Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your seven topics for November 10, 2011:
1. The Superhero 1%
If it wasn't for the rich, who would protect us from evildoers? In a world without actual superpowers, it looks like our real heroes would be those outside the 99%. Thanks Batman, Iron Man, Microsoft Man and of course Investment Bankers.
2. Keep On Walking supercut
In the latest supercut from Brian Carroll (aka Editcadet1), who also made the "God's Eye View" montage I posted the other day, we're looking at shots from behind characters rather than above them. In each clip, the character is walking or running ahead of the camera and has his or her back to the audience. This one is aptly set to Edwin Starr singing "Twenty Five Miles." As usual, it's time to see how many movies you can name.
3. Movie poster trend-spotting
He doesn't post too often, but when he does... just go here and see what Christophe Courtois does with movie posters. Here's a taste, which should be perfect after watching the above video:
4. Who should host the Oscars?
Now that Eddie Murphy has departed ways with the Academy Awards, the Internet is going crazy with suggestions both predictable and batshit. Check out yesterday's Conversation at Movies.com to see what people were saying. And okay, check out Scott Weinberg's list of 10 reasons why the Muppets should host the Oscars. One thing's for sure, new Academy Awards producer Brian Grazer will have to at least put the Muppets on stage for a music number or something. Or the campaigning bloggers might murder him. Then again, just think the campaign is PR for "The Muppets."
5. "Snakes Then Volcano"
That's the title I'm giving to my soon-to-be-written disaster movie screenplay, on which I'll have to give a shout out to Dustin Rowles of Pajiba. He posted a terrifc Mental_floss-like list of 10 Man-Made and Natural Disasters that Would Make Awesome, Bad-Ass Backdrops for a Hollywood Disaster Movie. Include are beer floods, molasses floods, fireworks factory fires and the following:
The St. Pierre Snake Invasion: An otherwise inconsequential volcano in 1902, St Pierre, Martinique, led to over 100 angry venomous snakes to slither down into the village, killing 50 people and a shitton of animals before … get this … the giant fucking street cats killed them. Not that it mattered, soon thereafter, the volcano really exploded, obliterating the entire city, leaving only two of its 30,000 inhabitants alive.
6. "Blade Runner" meets "The Terminator"
The below short is like many sci-fi shorts we find online, great-looking but kind of confusing. Titled "XXIT," this film was produced by visual effects company Stargate Studios, which does work for "Walking Dead" and other TV shows. The first half is obviously all in tribute to "Blade Runner" and the latter half all in tribute to "The Terminator." I prefer the former and think it's justification for a TV or Web series spin-off. For more info on the short and a making-of video, head over to i09.
7. An old stand-by
I don't want to call the Penn State rioters a disgrace to humanity, but aligning yourself with child molestors is one thing. Aligning yourself with Hitler? Not cool.