If you celebrate the entire Mike Judge catalog like we do, you’re going to want to watch this latest video from the Funny or Die team. They got Michael Bolton – the real Michael Bolton – to reenact scenes from Judge’s comedy Office Space. Of course, in that movie, actor David Herman played a character named “Michael Bolton,” which set the stage for numerous jokes about his name. Many of those you can see here, with the real Bolton awkwardly digitally inserted into the film.
It’s a short, super funny video, mostly because the Office Space scenes are still so great. Check out the Michael Bolton Office Space video below. Read More »
Short of putting a Blu-ray on your shelf or a poster on your wall, quoting a movie in conversation is one of the best ways to pay tribute to movies you love. We’ve all dropped a quote from a movie into casual conversation and then gotten a nod of recognition from someone who is in on the joke. What’s cool about these posters by designer Jerod Gibson is that it takes those quotes and puts them on a pedestal, making the words the stars of iconic films like the original Star Wars Trilogy, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Ghostbusters. After the jump, check out a huge gallery of images and more. Read More »
This Friday, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will hold the fifth Crazy 4 Cult art show, an annual exhibition which I’ve called the super bowl of pop culture art. The great guys at G1988 have given me a bunch of art from the show to premiere on the site. We posted part one here and part two here.
After the jump you will find part two of our preview, which includes JoeBot’s follow-up to the popular Fireflies record album — a record design for Dr. Horrible, Casey Weldon’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure poster, /Film favorite Scott C’s tribute to Easy Rider, and more. So what are you waiting for?
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We’ve featured many pieces of Scott C’s artwork in past editions of Cool Stuff. This week, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles opened an exhibition featuring 200 pieces from Scott C’s “The Great Showdowns” series. To celebrate the echibit, they have released a limited set of Showdown coasters. I picked up a set for myself at the opening night reception on Friday, and they’re pretty awesome. tweeted about these over the weekend, and got quite the response. The set includes: Office Space, Back to the Future, Beetle Juice, and… Ghost. Yes, the 1990 Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore film — we didn’t understand how it fit into this grouping either… B the other three coasters are really cool and the set comes packaged with a little wooden coaster holder. You can buy the set on Gallery 1988’s website for $35. Hit the jump to see close-ups of the artwork.
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Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, and 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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Once you think about it, the idea of Mike Judge’s comedy Office Space reimagined as a musical really isn’t that off base. The film is filled with awesome musical interludes that could easily transformed into big production numbers. There’s Michael Bolton rapping in his car, the “Damn, It Feels Good To Be a Gangster” montage, the celebratory dance party back at Peter’s and of course “Take This Job and Shove It.” Then there a slew of characters whose delivery or catch phrases are begging, and probably have been, remixed all to hell. Lumburgh’s “Yeaaah,” Drew’s “Oh Face,” or the “Just a moment” receptionist all come to mind. But then there’s Milton. Sweet, lovable, oh so violent Milton. How would he fit into an Office Space Musical? Well, throw on some flair and don’t get a case of the Monday’s because we’re gonna have to ask you to find out after the break. Read More »
25-year-old Massachusetts-based graphic artist Brandon Schaefer has created an impressive collection of retro-minimal movie posters. The Ghostbusters-inspired posters above have been making the internet rounds recently, but Schaefer has a huge portfolio of posters, some of which can even be purchased as prints on inPRNT.com. Check out some of his posters, after the jump.
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Dutch Southern has a new t-shirt called “Product Placement”, a design created by Josh Eacret.
It’s a tribute to the fake products and companies found in movies, and to the filmmakers who didn’t want to sell out or get sued by real corporations. Each logo is accurately recreated in painstakingly detail by Josh Eacret’s hand.
After the jump you can find a complete listing of the fictional companies listed, and which movies they appeared in.
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For part one of /Film’s exclusive interview with writer/director Mike Judge for his new film Extract, click here.
