Monday, May 17, 2010

CPF Reviews: "They Took the Word 'Gullible' Out of the Dictionary," a critique of "Alien Abduction, Incident in Lake County"

CPF Reviews: "They Took the Word 'Gullible' Out of the Dictionary," a critique of "Alien Abduction, Incident in Lake County" from Corn Pone Flicks on Vimeo.

CPF Reviews' second episode takes a sarcastic look at our fascination with alien visitations via an especially spurious piece of evidence that the American public nevertheless swallowed with great enthusiasm.

8 comments:

Chris Sobieniak said...

God I forgot about this one! Glad to see it be reviewed.

Tohoscope said...

There were a couple of these. In fact, at first I thought Matt was referring to one of the many UFO specials on FOX.

Chris Sobieniak said...

I was also thinking of that "Alien Autopsy" footage too, that was a biggie for it's time.

Though Matt mentions the camera work being the first suspicious thing in this, I often thought more of the time stamp itself because it didn't quite replicate that lo-tech blocky look we'd associate time stamp on camcorders for.

Tohoscope said...

It's even more obvious in the age of YouTube. You've gotta work a lot harder these days to pull off a hoax like this.

Chris Sobieniak said...

It's even more obvious in the age of YouTube. You've gotta work a lot harder these days to pull off a hoax like this.

Pretty much. Sad the extra work one has to put in for that reason. I remember reading a book on ghosts and finding a chapter all about faking photos yourself through double-exposures and other clever trips from the pre-digital era (since I read this book back in grade school).

Have to hurry up on my Pac-Man Month of Munch soon since I'm running out of steam!

Chris Sobieniak said...

Being reminded Pixar released a viral ad just recently promoting a character they created for the upcoming Toy Story 3 feature that fooled me completely with it's 1980's EP-recorded crappiness!

Tohoscope said...

The Uncle Wiggly bear commercials? It seemed like there were people who thought those were real, too. They looked pretty obviously fake to me. But, like Matt points out, people want to believe. Even if if can't be real, they want to believe.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Tohoscope said...
The Uncle Wiggly bear commercials? It seemed like there were people who thought those were real, too. They looked pretty obviously fake to me. But, like Matt points out, people want to believe. Even if if can't be real, they want to believe.


True enough, or at least accept it as what a typical 80's toyline was all about. It was all about cutesy, plushy animals touting non-violent, caring agendas, brought on by greeting card companies all set to cash in on the success of mass-marketing such childhood idols to the masses.

Of course when it comes to those cynics who have their say on the world and it's achievements, that's when I draw the line!

 
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