Category Archives: FILM

ICYMI: ‘The Sandlot’ Scene Recreated by NY Yankees


There are only a few things from the early years of my life that I hold close with an absolute ninja grip, and the most important of those things may be cinema.

Movies have the power to inspire, to add colour and intrigue to a life in the ordinary, and to inspire us to be creative, adventurous and, simply, more interesting.

While most of us have extremely fond memories / recollections of watching our favourite movies over and over, I’m sure a great number of us feel as though modern cinema just hasn’t captured that family-oriented action/comedy that was so popular during the 80s and 90s.

For me, this is most embodied in the Back to the Future franchise; its storyline is brilliant, its writing is fantastic, and the way everything works out in the end is just so heartfelt and genuine that it illustrates the passion and love for the craft of storytelling that everyone involved in making the film so wholeheartedly possessed.

While there are many such examples of great films, and films with which I have powerful, long-lasting memories, one of my favourites (and that I still quote to this day) is The Sandlot.

Without going into too much detail because, let’s face it, there are few who are uninitiated in the hilarity that is The Sandlot, here is a brief synopsis: kid is new to town and has no friends – he moved there with his mom and new step dad.  The step dad is a massive baseball fan and has a collection of rare memorabilia.  The kid eventually goes out and makes some friends, who all play ball and, even though he sucks, he joins them in play.  When they lose the last ball they have during play, and wanting to be the hero, he runs home to grab his step dad’s signed Babe Ruth ball and then brings that back to play with.  The ball is then promptly hit over a fence into a terrifying man’s backyard, and is caught by an impossibly huge dog nicknamed the beast.  The rest of the movie is a hilarious quest to retrieve the ball.

Also, Darth Vader himself, James Earle Jones, plays the terrifying old man, who *spoiler* actually isn’t that terrifying.

Anyway, long story short, the New York Yankees did us all an awesome favour and recreated one of the funny scenes from the movie – my vote is for more of this!

Let’s go Anaheim Ducks, I want to see some ‘flying V’ action!

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ICYMI: Happy Gilmore returns to kick Bob Barker’s Ass!

In case you missed it…

If you don’t understand the title of the article, please leave.

Now that that’s out of the way, Comedy Central has done us all a massive favour by bringing Adam Sandler and Bob Barker back together on screen.  The two famously kicked each other’s asses in Happy Gilmore back in 1996 (yes, seriously, that was 1996), and we have all been itching for a rematch since the credits rolled.

You’ve waited almost 20 years for this… so wait no longer:

The price is still wrong, bitch

Now, if they could only convince Sandler to do nothing but sequel skits to his mid-90’s catalogue, we would all live in a much better world.  Until then, feel free to re-live the original film’s glory…

Oh, and Bob?  You haven’t aged a day!

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Ontario’s ‘Social Farter’ Campaign Takes Aim at So-Called ‘Social Smokers’

We all have that friend – the so-called ‘social‘ smoker, someone who only typically lights up on weekends or while drinking; they insist that they are, in fact, not actually a smoker, probably because they don’t want to be associated with the yellow nails/teeth and mentally-tangible stench that accompanies such a label.  Ontario’s Health Minister, however, has done the rest of society a favour by calling these people out on their horseshit stance by running a new campaign entitled Quit the Denial.

The campaign focusses on a direct comparison between farting and smoking, and even creates what they term a social-farter, someone who farts only around friends, at parties, and to, and I quote, “break the ice.”


Either that’s a really good fart, or her ass just took a drag on a wicked ciggy!

“Well it’s true that I fart,” begins the girl in the ad, “but I wouldn’t call myself a farter,” she says as if there’s a terrible stigma attached to the phrase.”

“I’m a social farter.”

In what is perhaps the best line from the advert, and the most potent mockery of social smoking, the girl quietly admits that she will use farting as a way to meet a new guy.  The ad cuts away to her asking a fellow party-goer if he’d “like to go outside for a fart.”  The man replies with restrained enthusiasm: yes.

Check out the ad below – pass it on to your “social smoking” friends and let them know one thing: that social smoking is just as ridiculous as social farting… and both stink.

