On the Web
-A Pixar storyboard artist shares her 22 rules for good storytelling.
–Feminist Frequency on sexist tropes in popular culture: #1 “The Manic-Pixie Dream Girl” a.k.a. “Garden State is a Stinking Pile of Hipster Navel-Gazing BS” and #6 “The Straw Feminist“, which actually turned my opinion on whether it was a problematic trope or just post-feminist/post-liberal wit.
-Henry Hill, real life inspiration for Goodfellas, died this week. He was 69.
–The A.V. Club championed UHF as a YouTube-age comedy made in the 80s.
-You can now launder your counterfeit money while playing as a decapitated horse head in Monopoly’s new Godfather edition.
-Or you can wish you stayed current with TeeFury.com and bought this Weyland-Yutani Shirt to wear to Prometheus this week.
–“Head” of State – Game of Thrones creators are taking flak this week after they called attention to the in-show appearance of George W. Bush’s severed head on a DVD commentary track. They’re claiming it was an unintentional and apolitical action, but given that the show is apparently (I’ve never watched it) about cynical abuses of power can we really believe them? According to the linked article above Republican leaders are flipping out about this, insisting that the office of POTUS demands respect no matter what. Sounds like an idolatrous and fascist view of authority to me. Christians who take exception to this view can go read David Koyzis and then get back to me.
That’s My Boy (21%, R) – Adam Sandler’s latest movie looks to be another ho-hum incarnation of his aggressive man-child shtick. It’s the ludicrous success of movies like this that should keep critics like me aware of our humble niche vis-a-vis the vox populi of mass entertainment.
Rock of Ages (46%, PG-13) – This 80’s hair-metal musical sounds awesome, but apparently it kind of sucks.
So, if you’re looking for an R-rated comedy this weekend rent Role Models or dig up an old Farrelly brothers movie. If you’re jonesing for Sandler, find someone with a copy of Happy Gilmore and pretend like you’re 14 again–OR learn to appreciate Punch-Drunk Love for the unsettling comedic gem that it is.
If you need to watch a musical, watch Singin’ in the Rain, something else classic, or cross your fingers and hope the Les Mis adaptation coming out this year doesn’t suck. If it’s the 80’s you crave, it seems you’d be safer re-watching something from John Hughes.
I’d love to go to Madagascar or Headhunters this weekend (or on $5 Tuesday), so let me know if you’re interested. I would also be totally down with seeing Prometheus again.