I’m a bit surprised there aren’t more movie site discussions of royal weddings, or “Royal Wedding” this week, given all the other media attention on Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton tomorrow. I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t invited, despite being (very distantly) related to the groom two different ways (I didn’t invite them to my upcoming event, either, though in my defense mine is much, much smaller). Anyway, there are a few posts to be found around the web, such as one going through a loose history of wedding films (were the 80s really relatively nuptial-less? No, we had “Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Raising Arizona,” “Spaceballs” and, uh, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” among others). I guess all the talk of the Lifetime movie about Will and Kate is enough, as is the news of a timely pitch for a future prince-falls-for-commoner rom-com (by the way, why is it so hard to find a clip of the ending to “King Ralph” online?). Also: video of Will Ferrell doing Harry Caray as covering the royal wedding on Letterman is pretty great.
Meanwhile, NextMovie has come through with a montage of memorable wedding moments from movies and once again Robert Altman’s underrated “A Wedding” is glaringly excluded. So is “The Philadelphia Story” for some odd reason (glad to see “The Palm Beach Story,” at least). But it begins with the royal MAWAGE scene from “The Princess Bride,” so all is forgiven. Watch it after the jump.
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In a way, prom scenes are like wedding scenes. That said, though, it’s apparently easier to mistake general school dance moments for prom moments, as Jeff Giles at Rotten Tomatoes has done with a “Prom”-themed list of Memorable Movie Proms. Some, such as the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in “Back to the Future” are not proms. That one was closer to homecoming dance time, but it wasn’t even that (Giles also claims Zach Braff is in “Prom” for some reason — he is not):
When you’re in high school, the prom can feel like the kind of crucial experience your life depends on — but for the time-traveling Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in Back to the Future, it’s really true: if he doesn’t make sure his parents smooch at the big dance, they’ll never get married and have him, and he’ll never get to drive a DeLorean or audition his hard-rockin’ high school band for a sternly disapproving Huey Lewis.
Never mind the trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which disappointingly doesn’t feature much death in it. Watch yet another great “Potter” parody, which is also yet another great example of how clever Potter fans are, especially musically. Not sure if this Rebecca Black spoof involving the nerdy interests of Ravenclaw can be considered wizard rock, but it’s as enjoyable as any of those fan bands:
I’d completely forgotten about D-Box. It was pretty fun for “Terminator: Salvation,” but not very fitting to “Sherlock Holmes.” And it’s been a while since I’ve been in Arizona, where I’ve tried them out. But thanks to Nathan Abrams at Film School Rejects I’m reminded. They’d be good for “Fast Five” (“Fast & Furious” was actually the first film to be shown with D-Box seats), but I think I’d rather pay attention to “Super 8” than ride along with it. Abrams (no relation to J.J., that I know of) is hesitant and worried:
Personally, I live just a short drive up I-90 from the Rosemont, IL theater that has D-Box seats, so I’m probably a prime candidate to give this potential new craze a whirl. Am I going to? No. Lord no. That sounds so dumb. But, quite frankly, D-Box scares me. The general public loves gimmicks, at least for a while. If buzz starts to build that you can go see a movie as big as Super 8 in shaky chairs, I don’t find it inconceivable that a lot of people will try it out. And then we may start getting movies made specifically for shaky chairs. And then J.J. Abrams might want to start putting D-Box technology into all of your chairs at home. And then there will be shaky chairs installed in cars and airplanes. Where does it end?!
Also at Film School Rejects, Matt Patches looks at 14 Variant Logos That Prove Even Studios Enjoy Having a Little Fun.
For decades, movie studios have been allowing filmmakers to tinker slightly with the prestigious logos that preface every film they release. Nothing too crazy — maybe a color shift or a throwback to a retired bumper — but nothing that would tarnish their reputations. These days, most movies are free to run wild. Many stick to the time-honored traditions of their studios, but the ones that don’t feel that much more special.
From bad puns at the start of “The Flinstones” to the recent “Tron”-ified Disney castle, he’s included a good deal of them, but some missing favorites include the headless, flame-less Columbia Pictures torch lady for “Straight-Jacket” (seen above), the Marx Brothers‘ take on the MGM logo and the similar Burt Reynolds-involved variations done for “Cannonball Run”
(20th Century Fox) and “Smokey and the Bandit” (Universal).
I’ve noticed “The Firm” has been on TV a lot lately. Probably just a coincidence, but now it’s sort of a playing like a long-lead pilot for an upcoming TV series based on the John Grisham novel. Unlike many TV adaptations, this isn’t a redo but a sequel, as we see where Tom Cruise’s character’s at 10 years later. Obviously, for the sake of viewer interest he’s not just hanging out:
McDeere and his family emerge from isolation after 10 years in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Determined to reclaim their lives and their future, the McDeeres soon find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.
IFC’s Matt Singer has revisited the first four “Fast and Furious” films and offers a couple lists of highlights:
With “Fast Five” hitting theaters tomorrow, I rewatched the entire series to date and picked out my favorite and most quotable lines of dialogue. Then, just because it’s impossible not to miss when you’re listening to words that are coming out of these characters’ mouths, I also made a second list containing all of my favorite and most quotable homoerotic dialogue. I’ve always been of the opinion that the undercurrent of sexual tension between the big muscley dudes in these movies was accidental, an unintended byproduct of these excessively, cartoonishly masculine movies.
I like “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” okay, but the following really is what a Batman movie starring Christian Bale and directed by Christopher Nolan should look like. Mash-ups are so much easier when actors continually work together, huh? Behold “The Batman Complex”:
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