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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Grrlbusters: lamer than expected



That's not offensive to men, it's just stupid, predictable, and not even a little bit funny.

When the punchline of your very expensive Grrrl Power movie, designed to prove that Women Can Too Be Funny in spite of the evidence to the contrary consisting of the entire written history of Man, builds up to a visual riff on... wait for it, wait for it... A WOMAN KICKING A MAN IN THE CROTCH, I think it's safe to conclude that it's going to fail.

And do so in a positively epic manner.

This is the sort of thing that happens when you're dumb enough to let SJWs infest your organization. The problem isn't that it's going to be a failure. One has to take risks from time to time. But this failure was guaranteed from the very moment it was conceived.

As Stickwick observed, girl power is literal Idiocracy. A large collection of women spent $154 million to make a Ghostbusters-flavored OW MY BALLS.

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187 Comments:

Blogger Crude July 10, 2016 11:37 AM  

But this failure was guaranteed from the very moment it was conceived.

You'd think feminists of all people would be comfortable with aborting the poorly conceived.

Blogger Sun Xhu July 10, 2016 11:39 AM  

High comedy.

Blogger Sun Xhu July 10, 2016 11:42 AM  

Oh... and they're still fat.

Anonymous BGKB July 10, 2016 11:45 AM  

With a title like that you would at least expect the women to have busts, but only in the one drawing.

OpenID malcolmthecynic July 10, 2016 11:52 AM  

@1

Ha!

OpenID paworldandtimes July 10, 2016 11:52 AM  

"Aww my balls!" - Idiocracy

PA

Blogger Salt July 10, 2016 11:53 AM  

Mansplaining: "Those are the boobs. I can make them bigger."

Okay, that was pretty good.

Anonymous Jason M July 10, 2016 11:53 AM  

I understand that there's a Sassy Black Woman? Haven't seen that before.

Blogger The Other Robot July 10, 2016 11:54 AM  

We only have to wait until next weekend to find out.

Anonymous Wyrd July 10, 2016 11:54 AM  

Who you gonna call?

Weight Watchers!

Anonymous cheddarman July 10, 2016 11:56 AM  

Is there a wise negro to show whitey how things need to be done?

Blogger Shimshon July 10, 2016 11:56 AM  

Calling it lame would be a compliment.

Also, why you hate lame people?

Anonymous Wyrd July 10, 2016 11:59 AM  

(theme song)Fudging fatties makes me feel good.(/theme song)

Blogger Ben Cohen July 10, 2016 12:00 PM  

This movie is a blessing in disguise because when it bombs it'll kill off the remake craze. Hopefully super hero movies are next except for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Anonymous M.W. Peak July 10, 2016 12:00 PM  

Perhaps AC/DC should rework their song "Ballbreaker" into the next Ghostbuster theme.

Blogger Patrick July 10, 2016 12:08 PM  

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Anonymous old man in a villa July 10, 2016 12:11 PM  

And it only cost 155 million? Such a deal!

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 10, 2016 12:18 PM  

The best moments in the original film were built out of fear. Like when Ray drifts off to la-la land, or Egon says they need to cross the streams.

It is apparent that Grrrls don't experience fear. They're just kicking ass because they're Strong Women(tm) and and STrong Women(tm) don't feel fear. Their problem is dealing with stupid insensitive men who are annoying and stupid and insensitive and if it weren't for the annoying stupid and insensitive men, then they'd just be kicking ass on all the demons and shit.

Anonymous Susan July 10, 2016 12:18 PM  

That still shot reminds me of how the original Godzilla that everyone loved had a man wearing the costume too. Yet Godzilla came off as being a well loved iconic character, while this is just cheap and lame. A man in a padded costume. You cannot get much worse than that combo.

It is the feminist women who are not funny in the slightest. Except as targets for mocking. Old school comedians like Lucille Ball, Rosalind Russell and Carole Lombard could be very amusing. But, if given a choice, I will still choose to watch a male comedian.

Anonymous SciVo July 10, 2016 12:24 PM  

That grating voice. Is she doing a Hillary Diane Rodham impersonation?

Anonymous M.W. Peak July 10, 2016 12:25 PM  

Children will find this new Ghostbusters funny, in a Spongebob kind of way. Adults will remember the original and find the original funnier.

Blogger pdwalker July 10, 2016 12:27 PM  

Hopefully, it'll be a financial flop. Time will tell.

Anonymous VFM #6306 July 10, 2016 12:29 PM  

"Ow my balls" obviously can work...just not in a movie where the ghosts are supposed to be ghosts. It simply makes no sense, comedic or otherwise, for a demi-satanic infested marshmallow to have a weak spot in the crotch of its avatar.

It would have been funnier if the character had just dropped her equipment, turned to the audience and said, "You all know that he is just a computer drawing, right?"

Anonymous meh July 10, 2016 12:30 PM  

@1 "You'd think feminists of all people would be comfortable with aborting the poorly conceived."

Good joke, but [putting on my sperg hat]:

It was tbe pre-Cultural Marxist socialists who were into eugenics, not the feminists, at least not any significant feminist in the past several generations. They're quite happy to abort the healthy and to save the life of the botched. It's all about destroying the West as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Blogger dc.sunsets July 10, 2016 12:30 PM  

Well, what's new?

In the widely read light fiction of Janet Evonavich's Stephanie Plum series they play a discussion of cutting off a man's penis for laughs.

Can we imagine for one microsecond anyone trying to pass off a woman's breast being cut off similarly?

Equality my ass.

Blogger dc.sunsets July 10, 2016 12:32 PM  

No, the feminists skipped eugenics and went straight to full lesbianism.

Oh, the paradoxes...

Blogger dc.sunsets July 10, 2016 12:37 PM  

Okay, watched the trailer.

(Facepalm) I was wrong to think that writers in LA had already reached the level of dope-addled pre-adolescents.

