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    Live-action TV 
Gillnitz (director): Well, an argument could be made that it promotes smoking.
Cap'n Toby: John, it's a bubble pipe. An argument could be made it promotes blowing bubbles. Look, Cap'n Toby has a pipe. He's had a pipe for 31 years. The pipe and the magic porthole routine are about the only things left from the early days.
Gillnitz: And they're both great. Time honoured. Speaking of the magic porthole routine...
Cap'n Toby: Oh please.
Gillnitz: I just have to reiterate that it doesn't make logical sense for a nuclear submarine to have a porthole, that's all. I say, lets go cutting edge, do something with holograms.
The Lone Gunmen, "The Cap'n Toby Show"

"Is this the first time a title has been remade, instead of a movie? And God Created Woman shares little with the 1956 Brigitte Bardot movie except for its name..."

    Web Animation 
"Thief is a reboot of a series in which a bloke steals money from people with too much disposable income because he doesn't feel like putting in any effort into working for a living, so it's good to see the creators of this new one taking that attitude on board, if nothing else."
Zero Punctuation on Thief (2014)

"I guess we’re co-op multiplayer now? They fucked up the "Dark" thing in the last Alone in the Dark by setting the whole game on fire so now they’re fucking up the "Alone" part instead!"

"They shouldn't even call them 'comic book movies.' They should call them 'the name of a comic book movies,' cuz that's usually the only thing they get right."
Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, "Strong Bad Emails: Comic Book Movie"

    Web Original 
"They are adaptations, just not in the literal, pedestrian sense. I adapt essence. I've been told that Othello is a moorish captain, but in my mind he's a magical talking cello with a lisp. Who is right? Is there a right? For that matter, is there a left?"

Matt: Can we talk about how Judge Dredd at this point is totally indistinguishable from, say, the lead character from Demolition Man or Rex Cliffhanger, which I think was the Cliffhanger guy’s name? Everything that makes him Dredd, by appearance, is gone now.
Chris: It’s basically just Cobra 2 now.
— Matt Wilson and Chris Sims on Judge Dredd (1995)

"The Patriot is “based” on the book The Last Canadian. I use quotes on based because it is based on the book in the same way Transformers is based on Les Misérables."
Miles Antwiler on The Patriot (1998)

"It's difficult to write a review about Dragonball Evolution without comparing it to its source material, mostly because Dragonball Evolution is to Dragonball and Dragonball Z what fish sticks are to chocolate."
slowzombie's Review on Dragonball Evolution

"By that point, I could only wonder why a movie with this title took two hours to even vaguely resemble what it's supposed to be, especially after it spent all that time doing all it could to avoid it...I suppose that closing moment best captures what a misfire The Lone Ranger is because it truly captures its disdain for the property and serves as a reminder that Hollywood exhumed a corpse just to laugh at it for 150 minutes."

"If I painted my asshole pink and stuck a star earring in it, it would be more like Jem than this damn movie."
Michael K., "It's Worse Than I Thought"

"Fantastic Four plays Doom as an anti-authoritarian hacker, which seems like a rather strange choice when dealing with a character famed for his own authoritarian dictatorship. (It also puts Doom in the curious position of being right for most of the film.)"

"Judging from the title and David Hasselhoff's fondness for not trying too hard, you'd think this show would be Baywatch, at night. Instead they took the extra step and made it Baywatch, only in a detective agency solving beach cases. But if you watch it in slow motion with the brightness turned down, yeah, it's Baywatch, at night."

"Mikhail Mxyzptlk...This is where things began to go off the rails, and in retrospect, it's where the show stopped being about Clark's journey and started being a very dull drama that survived because people like you, and ME, yes, me, I am guilty as well, watched it in order to see if Mikhail was, indeed, like the Mxy we know and love.

He was not."

David: So in one episode, they managed to turn Jaime Reyes into a complete wuss, Ted Kord into Dick Cheney, and Dan Garrett into a random soldier who ended up going rabid. And Booster Gold into a gloryhound who actually wants to take away from other peoples’ success.
Chris: Hey, at least it had the names you recognize from stuff you like!
ComicsAlliance on Smallville ("Booster")

"Every single word in this title is a lie. There are no teenagers, no mutants, no ninjas, and no turtles. Well, there actually be may turtles — it's hard to tell."
Hardcore Gaming 101, on the Vietnamese bootleg iOS game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"Hey, wait. You know what would have made it even more of a Wayne's World game? If you controlled a big hand. Both Wayne and Garth have hands. And faces too. Wait! They also both wear blue jeans, so you could control a pair of jeans that has to infiltrate a face warehouse to get their hands back! And if you collected the letters that spelled, "SCHWING," your pants would get a hard-on for a bonus 2000 "Party On!" Points. That would be a better game and keep in mind, I have no formal video game training."