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Fictional Pepsi MAX Commercial Sees Jeff Gordon Punk Car Dealer

Just a day or two ago a new video/commercial from Pepsi hit the internet airwaves featuring NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon in disguise at a car dealership.  The premise is this:  Gordon, a mild-mannered, mini-van-driving, middle-aged man is on the car lot to look at getting something new.  When he spots a Camaro and the dealer sets his sights on his, Gordon’s Mike responds sheepishly, saying he doesn’t think he could handle the kind of power the Camaro is packing.  Regardless, and as the video and his entire career suggets, he can most definitely handle himself behind the wheel of any car.

What has people talking, however, is the fact that this is not a real punking at all – the whole thing (obviously) was staged, primarily for the safety of all those involved, and it’s all just a clever advert for Pepsi MAX.

While I think you’d have to be pretty gullible to believe something like this would actually happen – especially at the hands of a major corporation who would stand to lose a lot if public opinion turned – it’s fun to entertain the notion.  Further proof as to the video’s ‘fake’ quality is as listed below:

  1. The Camaro has ’09’ on the front windshield when, in actuality, the car wasn’t produced until 2010.
  2. There are no actual shots of Gordon driving the car during the crazy stunt work
  3. Reportedly, the Camaro has no cupholder where Gordon places his tricked-out can of Pepsi MAX
  4. The video was produced by Will Ferrell’s Gifted You, a part of his Funny or Die brand
  5. Stunt work has already been confirmed to have been done by fellow racer Brad Noffsinger

Despite the whole video being an elaborate ruse, it is quite entertaining and I’ve no problem with companies ‘faking’ non-fiction commercials or videos for the sake of hilarity.  Truth be told, they may be better off going this route as the ad-monster takes on a life of its own when fake/real speculation kicks into overdrive.


It was either Pepsi MAX or ‘to catch a predator.’

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Google Glass for St. Paddy’s Day: Now you can RECORD being a drunk Asshole!

21318With St. Patrick’s day just around the corner and the recent release of Google Glass (or limited release or whatever the hell they’re calling it as, apparently, you can write an essay to Google as to just why you’re deserving enough to buy one of the few pairs of Google Glass that are on sale to the public… or something), mischief is bound to happen – at least, mischief by those rich or nerdy enough to get their hands on the product.

Over at the YouTube Stuntbear channel, however, they’ve taken it upon themselves to simulate the hilarity (and eventual hilarious tragedy) that could ensue on a St. Paddy’s day outing while outfitted with the ‘glass’ system (and whilst being a complete and total drunken asshole).  Kudos to the Stuntbear team for making the hilarious video, seen below:

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Dress Like a Superhero (Super-Human Wallet Required)

So you’re sitting around on a rainy day and have $1700 burning a hole in your deep, deep pocket – why not visit UD Replicas and spend all of it or more on some of their amazing hollywood-replica motorcycle suits based on some of your favourite franchises.  Want to look just like Batman while you speed around town on your Kawasaki Ninja?  Obviously, so do it for a nominal fee (‘nominal’ used here in considering the mass amount of life/experiential value these suits will bring to your life).


My sunglasses should illustrate that this is not a joke.

In the event that Batman isn’t your thing (in which case you should be shot), why not hit up ebay for a limited edition Captain America suit that UD Replicas produced for a short period of time.  What makes this suit even cooler is the fact that Cap‘ actually rides a motorcycle in the comics / films.  Amazing.


No word on the Shield’s ability to return when chucked.

The site also produces Star Wars replica storm trooper outfits in both black & white, as well as Tron themed suits, and some other goodies.  Importantly, while these are all replica suits from major movie franchises, all are of high grade materials are are safety rated for real life motorcycles – meaning if you’ve got the cash for both a bike and one of these suits, you can be cruising around town fighting crime (or pretending to) as early as mid-April!

If you’d like to donate to my specific Dark Knight costume fund, please contact me directly or mail me wads of unmarked bills (or just use the Paypal link below).  I will, in return, wear the suit every time I blog and, furthermore, host video live-blogging sessions in full bat-character.  Thank you and that is all.


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Holy Bat-News, IP Reader! Batman, Fatman, Badman and Justice League!

Any day is a good day for Batman news, which makes today as good a day as any to spill some beans on the Batman front!  With three bat-related news items, there’s no time to waste… SO:

1) In case you’ve been sleeping under, beside, on-top-of, or anywhere near a rock, this just in:  Chubby man dressed as Batman drops wanted criminal off at English Police Station:


I’m ten times the man Adam West ever used to even think he’d maybe sort of want to be.