Anonymous coyote July 10, 2016 12:39 PM  

the haunted night of the hag witch riders is here: they have loosed their hunting feral black pigs to run down the sacrificial males for their moon cult of death. run, run, white males and seek a place far from the harpies of doom.

Blogger SamuraiJack July 10, 2016 12:39 PM  

fat dumb ugly and looking like a dyke is no way to go through life son

Anonymous Wyrd July 10, 2016 12:39 PM  

@SciVo

That grating voice. Is she doing a Hillary Diane Rodham impersonation?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqYJRc0TJkQ

Anonymous SciVo July 10, 2016 12:41 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:In the widely read light fiction of Janet Evonavich's Stephanie Plum series they play a discussion of cutting off a man's penis for laughs.

That's just good verisimilitude.

Anonymous Jill July 10, 2016 12:44 PM  

The first movie was stupid. I get the idea that people think it's a classic because it was so over-marketed in the 80s. Brainwashing, you know.

Blogger flyingtiger July 10, 2016 12:51 PM  

I may be an old guy, but what is the point of remakes? I could understand in the past. No one would notice that your movie is a remake of one that was shown 20 years ago. Now you can get any movie ever made within minutes. Strange that this does not encourage more original movies.
BTW the 80s version was stupid. Only thr Bob Hope movie was funny.

Blogger Johnny July 10, 2016 1:02 PM  

Not always, but often I can tell if I am going to like a movie in the first few minutes. The clip I watched earlier was longer and more sedate, and I thought I could smell a failure coming.

Two obvious things were wrong. The intro to the story line was way too serious for this sort of material. It had none of the semi serious atmosphere that started the first Ghostbusters. The other thing was the lack of any sense of mutual familiarity between the girls. They were just running through their lines without any feel of common association.

Blogger Lovekraft July 10, 2016 1:13 PM  

And attacks on reasonable critics like AngryVideoGameNerd only served to further alienate core fans.

SJW Business Model 101: Alienate the paying majority to pander to a minuscule few.

Blogger Cecil Henry July 10, 2016 1:16 PM  

There's that point where even though you despise them, you're actually more embarrassed for them than anything.

iTs so cringe worthy. The enemy is not just contemptible, but an embarrassment to itself.

And they can't even grasp this simple fact.

Because 'narrative' trumps truth.

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 1:20 PM  

you know the funniest thing about this whole mess? catch the preview that spends some time dwelling on Hemsworth's character.

wait til you notice that the White guy ... playing a retard ... steals every single scene he's in.

in an uber feminist movie about uber feminism.


now THAT is hilarious.

Anonymous LastRedoubt July 10, 2016 1:29 PM  

@Jill

The first movie was stupid. I get the idea that people think it's a classic because it was so over-marketed in the 80s. Brainwashing, you know.

Don't worry if you don't get it, it's a "guy" story.

On a related note - a friend recently pointed out how few quotable movies there have been in the last ten years or so. Not just "movies everyone has seen", but movies that have quotes that you can drag out because they're simply funny, can be easily applied, and / or are very universally true - even if you don't recognize the source.

Part of it I think may be the trend toward "realistic" dialog. Or it could be another symptom of crappy writing and the inapplicability of liberal tropes.

Anonymous Philalethes July 10, 2016 1:35 PM  

One thing at least we can thank feminism for: Showing us over and over and over again that... Freud was right.

Anonymous Bz July 10, 2016 1:36 PM  

"I may be an old guy, but what is the point of remakes?"

The point is to replace the old beloved film with a new and correct version.

It's much like SJWs taking over the brand and resources of an existing successful organization, really.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 10, 2016 1:39 PM  

There is no remake of Conan. I refuse to acknowledge its existence.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 1:52 PM  

The ostensible reason is that it brings them to new audiences (that is, the next generation) who wouldn't watch the old one for its outdated look.

Blogger Human Animal July 10, 2016 1:54 PM  

Ghostbusters - Original movie written from personal interest by Aykroyd and rewritten for budget and scope with Ramis. It played well to the talents and style of those cast.

Ghostbusters (2016) - Filler movie banking off brand recognition crammed with four cringey comediennes and a (dead on arrival) political angle.

Yeah, there's an iceburg, but these deckchairs aren't gonna arrange themselves.

There is no remake of Conan. I refuse to acknowledge its existence.
Do you mean The Scorpion King? I thought it was fine. Never gonna rewatch it, but I enjoyed it in the theater.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 1:55 PM  

And also that if the movie was about then-present day events, which would be ancient history to the next generation, it brings them to the actual present day.

But as we all know, it is incredibly rare for a remake to actually succeed.

Blogger David The Good July 10, 2016 1:57 PM  

I thought the original film was stupid... but this? There are no words.

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 1:59 PM  

44. Markku July 10, 2016 1:55 PM
But as we all know, it is incredibly rare for a remake to actually succeed.



huh?

pretty much all the Star Trek / Wars and Marvel movies are remakes.

'successful' remakes may not be a majority of movies released, but they're killing at the box office the last decade.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:00 PM  

Not succeed financially, but succeed in its artistic objective of being as good as the original, only with actual present-day and with modern visuals.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:04 PM  

Also, I wouldn't call a Marvel movie a remake just because it has the same character, and involves an origin story, as a film from the past. To be a remake it must be taking a prior movie script as its primary source material, and then base the new movie on it.

Anonymous Roundtine July 10, 2016 2:08 PM  

Plus it's already been done to a demon, more crudely (NSFW computer graphics) in This Is The End, so it's not even original.

Blogger JaimeInTexas July 10, 2016 2:09 PM  

Unrelated. Given the rumors that Trump's VP might be former military, this made me wonder.http://prntly.com/2016/03/24/breaking-democrat-icon-jim-webb-endorses-donald-trump-over-hillary

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume July 10, 2016 2:12 PM  

@38

I think that 10 years is a pretty go demarcation line.

Has anyone else noticed how lame movie trailers have become overall? What is with the need to add corny/lame lines or brief attempts to scare at the very end of the trailer,matter a reasonable person would think it's over?

