Gentle Ben Hur
Thrill to the heartwarming saga of a 600 lb. brown bear who befriends a lonely young boy, wins a chariot race, and witnesses the crucifixion of Christ.
50 Shades of Grey Poupon
Do you really need to know what Col. Mustard wants to do with that candlestick, and where and to whom he wants to do it? I didn’t think so.–Tom Hartley
Twilight: Breaking Bad
Boring, morose teenagers take all the fun out of selling drugs.–Tom Hartley
Going Clear on a Day You Can See Forever
To the surprise of no one, Barbra Streisand learns that in a past life she was an evil galactic overlord.–Tom Hartley
Manos, The Handmaid’s Tale
In the future women will be subject to cruel mockery by a guy in an orange jumpsuit and his adorable robot companions.–Tom Hartley
The Art of the Deal of the Fugue
A composer in the early stages of dementia sets out to make music great again with his endless variations on “Deutschland Über Alles”.–Tom Hartley
Amelie, The Wrath of God
A whimsical gamine goes berserk on the Amazon.
A Brief History of Time Bandits
A brilliant disquisition on cosmology founders hilariously when six dwarves spill out of a black hole.
The Earrings of Madame Da Funk
African-American history from slavery until modern times is reenacted by metaphorical jewelry.
Chloe in the Dog Day Afternoon
A lawyer ponders infidelity with a hostage.
Little Women Who Run With the Wolves
…try valiantly but can’t keep up, which is probably just as well.
Suddenly Last Summa Theologica
The prolonged agony and hideous death of an effete young man at the hands of ravenous street urchins brilliantly sums up all that can be understood of Christian theology.
The Runaway Bunny Jury
Desperate jurors avoid being profiled by ingeniously disguising themselves as birds, flowers, boats, rocks, and fish.
The Scarsdale Diet of Worms
Drastic weight loss through unrecanted heresy.
Call of the Wild Duck
A plucky dog survives life in the frozen Klondike with the help of a symbolic duck.
Old Man Riverdance
Paul Robeson is kicked to death by stampeding robots.
The Best of Mr. and Mrs. Bridges of Madison County
A conventional Midwestern housewife married to an emotionally distant and even more conventional husband writes to a no-nonsense advice columnist asking what she should do about her affair with a charismatic photographer who sees her inner soul and finds her G-spot. P.S. She’s lying about the sex.–Amy Culbertson
Middlemarch of the Penguins
Dorthea’s already unpleasant marriage to the elderly Rev. Casaubon grows even more dreary when she must trudge seventy miles through Antarctic blizzards to the sea, fleeing hungry predators, while Casaubon sits on an egg. —Jamie McCrabby
Gulliver’s Travels With My Aunt
The Lilliputians have nothing on Aunt Augusta. A young traveller is traumatized by strange lands and even stranger relatives. —Jamie McCrabby
Picture of Dorian Gray’s Anatomy
No comment.–Tom Hartley
On the morning of the day the music dies, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper awaken from uneasy dreams to find themselves transformed into giant insects.–Tom Hartley
The Beast Who Shouted, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”
Tina’s new boyfriend, Harlan, doesn’t beat her or make her take drugs, but he does make her listen to his wild rants about a bleak, post-apocalyptic future populated by talking dogs and implacable ticktockmen, and ruled by a sadistic, all-powerful, sentient computer whose greatest joy is savaging Harlan’s brilliant television scripts with dumb rewrites.–Tom Hartley
Bride of Frankenstein’s Head Revisited
Charles Ryder’s plans to divorce his wife and marry his beloved Julia suffer a setback when Julia is beheaded in a freak wainscotting accident. Fortunately, Julia’s brother, Sebastian, knows a doctor in Austria who can set things right.–Tom Hartley
Of Mighty Mice and X-Men
A retarded super-hero saves a petting zoo from alien attack.—Tom Hartley
Deliverance of Things Past
Some hunters get lost in the woods and are rescued by rednecks who torture the hunters with lengthy, obsessively detailed accounts of their unhappy childhoods.—Tom Hartley
Lord of the Rings of the Nibelung
Hobbits sing themselves to death.—Tom Hartley
The Bell Jarhead
We are at war with terrorism, racism, and clinically depressed adolescents.
Gone With the Windows for Dummies
Starting the Civil War; Customizing Your Decimated Plantation; That Scary General Sherman.
The Martian Chronicles of Narnia
The Lion, the Witch, and Ylla K.
Thus Spake Zoolander
Declaring that God is dead in an interview with Oprah is not a good career move for Ben Stiller.–Tom Hartley
20,000 Bottles of Beer Under the Sea
Al Gore attempts to befriend a giant squid. A struggle ensues.
Beast in the Jungle Book
On his deathbed, Mowgli is horrified to realize that he has wasted his entire life in the damn jungle.
