The year was 1975…A.D. Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman found themselves appearing live on a public television pledge show (“Festival ’75!!!!”–try and get the theme music out of your head afterwards) answering questions from fans in the studio audience. Only the first thirteen or fourteen minutes of the interview are extant, but this fragment hasn’t been seen since the thing originally aired.
This trailer, for Crouching Behindya Hidden Well, is from the flash mayhem known as “The Everyday Happenings of Weebl.” And we don’t understand it one damn bit. But it’s early in the morning and it has ninjas. And it confused us enough to keep us from snoozing on the keys for a good fifteen minutes.
DVD of the Week:Return of the Pink Panther. Did the Steve Martin remake leave a bad taste in your soul? Then grab this from Universal, the only flick not in the MGM boxed set (Son of? There was no Son of, damn you). Is it the best of the bunch? Not by far, but let’s face it…bad Sellers Clouseau is better than most good comedic actors today–and no way is Sellers bad in this. Complete your collection. (Buy it)
TV DVD of the Week:Doogie Howser, MD: Season Three. Long before Neil Patrick Harris was becoming a stage actor all over the freaking place, he became the avatar of a lot of teenagers looking at growing up and doing so without the high-paying job of being a doctor. Here, in the third season–hitting DVD from Anchor Bay–you get twenty-four episodes which feature everything from Doogie living with his best friend as a roomie, to taking a fast food job, to the evolution of his relationship with his girlfriend. Comes with interviews as well. (Buy it)
Audiobook of the Week:The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Christopher Lane. Written when Thompson was just a young gonzo, the novel relates a young writer facing the fact that his dreams of a literary career are going up in smoke. Not his best work, but for those who want a complete Thompson experience, they should definitely check it out. This unabridged production from Blackstone Audio is a handy way to do so. (Buy it)
Book of the Week:The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios. There’ve been a number of books trying to use science that we know to explain how fictional worlds might work. They’re all pretty entertaining and–gasp–educational. Kakalios’ tome from Gotham Books is no exception, as he addresses the burning questions of our age, like “Can Ant-Man punch his way out of a paper bag?” He also brings up how the Microverse would work, and runs down major mutant players to take you through how they can work their powers as well. It’s a total science geekgasm in a little over 300 pages. (Buy it)
Movie-Related of the Week:The Making of King Kong : The Official Guide to the Motion Picture by Jenny Wake. Pocket Books takes you behind the scenes of the big monkey film, featuring scads of exactly what you would pick up such a tome for: behind-the-scenes shots, pics of models, production art…the whole nine. If you’re salivating thinking of the DVD and its inevitable bonus bits, then slake your thirst for the time being with this. (Buy it)
The man’s name is Juan Lozano. He has spent years and lots of coin building something that everybody wants: a rocketeer rig. He’s not doing trips to the market or anything, but me, I think he gets bonus points for the kickass pose. Article here, video here and the project’s website here.
It was being drooled over first by the cats at MAKE Blog.
Update: NBC, morons that they are, have apparently had YouTube pull the video. This is a good thing: Christ knows we don’t want people actually finding out that SNL might have something worth watching. Good job, NBC! Hide that light under a bushel, you dumbshits!