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116009_02880_pre-500x333Who’s with me? Fine, I guess we can’t stage a coup. I’m just worried that average American youth are going to watch ABC Family’s “Legally Blondes” and like it.

Now the movie originally went straight to DVD last April, where it may have died next to some copies of “Ice Princess.” But ABC Family has dared to buy the rights to syndicate it on their channel, and most likely play it 40,000 times. (Starting last night.)

And that’s when things start to erode even further. Suddenly America is in four wars, more people are starving, earthquakes, Andy Dick has a career again, and Obama turns out to be Kenyan instead of American. Then everyone’s going to be like, “We should’ve listened to Mike when he was wielding a shotgun and yelling crazy things from his drunken stupor.”

The synopsis is that these two blondies are relatives of Elle Woods, the main character from the first movie. They go to a prep school and find things are difficult. They then abandon their BFF and gay buddy to join the bitchy click, grow closer to the super cute guy failing a math, and then turn bitchier than the bitches they hated. Along the way, they learn wizardry and discover their dogs are horcruxes. Afterwards they skip school to spend the day in Chicago before having to destroy Voldemort and their bestfriend’s father’s car.

Or something like that…

My rating for Legally Blondes: Dangerous for Our Youth.

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I’m writing a screenplay with one psuedo-sociopath, and I had some time to peruse Barnes and Noble before volunteering today. A psychology book, The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, caught my eye. I read the first couple of chapters, and naturally I started thinking about famous sociopaths in film and the structures that deliver their inhumane stories to audiences.

Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ popped up because I’m making my way through season 2. To me, part of the magic behind its writing is the main character’s internal monologues that narrate the action. Being inside of a sociopath’s mind helps us imagine the unimaginable. See, Dr. Stout says that the state of pure guiltlessness is unimaginable by people with consciences. This is exactly why I think we’d be drawn to these characters – and ultimately why we’d prefer a story where we hear the character’s thoughts.

Now another sociopath popped up in my head: Javier Bardem’s Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Now the Coen bros’ script definitely has no internal monologues. We don’t get to hear his thoughts, and it still worked. We still got that Chigurh, at least after seeing him kill a random driver, doesn’t feel guilt for killing. Then he explains it later, I think. I’m not sure; it’s a long movie.

So both obviously worked, but which one’s better? I’m going to go with ‘Dexter.’ I love seeing the character Dexter in normal situations and hearing his sociopathic thoughts. Though, word of caution, it makes him more humane than Chigurh (despite him killing someone every episode.) That’s because internal monologues offer justification and internal conflict – things we can relate to – whereas Chigurh’s guarded mind makes him more monstrous.

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So where does the image come from? Yooouuutuuube.com, a website that takes youtube videos and visualizes them in a cool way. The site really made its debut when a video of Disney’s Alice and Wonderland (one Alice’s songs played backwards) made the ranks of Digg.

I thought that a video could make for a good background. So I tried screenshots of different videos visualized on Yooouuutuuube, and I settled on concert footage of Daft Punk’s Alive tour.

Before visiting Yooouuutuuube, make sure you have the latest version of Flash and decent memory. That or get ready for LOTS of buffering.

I’m going to go back to watching the Alice video…

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ryan_reynolds_deadpool_x_men_origins_wolverineI saw on Yahoo that X-Men Origins: Wolverine will spinoff into a new movie [Variety] about Ryan Reynold’s character, Deadpool. By now it’s agreed that Dark Knight is the finest action movie about a superhero. It contained a strong story, complimented by strong performances, under the precise direction of Christopher Nolan.

The Nolan/Bale Batman franchise has brought them money, but both director and star know that great films take time and thought. Something you will not see on the Marvel side.

Why create a Deadpool spinoff? Was it because Ryan Reynold’s performance was a brief saving grace in Wolverine? I have reason to believe that Marvel wants to join the current trend of announcing sequels/prequels after a movie release (like Star Trek and The Hangover.)

Christopher Nolan has a story for a third Batman, but he’s not even sure that a third film is necessary. Yes, there is money to be made on a third Batman film. Dear lord, the marketing would be a breeze. It’s never hard to make a sequel, but why make a pointless sequel?

I know the answer is money. It’s just such a large contrast: 1 brand being protected while the other is pimped out. With the addition of a Wolverine sequel and the Magneto origin story, that brings the total X-Men films to 7… 7 films with only two passing as good…(X 1 and 2.)

You may have expanded beyond your fanbase, Marvel, but the good times will come to an end.

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