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Monsters University

10 Movies…That Are Unnecessary Prequels (To Prepare You For ‘Monsters University’)

Once Disney took a more draconian handle on Pixar, it was inevitable that they’d make the tiny, massively-gifted studio start churning out sequels and prequels to their most marketable hits. A couple years ago, they made Cars 2, which focused on Mater, the character that sold the most toys, and later this year we’ve got an offshoot called Planes. But first, Monsters University, in which we get to see the monsters from Monsters Inc. learning the job skills they’ll need to one day land a job at Monsters Inc. Here are 10 other unnecessary prequels. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd You want to know how Harry and Lloyd met? They met in high school. Where the hell else were they going to meet? Oz The Great and Powerful All about how Professor Marvel made his way to Oz and how everything went to shit before Dorothy showed up. However, the entire premise of this movie doesn’t make any sense, because Oz was dreamed up by a little girl in a dream and didn’t …

Greatest Un-Hits: Meco’s “Theme From Superman” (1978)

Despite the cool, vaguely exotic euro-discoy name, Meco was really a kind of nerdy dude from Pennsylvania (real name: Domenico Monardo). As such, Meco loved only two things in life: over-the-top disco music, the kind with both lots of violins and laserlike keyboard sound effects; and Star Wars. In the late ’70s then, it was very good to be Meco indeed, to be living in a world whose pop culture was dominated by these, his two passions. He must have felt a divine kiss from the creator every time he awoke, or put a disco beat on an instrumental cue from a movie score. Because that’s pretty much what Meco did: he recorded disco versions of movie theme songs. This kind of thing would be a heavily ironic Internet meme that would be the hot ticket for a day or two, but such was the climate in the very late ’70s and very early ’80s that Meco did that which came naturally and it made him legitimately, extremely successful. Most of Meco’s hits were disco …

Don’t Give ‘Em Any Ideas: “Zach to the Future”

We all know Hollywood is bereft of ideas and has been for a good long time. There’s still no reason why we should lead them to awful choices, and yet Popdose insists — nay, demands! — to speak the name of atrocity aloud. It’s called “Don’t Give ‘Em Any Ideas” for a reason, folks! Zach to the Future (2012): Between 2009 and 2010, Zach Galifianakis made over 14 different film and television appearances. He has been contracted to double that in 2011 alone, but that apparently isn’t good enough. Now, from visionary director Robert Zemeckis comes this fantasy tale of an overexposed comic actor sent to the past to star in EVERY MOVIE THAT HAS EVER BEEN! Through the miracle of CGI, Zach Galifianakis can be inserted into dead-eyed facsimiles of every movie ever filmed! Witness the splendor as he sets the South ablaze, literally, in Gone With Zach’s Wind, or dances a jig down the yellow brick road in The Galifiniakis Of Oz, or glares disapprovingly at Linda Lovelace in Zach’s Throat. But wait, there’s …

Bootleg City: The Posies in San Francisco, September ’98

Who doesn’t love The Wizard of Oz? (That was a rhetorical question. Put your hands and middle fingers down.) Last week in Bootleg City, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the classic MGM film about a girl named Dorothy and her three bachelor uncles, I put together a special outdoor screening in MacArthur Park. To make it even more special, I trucked in a bunch of poppies and planted them right in front of the screen. Unfortunately, almost as soon as Leo the Lion finished roaring, people started passing out left and right. It turns out those poppies were opium poppies, just like in the movie. But can you really blame me for thinking sleep-inducing flowers were a fictional device created specifically for the film? Honestly! Munchkins? Flying monkeys? A land where gay men are granted basic human rights? All that stuff is make-believe! But opium poppies, as it turns out, are real. And now I’ve accidentally put 2,000 taxpayers in a coma. And when they wake up, most of them will be opium addicts. …