Pick of the Week – November 30-December 6, 2015

Occasionally when deciding on my Pick of the Week, I find myself trying to determine whether what I consider to be well-known is really all that well-known.  For example, I thought that just about everybody had at least heard of the television series Firefly.  Maybe they didn’t watch it, but they had some awareness of the show and its concept.

As it turns out, most people don’t remember a series that ran on FOX for half a season 13 years ago.  I don’t get that at all.

That’s a long way of saying that I’m not sure if this week’s Pick is going to be something that most people already know about or just something that I think most people already know about.

The Screen Junkies Youtube channel has several movie and pop culture related series, but my Pick for this week is their Honest Trailers.  Each week, the channel puts out their version of the trailer for an existing film, only this time their Epic Movie Voice Guy, Jon Bailey (Whose voice is indeed epic), describes the movie as it really is. 

For not-so-great movies, these can be hysterical.  The 50 Shades of Grey and The Happening trailers are wonderful.  But even for good movies, they point out some uncomfortable (and very funny) truths that you may not have noticed.  Check out their Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer for a good example of this.  Epic Movie Voice Guy admits that it’s a great movie, but there are a few small issues with it.  The Aladdin trailer is also fantastic and is well worth viewing for the songs alone. 

Whether you love, hate, or just don’t care about the movies being covered, Honest Trailers are an entertaining way to spend a few minutes of your time.  And, if you’re a gamer, they make Honest Trailers for those as well.

- Alan Decker

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