My son and I watched Birdman today (partly because the Oscars are tonight, mainly because we've been wanting to for a while), and having had the experience makes this Sesame Street parody that much funnier.
Storytelling has changed through the ages; I got such a kick out of this, which imagines how the Star Wars saga would have been told in the age of medieval tapestries. If you look at the last panel in the photo above, you can see the end of episode III, a vertical line marking a 19-year interval and then Darth Vader boarding Princess Leia's ship. (The tapestry really picks up momentum then.)
Our son told me about this video, a parody of the Harry Potter movies AND Law & Order. Nick actually was unaware of the TV series, as it went off the air three years ago, but he still found it funny. If you know the show (the doink-doink, the bad puns that the detectives make), it's even more of a smile.
Kyle Lambert, a Manchester-based visual artist, creates some wildly inspired things, including Toy Shining, which takes Toy Story characters and inserts them into Stanley Kubrick's imaging of the The Shining. Click here to see more.
From Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the latest bit of musical comedy featuring celebrity guests. This time, from Thursday night's episode, a redo of the Lumineers' Ho Hey, featuring Fallon, guest Nick Offerman, musical guest Blake Shelton and staff writer Chris Tartaro.
Add the titles, the bass line and especially the laughs, and suddenly The Shining doesn't seem quite so terrifying. (Stick around for a bit o' Benny Hill at the end.) It reminds me of the recut trailer from some years back that, by using Solsbury Hill, recast the movie as an upbeat family drama.
Definitely not to be played in earshot of the kids, by the way.
There seem to have been plenty of fresh parodies of Disney princesses lately (SNL's Real Housewives of Disney was a hoot); I got a chuckle from this collection of faux magazine covers that take a bat to the princes.
I love this: a list of possible parodies of The Hunger Games, with imagined posters to match the styles of directors from Nancy Meyers (romantic comedy for the middle-aged set) to Michael Bay (eye-candy for hormonal boys) to Roger Corman (all-exploitation, all the time!).
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.