Friday, August 8, 2014

Three Hundreth Time's A Charm

My birthday isn't the only celebration we're having around here. You see, today marks my 300th post since I started this blog last June! It's been a great joy to keep up this blog and I'm frankly astonished that I've made it this far without my brain exploding.

It's times like these that we begin to get self-reflective. And I've been thinking a lot about the things that make me happy. Of course Popcorn Culture is one of those things. But I want to take this chance to brag (whatever, I earned it) about a long-lost art I have enjoyed harnessing over these past 299 entries - punny post titles.

I spend a lot of time trying to come up with thematically relevant titles for my reviews and I'd like to share with you a few of my favorites. Maybe it will open your mind to the mechanics of my brain behind the scenes. Maybe you'll gain some insight into how a bored film student operates. Or maybe you'll just learn how to appreciate all the hard work I put into these puns.

So much hard work. It's all for you. Anyway.

Brennan's 10 Best Blog Post Titles (So Far)

#10 Modern Vampire Of The City (Fright Night, 2011)

Yeah, this whole post is just gonna be me explaining jokes and going "Eh? Eh?" I do not apologize. I'm particularly proud of this one because it captured both the essence of the remake (a modern vampire - and a location change to the city of Las Vegas) and was a reference to the new VAMPIRE Weekend album. Ha ha, I'm so cool.

#9 Terror On The Landline (Scream, 1996)

This one doesn't get a high-up spot because the pun is based on Terror on the Airline, a not so great period in history. So I apologize for that. But by adding a retro 90's spin on it, I feel like a get a pass, right? No. I apologize.

#8 How Am I Gonna Be An Optimist About This? (Pompeii, 2014)

Bastille references always go for the gold. This one was almost too easy, especially because the movie was crap.

#7 Census Bloodbath: It Ain't Easy Being Forest Green (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, 1986)

This one is more of an inside joke, I suppose. The renaming of Camp Crystal Lake to Forest Green is something that really struck me and Cassidy so I inevitably associate that movie with that phrase more than the average person. But I still think that title is stellar, especially considering that renaming the camp didn't stop Jason from getting all machete-happy on the new counselors.

#6 OK, OK, OK (The Fault in Our Stars, 2014)

Oh, filled with sardonic wit I am. This was my take on the 'classic' piece of dialogue "OK? OK." I didn't hate the movie, not by a long shot. But it did feel overbearingly YA at times, resulting in this title.

#5 American Godz (Godzilla, 2014)

Ha ha. ...Get it? Cuz it's the American... Remake... GODZ. OK, well I think I'm funny.

CinemaBeach: Bye Bye, Bayou (Hatchet III, 2013)

I just think that anybody who manages to work 'N Sync lyrics into any written piece in the 2010's is a superstar.

(Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, 1985)

I swear, there was something in the water this Friday the 13th. Because I am quite enamored with both of the titles for the films I watched that day. This one is a reworking of the classic line from the finale of Scream, and totally appropriate for the place the series was at the time.

#2 Best Picture Roundup: Siri Not Siri (Her, 2013)

It's always a gamble using internet lingo with a diverse audience, especially a phrase as short-lived as #sorrynotsorry, but how could I resist? And I felt my title reflected the ambiguity of the film pretty well on top of being some great punsmithing.

#1 Bella Donna (Prom Night, 2008)

Oooh, and this is where my claws come out. I hated hated hated this film. So while this title is a reference to the beauty (Bella) of the title character (Donna), it's also a reference to belladonna, a poisonous nightshade. I feel it accurately describes everything this film did to me.

Thanks for sticking around! Let's hope for 300 more!
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1 comment:

  1. A line from "Pompeii" may have been obvious but I'd say almost unavoidable and, frankly, obligatory. (If I ever get around to it, I'll use "If you close your eyes, is the movie not quite as bad?")

    I liked "American Godz" best of your favorites, but "Wet dream on Elm Street" and "A grindhouse is not a home" are probably the best puns you've ever done. Superior work.