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Poll of the Week: Michael Bay and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Transformers, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street just weren’t enough. In his continuing obsession with trying to┬árevitalize the 1980s (otherwise known as “the good old days” when he was living the high life as Goon #3 on Miami Vice), ┬áMichael Bay has signed on with Nickelodeon and Paramount to reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

Personally, I think lank eyed Japanese style reboot from a few years ago wasn’t enough of an assault on our childhoods, but this is a poll, so what do you think?

Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles will:

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Ten Plane Movies That May Have Flown Under Your Radar

I recently read an article on Film.com about their favorite airplane movies. Their list contains eleven entries, some of which are undoubtedly shining examples of the genre:


Top Gun: arguably the greatest
airplane movie ever

Airplane! Arguably the funniest
airplane movie ever

However, some of the others were (at best) only tangentially related to airplanes, perhaps because they hadn’t seen enough movies that were actually about airplanes to fill up a list. In my book, a two minute crash sequence at the beginning does not an airplane movie make. Two of the most glaring examples were:


Alive, which is actually about survival and…

Fearless, which is about PTSD.

If you live by their lists, you’re missing out on some paragons of the aviation film genre, so I present to you these ten plane movies that have flown under the Film.com radar, and perhaps yours as well.

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Kitty Stereotypes and Fab Film Felines

This week I wanted to do a cat version of the article I did last week and lay out my top ten favorite movies about cats.

…And then I realized that I could count on one hand the number of movies I’d seen that were actually ABOUT cats, and most of them started with “G” and ended in “arfield.”

It’s not that I couldn’t be happy watching Garfield’s Halloween and Christmas specials on an endless loop…


hand over yer booty!

…but that might drive some other, weaker minds to eat themselves in a desperate attempt to end the agony.

So instead, we’re going to explore kitty stereotyping in film and some of my favorite exceptions to the Hollywood rule.

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Top Dogs: Ten Canine Stories to Watch With a Pal

When you’re sitting down with someone to watch a movie, whether it be a friend, a significant other, a pet, or a family member, there’s nothing better to put on than a film about dogs.

Why? Because watching a heartwarming story about friendship turns the experience from “killing a couple hours on the couch” to “bonding time.”

image by Rennett Stowe on Flickr
How could you look at this face and not think “yay camaraderie!”

I’ve ranked ten canine films based on their story and cute dog appeal, with extra ratings for sap factor (1 tree for heartwarming to 5 trees for dripping with melodrama), number of tears jerked (1 tear per sob worthy scene), and campiness (1 tent for serious, 5 tents for off the wall), which should help you decide what you’re in the mood for/what your kids can handle.

So pop some popcorn, pour some drinks, flop on the couch, and prepare to cheer for the underdog!

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Kids TV Was Better in the Early 90’s

I love the Fairly Odd Parents, Rugrats, and Spongebob Squarepants as much as the next cartoon fiend, but you gotta admit, we had it better when we were kids. Here are the top ten reasons why I think so.


10. There were actioney shows that didn’t induce seizures.

THEN


Let’s get in a space battle – in realtime!

NOW


Argh! In ten minutes when I throw the next blow you’ll be in trouble!


9. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had eyeballs.

THEN


Cowabunga, dudes! You can tell where we’re looking!

NOW


It’s okay, kids. It’s just a reflection of our inner soullessness.


8. The Popples didn’t have ebola.

THEN


Here we are all nice and healthy…

NOW


BAM! We got the pox!


7. There weren’t 17,000 redundant Care Bears.

THEN


Luck, Friendship, Sleepyness…

NOW


….and Propaganda??


6. The Scooby gang was (counterintuitively) older and more mature.

THEN


Zounds! In twenty years we’ll be…

NOW


….twelve??


5. Environmentalism was cool.


Ignore us. In twenty years drilling for oil in wildlife sanctuaries will be cool.


4. We’d actually heard of classic literature.


Thanks largely to dogs dressing up.


3. Educational TV made you smarter, not dumber.

THEN


LeVar Burton rocks my world.

NOW


Um…wait…I know this one…


2. We didn’t grow up learning ESL as a first language.

THEN


We could even make English words from OTHER english words!

NOW


Oh no! I am displeasure! My lip movements with my words do not match!


1. Cookie Monster wasn’t a hobo!!

THEN


Welcome to Monsterpiece Theater. My name is Alastair Cookie.

NOW


Who lives in a park? Honestly!

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Captain Planet

That’s right, children. It’s time to talk about our favorite planet-saving mulleted early 90’s superhero:

CAPTAIN PLANET

and his ring-bearing friends, one from each continent (left to right):

MATI (South America) with the power of HEART (which equals Doctor-Doolittle-eque powers)

GI (Asia) with the power of WATER (ie. control over wet things)

KWAME (Africa) with the power of EARTH (ie. control over seismic activity and ground related things)

WHEELER (North America) with the power of FIRE (ie. his ring is like a flamethrower)

LINKA (Europe) with the power of WIND (ie. can move more air than a normal person)

and JED (Oceania) with the power of INVISIBILITY (ie. his continent wasn’t important enough to warrant a Planeteer)

And when they combine their powers, they create:

CAPTAIN PLANET Captain Planet has all of their powers, plus he’s blue!

I guess individually the Planeteers were so dumb that if they tried to combine their strengths by working together they’d end up blowing in an army of dirty, flaming gerbils:

…to spit the bad guys into submission.

Anyway, say what you want about its cheesiness, but you have to admit it was way ahead of its time! The government is only now starting to push people toward being environmentally friendly.

But we, the planeteer generation say: way ahead of you! We knew the power was ours long ago. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go trim our green mulletts.

Buy Captain Planet Stuff

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