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Less Ambitious Movies

by Sven Triloqvist Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 07:15:19 AM EST

Snacks on a plane (and other 'less ambitious' films)

This week one of the social networking site's trends, #lessambitiousmovies, has been swamped with posts including: The Devil Wears Uniqlo; Taxi Passenger and It's Not a Bad Life. Yesterday, #lessambitiousmovies was racking up 200 Tweets a minute. "A lot of movies have pretty epic titles," said cultural website Paste Magazine. "With #lessambitiousmovies, Tweeters have taken the liberty of making these titles more down to earth. PT Anderson's ultimate display of a man consumed by greed (There Will Be Blood) turns into a guy going to the doctor for a regular check-up (There Will Be Bloodwork)."

for your Sunday entertainment - Nomad


Here are a couple of samples:

Bridge Over the River Wye

Wartime movie set in Builth Wells as the unfeeling, faceless Ministry of Works oversees a group of stonemasons repairing moderate damage to the first and second piers of the bridge in rather poor weather.

Moby Derek

1956 maritime drama; the tale of how a whaler-captain, Ahab, got over his resentment against the great white whale who cost him his leg, found closure and moved on. The story is told from the POV of Moby Derek, Ahab's faithful pet mackerel. The first (and, to date, only) example of Fish Dogme.

and some titles:

*Who's Afraid Of Virginia Bottomley

*The Man Who Would Be Mervyn King

*Apocalypse In A Few Moments

*The Bourneville Ultimatum

*The Mancunian Candidate

*Mulholland Drive-in

*The C-Team

*Full Metal Cardigan

*The Hitchhikers Guide to Leeds

I trust ETers can come up with some fresh ones (titles + synopsis)...

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Dom Lolcat, a content espionage thief and his gang, delve deep into user-driven anthropomorphism, dynamically juxtaposed with speech bubbles, in search of of the vital serum of cyutnes. Unable to communicate with his children, Lolcat can regain their respect if he fulfills this impossible task.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 07:48:11 AM EST
Two inveterate punsters, ceebs and sven, await the imminent arrival of DVDs that will disprove the visions of the six-year old wind-mad vunderkind of Bremen.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 08:08:31 AM EST
Well I have started watching it and got as far as the titles, which are beautiful. then the phone rang. it is now turned off and interruptions will now be ignored.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 01:22:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Na und?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 01:09:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Whistle Down The Windmill

Highrise heroics as moderate North Sea breezes cut communications on a windfarm construction site, forcing foreman Jerome to improvise by calling for help from the lads below by whistling quite hard.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 08:20:07 AM EST
brilliant

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 09:18:40 AM EST
[ Parent ]
some of the better ones ive seen have been

101 Dalmations (binary edition)

The Sound of Musak

chitty bang

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 08:26:13 AM EST
Dial M for Merde

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 09:47:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mr Smith goes to Wash

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 01:31:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A Song of Cold and Warm Water - About the peaceful industrialisation of a medieval/fantasy setting, ruled by a just and noble king supported by loyal aristocrats with a strong sense of noblesse oblige.

Sand - How the democratic and egalitarian galactic empire cooperates with an indigenous people to ensure the sustainable extraction of a valuable commodity from a desert planet.

Fall Inn - With the threat of nuclear Armageddon receding into faint memory, the government of the United States of America decides to refurbish the ancient Vaults as tourist resorts.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 08:34:16 AM EST
Asteroid Scuffles
Mild political fisticuffs with religious overtones in space, not very far away at all. Not suitable for children.

Ron
When high-flying janitor Derek gets sucked into a virtual world of day-glo cubicles and killer nerf ball inside an early military digital watch project, hijinks ensue. Can he escape and warn the world about a deadly new year calendar bug before he runs out of time - literally?

Muffy the Vampire Kicker
Pretty blonde Muffy sees vampires wherever she goes. But they run away when she tortures them with street slang and kicks them in the shins. With a musical score by Mozart's ghost, phoned in to Burbank during a special seance.

