Willy Wonka Slash Tron Mash-up

Topless Robot always managing to find the most bizarre and yet strangely fascinating movie/nerd related items floating around the internet. Today seems to be no exception with the uncovering of a fan made trailer for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (just released yesterday on Blu-ray) with audio from the new Tron movie. These mash-up thingies seem to be all the rage with the kids these days, but what fascinates me is the mind behind these things. What kind of person wakes up one day and decides they’re going to collide these two films together in a mock trailer? It’s warped, but somehow amazing at the same time.



Biff Tannen: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Heaven knows why this was omitted from the recent Blu-ray release of the Back to the Future Trilogy, but bttf.com channel on YouTube over the weekend released the full version of the video playing at The Biff Tannen Museum in Back to the Future Part II.

This is 3 1/2 minutes of uncensored Biff awesomeness with Lea Thompson even making a small cameo. It’s amazing the film makers at the time went to these lengths to give a little something extra to that scene in Part II which has Marty gaping in perplexed awe as he realizes the devastating consequences his action have had on the future. I mean all three movies do a fantastic job of reliving a specific period in American History/Future. But the 1970’s were never tackled until this little gem was released.



“Ender’s Game” Trailer

Don’t get too excited. It’s just a fan made mash-up, but it’s done well enough that it just has me itching for the real deal. I actually haven’t been following the progress but I know the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved novel has been in talks on-again, off-again for quite some time. Much like the “Rama” trailer, I guess we’ll settle for this for now. Interesting note that I didn’t see any The Last Starfighter in here. Too obvious?


thanks Topless Robot

The Ugly Truth about Canadian Film Festivals


I’ve been lagging on my “Family Guy” viewing the last few years because I find the show mostly annoying rather than mostly funny but once in a while, they hit something that really makes me laugh – thankfully, I have good friends that bring those tidbits to my attention.

Take, for example, the clip below which appeared in an episode of the show earlier in the year. Now, considering that most of the contributors around these parts are Canadian and to boot film festival fans, I’m sure we all share a shake of the head and disagreement that this isn’t fact but it did still make me laugh.

And as funny as this is, how behind the ball are the writers falling? Isn’t TIFF widely known as the festival that kicks off Oscar season? And if Kurt is right (probably) and I missed the joke and writers were referring to a festival of Canadian film, they obviously haven’t seen any Canadian films recently. Did no one else see Uncle Brian? Apparently not.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead,” the music video

Last year, director Jordan Galland unleashed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead on the world. I still haven’t seen the movie (which is now out on DVD) and it had completely fallen off my radar until earlier today when a reader shared this great little video with me.

Gallant has cut together a very humorous little music video featuring some cool little beats, a few sound bites (ah!) from the film and some clips, delivering a delicious little package that makes a great appetizer for Halloween. Makes me want to see the movie.

Han Solo

Not sure all the lyrics here, yet this is somehow catchy and awesome while still being pretty nerdy (“sharp shootin’ shadow always avoiding a Rodian”).
It’s Han Solo.

Welcome to Andrew messing around the web on Friday afternoon.


Mobile Cinema

Next Trek I make out to Toronto or Sundance I’m gonna see about hiring out this behemoth bus of awesome to quell the long hours of what normally would be boredom or, god forbid, cracking open an actual book.

This puppy seats 22 movie patrons comfortably in a pseudo-stadium seating style “room” with climate control and sound proofing. “All films are shown on the high definition (HD) digital projection unit, complete with Dolby 7:1 surround sound for the full cinema experience.”

There’s a whole bunch more info (and images) about this surprisingly historic vehicle over at the company’s main site. It’s worth a quick perusal and I would guess the actual rental of the machine itself would be worth it as well; though the site doesn’t mention actual cost, it does say that your experience will be tailor made for your requirements and the quote your given will reflect that.

Check this thing out…

Thanks to Gizmodo for the heads up.

Row Three and The Substream and Midnight Madness


Midnight Madness

This is just a fun little tie in from Row Three and The Substream around TIFF, and specifically the Midnight Madness cinematic mayhem. You see, last year they had a contest to win a complete midnight madness double pass (that is a pair of tickets for all 10 films in this years programme) and lo and behold Mamo!’s Matt Brown was the winner of that contest. He is featured (in all his Burt-Glory!) in the video below. The Rowthree folks in town for the festival plan on doing some video bits with Shawn, Mike and the Substream gang during the Midnight Madness line-ups so look for us over there chatting and carrying on about the fresh and juicy genre entries at TIFF10. In the meantime, go check them out for other contests (all week more tickets!) and content they have on the go.