In the second part of my interview with Mike Judge, he shares a couple of candid, behind-the-scenes tales about dealing directly with the global corporations that he skewers in his live-action films. No other work captures both this modern satire and the writer/filmmaker’s view of where our world is headed better than 2006’s Idiocracy. The $30 million sci-fi satire was infamously dumped into a handful of theaters to die by 20th Century Fox; a surprising outcome since Judge’s King of the Hill—the Emmy-winning and second longest running animated program in television history—airs on the Fox Network. In fact, King of the Hill‘s grand finale airs this Sunday, and continues its run in syndication and as a contextually welcome addition to [adult swim].
We also discussed how actor Ben Affleck came aboard his latest film—a midlife crisis dramedy entitled Extract—as a shaggy, drug peddlng bartender named Dean. With a cast that includes Jason Bateman in the lead, SNL‘s Kristen Wiig, David Koechner, Mila Kunis, and Juno‘s great J.K. Simmons, it will come as a surprise to anyone sans Satan and Shannon Tweed that KISS‘s Gene Simmons steals the picture as a sociopathic ambulance-chasing attorney. Judge included. And, of course, no interview is complete without peering in on the irreversibly clueless futures of his most famous cretin-creations and voices, Beavis and Butt-Head. Judge shares a few premises for a possible and much anticipated sequel to 1996’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. One idea would see the two dumbasses thrown enormous –head first into our post 9/11 world gone mad.
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Renowned American writer/animator/director Mike Judge and hype often seem like complete strangers. As noted in the press, Judge’s friendly, calm demeanor is devoid of Hollywood pretension; his preference for living and working in Austin, Texas posits him by choice away from the center of the pop-cult radar. But when one surveys his vast body of work that, since the early ’90s, has had the functionality of an assembly line yet is packed the witty punch and subversive observation of the greatest comedy, it can easily bowl over.
Speaking with him, the inherent voices of his animated characters—notably the polar opposites that are Beavis and Butt-Head and Hank Hill—hint at the mental arsenal that has perfectly illustrated the damaged, stubbornly resilient fault lines of a national landscape. Personal aside: Judge’s impact on many young people can be demonstrated by the following; on summer vacations, I’d swim in MTV marathons of Beavis and Butt-Head, then go to the beach with a tie-in towel sprinkled with “Uh-huh-huh”s and “Heh heh heh”s. Upon returning to middle school, I’d face a bully who, by eighth grade, had deliberately morphed into an uncanny, doomed facsimile of Butt-Head. It was a ubiquitous combination of “This rules!” and “This sucks!” set to the sights and sounds of the very music Judge championed and skewered on the show beyond compare.
Judge’s contributions to live-action comedy are equally successful, and sometimes financially so. Released to little fanfare in 1999, Office Space eventually became both the perennial example of the DVD cult phenom and synonymous with modern cubicle hell. His high concept follow-up, Idiocracy, experienced a famously aborted theatrical release; in less than three years, Idiocracy is now celebrated and oft-quoted by many peoples as nothing less than faux-low brow prophecy and a sci-fi omelet of chuckling eugenic fatalism.
With his latest, Extract, Judge has written and directed a rare and original comedic defense of the modern-day boss that exudes newer shades of adult drama. As nicely played by Jason Bateman, Judge’s boss is overloaded with sexual frustration, a petty lawsuit, lazy employees, and an accidentally massive intake of weed. The smart, unobtrusive film, one of the funnier of 2009, enters a marketplace overrun by superheroes and spectacle to deliver laughs that are charmingly huge yet reserved, absurd yet realistic. Some might feel that its subject matter is too common-man, too anti-escape. But Judge creates works that are built to last and unconcerned with being hip. In addition, he continues to propel the dumbass dick joke towards Art Americana. Mike Judge discussed where his nascent interest in nuts humor originates, his layman’s knowledge of bongs, and many other things with /Film.
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