Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Batch o’ Hatch: Pop Culture Mysteries, Real Genius Screening/Popcorn Eating Contest, and to the escape hatch! Turns One

Since you’re probably coming down from an Avengers high, here’s a fresh Batch o’ Hatch to get the blood flowing!

Pop Culture Mysteries

*spoilers for Blade Runner, The Shining, Total Recall, The Thing and other films abound!*

The AV Club posted a great piece on pop culture mysteries last week. A few of the mysteries the site posted are ones I’ve wondered about myself, such as, is Deckard a replicant in Blade Runner and just what exactly happens in Kubrick’s The Shining?

If I were to list some other pop culture head scratchers, I’d probably throw out The Thing (I wrote a whole post about the ending of that movie here) and Total Recall. Was Quaid imagining the whole thing or was he really a secret agent?

I’d love to hear from you guys on this. Are there any pop culture mysteries you’ve always wondered about?

Real Genius Screening/Popcorn Eating Contest

Anybody who’s anybody knows that I love me some fun film-related events. Jacksonville’s own Sun-Ray Cinema is screening Real Genius at midnight on Saturday, June 2nd and they’re having a popcorn eating contest beforehand to boot. The winner gets free popcorn for life. LIFE.

Some of you younger readers may not know that Val Kilmer used to have quite the svelte figure...

to the escape hatch! Turns One

And finally, I wanted to mention that today is our one year anniversary. One year ago today we posted this announcement and was born.

In the past year we’ve gained readers and followers and lost the “.blogspot”.

There are many bloggers and readers out there that we owe thanks to, but I wanted to single out a few. In no particular order:

Ruth from ...let’s be splendid about this...
Alex from And So It Begins...
CT and Jeeg from Nerd Lunch
Pax from Cavalcade of Awesome
Chris from moviesandsongs365
Markus and Sir Phobos from Green People Soup
Pete from I Love That Film
Rodders from The Reviewing Rodders
The Large Association of Movie Blogs

Thanks for making our first year a memorable one! Hopefully you’ll keep coming by. Don’t forget we’re on twitter now - @2theescapehatch.


  1. One year on, one year strong. Love this site... keep it goin' gang, and thanks so much for the shout out!

  2. Ditto, and I'll keep coming as long as you keep posting videos and/or pictures of Val Kilmer before he was a fat, out-of-shape, sort-of actor.


    1. Young Val Kilmer appreciation is phase 2 of the blog.

  3. Has it only been a year? My feels like much longer sometimes! Thank for the shout out and I'm sure you'll keep on being fantastic :D

    1. Ruth, you're technically the first person to comment on our blog - thanks so much for continuing to read and comment!

  4. Congratulations! And thanks for the shout out! You keep writing, we'll keep reading! Keep up the good work! And also is there a way I could sign up to get an email every time you have a new post? That would mean I never miss one as I don't use all these fancy RSS things!

    1. Pete - Subscribe by Email coming right up. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for reading!

    2. Nice now I'll never miss a post!

  5. Congrats on the one year anniversary! Any time my blog gets mentioned in the same breath as Blade Runner, I must be doing ok (-;

    Other pop culture mysteries? hmm, the one that pops into my head is the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey, a part of me wants that to remain a mystery forever.

    1. Chris - Don't know about you but I'm very curious about this Blade Runner sequel Ridley Scott's been talking about.

      2001's got some great mysteries in it and that ending will probably always stand out. Thanks for weighing in!

  6. I've honestly never bought into the whole "is Deckard a replicant" thing because it didn't start getting discussed until at least 10 years after the film came out. It really seemed to come out of nowhere and be the work of someone just trying to mess with people's heads, then over the subsequent years more and more people have bought into it. I bet whoever originally thought it up has had many a laugh at what he/she wrought.

    The first time I saw Total Recall I felt it was real; the second time I saw it I felt it was all in his head.

    I'll toss out some "what's in the box" ones:
    1. the case in Pulp Fiction
    2. the package in Ronin
    3. whatever is buzzing in the small box that fascinates Catherine Deneuve so much in Belle de Jour

    1. It would really suck if Total Recall was in his head, but it definitely makes the film more interesting.

      The case in Pulp Fiction is an excellent example of a movie mystery. Thanks for weighing in!