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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 25, 2020. 6 comments

Jack Cruz, the monkey from David Lynch's new short film, just released a record

Jack Cruz, the monkey from David Lynch's new short film, just released a record

It was already enough of a surprise gift when, last Monday,

an underseen short film from David Lynch appeared on Netflix without any warning. Not content just to give us “What Did Jack Do?”—an intense interrogation between Lynch as an unnamed detective and Jack Cruz, a suit-wearing, talking monkey accused of murder—we’ve now been presented with a companion piece in the form of two songs from...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 25, 2020. 10 comments

Watch 2019's Aladdin as it was meant to be seen: With an overjoyed toddler babbling over it

Watch 2019's Aladdin as it was meant to be seen: With an overjoyed toddler babbling over it

Disney’s CGI and live action remakes of their best-loved animated films have been pretty hit or miss so far. Last year’s Aladdin, for instance, received a pretty lukewarm critical reception overall, with

our own review calling it “the worst of a batch” of the recent “forced march of listless live-action Disney remakes.”All the same, as Aladdin’s box office success demonstrated and a video...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 24, 2020. 5 comments

"Enjoy" a disarmingly cute video about how snakes end up in people's toilets

"Enjoy" a disarmingly cute video about how snakes end up in people's toilets

There are so, so many reasons why snakes rank at the top of the universe’s most horrifying creations, but the most important may be the simplest: They’re incredibly, terrifyingly sneaky. Because they lie flat on the ground most of the time, refusing us the common courtesy of at least possessing legs, snakes can end up anywhere, darting across your foot while you’re enjoying a walk in the...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 24, 2020. 15 comments

India is sending a creepy robot lady to space

India is sending a creepy robot lady to space

A lot of thought has been given to how humanity can best represent itself to any of the aliens who might run into us—or, just as likely, our space junk—at some point. In the past, smart people have carefully curated material like the Voyager Golden Record, filling it with pictures of Earth, great works of music from across international cultures, and greetings in a variety of different...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 23, 2020. 6 comments

Behold the awesome, unblinking gaze of the restored Mystic Lamb

Behold the awesome, unblinking gaze of the restored Mystic Lamb

Art restoration doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes, the work in question is simply cleaned up and left looking pretty much the same as it was before anything was done to it. In other cases, the restoration process ends up doing something a lot more drastic—like, say, turning a fresco of Jesus Christ into a portrait of a shocked monkey.

While we may never see the likes of something like...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 23, 2020. 2 comments

Here is Baby Jabba, weak pretender to Baby Yoda's throne

Here is Baby Jabba, weak pretender to Baby Yoda's throne

Baby Yoda, as much as his stubborn internet ubiquity tempts us to believe otherwise, is a marvel of heart-melting puppet design. In the space of only a few months since he first toddled onto the screen, the big-eyed, floppy-eared, snub-nosed creature has wormed his way into the nerve centers of modern culture. He has become the world’s collective green child. He is the best thing to come out...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 22, 2020. 8 comments

Disney celebrates its cultural dominance with supercut of times it's been referenced on The Simpsons

Disney celebrates its cultural dominance with supercut of times it's been referenced on The Simpsons

Disney, not content just to own the bulk of mainstream culture, is determined to rub that fact in everyone’s faces. After having acquired 20th Century Fox, the dread mouse

laid waste to parts of the company deemed unnecessary and made a fur stole out of the most identifiable aspect of its name. As the proud owner of this business, it also received exclusive streaming rights to The Simpsons...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 22, 2020. 9 comments

Let's explore the pros and cons of cutting long books in half for convenience

Let's explore the pros and cons of cutting long books in half for convenience

In an age of constant technological advancement, the book has managed to remain exactly as it’s always been. Despite the availability of eReaders and the fact that we can scroll through long articles or digitized novels on our phones, the book itself, as a physical object, hasn’t really been improved upon or rethought. It remains what it is: A stack of paper, sequentially arranged and bound...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 21, 2020. 9 comments

Kurt Russell cackling his way through The Thing's commentary track remains a reliable pick-me-up

Kurt Russell cackling his way through The Thing's commentary track remains a reliable pick-me-up

The Thing is a movie all about the slow accumulation of dread and suspicion. By the time it comes to an end,

all of that tension has released into full-blown terror and violence. Kurt Russell does a fantastic job portraying J.R. MacReady, a character who deals with the film’s escalating paranoia and body horror with determination, but, as a commentary track featuring him and director John...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 18, 2020. 6 comments

James Corden got Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth to do a Reservoir Dogs parody

James Corden got Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth to do a Reservoir Dogs parody

Reservoir Dogs has gone 28 years without a sequel, which is good because it absolutely doesn’t need one. Even so, the temptation to revist such a career-defining film must be powerful for those involved. How else to explain the decision made by Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth to reprise their parts as Mr. Pink and Mr. Orange for the benefit of a Late Late Show With James Corden video parodying the...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 17, 2020. 7 comments

