With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting some theaters as early as tomorrow night and the early buzz painting quite a positive picture (along with David Chen’s video review and Peter Sciretta’s spoiler-free review), everyone is all about Star Wars this week. That includes the folks over at Honest Trailers who have decided to tackle what many Star Wars fans regard as the greatest film in the saga: The Empire Strikes Back.
Even outside of Star Wars fans, The Empire Strikes Back is largely considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all time, and as the Honest Trailer points out, it has become the lazy shorthand for anyone trying to hype up the darkness and quality of plenty of other sequels. Beyond that, the quality of this movie is so high that the voiceover guy knows it’s not going to be easy to make fun of this one.
Watch The Empire Strikes Back Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
As we wait for President-elect Donald Trump to take office in January, we’re slowly learning about all the various appointments he’s making to his Presidential Cabinet. We’re not going to bother debating what’s going on in the real political world, but instead we would like to point out something that happened in the fictional political world being assembled by Donald Trump by way of Saturday Night Live.
This past weekend, John Cena hosted SNL (you can read my whole recap right here), but the cold opening of the sketch show featured a guest star that no one was expecting: Bryan Cranston as Walter White from Breaking Bad. As it turns out, in a sketch lampooning a segment on The Lead with Jake Tapper on CNN, it’s revealed that Walter White has been appointed to run the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Watch the Breaking Bad Saturday Night Live sketch after the jump. Read More »
Wrestling superstar and John Cena continued his crossover from WWE fame to mainstream acting by hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time. We’ll have a recap of the full episode later today, but one particular sketch deserved to be singled out, even if it wasn’t the funniest of the night.
The final fight of The Karate Kid is one of the most famous endings to any sports drama ever. However, that final fight might have gone a little differently if Daniel LaRusso was facing John Cena as the high school bully and Cobra Kai dojo fighter Johnny Lawrence.
Watch the John Cena Karate Kid sketch from SNL after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Like Star Wars, but wish it were a little more like Batman v Superman? Zack Snyder has you covered. The DC director has taken it upon himself to mash up the Batman v Superman trailer with Star Wars, reframing the conflict as “Dark Side Knight v Superjedi.” It’s a cute little exercise, but one that’s bound to ruffle some feathers in both fandoms — especially once you realize this means he’s cast Batman as some sort of Sith lord. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
There was a time when it looked like Suicide Squad could be the movie to get Warner Bros.’ DC franchise back on track, following the disappointing reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a few months earlier. As we all know now, though, things didn’t exactly work out that way. Instead, we were left with a maddeningly sloppy (if intermittently entertaining) mess that did nothing to counter the suspicion that Warner Bros. has no idea what it’s doing.
And if that seems harsh? That’s nothing compared to Screen Junkies‘ assessment of the movie, which rips into the nonsensical plotting, the behind-the-scenes troubles, and Jared Leto‘s disappointing turn as the Joker. Yep, the latest episode of Honest Trailers takes on this summer’s most confounding superhero team-up (or supervillain team-up, rather, I guess), and you can watch it right here. Read More »
The Witch was one of the most unnerving and masterful horror films of the year. Some complained that they didn’t find it scary, but the terror at the center of this movie felt more horrifying than any of the jump scares that countless other horror movies brought to the table this year. But what if the movie was directed by Wes Anderson?
Funnily enough, the visuals of Robert Eggers film which brings terror into the lives of a 1630s New England family work perfectly in a trailer edited in the style of one of Wes Anderson‘s comedies. Combine that with some cooky music and clever editing, and The Witch becomes a different movie entirely.
See The Witch directed by Wes Anderson after the jump. Read More »
Comedian Billy Eichner is one of those entertainers that you either love or you hate. He’s boisterous, excitable, obnoxious, flamboyant, and I just love him for it. He enjoyed a stint on Parks and Recreation in the comedy show’s later seasons, but he’s probably best known for his show Billy on the Street. What started as a recurring Funny or Die series turned into a full fledged TV show on truTV, and one of the recent segments is one of the most awkwardly funny things you’ll watch today.
In a new episode of Billy on the Street, our loud host is telling people that Seth Rogen has died and asking them for their feelings on the matter. Seems pretty cruel, but what makes it all right is the Sausage Party and Neighbors star is on hand for every bit of it, disguised as one of Billy Eichner’s cameramen who trail him as he breaks the bad news. Like I said, it’s hilarious and weird.
Watch the Seth Rogen death prank on Billy on the Street after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Of all the Hogwarts houses, none gets picked on more than poor Hufflepuff. The Gryffindors get to be the brave heroes, the Slytherins the seductive villains, and the Ravenclaws the cunning masterminds. But Hufflepuffs? They’re the nice, diligent types who toil in the background and get none of the glory. They have the goofiest house name and the least exciting mascot. No wonder they’re the underdogs.
But House Hufflepuff won’t stand for that kind of treatment anymore. In a tearful video, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne declares himself a “proud Hufflepuff,” listing all the house’s strengths and rattling off the names of some other famous Hufflepuffs (including the coolest Hufflepuff of them all, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Watch the Hufflepuff PSA below. Read More »
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Last night brought Dave Chappelle to Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to host Saturday Night Live. This was a huge return to sketch comedy for the comedian who stepped away from a $50 million contract at Comedy Central, and the result was an outstanding episode of SNL overall. We’ll get to that later today, but first, there’s a sketch that you just have to see as soon as possible.
While we thought rights issues would prevent Dave Chappelle from being able to revive any of his signature characters from Chappelle’s Show, they must have worked something out with Comedy Central. Originally Chappelle wasn’t sure he wanted to bring back any of his characters while hosting SNL, and who can blame him, but he saw the perfect opportunity to do so by parodying the seventh season premiere of The Walking Dead where the twisted Negan decides which of the show’s main characters he’s going to kill with his trusty bat Lucy.
Watch the Dave Chappelle Walking Dead sketch after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
So much of Stranger Things‘ irresistible pull stems from its uncanny ability to push all your nostalgia buttons. It feels like classic Steven Spielberg and vintage Stephen King, referencing pop culture touchstones and reminding Gen Xers and older Millennials of a time when middle school kids were allowed to roam freely. But what if Stranger Things went even further? What if it doubled down on its nostalgic appeal by transforming itself into another childhood favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas?
A Stranger Things Christmas imagines Will Byers struck by a downright Charlie Brown-esque sense of ennui right around the holiday, and going around getting advice from his old D&D buddies. And yes, they get a good Barb-related jab in there. Watch the Stranger Things Peanuts mashup below (but be warned there are major spoilers if you haven’t finished Stranger Things season one). Read More »