Seth MacFarlane is one strange person – and I’m not just saying that because of what Ted is about. I point it out because as a one-time fan of Family Guy, I now find the show more annoying than ever. To make matters worse, only American Dad shows any remaining sign of life (The Cleveland Show was never worth my time). So with the announcement of his first film (and him returning to essentially the Peter Griffin voice), I once again looked on skeptically thinking that he might not be able to pull it off. That was until I noticed Mark Wahlberg was cast as the star. My trepidation against the movie finally started subsiding.
Ted‘s plotline might be slight, but it’s how the film handles it that makes it such a memorable fantasy. In 1985, young John Bennett from Boston has no friends and is the odd kid out. For Christmas, he receives a teddy bear and soon wishes for the bear to be real. The next morning, the bear comes to life. Even his parents are in shock (“You’re like the baby Jesus,” his mother exclaims), and before he realizes it, Ted is a nationwide celebrity, even appearing on Johnny Carson. As the fame dies down, Ted does his best to try and live a normal life, even if it is with John (Wahlberg, now grown up), but how is it normal when he is doing drugs and countless other unspeakable things?
Scott Tobias began the New Cult Canon series over at the A.V. Club back in 2008. As he explains in the introduction, the intent of the series is to explore films that have attained cult status over the last twenty years. Flickchart offers a New Cult Canon filter that allows users to rank and keep track of the movies they’ve seen that are covered in the articles. To mix things up, here’s a list of the ten lowest ranked New Cult Canon films streamable on Netflix, rather than the most popular. The majority of people have at least heard of the highest ranked New Cult Canon movies, so there’s no need to list them here. The following are even more “cult-ish” in that they are not as widely known, or highly regarded.
Some of the regular writers here on the Flickchart blog have decided to list a few things that are on our collective radars on a semi-regular basis for your reading pleasure. We’re here to talk about what’s cool, and what’s not – from movies to music to games to tv to anything else that’s worth mentioning. We’ll start the conversation, but we’d love to hear your current interests, dislikes, and favorite recently watched movies too in the comments!
The last hope to save mankind has failed and there are exactly three weeks left before the world will be destroyed by an 70-mile wide asteroid named Matilda. Dodge Peterson (Steve Carell) just wants to keep living his normal life, but how can he when his wife Linda (a blink-or-miss cameo from Nancy Carell, Steve’s real-life wife) literally jumps ship as soon as the news comes in? He tries to act like everything is normal, but even that’s impossible, and an attempted suicide only ends up pairing him with a cute dog to accompany his final days.
I’m almost certain that everyone has something they’ve done that they’ve regretted and wanted to go back and change. A lost love, a horrible business decision, maybe even a decision that changed your life for the worst. Well, what if you had found a way to travel back in time to fix it? Safety Not Guaranteed expands on this notion and delivers a truly original spin to the idea of time travel.