Heads up: this book is GREAT.
Movies, we like to tell ourselves, are a kind of immortality. Films last forever, and sequels and reboots keep things alive long after the end credits. In the world of cinema, we’re seldom asked to confront the actual end of anything. But discarding all the sequels, the remakes, the sequels to remakes and remakes of sequels, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre remains one of the most confrontational films about death ever made. Forty years on, the film offers no comfort in its bleak message: you might live or die at any given moment, and when you finally take the dirt nap it will likely be an unsentimental, arbitrary bit of happenstance.
Phil’s great retrospective on one of my all-time favorite movies.
Fuckin’ With The Thing, a Yancey Street Gang retrospective.
EXCUSE ME THERE’S A TRAILER FOR NEWSREADERS A VERY SILLY SHOW I WROTE FOR PLEASE WATCH IT
IT HAS A FRANKENSTEIN CALLING PEOPLE RACIST IN IT
I’ll tell you what I think Mel Blanc’s most genius achievement was. And only if you’re a voice actor do you realize how incredible this is. When Bugs and Daffy are fighting about whether it’s wabbit season or duck season, and Daffy Duck comes out dressed up as Bugs Bunny, doing a Bugs Bunny imitation, then Bugs Bunny comes out dressed as Daffy doing a Daffy impression. You know how hard that is to do?
Man oh man
Don Hertzfeldt did a Simpsons couch gag.