Archive for July 2010

Song of the Day: Musical Alcoholics Edition!

July 26, 2010

In honor of the new season of Mad Men and excessive drinking in general, I wanted to share this Rat Pack-ish ditty by Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger from their 1960’s-inspired comedy, Down With Love.

There are a lot of puns about booze. And that’s alright with me.

Lyrics Can Be Overrated

July 19, 2010

I know songs today need lyrics and/or Lady Gaga to be successful, but here are some good party tunes that don’t need words to be enjoyable. I’ve also included some hypothetical situations in which these songs would provide ideal soundtracks.

“Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny

This one makes me want to get in a convertible, drive to Lovers Lane (the hypothetical small-town hotspot, not the Midwest sex store), and get into some heavy petting and hicky-making.

“Walk Don’t Run” by The Ventures

This makes me want to grab a surf board and head to the beach in some ill-fitting swim trunks that are too tight, show too much thigh, and go up past my bellybutton (bingo).

“Them From A Summer Place” by Percy Faith

This one makes me want to go to a garden party at the country club, where I can be nice to peoples’ faces but tell everyone about their daughter’s secret abortion or the husband’s alcoholism behind their backs. While eating watercress sandwiches.

“In the Mood” by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

This one makes me want to cut a rug then go kill some Japs.

A Perfect Summer Movie: The Sandlot

July 15, 2010

Denis Leary, Karen Allen, and James Earl Jones. “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” S’mores. For-ev-ver. Wendy Peffercorn.

Perfection.

The two direct-to-DVD sequels?

Less perfect.

Happy Quirky Birthday, Shelley Duvall!

July 7, 2010

One of my favorite actresses turns 61 today, so I wanted to give her a shout-out since she’s super underrated. Shelley Duvall was a staple in some of the best and oddest movies of the ’70s and ’80s and has unfortunately fallen off the radar since.

You might recognize her from playing a quirky groupie, a quirky terrified wife, a quirky Woody Allen-fucker, and a quirky best friend to a Jew.

But she was also in the coolest, weirdest quirky movie ever, Brewster McCloud, and this photo is awesome in so many ways. (Shelley Duvall. Bud Cort. Horizontal Stripes.)

Shelley Duvall was so prominent in my childhood, she might as well have raised me (no offense, mom). Not only did she chill with Muppets and play Olive Oyl in Popeye, but she was in more obscure movies that I was addicted to as a kid, like Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Frog. She also produced and starred in a couple of mindfucks known as Faerie Tale Theatre and Mother Goose Rock N Rhyme. In Theatre, she was most memorable in the creepiest Rumpelstiltskin incarnation ever. And Rock N Rhyme showed a postmodern rhyme land where Mary and her Lamb were an abusive trailer-trash couple played by Cyndi Lauper and Woody Harrelson (hell yeah, video evidence).

Duvall’s voice was quirky enough that Paul Thomas Anderson (probably my favorite director) put her song “He Needs Me” in his movie Punch-Drunk Love (the song was written by Harry Nilsson, one of my favorite singers. Is this the six-degrees-of-shit-I-love game?).

And if that wasn’t enough, this Youtube clip, from one of her last movies before she retired from acting, features not only her, but Juliette Lewis (my favorite crazy bitch actress) and Artie Lang (my favorite crazy asshole drug-addict comedian now that Chris Farley’s dead). I don’t need religion when I have discoveries like this:

Does anyone else love this chick as much as I do? Wes Anderson needs to call her up, ’cause I’m rooting for a comeback.

Encyclopedia Brown + F Words = Mystery Team!

July 1, 2010

I finally got around to watching Mystery Team, the first feature film from Derrick Comedy, and I can only recommend it… if you like laughing!

Seriously, any movie that has Donald Glover (Troy on Community), Aubrey Plaza (April on Parks and Recreation), Ellie Kemper (Erin on The Office), Kevin Brown (Dot Com on 30 Rock), and Bobby Moynahan (Snooki on Saturday Night Live) has my vote. That’s people from 90% of the TV shows I watch.

So Netflix that shit, yo.