Scatology 101

I started this project on the premise of making a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy blog for an American Studies class. I know it doesn't really make sense but it did in my proposal.
When I started talking to fellow students (most of whom are 15 years younger), I discovered that most of them have not read the book, and have seen the movie. Most of them thought the movie sucked. Well, It got me pondering over the state of culture, literature and film. What I decided is; if American culture (responsible for Hollywood) was more open to reading, more receptive to reading things from other cultures, and more responsive to international film, not only would less crap come out of Hollywood, but less good stuff would be turned into cultural diarrhea. And thus I present to you the answer without knowing the question..

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Ten Crack me up Commandments

So I started thinking about how long ago books started being made into movies. I don't really have an answer for you yet, Strangely I am having trouble finding it. However I did remember one of my favorites that was based on a very early book..The Bible

Ten Commandments, to me is a prime example of unintentional high comedy. This movie keeps me rolling every that Easter I manage to stay awake through it. I won't go into the political/religious aspects that make me giggle. The humor comes from the special effects and general hilarity of sets in the movie.

Taking into consideration the time period and point in technology film was at when Ten Commandments was made doesn't really help me to stop laughing though. It seems like they would have had the sense to just not make it at all instead of being corny. Or, maybe it wasn't corny when it was made. At any rate it's STILL funny.

Firstly, ever since I was little the mere sight of Charlton Heston sent me into fits of giggles (soylent green is PEOPLE). So seeing him as Moses after seeing him in Planet of the Apes was just hilarious to me. Especially the because he was Moses first then an Ape. I first saw it atduring a time when my mother was writing nasty letters to my science teacher for teaching creation in class, so the irony was almost too much to handle.

so anyway be on the lookout for a follow up post as to my ten crack me up flicks in a few days

1 comment:

  1. If you really want a chuckle, check out some of the older sci-fi flicks. You get everything from the technicolor blaze of glory at the end of "War of the Colossal Beast" to the clearly visible strings holding the monster's head on at the end of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die". The saddest part is how seriously these movies took themselves when they were made!


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