"Made on the cheap, the live-action adaptation of the popular ’80s cartoon Jem And The Holograms often resembles a mockbuster of itself, perhaps titled Jam And The Horoglams and distributed directly to gas stations."
The A.V. Club, review of Jem and the Holograms

    Web Video 
"So, Matthew Broderick's wife Sarah Jessica Parker emerges from the water and starts smashing New York City, and then wacky hijinks happen with characters from Friends, and then, um, they discover that Godzilla has made small velociraptor eggs in Madison Square Garden, and they have a wacky scene where they mumble mumble."

I'm starting to acquire a foreboding sense of grief
For this increasingly-uncomfortable game they're calling "
I'm after sprawling levels and organic thieving stunts
Not cutscenes and pre-animated moves beloved by cunts
Is this another stealing of a once-familiar name
To keep afloat the sinking ship of next-gen console games?
You've broken in and stolen one more thing that I adore
Well, call it what you like, but it'll never be
Thief 4

"(sniffs the air) H-hey, you guys smell that? (sniffs cartridge) Smells like something that starts with a "b". (sniff) And ends in "—trayal.""
Noah Antwiler on Ultima: Runes of Virtue

"If we ignore the fact that Fellowship of Evil takes the name of a series I loved and uses it to sell a cynical, sloppy, horribly half-baked Diablo ripoff, Overlord: Fellowship of Evil is still a a cynical, sloppy, horribly half-baked Diablo ripoff...Minions make an appearance, but they're fucking useless: their pathfinding is patently broken, as they frequently run into this magic grass shit that turns them into enemies, meaning the game's sole defining factor is a fucking liability to the player."

"So, let’s just recap; Dr. Claw isn’t called Dr. Claw, he doesn’t own a terrorist organization called MAD, he sounds less like a monster and more like a fashion critic, and the fact that you never see him in the show is being replaced with SEEING HIM ALL THE TIME! I mean, WOW. Did they get ONE thing right? Why did you change so much? Were you afraid that if you stuck too closely to the cartoon that it wouldn’t be taken as seriously? Need I remind you this movie has scenes like this? (cuts to a scene from the movie that shows Inspector Gadget bouncing around a bridge while being inflated and with cartoon sound effects playing in the background) Yeah! Wouldn't want it to face that!"

"And finally, the new recruit, Gambit, who, I’m not joking, is Gambit in name only. Because he doesn’t look like Gambit, he doesn’t have Gambit’s powers, he doesn’t have Gambit’s backstorySO WHY DID YOU CALL HIM GAMBIT?!?"
Linkara on an alternate version of Gambit introduced in Chris Claremont's run on Exiles

"This big-screener uses virtually nothing from its classic 60's TV source."
—'s Top 10 Worst Movies Based on a TV Series, describing Thunderbirds, listed at #10

    Western Animation 
Lois: There is no talking penguin in The King and I!
Peter: There is in Peter Griffin Presents: The King and I!

Bart Simpson: Alan Moore! You wrote my favorite issues of Radioactive Man!
Alan Moore: Oh really? So you like that I made your favorite superhero a heroin-addicted jazz critic who's not radioactive?

    Real Life 
"For the movie script... which was going to be made first with the Americans, later in the end I took it from them and decided to make it as an European co-production... two American screenwriters came to Spain to write the script. Hollywood screenwriters, goddammit. Really. Big movie writers. They told me what they had planned: Alatriste and the Queen had grown up together in the same neighborhood. [laughs] And later, life, had been kind to the Queen - the Queen was a social climber - and she had become queen. [more laughs] I swear on my daughter. But [for] Alatriste, because he was still in the mud and the gutter, the Queen didn't want to know about him anymore. That was the approach. After that I said, 'it's over'. I broke the contract. I had a default clause that I used in that very moment."
Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Wolfman's Son: [To his father, who acts like the Wolfman] Wolfman Jack died about ten years ago.


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