Pond Scum Marmosets
Glamorous ultra-violence as a hit squad of chattering wide-eyed micro-primates tours the streets of LA after zoo keepers bust a banana-heist. Does one of them have a dark secret? Or perhaps a cheeseburger?  

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 09:26:47 AM EST
Oh yes, Muffy.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 10:20:50 AM EST
[ Parent ]
An animated version could be Muffy the Vampire Biter featuring an adorable white Frisse Bichon who cannot resist biting the ankles of female vampires, turning them into Vampire Bitches -- with all the variations that are inherent in the term.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 12:44:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ascending to the British throne as Wills 1, the new king makes the first official appointment of a court jester since AD 763, bringing in Cheech Marin, the aging US doper comedian, to help him become more laid back, and reach sustainable insanity.  With just 3 weeks before King Wills 1 speech at the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, the doper and the dope battle for time and Kate.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 10:32:59 AM EST
'sustainable insanity' has a nice ring to it...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 11:04:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Gone With the Schwinn

The epic story of a price war between two bicycle messaging companies in San Francisco.

Chef Strangelove or How I Learned to Love the Bombe

Black humor look at the frozen confections industry.

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 12:14:23 PM EST
Cheroots of Fire

Behind the scenes look at the personalities and their relationships at a cigar manufacturer.

Germs of Endearment

Story of a really bad cold caused by a daughter kissing her boyfriend and how her mother copes by making chicken soup.

The Silence of the Jambs

Suspense thriller about a janitor has to fix the squeaking doors of an office building before Monday morning.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 12:33:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Silence of the Jambs

Suspense thriller about a janitor has to fix the squeaking doors of an office building before Monday morning.

In this one we were all left hanging.  (The plot hinged around)

by njh on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 05:54:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Cost-cutting at a major plane manufacturer causes jetliners to drop out of the skies and employs thousands in CGI.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 12:30:49 PM EST
how about

ISIHAC Games - Film Club

Four movies for the price of one - The Magnificent Seven Dwarves For Seven Samurai


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 03:28:26 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Acquire, the Wrath of Greed

Documentary about frustrations of daily life in an estate agent's office during the financial crisis

Well Street

Drama about a group of healthy people who like each other

Bleed Funnier

A feminist comedian reflects on monthly events

Citizen Keen

Tory party promo for the Big Society

A Farce in the Cowed

The tragedy of the Thatcher years repeated as voters let the Tories back in

8 3/4  

Uninspired director reflects on the last 8 3/4 minutes

Farewell my Cucumber

Bored wife welcomes back husband from business trip

The Good Sellers

Review of last year's worst films

The God, the ipod and the Stragglers

Steve Jobs gets mildly irritated about latecomers to ipod launch

An Easy Night's Pay

Study of security at a pacifists' party

Invitation of the Body Matchers

Party for extremely average people

His Girl Saturday

Weekend relaxation of tired reporting couple

It's a Wonderful Leaf

Home movies of a horticulturalist

Man With a Moody Comrade

Study of a sad soviet man and his sullen friend

Raping Ball

The next production of the people who brought you Springtime for Hitler

Schindler's Lisp

How shyness about a disability did not lead to heroic acts

A Streetcar named - "streetcar"

(and my own favourite, helps if you know the director as well as the film)

Whims of Desire

Sexual fantasies for people who don't really care

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 05:21:36 PM EST
"Saturday night beaver."

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 05:55:53 PM EST
Typical ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:10:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
and there was me thinking it would be

Shaving Ryans Privates.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 09:50:56 AM EST
[ Parent ]
You like 'gonzo porn', eh?

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 09:57:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Schindler's lift

The rise and fall in an elevator and escalator business.

Transformers

A current story about the little warts that fill our lives through to the great coiled energies that power society.

The chronic ails of a narn eater

Children spend time in a closet eating indian breads.

by njh on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 06:01:57 PM EST
The Godfather

  -- A man watches the young daughter of one of his best friends learn to eat with utensils.

