Well, it was bound to happen. We got together in an ill-fitting virtual room, pressed record, and the second Dead Beak Podcast happened. Painfully. Continue reading
In BriefA down-on-his-luck ex-soccer player, injured during a rigged match, joins forces with a former monk to assemble an unlikely team of players — the monk’s awkward Shaolin brothers — harnessing the discipline and power of kung fu.
Tenuous LinkThis weeks film was Shaolin Soccer, another film with shaolin in the title is, well, Shaolin. Shaolin stars the amazing Jackie Chan, who has also starred in the Rush Hour movies alongside Chris Tucker. Chris Tucker has played Chris Tucker in a lot of movies, but my personal favourite is Fifth Element. Fifth Element features a small but fun cameo from comedy legend, Lee Evans. Lee Evans has said that he doesn’t like the Hollywood life, and probably won’t do much, if any, acting again, but he didn’t make that decision before starring in the 1998 comedy, There’s Something About Mary. Mary, played by Cameron Diaz, famously uses a certain man-fluid as hair gel. Another hair product is hair spray, and a film by the name of Hairspray was released in 2007 in which John Travolta drags up and plays the cuddly woman, Edna Turnblad. Travolta is perhaps best known for his dancing moves in Saturday Night Fever, in which he dances to the Bee Gees “Staying Alive”. Bee Gees starts with a “B”. Robin doesn’t start with a “B”, but it does have a “B” in it, and Robin Wright played the character of The Princess Bride in the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride.
Stop making out and take your hand out of that policeman’s rectum. It’s time to settle down with a big ol’ lump candy floss – hold the person – for this week’s YAFCast. If there’s one thing worse than clowns, it’s killer clowns. And Killer Klowns from Outer Space is our movie this week. For goodness sake, don’t put your hand in that stringy vagina car!
An alien band of clowns descends from the cosmos to harvest victims, cocooning their prey in cotton candy to eat later. But the joke is on the clowns when two teens armed with an ice cream truck battle to save their friends in this cult favorite.
The film we watched this week was Killer Klowns from Outer Space which was brough out in 1988, another film bought out at the same time is Die Hard. The main actor of Die Hard is Bruce Willis who plays officer McClane. A variation on that name is MacLean. Kristin Scott Thomas Stars as Annie MacLean in The Horse Whispered which is yama’s favourite film. Another one of yama’s favourite films is Pretty woman which stars Julia Roberts, Julia earnt $300,000 for her role in that film, 10 years later she starred in Erin Brockivich where she made $20,000,000, a substantial amount more. Erin Brockovich was directed by Steven Soderberg and for my not so tenuous but terrible link, another director called steven is stephen chow who is the director of next weeks film, Shoalin Soccer a cantonese film which was brought out in 2001. Get ready to kick some grass!
After months of talking, procrastinating, playing video games, doing other things, and just a little bit of masturbation, we finally managed to record the first Dead Beak Podcast. There’s laughter, tears, surprise guests, and very strange noises. Continue reading
It’s Andy’s choice this week, and he chose Cry Baby. We shamelessly make fun of this 1990 movie musical, even as it shamelessly makes fun of other movie musicals. Comedy. Romance. Crying. And the film is pretty good, too.
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad-boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good-girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.
Cry Baby is a parody of teen musicals, particularly Grease. The lead role of Danny Zuko in Grease was offered to The Fonze himself, Henry Winkler, who turned it down for fear of being typecast. One person who seems to be fine with being typecast is Vince Vaughn, who effectively plays the same character in every movie he’s ever been in. Still that, doesn’t mean he hasn’t done some good ones, like Swingers. Swingers also stars Jon Favreau, who played a sports agent in one of my favourite movies of all time, Wimbledon. Wimbledon had a small and early part for one actor who would go on to huge success, James McAvoy who, despite his ability to put on a very convincing English accent, is as Scottish as they come. He’s not the only actor to come out of Scotland, though; Kevin McKidd also hails from the cold side of Hadrian’s Wall. You might know McKidd best from his role as Dr. Owen Hunt in Grey’s Anatomy, but I like to think his best work came way back in the 1900s, when he had a small role one episode of British TV show, Kavanagh QC, alongside John Thaw. John Thaw is best known for playing Inspector Morse, but an even more popular Inspector, Inspector Gadget, was played by Matthew Broderick. Broderick voiced the character of Despereaux in the movie The Tale of Despereaux, which was narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Sigourney Weaver starred in the classic sci-fi horror, Aliens. The tag line for Aliens was; “In space, no one can hear you scream”, a tagline that was parodied in the publicity for next week’s YAFCast movie with the line; “In space, no one can eat ice cream”.
That movie is, of course, Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
Better late than never, it’s time for YAFCast number 4. This week, we tackle Yaz’s choice, Dan in Real Life, and struggle to find anything bad to make fun of!
A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother’s girlfriend.
Dan in Real Life tells the tale of a family vacation to the parents’ house in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is also the home of Fox Mulder’s family in the popular alien hunting drama, The X-Files. Another character from The X-Files is FBI Agent Walter Skinner, played by Mitch Pileggi. Mitch also starred in a single episode of Criminal Minds, where he played a guilt ridden family man who goes on a killing spree. Criminal Minds regularly has one off of small recurring roles, one such role was filled by Josh Stewart. Stewart also landed himself a part in the American TV series, Dirt, the leading role of which was played by Courtney Cox. Courtney Cox has starred in many things, but, of course, we all know her best for her part in the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark. Something else with “Dark” in the title is the recent Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises, which stars the amazing Tom Hardy as Bane. One of Hardy’s earliest roles was that of Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, where he played Jean Luc Picard’s clone. Picard is, of course, played by Patrick Stewart. Patrick Stewart played Professor Xavier in the X-Men movies, but the role was recast for X-Men: First Class, where James McAvoy took over. McAvoy first applied his considerable acting talent to blockbuster action for the first time in The Wanted, where he starred alongside Angelina Jolie.
Mmmm, Angelina Jolie…
Angelina Jolie also played the role of Elise Clifton-Ward in The Tourist, alongside everyone’s favourite weirdo, Johnny Depp, who plays Cry-Baby in next week’s movie of the same name, Cry Baby.