Will it be Catwoman, Black Cat, or Felicia from Darkstalkers?
It was raining lightly as I walked to work today, and as I dodged droplets of rain on my way to shelter, I realized how silly it was to avoid the rain, because it’s not going to kill me. My iPhone, maybe… but not me.
But while water might not have such an adverse reaction on me, I remembered that there were characters out there that are actually quite susceptible to water. Not holy water or acid, but regular normal water.
Sounds stupid, but read on!
1. The Alien from Signs
If you’re a race of aliens with a strong allergic reaction to water, would you invade a planet that is 70 percent water? If you’re conjured by the imagination of M Night Shyamalan, you would.
In a ridiculous twist of fate at the end of Signs, Joaquin Phoenix defeats an alien invader by smacking glasses of water onto him. Glasses of water conveniently left there by Abigail Breslin for a really weak reason.
Honestly, even if Joaquin hadn’t gotten his baseball bat and started smacking glasses of water on him, all the alien invaders would’ve had their skin melted away by rain. For a technologically advanced race, they’re not really geniuses are they?
2. Sub Zero
Here’s another stupid “death by water” prophecy scene: in the first Mortal Kombat movie, Liu Kang is repeatedly reminded by Kitana to “Use the element that brings life” to defeat his next opponent.
After a very boring fight scene (where their random wall flips and forward flips were more impressive than their sluggish kicks), Sub Zero starts to use his ice powers to slowly create a frost bubble field. I emphasize slowly, because not only did the whole set up take forever, but the field would grow at a snail’s pace. How is that field supposed to defeat anybody? A 3-legged dog could hobble away to safety and outrun that field!
Alas, Liu Kang doesn’t think to outrun the field and instead lies on his butt to nurse his elbow like a little girl. It takes Kitana to walk past and trigger a flashback voice-over before he has to audibly announce that he realizes that “WATER is the element that gives life” before flinging a conveniently located bucket of water at Sub Zero.
3. The Wicked Witch of the West
In the classic Wizard of Oz, Dorothy defeats the Wicked Witch by accidentally splashing water on her. There were no signs, no prophesies, no voice-over flashbacks from corset-wearing girls… there just happened to be a bucket of water conveniently lying around when Scarecrow was burning.
And guess what? Despite having no previous indications that the Wicked Witch was even slightly allergic to water, it melts her. The tiny splashes of water on her face melted her into nothing, as she exclaims “What a world!”
I know that in Wicked, it was all a ploy for Elphaba to escape from the totalitarian government, but still… the audiences in 1939 must have exclaimed a collective “WTF?” at that moment!
One of the big selling points of the new Dredd movie, aside from the fact that Karl Urban keeps the damned helmet on the whole time like Dredd rightfully should, is the incredible visuals associated with the “slo-mo” drug in the movie.
Check out this featurette about the use of the Phantom camera to capture such extreme slo-mo beauty.
You know what else is sl0-mo really good for? Skateboarding videos. If you think those pros do some amazing things at real-speed, see how jaw-droppingly beautiful those moves are at extreme 1000 fps slo-mo!
While it’s not surprising that the smash-hit Plants vs Zombies is getting a sequel, I do find it surprising that they’ve taken this long to get around to it.
Anyway, details are pretty sparse and the only real piece of info is that it will come out in Spring 2013.
In the meantime, check out this hilarious video by The Pixel Kingdom that mashes Pokemon with Plants vs Zombies.
Channing Tatum is on a roll! Since winning my interest in 21 Jump Street, he’s gone on to gain more and more credibility for himself in movies like The Vow, Magic Mike, and now this. And I used to think that he was just that Step Up dancing guy that wasn’t star material enough for GI Joe.
Anyway, he’s up next in this comedy about a high school reunion with an all-star cast that includes Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Ron Livingston, Aubrey Plaza, and Channing’s wife and Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan-Tatum.
I don’t know about you, but I’m psyched. I have a special spot in my heart for high school reunion movies (which I’ll go more into in another post) so this one looks just dandy to me.
By the way, have you guys seen this funny Warcraft ad starring Aubrey Plaza?