Holy crap, was it really more than four years ago that I wrote my little love letter to Millennials? Why, it's like not a day has gone by since then that I don't choke on my own bile as these insanely privileged and irrationally entitled oxygen wasters skip through life with their heads lodged firmly up their asses. Wait, what was I going to talk about before I became blinded with fury? Oh yes, Saturday Night Live. Their recent Daniel Radcliffe-hosted episode featured a sketch called "You Can Do Anything!", which pretty much sums up some of the feelings I posted in that letter. But in comedy sketch form. Polish your participation trophy and check it out. Yup, that about covers it.
This is the coolest thing you'll probably see all week, which is a bit depressing since it's only Monday. Still, you need to see this. It's Jimmy Fallon (as Jim Morrison) and some random white guys performing the theme to Reading Rainbow as the Doors. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that his house band, The Roots, were really the ones playing on this. Pretty brilliant. The recreation of the Doors' look from their Ed Sullivan Show appearance is damn good, and I guess now we know which way Jimmy wears his leather pants. Between seeing this and his Barry Gibb Talk Show sketches, I'm thinking maybe Saturday Night Live should've kept Jimmy and dumped Seth Meyers.
I don’t have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I’m going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let’s face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes’ worth of good material anyway. Bad Teacher Ah I see, so it's like Bad Santa but instead it's called Bad Teacher. And Cameron Diaz gets to play the vulgar, ne'er do well lead role that Billy Bob Thornton had. She could pull it off, as she's always exuded this weird vibe of being physically attractive but kind of gross and skanky at the same time. I guess A-Rod is into that sort of thing. If nothing else the supporting cast is solid. Phyllis from The Office is an interesting pick for a co-star, but I'm guessing that Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother)
This one is pretty obvious. While most “controversial” Super Bowl ads of the past have feebly attempted to cross some sort of imaginary line of sexual innuendo à la Go Daddy (another series of ads I hate), Groupon decided to cross a very real line of good taste. The idea seems to come straight out of a Saturday Night Live skit, and that’s the problem. And not just because SNL is a horribly unfunny show at this time, but because that kind of humor makes no sense in a commercial. In the context of a comedy sketch show, the parody is obvious. In the context of the Super Bowl, however, the joke seems very different. Instead of poking a little fun at their own expense, Groupon appears to be making light of the very serious subject of Tibetan suffering. Timothy Hutton’s smug presence d
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Song of the week: "Thunder Chicken" by The Impacts (Funky16Corners) Funny webcomic: Ideal life vs. real life vs. weekend life (makeuseof.com) Amy Spencer's "Female American Pop Icons" photos from Glamour magazine (Killahbeez) A village in Holland with no roads (Funny pictures) This is what almost getting hit by a truck looks like. (blogTO) An OCR'd dictionary of hobo slang (GlyphJockey) Gruesome crash photos from a BMW M3 wipeout (Jalopnik) SyFy's latest contribution to the arts: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, starring Debbie Gibson and Tiffany (I Watch Stuff) Move over FarmVille and Mafia Wars, Oregon Trail is coming to Facebook! (NBC Local) The Popdose staff (including yours tr
I was all set to love this latest SNL Digital Short, "Andy and Pee-wee's Night Out", featuring Andy Samberg and Pee-wee Herman. Sadly, I didn't. It was mildly amusing, but fell pretty flat. Tell me if I'm crazy here: Now look, I loved Pee-wee's Playhouse as a kid, and loved the first Pee-wee movie. But other than the warm nostalgia of seeing Paul Reubens in character again, this just didn't connect with me. Yeah it was neat that they did the "Tequila" dance, but I think I've been ruined for obligatory pop culture references by watching one too many crappy Family Guy episodes. Chairry yelling "get the f*** off of me!" to Anderson Cooper was excellent, though.
For the second episode of The Venture Bros.: Season 4.5, the action (and the comedy to a lesser extent) gets dialed back in favor of some really solid character development. It appears to breeze by but on closer examination a lot took place. Firstly, the boys are finally done with their bed-based education (via the "Nerd Pods") and are graduates. Of what, exactly, we're not sure, as we see when Billy Quizboy attempt to play the role of guidance counselor. To nobody's surprise, everyone but Rusty can see that Hank and Dean are ill-equipped to take on the real world. But really, does that make them any different than the rest of the cast? Have any of these people ever held down a legitimate job? Super scientist doesn't count, unless you really are one and not just saying it.
I'll give credit where it's due - while Saturday Night Live is still very hit-or-miss these days, I enjoyed this sketch a lot. It's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", a takeoff on the classic Twilight Zone episode featuring Jude Law. A few things sold me on this bit - Jude Law's facial expressions, which recalled William Shatner's panicked looks in the original, Bobby Moynihan as the gremlin, and Pearl Jam on the wing of the plane. Oh yeah, and smoked cedar plank salmon. Because all gremlins love fish.
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.