Parody

Directed By Wes Anderson

While the latest season of Saturday Night Live has so far been a mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the “why the hell is Miley Cyrus here again?,” it has found plenty of success when it comes to pre-made digital shorts that poke fun at some of pop culture’s other big obsessions. While the Girls parody trailer rung our bells earlier this season, this past weekend’s send-up of Wes Anderson films (and, more specifically, one that addresses what would happen if Wes Anderson directed a horror film) is not only the funnier of the two, it’s one of the funniest things they’ve done as of late. Our own Scott Beggs shared the fake trailer for The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders earlier today (you can catch up on it HERE), and while we’re still chuckling over its “critical lauds” (including a hilarious bit that shouts out our pals at Fangoria, who so amusingly penned a review to go along with it, a must-read you can check out HERE), we decided to do some digging for a few other parodies to keep the laughs flowing. While the SNL trailer may well be the Wes Anderson parody out there, it’s certainly not the only one, and if you’re suddenly ravenous for more adorably twee takes on the director’s oeuvre, we’ve lined up a few for you to enjoy after the break. Grab your kitten in a basket, best sweatband, and your Rushmore pin collection and take a look.

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The Best Short Films

Why Watch? One day, the Ramsey Brothers got together to watch old home movies and deliver some incredibly insightful DVD featurette-style commentary. The result is nostalgia relived as art and as comedy. What’s the symbolism of the lifted shirt? Can we consider the camera a truthful narrator? In their own words, Not Where You Saw “tells the riveting tale of one brother’s courageous stand for justice.” Or it’s brothers fighting with each other on a basketball court while their father tapes it on a handicam. Or it’s both. Either way, it’s inspired. What does it cost? Just 2 minutes of your time. Trust us. You have time for more short films.

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Weird Al Yankovic was already popular before writing UHF and taking on the role of George Newman (a subtle nod to MAD Magazine’s mascot). It was probably no surprise that he would choose parody as his first major jump into film producing, and the movie has a ton of direct film scenes and lines as well as references or parodies to a ton more. Conan the Librarian seems especially timely. Unfortunately for Orion, who thought this thing would crush at the same box office where Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were playing, the movie was only a modest success. The company went under a few years later.

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As we all know, making stale jokes that have already been made by everyone else is the key to comedy. That’s why Carlos Mencia was so popular. Spinning that same theory into box office cash (albeit not huge piles of it) Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer plan on hitting audiences again with a spoof on Avatar called The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D. Cutting. Edge. Instead of taking the easy, cynical view, perhaps it would be more advantageous to hope for the best here. After all, Friedberg and Seltzer have produced their fair share of movies by now, and even though they’ve fallen into a formula that works for them, maybe they’ve learned enough along the way to craft something that works for a broader comedy audience. Perhaps they’ll populate the movie with long-form humor as well as cultural references and easy jokes. Mayhaps they’ll use their expertise to go in a startling direction just as audiences thought they had them pegged. Peradventure this movie would be their coming out party as two of the most adventurous filmmakers of our modern time. See? That’s how it’s done. Feel free to leave your best Avatar jokes in the comment section. [Coming Soon]

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Why Watch? Because all week long we’ll be featuring short films featuring the gang from Community. Today’s features Donald Glover sucking on the male sex organ. User discretion is advised. This short works so damned well, especially for movie fans, because it’s a parody of Memento that takes things in a completely absurd direction. It imagines a world where Leonard Shelby is black (just like Spider-Man), and his roommate takes advantage of his short term memory loss by making him play a mouth-based video game. It’s been online a while and already been seen a bajillion times, but that’s no reason not to give it the spotlight once again. What Will It Cost? Just 3 minutes of your time. Check out Memory Loss for yourself:

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Proven by science to be the funniest movie of all time, Blazing Saddles gives the entire western genre a spanking while Cleavon Little asks where all the white women are at. I love that the opening of the trailer plays it perfectly straight, as if any minute John Wayne or Robert Ryan are going to ride into frame, chew on some tobacco and spit out a line worth remembering. Instead, we get Mel Brooks in dressed as a Native American. Most know that Richard Pryor was supposed to star in this flick, but no one would finance the film with him in the lead. However, most don’t realize that workhorse actor Gig Young actually started the production as The Waco Kid but got too drunk (it’s called method acting) to continue, so Brooks fired him, and Gene Wilder came in the next day to take over. This movie, even more than most, could have been completely different than the one we all know and love. Can you imagine this movie with Pryor and Young leading the charge?