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:13 PM  

Here's how you do a memorable trailer

Blogger YIH July 10, 2016 2:22 PM  

The YouTube 'official trailer': 262,994 up, 921,442 down.
Might not make the million 'thumbs down'.
Aaron Clary (AKA Captain Capitalism) set up a Kickstarter: If I raise $1million, I'll go see that POS. Hey, more honest that Star Ponzinen! Also, he found this: The toys are already being discounted! Were the new Star Wars toys being marked 'Clearance' and 'Was $19.99, Now $13.98' before that movie premiered? Probably not. It wouldn't surprise me if both the DVD's and the toys will be in the $5 bargain bin by Thanksgiving... With the leftovers buried in the desert next year ;)

Blogger Human Animal July 10, 2016 2:26 PM  

Lovekraft - SJW Business Model 101: Alienate the paying majority to pander to a minuscule few.

"Movie Goers don't have to be your audience anymore. Movie Goers are dead." - Justin Trudeau

Anonymous trumpette July 10, 2016 2:26 PM  

"...designed to prove that Women Can Too Be Funny in spite of the evidence to the contrary consisting of the entire written history of Man..."

After a statement this stupid you are justified stopping reading and assuming the mind that spewed such obvious drivel is incapable of noodling out how shoes are tied, let alone writing something sensible or worth reading.

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 2:27 PM  

48. Markku July 10, 2016 2:04 PM
To be a remake it must be taking a prior movie script as its primary source material, and then base the new movie on it.



every single movie JJ Abrams has done would be excluded by this definition, in spite of the fact that all of his shit is a rip off of previous work.

working off of a "different" movie script doesn't mean that they didn't retell Spiderman's origin four (?) different times.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:28 PM  

That is a series reboot, not a movie remake.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:29 PM  

And yes, I can't immediately think of any JJ Abrams remakes.

Blogger MATT July 10, 2016 2:31 PM  

Marvel movies aren't remakes. The new Spider-man, though definitely going to be filled with subliminal anti-white propaganda, I don't consider a remake since it's the first one Marvel is doing.

Star Trek/Wars are an absolute joke.

Btw am I the only one who thinks Ant-Man was the best Marvel movie so far? Followed by Cp. America and Civil War and GotG

Yes it is laughable to imagine the most technologically advanced and wealthy nation on Earth is in Africa.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:33 PM  

Total Recall is a remake. Robocop is a remake.

Blogger MATT July 10, 2016 2:33 PM  

Trumpette

Women just aren't funny. Their voices get on ones nerves. A woman could only ever be as funny as a fat 12 yr old boy with a high pitched voice. The boy is still funnier.

Blogger Lazarus July 10, 2016 2:34 PM  

Markku wrote:Here's how you do a memorable trailer

And, in a similar vein,
:

NO Comedian

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 2:34 PM  

put it another way:
by this absurdly tight definition, The Magnificent Seven would not be considered a 'remake' of Seven Samurai.

but it is, and everybody knows it.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:34 PM  

It most certainly is not.

Blogger Lazarus July 10, 2016 2:37 PM  

MATT wrote:The boy is still funnier.

You forgot to add "As evidenced by the entire written history of Man."

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:39 PM  

It's an adaptation. The 2016 The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 The Magnificent Seven.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab July 10, 2016 2:44 PM  

They missed the whole point of these guys being charlatans who become genuine heroes. None of them were doing real jobs. Murray was using his 'psychic' studies to pick up on co-eds. But they wound up saving New York.

These girls give me the impression they might save their favorite coffee stand from going fairtrade.

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 2:44 PM  

check and mate.

64. Markku July 10, 2016 2:34 PM
It most certainly is not.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magnificent_Seven
"The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Japanese-language film Seven Samurai."



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remake

Blogger YIH July 10, 2016 2:48 PM  

Bz wrote:"I may be an old guy, but what is the point of remakes?"

The point is to replace the old beloved film with a new and correct version.

It's much like SJWs taking over the brand and resources of an existing successful organization, really.

Occasionally remakes can be a good idea, the Star Trek franchise was nearly dead due to two lousy Next Generation based movies in a row and two weak TV series. They rebooted the first movie with a new cast and breathed new life into it.
Though a horror classic, Night of the living dead had it's problems; A shoestring budget, a ''summer stock'' community college cast and amateurish production (because it was). It was remade in 1990 with a better cast, better film and sound and enough money to give it decent SFX. If you liked the original, you'll like the remake more.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:48 PM  

The Wikipedia author doesn't know what he's talking about. Here's how actually informed people describe it at IMDB:

It was Yul Brynner who approached producer Walter Mirisch with the idea of doing a Western adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's classic, Seven Samurai (1954).
...
Walter Bernstein did the original adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's film (Seven Samurai (1954)) but it wasn't used. Walter Newman wrote the screenplay that is substantially what you see on screen.

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 2:49 PM  

66. Markku July 10, 2016 2:39 PM
It's an adaptation. The 2016 The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 The Magnificent Seven.



not merely wrong, but hilariously wrong BY YOUR OWN DEFINITION.

The Magnificent Seven - 2016
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404435/
"Writers: Akira Kurosawa (based on the screenplay by), Shinobu Hashimoto (based on the screenplay by)"

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:50 PM  

Even the Wikipedia author seems to know his bait and switch, based on:

"While not, strictly speaking, remakes, television adaptations..."

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:51 PM  

BASED, yes. Moron.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:53 PM  

Sur. fucking. prise. that an adaptation is based on another work.

Blogger YIH July 10, 2016 2:57 PM  

Just like last time, of course there's a Ghostbusters game. Look at the box art, what do you notice?

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 2:57 PM  

so now using the prior screenplay is no longer a criteria?


oh, how fast those goalposts can move.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 2:59 PM  

Yes, not a criteria for adaptation versus remake, because you took the goalposts there from reboot versus remake, you goddamned dishonest fucking idiot.

