Date of Creation: 2000
Synopsis: As the robot will tell you in the beginning, This is the story of 7 people picked by math TV to live in a house and have their lives taped. There is no script, everything you see is real. The Real World: San Carlos.
A Brief History: Completing the trifecta of class projects for classes I was not enrolled in, this was a final project for a Calculus class. The goal was to create a video that illustrated how you might apply calculus in real life.
Everyone really took their characters in stride; Josh Hauser as Bubba was particularly inspired, but I was most impressed by James Milam as Sid. Playing the asshole is always fun. Unless he really was just an asshole, in which case, great casting. I believe that Matt Wall, as Patch, may hold the world record for "Number of Musical Numbers performed about derivatives and functions in a single video." Ankit Patel as Abraham Washington has perhaps my favorite line ever, "My forefathers died for that flag!"
This movie really had everything: masochism, blatant racism, xenophobia, dwarves. You really have to watch it tongue in cheek, otherwise you'll just think we were horrible, horrible people.
I particularly liked the Planet of the Apes tribute.
Critical Analysis: Even though the introductions take up over 1/3rd of the actual movie, I actually still enjoyed them quite a bit. We still hadn't figured out how to make a movie that wasn't just a bunch of montages connected by a fade out, so it's kind of lacking in flow, but overall, it's not nearly as bad as I was expecting.
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