Wherein unreasonably free time is dedicated to proving Jonah Hill is funnier than you.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Evan Almighty

1) I will watch anything featuring Jonah Hill. _

2) At times Evan Almighty could pass for an interesting -- albeit disingenuous -- take on how prophets would be received in modern times (i.e. as lunatics).

3) The religious, anti-politician, and spectacle elements of the film seemed so anachronistic. Some grad student has written a thesis on the cultural significance of Morgan Freeman's G-d, though, so I won't bother.

4) Last week, one of my friends told me she finds happiness montages bittersweet, because they are inevitably followed by sadness. Evan Almighty has THREE montages, but only the latter two could be characterized as "happy." The first might be better described as slapstick-schadenfreude, where a character repeatedly harms himself but we laugh at him. Certainly there are also "sad" montages, where characters descend into cross-cut downward spirals. What is the rule there, I wonder?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Joe Kelly Likes Pablo Neruda Puns

In the last episode of 'How I Met Your Mother', Ted -- while nude -- cites the following poem as being his favourite:

Get it? 'Cause it's about being nude!

Somewhere there must be someone else blogging about this. Not because HIMYM has a sizable Spanish-speaking audience[1], but because its Nielsen sample ratings among 18-49 year-olds consistently put it on par with 'The Office.' Those are the bloggers, right?

Or maybe the bloggers are the people with DVRs that can over-analyze every frame. Does that mean somewhere there is a dedicated '90210' online fandom like for Chisme Chica and SPN?

[1] Tangentially, it has a very white cast for a show set in Manhattan.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Stephen Colbert once implied that the length of a Wikpedia entry shows how important the issue is. Given I'm about to go through The Time Tunnel, I'm using my extra hour to evaluate the two "Disturbia"s[1] — Rihanna's song and Hitchcock's Shia LeBeouf's film — with this heuristic.

As you can see from the scroll bars in the above screencap, LeBeouf takes the L. I am genuinely surprised by this, since I figured pretty-boy Shia inspired more fannish behavior than Riri. Plus the song is ≈4% as long as the film. What the poets say is true: don't underestimate the internet.

[1] Disturbia's disambiguation page also lists a 1997 novel by that title, but since it has no entry of its own it must not exist [cf. Scott's Razor].