Lately, I’ve been in a mood to watch movies, and since there’s pretty much no chance that I’ll be venturing out to our local theatre on a holiday weekend, that means I’ve been perusing the greatest hits of 2012 current in rotation on my pay cable channels.  What I’ve discovered is that Emma Stone makes a pretty fine Gwen Stacy, Katherine Heigl makes a pretty terrible Stephanie Plum and Argo, while a serviceable thriller, was somewhat annoying by the end of the whole affair.  Most interesting of all, despite warnings that a 40-ish comic nerd from the Midwest wouldn’t have any use for ‘Pitch Perfect’, my recent fourth pass-through of the film was met with nothing but enjoyment, regardless of popular opinion.  I’m a firm believer in experiencing stories for one’s self, which leads us to today’s counterfactual query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) recalls being told that he was far too old for comics at the ripe old age of 11, and look how true THAT turned out to be, asking: What pop culture did you find yourself loving even after people told you it wasn’t any good?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. May 26, 2014 at 11:38 am — Reply

    Cable Guy. The scene in Medieval times makes me giggle just thinking about it.

    • May 26, 2014 at 11:54 am — Reply

      I have that movie’s version of “Somebody to Love” (the one sung by Jim Carrey) on my CD of songs that bring me out of a bad mood.

      • May 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm — Reply

        Nice! That is a good idea. Would you mind sharing some of the other tracks?

        Some of my go-to pick me up music is the Flower OST, and Rubina’s Blue Sky Happiness.

        • May 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm — Reply

          It is pretty much just various songs that make me smile or laugh, with everything from the version of “Happy Happy, Joy Joy” from Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits, some Weird Al and even a few songs that might not seem like “happy” songs but remind me of a good memory or simply amuse me. I’ve made new lists and CDs every so often, but “Somebody to Love”, “Happy Happy, Joy Joy”, “Dare to be Stupid” and Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” have stayed on every one.

  2. May 26, 2014 at 11:51 am — Reply

    The Doctor Who spinoff “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, and to a lesser degree, “K-9”. I heard a lot of complaints about both, and was told time and again not to waste my time on them. But I got a decent amount of enjoyment out of them both because as far as I was concerned, it was further glimpses into the Doctor Who setting (although “K-9” was a little less so, it was still easy enough to imagine some of those aliens being part of the Doctor Who setting). Probably didn’t hurt that, to me at least, Elisabeth Sladen was just as beautiful now as she was back when she was the Doctor’s companion. And they were still LOADS better than “Torchwood: Children of Earth” and “Torchwood: Miracle Day”.

  3. Kirby
    May 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm — Reply

    I enjoyed Tron Legacy, even after I heard people really complaining about it. Plus Emperor’s New Groove is hilarious, despite my dislike for David Spade.

  4. Daniel Langsdale
    May 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    Phantom, with Billy Zane filling out a super-hero costume with no need for molded latex muscles; Catherine Zeta-Jones showing us just how timelessly fine pulp vixens can be; & Treat Williams chewing the scenery just the right amount.


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