Monday, April 23, 2007

Misrepresent

If you've been watching tv lately, you'll have noticed the ads for this really bad-looking Jamie Kennedy movie, "Kickin' It Old Skool". It's him trying to be all hip-hop again. Wasn't "Malibu's Most Wanted" punishment enough for the public? Anyway, I was all ready to rip into it for the awful ad airing on tv. There is nothing redeeming about it. Not a single funny joke or any indication as to why anyone would want to plunk down money to see this. So before I was going to write this post, I decided to check out the full trailer just to make sure. What I saw surprised me.

The full theatrical trailer is much different from the tv ad. On tv, there is no indication that he's a kid who's been in a coma since the 80s, thereby introducing a fish out of water element. Some gags in the full trailer actually elicited what might be considered as the beginnings of a laugh. Watch it here, if you'd like. This bring me to my next point: misrepresentational trailers.

Whose decision was it to cut the tv ad in that way, so that it looks absolutely dreadful? Sure, the full trailer makes it appear marginally better but still. A trailer is supposed to give a bit of the story to entice potential viewers. And for a comedy, it should include a few jokes. The tv ads for this one do neither. Someone should get reprimanded for this debacle.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Acronyms

Regular readers (whoever among you are left) will know how the misuse of language bothers me (refer to last post...or probably don't. It's better that way). So boo me if you must (go ahead, try it) but I will continue on the same vein.

Don't you just hate it when somebody uses an acronym but then also uses one of the words contained therein? For example, when somebody says "ATM machine". What do you think the "M" stands for, you mook? Or "PIN number", for that matter. The N=number already.

Anyway, I think I've made my point so I'll cut it here, lest Chris berate me.

Fine, one more. "HIV virus". Does that mean the Human immunodeficiency virus virus? It's a virus on the virus? Do they cancel each other? Does that mean we found a cure? ...morons...

Addendum: I am a petty man...in blog form only, I assure you. I am quite affable in person. :D