Pretty edgy for its time, The Graduate stars a young Dustin Hoffman as Ben. Having just graduate college, Ben doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. Things take a weird turn when he ends up having an affair with the married, Mrs. Robinson, played by Anne Bancroft.
The often parodied movie, directed by Mike Nicholas, has been parodied for a reason. It’s pretty awesome and iconic. In a screenplay co-written by the brilliant, Buck Henry, Ben’s life takes an even stranger turn when he falls in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter. Modern audiences will probably find it hard to sit through some of the slow pacing, but at the same time, events come together so quickly at the end.
Ultimately, it’s a movie about finding out what you want to do with your life and sticking to it, no matter what. If you haven’t seen it, you should, if only to get the many, many parodies.
Welcome to Twitter in Focus where media comes to die! Today’s contestant is Jay Baruchel, who was in one of my favorite movies, This is the End, and many other films. Let’s see what he’s tweeting.
October 31st: “Happy Halloween/Samhain everyone! A fun game you can play tonight is answering all trick or treaters with Michael Gira lyrics!”
Or you could just get really drunk and sing whatever. Kinda the same thing.
November 6th: “Lovecraft and Wagner are my favourite
Lovecraft was a racists? Did all those monsters have to ride in the back of the bus?
November 11th: “Thinking of my Grandad, Robert Ropell of the1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, on this Remembrance Day.
Remember not to start up another war. Wish we did that in the U.S. Just all parades and barbecues here.
November 11th: “Grateful to be free. Proud to be Canadian.”
Nice place. As long as you don’t go in the winter. Then, holy shit, is it cold.
November 12th: “Hi gang! Whole new season of Man Seeking Woman coming at you this January! https://youtu.be/b3i8_3KNV3Q”
FXX really advertises its shows waaaaay in advance.
November 13th: “Just finished season 2 of
@manseekingwoman. Equal parts proud, honoured, and excited about what we did.”
Man, the whole thing’s in the can and the first episode hasn’t even showed.
November 13th: “We are spoiled on this set and as trite as it may read, we truly do all get along and enjoy each others company. I miss them all already.”
Well, that’s nice.
November 13th: “So, basically, thank you to EVERYONE involved with our show. It’s not lost on me how rare and special this thing is.”
Three more seasons and it’s syndication, right? Or is it ten now?
November 17th: “Jimmy Cagney, saying “youtube” to himself.”
Quite impossible, sir! Cagney died 20 years before the advent of youtube.
November 17th: “Tuesday morning shoutout to my cat Tulip who drew blood from my face an hour ago.”
Now that the show has rapped for a season, looks like Jay has nothing to do.
November 17th: “I get the feeling McDonald’s Monopoly heavily favours McDonald’s and not the customers!”
Not during the 1984 Olympics. Dude, I was rolling in free frees!
November 20th: “Peter Murphy – I’ll Fall With Your Knife https://youtu.be/CvUDS-xYNu8 ”
Jay loves his eclectic music.
November 21st: “WWKMFDMD”
14 hours ago: “Grabbel and The Final Cut – Psycho Popsong https://youtu.be/BywzTmy_veg”
Lots of music. What a life. Hit movies, TV show and off for the holidays. Great to be a star.
Okay, let’s rate Jay’s tweet. Pretty standard, minimum plugs and some behind the scenes stuff. I give him a 7 for Mustness, an 8 for Insanity and a 9 for Style. That’s an overall score of 8. Follow Jay.
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If I’m being completely honest, going to the movies is just not something I do much anymore. Theaters are expensive, the food tends to be overpriced and the seats aren’t all that comfortable. Although one of my local theaters remodeled and added easy chairs, most of the time, I prefer to watch movies on On-Demand, where I can pause, eat, go to the bathroom or take a phone call without having to miss anything. That being said, I still watch movies, I’d just rather watch them at home.
But even so, my time is valuable and when a movie sucks, it is infuriating. Because I’ll never get that two hours back, even if I had a sandwich during it. So here now are a bunch of reasons, Why I’m Not Seeing These Movies.
The Hunger Games: Something-Something: Not even Jennifer Lawrence’s hot, hot body will convince me to see this on my most boring Sunday with nothing to do. I’m just glad the franchise is done.
#Horror: Cannot imagine this is anything but a group of producers trying to make money. What do kids like? Twitter! Yeah, put Twitter in a horror movie!
Victor Frankenstein: CGI! It’s alive! It’s alive! Meh. Pass.
The Big Short: Ooo! A movie about the housing crisis! Now there’s excitement! Holy shit, are you kidding?
Sisters: The trailer just looks bad. Tina Fey needs to hire back her writers from 30 Rock.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: I predict the number one word in every review of this movie will be “over rated”, followed by “didn’t live up to expectations” and “kinda disappointing”. But hey, people seem to like Specter and after Skyfall and Quantum of Solace, I’m pretty much done with Bond.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Blah-blah-blah: Are you kidding? I know, people say, “But it’s for kids! Not for you!” To which I say, “Even kids have taste and even kids would like to see something original and not sappy.”
Point Break: It’s kind of amazing how something becomes older and then it’s suddenly a cult classic. This movie wasn’t good the first time, I think it just had enough cool stunts that people dug it. I mean, the story is kinda insane. So no, fuck that. And fuck remakes.
Krampus: What is it with comedic actors doing non-comedic movies? They used to make a movie like this and it would be so over-the-top, parts would be funny. Now, you can’t because hey, there’s a comedian in it and you don’t want it to get read as a comedy, right?
Jesus Christ, movies are boring these days. And while we’re at it, one quick rant on…
The Walking Dead: (spoiler) Are you fucking kidding me that you-know-who is still alive? Jesus Christ, how much more insulting is this show going to get? I’m missing Family Guy for this? You know this show is bad when you’re rooting for the zombies to kill everyone. God dammit. I’m going to watch some cartoons. Maybe Mike Tyson’s Mysteries will calm me down.
If your birthday is this week: Your birthday party will including party hats, decorations and Serious String. They were all out of the Silly version.
Aries: You will realize that most of your life’s major accomplishments were all video game-related.
Taurus: You will finally get that restraining order to keep the Pope from calling you.
Gemini: You’ll be made at yourself for getting scammed by a door-to-door salesperson, but that girl scout was amazingly convincing.
Lemini: Your Thanksgiving Turkey escapes and steals your laptop. It demands $5000, a car and directions to Mexico or your browser history goes public.
Cancer: Your landlord will insist that you do your beekeeping outside your apartment.
Leo: The stars say, challenging the Harlem Globe Trotters to a football game, won’t improve your odds by much.
Virgo: Your game of Beer Pong will descend into a discussion about philosophy.
Libra: Your mother will lie to you about the location of Thanksgiving Dinner, again.
Scorpio: You will bang someone in a pilgrim hat.
Sagittarius: This week, you’ll get a terrible review on Yelp and everyone unfriends you on Facebook.
Capricorn: Your douchebaggery will not be tolerated at the Pottery Barn.
Aquarius: You will get into a fender bender with a blimp.
Pisces: You will steal a banana cream pie from a leprechaun. Either that, or you’re high on magic marker fumes again.