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    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    7:51 pm
    Another hilariously inappropriate sponsorship
    Today I was watching Modern Family on Hulu, and I saw a commercial for Botox.

    This is inappropriate, and therefore hilarious, because there was an episode of Modern Family, near the end of the second season, in which Jay gets a Botox injection and it causes one side of his face to get all droopy, and everyone thinks he's having a stroke.

    So either their commercial selection is completely automated and random or else somebody really took their eye off the ball.

    Current Mood: amused
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
    3:11 pm
    Raiiiiiisins of discord!
    These promotional videos that Sesame Street occasionally makes with Entertainment Weekly are getting more and more involved:



    What I want to know is, when will Cookie-Sherlock face off against Murray-arty?

    Current Mood: silly
    Monday, November 10th, 2014
    6:35 pm
    'The one fixed point in a changing age'
    Forty-five years ago today, a group of people led by a woman named Joan Ganz Cooney gave a gift to the entire world. It was a children's TV show called Sesame Street, but it was so much more. It was--and continues to be--a beacon of light and hope in a dark and turbulent time.

    About six months ago, the nonprofit organization that Joan Ganz Cooney cofounded 45 years ago put together this lovely tribute to her:



    There are no words to express what Sesame Street means to me, how deeply it has touched my heart, how profoundly it has enriched my life. Thus, there's nothing more for me to say but thanks.

    Thank you, Joan. Thank you for the joy and the comfort. Thank you for the songs and the sharing. Thank you for the laughter and the tears.

    Thank you for my childhood.

    Current Mood: grateful
    Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
    3:40 pm
    Aww...
    Curiously ambiguous little syllable, isn't it?

    It could mean, "Aww darn, Benedict Cumberbatch is officially off the market"[*](Not that I honestly deluded myself that I had any sort of shot with him anyway, just to be clear.)

    Or it could mean, "Aww, their announcing it in the newspaper like regular people is the classiest and most adorable thing ever!"

    In all sincerity, I wish them every possible happiness...

    ...but not without a wistful sigh.


    (By the way, I wonder who he will choose to be his best man. Because whoever it is will have a tough act to follow.)

    Current Mood: touched
    Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
    6:31 pm
    Election day
    For better or worse, at least it will be over soon.

    I don't know if I did any good in voting today. I just hope I didn't do any harm.

    UPDATE: Well, I'm on the losing side all the way around. But I'm trying to look on the bright side. I don't like Mike Rounds, but he wasn't the worst candidate available. And at least the crazy guy ended up getting the fewest votes.

    Current Mood: disappointed
    Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    1:49 pm
    Stupid victory
    I just won Oregon Trail! Until now, I wasn't sure if that was even possible!

    Guess how many party members I lost: [Answer]None! I think it's because I picked "Doctor" as my job in the beginning. I wish I could remember what job I used to pick 20 years ago when I would play; probably "Teacher" because that's what I thought I wanted to be at the time. I wonder why it never occurred to me at the time to try different jobs and see if that would help me get further in the game.

    Current Mood: happy
    Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
    10:01 pm
    Frankenstein
    So, my friends, if you ever have the opportunity to see Danny Boyle's Frankenstein, pay attention to the casting and try to see the version in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller plays Frankenstein. It's at least 10% better than the other way around.[*](Oh, and bring tissues.)

    It's just too bad they couldn't have Benedict Cumberbatch playing the Creature and Frankenstein AT THE SAME TIME.

    Current Mood: contemplative
    Saturday, October 11th, 2014
    8:53 pm
    Mansfield Park
    I just finished reading Mansfield Park, the Jane Austen novel for people who don't like Jane Austen novels. Needless to say, I loved it.

    The first Jane Austen novel I ever read was Pride and Prejudice, because I had to read it for a class. At the time, I had a hard time relating to the characters and their upper-class problems.[*](In regards to the Bennet family, I seem to remember making a comment during class discussion along the lines of, "Quit whining and get a job," which I realize in hindsight was rather callous of me.) Fanny Price may be a less spunky heroine, but at least I can sympathize with her troubles.

    Now I'm rereading Frankenstein, in anticipation of this.[*]SQUEE!