Anonymous Godfrey July 10, 2016 3:00 PM  

How can people actually get paid to write stuff that I thought was funny when I was a pubescent thirteen year-old boy? What next jokes about boogers and farting?

I have an idea Hollywood, save a lot of money and just have a group of thirteen year-old boys write the script.

Blogger Aaron Swenson July 10, 2016 3:02 PM  

http://imgur.com/dQ8Sz5V

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 3:02 PM  

I'm though with this. Bloviate what you like.

Blogger YIH July 10, 2016 3:08 PM  

This is the box art for the Commodore 64 version way back when.
Compare that to the new one.

Anonymous RJ July 10, 2016 3:15 PM  

Ballbusters!

Starring women who think they are funny.

Also, they re-released the original movie in select theaters about a month ago. They don't understand marketing either.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 10, 2016 3:18 PM  

@41 Stg58/Animal Mother
There is no remake of Conan. I refuse to acknowledge its existence.
---

It's pretty good, check it out sometime

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 3:21 PM  

79. Markku July 10, 2016 3:02 PM
I'm though with this. Bloviate what you like.




*shrugs*

you're trying to draw distinctions where they don't exist.

the dictionary makes no mention of a "screenplay reuse" criteria. would reshooting the screenplay qualify? certainly. but it is no requirement.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/remake?s=t

amusingly, the term has been around since at least 1936 wrt movies.


what is a synonym for "remake"? why, "adapt", of course.

http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/remake?s=t


very, very rare indeed is the movie which "remakes" a screenplay with NO "adaptations" at all.



http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/remake
If a film is remade, a new film is made that has the same story, and often the same title, as a film that was made earlier. [be V-ed] ⇒ Originally released in 1957, the film was remade as 'The Magnificent Seven'.


The Magnificent Seven is so renowned as a "remake" of Samurai that dictionaries use it as an example in their definitions.

so you can't even play the "dur hur, that's just wikipedia" crap at me.

Anonymous Godfey July 10, 2016 3:22 PM  

Do you know what I hate most about SJWs?

Answer: THEY'RE EXCRUCIATINGLY BORING.

My God. Their literature, their movies, their television shows are all so freaking predictable. I can finished the sentences as their characters say them. I can predict the next scene. I know the ending five minutes into the plot. Their characters are SHALLOW, they're mere shallow characterizations of human beings.

Am I just getting old? Is this what happens as one ages? Anyone else notice this phenomenon?

Blogger Doom July 10, 2016 3:23 PM  

Oh well. At least there is still college.

Blogger CM July 10, 2016 3:27 PM  

So my 4yo girl was in gamestop identifying those POP figures as girl/boy. 4 mean girls followed by 4 ghostbusters (new & improved) were "girl girl girl girl boy...... boy boy boy"

I was cracking up. Pretty ineffectual girl empowerment if girls can't tell you their girls.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 10, 2016 3:31 PM  

trumpette wrote:After a statement this stupid you are justified stopping reading and assuming the mind that spewed such obvious drivel is incapable of noodling out how shoes are tied, let alone writing something sensible or worth reading.

Was that an attempt to be funny?
Cause you're not funny.
Peevish, touchy, narcissistic, oblivious to reality, but not funny.
But then, you're a woman

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 3:35 PM  

87. Snidely Whiplash July 10, 2016 3:31 PM
But then, you're a woman



who is refusing to sleep with Vox and trying to insult the size of his penis.

Blogger Human Animal July 10, 2016 3:56 PM  

Btw am I the only one who thinks Ant-Man was the best Marvel movie so far? Followed by Cp. America and Civil War and GotG

Deadpool. But yes, Antman knew its business.

Women just aren't funny.

That is Rhetoric. I recognize that.

Blogger VD July 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

After a statement this stupid you are justified stopping reading and assuming the mind that spewed such obvious drivel is incapable of noodling out how shoes are tied, let alone writing something sensible or worth reading.

See? That wasn't funny either. Just one more pebble piled upon the mountain of evidence in support of my point.

Blogger kh123 July 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

Well, it's not a Japanese production called The Magnificent Four Paranormal Researchers. Make of it what you will.

Blogger Michael Maier July 10, 2016 4:02 PM  

The new "Conan" looked like a fag wearing makeup. Seriously messed up. Conan is about the most male character ever and they make him look like a poofter. WTFFFF?

Blogger bob k. mando July 10, 2016 4:05 PM  

91. kh123 July 10, 2016 4:02 PM
Well, it's not a Japanese production called The Magnificent Four Paranormal Researchers. Make of it what you will.



oh, come ON, man.

you missed a perfectly good opportunity to say "Remake of that what you will."

Anonymous Wyrd July 10, 2016 4:12 PM  

Crom and his devils!

Blogger Krul July 10, 2016 4:18 PM  

The original was never that great.

Let's be honest, it only got popular because of one thing.

Blogger praetorian July 10, 2016 4:19 PM  

I understand that there's a Sassy Black Woman

That's no woman...

Blogger pyrrhus July 10, 2016 4:22 PM  

"Has anyone else noticed how lame movie trailers have become overall? What is with the need to add corny/lame lines or brief attempts to scare at the very end of the trailer,matter a reasonable person would think it's over?"

Yes, and what's even scarier is the number of movies from which they can't extract even 5 minutes of footage that is any good!

Blogger praetorian July 10, 2016 4:27 PM  

In the widely read light fiction of Janet Evonavich's Stephanie Plum series they play a discussion of cutting off a man's penis for laughs.

Bill Burr, before he took the black pill and married a black chick, said it best:

"You think if a guy removed a woman's titty and threw it in the drier, anybody would be jokin' about it the next day?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0gaYyNk7QA

Old Bill Burr was best Bill Burr.

OpenID randkoch July 10, 2016 4:29 PM  

And the trailer is always better than the movie.

