The Legend Of Curly’s Obsessed Fandom

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The San Francisco Giants have won yet another World Series. And so, I am here to talk about the most prominent appearance from the Giants in pop culture. I speak, of course, of the movie The Fan.

The movie stars Robert DeNiro as a dude who is obsessed with Wesley Snipes who is a baseball playing man. I figure he takes things to extreme measures. Maybe death is threatened. DeNiro’s character’s name is Gil “Curly” Renard. That’s about all I know. I didn’t even bother reading the Wikipedia synopsis. I don’t care. I am not interesting in how the movie plays out. It rains at some points, I remember that from the trailer.

Also, did you know Benicio Del Toro is in this movie? And Jack Black in a small role. Also, John Kruk acts in the movie. If you don’t know who John Kruk is, he used to play baseball, now he is an awful analyst who at least is a mildly amusing presence in a booth. Unlike Harold Reynolds, who was an analyst during the World Series. In addition to being a terrible analyst who doesn’t seem to understand baseball, he has a grating, annoying personality with a terrible sense of timing and stuff. Also, I kind of like Joe Buck. I know a lot of people don’t, and he was over the top that one time he got mad at Randy Moss for fake mooning the crowd, but overall I think he does a solid enough job.

Anyway, I bet Kruk is a bad actor. And this movie was a bomb, and also it has an official soundtrack. I reckon Wesley Snipes other baseball movie, Blade II, is better than The Fan.

 

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A Plug With An Indeterminate Amount Of Shame

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Fans of me talking, are you in luck. You don’t have to wait until the next episode of Existential Parachute Pants, or to find episodes of my old podcast, Cheers, somewhere on the internet. I recently appeared on The Jeff Rubin Show with Jeff Rubin. We talked about my Mystery Science Theater 3000 book. You know, my book on MST3K? The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Twelve Classic Episodes and the Movies they Lampoon? Yeah, that one. Anyway, we chitted, we chatted, and you can listen to it: http://jeffrubinjeffrubinshow.com/episode/131-mystery-science-theater-analyzed/

 

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Go Team Venture!

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As I was driving yesterday, I was reminded of a hilarious line from the television show Venture Bros. I have not watched the show in many years. I really enjoyed it at first, but then the show started wearing thin on me, and eventually I just gave up on it, because I was finding it more gross and creepy than funny. Also, it isn’t a show from the 90′s, but it was a show indebted to pop culture in many ways, including the 90′s, and including this joke.

Hank and Dean Venture, the titular Venture brothers, have run away from home, and are on the open road. Dean, the more timid of the two, is wary. Hank, in an attempt to cajole Dean to take to the highway with him, declares, “Can’t you hear the wind calling ‘Little Miss, Little Miss Can’t be Wrong?” This is, of course, a line from a Spin Doctors song, and not even “Two Princes.” I just find it to be an oddly perfect reference. I quote it often.

Well, I sort of quote it often. Here’s the thing. For a moment, I tried to recall whether or not I had written about this joke before. I remembered I had not, but I know why it felt familiar. Because, you see, when I first remembered it to myself yesterday, I remembered it as “Can’t you hear the road calling…” then I thought, “Wait isn’t it wind?” So I looked it up. It is indeed wind. However, on multiple websites, you can find things I have written where I quoted it as “road.” Well, you live, you learn, as Alanis Morrissette taught us.

 

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Unidentified Funky Ones

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Look, anybody can make fun of “Summer Girls” by LFO. They can call it stupid. They can say the lyrics are inane and nonsensical. And not in a fun way, but in a pointless, trite way. However, I say these detractors of the Light Funky Ones are selling them short. The song teaches us so much! Here’s some examples

The great Larry Bird wore jersey number 33. Now, the “great” part is subjective, but the rest of it is straight fact.

Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton. Unshakably true!

Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets. Sure, he’s being a bit over familiar with William Shakespeare, but the fact remains true. Shakespeare did not just write plays. He wrote sonnets too.

His name is Rich. Nobody can deny this. The singer’s name is indeed Rich.

Chinese food makes him sick. This I will have to take his word on, but I trust him. So much of this ended up true, you know?

Knowledge is power, dudes. More like the Light Educational Ones.

 

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Monsters Keeping Their Evil In Check

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For Halloween, which is in the not too distant future, I wanted to post one of those clips from The Simpsons episode “I Love Lisa” involving “Monster Mash.” The episode in question involves Valentine’s Day, which is part of the joke. Bill and Marty accidentally play “Monster Mash.” Well, one of them does. I bet it’s Marty. And then he tries to defend it as a love song, because all the monsters are hanging out, keeping their evil in check. It’s very funny, and it involves a song that is tangentially Halloween-ish.

Alas, the clip is not online. Now, you could go watch “I Love Lisa” on the new Simpsons World website. Unfortunately, of the clips they provide for that episode, none of them involve “Monster Mash.” Also, recently I was watching Treehouse of Horror XX. It’s not 90′s, but it is a good later Simpsons Halloween episode. Some of the old school monsters are in its cold open, which is why I brought it up.

Truly, it was a graveyard smash.

 

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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 66: Disney Animated Films

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This week’s topic is subtopics within subtopics, so allow me to clarify further. We discussed Disney’s animated films. However, this does not include Pixar movies. It also doesn’t include all of the traditionally animated films of the 90′s. Look, neither of us saw Hunchback of Notre Dame, OK? We mostly discuss Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas. Also, we talk a lot about Greek and Middle Eastern food.

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening duuuuudes.

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