meanwhile i’m asking the real fuckin questions
Side note: I would absolutely read books about legal practice in a wizard world.
holy fuck! so how did the penguins taste?????
this is the cutest video in the entire world. this seal is just so afraid for this dumb weird baby she thinks she’s found out in the ocean. have a bird. have another bird. no, see, eat the bird! the bird is food! why won’t this stupid baby eat. open your mouth you idiot baby i will feed you bird if it’s the last thing i do
Actors Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bill Murray, and Paul Rudd attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Sunday quiz: Why do you love the devil?
Do you “love the devil”? A handy list for sinners!
Everybody thinks “The Social Network” is the best movie about forming a new startup, but they are wrong. The best movie is “Ghostbusters”.— Patrick Ewing (@hoverbird)April 6, 2011
I laughed at and retweeted this back in the day and didn’t think much more on it. But, after rewatching Ghostbusters tonight on the occasion of Harold Ramis’s death, it’s even more apt, and for all the wrong reasons. I mean, I still love me some Ghostbusters; it’s amazingly well written, often charming, and very imaginative compared to most contemporary comedies, but man, the values of this movie seriously suck.
The EPA and a university are portrayed as cartoonish villains. The city government is feckless, corrupt, and ultimately helpless. Librarians can’t deal with a simple low-grade haunting. Institutions in general are awful and obviously ripe for disruption, and what we really need is a bunch of “outsider” manchild white guys with esoteric knowledge to break the rules and save us all. In the current era of narcissistic disruptive Silicon Valley excess, this does not play particularly well.
Peter Venkman is supposed to be a charming asshole, but comes across more often as just an outright asshole, especially when he’s bullying the secretary into working more hours by telling her how replaceable her skills are. On the bright side, at least they hired a black guy without doing extensive background checks? I dunno, but it seems at times like an NFIB propaganda film.
Oh, and they have Sigourney Goddamn Weaver at their disposal, and she’s totally passive and helpless when she isn’t possessed. Couldn’t she have been like doing her own homework to try to deal with her haunting problem, and then joined up with them and kicked some ass as a Ghostbuster? I guess that’s what fanfic is for. I do know that no movie in the same era would have relegated say, Harrison Ford to such a role.
I guess it’s in many ways a product of its time. This was the height of the Reagan era, and it’s reflecting that zeitgeist. But, we’re three decades into this nonsense at this point, and we know the costs all too well. In our reality, the Ghostbusters didn’t save the city, they blew everything up and then sent us the bill.
Ghostbusters is also a product of the National Lampoon crowd, who were, quelle surprise! relatively privileged white male “misfits” who didn’t fit into the traditional WASP-led institutions that they found themselves negotiating. If 80’s SNL/Landis/Ramis comedies hate anything, it’s a stuffed shirt in a position of power. However, they age a lot better when they’re punching up at snobbish moneyed elites, like in Caddyshack or Trading Places, than when they’re punching down at public servants, the help, and women in general. Ghostbusters is still a great comedy, but I really wish they hadn’t been so lazy (or worse) with the writing in these areas.
These videos blow my mind every time
You win this round cheese
actually that is a rectangle cheese
[oxford comma laughing in the distance]
[vocative comma wondering what oxford comma thinks it’s doing here]
I already reblogged this for the pun but I’m reblogging again for the sick punctuation banter
JUST A COUPLE OF FUCKING DOPE BROS WHO EVERYONE THOUGHT PEAKED IN THE 90’S AND SLOGGED THROUGH THE AUGHTS NOW TO SHOW UP ON THE OTHER SIDE SUNKISSED AND THIN SERVING FUCKING VARSITY LEVEL THESPIAN SHIT ON PREMIUM CABLE AND IN THE MOVIES. HEAR THE WOLF CRY THROUGH THEIR EYES