Blogger L. Beau July 10, 2016 4:33 PM  

In the original Ghostbusters, it was the way that the principal cast members were able to play off of each other's performances that made the movie entertaining. The special effect were good for their day, but they didn't carry the film. The actual plot/story was nothing special, really just a "Saturday Night Live from the 1970s" spoof of Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu."

Anonymous CJ July 10, 2016 4:41 PM  

#84 Godfrey

To answer your question, some of each. It's partly getting old and therefore having more experience, and it's partly that today's TV/film output is so stilted and predictable. Contemporary content producers seem to think they have an obligation to voice SJW themes, and conversely need to avoid anything that could be construed as reactionary.

Since reality is reactionary, that means that contemporary drama and comedy is more disconnected from reality than ever. In my youth there was criticism of the unreality of cop shows and lawyer shows, but those productions were kitchen-sink realism compared to their equivalents today. Yes, there's been a notable worsening of all this in the last ten years or so, and I also find that plotlines and dialogue are more predictable than ever.

Blogger Krul July 10, 2016 4:47 PM  

76% on Rottentomatoes. The critics love it.

Blogger Leo Little Book July 10, 2016 4:55 PM  

Hyenas don't have separate words for humor and laughter - that would require a soul.

"When men strive together one with another and the wife of the one draws near to deliver her husband out of the hand of him who slays him and puts forth her hand and takes him by the privates, then you will cut off her hand. Your eye will have no pity."

Fat chance on the last bit.

Blogger en_forcer July 10, 2016 4:58 PM  

155 million piece of garbage - but unlike Star Citizen - this movie was completed and released.

Anonymous Last Redoubt July 10, 2016 5:03 PM  

@Matt

Btw am I the only one who thinks Ant-Man was the best Marvel movie so far? Followed by Cp. America and Civil War and GotG

I may dispute the order, but pretty much.

@Human Animal

Deadpool. But yes, Antman knew its business


Deadpool to me was "funny once" - hysterically funny once. Loved it, but probably won't see it again.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 10, 2016 5:05 PM  

I am triggered at these minority and women running around killing white male hetero ghosts with such abandon.

Blogger Gapeseed July 10, 2016 5:06 PM  

It's a small piece of a multi-billion dollar propaganda operation spanning decades. Once you understand that, the funding of this mess makes much more sense.

Anonymous Satan's Hamster July 10, 2016 5:09 PM  

"Do you know what I hate most about SJWs?

Answer: THEY'RE EXCRUCIATINGLY BORING."

Social Justice Realism is just as tedious and dull as Soviet Socialist Realism was. The difference is that, in the West, stories don't yet have to be vetted for compliance with the standards of Social Justice Realism before they're published, so we still have alternatives.

Anonymous Steve July 10, 2016 5:11 PM  

Ben Cohen - I second your approval of Guardians of the Galaxy. It was a lot of fun.

Blogger Human Animal July 10, 2016 5:14 PM  

Deadpool to me was "funny once" - hysterically funny once. Loved it, but probably won't see it again.

Not everything has to be A Night At The Opera.

Blogger YIH July 10, 2016 5:18 PM  

en_forcer wrote:155 million piece of garbage - but unlike Star Citizen - this movie was completed and released.
Good point, those who've only spent $10+ on this have some idea what they're getting.
Activision knows what they're getting, they did then, they do now.

Anonymous Godfrey July 10, 2016 5:23 PM  

Ok, time for nominations for funniest comedienne.

Phyllis Diller

... and yes, that's how far back I had to go to find one.

Anonymous Godfrey July 10, 2016 5:24 PM  

Joan Rivers


I liked Joan Rivers too. She was funny.

Anonymous artaud July 10, 2016 5:28 PM  

Oh FFS.

I could comedy-splain this utter train-wreck at great detailed length, but it would take a long time, and would bore the living sh*t out of you. So in comedy terms, not such a great outcome. So I guess I'll take a pass. If somebody wants the private detailed version of what is so desperately wrong about this whole thing, visit me on my asteroid.

P.S. the whole real purpose of the movie is to push that anti-White logo, to spread it around town and get it sunk into people's brains. (((Nobody))) really cares if the movie is a hit or not, so long as that logo gets all over the place. Hi, Micah! How are things in Hell?


Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents July 10, 2016 5:29 PM  

Do you know what I hate most about SJWs?

Answer: THEY'RE EXCRUCIATINGLY BORING.


Am I just getting old? Is this what happens as one ages? Anyone else notice this phenomenon?

No. Not necessarily. Yes.

Read fiction written before 1970 or so, and behold! There can be plot elements you did not expect! There can be characters that are not sheets of cardboard rolling about on carts, but actually 3-dimensional!

Yeah, some of it is years, but it’s more “Gah! This crap, again?”.

Or you could buy The Missionaries and read that...

Blogger g wood July 10, 2016 5:31 PM  

"Do you know what I hate most about SJWs?

Answer: THEY'RE EXCRUCIATINGLY BORING."

You've got it backwards. Radical politics and kinky sex are ways that boring people try to make themselves interesting.

Anonymous Bz July 10, 2016 5:35 PM  

OT: PORTUGAL?? Without Ronaldo, no less.

Anonymous andon July 10, 2016 5:38 PM  

only female comedians I can think of:

Rosanne Barr
Rosie O'Donnell
someone silverstein
Paula Poundstone
Whoopi Goldberg (never found her funny at all)
Margaret Cho

and a bunch of SNLers

Anonymous Bz July 10, 2016 5:38 PM  

And there can be only one Conan. That was such a great movie. There was no remake and no second movie either.

Anonymous Ain July 10, 2016 5:44 PM  

"I may be an old guy, but what is the point of remakes?"

$

Blogger Al From Bay Shore July 10, 2016 5:46 PM  

I know I am off topic but I'm upset right now. I just learned that I was booted from the "Nazi Detector List". That's RACIST!!!!!

Blogger L. Beau July 10, 2016 5:47 PM  

Carol Burnett - yes, sketch comedy rather than stand-up, but I cannot think of a woman who did it better.

