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  When Netflix Goes Glitchy

I was idly scanning through Netflix last night, and noticed that the same description kept following me through the selections. At first, I was all, "Man, Netflix is really phoning it in with these copy/paste descriptions." Of course after a few seconds, I realized it was a glitch. There were some programs where it really didn't apply. I don't remember the original show that fit the description, and didn't feel like trying to find it.

Instead, I stopped where I was in the menu and snapped a picture. It made it seem like horribly inappropriate joke:


I suppose if it had been something like Downfall (2004 film), it might have made more sense, and maybe even been a little funny. So I previewed a few more programs and came up with better results.

Gizmodo did a mini-review of Donnie Darko, which has just come to Hulu, and the comments are full of raves and critiques of the now-dated, hyper-stylistic film. One rather poignant analysis of the film came from commenter Dr.Nemmo, who appears to come from a medical/psychiatric occupation. (Oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT, in case you've not seen the film).

I've had a couple of patients like poor Donnie (with hallucinations about lost of control and predetermined paths) which have successfully recovered with olanzapine or quetiapine.

It's a professional bias, but what I see when I see Donnie Darko is the story of a kid with schizophrenia in its early phases. Reconstructing the story, he is borderline schizophrenic for most of the movie (remember those trips to the therapist), but after the death of his girlfriend and Frank, he suffers a complete breakdown. What we see during the movie is the fragmented recollection of the events mixed with the hallucinations and in the end a delirious explanation for it all.

For Donnie, believing that he died when the plane engine fell on his bed is better to believe that his girlfriend died and that he killed Frank. In non-movie world, we would have a catatonic Donnie with dead friends. It would be a sadder ending than the one that we get on the movie, where he can be a hero and prevent everything from ever happening. Real life doesn't work that way, ours is a linear life.

Of course, I am biased, and maybe I get to treat the unsuccessful Donnies, while the succesful ones simple die in freaky accidents and we never get to know them but for a short note in some newspaper.

Some of the other commenters are rather harsh on this person, but Dr. Nemmo's interpretation of the movie is just as valid as any other, and deserves quiet contemplation. It's kind of sad to know that there are so many real-world Donnies out there.

Donnie Darko (soundtrack)

Donnie Darko (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  DKR, The Movie

Nice trailer for Dark Knight Returns. Sounds like Peter Weller as Batman. Which is OK, I guess.

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Looks like it matches up pretty well with this small scene from Batman:TAS. Michael Ironside did the voice better, in my opinion:

Although, he did play Darkseid in Justice League, so maybe he was a little too severe.

... of Justin Bieber. Can a cute young white Christian boy make it in America?


Going to see the new Batman film tonight. Hope it's as good as this.

Batman Theme - Pomplamoose - YouTube

Another fantastic Pixar A cool-looking Disney film I'm going to have to see thinking of seeing. And it looks like it was made for us nerds. Yeah, use caution since it's not actually a Pixar film, apparently.

Wreck-It Ralph - Official Trailer #1 : John C. Reilly Intro (2012) [HD] - YouTube

  Star Wars: The Radio Play

OMG, this is possibly the best, nerdiest thing ever! Voice actors Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen read the "Star Wars: A New Hope" script while voicing their own character creations. Batman as the narrator, Bubbles as Darth Vader, Pinky as a stormtrooper, and so on in that order.

Thanks to Topless Robot.

Cool TED talk from one of the writers at Pixar.

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story | Video on

  Awesome new Pixar trailer

Ah, this promises to have the same Pixar magic we've come to rely on in this dark age of film.

Brave trailer - Disney Pixar - Only at the Movies June 21 - YouTube

  Voice of Admiral Ackbar

Now, I'm not going to cheapen this moment by saying something lame, like "it's a trap!"

But I could say I've got a bad feeling about this.

The Voice of Admiral Ackbar Speaks

  The Pingu Thingu

Possibly the most awesome thing ever made.

From Topless Robot

I see no reason why this couldn't preface the actual film.

Not the Pow! We Need, But the Zok! We Deserve - Topless Robot

  Transformers in 1-D

Now, if only we could get the original cast from the 1951 film to watch it.

The Thing Cast Watches the Prequel - YouTube

If you're going to mangle Star Wars anyway, why not do it with style?


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Or rather, Everything Is A Remix. A cool video showing many of the influences of The Matrix.

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX from on Vimeo.

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX on Vimeo

Honestly, I don't think he got them all.

145 Reasons Why Spider-Man 3 Sucks (Original) - YouTube

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