Well worth a read, and more heartwarming than that headline suggests.
A24 responds to viewers’ complaints about the treatment of dogs in its films. (The complainers, they’re not wrong.)
I have quibbles with this list. Billy Wilder made funnier films than Some Like It Hot, for one, and in general the selection is top heavy with the kinds of films one might feel they ought to rate. But shuffle the deck, cutting out the Woody Allens (Annie Hall excepted, they’re simply not funny — I mean, besides the obvious), and maybe sequestering the early-20th-century works, and you’ve got yourself a decent pot luck.
Bill Wurtz covers the history of the entire world in under 20 minutes. [c/o Kottke.org]
I’m already looking forward to next year’s ‘Enchantment Under The Sea’.
Published before the loser's big defeat on destroying American healthcare, but in a way it fits perfectly with the kind of spin he's expected to put on it. Also, I can’t not read anything by Rich Hall in his own magnificent voice.
So this is a nice surprise: an insider-ish parody of 1980s territorial wrestling by the current WWE roster, and one that gets the tone mostly right, being more affectionate than mean-spirited. The gags don’t always land but it’s funnier than it has any right to be.
Too many good nuggets in here to pick just one. Read it for yourself, it’s well worth the half hour or so.
Of course I LOLed. And then realised I’d actually love to see any of these happen.
The insider-terminology nerd in me is all over this. [c/o Pinboard/philgyford]
Just piping up to recommend Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix, if you haven’t seen it already.
Think a mildly gore-splattered Desperate Housewives with the sensibility of 30 Rock. If that floats your boat, give it a couple of episodes to get going and find its tone; by the third, you’ll know.
For me, it’s all in the combination of great writing — especially in the fleshed-out characters and relationships — and spot-on casting. You can’t go wrong with Drew Barrymore, though Timothy Olyphant is the real standout. Who knew he had such a gift for comedy?
Anyway, if Netflix keeps doing shows as entertaining as this, it’ll make the subscription worth keeping.
I need say no more.
This guy gets it.
Another great oral history from the AV Club, pretty much the only good thing they've got going lately (besides the wrestling commentary, but that's only like a Raw review now and then). Still waiting for part 2 of this one, but I'm sure whenever it shows up (the writer's working on it!) it'll be a doozy.
Modern 'American' comedy, as the compilers make clear in their intro, which is a shame because British comedy of a certain era has been just as influential on American humour than their own legacy.
Because those people are wrong? I'll content that, in fact, puns make people grown. See what I did there?
Popol Vuh, soundtracker to the f***ing movies of Herzog! Well, there was a f***ing cinematic genius, as anyone whose slept through one of his f***ing movies will tell you – immortal classics steeped in one-finger drone music such as Dwarf In A Crate, The Man Who Mistook Himself For A Character, Straspulia (Or The Glass Hammer), The Enigma That Wasn’t, Slide Slowly Through Mud, The Wrath Of Paying Audiences, Plosnek, Bosnek and Nonek (A Trilogy) or his unmade sci-fi movie Spacewaster, all of them starring Klaus f***ing Kinski as a c***!
If this blog is for anything, it’s for posting gems like that.