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Sunday Shorts

Today’s short is a spot-on parody of wildlife programs that would make the creators of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom tear up and applaud. Beyond its humor, the animation is clever and crisply done, and the educational value is immense. If you find yourself stranded in the desert, this video could save your life. Why Watch? It’s funny, yeah, of course. But it also uses an iconic movie monster as its scientific specimen. I would love to say which one, but the impact of that oh-so-British narrator’s voice saying it for the first time is far too good to ruin. What Will It Cost? Just five minutes of your time. Does it get better any better than that? Only if we gave you an ice cream sandwich to eat while you watched. So check out Monstrous Wildlife for yourself:

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For 36 days straight, we’ll be exploring the famous 36 Dramatic Situations by examining a film that exemplifies each one. From family killing family to prisoners in need of asylum, we brush off the 19th century list in order to remember that it’s still incredibly relevant today. Whether you’re seeking a degree in Literature, love movies, or just love seeing things explode, our feature should have something for everyone. If it doesn’t, please don’t grab a beer and jump down the inflatable emergency slide. Part 13 of the 36-part series takes a look at “Disaster” with the classic spoof movie Airplane! .

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As the only literate Reject, it’s my duty to find the latest, the greatest and the untouched classics that would make great source material for film adaptations. I read so you don’t have to. This week, Print to Projector presents the story of a political theory, a governmental style, and the greatest nation on the planet with the bald eagle as its official bird. This Daily Show guide to everything you could ever possibly want to know about the United States of America packs in the infographics and the Judge Judy references that the people demand. It’s time someone made it into a movie.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Peter Hall and John Gholson stop by to drop the Cinematical tag team on me, and we discuss the finer points of Pedobear advertising. They also destroy my anticipation for two films, and we manage to discuss the worst buddy cop cliches while admitting to the ones we can’t get enough of. All of this, plus you learn what movie is like Inception meets Dora the Explorer.

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Scott Sanders gives us the skinny on Blacksploitation and the geopolitical impact of Richard Nixon’s evil plot against the good people of your neighborhood.

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It’s time to brush up on lawsuits and find out the legal status on mullets.

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Whether you love or hate the new movement of random actors coming up with semi-interesting things to say about their middle-class, twenty-something boredom, the new trailer for Nothing But Everything is good for a laugh.

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Bill O

According to Open Secrets, David Zucker hasn’t donated any money to Republican candidates which means he’s either doing it under the table, or he plans for An American Carol to be his contribution.

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Vin Diesel in Babylon AD

To put it lightly, Vin Diesel would not appreciate being called a “bitch” in any forum. And in this little video, he lays down the smack on a few of this summer’s blockbusters.

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This humorous parody follows the rise of a cutthroat marijuana farmer and his journey to become the top dealer.

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The folks over at FunnyorDie have put together a little parody of what the Golden Globes Red Carpet should have been like…

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Alright people, when I first reported about the upcoming flick Meet the Spartans (originally called Hunting and Fishing), the parody of 300 being written and directed by Jason Friedberg (the brilliantish mind behind such classics as Epic Movie, Scary Movie and Spy Hard), I was only mildly annoyed. After seeing the trailer, I am now fully enraged.

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Does it surprise anyone in America that a film like The Comebacks sucks? After all, it’s a Fox Atomic release, a genre studio arm for 20th Century Fox that, with the exception of 28 Weeks Later, doesn’t have a great track record. Add to this the fact that they didn’t screen this movie for anyone, and I mean anyone.

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