Nobody Wants To Be Anybody’s Thurston Moore

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So, uh, I don’t have a ton to say here, but I’ve been listening to Sleater-Kinney recently. I hadn’t really listened to them before. I had listened to Wild Flag, and their drummer Janet Weiss used to drum in The Jicks, and I’ve watched Portlandia, but I hadn’t really listened to Sleater-Kinney at all.

Well, I was missing out, because they are tremendous. I listened to a bunch of their stuff recently, and it’s pretty much front-to-back top notch. I listened to two albums from the 90′s, Call the Doctor and Dig Me Out, in their entirety. They are both excellent albums. If you like edgy, energetic rock music, give it a shot. The vocals are really interesting too. I know “interesting” is probably both an inapt and tedious word to use there, but I did it anyway. What I mean really is that they are distinct and idiosyncratic, but I think they are by and large very good. Also, did you know by and large is a nautical term?

Anyway, Sleater-Kinney dudes. Get with it. Over a decade later. Like me.

 

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A Schtickel Of Emmy’s

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On the Emmy’s last night, Bryan Cranston won, once again, for his role as Walter White on Breaking Bad, while Anna Gunn won, for the second time, for playing his wife Skyler. Of course, these two have another connection. They were both on Seinfeld.

I don’t need to tell you about Cranston’s time on Seinfeld. He was Tim Whatley. He showed up several times. He tried to date Elaine. He considered Jerry an agitator. He had a beard once. It was nice to have him around, because Cranston is a very talented actor, and it was a good character.

Gunn was around for only one episode. I don’t remember her character’s name. She dated Jerry. She loved air conditioning. George thought he saw her kissing Jerry’s cousin Jeffery. It may have just been a horse, and it may not have been Anna Gunn. Honestly, Gunn doesn’t make much of an impression in this episode, admittedly, but she wasn’t given much to do. She was just a girlfriend, and not even a fun one. She didn’t get to have any hangups or quirks. She was acted upon entirely. Gunn would very much impress as Skyler, of course.

Also, Seinfeld is a tricky show to parse sometimes. Like, to what extent is the real life ethos of Larry David or Jerry Seinfeld coming across from time to time? Because, as we all know, the gang are awful people, but they aren’t always in the wrong. Sometimes they are right, but the world is against them. Sometimes, though, things seem weird in the middle. I’m always reminded of that episode with Denise Richards as Bob Balaban’s daughter. It always felt like that episode was abiding the notion of a dude looking down a teenager’s shirt, which, you know, would be super creepy. But, it is hard to be sure. Unlike in real life, where I know Jerry Seinfeld is a creep.

Aaron Paul, to my knowledge, was never on Seinfeld

 

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I’m Such A Fool For You

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I suppose it took me too long to get to this, and for that I apologize. In short, to answer your question, yes, I had to let it linger. I had to, I had to, I had to let it linger.

Clearly I had nothing to write today, but we’re at about 400 straight days of posts, so fuck it. I’m too busy tweeting about The Simpsons.

 

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Good Bad Acting

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03928So, a little while back, I watched Bowfinger, harkening to a different era for Eddie Murphy. The film came out in 1999, and starred and was written by Steve Martin. The movie is about Bobby Bowfinger, a low level producer/director who decided to make a movie “starring” Eddie Murphy’s action star, by secretly taping him during his regular life and having his actors run up to him and stuff. Heather Graham plays a woman straight off the bus who is at first completely cornpone but takes to Hollywood quickly by sleeping her way to the top. Murphy plays two characters. He’s good in it. It’s a good movie.

However, my favorite thing about the movie is Heather Graham’s bad acting. Now, I’m not saying Graham is bad in the movie. She’s good, but she’s good because she acts poorly well. The actress she’s playing is not a good actress, so she has to act bad, and she does it in a way that is funny. She jumps around weirdly constantly and does a strange, implacable accent. These scenes were the best in the movie.

This brings to mind the delicate balance that is acting poorly well. You have to be not good, but in a way that is performative, but also funny and clearly an act. You have to delineate your acting from your “acting.” Graham did it well. The movie Matinee is also a good example of this. Some others too, I imagine.

 

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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 57: Daria

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Have you ever wanted to hear two reasonable gentlemen have a nuanced discussion of an old MTV cartoon? Well then this is the episode for you! We discussed Daria, the show about Daria. We have differing opinions. That is all I shall say. You will have to listen to find out all the juicy details. And to hear us talk about Daria, the show about Daria.

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening, which is a statement of appreciation and sincerity Daria would lampoon.

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The Trail of Time

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We all remember Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? That isn’t a question, but the name of the show/game ends in a question, so here we are. Anyway, I’m talking about the show. And, really, I’m talking about the show Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

The first game is pretty simple. You travel the world looking for the V.I.L.E. gang and Ms. Sandiego. In Time, though, and I am not discussing the movie In Time, you traveled around the world AND through time. Which, you know, is pretty out there. On The AV Club, they compared it to Dr. Who, which kind of made sense.

Anyway, after World was done as a show, they replaced it with Time. It only ran for two years, but for a whopping 115 episodes. I’m sure I saw this show, but I only remember World, which I remember well. This one apparently didn’t have Rockapella. Instead, they had “The Engine Crew,” who I imagine is a different a capella group. The prizes were less, because the show was cheaper, even though they were TRAVELING THROUGH TIME. I know they weren’t doing it for real, but on principle shouldn’t it have been gaudier? The V.I.L.E. crew still had ridiculous names. Baron Wasteland is actually a pretty good one. Buggs Zapper is dumb, but in an amusing way. And the rest…

There was also a French-Canadian version. Fair enough.

 

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