December 2008

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bestof2008
Tonight another year silently slips into the mists of memory like mime into quicksand. And to celebrate, here’s what those of us a PCWEI think are the best things to remember about 2008:
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This seems like a fitting capstone to the year. Happy New Year everyone!

This could be AWESOME! Or the most god awful creation ever. Either way, it will be interesting. It’s a truth-in-advertising special, Lesbian Vampire Killers:

Awesome. Or Awful. Something starting with “aw”. Either way, I probably won’t see it when it hits theaters March 20th, but I can’t wait for it to hit Skinomax.

(if you are particularly observant you’ll notice the trailer even uses the same font as the PCWEI logo!)

Who Watches the Watchmen?  Apparently Nobody for a While
Could 20th Century Fox have its head further up its ass? The aptly-named behind the times movie studio is unlikely to settle its lawsuit with Warner Bros regarding the film’s distribution. Last week the case’s judge issued a pre-trial statement saying that Warner Bros had violated Fox’s copyright by making the movie. Rather then come to an agreement with it’s rival and take a cut of a movie IT SPENT NOTHING ON, Fox will wait for the January 20th trial date. That means the court will likely issue an injunction postponing the movie’s release, pushing back the planned March 6th release. Two words: Ass. Inine.

Let me outline a win-win scenario here. The two studios negotiate a deal where Fox gets a major cut of the film’s gross revenue. Warner Bros gets to release the movie and recoup at least some of the money it laid out for it. Fox gets FREE MONEY. Which would be good for them, since they’ve had a shitty year, with no films breaking $100 million. But nooooo. Retards.

via SlashFilm

Instead of a normal Sunday Music Spotlight we’ll use this week to look back at the music that’s been featured throughout the year. So here’s a playlist featuring a song from each of the 51 bands that were featured on the Spotlight in 2008. Enjoy, and come back next week for the first band of 2009.

The internet has been around for a while now. I’ve been using it for almost 15 years now, which absolutely blows my mind. Over that time I’ve come to expect things of outstanding creativity to come along once in a while. Even so, from time to time something crops up which manages to surprise me. This is one such case.

WormyTV, the pseudonym of a Thundercats fan with a lot of skill and even more patience, has managed to cobble together a trailer for a live-action Thundercats movie. I say “cobble together” because he took footage from other movies and hand painted the characters to look like Thundercats, ONE FRAME AT A TIME. Over the course of a year and a half. Amazing. Stop reading this and watch it now:

So that’s Brad Pitt from Troy, Vin Diesel from Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, Hugh Jackman from X-Men, the old knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and clips from Stargate, Planet of the Apes, and Aliens. And probably more that I’m missing. I can’t freaking imagine how much work went into this. Well done sir.

The end of a year seems like a good time to ponder the apocalypse. Or at least sing about it. Here’s R.E.M.’s 1987 annihilation anthem “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”:

Star Wars hype was in full effect in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The original movie (which you won’t catch me calling anything other than Star Wars) had generated huge box office numbers and legions of dedicated fans. George Lucas was busy coming up with new and creative ways to separate them from their money, so the market was flooded with merchandise featuring all of the movie’s major (and minor) characters. Action figures, costumes, shampoo, you name it. Pretty much anything that could be molded into a character or have a character printed on it was fair game for the marketing machine. But that just wasn’t enough.

the Star Wars Christmas album - Christmas in the StarsIn addition to the thousands of kitschy products available, Lucas saw fit to create new material to add to the Star Wars canon. The results were fairly horrendous, as evidenced by the Star Wars Holiday Special. Another of these ill-fated efforts was Christmas in the Stars, a 1980 album featuring R2D2 and C3PO working in a droid-operated Christmas toy factory. While they’re not making toys they introduce Star Wars-themed Christmas songs. Song with titles like “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)” and “The Odds Against Christmas”. Sounds like something that probably should have slipped into the mists of time and never resurfaced, right? Maybe, if not for a certain singer on one of the songs.
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8Bit Christmas

For this week’s Random Covers let’s hearken back to Christmas of 1985, when the Nintendo Entertainment System made its way under our tree, and my lifelong obsession with video games was born. Many a hour would be spent with that glorious gaming system over the next few years, playing games that ranged from popular hits like Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda to more obscure, but equally enthralling gems like Solomon’s Key. These games, and many others like them, taught me hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, and that it’s possible to make good, memorable music using only 8bit electronics.

To celebrate both the holiday season and the glory of 8bit music, 8bitpeoples have compiled a Christmas album consisting of traditional songs crafted out of music and sound effects from classic gaming consoles.

“Silent Night” (created with the NES)

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“Let it Snow” (created with a Gameboy)

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UPDATE:
There are more! 8-Bit Jesus has a whole album full of these too!

“We Three Konami”

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A Wookiee family posing for their annual Christmas card
This wookiee family wants to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of their fur-covered hearts. From BoingBoing’s piece on the Star Wars Holiday Special, which we covered here two years ago. If you didn’t watch it then, go watch it now. Or don’t. You know how some things are so bad they’re good? This is way worse than that.

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