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Fake Movie Friday – Truck U

So I haven’t made anything really senseless in a while so I wanted to make a road trip film about Food Truck purveyors and the adventure to get the prime location.

Truck U opens on John Martin’s famous Food Truck, “Food N Things.”  John is played by an irish accented Alec Baldwin.  He is seen as somewhat of a legend in the food truck industry.  He’s been slinging all types of foods for years and all the other food trucks and carts look at him as a god.  He’s got the best location in all of NYC, right in the middle of Times Square.  We see in a few interviews everyone loves him, so obviously he’s about to die.   He dies and this sends a ripple through the food truckers, but it also opens the opportunity for one of the other food trucks to take over his location.   The way this world works, the only way you can get to work out of a dead truckers location is to compete in a cross country food truck race where you have to not only make  the most profit, but also win the race.  So that’s the back story.
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Robocop just put itself back on my radar kinda

Just a few days ago Peter wrote about how Hugh Laurie dropped out as the villain in the Robocop reboot and how the foreign director Jose Padhila is having an awful time working within the studio system.  Well I’m sure this movie is going to be a trainwreck, but it’s going to be a trainwreck with Michael Keaton.   Michael Keaton is replacing Hugh Laurie in the soon-to-be-filmed Robocop film.

I like that.  Haven’t seen him as a villain since Extreme Measures, so theres 15 year olds who have no idea he can do bad just as well as he can be awesome and good.

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Fake Movie Friday – Bodega Catz

Bodega Catz (with a z of course) is the latest Sony Pictures Animation film from the team behind Baby Geniuses 2: Baby Geniusers. It is a hybrid animation/live action film.  The animals are all life-like, but slightly stylized so that it justifies animating them.

Bodega Catz is about the secret lives of those cats that are typically in bodegas and the misadventures they get themselves into.

The film opens up on a busy South Bronx corner.  There are hydrants open and it’s clear that it is a summer night (Lots of incomprehensible spanish music playing).  A storefront owner named Chinchito, played by George Lopez, begins to close up his shop for the evening to play dominoes outside of his store with his son, and grandfather.  When he sits he begins to talk about all of the troubles he’s having keeping the store up and running with the rising rent costs.  He doesn’t know what he’s going to do.  The grandfather says something wise, and they all start drinking.  As Chinchito and his family cheers, we pan to the inside of the bodega, and two cats cheers two glasses of milk together and start partying all over the bodega.  Chinchito thinks he hears something, but he ignores it.  The two cats Miguelito and Zippy are played by Diego Luna and Efren Ramirez.  They have the typical dynamic where one is smart and the other is stupid, but because it’s ethnic, it’s kinda racist.  Anyway they are getting ready to meet up with some friends at the bodega on the other corner.  They head over to meet up with their friends Paco and Angelina played by Carlos Alazraqui and Emma Stone (who affects a spanish accent for the film).  Anyway it’s clear from their hanging out and partying and eating the food in the bodega’s that there is a connection between Miguelito and Angelina, but Paco and Angelina used to date, so Miguelito does not want to intrude.  The cats all do a bunch of shit that shows off that they are CGI.

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I guess the answer is yes.

Last week after Peter posted about the Robocop remake and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson signed on as a media mogul and Gary Oldman, as the man who puts the Robo in Joel Kinnaman’s Cop, it looks like they’ve gone ahead and cast the villain.  Hugh Laurie.  Doctor House.  I think this is a good piece of casting.  He’s been good in mostly everything he’s been in, including his Dr. Sherlock show, so I think he’s got the chops to pull this off.  Also, now that House is over, he can finally start acting in films as more than just a secondary or tertiary character.  Within the next two years I can almost bet that Hugh Laurie and Bryan Cranston will be snapping up every 50 year old man role in Hollywood after crushing it on tv for the better part of the last decade and I can’t think of two actors more deserving of some great roles.

While I still find this film utterly unnecessary, they’ve gotten my 14 bucks now.


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