DC recently released previews for their movie-based variant covers. There are some absolute beauties here. My favourites are probably Batgirl in Purple Rain, Justice League Dark as Beetlejuice, Grayson in Enter the Dragon or Superman in Superfly.
Paul Scheer, creator and host of my favourite podcast How Did This Get Made? has brought out another fantastic podcast, The Sylvester Stallone Podcast. In it Scheer takes questions from his audience and asks them to 80s action legend, Stallone. Or he would if Stallone turned up. Instead the podcast gradually becomes a chronicle of Scheer’s rapid descent into paranoid madness. Featuring special guests throughout this is a very dark, very funny podcast that takes us into the mind of a very sick, depraved man who loves Sylvester Stallone.
Click on the pic above to go to the Sylvester Stallone Podcast homepage or subscribe on iTunes.
This was originally a post about how good the Youtube channel Cinema Sins was. Since writing the channel has gone from showing fun little three minute videos showing errors with movies to showing twenty minute videos criticising every slight error with every frame.
Unlike Honest Trailers, a similar video channel, the videos are not fun or affectionate, they are nit-picky and pointless.
So my new 39th cool thing is this, a list of sites to look at which revel in movies and enjoy them, faults and all.
- Audiences Everywhere.
- Writer Loves Movies
- The Movie Waffler
- The Avclub
- The Equiatic Bind (you may have heard of it)
- Neels Reel Deel
- Screen Junkies
- You’ve Got Red on You
Have a read, take their advice, watch movies, enjoy movies, hate some movies but at least make sure you hate them for a reason, not just because of trying-too-hard cynicism.
This is Water by David Foster Wallace. This is an abridged version of Wallace’s Kenyon college commencement speech about dealing with the tiny, annoying details in your life. It is about being mindful of our thoughts and surroundings and not being ground down by the little things.
I posted this on Facebook a while back and was inundated with comments about Wallace killing himself. Even though he did commit suicide I don’t think it diminishes the message of this video as some people seem to think. Anyway, have a watch and see what you think.
I love a good What If? There are hundreds of movies and TV shows with near miss casting decisions, title changes (True Detective was originally called The Murder Ballads, which is awesome) and abandoned plot lines that make me yearn for some sort of way we could see these What Ifs played out for real.
Unfortunately we can’t but we can do nearly the same thing with the bottom two videos which aim to fix some of the glaring errors with Lucas’ piss poor Star Wars prequel trilogy. The downside is that when the videos are over their version of episodes 1 and 2 still doesn’t exist. Nice to dream though.
My favourite part of one of my favourite comics. I love the way Akira has a panel to think about whether or not he wants Tetsuo to put a hole in the moon and then, ‘The moon…’. The next few pages is Tetsuo punching a hole in the moon. I can’t express how good it is so I’ll guess you’ll have to track it down yourself and read it.
From Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, 6 volumes and 2146 pages of pure genius.
Some of my favourite comedy sketches presented in no particular order:
The Butterfield Diet by Peter Serafinowicz:
Fork Handles by the Two Ronnies:
Now We Know by Mitchell and Webb
Hello M’Lady by Amy Schumer (as a bonus enjoy the Youtube comments from pathetic Men’s Rights Activists continuing to show the world that they are the lowest form of pond scum)
The Yorkshiremen by Monty Python
Mexican Standoff by Rocketjump
Hungarian designer “Zsutti” (Zsolt Molnár) has designed a series of posters about Breaking Bad. He spent five months making a poster for each episode. Here are some of my favourites but you can view the whole list here.
His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge
(After being accused on Tumblr of stealing credit for the creation of these gifs, I should point out I did not create them. I just found them and shared them, to be fair to me I never claimed to have created them but I can understand how that assumption could be made. The creator was, I think, http://obsessedwiththeroyals.tumblr.com/)
If you haven’t read any Terry Pratchett books you are missing out. Imagine Harry Potter, Monty Python, Neil Gaiman, Blackadder, Airplane!, Alan Moore, Lemony Snicket, National Lampoon, Mad Magazine and Private Eye were all a single person. That person’s name would be Sir Terry Pratchett.
Here’s a reading list to help you find a starting point with his incomparable Discworld novels. My favourites are the Watch Novels, of which Night Watch is probably the best (and also one of the best books ever).
Buzzfeed posted a list of actors who could play The Doctor if Doctor Who had been made in America. Some are great (Vincent Price, Donald Glover, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Walken), some are not (Nicholas Cage), but it definitely made me think of how awesome the 50th Anniversary would have been if it was Sam Rockwell, Donald Glover and Harrison Ford all playing The Doctor at the same time.
Cool posters for Shakespeare performances:
Taken from Letters of Note:
In 1970, shortly after being elected Attorney General of Alabama, 29-year-old Bill Baxley reopened the 16th Street Church bombing case. The racially motivated act of terrorism, which killed four African-American girls in 1963, resulted in a fruitless investigation and marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Baxley’s unwavering commitment to the case attracted much hostility, particularly from local Klansmen. In 1976 he received a threatening letter of protest from white supremacist Edward R. Fields — founder of the “National States’ Rights Party” and “Grand Dragon” of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan — in which Baxley was accused of reopening the case to score political points.
