Category Archives: Humour

“The More You Look at This Picture, the More Anxious It Becomes.”

This Lovecraftian image showed up everywhere today, without any attribution that I’ve been able to locate. It was posted to Reddit under the above title,* and, Reddit being Reddit, the posting has already acquired enough analysis, speculation, and snarky commentary to keep you occupied all day.

The creepiness is in the details, and you really have to magnify the image to catch much of the weirdness. If you want to delve deeper, download the image and enbiggen it with your photo manager app, unless, of course, your computer has one of those magical “Enhance” keys that seem to exist only on TV police procedurals.


*Warning: When visiting an art gallery, don’t stare at the paintings. According to the Redditor who posted the image, it makes them nervous.

Dean — First Trailer

Dean, which is Demetri Martin’s directorial début, won the prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

It’s described as

“A comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love. A freelance illustrator in New York suffers a quarter-life crisis and leaves his home for the west coast.”

Starring, in addition to Demetri Martin himself, are Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Kline, and Reid Scott.

And most significantly, one of the co-producers is Allison Rose Carter, who just happens to be my favourite East Coast niece.

The film’s release date is 2 June 2017.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — Official Trailer

NSFW: Language, violence, and language. Especially language. Definitely language.


The cast looks great: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage,  John Hawkes, and Zeljko Ivanek always deliver the goods. But for me, the big selling point is that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the genius who gave us the classic In Bruges. Expect violence, profanity, and a great helping of the darkest of black comedy.

Release date not yet posted.


Bonus

Here’s McDonagh 27-minute first film, Six Shooter. In 2006, it won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

It’s also very NSFW.

If the accents are too rich, click the CC button for subtitles.

Very Early Early Man Teaser Trailer

This one’s a long way off—it won’t be released until 2018.

But Early Man is from Aardman, the people responsible for Chicken Run and the adventures of Wallace and Gromit, and the voice actors include Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Richard Ayoade, so here it is.

It’s good to have something with grace and charm to look forward to during the current unpleasantness.

Happy Anniversary, Buffy!

It was 20 years ago today, as the old song goes, that the first episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer was televised on the long-gone and much-missed WB network. The show, based on a moderately successful but mediocre movie, survived an uneven first season (i.e. some of the first season episodes are really, really pathetic) to become one of the great pre-Golden Age television programs.

Or maybe, as Lucy Mangan wrote in The Guardian today,

The Sopranos is generally held up as the inflection point for television-as-art – the moment the medium matured and had to start being taken seriously. But Buffy was there first and doing extraordinary things before the conflicted Mafiosi hit the screen…”

—from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 20: the thrilling, brilliant birth of TV as art”*

The Scooby Gang, and friends.  And foes.

A personal story.

Back in 2002, I became seriously ill with what’s now called COPD. I went to my doctor on the morning of 12 November, and she immediately sent me to the ER at Washington Hospital Center. I didn’t get a room until a few minutes after 8 PM, but there was a silver lining, because once I had access to a TV set, I was able to catch most of that night’s episode of Buffy.**

I was hospitalized for three weeks, and instructed to recuperate at home for more than six weeks after that. During the entire time, my wonderful mother–who had turned 80 on the day I was admitted to the hospital–called me at least twice a day, just to make sure I was all right. The only time that was off-limits for phone calls was Tuesday night, between 8 and 9 PM, when Buffy was on TV.

So, yeah. I guess you could say I’ve always been a fan.


Bonus Feature

In this fan re-mix, Buffy takes on the most horrible vampire of all, with predictable results.


Another Bonus Feature

Here’s the original, never-aired pilot episode for Buffy, with a different Willow and a much sillier tone.


*The entire article, and the related stories on The Guardian site, are worth reading.
**It was a great episode, too! “Conversations with Dead People”.

Warning: Extreme (But Very Funny) Grossness

Oh, Yuck!

A 10-second video which might be titled “Hubris”, or “Just Hanging Out around the Pool, Thinking of Cool Things to Do.”

Filed under “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”

Is there any way this is not going to end up in a “Web Redemption” segment on Tosh.0?

I swear that thing came to life and jumped at him.