I was bemusedly watching the trailer for the new live-action Underdog movie (seen at a post by Paul di Filippo on the Inferior Four group blog) and wondering whether a live-action Underdog movie is really needed at this moment in history (no conclusions on that), when I noticed that the background music was the same fakey-excited choral audiojunk that seems to be the background for every action movie trailer lately. (See the last 30 seconds of the Ghost Rider trailer for a recent example.)
I’m sure the producers of Underdog were using the music ironically because, as we know, every mode of human expression other than irony died in that terrible moment when Barney first mouthed the words “I LOVE you!” But it especially annoyed me because the old Underdog cartoon show had the greatest theme-music of any cartoon superhero.
If the producers had used some updated version of this it would have been at once more original and more nostalgic and it still would have been ironic (since everything must be, nowadays).
“That choral action audiojunk should be banned,” I muttered. So I put it on the list of things I think must be stopped.
Use of the word epicenter as an emphatic form of center. In my view, no one has a reason to use epicenter if they’re not talking about seismology and if they do they should be fined in some ironic and suitably postmodern manner.
Movies that feature penguins. There may have been a time when movies about penguins could be justified; I won’t dispute that. But I think we have enough now, maybe even a few too many.
Spam. I’m not talking about the e-mail byproduct; I mean the meat byproduct. And it’s not because I’m worried about the endangered spambeeste. The sooner they’re gone the better: I’m tired of shovelling their droppings off my lawn or being awakened before sunrise by their bizarre mating calls. No, it’s spam itself I object to.
I would explain why spam is at the epicentric penguin, as it were, of my (cue the choir) hate trailer. But I’m pretty sure you’ve stopped reading by now, anyway.