Month: January 2010

In case you were wondering if money ever sleeps

In case you were wondering if money ever sleeps

Movies
In fact, it does not.  At least that's what I can gather from this teaser trailer for the sequel to Wall Street, subtitled Money Never Sleeps. Other things I can gather from the trailer: Being in Federal Pound-Me-in-the-Ass prison for more than two decades does not slow the aging process.  Poor Michael Douglas. For some inexplicable reason, Gordon Gekko brought that giant mobile phone to prison.  I can't imagine the screenwriters threw that in there for a cheap laugh, right? Casting must have taken place during a holiday, which is the only way I can figure Shia LaBeouf being picked as a co-lead. Then again, no Daryl Hannah is a step in the right direction. Money Never Sleeps was directed (but not written) by Oliver Stone, so expect an extremely subtle undercurrent of
Listening Booth – Johnny Cymbal, “Mr. Bass Man”

Listening Booth – Johnny Cymbal, “Mr. Bass Man”

Listening Booth
Here's an oldie but a goodie - from 1963, it's "Mr. Bass Man" by the late Johnny Cymbal.  I dare you to listen to this and not crack a smile. Told you so. The Bass Man in question is Ronnie Bright, an R&B/doo-wop singer who was in groups such as the Valentines, the Cadillacs, the Deep River Boys, and the Coasters.  But what I want to know is, is he the mystery man behind this vintage Ajax commercial?
Now with 15% more words!

Now with 15% more words!

Advertising
By now you've probably seen the ad campaign for Pepsi's so-called "Throwback" soda.  The main selling point is that it's made with real sugar, which of course only serves to point out that their usual product is not (it is of course made with high fructose corn syrup, which is evil, but that's for another time).  (Incidentally, you can also find "Throwback" Mountain Dew and "Heritage" Dr. Pepper for a limited time.) So PepsiCo now finds itself in the awkward position of trying to sell their limited-edition product by making their flagship product seem less desirable or outright inferior by comparison.  After all, any sane person watching an ad touting Throwback Pepsi as being made with real sugar might ask themselves, "So what's in the Pepsi I drink now?  And is it any good?"  It's a bo
Sweet sweet Satchmo boot

Sweet sweet Satchmo boot

Music
If you even think you like classic jazz, or if you just have some time to listen to one of America's greatest all-time entertainers, get thee over to Popdose now.  There you'll find a top-notch bootleg of a Louis Armstrong & His All Stars show from 1954.
Who’s up for another Saturday Night Live-based movie?!

Who’s up for another Saturday Night Live-based movie?!

Movies
Well too bad, because we're getting another one.  Feast your eyes on the trailer for Will Forte's MacGruber, due out in April: I'm a fan of the recurring "MacGruber" sketches on SNL, but those are 3-minute bites.  I don't have high hopes for a full-length movie, although it has some things going in its favor.  Forte is one of the funnier current SNL cast members, as is co-star Kristen Wiig.  And hey, good to see Val Kilmer's still getting work!  Even if he does look more bloated than the national debt.
I have a dream that one day, faceless corporations will pander to me based on my skin color

I have a dream that one day, faceless corporations will pander to me based on my skin color

Advertising
As a middle-class white male, I know I'm not really in much of a position to bitch about being overlooked or disadvantaged.  Still, I'll admit feeling a bit like the odd man out when one of my (formerly) favorite fast food establishments, McDonald's, launched their "I'm Lovin' It" ad campaign in 2003.  Few things are more transparent and painful than when a business makes an obvious attempt to pander to minorities, because they usually do such a piss poor job. Oh sure, fast food chains targeting black people is nothing new, so that's no big deal in and of itself.  But historically for TV ads, it seems the chains had their regular campaigns and then they had their "black" ads, replete with awful R&B-esque music and sad attempts to look hip.  But McDonald's took it to a whole new leve
Retrotisement: Winston cigarettes (feat. The Flintstones)

Retrotisement: Winston cigarettes (feat. The Flintstones)

Retrotisements
You know what's even more awesome than the fact that Winston cigarettes sponsored a cartoon?  The fact that the main characters, as was the custom for TV shows of the '50s and early '60s, appeared in ads actually smoking them.  Behold, an infamous Winston spot from The Flintstones, circa 1960-61: See, I told you it was awesome.  Even better, and almost lost in the clouds of secondhand smoke, is that little gem of pre-Women's Lib chauvinism that starts the ad.  As Wilma and Betty toil in the yard, Fred has a brilliant idea - "Let's go around back where we can't see 'em!"  He's like Don Draper in an animal pelt. Winston, who also sponsored The Beverly Hillbillies around the same time, pulled its sponsorship from The Flintstones when Wilma became pregnant.  I guess even tobacco comp
You know something else Hitler ruined?

You know something else Hitler ruined?

Funny Stuff
I'll tell you what - he totally ruined yelling for German people.  Seriously, I can't look at any German getting all foamy at the mouth or maybe even pounding a table without thinking of this: So after all that business with World War II, how can any German politician give a really powerful, emotional speech and not be compared to Hitler?  It doesn't even matter what he's talking about.  He could be going on a rant about something trivial, like his favorite Scorpions song, and if he starts getting too loud all the Germans would be like, "Woah dude, calm down, we don't want to be invaded again or anything." Think I'm exaggerating?  Check out this classic internet meme, the Crazy German Kid: Logic tells you that this kid is just a spaz, but admit it - you were just a little