To me, a good pop culture reference is golden. When done right, it can be an immediate indicator of whether I'll be friends with someone. When done wrong, well... you end up with that one guy who never got the memo that quoting "Napoleon Dynamite" fell by the wayside in 2003. And the movie came out in 2004. (Sorry.)
Try as we might, here are some movie quotes we just can't get right, no matter how many times we hear "Uh, that's not actually what they say."
#1 Star Wars
Quoted line: "Luke, I am your father."
Actual line: This is arguably the most frequent, and most famous, misquote of all time. How many times have you heard someone say "Luke, I am your father," either in real life or in other forms of pop culture? What Darth Vader really said was less of a dramatic declaration and more of a simple response to a question. Luke says, "[Obi] told me you killed [my father]." And Darth's all, "No, I am your father."
Most movie sequels are bad. Really bad. I'm not going to sit here and try to come up with a list of the worst ones, because I typically try to stay away from movies I think will be awful. That said, I have seen my fair share of awful sequels and they are not pretty. As a follow-up to our post about the best movie sequels, here are a few we could have done without.
1. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Typically, I enjoy movies that try to come up with some other title for its sequel rather than merely slapping the number "2" (or "3" or "4") on the end. That is not the case with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," as there is little that could have been done to save this movie for me. The first film was okay, and I understood the appeal. But I thought the ending to the first film was fine on its own — the Autobots had relocated to Earth and now Sam had a really cool car. Good enough for me! Not good enough for Hollywood. The second film takes everything about the first film and amplifies it in the worst way. Were they even telling a story in the second film? I'm still not sure. The movie also came under fire for introducing two robots that had people wondering: uhh, is this racist? Here's what Roger Ebert had to say: "If you want to save yourself the ticket price for this movie, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
Self-proclaimed "geeks" may have delighted in Free Comic Book Day earlier this month, but who says nerds only deserve one day of celebration? Today, May 25, is official Geek Pride Day, which is celebrated annually on this date to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, "A New Hope" in 1977. Sure, Star Wars Day is also May 4th (because it wouldn't be right if geeks everywhere couldn't utter "may the 4th be with you!" on that day), but the saga is so beloved that a second celebration is fine by me.
The original Geek Pride Day originated in Spain, where it was called "Día del orgullo friki." So, in honor of the day, here is a video of cats in a "Star Wars" parody because this is the internet. Enjoy!
Today is pretty much the geekiest day ever. Not only is it May 4th, AKA Star Wars Day, but it's also Free Comic Book Day! Comic book lovers around the U.S. will be dashing to their local comic shops to pick up their free copies of everything from The Walking Dead, Archie, and The Simpsons to Atomic Robo, Superman, and Spongebob. Meanwhile, May 4 is a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate "Star Wars" culture, books, and honor the films. May the 4th be with you, nerds!
I, like pretty much everyone else, am a huge fan of "Game of Thrones." My favorite show, "Parks and Rec," makes gratuitous references to it (especially Ben, who is crazy-obsessed with it) and it's all over the place. This week a "Game of Thrones" meets "FRIENDS" mash-up made its rounds on the internet. Check it out, along with a "Star Wars" tribute and "Parks and Rec" references to the show! (Game of Thrones spoilers ahead... obviously.)
While I liked "FRIENDS," the show wasn't exactly known for it's deep, riveting plot lines but rather, it's fun, light-hearted moments. "Game of Thrones" is the complete opposite. The show is all about the serious (it loves death and misfortune). So imagining "Game of Thrones" as an awesomely-'90s sitcom is fun.