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10 Awesome Unintentional Trilogies

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“What 3 completely unrelated films, can you put together to make a great trilogy?” Reddit user OneManSidekick1 asked this question in a recent thread on the subreddit, r/movies. The responses were hilarious, insightful and amazing. Some people gave explanations, and others were self-explanatory. Some actually make sense given the plots and/or actors involved, while some are just clever puns on the titles themselves.

Here, in no particular order, are my 10 favorite Unintentional Trilogies…

Outbreak
Contagion
World War Z
The virus keeps being “cured” but really the cure is just a band-aid. It keeps coming back and becoming more advanced each time. There’s just no stopping that crazy shit from coming back and wiping us out.
by user: wsconce


Her
The Terminator
The Matrix
by user: Awesomesmasher


…or, similarly…

The Terminator: Robot assassin travels back in time to stop freedom fighters from winning against robots in war
The Matrix: Robots win said war, now keep humans for power source.
Cars: Eventually lose humans as power source. Evolve to more simple machine life form.
by user: BW_Bird


Beethoven
Cujo
Pet Sematary
by user: PointOfFingers


American History X: Ed Norton is a violent Racist who tries to turn his life around.
Fight Club: Following the end of AHX Ed Norton becomes Jack, slightly unbalanced but leading a “normal life”, until he meets Tyler.
The Incredible Hulk: Ed Norton has now completely lost his shit and for some reason is also the hulk.
by user: FullAhBeans

User bogdaniuz points out that in this scenario, Tyler Durden is the Hulk…

“Hey, remember when in Avengers, Banner says: ‘I tried to shoot myself in the mouth but he spitted out the bullet’
And in Fight Club he shoots himself into mouth, seemingly killing Durden…but Durden just got stronger.” [sic]


E.T.
Independence Day
District 9
by user: naughty_vixen


Se7en
Deep Impact
Bruce Almighty
Morgan Freeman starts off as a good guy detective that has seen too much, eventually becomes the president of the US and leads them through a major world disaster while giving them hope, ends up God.
by user: itsahhmemario


Edge of Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow
28 Days Later
(The original user must have deleted this one, but I remember reading it and LOLing)


Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Kill Bill
Ted
by user: BaconBoob


And my absolute favorite…!

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
by user: chrismikehunt


(P.S. I know this is a very “Buzzfeed-esque” style post. I encourage you to give the original posters the credit by visiting the original thread.)

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Karen O Inspired By Steve Martin in The Jerk

Karen O told the NY Times her Oscar-nominated “The Moon Song” from Her was inspired by The Jerk. In perhaps the most beautiful scene of that great comedy, Steve Martin plays a ukulele as he and Bernadette Peters sing “Tonight You Belong to Me”. Then, of course, Peters pulls the sweetest cornet solo out of nowhere.

I can see the similarities, in mood as much as anything else. I mean, sure: the couple, the romance, the ukulele are obvious. But the subtle sweetness is what gets me. In recent years “Tonight” has since become a staple for internet covers. I wonder if “The Moon Song” will catch the same universal adoration.

What do you think? Let’s compare…

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GrabBag – What if ‘Her’ were ‘Him’? also, Famous Film Locations and a Printable Oscar Ballot

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Another week, another bagful of random stuff. Time to open this week’s GrabBag…

  • The folks over at HitFix have built an excellent printable Oscar ballot. (I may try to make my own before the big day.)
  • Don’t think you know enough about this year’s Oscars to hold a conversation? Well hopefully The Screen Life will fix that, but just in case you still feel the need to cram for a party, Vulture offers this cheat sheet to “fake your way through.” I’m not sure I agree with everything they say (there’s no way Amy Adams has a chance at stealing best actress from Cate Blanchett), but at least it can make you look like you know what you’re talking about to others who don’t know what they’re talking about.
  • Phillip Glass talks about Visitors, his new collaboration with cinematographer Godfrey Reggio. Their previous work together, The Qatsi Trilogy, is a breathtaking masterpiece.
  • A documentarian close to Woody Allen counters the criminal allegations against him. It’s a complex issue. We will probably never know the whole truth. But his private life aside, Allen remains one of the greatest directors of all time.
  • Funny videos! There appears to be a wealth of YouTube parodies re-imagining Her as Him. Though never quite as good as you want them to be, they’re still pretty fun. But none of them hold a candle to comedian Peter Handelman’s spot-on impression of Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.

Fair warning: the Seth Rogan impersonator in this one starts out as impressive, but quickly gets annoying…

If you’ve seen Dallas Buyers Club, this will be hilarious. Not sure how well it plays if you haven’t, but either way it’s a fantastic impersonation…

Alright, another week’s bag is emptied. If you have any suggestions for future editions of GrabBag, please email me or post them in the comments. And once again, here’s my plea for any designer willing to donate their skills to help create an original GrabBag logo. It doesn’t need to be all that professional or anything. Just something simple. Anybody?