Anonymous Trumpette July 10, 2016 5:47 PM  

"Ok, time for nominations for funniest comedienne."

The list is very very long...as evidenced by the entire written history of man.

Anonymous Cyclone Bob July 10, 2016 5:50 PM  

Andon, her name was someone silverberg. Common mistake.

Blogger J A Baker July 10, 2016 5:51 PM  

There's just something sinister about the Ghostbusters logo, you know the red circle with the red line crossed over a ghost.

It's seems like a very subtle blaspheme of the Holy Spirit.

I used to own a T-shirt with that logo on it, but it just bothered me, so I threw it out.

Blogger Anchorman July 10, 2016 5:51 PM  

From a first review (Hollywood Reporter)

An elaborate production number conducted by Kevin, which owes a debt to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, looks like it might have been fun but survives only in glimpses spliced into the end credits.

They actually tried to keep that song and dance number in the original pitch.

Good gravy. They don't know funny.

Anonymous Trumpette July 10, 2016 6:01 PM  

"There's just something sinister about the Ghostbusters logo, you know the red circle with the red line crossed over a ghost.

It's seems like a very subtle blaspheme of the Holy Spirit. "

Now THATS comedy!!

Blogger The Other Robot July 10, 2016 6:16 PM  

76% on Rottentomatoes. The critics love it.

If the critics love it then it stinks! Let me say that again. It STINKS!

Anonymous Ain July 10, 2016 6:19 PM  

"I know I am off topic but I'm upset right now. I just learned that I was booted from the "Nazi Detector List". That's RACIST!!!!!"

Maybe you were found to be having too much joy at what was meant to be scathing and hurtful?

Anonymous Wyrd July 10, 2016 6:29 PM  

It STINKS!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZR1gSvnOI0

Blogger tublecane July 10, 2016 6:34 PM  

@108-Soviet socialist realist paintings were infinitely better than modernist Western paintings, not because of the content but because at least they maintained some of the old techniques and weren't designed to make me physically ill. The movies, at least the ones I've seen, were pretty good, too. But for every Eisenstein there were probably a hundred hacks.

I can't speak for the literature. I'm sure it was boring.

Anonymous artaud July 10, 2016 6:37 PM  

"only female comedians I can think of:"

Or in other words, "Hi, I don't know anything about comedy."

I've got an idea, let's talk about that giant super-atomic tunnel collider thingy they've got over in Europe instead. (Not the Chunnel, the other one.) You prolly know more about that than about how a joke works, or who writes or tells them.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore July 10, 2016 6:49 PM  

@129
There is truth to what you say. I was a bit celebratory on social media regarding my addition to that list. Next time though, it will be different. I'll be low key.

Anonymous andon July 10, 2016 6:59 PM  

@ #132 - yeah either that or im just the average person

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 10, 2016 7:06 PM  

Grrlbusters: lamer than expected

Depends what you expect.

Blogger Unknown July 10, 2016 7:10 PM  

@122

I grew up on that show, it is still funny 30 years later. There will never be another Tim Conway.

Anonymous artaud July 10, 2016 7:11 PM  

@#134 -- okay now that was actually witty. I dips me lid. How much is that monkey in the window, Mister Peebles?

(But then, it was probably witty in two different ways, one which you intended, and the other you didn't. The Eye of Sauron sees EVERYTHINGS!!!11!)

Anonymous andon July 10, 2016 7:17 PM  

@ #137 - instead of getting worked up over my post, how about you list your 10 favorite?

Anonymous kfg July 10, 2016 7:22 PM  

@122:

I have seen Carol Burnett speak live solo, and she was genuinely funny. She's the only woman I can say that about.

Blogger praetorian July 10, 2016 7:23 PM  

how about you list your 10 favorite

Shh. He's dipping his lid.

Anonymous artaud July 10, 2016 7:31 PM  

I'm not getting worked up over your post, I'm just speaking from expertise.

But since you asked....

Gracie Allen.
Margaret Dumont (probably the funniest person, male or female, who ever lived.)
Margaret Hamilton. (the other great Margaret)
Barbara Stanwyck.
Lily Tomlin.
Goldie Hawn.
Lucille Ball.
Gilda Radner.
Julia Sweeney.
and yeah, sorry but it's true... Tina Fey.

I could go on.

Running out of time here. Not even mentioning the writers, many of whom I know personally. Sure, there does in fact exist a M > F comedy gap, but the proposition "women aren't funny" simply doesn't stand up to scrutiny amongst people who know what funny actually is.


Blogger Cluebat Vanexodar July 10, 2016 7:34 PM  

Personally, I think that they know how bad it will fizzle and will blame patriarchy to bolster the Narrative.

Anonymous artaud July 10, 2016 7:52 PM  

Like I say, I can tell in advance (as everybody else here obviously can) that the new "Ghostbusters" is terrible, and I can also explain why, but it's sort of insider baseball and it takes too long. But you folks do have the correct instinct.

OTOH, "Bridesmaids" wasn't really all that funny, but it was actually kind of a satisfying movie for other reasons. It knew what it wanted to be instead of what it was supposed to be. "The Hangover" worked very well in spite of the comedic premise, not because of it, although the premise was in fact solid, but you could have just as easily used a solid premise like that to make a piece of sheer nonsense, if you weren't careful. Strange world we live in.

I give up. The last good movies I saw were "Persona," "Frozen," and "Apocalypse Now". Oh, and also "Whiplash" wasn't bad.

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 7:58 PM  

Now Whiplash, there's a SERIOUS movie. That movie wasn't farting around.

Anonymous artaud July 10, 2016 8:09 PM  

"Now Whiplash, there's a SERIOUS movie."

Oh, well, wow, good, now somebody has gotten around to understanding real takin' care of bidniss. [But then again you guyz have got that goin' on quite righteously w/ CH, so don't mind my sarc too much.] Cool, we've saved you a seat in the artists only section. Please, be comfortable. You've got a lot of catching up to do.

