My son is a huuge fan of the Cars movies. He doesn’t leave the house unless he is wearing Lightning McQueen and owns more than his fair share of Cars toys. As such, it was a foregone conclusion that we would be seeing Cars 3 on opening weekend. Having just returned from this, I was initially struck by the incredbile similarity with the single most awesome Rocky movie ever, Rocky IV. However, upon further examination, I am realizing more and more similarities with the significantly more terrible (but still oh, so awesome) Rocky III.
Let’s delve into this in a little more detail…
|Theme from Cars 3||Rocky III||Rocky IV||Notes|
|Bad guy’s name is an obvious play on the good guy’s name||✔||Come on, Lightning/Storm, Rocky/Clubber|
|Hero is motivated by the death of a coach||✔||✔||Rocky sure had a lot of coaches die. Seriously, the worst job in the world is a redshirt on the USS Enterprise and second is being a trainer for Rocky|
|Bad guy making inappropriate advances to the hero’s lady partner||✔||Well, as inappropriate as can get in a Pixar movie|
|Hero has to recover confidence after being soundly defeated by a black man||✔|
|Training montage||✔||Honestly, Rocky 3 may have had one, but the montage in 4 really sets the bar for all time|
|Bad guy is a product of technology while the hero is all heart||✔|
|Bad guy trains in a super modern facility while hero roughs it||✔|
|Running on the beach as training||✔|
|Babe who leers menacingly at the hero||✔||Granted the statician babe car is no Bridgette Fonda, but you get the idea|
|Hero finally beating his trainer proving he’s ready to finally do battle with the bad guy||✔||Nice play on this in Cars|
|Conquering age to be the champ again||Fine, this didn’t actually happen in either of these Rockys. However, considering they made at least 3 more Rocky movies (Rocky V, Rocky Balboa and Creed) after Stallone turned 80, I have to think that this theme must have been touched on at some point|
|Competition at the end between coach and student with outcome uncertain||✔|
Verdict: Clearly, the more memorable Rocky IV should not overshadow the influence that the terrible (but oh so awesome) Rocky III had on this movie.
In a word, diversity. This town brings out all sorts. And I’m not just talking about your regular left wing hippies or your run of the mill fringe right wing extremists… I’m talking about those who are all of the above.
Like this guy…
On one hand he wears his fringe-right credentials proudly being a fan of infowars.com and wanting to end the Fed. But on the other hand, he cares about the environment, he wants to reduce his impact and drives a car that only those to the left of Ralph Nader would, a Smart car (I think that weird thing hanging from his mirror is what he uses to feed the hamster that runs on the spinning wheel powering his engine).
The play Cats came to Austin last year and the presenting sponsor was… wait for it… “Purina Cat Chow!”. I still can’t decide if this was brilliant product placement, a bizarre juxtaposition of unrelated items or just so groan inducing-ly awkward, so eye-rollingly obvious, so on the nose that I am embarrassed for the marketer who made that decision.
…am leaning towards #3.
Saw this ad in “Texas Parks and Wildlife” magazine while waiting at the car repair shop (happy Friday the 13th btw)… maybe I’m still a California hippie at heart, but I am really having a hard time finding the part of this which is “understated!”
It actually brings to mind a quote by Rush Limbaugh that I heard not too long ago… “One of the things which makes me a great host is that I have empathy and humility!”
I think that this has to be one of the most phenomenal pictures I have ever seen in my entire life!! This is not faked, this is not a joke. This is an ad I received in the mail for a real product. Some sort of cybernetic-android-milk-harvesting-accountant it seems.
Or maybe some sort of breast pump, I’m not sure…
There is no shortage of bad press about Microsoft, how they abused their monopoly position, how they force unfavorable contract or predatory pricing terms on their customers etc… well, we came across a great personal example of a pissed off company – we were buying tickets for the Austin Wine Festival and got the following message when we hit submit:
“Since Microsoft has decided for you that you don’t need to receive an order confirmation from us unless we pay a couple thousand dollars, we politely request that you use a non-Hotmail email address”
I love it! You rarely see such spite so openly expressed… stick it to the man!!