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
    8:44 pm
    Laramie revisited
    With all the other upsetting things going on in the world at the moment, I almost forgot what day it is today.

    About a year ago, I ordered a copy of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. I had kind of a half-baked notion of getting the band back together, so to speak; reuniting our cast to do something similar yet different.

    But I don't think it would serve my purpose. I don't think it stands very well on its own. Ironically, one of the major motifs is how the community itself has tried to forget or deny the murder, to reframe the story to serve its own needs, which only serves to underscore how much we need The Laramie Project.

    Matthew's story needs to be told. We have made some significant victories within the last five years, but people need to be reminded, over and over again, until they understand that this is a matter of life and death.
    Thursday, September 25th, 2014
    12:01 pm
    Showing versus telling
    Sometimes I think I do too much talking about why and how much I love Modern Family and not enough demonstrating. See, it can be difficult to find clips in the first place, and when you try to use clips from legitimate sources, they tend not to be viewable outside the US.

    But I feel I owe it to the show and the characters I love to at least try. I hope you can enjoy these clips. They were originally promos that aired during the Oscars, but I don't know that the context adds much.





    "Meatballs!"
    11:48 am
    Critics given to criticism
    Okay, was last night's premiere a relatively weak episode of Modern Family? Sadly, yes. Did it finish stronger than it started? Definitely, yes. Did it still make me laugh out loud at least once? Yes, just like every other episode I've ever seen (which is all of them). Was the very fact that it was a lackluster episode oddly appropriate to the overall theme in a weird, meta way? Ironically, yes.

    Was it still better than the best episode of the The Middle? UNDOUBTEDLY YES.

    POP QUIZ:
    1. How many Emmys has The Middle been nominated for? [Answer]Answer: One
    2. How many Emmys has The Middle actually won? [Answer]Answer: Zero

    So stop trying to convince me that The Middle is as good a show as Modern Family, because that is simply not true.

    [###]I'm well aware that I'm being hypocritical in comparing the two, because I have said in the past--and it is still true--that in general it annoys me when people can't just say that they like something or that something is good without saying that something else is bad. But sometimes it's just necessary, and today is one of those times for me.

    Current Mood: grumpy
    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
    4:09 pm
    September 24th
    Happy birthday to Jim and Steve, aka Cantus and Murray:



    And because this is also a day to remember Jeff Moss, I have a special message for him:

    Monday, September 15th, 2014
    9:27 pm
    Sesame Street: Star S'Mores (Star Wars Parody)
    This is AMAZING:



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    Current Mood: amazed and amused
    Friday, September 12th, 2014
    9:19 am
    Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman
    Glorious beyond expectations.



    Current Mood: awestruck
    Friday, August 29th, 2014
    6:59 pm
    "Pratfalls and birdcalls and bad imitations"
    Those are the lyrics. Listen for yourself.

    I mean, if you're writing for a Muppet fansite, you should make the extra effort to get the song lyrics right. Otherwise, it hurts your ethos.

    I'd point it out on the forum, but I've learned from experience that people don't like it when I correct them on song lyrics. And I don't want to be "that person."

    Current Mood: frustrated
    Thursday, August 28th, 2014
    4:51 pm
    A couple of favors
    1.
    Dear Disney,

    Please, please PLEASE don't give up on making more Muppet movies. I'm sure your people are trying to figure out what went wrong. Well, I can tell you EXACTLY what went wrong: you released the movie at the wrong time. If you'd given it a holiday release, it would have done boffo box office; I can practically guarantee it. So please don't give up on them, and for God's sake DON'T screw around with the formula or dumb down the comedy. Just release it at the right time and it will work. Trust me. In fact, you should re-release it this year during the holiday season, and then you'll see for yourselves that I'm right.

    2.
    To everyone within the sound of my typing: please, please, PLEASE purchase a copy (or several copies would be even better) of Muppets Most Wanted in the format of your choice. Think of it as paying ransom; if Disney doesn't get enough money, they will keep the Muppets locked up indefinitely in drawers and boxes.
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
    9:34 am
    Contrast
    Ty Burrell may be self-deprecating in his humor/approach to life, but I prefer to see him on top:

    7:18 am
    Germ of an idea
    This is a seed of a post that I hope to develop further later on, but I was struck with a stroke of inspiration this morning and I had to see it through.

