"Pallies" from Mr. Show.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
You might not have been made aware of this, but there is a Simpsons movie in theaters now.
If you were on the fence about seeing it on the big screen, and were instead going to wait to rent it or buy it later, here are a few points to try to convince you to go to the movies and see this sucker.
1.) It's very funny. The second half is more densely plotted, and isn't as funny as the first half, but that just means that it settles into being merely brilliant- the first half is that funny.
2.) It's not bad looking. Without severely changing the established look of the show too much, they've made a pretty attractive movie here, opening up the scale of the picture and doing the kinds of expensive things that they were unable afford for the series. For example, huge Springfield mob scenes where everyone in town shows up to have their say. There are probably hundreds of recognizable characters in the show and they are all in this film. All of them.
3.) It pushes the little yellow envelope. Content-wise, there are things in this movie that Fox probably wouldn't put on the air: some profanity, some violence, some overt drug references, and famously, Bart's little Bart. That last one was confirmed months ago, and I was concerned that that flash would just be used for shock value. Instead, Bart's southern unit was deployed to create one of the film's best sight gags, and is basically part of the catalyst for the movie's b-storyline.
4.) Communal Simpsons love. It turns out that sitting in a dark room with dozens of other people watching the Simpsons is a really satisfying thing to do. They laugh when you laugh, they fidget when you fidget; it's like connecting to the yellow one-ness. You should experience this feeling at least once in your lifetime.
Stay through the credits to see everything. There are THREE animated sequences after the movie 'ends'.
One bitch: not enough Springfield, not enough Bart. Homer fans will never notice the difference.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
..and the effort seems to have at least temporarily broken my back.
Two days ago I was mindlessly enjoying throwing a small Pocky package into a recycling container and I became the victim of a locomotion coup mounted by a collection of muscles in my lower back. We (those muscles and I) fought to a standstill, which has become more of a lie still for me. The initial spasms were something like a fourth of July fireworks show hosted by nazis. A free turkey dinner, but the turkey was your best friend, you know? Like dating a sexy, well-read, racist glue sniffer. It was like all three of those. I have codeine and vicodin and THC in my system right now, as well as a bag of ice on the ground zero area, and it still kills.
I will be MIA for a few days, but if you read this blog and expect new content every so often, I just wanted to say that this is only a temporary thing and not a "permanent hiatus". As if anyone really reads this thing anyway.
UPDATE! I was able to put on a pair of long pants today. It might not seem like much to you, but I was as happy as a big boy today! Much pain, stiffness. Oy.
Check this out in the meantime. It's a dramatic reading of a real breakup letter, the letter seemingly written by a middle school age girl. Very cute and funny.
Also, this video. It's a really funny ad advocating wind as an alternative energy source. It really is funny, no kidding.