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Slowly Walking Away from a Giant Explosion, Revisited

A while back, I asked the question about the first example in film of a person walking slowly away from a giant explosion. Almost a year later, I discover this video:

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  • Ha! Thanks for the the links! *raises keystone beer can* Cheers!

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    I respect anybody who’s equally or more dedicated than I am to pontificating upon really pointless stuff. 😉

  • fuwalda says:

    I’ve never seen one of these commercials before, but this one made me smile. This guy has good delivery. I’ve also never tried Keystone Light, but you two don’t make it sound as though it would be very good.

    As somebody who never drank at all in college (as you’ll remember, since you didn’t either.), I’ve gained an appreciation for beer over the past few years. Maybe it’s because I live in the Midwest now and it’s pretty much mandatory that I have to drink beer, eat Swedish meatballs, and watch hockey. If I can do all three at the same time, all the better. My point it… I dunno. I lost it.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    When I was growing up, I don’t remember ever even seeing a beer unless we were having company or something. Now, whenever I go home, the fridge is always well stocked with it. Maybe my parents were abstaining for our benefit. It didn’t work, though, since both of my brothers are rampant beer drinkers now.

    I don’t know…I’d rather drink juice.

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Keith Stone

So you’ve probably seen these Keystone Light commercials featuring Keith Stone. They’re amusing, but I always wondered why this trailer park dweller is supposed to be the epitome of smooth. I understand that incongruity can be funny, but the concept has, regardless, always been a head-scratcher for me. Thankfully, this blogger illuminates the matter. Apparently, Keystone Light is the beer of choice for poor, white trash. Since I think all beer tastes like cat piss, I had no idea.

I’m mostly doing this post as an excuse to link to that blog post, because I find it kind of hilarious. I love that she wrote up a page-long criticism of a series of beer commercials explaining all of the irony and subtext therein. That kind of dedication to the analysis of the most trivial and fleeting examples of pop culture warrants linkage.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Yeah, that didn’t bother me. What bothered me about this clip is that it wasn’t funny. Bill Maher is usually funnier than this.

    Also… your wife is pregnant?! That just blew my mind. Congratulations. Seems an odd place for me to tell you that, but I mean it wholeheartedly.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Bill Maher can be a downer when he shows up on Larry King. I think he’s getting worse, actually. These days he pretty much thinks everybody sucks. He’s still in good form on Real Time, though. At least, when he’s not being a smug asshole.

    I like Bill Maher, to be sure, but sometimes he can be so smugly aggressive even when it’s clear he has little idea what he’s talking about. On so many things, though, I think he speaks with a sort of enviable clarity I wish there were more of in political discourse.

    And yeah, we’re having a daughter in mid-October. heh. I wasn’t really keeping it a secret, but it just never came up somehow.

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Bill Maher Is a Racist

Well, no…he’s actually not. Or if he is, the fact that he used the word “nigger” on Larry King isn’t proof of that.

Listen, I’m not a black man, and I don’t presume to speak for them, but Bill Maher’s use of the word was purely technical. It’s a word–an arrangement of letters to form a distinct, discrete sound. The word, itself, without context is meaningless. The only invective implied in Maher’s use of it was directed toward birthers and their ridiculous ilk who employ codewords like “Kenyan” to substitute for other words that would more overtly put their racism on display.

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  • lily says:

    Yeah, the first one is especially convincing. And you do have to listen and not watch–otherwise, it gets quite distracting… It’s amazing how these days you can produce pretty nice-sounding tunes through sheer manipulation, with almost no vocal talent required.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    “otherwise, it gets quite distracting”

    ha! I know…I feel like a horrible person for having to make that warning, but…

    If you watch the original video, that girl is attempting to sing some Taylor Swift song, and it’s just dreadful.

  • fuwalda says:

    This is the meanest thing I’m ever going to say, but is that chick in the first video the daughter of Sloth from the Goonies? It’s nice to know he finally settled down and started a family. Somebody should make a sitcom about that already.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Oh geeze. I’m not sure if you’re worse for saying that or I’m worse for laughing at it.

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More Auto-tuning

Another lazy post, but oh well.

I’ve been lately browsing the auto-tuned videos on YouTube. There are a lot of people doing these, apparently, though I had no idea until I discovered the brilliant Auto-Tune the News series. I can’t say that the majority of other auto-tuning efforts work especially well, but there are a few jewels out there. So I thought I would post a few that I think might be noteworthy exemplars of the artform, such as it is.

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Dodged That Bullet

Whew. All these years of never smoking finally paid off.

Okay, obviously, that was a joke from The Onion.

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Auto-Tuned

I have to give credit to my brother Josh for leading me to this series of videos by posting “Bed Intruder” on Facebook. That was a real head-scratcher (I honestly couldn’t figure out if it was a real news story that had been mashed up or if it were merely some sort of off-color music video made up to look like a local news story) until I discovered the rest of these “Auto-tune the News” videos on YouTube.

