Wednesday, June 24, 2009

David Attended Public Schools and Confuses Hitler With Anne Frank

If comedy sketch shows were lovers, Mr. Show would be my mythical soulmate: the one I compared all others to, and inevitably, the one who ruined me forever for anyone else.

Friday, June 19, 2009

I'm a Sucker for Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly adapts and directs the 1970 Richard Matheson short story "Button, Button" ...what could go wrong? Well, a lot actually when you add Cameron Diaz and James Marsden into the mix as the film's leads. Regardless, I'm adding this to my ever increasing films-I-want-to-see-in-October list.

Also, someone got paid to design this horrible poster.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Proof That Modern Commercials Are Lacking

As Jim Henson himself explained, early Muppet bits often ended with an explosion or someone being eaten. Henson worked on commercials at the start of his career and, as you can see by watching the clips above, they tend to follow the timelessly comedic explosion/death formula.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Girl on a Motorcycle

A few months ago, I was at Amoeba trying to track down Jack Cardiff's 1968 film Girl on a Motorcycle starring Marianne Faithfull. I was told that the film was out of print and whenever they got a copy in, it usually sold for around $50. Imagine my surprise when I went back to Amoeba a few weeks later and saw this on the shelves for a mere $17:

The reissue is of the bare bones variety, with absolutely no special features --because really, there is nothing special about a stills gallery-- and the packaging is pretty terrible (unlike the photo above, my copy has "crazy, sexy, cool" printed on the right side of the cover for some inane reason) none the less, I'm glad this psychedelic (road) trip is back in print.