    From the Emmys on Monday[*](I originally missed the joke in Seth Meyers' intro; it's pretty funny):


    You know what would have been great? If all of a sudden Constantine the Frog had shown up and sang, "That's it kid! There you go. Now, step aside; this ain't your show!"

    [...]I don't want to openly insult Gervais, because I know that's exactly what sustains him; I might as well present myself to Count Dracula with a drinking straw inserted directly into my jugular vein. Nevertheless, I do have to say that the unmitigated gall of Ricky Gervais for whining about only having won two career Emmys almost reaches "2014 Tessa Virtue" levels of self-centeredness. You know what, pal? That's exactly two more Emmys than Sofia Vergara has ever won, and she is WAAAAAAAAAY funnier and more talented than you (and prettier, but of course that goes without saying). So, as Sherlock and John say, f--cough.

    In related news, Muppets Most Wanted is out on DVD now. Rowlf the Dog from 1966 and prototypical Constantine think you should buy it.

    Seriously, please buy it. You don't even have to watch it, I don't care; just buy it. Consider it a donation to the cause of Muppet preservation and perpetuation.
    Monday, August 25th, 2014
    10:22 pm
    Emmys
    I made an attempt at live-blogging[*](Well, live-to-tape would be a better analogy, as I was typing it out first and then I was going to copy, paste, and post the whole thing) the Emmy Awards, but then I realized that not even I cared about what I was saying. Suffice it to say that, by and large, I was very satisfied with the results.

    Congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch, congratulations to Martin Freeman, congratulations to Steven Moffat, and congratulations to Sherlock. Well-deserved, all around. Now go make more. Please.

    Congratulations to Ty Burrell,[*](I have to admit that I was rooting for Jesse Tyler Ferguson this year, because he hasn't won one yet and I feel that it's his turn. Nevertheless, I can't be disappointed in Ty Burrell being recognized again, because he absolutely deserves it. That man can do NO WRONG.) congratulations to Gail Mancuso, and congratulations to Modern Family. Thank you, Steve Levitan for all your inspired acceptance speeches, and maybe someday you'll get to finish one without the music playing you off. I hope they never wake you guys up.

    I only watched one episode of Fargo, but I would like to say to all involved that I very much appreciated the subtle dialect work, as opposed to the movie in which it was exaggerated almost--I say "almost"--to the point of caricature. Although I only watched one episode, I read recaps of the entire series, and I would also like to say that I appreciated the shoutouts to Sioux Falls, even though they were random and vaguely ominous. Nevertheless, we South Dakotans love to get a media mention, if only as confirmation that the rest of the world is aware of our existence.

    As for the broadcast itself, all the controlled anarchy and scripted zaniness (including scripted improvisation, which I didn't even know was possible) was a little arch for my taste. However, there were two standout moments: Weird Al's medley of TV theme songs, which was hilarious, and the In Memoriam section, culminating in a very heartfelt and appropriately funny tribute to Robin Williams, and I have to stop talking about it now because thinking about it is making me cry.

    Here are some speeches from last night that may or may not be viewable outside the US (let me know, please):

    Videos of speechesCollapse )
    I particularly want to draw attention to Ty Burrell's speech, because it is so brilliant that I didn't even fully comprehend how brilliant it is until I watched it again this morning and realized that it was a gently satirical chastisement to the Academy for not recognizing the efforts of the young actors on the show. Basically he's saying, in a funny, oblique way, "They deserve this a lot more than I do."[*](Personally, I believe everyone in the cast is equally deserving.) I've said before that the secret to his success is that he is fearless in his self-deprecation, and this is a prime example.[*](More on that later, if I have time.)

    Current Mood: tired
    Monday, July 28th, 2014
    10:39 pm
    Into Darkness
    So I finally got around to seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness. Here are my thoughts:

    Is anyone still unspoiled at this point?Collapse )
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