Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.
Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.
With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.
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The production of Fanboys has not been a pleasant one. What started out as a geeky road trip movie with a heart of gold has been reshot, edited, and delayed to a point where it’s almost unrecognizable. The film has always acted as a love note to Star Wars and friendship, but now, 2 months after the movie was supposed to come out, a new director has been brought on to trim major storylines and bring a balance to the force. While I’m sure the Wookie and Droid jokes will remain intact, the Fanboy in me worries they may have cut out a reason to care about the people telling them.
In the original version of the film, written by Ernie Cline and Adam Goldberg and directed by Kyle Newman, focused on a group of friends breaking into Skywalker Ranch to steal a copy of Episode I: The Phantom Menace before its release in 1999. The reasoning behind it is not because they’re insane, unbalanced fans of the series… ok, they are, but that’s not the reason they’re doing it. The reason they have to see the movie before it comes out is because one of the members of the group (min-Cusack Chris Marquette) won’t live long enough to see the release date. He has cancer and the only thing this group of friends wants is to share this ground breaking (hey, they hadn’t seen it yet. It could have been ground breaking) movie together.
Sweet right? Well The Weinstein Company didn’t think so, or they at least thought it was depressing enough to retool. They brought in director Steve Brill (Drillbit Taylor, Little Nicy) to get rid of the downer twist and steer the film in a new direction.
For some reason this was obviously a terrible idea to everyone except the people that actually get to decide. To me it’s really simple why this is bad - The reshoots remove the cancer storyline completely making the break-in attempt play less like a dying wish and more like a selfish stunt. A great adventure not of best friends with a purpose but jackass kids to good to wait it out like the rest of us.
The news of the changes sparked an uproar in the Star Wars fan community who had long been anticipating the movie that glorified them. Groups tried to get the attention of The Weinstein Company in anyway they could. Today’s comic came about as a result of a site called “Stop Darth Weinstien” who called for the boycott of Weinstein’s next major release Superhero Movie, which hits theaters this Friday.
The campaign and boycott let The Weinstein Company know that their target audience was not happy with their decision. An influx of e-mails prompted The Weinstein Company to release this statement:
“Star War fans nationwide have built a multi-tiered grassroots effort to voice their strong support for one of the earlier versions of the film, including a campaign which generated over 300,000 emails in support for the film. Based on the tremendous feedback and interest from the fans, today’s announcement will ensure both versions will be equally available within the marketplace.”
While the message offers hope, it goes on to imply that both versions will be released, though not necessarily in theaters. The press release is worded very carefully. To me though, the message says we’ll get a cancer-free romp in theaters, and a courtesy release of both versions on DVD.
Here’s the thing – is either version of the movie really that good? I saw about 30 minutes of cancer-included footage last year at Comic Con and thought it looked awesome, but it was no guarantee that the film would work as a whole - cancer or no cancer. Is a movie we haven’t even seen worth fighting for? Fan reaction seems positive, but this from the same site that superimposed Harvey Weinstein‘s head on Darth Vader’s body. I don’t doubt that the movie is good but these folks may be a little biased.
What I do think is fighting for is the integrity of storytelling. While the concept of the adventure - the goofy twist that probably got the movie greenlit in the first place - remains intact, the heart behind it is lost. If you support this boycott, or this campaign in anyway, I hope you do so not just as a fan of Star Wars but as a fan of movies in general. Don’t make this about fans, make it about film.
Personally, I haven’t decided if I’m going to support the boycott or not. I thought that I would because… well it seemed like a good cause and I could always use another reason not to see Superhero Movie, which looks utterly miserable, but it was a DVD that turned me around. I was watching The Mist this weekend, a movie that made its way through the Weinstien machine and still managed to be a fantastic DVD release. It’s wonderfully produced and filled to the brim with really quality bonus features. It’s a beautiful DVD set in a market that rarely delivers more than what’s required. It made me realize that we maybe shouldn’t be taking it out our frustrations on movies that don’t deserve it. Maybe we should just boycott Fanboys when (if?) it hits theaters and then put our money where our mouths are when it comes time to choose which cut we want on DVD. If we’re being honest with each other though – This movie’s got Kristen Bell in a gold bikini … I might buy both versions.
Incoming director Steve Brill is not receiving a warm welcome as you might expect, and in this article from /film it looks like he’s not afraid to bite back.
My first instinct is to just feel bad for the guy. He was basically thrown into a no win situation where the fans would never really embrace anything he did. In reading some of his reactions though he’s making it real hard to want to root for him. It must be hard to put up with a bunch of hotheaded Internet fanboys. There’s no reason to reply like one though. It’s a shame, based on what I’ve read it seems like he’s a good guy that just can’t take criticism at all.
This strip is a little less than complimentary, but it’s all in good fun. I’m sure it’ll be pretty well organized and respectful, but you’re kidding yourself if you think you’re not going to see at least one fully dressed Storm Trooper at one of these protests. If you’re up for participating, or just gawking at the crowds, the two scheduled protests are at these locations:
NEW YORK PROTEST:
MARCH 28th, 2008 - 7PM EST
AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
LOS ANGELES PROTEST:
MARCH 28th, 2008 - 7PM PST
AMC Century City 15
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
I’m sure there will be plenty of pictures up on line come Monday and I wonder what they’ll look like stacked up next to Superhero movie’s weekend box office results.
As to the joke itself… I hope it works. It really relies on you knowing the Jedi mind trick and seeing that little wave in panel two. I tried to make it obvious but I’m afraid I may have failed. It’s a tough balance with something like that. You never want to over do it, even if it is the most important part of the comic.
I want to keep it short today but I did want to point you guys over to the First Official Boxcar JAM!. We put this together over the last couple weeks and plan to make it a regular event over at the newly revived Boxcar. We’re all really excited about this so... you know? Catch the fever.
That’s it for now, but thanks so much for reading and in the next couple days I’ll have a DVD review as well an update on one of this weekend’s major releases. I’m not sure which one though. It’s finally starting to get juicy again in theaters and I can’t decide which one I want to see first!
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Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - The Introduction
Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.
First Appearance - Fever Pitch
Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.
First Appearance - V for Vendetta
Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison
Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.
First Appearance - 300
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe
Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.
First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet
Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.
First Appearance - Four Brothers
Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.
First Appearance - Ultraviolet
Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.
First Appearance - The Producers
Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!
Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?
First Appearance - Saw IV
Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V