Archive for the ‘entertainment.’ Category

I’m back—or something.

November 14, 2010

Hello from beyond the grave!

Just kidding. I’m not really dead — in fact, I’ve been very much alive. Those of you who’ve been following my Twitter and Tumblr know very well that I’ve maintained my online presence. Some may rejoice over my return to WordPress, others may shake their heads. That said, I’m finished neglecting my blogging duties. You people (yes, you people) deserve to know what I think about pop culture, film, music, the media, and farts, and I fully intend to deliver.

Since my epic — and epically dated — Chatroulette post, I’ve relocated, enrolled in grad school, read more cultural theory than I can remember, and acquired a new kitten and a taste for delicious, delicious whiskey.

Stay tuned for my next, more substantive post about the postmodern wonder that is The Venture Bros.

Until then, I leave you with the genius of Chris Morris, director of Four Lions:

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Chat Roulette: A Rouletrospective.

February 14, 2010

By now, everyone in the world has heard of Chat Roulette, or as the French call it, “chatroulette.” After three nights of voyeuristic webscapades, I realize that Chat Roulette has done nothing to help move the Internet forward. I remember the promises of video-phone technology during the whimsical early-90s. This tool would help us reconnect with our long-lost family members, Grandma in Kentucky would get to see her grandchildren in Albany grow up right before her very eyes. Unfortunately, video-phones, if you don’t count Beyonce’s killer track, never got the play they deserved. Instead, we skipped over that entirely and now video-chat has become accessible to college kids and grandmas alike. Sure we have Gchat and iChat and all sorts of other IM devices that allow you to speak to your friends and family face-to-face, but where’s the fun in that? Everyone knows that video-chat is best served ice-cold and anonymous. Forget Gchat, we’re now in the (week-long) era of ChatRoulette.com.

For everything Chat Roulette is capable of, the general public only seems capable of shitting on potential world peace — not literally. The anonymous nature of the Internet brings out the worst in people, so why not use this amazing device as a way to call someone ugly or ask to see some boobs. When I was 14, if there was a way that I could see free, anonymous boobs, I would totally demand it at every turn. Of course, I was only capable of picking fights in the Yahoo chatrooms while supposedly doing homework in the computer lab at math & science camp. Taking that into consideration, it’s nearly impossible to meet someone who actually wants to have an interesting conversation on Chat Roulette. So this weekend, my friends and I had fun with it and met some pretty rad, and often weird, but more often bored, people. As the minutes became hours, we sang, we screamed, we ridiculed, and one of us even found (internet) love.

I should also mention that we saw at least one hundred wieners. Unfortunately for my 14 year old self, there’s a 100:1 penis to boob ratio — or would it be 50:1 since we saw a pair of boobs?

If there’s anything revolutionized by Chat Roulette, it’s gotta be the screengrab. I’ve included a ton of those after the jump. Some will make you laugh. Most will make you cry.

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Two-fer-Tsaturday.

January 31, 2010

Alright folks. January is over, which means good movie season is creeping up on us. Finally. With only a few hours left until February, I finished off the month with a cinematic bang.

Taking advantage of the Metreon’s two-for-one deal — where I buy one ticket and stay for a second movie — I saw two cinematic marvels: The Book of Eli and Daybreakers.

Neither movie deserves too much of my time. So let’s get right to it.

Immediate spoilers for Eli after the jump.

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You should be sitting down for this….

January 14, 2010

This is totally a two for the price of one deal!

Check out the new Dan Deacon video/short film for “Woof Woof,” off of 2009’s Bromst album. This was made by my dear friends over at Showbeast. It totally just premiered on Pitchfork. This is a very big deal and I’m very proud of everyone involved.

I strongly suggest you watch and enjoy this video.

Paging Dr. Parnassus…

January 12, 2010

What better way to get the blog back on track than with a review. And dig this: I just saw The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus! What a treat. Wait… I also get to write my 50th post about it? Even better.

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home alone for a new generation.

December 24, 2009

This is possibly the best use of Twitter in the history of Twits. Check out the Home Alone Twitter Project. It’s kind of funny.

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Avatar. One more review to add to the pile.

December 24, 2009

Three words:

Avatar.

IMAX.

3D.

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Free Fallin’: What a tweest!

December 15, 2009

Was the fall finale of  White Collar directed by M. Night Shyamalan? Well, you sure could have fooled me.

::DISCLAIMER::
If you haven’t seen any episodes of White Collar I suggest you don’t read this. I don’t explain much backstory and it’s not my job to hold your hand.

Major SPOILERS after the jump.

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…for my mom.

December 9, 2009

Here’s a pretty funny blooper reel from season 5 of Lost.
I wouldn’t say it contains spoilers, but if you care that much, don’t watch it.

this short film owns.

December 4, 2009

Since every blog is giving unnecessary press to the imminent release of the latest too-literal-to-be-a-parody parody of every movie Judd Apatow produced and directed, I thought I’d show you this gem of a zombie short I found earlier this week. I Love Sarah Jane is a gloomy short from Australia, directed by Spencer Susser, who has mostly done commercials and music videos. Susser has a new feature, called Hesher, coming out in 2010 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt that I’m pretty stoked about, and that’s only because of how amazing this short is—well, and because the film includes a pill-popping Rainn Wilson.

For a short, I Love Sarah Jane is unlike any other zombie movie I’ve seen, combining the atmosphere of 28 Days Later with Lord of the Flies and some Little Miss Sunshine (only the depressing parts) for good measure. I love the subtlety of this film, leaving it to the viewer to imagine the zombie horror these abandoned children have had to witness. The protagonist, Jimbo, maintains some semblance of a normal teenager/pre-teen in how he can still pine over Sarah, not having completely lost his innocence.

Take ten minutes and enjoy this short.