by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
With Halloween coming up
Friday, we’ve got lots of costumes to look forward to/dread: over-the-top
celebrity ensembles, clever pop culture costumes, folks who didn’t get
the memo that Halloween is not an excuse to be racist. But we get an awesome
early costume from Paralympian Josh Sundquist.
The athlete lost his left leg as a child and couldn’t be any better of a sport
about it, as evidenced by his creative costumes year after year. This time
around, he’s a foosball player.Holy shit, Harry Potter can rap.
LeVar Burton has read countless books to children
during his time on Reading Rainbow.
But now, Burton just wants kids to Go the
Fuck to Sleep.
Let’s talk about last week’s SNL. Jim Carrey hosted for the third time, this one in advance of
the upcoming Dumb and Dumber sequel (so help us, god). If you’re wondering why
the comedian never starred on the sketch comedy show, instead getting his big
break on In Living Color, he tried
— read more about his failed auditions here. While the episode had its low points — more on musical guest Iggy Azalea later —
Jim Carrey served up classic Jim Carrey insanity with plenty of physical
humor, face-morphing impressions and even a walk down memory lane with
his characters from the past 25 years. Best of all was his take on the weird
Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ads.
Then there was Iggy Azalea. The musical guests so
far this season have all catered toward a mostly younger audience, but that’s typically the
case. And whether you’re sick of her faux Atlanta rap-cent or you still have
“Fancy” as your ringtone, Iggy has churned out hit after hit over the past year
and she should have been able to produce at least a mildly entertaining
performance. But she did not. Both performances flat-lined, plagued with bad lip
synching to less-than-stellar pre-recorded tracks, awkward quasi-dancing (you
don’t have to have choreography just
because you’re a girl, you know) and featured artists with whom she had zero
chemistry. And I know following every episode of SNL someone writes a “Was this the worst performance in SNL
history?” commentary, but you really have to watch the uncomfortable, dead-eyed
performances for yourself.
It seemed more like a skit making fun of white girl
rappers than anything. But it stands as a reminder that ass alone does not a rapper make.
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Pardon my Seinfeldism, but what is the deal with kids
on competition shows? First there was MasterChef
Junior, where kids who have been
cooking since they were in diapers compete to impress Gordon Ramsay and other
chefs. Now there’s Project Runway:
Threads with little
Tim Gunns that know their way around a sewing machine better I can ever dream
(hot glue is my savior). Do you want me to feel inferior to 9-year-olds?
Apparently you can permanently alter the color of
your eyes if you hate yourself just enough!
Marcel the Shell is back! Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s lovable personified shell returns
for the first time since 2011 with a new video and a book, Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On went
viral in 2010 but the short film actually has critical accolades, too: It was awarded Best
Animated Short at AFI FEST 2010, was an official
selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury and
Audience Awards at the New York International Children's Film Festival. (You
know, just in case you needed any further proof that Jenny Slate is the best.)
And speaking of new installments of viral videos,
there’s a new Between Two Ferns with —
as Zach Galifianikis calls him — Bradley Pitts.
New movie trailers to hit the Interwebz: Paddington Bear, a character made popular through
children’s books since 1958, gets the live-action treatment in Paddington;
A troubled young man finds the will to live when his young but more mature
niece is put in his care in Before I
and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Chelsea
Peretti has a stand-up special coming to Netflix next month, One of the Greats.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The first clue that What If, the
new film from Michael Dowse, might be a subtle veering off course from
the typical journey can be found in the performance of Daniel Radcliffe
as Wallace, the lovelorn chap at the center of things.
Wealth of narrative details substitutes for cohesive story
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A flawed decision to split the final installment of the Harry Potter books into two films results in a formless narrative that overstays its welcome. For as detailed as director David Yates attempts to be with slick visual effects that periodically invigorate the movie, the overemphasized spectacle merely illustrates the film's lacking storyline. Grade: C.