Monday, September 04, 2006

"You can find it anywhere . . ."

With all the information that's easily found on the Internet, I'm surprised by the lack of information about Mike Judge's new film, Idiocracy. Other than some recent reviews/news found on Ain't It Cool News, trying to find even a trailer for this film is difficult. I could speculate 'til I'm blue in the face as to why Fox is releasing this in limited release with barely any publicity, but there's a deeper matter at hand. No matter how vast the Internet is, there's still plenty of stuff out there that isn't on it.

Despite featuring Mike Judge (of Office Space, King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head fame) as the director, Luke Wilson as the main star and a hilarious premise (A civilian enlisted by the Pentagon to take part in a secret "Human Hibernation Project" awakes 500 years in the future. Despite having been considered a dullard in his own time, he is now the smartest person in the world), this has yet to catch much attention. Seemingly joining the list of much-buzzed movies that quietly get released in limited release, Idiocracy could end up just like Judge's Office Space. Knowing Office Space is one of those required Gen-X/Y movies, I doubt this movie will completely disappear.

Seeing the tongue-in-cheek buzz about Snakes on a Plane all year long, I'm puzzled by the lack of buzz for Idiocracy. I guess matters don't help when an official trailer isn't available online (it's not even available on YouTube as of this writing). So how do we find out any more information about this flick? Well, if you live in one of the seven cities that it's currently showing in (Dallas, Austin, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Toronto), you're in for a treat. For others, in the words of Pavement's Bob Nastanovich, "You'll just have to wait."

As much as we would like to think that you can find anything online, there's so much stuff that is very difficult to find. Sure, you could look on Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, the Hype Machine or a peer-to-peer network, but that doesn't mean that you're gonna find exactly what you're looking for. I'm sure I could find a CD-quality MP3 of Chase's "Hello Groceries" on a peer-to-peer or have Chris send it to me via YouSendIt, but it wouldn't be as simple as finding it via a Google search or a Hype Machine search.

This kind of searching is a good thing. As easy I can find out how high Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" charted or what happened in the Twin Peaks pilot, this was a nice reminder that there is still a lot of searching to do even in the Internet age.


Jon said...

Fox is releasing it quietly because it stinks.

Ryan said...

Yeah, the movie is REALLY bad. I wrote a review on my blog. It's about the quality of Dumb and Dumberer(the sequel).