National Blue Velvet
Dennis Hopper does something unspeakable with Elizabeth Taylor’s ear.
Jurassic Mansfield Park
Fanny and Edmund avert their eyes while Mary and Henry Crawford are slaughtered by velociraptors.
Hey Jude the Obscure
Take a sad song and make it into a tale of deception, despair, and dead babies. —Stephen Meyer
The Incredible Lightness of Being There
Turns out Chance makes as much sense in Czech as he does in English. Daniel Day-Lewis would give his left foot to be in this one.—Stephen Meyer
Guarding Tess of the D’Urbervilles
A cynical secret service agent is puzzled by his assignment. Which former occupant of the White House was married to a smoking hot young foreign babe? There was that Teresa Heinz Kerry, but wasn’t she like eighty, and isn’t her husband still alive? And not the president?—Stephen Meyer
A Room With a View to a Kill
A shocking stabbing in a sun-soaked Tuscan piazza is only the beginning of a tangled web of international intrigue and murder that leaves two repressed English spinsters wishing they’d never crossed the Channel (thank God there’ll never be a bridge or tunnel to make it easier for those nasty foreigners to despoil England’s green and pleasant land!)—Stephen Meyer
For Your Eyes Wide Shut Only
The latest Bond girl is suitably kinky but she towers over the diminutive double-o, even without heels. After an exhaustive and scientifologically-conducted search, a suitable replacement is found: a gal who knows how to slouch and, more importantly, when to keep her mouth shut.—Stephen Meyer
The Mayor of Casterbridge on the River Kwai
Provincial English politician and obsessed Japanese war criminal form unlikely duo in this quirky buddy road pic; traveling around Southeast Asia solving crimes and undertaking local infrastructure projects, their bond deepens as they learn important life lessons, about each other and, more importantly, themselves.—Stephen Meyer
The Little Old Curiosity Shop of Horrors
Tourists searching out knicknacks and antiques enter a quaint souvenir store BUT THEY DON”T COME OUT!!! Audrey Tautou plays one of the hapless customers and no one is sorry when she vanishes.—Stephen Meyer
Maggie Simpson: A Girl of the Streets
After her flighty father loses his job at the nuclear power plant, the poor little four-fingered waif is forced to fend for herself on the lower east side of Springfield; at first johns find her inability to speak alluring, but eventually booze, drugs and std’s take their toll and she is found dead in the alley behind the comicbook guy’s shop.—Stephen Meyer
How Green Was My Valley of the Dolls
A remote Welsh mining town is turned topsy-turvy by the arrival of a flock of boozy, pill-popping scantily-clad Hollywood starlets, there to film a steamy sub-B bodice-ripper; many of the devout teetotal locals are so scandalized they disappear down the coal pits, never to be seen again.—Stephen Meyer
Lilies of the Field of Dreams
Horrified nuns at first blame their black handyman when ghostly ballplayers show up at the convent; turns out to be the work of an over-hyped would-be auteur who got lost on his way to Iowa. “Is this all a $150 million budget buys these days?” gripes one of the sisters; “that Durham Bulls cap SO does not hide the bald spot” snarls another; “it’s his waterworld, we just live in it” muses the Mother Superior.–Stephen Meyer
Stuart Little Dorrit
The denizens of the Marshalsea can’t sleep a wink after the mysterious appearance of a hyperactive mouse in a tiny mechanized sportscar. “Oh dear,” frets LD, “if only I had a morsel of cheddar to bait a trap….oh, that’s right, if I could afford some cheese, I probably wouldn’t be living in a freakin’ debtors’ prison!!!”–Stephen Meyer
Melvin and Howard the Duck
The budding relationship between a reclusive billionaire and a dimwittted milkman is tested by the arrival of a space alien in the guise of a foul-mouthed fowl. The paranoid scizophrenic creator of the Spruce Goose doesn’t bat an eye at the sight of a talking man-sized duck, but poor Melvin never recovers from the shock an descends into a life of check kiting and forging wills.–Stephen Meyer
Patch Addams Family Values
A jolly clown nose-sporting pediatrician stops by to cheer up poor Puggsley, laid up as the result of another guillotine mishap. After Lurch and Fester ply the doc with some of grandmama’s cauldron brew and take him down to the playroom for his date with the Spanish maiden, let’s just say this MD won’t be making house calls any more.–Stephen Meyer
Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot the Piano Player
A dimwitted cop meets a timid musician with a mysterious past, and together they push Estelle Getty out a window.