There are a number of these that are actually very catchy (Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!), but I’ll post up this one if only for the Pootie Tang reference (“main damie”) and the hilarious faux-banter between Karzai and Zardari in their courtship of Hilary Clinton.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I panned the first two episodes (and why do TV stations always seem to premier a show by airing two back to back episodes?) on my blog, and I’ve been meaning to write a follow up since I’ve been watching them all as they get uploaded to Hulu. But since you are obviously the only person who read my original review, I may as well give you the exclusive scoop here!

    It got better… but not by that much. Skip the first episode entirely because it wasn’t funny at all. The second one was probably better, but I have no real memory of it and say that only because it couldn’t possibly have been worse than the first episode. But the third episode was funny, mostly because of the cameo by Ricky Gervais as the world’s worst doctor. I definitely recommend at least watching the first part of the episode where Louie goes to Ricky Gervais for a physical exam and Gervais just tears him apart and acts like a huge asshole. That scene — which was also Gervais’s only scene — was straight up brilliantly funny. You’ll love it. After that, you may as well stick around.

    The next episode has a big part by that commedian Nick Dipalo, who plays himself as also a huge asshole, but a sympathetic, interesting one. Again, the co-star steals the show and gets all the funny bits.

    And that’s really the problem with this show: Louis CK just isn’t a very good comedic actor. Louis CK is without a doubt one of the top ten funniest and most talented stand up comedians I’ve ever seen, but he’s just not charismatic enough or talented enough as an actor to carry a show. Luckily this show has fantastic guest actors who make the show worth watching, but this show is called Louie, so Louie should be the guy who keeps bringing me back. And, frankly, he doesn’t.

    Take that promo for example. Very clever, very funny. And, as a promo, it works brilliantly… for a show about that porn producer. I want to watch that guy’s show! Was Louis CK even in that clip? I’m sure CK wrote it and probably even directed it so much of the credit goes to his twisted, brilliantly funny comedic mind, but that other guy still stole the show because he was a great comedic actor. Every big laugh came from that guy, and not just because he had the better lines, but because he was just funnier on screen.

    But check out that episode with Gervais. It’s funny. And don’t be offended when this comment appears on my blog later on. 😉

  • fuwalda says:

    I just watched episode #6. Funny, but, again, not that funny. I don’t recall laughing, but I’m sure I may have smiled or even snickered once or twice. The episode began with Louie getting heckled by some girl, but it just went on too long, was way over the top, and just wasn’t that funny. Then she confronted him afterward and he explained to her why her behavior as a heckler was poor and uncivilized. I would imagine that this scene appealed to lots of standup comics, but it just wasn’t all that funny.

    Then Louie got a role in a remake of the Godfather, only all about Jewish gangsters instead of Italians. I bet you’re already laughing at that setup, right? I was too when the plot was introduced, but it went nowhere, had no bite, and, again, just wasn’t that funny. They could’ve had a really funny poke at Hollywood, but the one scene they showed was completely random and unrecognizable as a scene from the Godfather. Turns out, the Godfather remake starring all Jews was just a throwaway gag that never really mattered. Not even Mathew Broderick could make it work, though he was fun to watch.

    Meh.

  • fuwalda says:

    So watch this show already.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    I watched about ten minutes of the first episode, but I think that was on a break at work, so I never got around to watching the rest. It wasn’t too bad. I’d watch more of it. Simply haven’t remembered to do so.

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I Wish Louis C.K.’s Shows Were as Funny as Louis C.K.

First of all, I should say that if you’ve never seen Louis C.K.’s stand-up before, go watch any video on YouTube, and I can pretty much guarantee that if you have a sense of humor, you’re going to laugh. Probably, a lot. That said, his HBO sitcom, “Lucky Louie” was uneven at best and unfunny at worst, and I’ve never seen his FX series, “Louie”, but I probably don’t have to. Regardless, the following video is a promotional clip for the former series–a sort of prequel–and it is funny. Maybe not gut-bustingly funny, but it’s at least chuckle-worthy throughout, and gets progressively better.

Apparently, you can watch some episodes of “Louie” on the FX Networks website. I’ll give them a look later.

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  • fuwalda says:

    Always funny. And yeah, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the real version of this scene. I always watch it on TNT or TBS or wherever. I’ll tell you what always impresses me about this scene: That forward somesault/role to a standing position Jim Carrey does. Unless they used some kind of trick photography, that was an incredible stunt.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      Carrey must be pretty athletic. In one of the stand-up bits I watched the other day, he was walking around with his torso at a 90 degree angle to his legs.

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When Great Scenes are F’ed Up By Bad Editing

I watched a bit of Dumb and Dumber on television the other week–I think it was TNT–and they absolutely shat on the best scene in the movie with overzealous editing. If you excise Jim Carrey using a guy’s testicles as speed bags or ripping the chef’s heart out of his chest, you almost may as well cut the whole scene out of the film. I mean, it’s not as if any of it is even remotely realistic. The heart looks like a dog’s chew toy, fer cryin’ out loud. Not to mention that in getting rid of it, you have to also cut out the entire gag of Carrey dropping it into the doggy bag.

Anyway, for those who may have only seen this film on television, here’s how it’s meant to be seen.

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