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On Superman's Logo: A Message to DC

On Superman’s Logo: A Message to DC

Recently, a lot of local news outlets reported on the sad news that a memorial monument to Jeffrey Baldwin, a five-year old Toronto boy who was murdered by his grandparents, would be missing one major component. The monument was to feature Jeffrey dressed as Superman, his idol. The sculpture, which was financed through an online...
The Saved by the Bell Gang Gets Existential

The Saved by the Bell Gang Gets Existential

In ExhumeTube, we explore the dirty basement full of VHS tapes that is YouTube and write about our findings… Saved by the Bell had a lot of wacky episodes; Zack gets framed for murder, the gang finds $5000 and gets chased by mobsters, Screech makes a sex tape. Their strangest outing, though, comes from the...
The Land Before Time Puppets You Forgot Were Your Only Friends

The Land Before Time Puppets You Forgot Were Your Only Friends

This is Toys & Stomach Pains, in which we re-visit the toys of yesteryear that came packaged with fast-food, cereal boxes, or other indulgently edible products. The Year: 1988 The Food: Pizza Hut The Toy: The Land Before Time Dinosaurs are like crack to children, so it’s no surprise that Don Bluth’s 1988 animated Dino...
Which Pop-Culture Villain is Rob Ford?

Which Pop-Culture Villain is Rob Ford?

For those of us who experience reality primarily through the lens of movies and television, it’s often helpful (and usually unavoidable) to frame real-life events within a pop-cultural context. Ever since Rob Ford emerged on the Toronto political scene, and later as a result of his crack scandal on the international scene, a particular segment of...
5 Movie-Based Theme Park Rides with Disturbing Implications

5 Movie-Based Theme Park Rides with Disturbing Implications

We often rely on theme park attractions to provide rich, rewarding narrative foundations for movies– but sometimes it works the other way, and movies are actually adapted into theme park attractions. Some of these adaptations, when viewed within the context of the films that they inspired, have profoundly disturbing implications… 5. Jurassic Park: The Ride–...
The Batman Happy Meal That Shook America

The Batman Happy Meal That Shook America

This is Toys & Stomach Pains, in which we re-visit the toys of yesteryear that came packaged with fast-food, cereal boxes, or other indulgently edible products. The Year: 1992 The Food: McDonalds Happy Meal The Toy: Batman Returns In retrospect, cross-promoting a dark, violent, sexually perverse movie with a line of toys aimed at small...

7 Follow-Ups to Classic Christmas Movies That Ruin the Original

While we may have accepted that Indiana Jones met some aliens, or that Francis Ford Coppola cast his daughter in the third Godfather movie, we demand more from our Christmas movies and specials. Unfortunately, many classic Christmas movie characters nevertheless returned for follow-ups that denigrate the original, thus ruining Christmas. If this was a TV...

6 DIE HARD Rip-Offs That Time Forgot

In the early to mid-nineties, it seemed as though almost every action movie imitated Die Hard to some extent. Several movies straight-up lifted the Die Hard premise (one person in one location against a slew of bad guys) adapting it to a variety of locations: a boat in Under Siege, a hockey arena in Sudden...

5 Disneyland TV Specials (That Are Completely Insane)

There’s always been something inherently insane about Disneyland and Disney World— think about it, why would anyone willingly visit a castle owned by a rodent in a land populated mainly by cartoon characters and robot presidents? The new film Escape From Tomorrow purports to portray a unique vision of Disney World, one that’s dark and...

5 Things You Might Not Know About EERIE, INDIANA

In conjunction with this week’s podcast about Eerie, Indiana we’ve compiled five facts that you may not know about the cult show: 5. Tobey Maguire Played a Ghost Before Tobey Maguire learned the Cider House Rules (which were about abortion or something) or re-invigorated then later ruined Spider-Man, he starred in an episode of Eerie,...

Why Breaking Bad May Be the Greatest Super-Hero TV Show of All Time

SPOILER ALERT: If haven’t watched Breaking Bad, then you probably shouldn’t read this article. With the series finale of Breaking Bad airing tomorrow night, it seems like an appropriate time to question: why do people love this show so damn much? Sure it’s superbly crafted and acted, but for me personally, there’s always been some...

5 Mortal Kombat Tie-In Products (That Nobody Needed)

Back in the mid-’90s, Mortal Kombat was bigger than the Beatles, who were bigger than Jesus. So I guess, Mortal Kombat was bigger than Jesus. In any case, along with this success came merchandising, from the movie version, which we talk about on this week’s podcast, to a bunch of other shitty and unnecessary products....