Emo Trump returns to moan about toilet problems

Emo Trump returns to moan about toilet problems

There’s nothing new in pointing out that Donald Trump’s style of speaking, removed from the status-boosting context of cheering rally crowds or a White House backdrop, sounds pretty pathetic. When he isn’t all-caps tweeting about “perfect phone calls,” he’s getting out in front of the people to rage and moan about media persecution, impeachment, and whatever else wanders through the...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 17, 2020. 16 comments

Save some time and just watch the Babu Frik part of The Rise Of Skywalker

Save some time and just watch the Babu Frik part of The Rise Of Skywalker

The Rise Of Skywalker was mostly

pretty bad . We say mostly because, regardless of its slapdash plot and character work, it also included the character of Babu Frik, one of the finest aliens Star Wars has seen to date. Well, now you don’t have to watch more than two hours of boring stuff to get to the good parts of the movie because the Star Wars YouTube channel has trimmed the fat from The...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 16, 2020. 5 comments

Watch the team of animators behind Netflix's Klaus learn they've been nominated for an Oscar

Watch the team of animators behind Netflix's Klaus learn they've been nominated for an Oscar

The people who make animated films, despite contributing to one of the most popular types of movie, rarely get proper recognition. Every year, though, the Academy Awards provide an opportunity to reward at least a handful of them with an opportunity to stand up on stage and receive praise for their hard work. To understand how much this can mean to them, check out this video of the team...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 16, 2020. 20 comments

Man requests katana-based "trial by combat" to settle dispute with ex-wife and her attorney

Man requests katana-based "trial by combat" to settle dispute with ex-wife and her attorney

Though Game Of Thrones ended last year, its lessons reverberate throughout modern culture—lessons like, say, solving interpersonal disputes by up and demanding that they be decided upon with sword duels. As reported by the Des Moines Register, this, incredibly, is exactly what a 40 year-old man from Kansas has done.

David Ostrom, the guy in question, has requested that he be granted the...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 15, 2020. 16 comments

Our commenters weigh in on the "so bad on purpose" Sandler flicks they'd like to see

Our commenters weigh in on the "so bad on purpose" Sandler flicks they'd like to see

Having been

snubbed by the Academy for his performance in Uncut Gems, the world must now wait to see if Adam Sandler will make good on his promise to create a movie “that is so bad on purpose.” Fortunately, the decades we’ve all spent watching Sandler’s bad-but-not-on-purpose oeuvre have prepared us for this eventuality, providing plenty of inspiration for writing up our own pitches .

Since...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 15, 2020. 11 comments

Nearly a decade later, that Detroit RoboCop statue is almost finished

Nearly a decade later, that Detroit RoboCop statue is almost finished

Back in 2011, the internet came together to fund the project the new decade apparently needed: a monument to militarized police power and cybernetic warfare as represented by a giant statue of RoboCop

to be installed in Detroit . After triumphing over the ED-209-like stopping power of the city’s previously opposed mayor and securing a permanent patrol spot at the Michigan Science Center,...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 15, 2020. 15 comments

Steve-O's Killer Karaoke might have been the cruelest show on television

Steve-O's Killer Karaoke might have been the cruelest show on television

2012 was only eight years ago in technical terms, but in cultural ones it feels like at least a couple of decades in the past. For evidence of this, please consider Killer Karaoke, a reality TV show that debuted in 2012 with the once-market-friendly premise of Jackass’s Steve-O hosting a singing competition where people do shit like place their hands into boxes filled with snakes and skunks.

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 14, 2020. 6 comments

Actor starts podcast to figure out why, exactly, Tom Hanks fired him from Band Of Brothers

Actor starts podcast to figure out why, exactly, Tom Hanks fired him from Band Of Brothers

Any kind of work in the arts is a minefield of rejection. For the most part, it rolls off the back as an expected part of the job. In some cases, though, losing an opportunity sticks in the mind and refuses to leave. Dead Eyes, a podcast from comedian and actor Connor Ratliff, all about getting hired—and fired—for a role in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s Band Of Brothers, is the chronicle...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 14, 2020. 4 comments

Alright, it's time to watch the "high abuse" toilet flush things

Alright, it's time to watch the "high abuse" toilet flush things

The final weeks of 2019 were a reminder that “toilet discourse” is always ready to erupt—that it bubbles and roils in the world’s collective gut, just waiting to burst out when least expected. Perhaps wishing to refute a key point in the last go-around of toilet talk—that the president believes the environment is in danger due to people needing to flush 10 to 15 times per use—the waste...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Jan 13, 2020. 12 comments

Giant tortoise retires after having enough sex to almost singlehandedly save his species

Giant tortoise retires after having enough sex to almost singlehandedly save his species

Diego, a Galapagos giant tortoise, is coming home. Having spent much of his roughly 130 years fucking every tortoise who (slowly, slowly) batted their eyelashes at him, the huge, scaly playboy has accomplished his mission of banging out a future for his species and is ready now to embrace a simpler, quieter sort of life.

As reported by ABC News’ Julia Jacobo, Diego is a Chelonoidis hoodensis...

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