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Sundance, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Last week The Sundance Film Festival came and went, culminating in the awards announced Saturday. You might have wondered why this blog, focused as it is on film and, currently, awards season, hasn’t really mentioned it before now.

Honestly, I’d love to be able to talk about Sundance and all the great sounding movies that come out of there. The big problem with film festivals like these is how insular they are. Of course, I’m not a professional journalist and not likely to be invited to attend. I certainly don’t have the means to pay for it myself.

But on top of that, I live in the Midwest. 90% of these festival films will never end up with a theater release wide enough to make it to St. Louis. The few that do won’t show up until several months later. By the time I get to see them, everything will have already been said by the “big city critics.”

This is a problem with the independent film market in general. For example, the film Her began winning award after award and making everybody’s “Top 10” lists in mid-December. I had a feeling it could factor heavily into my own list, but it didn’t open in St. Louis until well into January. I couldn’t wait that long. It already felt late not publishing it before New Year’s. A few weeks later I ended up updating it with an awkward add-on after I finally got a chance to see the movie. But it sure would have been nice to be able to include it in the original draft.

Inside Llewyn Davis was worse. It premiered at Cannes in May. I had been hearing how wonderful it was ever since but didn’t get to confirm it for myself until after Christmas. It turns out I wasn’t quite as gung-ho about it as other critics, but I would’ve loved to discover that sooner. Was it so over-hyped by the time it got to me that it couldn’t meet expectations? Maybe, maybe not. But that six month wait certainly didn’t do anyone any good.

Of course, St. Louis does have an excellent film festival of its own. I wouldn’t have been able to catch the excellent Ernest & Celestine if it weren’t for the SLIFF. But being able to really experience a film festival in full requires an enormous commitment of time and money. It’s nearly impossible to juggle something that huge with a life and family and job and hobbies and all the other things that whisper in your ear, “Are these movies really that important?”

In the end my situation is what it is; I like living in the Midwest. The scope of what I cover is limited to what I can research, and I can only give opinions on what I can see and observe for myself. But there’s still plenty that fits under that umbrella: I have the internet at my fingertips, and those who know me know there’s no end to my opinions. So what if that doesn’t include Sundance?

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Review – Her

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In the near future, a lonely sad sack falls in love with his artificially intelligent computer operating system. From a description of the synopsis it would seem Her’s thesis is all about our increasing connection to our technology, but in fact it has far more to say about the very nature of relationships. The film examines their very concept and how we form them and what it means to fall in love. It explores the expansive grey spectrum between platonic and romantic.

In doing so, writer/director Spike Jonze completely reinvents the romance genre. Up to now “Romance” has mostly become a tired, clichéd amalgam of tropes that rarely provides its passions with a foundation of true heart or warmth or depth, and hasn’t had anything new to say in ages. But Jonze digs deeper and uncovers a world of untapped beauty and complexity. His characters – despite the ostensibly “fantasy” setting – ring truer than most as they hold up a mirror to those of us sitting in the audience.

Joaquin Phoenix gives a remarkable performance. He is on screen the entire movie, and in a sense he has to carry the emotions of two characters in his face, as Samantha the operating system doesn’t have a face to express. That said, Scarlet Johansson finds a way to telegraph those wordless emotions expertly through a voice-only performance. Amy Adams, as the best friend, is fantastic as well. (I far prefer her here than her super-sexualized role in American Hustle.)

Arcade Fire’s score is more subtle than I would’ve expected from them, and perfectly complements the tone and atmosphere. But the real behind-the-scenes star is the work by production designer K.K. Barrett. It’s a simple subtle vision of the near future. Fashions, with the exception of a penchant for high-waited pants, aren’t all that different from today as you would expect from a “futuristic sci-fi.” Art and décor has a minimalist beauty. And the technology mixes modern and natural, from a brown leather-backed pocket computer to a gorgeous sleek wood-paneled desktop monitor. (Apple, get on this – I want that desktop for myself!!!)

Her received 5 Oscar nominations for Original Screenplay, Production Design, Score, Song, and Best Picture. All are richly deserved, and I would be excited if any of them won.

When I published my Top 10 list at the beginning of the year, this was the film I was most concerned about possibly leaving out, but it hadn’t opened in St Louis yet. Now that I’ve seen it, I know my concerns were warranted. If I can change my list (and I can, because it’s mine!), Her would tie with Nebraska for #2, right behind The Wolf of Wall Street and ahead of Gravity.

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