Just a quick note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):
– In the wake of my Fast & Furious fest, I was curious to revisit the first season of Community (2009), as several episodes of that sitcom were directed by franchise mainstay Justin Lin (though, oddly enough, not the ep with an actual “car”-chase in it!). Personally, I still don’t find the premise or characters especially engaging (all that “meta” fourth-wall breaking really kills any affection/empathy I might have had for them as fictional people), but in retrospect I do now have more appreciation for the supremely talented cast… Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, and Jim Rash absolutely aced it, and it’s always a joy to watch them, regardless of the spoofy scenarios into which they’re placed (the “Bert & Ernie” homage was a particular stand-out for me). Truth is, as soon as I was done with S1, I moved straight on to S2, and when I’m finished with that you can betcha bottom dollar I’ll be streaming S3 next. Fun fact: Lin was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series” for his work on ep #1.23 (“Modern Warfare”) (aka the one with the paintball apocalypse), and I totally agree that it’s the highlight of the run, combining laugh-out-loud jokes with genuinely impressive/tense action sequences. Bravo!
– Vespa Los Angeles chose to honour Elvira‘s 40th Anniversary by unveiling a (very) limited edition scooter with goth-y embroidered seat, customized graphics, wheels, tires, badging, license-plate frame, and a fresh autograph from the “Mistress of the Dark” herself!
– Trawling the YouTubes I discovered a previously overlooked (and very sweary) “Inspirational Lockdown Vlog” by Natasia Demetriou & Ellie White, from June of last year… a Medium video-profile of Sarah Cooper from 2017, when she was best known as a “Corporate Satirist”, and author of the book 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings… and a couple old CollegeHumor skits co-starring Kelly Marie Tran (“Philosophical Truth or Dare”, “Are You Asian Enough?”, “Periods Aren’t That Gross”) from 2014-2016.
– Jenny Nicholson posted a (fantastically) thorough roast of the movie-musical Dear Evan Hansen (2021), which has already racked up over 2 million views! Ftr, I really enjoyed Ben Platt’s performance in The Politician (2019 – 2020), and was keen to see more of his work… but now, not so much…
– Later with Jools Holland posted an archive clip of Regina Spektor performing “The Light” (from Remember Us to Life) (2016), which made me tear up a little bit. She’s just got such a beautiful voice! Sniffle.
– The trailer for the forthcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series got me pretty hyped… though I do find the trademark jazz score kinda distracting! Still, at least they didn’t cast ScarJo in John Cho’s role, eh?
– Band-Maid posted a clip of two live performances (“Dice” and “Different”) from their J-Lod Live2 show earlier in the year, *and* a video for their storming new single “Sense”! Happy Halloween to me!
– Warner Bros (yo!) posted another (hilarious) trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, and I once again found myself wishing it was an animated movie rather than a video game on a fancy console I can’t afford. Hopefully someone will eventually post a full-length play-through with all the cut-scenes included, or it will be popular enough to spawn a comic book adaptation or something…? Sigh…!
– I’ve been obediently watching the 47th season of Saturday Night Live, ever since Sandy Honig tweeted that she’d smoosh the head of anyone who didn’t support her friend Sarah Sherman (aka “Sarah Squirm”), who recently joined the cast as a “featured player”. So far she’s co-starred in a sketch with Owen Wilson, and scored some good coverage… especially considering how many other peeps there are competing for screen-time! Still, the stand-out for me was the week that Rami Malek brought his “resting villain face” to host the show… and I’ve re-watched the [SPOILER-ish] “Squid Game” parody song he recorded with Pete Davidson plenty times on YouTube since then!
– Oh, and Amber Ruffin authored one of the greatest tweets of all time!