Blogger lowercaseb July 10, 2016 8:12 PM  

of course, the fix is in...71% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Every reviewer was falling over themselves to try to prove how good the film was.

Anonymous kfg July 10, 2016 8:27 PM  

@141:

I'll play Debbie Reynolds against your Julie Sweeney any day of the week. At least as smart as Lily too.

Hollywood could never figure out what to do with more than half of her talent.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 10, 2016 8:42 PM  

@113 Godfrey

Joan Rivers

I liked Joan Rivers too. She was funny.
---

I think she was offed by a couple of in the closet homo and a tranny

Blogger Were-Puppy July 10, 2016 8:44 PM  

@119 Bz

And there can be only one Conan. That was such a great movie. There was no remake and no second movie either.
---

In that case, the movies all sucked, compared to the original as conceived by REH.

Blogger Thucydides July 10, 2016 8:46 PM  

Too bad this disaster isn't going to tank the studio the way "Heaven's Gate" destroyed United Artists.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 10, 2016 8:48 PM  

@121 Al From Bay Shore
I know I am off topic but I'm upset right now. I just learned that I was booted from the "Nazi Detector List". That's RACIST!!!!!
---

Here is what you do. GO to a nearby Barnes and Nobles, and pretend to be very interested in several Tor books.
Then the product manager there will accuse you of being a nazi.

That should get you right back on the list

Blogger Jmac July 10, 2016 8:58 PM  

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Blogger Jmac July 10, 2016 8:59 PM  

I remember a Seinfeld episode when George's father was talking about female comedians. He said humor was a male gene and then said name me one funny woman who wasn't a lesbian...truer words were never said on that show.

Blogger Efrem July 10, 2016 9:09 PM  

Yes, this movie has no d***. I see nothing good coming out of this. No Joe Franklin, No Harold Ramis, no Casey Kasem, no 80s cool. This thing has turkey written all over it.

Blogger Rusty Fife July 10, 2016 9:13 PM  

artaud wrote:Cool, we've saved you a seat in the artists only section.

FFS, what useless posing turd of a life. You can't even compost it's product.

Wow, you know writers. How long does the status boost last after they speak to you?

Blogger Markku July 10, 2016 9:18 PM  

He's just attempting to be whimsical.

OpenID dudequest July 10, 2016 9:28 PM  

@83-

"Sabrina"

Blogger Rusty Fife July 10, 2016 9:39 PM  

Markku wrote:He's just attempting to be whimsical.

He was getting on my nerves before that.

Anonymous artaud July 10, 2016 11:11 PM  

"He was getting on my nerves before that."

You have nerves? I thought shellfish didn't feel pain. Or maybe it was earthworms, can't really remember, biology class was a long time ago. Something like that, anyway.

Anonymous You're All Wrong! July 10, 2016 11:14 PM  

This remake is going to be EPIC!

Starring Romi Rain, Nikki Benz, Monique Alexander and Ana Foxxx. Great talent and I don't just mean the implants! Plus some guys but who cares? From the great studio Brazzers, where they almost always edit the footage before uploading it to the site.

An Axel Braun classic, out tomorrow.

Why? Is there any other female-centric Ghostbusters movie?

Anonymous SciVo July 10, 2016 11:17 PM  

Godfey wrote:Do you know what I hate most about SJWs?

Answer: THEY'RE EXCRUCIATINGLY BORING.


It's the Impossibility of Social Justice Convergence. Also, all great art is either directly or indirectly an outgrowth of the straight sex drive: either an attempt to impress the opposite sex, or a sublimation of the generative impulse.

Art by the alphabet mafia is aggressively ephemeral and context-dependent, because they have no stake in the future; and straight comediennes have no pressure to be funny, since all they have to do to get a man's attention is talk about their lady parts.

Blogger IreneAthena July 10, 2016 11:37 PM  

Thanks for the heads up about the groin kick. I'll be munching my popcorn to a different sound track. Presenting sexual humiliation of a male as funny should be as taboo as any of the not-PC things one could do to humiliate a woman on screen.

Anonymous Takin' a Look July 10, 2016 11:50 PM  

Carol Burnett. Goofy and Kind. Nobody has a bad word against her yet everyone laughed.

Blogger Bernard Brandt July 10, 2016 11:55 PM  

Cable! No, Netflix!

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 12:11 AM  

Carol Burnett was indeed humane and kind and lovable. Very sweet. But she let her cast laugh at their own jokes, which is sort of unforgivable. I mean, look at Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in "Young Frankenstein" to see the sort of intense quasi-military discipline required to not crack up at your own nonsense. So Carol indeed gets a seat of honor, just not in the front row. Margaret Dumont on the other hand was so freakin' funny, she claimed she didn't even know what was so damn funny about it. (I think she was lying, but that's an argument for another day.) If you're funnier than Groucho Marx, you've accomplished something unusual.

OTOH, the stone-faced Jane Curtin was able to provoke the line, "Jane, you ignorant slut," and people laughed because on some level they sorta... well, maybe they didn't know what to think. That takes some doing, that's Bud Abbott-level, Buster Keaton-level chess.

Don't get me started on "Ex-Police," "Samurai Dry Cleaner" or "The Judy Miller Show." We'll be here all night.

Anonymous r July 11, 2016 1:15 AM  

Margaret Dumont is possibly cinema's greatest straight man. Some say she's the fifth Marx Brother, but really she's the fourth, because Zeppo is often superfluous, but Dumont never is.

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 1:38 AM  

What's weird (and maybe sad) about the Marx Bros. was that Margaret Dumont was the necessary (and superior) straight man, the hardest job in the universe, she vies with Bud Abbott for Greatest Straight of All Time, but it was acknowledged backstage --at least to my sources, anyway-- that Zeppo was just as funny as Julie, he was Groucho's understudy in their vaudeville days, and Julie sometimes admitted that Zeppo was an even funnier Captain Spaulding than himself. Is it true? Well it's a long time ago, so I guess we'll never know. But Zeppo's standing role as the technical WASP straight in the weird deliberately pan-ethnic cast (viz., they have an Irishman who never says anything) was eclipsed by Margaret Dumont's absolutely brilliant cluelessness, he wasn't going to beat that. He does a good turn in Duck Soup, though, so we have that for confirmation.

