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Nov 27 2012

Mock the Movie: Cecil B. DeMille Edition

This Thursday, on November 29, Mock the Movie will return to its SyFy (then SciFi) roots with Sands of Oblivion. It is supposed to be one of their better productions, but…well. Still, we’ll have Morena Baccarin and Adam Baldwin for the slash lovers (did anyone ever actually want Jayne and Inara to hook up?), Homer Simpson as Cecil B. DeMille, and American desert that, for once, isn’t standing in for Egyptian desert. Just fake Egyptian desert. This one is available on Hulu or YouTube if you’re willing to fall behind slightly for commercials.

Two weeks later, on December 13, it will be Yor, the Hunter from the Future. How can we resist? Well-oiled caveman with 80s hair meets dinosaurs and laser beams. Come on. You’d do it too. In fact, you can, as long as it doesn’t get pulled before we get to it.

Then–then it’s the Thursday after Christmas, and we’ll have a little something special:

This one won’t be free, but it should be entertaining. Not good, exactly, but entertaining.

“These all sound awful!” I hear you cry. Yes, yes, they do. “These must be mocked mercilessly”, you say. Well, then you’re in the right company. The instructions for playing along:

  1. Start following @MockTM on Twitter.
  2. Start watching the movie on the appropriate Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT.
  3. Once you’ve got the movie going, tweet your snarky comments to @MockTM.  Directing our tweets to @MockTM will keep our followers from being overwhelmed with our snark!
  4. Set up a search for @MockTM on Twitter for the duration so you can follow along with everyone else sharing your pain.

If you have suggestions for other movies that can and should be mocked, send them to @MockTM. Preference will be given to movies that are free or stream on the major media delivery services. Watch the feed, and we’ll set up the calendar for more terrible, mockable movies.

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    It is frustrating. SyFy has had a number of excellent series, but their once-off movies are among the most craptacular.

  2. 2
    Raging Bee

    Gregory, you’re too kind. Unless by “excellent” you mean “not bad enough to make me want to keep on channel-surfing.” I lump “Stargate” in that category of “excellence,” along with “Charmed,” “Buffy,” “Deep Space Nine,” and a few other, less memorable series.

  3. 3
    eric

    Gregory – I think craptacular is part of the point. I think they’re intentionally imitating the ‘B movie’ concept of the 1950s. No director would square off Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson because they wanted to make a serious action or suspense movie. If you do that, its because you want your movie to be cheesy.

    Bee – of the four series you mention, none were originally produced by or for Syfy channel. Though SyFy should get the credit/blame for most of Stargate, since I think they were responsible for everything after season 1 or 2.

  4. 4
    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    Two weeks later, on December 13, it will be Yor, the Hunter from the Future. How can we resist? Well-oiled caveman with 80s hair meets dinosaurs and laser beams. Come on. You’d do it too. In fact, you can, as long as it doesn’t get pulled before we get to it.

    Link: Here’s where Yor can be downloaded as an mp4.
    (runtime 1:28:16, 229 MB, transfers at ~100 k/s for ~35 min)

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  6. 6
    Gregory in Seattle

    Warehouse 13, Eureka, Haven, Sanctuary, Alphas and the reboot of Battlestar Galactica are/were SyFy projects, and all received critical acclaim. Mini-series like Dune, Children of Dune and Tin Man tended to hit the mark more often than not.

    I have yet to see a made-for-SyFy movie that was anything other than dreck, though.

  7. 7
    Arakiba

    How are Jayne and Inara together slash?

  8. 8
    Stephanie Zvan

    This sort of slash.

  9. 9
    Jason Thibeault

    Stephanie just informed me that Adam Baldwin’s a vocal libertarian on Twitter. There are no heroes. :(

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