Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don't have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.
Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, "Promoter (of earthbound causes)" as my theme music for this.
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Apparently, the end of the series St. Elsewhere revealed that the entire show was in the mind of an autistic child named Tommy Westphall. Although I remember watching the show, I think I had checked out of television watching by the time the show finally ended. And yes, while that's an interesting ending, nothing will probably ever, ever beat the end of Newhart.
Anyway, there's nothing that we respect more around here than people who are bigger, more effective geeks than we are. Notice the use of the words "more effective." And we think it's pretty darn effective when you decide to postulate that a great portion of television all exists with Tommy's mind due to all the guest starring bits and crossovers between various shows. It's like a television version of Wold Newton, for crying out loud.
Get the full skinnee, along with the full diagram and explanation, here.
Written by John Fusco
Directed by Joe Johnston
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, Omar Sharif, Louise Lombard, and SaÃ¯d Taghmaoui
- "Sand and Celluloid" making-of featurette
- "America's First Horse" enhanced computer featurette
Released by: Touchstone Home Entertainment
My Advice: Rent it.
Frank Hopkins (Mortensen) is a Pony Express rider whose best friend is his horse, Hidalgo. Hopkins and Hidalgo have earned a national reputation for being champions of endurance races in the late 1800s. While he's performing with Buffalo Bill Cody's (J.K. Simmons) Wild West Show, his reputation is picked up by a Sheik (Sharif) who challenges them to race the 3,000 mile race across the deserts of the Middle East. They accept the challenge. Along the route of the race, they are challenged with bands of raiders who are very proud of their pure-bred horses and look down upon the infidel and his mixed-breed horse from America. They take this race and their breeding rights very seriously--enough to kill men and horses to make sure they win the race.
Holy crap. That's a freaky looking shark. You can see the full picture here, and that's the thing with its protrusible jaws...um, fully protusibiliated. That is the technical term for it. One's even been caught alive recently, though it died after being put on display. It was probably picking up Clear Channel stations through its forehead attachment there. If I was stuck in an aquarium with Ryan Seacrest in my head, I'd probably die too. Gladly, even.
Over at Chris' Invincible Super-Blog (which gets bonus points for featuring Punisher punching a polar bear up top--probably the best image to come out of Marvel in years), there's something that will save you a lot of time and headaches: he's taken Marvel's atrocious, badly-plotted, poorly-conceived, flat-out-ridiculous-even-for-spandex Civil War and reduced it to its most basic bits of badness. And in the process, made it last about as long as the series deserves: 30 seconds.
So it's some stop motion arcade classics, all created with candles. And yes, it only lasts about a minute and a half with only part of that being actual gameplay...but really, how much of it would you be able to pull off before getting bored and going back to working on that pebble bed reactor in your basement?