Things 23: Google Trends, Talking Pets, Growing Beard

(Originally sent August 2008)

This week’s colon-heavy sequels
X-Files: I Want To Believe: Only for hard-core X-Files continuity-followers, does not warrant a big screen.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Great example of how to do a ridiculous and silly film that leaves the audience smiling.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor: Great example of how to do a ridiculous and silly film that leaves an audience feeling they wasted their time and money.

Next Week’s films
Next week I may take myself to see Space Chimps, purely because I heard that the second half goes crazy psychedelic and makes no sense, which is often a good sign.

IMDb: 3.7/10, RT: 34%.

Er… perhaps not then.

A Puzzle
Google Trends shows search volume over time, which is often fascinating. For example, we can see that in the eternal battle between pirate and ninja, 2004 was a key turning point.

You can also use it to track the popularity of different things rather well. For example, the decline of the wrist watch as mobile phones render them redundant:

Given all this, how do you explain the following apparent decline?

As Yasmin is leaving, here’s a line I remember from her that I would love to get into a screenplay some day:
Yasmin: “Oh, I’m not looking for a man to marry. I just want a man to… buy me dinner.”

This week it has to be Talking Pets!

Nursery rhymes performed by modern artists (just audio really, the visuals are cobbled together by someone with MS Paint):

Me growing a beard.