“Hey, Claudio. You killed my father. Big mistake.”
You haven’t seen Hamlet until you’ve seen Arnold Schwarzenegger in the starring role of a ripped, cigar-smoking prince who shoves his corrupt uncle out of a castle window.
It is one of the “nested movies” upon Nestlix, a new online platform that sums up all those wacky fake movies and TV shows featured in real entertainment offerings (think The Itchy and Scratchy Show from The Simpsons).
“I’ve been interested in nested movies and shows for years, ever since I learned that Angels with Dirty Souls from Home Alone was a fake movie,” he says. Lynn fisher, the Phoenix-based web developer and digital illustrator behind the fun site. “After a web search didn’t turn up a super comprehensive list, I thought it might be a fun data aggregation site.”
Nestflix looks like Netflix’s twin, although you really can’t touch The fake movies and shows listed: “It feels like a copyright mess I don’t want to worry about,” Fisher says wisely. However, it is a great place to discover the phonies and go see them elsewhere.
I, for example, had not yet seen Ghandi II (“Gandhi is back and this time he’s crazy. No more Mr. Passive Resistance”) from the 1989 parody film UHF, starring the strange Al Yankovic. And until now, he hadn’t seen a crime show. Murderous life in Sesame Street, as seen in Family Guy. It’s a sobering look at the dark side of Sesame Street, introduced by the letter H.
The stories within the stories, more than 400 of them, are broken down by category: dramas, comedies, thrillers, spy movies, westerns, reality shows and the like. It took Fisher two months to gather all the information and assets he needed to build the site. Not surprisingly, “you have some intense spreadsheets and Photoshop / Illustrator files,” he says.
Fisher’s other online projects include a David Rose Dress site, where you can wear a digital version of the Schitt’s Creek character in every shirt, sweater, and jacket David wore on the show. Another project tries to make sense of those always confusing airport codes. RMS for New Orleans? Seriously?
Fisher encourages fans to submit their favorite nested movies or shows missing from his latest project, though he has temporarily paused submissions due to windfall profits received since the site’s launch last week. Or maybe she’s too busy watching the Biographical film of Thomas Jefferson starring Tracy Jordan play with Nestflix right now.
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