The Greatest Movie Ever Sold


In this season of meta (Rubber, Scream 4), Morgan Spurlock trumps all. Leave it to the Super Size Me documentarian, who has made a career out of sacrificing his mind and body for his projects, to humorously sell out his dignity to corporations for the most painstakingly self-reflexive movie of any sort since Adaptation. His POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is, yes, exactly what that above-title sponsorship suggests it to be. Rightfully disturbed by the ubiquity of product placement in modern entertainment, Spurlock sets out to spoof that synchronous blend of corporate schilling and art by crafting a documentary about his attempts to accrue corporate sponsors for a documentary about his attempts to accrue corporate sponsors for a documentary. And on and on we go.


Big Fish DVD

Whether you’re trying to avoid the releases this week or augment them with even more movies, Your Alternate Box Office offers some options for movies that would play perfectly alongside of (or instead of) the stuff studios are shoving into the megaplex this weekend. This week features a ring master with an anger problem, a cross-dressing grandma(n) with a big family, French Canadians in the Middle East and enough product placement to choke an E-CyboPooch.


The Reject Report

…for Elephants! But seriously, that’s a lot of possessive apostrophes going on in that title. If I wanted to do a remake of this movie – I could. I have the funds – who would I have to get the rights from? Madea? Tyler Perry? Oprah? There’s a lot of ownage going on in here. Lionsgate is hoping for a lot of ownage at the box office this weekend, too. I know you saw what I did there. That I’m pointing it out is chalked up to arrogance. The elephants, cats, and birds of the world might have something to say about it, but there’s little chance they’ll be able to do anything about it. Let’s see how everything breaks down. That is, if Tyler Perry allows it.



Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock has another one of his investigative documentaries making the rounds of the festival circuit and about to be released in theaters. This time his subject is ad culture and the out of control way that corporate branding is taking over our lives. In a sort of Meta exercise, Spurlock funded the movie entirely on corporate endorsements and sponsorship deals. What a cheeky monkey. But the biggest stunt ever pulled in the history of this film’s promotion is to come on April 27th when Spurlock turns the tables and does some sponsoring of his own. The struggling town of Altoona, PA has agreed to rename their burg “POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold” after Spurlock’s upcoming documentary POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Suddenly I’m feeling like this story has so many layers that I need Christopher Nolan to come explain it to me. But, concrete details: there will be a ceremony on April 27th at Altoona City Hall at 1PM where the name change will officially take place, followed by a screening of Spurlock’s film afterwards at the Jaffa Shrine, and the name change is set to last for 60 days. On why he is pulling this stunt, Spurlock said, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the shifting tide of business in America than by purchasing the naming rights to Altoona. For the next 60 days, POM Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold, PA will be the […]


Movie Watcher's Guide April 2011

We realize that you’re probably sitting at home right now, chewing your own nails off and wondering what movies are coming out this month. Maybe you’re even wondering why no one on the entire internet has said anything about them. Strange, we know. How will you know what to watch this month? Fortunately, Rob Hunter and Cole Abaius spent the entire month of March, taking naps, playing tether-ball, and researching movies at the last minute to keep you informed about what’s coming out in April. You watch movies, so this guide’s for you.


SXSW 2011 Flowchart

So you’ve eaten at Pita Pit and Best Wurst (because there’s nothing wrong with two lunches) and you’re scoping out theaters ready to get more movies on, but you have no idea what you’re going to see. That teary indie drama or that ridiculous sci-fi comedy? You don’t know do you? And you can’t figure it out on your own for some reason. Fortunately, we’ve created this handy guide to help you in your time of duress. Use it wisely. There’s no chance it’ll send you to the porno theater across the highway, so if you end up there, it’s on you.

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