Much Ado About Nothing

  -- A group of screenwriters attempt to write some stuff.

All the Queen's Men

  -- Proust's wife reminisces.

Ulysses

  -- A Greek writer tries to get a table in Dublin.

Spartacus

  -- a group of people with the same name discuss life.

Dances with Kelps

  -- A soldier gets entangled in a strange species.

Rear Window

  --  some architects discuss ways to enhance the view from a cramped apartment.

My Dinner With Sven

  --  Some people decide to eat and drink between saunas. They get lost on a website.

(notice i changed one of the rules sometimes.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 06:03:58 PM EST
The Codfather

The Ling Good Friday

The Outlaw Josey Whales

Starfish Wars

Catch 22

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 07:36:59 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Scarlet Email
A blogger's printer runs out of black ink.

Crash
A couple get a sexual charge by causing financial meltdowns.

Lost Highway
The batteries on a couple's satnav system run out, and they didn't have a map.

The Pink Gerbil
Peter Sellers takes us around the fascinating world of albino animals.

Blood Plastic
Leo DiCaprio is caught in the underworld of Italian supermarket bags.

Pearl Cove
Telepathic dolphins stage a sneak attack on a japanese fishing village.

Aging Cow
An ex-heavywieght champion has trouble running his dairy farm.

Splendor in the Grass
Enterprising gophers build an opulent den.

War of the Whirls
Two children learn about eddy currents while splashing in the bath.

Nowhere Goy
A young blueblood has no luck learning guitar in Tel Aviv.

Last of the Mojitos
A Cuban-themed bar in Berlin runs out of limes.

Lord of the Rings
An enterprising entrepreneur tries to establish a bathtub refurbishing company.

Easy Walker
Two aging hippies take an ambulance to N'Awlins, making stupid film jokes along the way, and are punished by a very overweight Jack Nicholson doing his best aging Brando imitation.

(oh fer gopods sakes CH, don't you have nothing to do?)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:27:53 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Purgatory's gate

The man who bumped into Liberty Valance

Lukewarm Mountain

Three Days of the Pigeon

"People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize necessity when a crisis is upon them." - Jean Monnet

by Melanchthon on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 09:44:28 PM EST
A Streetcar Named Perspire
    A documentary of a typical day on a New Orleans streetcar.

The Lapcat in Winter
    A house cat sleeps on the couch through the cold months.

The Black Duck
    A dancer in New York City sits by a pond in Central Park and fantasizes about eating a real meal.

How to Train Your Hamster
    A boy in Iceland tries to distract himself from the financial collapse by teaching his pet hamster how to use its exercise wheel, but the similarity to the life he has to look forward to just depresses him.

by rifek on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 09:56:30 PM EST
Harvey the Milkman

Into the Wold
An adventurous young man flees society and ends up living in an abandoned bus in the Cotswolds, hunting hedgehogs for food. He's still there thirty years later, as the winters aren't all that severe.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sat Jan 8th, 2011 at 11:38:27 PM EST
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 04:23:56 AM EST
Fry Harder
Bruce Willis as a rogue short-order cook in a race against time to beat the nefarious Lunchrush.

On Her Majesty's Postal Service
Dashing postal agent with licence to cancel delivers glamorous letters from all over the world.

Vicky, Christine, Wilkes-Barre
Two beautiful young women from New York arrive in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to spend the summer and change their mind.

And in the TV realm:

23.95
Starring Kiefer Sutherland. An elite government father of two children tries desperately to obtain the year's hottest game at a special low price while supplies last - on Black Friday. (Caution: features depictions of torture; viewer discretion advised.)

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 05:01:30 AM EST
My Mate's Mandolin
Young lad buys a mandolin for £3 on the market and never learns how to play it.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 05:04:43 AM EST
E.T.

