Been a while, hasn't it?
There is only one problem with our video team, and that is that they are a finite number of human beings, and we throw more work at them than anyone could possibly accomplish. Yet they do, week after week. Part of the reason “Ask Drew” was on vacation was because there just wasn't time to get it done on top of everything else we were doing.
Thing is, it's going to stay busy here, so we're going to do our best to get this back in the rotation every few weeks. When I put out the word about this week's episode, you guys sent in plenty of questions as always, including a pretty ferocious Movie God challenge.
A quick note about Movie God. The game was created by me, Scott Swan, and Patrick Morgan back in the early '90s, and for the longest time, it was just a game we played with new friends because it is a shortcut to learning what someone considers important in film. When Scott and I started doing the podcast here at HitFix, Movie God was a fun thing to do each week because we'd try to torture each other. Gradually, it became clear that it was more fun when it was you guys sending in horrible Sophie's Choices for us to make every week (which, by the way, would have been another good name for the game). One of my best friends sent in the horrifying question of “Jim Henson or George Lucas,” which is essentially like asking me, “Which one do you kill? Your childhood, or your childhood?”
I've seen several spins on the game lately, and many of you have asked me about Steve at Collider doing “Save Or Kill” in his interviews. I guess the biggest difference is that he's asking other people to do it, while with Movie God, you guys are the ones asking. Considering how many people have now brought this up to me, I'm sure they've brought it up to him, and I haven't heard a peep about it from him directly. Surprising, but I think he's planning to keep doing it, and I certainly can't stop him.
Honestly, I was more vexed by Peter Sciretta's piece about picking between “Star Wars” and “Back To The Future” because, whether he realized it or not, he uses the exact language of our Movie God intros. He's quoting his girlfriend at the time, which is why I don't exactly know what to say.
Is it frustrating? Sure. These rubrics are one of the things we generate to keep you coming back here, and when we see other people using them, it cheapens our own version. All I can tell you is that the timeline above is pretty clear, and we've got no plans to do away with Movie God anytime soon.
If you want to submit questions for the next “Ask Drew,” remember to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, so I don't see them until we're on the air. And as always, thanks for playing along.