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10 Coolest Things I Found On YouTube: 27/01/2011 – 15/02/2011

NO ONE ON DA CORNER IS SHIFTY LIKE US. SHIFTY LIKE US. SHIF-SHIFTY LIKE US

hellooooo BLAUG-O-SPHERE (aka The Sphere of BLAUGATION). even on a crappy-ass 128kpbs Internets connection, i managed to compile an entertaining collection of YouTube beedios for the purpose of laughter and “holy shit!”ing urself out of boredom. emjoy (gently).

Shifty-Eyed Dog

the very end of Season 11 ep 1’s Beyond Blunderdome, which features Mel Gibson as himself. Homer presents the shifty-eyed dog idea to Mel as a possible addition to his new film, noting that the easiest way to make someone or something look shifty is to have a close-up of their darting eyes with ominous music lol. the ep is also notable for Mel accurately predicting his shortcomings (drinking, speeding).

*I’ll* Have A Twist Of Lemon

i often associate my love for Punch-Drunk Love (2002) with L.A. Story (1991), a Steve Martin written and directed ode to love (Steve also stars as the protagonist). the quirky approach to love seems to be the main thread that holds them inside the cockles of my heart, somewhere deep in the inner-cockular region.

Intestiana Jones

Machete (2010) was just one big fat giant WIN. would love to see the sequels that are jokingly referred to at the end of the film.

Harley Quinn – Say That We’re Sweethearts Again

after months of watching the complete Batman Animated toon series in order from beginning to end (i only have a handful of eps left til i get back to Batman Beyond again), i realised that this is THE greatest incarnation of the Batverse ever created. it has a pretty violent and adult tone, and stays very true to its own continuity. among all of that, there are genuinely classic smile-inducing moments, most of em involving Harley Quinn (voiced by the inimitable Arleen Sorkin). in the episode Harlequinade, she performs a light-hearted but dark number titled Say That We’re Sweethearts Again, originally performed by Virginia O’Brien from the 1944 film Meet The People.

Stu Unleashes Hell at Approximately 4:02 A.M

another (sofar) underground YouTube video meme/fad, which features the mangling of a scene involving Stu Pickles from Rugrats waking up at 4am to make Angelica some chocolate pudding.

WINNERSH GO HOME & FFFUCK THE PROHMM QUEEN!

i finally cleared a Saturday night a couple weeks back specifically to watch the epic beast of an action film known as The Rock (1996) (Cage, Connery). IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT (and with that cast? how could it).

Sometimes The Bar…He Eats YOU

i could watch an entire film consisting of nothing but The Stranger & The Dude sitting at a bar talking shit. one of many classic moments from The Big Lebowski (1998). what’s interesting to note in this clip, is that The Stranger (played by Sam Elliot) is mangling this oft-used line: he’s either adding a gender to the bar, or mispronouncing the word “bear” lol. either way it’s fucking gold.

Powdered Toast Man Saves The President

“i, Powdered Toast Man, do solemnly swear to RELIEVE the American citizens…of their basic human rights”. there isn’t much that can match the manic genius of Ren & Stimpy and their side-characters.

Bicycles: Not Just For Riding Anymore

Diana Amft as “Inke” accidentally having an orgasm while riding her bike lol. cute. from the film Mädchen, Mädchen (2001).

Oswald Bates – Keep Your Butt In School

“allow me to expose my colon, once again”.

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Anne Hathaway as “Catwoman/Selina Kyle” + Tom Hardy as “Bane” + 1 unknown female lead in Nolan’s 3rd Batflick, “The Dark Knight Rises”

in the 3rd film, Batman finally takes care of those pesky bats that keep frign following him around everywhere

so it looks like we finally got some confirmation to drown out the sea of rumours that have been circulating on the casting of this film for what seems like an eternity (Johnny Depp as The Riddler, for example). and after Heath Ledger‘s iconic performance as The Joker in the epic pop-culture behemoth known as The Dark Knight, i am reserving judgment on the possible outcome of casting Anne once i actually see the film. under Chris Nolan‘s direction, it should be another solid WIN for the Batman pantheon. Tom Hardy on the other hand, i must confess the only film i’ve seen of his was his role as Eames in Inception, but that was enough for me to dig the dude’s style. apparently he kicked ass in a film called Bronson too (which i will be seeing this weekend), so his ability to pull off the role of the back-breaking roided-up Bane isn’t really in question. what IS in question is the casting of an as-of-yet unnamed co-lead actress.

there is still speculation as to who the other female lead character will be, but as of this moment i have two distinct hunches:

1) Harley Quinn (aka Dr. Harleen Quinzell): a much beloved character that was born on the inimitable and definitive Batman: The Animated Series. her backstory is that she briefly worked at Arkham Asylum as a psychologist of sorts, until she eventually fell in love with The Joker and became the crafty, playful supervillainess Harley Quinn (and Joker’s girlfriend). she mostly gets treated like dirt, but is unendingly loyal to her “Mr. J”. however, introducing her would mean having to include scenes of The Joker, either re-cast or via old footage. either way it wouldn’t work as well without Mr. J being a constant presence.

2) Talia Al Ghul: the daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul (who was one of the chief villains in Batman Begins), Talia has always been depicted as being divided in her love for Bruce Wayne/Batman and her loyalty to her father. although her actions are dodgy at best (usually at the behest of her more maniacal father), bringing her into the fold would take this current incarnation of the Batmovie franchise full circle, perhaps using Ra’s apparent “death” in Batman Begins as a catalyst for her to appear (and i’m not entirely convinced Ra’s perished in the train, he was known for being immortal via the Lazarus Pits, but since the films are trying to remain rooted in reality, perhaps Ra’s is just a master of escape and survival?). as for her story, it would be a complex one as Talia has great affection for Bruce. in the comics they even have a child together. i think her showing up in The Dark Knight Rises is highly more likely, and would interconnect the films quite nicely.

on a final note, after re-watching Batman: The Animated Series from its very beginning (im only halfway thru season 1), i can see a whole LOT of story and plot points that were straight up ripped for the films, which i don’t think is a bad thing at all. the toon is perhaps the best incarnation of the Batverse i’ve ever encountered, and also one of the most enduring (a testament to its quality legacy). my HOPE would be that character cues for Selina and a possible Talia are taken from the cartoon series, as the show portrayed a balanced view of both of these strong females as anti-heroins with a thing for Batman/Bruce. yes they get up to some shady stuff, but they’re also good people at heart. this would be a welcome dynamic from the whole Rachel Dawes thing (which i was never down with from the beginning).

and now? …we wait for July 2012 🙂

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