Alien bloggers in their pyjamas make up puns on the Internet.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 05:32:18 AM EST
I'm heartened by these contributions.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:11:17 AM EST
It was a cracking idea.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:22:22 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Golly, Sven.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:29:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Seems the Russky magician slipped one by y'all.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 12:40:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Indeed. To paraphrase Frank Zappa, "Cinema isn't dead, it just smells funny."

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 12:22:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
2001: A Space Odyssey

No need to change anything. Making a movie with this title today would be like Kubrick making "1958: A Space Odyssey".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:32:31 AM EST
Bunting Season

A family looks forward to Christmas as they hold their annual gathering to put the decorations up.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:38:08 AM EST
Robin's Hood

A young boy loses his zip-on coat hood in the school playground and is sent back by his irate mother to retrieve it.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 08:43:47 AM EST
House gust can't sleep because of his host's noisy bird.
Warning: ending is gruesome. (Rated R)

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 10:13:44 AM EST
And who could forget

Hackerberry Finn

The stirring adventures of a plucky young boy who spends all this time on Reddit.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:00:30 AM EST
Jaws

A disturbing thriller about a neurotic dentist getting overfraught with his work - leading to unpleasant results. Also starring Richard Kiel.

by Nomad on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:13:18 AM EST
Alice in Disneyland

Alice goes to Disneyland and trips over on a hole in pavement.

The Tourist
A fat middle-aged Brit visits Rome, walks around with the lens cap hanging off his middle range DSLR that he doesn't know how to use and refuses to eat anything but burgers and chips.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:13:39 AM EST
I do hope everyone is working on at least one script !

Actually, I've been working on a book, which I know will be a best seller, and would make a superb movie about a young man with a secret hidden palate, who goes on a quest for a forbidden herb, guarded by a beautiful dragon, in a cave, a necessary ingredient for the stew which will save the ailing prince from the strange addiction which prevents him from being qualified for the throne.

I call it Harry Potter and the Secret Ingredient

by greatferm (greatferm-at-email.com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 11:53:53 AM EST
For the space opera buffs:

Armajedi

Bruce Willis, Mark Hamill, Carey Fisher and Steve Buscemi can't decide which movie they're supposed to be filming.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 12:19:43 PM EST
Sorry, I almost forgot:

Eat Pay Less

Julia Roberts finds this totally inexpensive little restaurant.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt t gmail dotcom) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 12:24:11 PM EST
Four Blind Dates and a Walk through the Cemetery.

Cranespotting - heroin addicts control their habits through birdwatching.

The Next-to-Last Emperor

A Raisin in the Shade

To Sir with Fondness

An Okay Guy in Africa

Karen in Bischofswiesen

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 03:03:09 PM EST
What's funny about the title 'Karen in Bischofswiesen'? ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 03:14:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Scheiss German remake of Karen in Austin.

(OK, viele Leute hat gedacht, es war Besser.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anas Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 03:56:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Clever!

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 12th, 2011 at 09:19:29 AM EST
[ Parent ]
She had a farm in Africa.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jan 9th, 2011 at 03:57:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Heh.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Jan 12th, 2011 at 09:19:05 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The Array (One-dimensional spin-off of The Matrix)

TROFF: Legacy (If you get this one, Dijkstra thinks you're beyond redemption)

Harry Potter and the Guy whose Grandmother Might Have had a Cousin Twice Removed that Possibly Could Have Been Related to Royalty

The Texas Chainsaw Quibble

Taxi Passenger

Brokeback Knoll

Schindler and Kumar Go to White Castle

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde

by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Mon Jan 10th, 2011 at 04:15:07 AM EST
The Train Travelers Wife - Due to possession of a monthly railpass, Henry DeTamble voluntarily zips through space, appearing in the life of his wife at 6:48pm on weekdays, unless there is a delay due to trackwork.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Jan 10th, 2011 at 04:50:19 PM EST
someone has been making some ambitious movies.

Too many to choose from. Go visit.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sat Jan 15th, 2011 at 01:23:22 PM EST


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