Blogger bob k. mando July 11, 2016 1:46 AM  

165. artaud July 11, 2016 12:11 AM
...was able to provoke the line,


*facedesk*

Anonymous Takin' a Look July 11, 2016 1:52 AM  

@ artaud

But she let her cast laugh at their own jokes, which is sort of unforgivable

Because they were shivs hitting the bone. The absurdities of everyday life amongst the MPAI even when things suck.

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 1:53 AM  

bob k. mando: *facedesk*

Don't know much about these things, do ye. Like the Japanese sign says, Stick to coffee and alcohol.

Blogger bob k. mando July 11, 2016 2:07 AM  

170. artaud July 11, 2016 1:53 AM
Don't know much about these things, do ye.



i know enough to know that the person who "provoked the line" was Kilpatrick, whom Aykroyd was spoofing / trying to humiliate.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_J._Kilpatrick#Television

Anonymous DeeJay July 11, 2016 2:17 AM  

Even then, if you go by the "rules" (such as they are) in the original films, then there shouldn't be any crotch-kick joke at all. The nuclear-powered tech the Ghostbusters use is destructive against physical objects (including the giant Mr. Stay Puft which was a building-sized version of a food mascot). But against ghosts and spirits it acts as a kind of binding lasso and a method of confinement. Her "shooting" the big ghost wouldn't do squat even assuming he had exposed genitalia on-screen (not likely). Just like the "four scientists saved New York" text in the first trailer, the filmmakers just don't know the material.

Blogger bob k. mando July 11, 2016 2:48 AM  

172. DeeJay July 11, 2016 2:17 AM
Her "shooting" the big ghost wouldn't do squat even assuming he had exposed genitalia on-screen (not likely).



i dunno, mang.

i've never tried it, but i'm pretty sure getting my junk lassoed wouldn't be much fun.

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 3:18 AM  

"i know enough to know that the person who "provoked the line" was Kilpatrick, whom Aykroyd was spoofing / trying to humiliate."

Wow, you sound like an expert. So tell me, which corner of the writers' room is the piano located in, and what sort of piano is it?

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 3:33 AM  

Last time I checked (which was quite a while ago), it was an upright, and the last time I played it, it was a li'l bit out of tune. Wrote a few hummable songs on that thing, though.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat July 11, 2016 7:47 AM  

But she let her cast laugh at their own jokes, which is sort of unforgivable. I mean, look at Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in "Young Frankenstein" to see the sort of intense quasi-military discipline required to not crack up at your own nonsense.

Part of the "problem" on the Carol Burnett show is that Tim Conway was (IMHO, still is) the funniest TV joke writer. They would practice the script, but Tim would hold back better lines for himself until the live show, at which he would start dropping bombs left, right, and center. How could the cast not lose control when faced with that much concentrated funny completely by surprise?

That's what I like about the original Ghostbusters. It's not high art. It's not even low art. It's just concentrated funny, and it doesn't let anything (even the story) get in the way of the satire and the funny. ("If there's a steady paycheck, I'll believe anything you say." An all-time classic line.)

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 8:40 AM  

@KP -- yeah, it's true, though I was never a big fan of the Carol Burnett aesthetic, but one of the things I always liked about it was, that it was clear her cast was having a grand old time. And they weren't being overly pleased with themselves, they were just having a lot of fun. That sort of joie de vivre is always infectious and cool. You get it from Blazing Saddles, ("Let's play chess"), you get it from Ghostbusters (and from early Bill Murray in general -- "Suddenly, depression set in.") You get it in spades from the Samurai routine, or "No Coke! Pepsi!", or The Judy Miller Show, and pretty much anything Gilda Radner touched.

It's always something.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 11, 2016 11:40 AM  

Kentucky Packrat wrote:Part of the "problem" on the Carol Burnett show is that Tim Conway was (IMHO, still is) the funniest TV joke writer. They would practice the script, but Tim would hold back better lines for himself until the live show, at which he would start dropping bombs left, right, and center. How could the cast not lose control when faced with that much concentrated funny completely by surprise?

like this

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 12:07 PM  

Hi bob k. mando!

Anonymous artaud July 11, 2016 12:25 PM  

@snidely

Yeah, that's one of the things that's cool about Carol Burnett. It goes against all comedy theory, from Aristophanes to W.C. Fields, but it's just so much damned fun. Watching her just trying to stop cracking up (I mean, not even DOING anything! Just trying to stop laughing! It's Gilda level craziness) is simply priceless. Jack Handey and Steve Martin and Jim are much, much funnier in a theoretical sense, but hey. Nothing is more tedious and self-destructive than hearing about comedy theory. When it works, just larf.

Blogger Akulkis July 11, 2016 1:03 PM  

@57

Reboots are even crappier than remakes.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 11, 2016 3:40 PM  

OT: Someone at the New Yorker, the New Yorker, of all places, gets it.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 11, 2016 3:40 PM  

Oops, forgot link.

OpenID frankluke July 11, 2016 8:42 PM  

Chicago Sun-Times calls it a horror show but that doesn't mean it's even the least bit scary.

Anonymous Anti-Citizen Zero July 11, 2016 11:41 PM  

I'd rather watch OW MY BALLS ... yeah, and give me some Brawndo, it's got what my dia-uh-bee-tus craves.

Blogger pdwalker July 12, 2016 2:29 AM  

@176 @178

The Elephant Dialog was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen on her show. I've watched it many times over the years and it still makes me laugh. Even Tim Conway couldn't hold out at the end.

Vicky Lawrence talks about that episode and her blooper. The summary is, Tim sprung that dialog on them on the live show and everything after that is unscripted.

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