Overthinking Ghostbusters: a call to include Ghostbusters in the National Film Registry

Last week I took rare advantage of my Netflix account and watched These Amazing Shadows, a documentary on the creation and history of the National Film Registry. Each year, a board of filmmakers picks a list of films to officially include in the registry, which means to preserve them forever – the registry itself was formed to combat the growing loss of culturally significant film. Watching the documentary, I began to wonder when Ghostbusters should make the list, as it certainly fit any number of criteria for inclusion. I thought about reaching out to the board and registry curators, as typically one of them has to champion a film, but knew an argument would have to be made, something for which I didn’t have the time. But I needn’t have worried – Adam Bertocci was already on it.

Adam, some of you may recall, did the hilarious Literal Ghostbusters Video – he’s also a filmmaker as well as ghosthead and he’s written what might be the definitive analysis of Ghostbusters (there haven’t been many, and certainly this one appears comprehensive. I’m still working my way through it.)

He’s also included a page on how to nominate Ghostbusters. And I know many of you have a distaste for online petitions, etc. but there are a few things to bear in mind. The first is that several films in the registry (including Hoosiers and Back to the Future) are in the registry because of fan support. The second is that it is a yearly process, meaning all votes made this year will not carry over into next year – this is because the board wants to see a consistency of support, not a false appearance from accumulated votes. So if there’s any one time to participate in an online campaign, this is it.

Please take some time to read Adam’s analysis – I think he’s being a bit unkind to call it Overthinking Ghostbusters (hell, we’ve all been doing that for years), and it is an excellent thought provoker on something we may take for granted in some ways. Then consider sending in your nomination to the NFR – from any angle you look at it, Ghostbusters deserves a spot on that list and I have no doubt it will get there one day – I’d just like it to be sooner rather than later.

Sony adds Ghostbusters to Vita!

Ghosthead and IGN writer, Greg Miller, filed a story today that Sony will be releasing some Ghostbusters DLC into their unique, but not quite set-the-world-on-fire, fighting game on the PS Vita; Reality Fighters.

In short, you take a picture of your face, place it on a character, design the character how you want, then fight with that character… in the real world (via augmented reality using the Vita’s camera) – in short, a mini-you fights on desktops, or a table at the food court, or whatever. Reviews have been typed. And that seems to be about it.

But now, Sony is trying to lure people in with new themed DLC, allowing you to give your avatars more weapons, and moves, and costumes. In this case, you can be a Ghostbuster, with a proton pack, or even Mr. Stay-Puft (though you can’t map your face onto him, which is fine, right?)

This is not the first time Sony has used their ready access to the license to spruce up their consoles – PS3 owners will recall all the GB swag released as part of their Home virtual reality world.

The Ghostbusters pack is out May 22nd in North America (no word on the wide world yet, but soon I’m sure), will cost $2.99, and give you two costumes (mentioned above) along with three weapons – the proton pack, the ghost trap, and the Ecto-1. Go read Greg’s article for all the details and screenshots!

The BCASA – Don’t Cross the Streams (we need more GB punk-alternative rock) NSFW

Stumbled into this one quite by accident. Kind of The Strokes-esque. Mixed with The Snitches (ah, The BCASA are from Montreal. That would explain it then.) I dig it at any rate. You can get it thru Amazon, iTunes, and Legal Sounds. There are some mofos in there, so don’t play this around the kids… or grandma.

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Paul Harborne – ghosthead of the day

Paul Harborne – and lord only knows how – managed to catch the attention of pretty much the entire scope of UK news media, making him the overwhelming Ghostbusters news today, according to Google. His Ecto-1 replica, while not movie exact, is beautiful, and given the scarcity of caddy ambulances in the UK, a minor miracle. Plus, as he’s going to hire it out for kids parties, that’s going to be a lot of happy kids. Nice work, Paul!