Bill Baxley’s famously succinct reply, which was typed on his official letterhead, is as follows
The next year, a member of the United Klans of America named Robert Chambliss was found guilty of the murders. He remained in prison until his death in 1985.
Go here for a list of words that are their own opposites. My favourite: Left, as in “Now that’s he’s left the room I guess we’re the only ones left in it”. Also very happy with Resign, as in, “Contract negotiations are coming up, I can’t decide whether or not I want to resign or resign.”
Brain Pickings has a variety of art books containing amazing photographs of animals. The books focus on a wide range of creatures and capture their beauty, cuteness, humour and weirdness.
Tropfest, the largest short film festival in Australia, regularly drops great short films all based around a set theme. The theme for December 2013 festival was ‘change’. I’ve linked one of the finalists, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a bit heavy handed but the innate sweetness and humour behind it make it very enjoyable.
One boy’s journey to the realisation that work sucks.
A short film that is both brutal and hilarious. It will leave a bad taste in your mouth and a song in your head. Enjoy.
Two very talented performers perform a poem about race.
Watch it, enjoy it, think about it – don’t read the Youtube comments as they will make you feel ill.
A cool bit of poetry about love, self image, self worth. Worth a read.
Go here and read the story of Batkid, a little boy with leukemia who saved Gotham City. If you’re not at least choked up by the end of it then you are made of stone.
Futureme.org is a website that lets you send emails to the future. Each year I write myself an email giving myself a pep talk, some reminders, a little advice. It works wonders for my morale, especially as I always make sure to leave out a lot of the negative stuff and put in a lot of positive stuff (no one wants to be reminded of year old complaints). I’ve been doing it for five years now and at the end of this month I should be receiving some mail from 2012 Sean (that cad!) and it’s exciting because 2012 Sean was unmarried and hadn’t finished draft one of THE BOOK. He’d be so proud of me, sitting here with my beautiful wife, hard at work on draft two. The website has an archive so you can go back and look at old messages and also a public board where you can see anonymous letters that other people have sent. Some are heart-warming, some are sad, but each one is an interesting little look at the messages people send from themselves to themselves.
My lovely, talented, beautiful wife (aka my muse, my flame, the light of my life and the fire of my loins) has made a blog about Tea and Teaching.
Fiona describes it thusly:
As you may have guessed I like tea and I am also teaching. Basically I have created this site as a digital record of great teaching tools and resources that I have come across. I am constantly e-mailing and bookmaking links to come back to later, then never being able to find them. I recently introduced blogging to my students and we discussed the idea of a blog serving as a digital record. The idea really resonated with me so here it his. I also hope I can share some great stuff with other teachers. A blog just about teaching seemed so dry, hence the tea element. I also really enjoy reading about Psychology and it is one of my teaching methods so expect to see a few posts related to that as well.
Tea, education-related tips, tricks and insanity and the lingering prospect of some psychology, what’s not to like?
Go and look at it now and follow it.
Here’s a taster of some of the content for you:
I Write Like is a website that you enter your writing into and it tells you what famous writer your style is most similar to. When I put in mine it said Arthur C Clarke. Not sure how to take that.
It’ll be cool in a few years when someone enters their writing and they can say, ‘YES! I write like Sean Fallon!’
Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls is a 1964 collection funny poems about, well, beastly boys and ghastly girls. It contains poems by , to name a few, Lewis Carroll, Shel Silverstein and AA Milne. Here’s an example from Ted Hughes:
MY BROTHER BERT
Pets are the hobby of my brother Bert.
He used to go to school with a mouse in his shirt.
His hobby it grew, as some hobbies will,
and grew, and GREW and GREW until –
Oh don’t breathe a word, pretend you haven’t heard.
A simply appalling thing has occurred –
The very thought makes me iller and iller:
Bert’s brought home a gigantic Gorilla!
If you think that’s really not such a scare,
What if it quarrels with his Grizzly Bear?
You still think you could keep your head?
What if the Lion from under the bed
And the four Ostriches that deposit
Their football eggs in his bedroom closet
And the Aardvark out of his bottom drawer
All danced out and joined in the Roar?
What if the Pangolins were to caper
Out of their nests behind the wallpaper?
With the fifty sorts of Bats
That hang on his hatstand like old hats,
And out of a shoebox the excitable Platypus
Along with the Ocelot or Jungle-Cattypus?
The Wombat, the Dingo, the Gecko, the Grampus –
How they would shake the house with their Rumpus!
Not to forget the Bandicoot
Who would certainly peer from his battered old boot.
Why it could be a dreadful day,
And what Oh what would the neighbors say!
This collection of children’s classics as minimalist posters is awesome, and something I could definitely imagine decorating a kid’s room with.
The Hawkeye Initiative. A site that takes the weird, unnatural posing forced upon female comics characters and redraws it with Hawkeye in place of the female character “to draw attention to how deformed, hypersexualized, and unrealistically dressed women are drawn in comics”. It is amazing and a good cause and something I wholeheartedly champion as a comic book reader and a feminist.
This video of a marching band creating moving people, dinosaurs and superheroes blew my mind. It combines two of my favourite things: movies and walking.