No One Writes to the Colonel Mustard
A colonel attends the funeral of a local musician who was the first to die of natural causes in several years, unlike the host of the funeral who dies of blunt force trauma after being knocked over the head by a candlestick in the parlor.–Garrett Nichols
Arms and the Man Who Came to Dinner
Hollywood actor runs weapons for PETA.–Tess Link
Return of the Native Son
Determined to see the world, an English country girl has her skin cosmetically darkened and embarks on a career as a jazz singer.–Tess Link
How Green Was My Valley of the Dolls
A singing Welsh family migrates to Hollywood hoping to make it big, but instead get caught
in a maelstrom of sex, drugs, and Patty Duke re-runs.–Tess Link
Of Humane Bondage
A Handbook of Painless S and M.–The Boss
The Incredible Lightness of Being John Malkovich
Years ago, in Czechoslovakia, a portal opens into the mind of John Malkovich but no one cares enough to enter.–J.N. Barkin
Not technically two novels, but what the hell:
MiddleMarch of the Penguins: Dorthea’s already unpleasant marriage to the elderly Rev. Casaubon grows even more dreary when she must trudge seventy miles through antartic blizzards to the sea, fleeing hungry predators, while Casaubon sits on an egg.
By the way, absolutely loved Winner of the National Book Award. Can’t wait for your next one.
A Room Of One’s Own With A View: After a torrid affair with George Emerson, Lucy Honeychurch makes the life-changing decision to move into a flat of her own in London and write feminist studies on literature.
The Little Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli: A 16th century treatise dealing with the proper treatment of roses and foxes by young princes.
Jenny and the Jaws of Life of Pi: A collection of dark-yet-funny stories told by an Indian boy and a tiger to while away the time as their raft drifts aimlessly on the Pacific, two oddly-paired survivors of a modern-day ark gone down.
Gulliver’s Travels With My Aunt: The Lilliputians have nothing on Aunt Augusta. A young traveller is traumatized by strange lands and even stranger relatives.
Amerikan Pie: On the morning of the day the music dies, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper awaken from uneasy dreams to find themselves transformed into giant insects.
The Beast Who Shouted, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”: Tina’s new boyfriend, Harlan, doesn’t beat her or make her take drugs, but he does make her listen to his wild rants about a bleak, post-apocalyptic future populated by talking dogs and implacable ticktockmen, and ruled by a sadistic, all-powerful, sentient computer whose greatest joy is savaging Harlan’s brilliant television scripts with dumb rewrites.
Bride of Frankenstein’s Head Revisited: Charles Ryder’s plans to divorce his wife and marry his beloved Julia suffer a setback when Julia is beheaded in a freak wainscotting accident. Fortunately, Julia’s brother, Sebastian, knows a doctor in Austria who can set things right.
Lost Girls’ Horizon: Somewhere in the Himalayas is the longest, most beautifully told version of the Aristocrats joke ever.
The Picture of Dorian Gray’s Anatomy: No comment.
The Picture of Dorian Greystoke: Lord Greystoke remains eternally unchanging as the painting of him becomes more and more apelike.
Of More than Human Bondage: Clubfooted telepath Philip Carey is the next stage in human evolution, and he’s really, really kinky.
Of Mighty Mice and X-Men: A retarded super-hero saves a petting zoo from alien attack.
Fear and Loathing in Venice: Hunter Thompson takes drugs, falls in love with a teen-age boy and dies of cholera.
Okay, I’ll stop now.
Deliverance of Things Past: Some hunters get lost in the woods and are rescued by rednecks who torture the hunters with lengthy, obsessively detailed accounts of their unhappy childhoods.
V for Veg-A-Matic: It slices, it dices, it blows up the Houses of Parliament.
Green Eggs and Hamlet: To eat or not to eat? To eat on a train or to eat on a plane? That is the question.
Lord of the Rings of the Nibelung: Hobbits sing themselves to death.
“The Dairy of Ann Frankenstein”
btw, “The Diarrhea of Ann Frank” is a medical journal article (no relation to the Diary of Ann Frank)
“No One Writes to the Colonel Mustard”
A colonel attends the funeral of a local musician who was the first to die of natural causes in several years, unlike the host of the funeral who dies of blunt force trauma after being knocked over the head by a candlestick in the parlor.
Ok, not the same thing, but on Table of Malcontents, the gang had decided to write some slash fiction (sexual fan fiction) combining two very mismatched characters. One of the results reminded me of this list: Humbert Humbert and Pikachu
Where can I find the orginal lists/lists? How about Of Humane Bondage, A Handbook of Painless S and M.. I will expect an answer witin the next four years….
I made the mistake of taking a large sip of water just as I was reading this. Thankfully, I have quick reflexes and so my keyboard remains dry!
Desperately seeking Ms. Willett for a reading in Fallbrook.
If a human receives this would you please contact me? My phone number is 760-522-1064.
technically a book and a movie but who can resist:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being John Malkovich
Years ago, in Czechoslovakia, a portal opens into the mind of John Malkovich but no one cares enough to enter.
I dont even remember how i reached your site but it doesnt matter, cause i’m so happy i found it, it really made me think, keep up the good work