Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Film title colonoscopy

The top three movies at the box office last weekend:

1. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
2. Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Funny how movie titles get longer and more complicated as movies themselves get simpler and dumber. Seems like film titlers have taken a cue from the wildly successful -- though clumsily titled and overly colon-ized -- Lord of the Rings trilogy. In particular, Will Ferrell seems to be taking a shine to the colon. The last movie he both wrote and headlined was Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Ferrell seems to be creating cinematic archetypes via the stodgy, ceremonial use of the colon (the "legend"! The "ballad"!). I can't wait for Fist Full of Sewage: The Saga of Curd Smiley: The Septic Tank Expert of Dayton, Ohio.

For the rest of 2006, we can look forward to DOA: Dead or Alive, Jackass: Number Two and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Beginning. The one colon-ized film that looks like it's worth its verbiage? Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. See the divine trailer here.

But does a colon in a title indicate a movie's quality? One might argue that all the movies listed above are either bad or ridiculous. Can you think of examples of good/clever colon usage? And name some great/prestigious movies with colons in the title.

10 comments:

fave of fass said...

it's in translation, but "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul" is an example of a great film that deigns to use a colon.

RC said...

that's a really good and funny point, I love it.

You're insight is...insightful..

--RC: The Blogger of strangeculture.blogspot.com

Reel Fanatic said...

In the case of Talladega, it doesn't mean an improvement ... I found the movie to be very funny in stretches, but when Ferrell hogged screen during his "rehab," it was just deadly dull.

Ehil Bent said...

You've seen Borat in his original medium, I hope?
Brilliance.

Anonymous said...

Appropriate use of colon?
Reno 911!: Miami
- L-Train

J.J. said...

Yes. Yes yes yes.

Alanna said...

I personally loved Lars von Trier's Shittown: Yes, I Still Hate America.

cattleworks said...

Oh, a personal favorite of yours:

2001: A Space Odyssey

Okay, a personal favorite of mine...

J.J. said...

...perhaps the most visible and enduring example of colon-use in film titles. I thought for a second that "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" had a colon in it, but alas, it's a comma.

millie said...

Mission: Impossible III (m:I:3 for promotions)