The man, dressed in full Batman attire, dropped off a 27-year-old male wanted for handling stolen goods and some sort of fraudulent offenses on February 25th at a Bedford police station in Northern England.  Why it took so damn long for the world to learn of this awesomeness is beyond me, however, it may be slightly less awesome than originally suspected.  The men, apparently, had a rather casual demeanour between them, leading authorities to believe that, perhaps, the whole stunt was arranged by the perp as a rather humourous and lighthearted way to submit himself to the law.  How about a reduced sentence?

In any case, this alone is at least equivalent to your daily dose of awesome, so quit your complaining and take your medicine.

2) On top of this awesome news, College Humor – a site dedicated to making hilarious videos for the college-aged crowd (because, honestly, who uses the internet outside of college kids and the odd scientist), has released several videos mocking, with a surprisingly high production value, the latest Batman films by Christopher Nolan.  See below:

… but at what twisty cost!?

Wait, are you CRYING right now?  Jesus.

3) At last but not least – in fact, actually, probably, definitely the best part of this post is a little bit of rumour.  Batman-on-Film today ran a story pertaining to the next film franchise to feature Batman in some capacity: the Justice League of America, of Justice League / JLA for short.  According to Jet and his sources at BoF, the JLA franchise may, in-fact, be inspired by and based upon Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Zack Snyder, whose  Superman film Man of Steel is due out this summer (with Nolan in a producing role), is further rumoured to be the front-runner for the directing gig.  Most importantly, however, is the fact that both Henry Cavill (playing Superman in Snyder’s MoS) and Christian Bale (who I should hope needs no introduction whatsoever… so I won’t give him one) are expected to reprise their roles as iconic superheroes.

Beyond this, BoF’s sources claim that the film may, in fact, be centred on only the two superheroes, rather than the entire JLA team (which would include Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash as well).  While this is awesome news, it certainly raises some questions…


With the end of The Dark Knight Rises Batman was assumed to have either died, or to have gone into retirement – this wasn’t like extended vacation retirement either, it was full-blown “my-body-can’t-do-this-anymore” retirement and, again, only if he wasn’t actually killed in the nuclear bomb’s blast.  Should this JLA film re-use Bale as Batman, how could this possibly be worked-around?  I’d much rather see Bale, should this be the case, in a supporting role to a new Batman character: ie. Joseph Gordon Levitt’s John Robin Blake taking on the mantle of the bat.

Let me mince no words, though – I trust Christopher Nolan with this franchise and with film as a whole; the man can make the shit out of any movie he pleases, and I am quite happy to pay the admission fees to see whatever he produces because he has not, yet, sacrificed the quality of his movies for any other measurable term.

In any case, it will be interesting to see how this pans out, and whether or not we will get another Batman film set in the Nolanverse.

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FUTURETECH: Cinema That Adapts to its Audience

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In news that is damn near straight out of science fiction, writer/director/composer Alexis Kirke is producing a film called Many Worlds that interprets biosensor data collected from the film’s active audience and then changes on-the-fly to reflect their state.  The film, inspired by Schrodinger’s “quantum suicide” experiment, follows friends Charlie and Olivia on a visit to their friend Connie’s house for her 19th birthday – and this is where things get strange.

Upon arrival at the house the two find, instead of Connie, a sealed, coffin-like box in her bedroom;  the box, in turn, is inferred to contain Connie herself along with a Geiger counter (used to measure radioactivity) which is ultimately connected to a cyanide gas emitter.  What is unknown, however, is whether or not the burst has already occurred, and thus whether Connie, should she actually be sealed inside, is now in full blown corpse-mode, or remains alive.

The story’s outcome, though, is determined subconsciously by a number of audience members whose biometric data (such as heart rate, muscle tension etc.) is being measured and fed in real time to a computer which then changes the progression of the film as if it were a steaming locomotive switching tracks.  The end result is a 15-minute film that can end one of four ways, and that has several branching points leading up to the denouement.  How well it actually comes together remains to be seen, but the thought process and tech behind this is rather astounding, even if the general concept is not a new one.  Kirke himself notes that the hardest part of the process was coming up “with four different endings that wouldn’t embarrass (him).”

Check out the video link below for a more detailed explanation of the whole concept!

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