I suspect it may be the whole series. For $20, I think I may have to pick it up after my next paycheck. Why not now? I have a sinking feeling I won't love it enough to warrant even that much. I'm already terribly disappointed by both the Ben Folds CD I bought and Sims 2 Nightlife, and that was a total of $50 right there...

There was another amazing thing I saw on DVD, but I can't really remember. I know there's a sort of "best of..." Masters of the Universe out, but I didn't see it yesterday.

~Away!!
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 16th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
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everything ever made ever will be on DVD.

Unfortunately, many of my favorite movies and TV shows (Twin Peaks, Twice Upon a Time...) are tied up in ownership disputes, and don't look as if they're coming out anytime soon, if ever. I will be picking up the Masters of the Universe and Dangermouse sets for the nostalgia factor, though. I used to love those shows, and I think the "best of" idea for Masters of the Universe was a great move. I could never justify spending $40/season on that cartoon, but it's one of a small number of shows where owning a few choice episodes would be preferable to the entire series.

I like Songs for Silverman, but I guess I'm alone in that.
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From:seanorange
Date:September 16th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
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I like it more than I did when I first listened to it (Jesusland is starting to grow on me). I hate that I had to watch the DVD to understand what any of the songs meant.

Musically, most of the songs don't do anything for me. Sadie's pretty good, though, but so is the song about his son.

~Sean
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From:chloe_soldats
Date:September 16th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)

Stalker?

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G'day. I added you to my flist. Why you ask? Well I'll answer! I randomly searched for people in Wi, and you came up, and you're close to my age... So that's the main reason why. Hopefully that's okay. :) If you decide to venture into my senselessness in return, don't be scared off, I've been a bit stressed the past few days, but am not usually so psycho. :) Have a fantastic weekend random person I found. :)
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From:sacredspud
Date:September 17th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)

Re: Stalker?

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Hey, stalk away! No, I certainly don't mind being friended by people I don't know (well, usually, anyway) because it gives me an excuse to read more journals. You're on my list too now.
6:5 When he opened the third seal, I saw there shrinkwrapped a copy of Mac and Me. - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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