"If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching Two and a Half Men, I'm on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it, and filling your head with filth… People say it’s just entertainment. Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch."
Adam Sternbergh sure is steamed at Judd Apatow and Todd Phillips in his New York Times article "The Hangover and The Age of the Jokeless Comedy," essentially blaming the pair for crushing "joke-driven" comedies in favor of films that rely more on everyday people falling into situational gags, rather than making specific jokes. At least I think that's what he's saying, because this article is all over the place. "The films of Phillips and Apatow arrived as an antidote to tired, mechanistically joke-driven comedies, like the reference-packed Scary Movie clones. But their movies wound up acting as a kind of comedic nerve gas, wiping out joke-comedies en masse," [...]
Whoa. Bill Burr took a controversial stance on alternative comedy on his Monday Morning Podcast, blaming The Office for the rise of "awkward" nerd humor and railing against babyfaced alt comics for being their lack of toughness.
“I resent the alternative comedy scene for one reason only,” he says. “That scene created a situation; it basically distilled all of the horror out of attempting to be a comedian. No heckling, no drunks, no obnoxious behavior, no aggressiveness [from the crowd]; every fucking reason it takes balls to be a comedian; every fucking reason that people wanted to be a comic but never fucking did it, they’ve removed [those [...]
Welcome to April Fool's Day, one of the most annoying days of the year. It's the one day in which you can't trust anything that you see on the internet, because everyone is trying to trick you. Hilarious! But here's the thing: there's a pretty huge distance between making a joke and lying, and most April Fool's Day pranks fall distinctly in the latter camp.
April Fool's Day is to comedy what New Year's Eve is to parties: amateur hour. It's the one day a year that everyone thinks they are hilarious, and you can't escape the onslaught of poorly-conceived pranks and misinformation. Because today might be pitched as [...]
When the episode “Special Project” ended, I was excited about the future of The Office for the first time all season. It felt like things were actually going to start happening, rather than the show's spending nearly half the season trying to convince us that new regional manager Andy Bernard needed to win over his co-workers. (He didn’t have to; they already liked him – I don’t want to think about the painful “Gettysburg” ever again.) To refresh your memory: in “Special Project,” which aired February 9, Andy tells Dwight that he needs to pick a team to go down to Tallahassee, Florida with him, to help launch [...]
On Tuesday, Salon writier Matt Zoller Seitz wondered whether pop culture references are ruining TV shows like The Simpsons and Community for future generations. He discusses trying to explain a Simpsons Arnold Schwarzenegger reference to his confused young son, a frequent problem in a program that includes so many hyper-specifics. When reviewing episodes of Spaced, The A.V. Club's Todd VanDefWerff responds to Seitz's piece, and the fleeting nature of rip-from-the-headlines jokes. "I laughed because I got the reference to the show, but will my kids laugh?," he muses. Both writers argue that the temporariness of pop-culture references will eventually, say fifteen years or twenty from now, render [...]
Why is there still interest in a new Ghostbusters movie? A new rumor has Ivan Reitman directing a new movie that features baby Oscar, who was apparently Dana Barrett (Signorney Weaver) and Peter Venkman's (Bill Murray) kid, as a 21-year-old taking over the family business. What, you need them to cast Shia LeBouf as Oscar before you'll realize where this is going?
There is absolutely no good reason for this movie to exist, and that's why it probably never will. Yet the internet loves excitedly talking about it because the internet doesn't know what it wants. Let me make it clear: YOU DON'T WANT THIS.
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