Thursday, July 30, 2009

What I'm doing tonight...

It's very rare that Greenville gets a non-mainstream musical act that I actually enjoy, so I'm kind of excited about the prospect of seeing The Whigs at the Handlebar tonight...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mad Mii's

The Mad Men avatars have hit the blogosphere hard-- and though it looks like David and I might be a day late re: this trend, I can assure you that these were created like 2 days ago. So, Ben, I promise we aren't copying you-- not that you read our blog...

ANYWAY, these are accurate sketches of what David and I would look like in this wonderful world.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Prisoner Remake Rocks My World

If you've never experienced the wonderful insanity that is the '60s British TV series The Prisoner, well you should Netflix that shit right now. It's a psychedelic, paranoid, nonsensical mind-fuck that's not to be missed. This November, AMC is remaking the series as a 6-part miniseries. Following on the heels of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, I expect it to be nothing short of brilliant. Oh did I mention it stars Magneto and Jesus as Numbers 2 and 6 respectively?

"Who is Number 1?" "You are Number 6."

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Nuprin. Little, Yellow, Different.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another reason I heart Lady Gaga...

Her impeccable fashion sense...

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Phoenix, "1901"

This video is quite mesmerizing, and the song is currently one of my faves. So watch, listen, and love.

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David and Laura on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

This conversation will serve as Pop Cultured's official Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince film review. Spoiler Alert.

D: Dude. The ending of Half-Blood Prince bummed me out
L: yeah
D: And the more I think about it the more I feel like they structured the entire movie wrong
L: I agree
D: The emphasis was put on all the wrong things
L: I couldn't understand what they were thinking
L: Annie never read the book and said she had no idea what was going on
D: Instead of being a history of Voldemort and Snape & a mystery about Horcruxes.... it was a teen boarding school romantic comedy with a weird subplot about a blonde dude oddly obsessed with a cabinet
L: yah

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L: and what the hell was the burrow scene?
D: ?!?
D: I don't know
L: I was like, dude…
D: Also... why keep explaining that Draco is sending stuff through the cabinet?
D: That seemed so unnecessary around the 8th time it happened
L: yes, it did
D: sigh
D: The more I think about it the less I like it
L: the scene with the magic of them putting things back in order at the Muggle’s house reminded me of Sorcerer's Stone
L: and I was like, whyyyyyyy
L: that 40 seconds could have gone to maybe elaborating on the fact that Snape was the half blood prince
D: I enjoy Slughorn... but there was way too much setup for so little payoff
L: yeah
D: Especially since the Horcruxes and the whole Half-Blood Prince thing were basically ignored as real mysteries
L: I know, what the hell
D: They didn't even cover that Snape was into Lily
D:That's SO important
L: was that in HBP?
L: I thought that was deathly hallows
D: Yeah. There are memories that Dumbledore shows Harry then
L: ah
D: When Harry is suspicious that Snape is helping Malfoy
D: Because in the book they don't show us what Malfoy is doing until the people come through
D: We never see the vanishing cabinet in Hogwarts
L: but even Snape explaining that Harry needs to close his mind in their final battle is so important
L: not just "I’m the half blood prince"
D: Amy was really pissed when we were driving home
D: Heh
L: hahaha
L: and on top of all that, it was just kind of boring
L: the battle and Dumbledore’s funeral might have at least put something interesting in there
D: The burrow scene, the weird Malfoy scenes, the Lavender stuff, the subway scene
D: There are so many things that could be trimmed or cut completely
L: yessss
D: I'm glad we're in agreement
L: I mean, how could they manage to not make ME cry when Dumbledore died
D: I ALWAYS cry at that part in the book
L: I can't believe there hasn't been more of a fan backlash actually
D: Leland was really angry about it?
L: hahaha
L: shocking
D: Harry not being frozen killed me
L: yeah, I mean, come on
L: knowing Harry, he totally wouldn’t just obey
D: I love how the Burrow scene is basically the story of how Harry, through recklessness, burns down the Weasley's home
D: and then there's no repercussions
D: for that or Malfoy getting gutted
L: I know
L: they didn’t even care about the burrow
L: I knew Amy would be pissed when you said she was a literalist
D: She was amazed that she didn't cry at Dumbledore’s death either
L: I mean, I cried when Sirius died, so I know it’s not the lack of surprise
D: That's EXACTLY what she said
L: haha
L: I'm glad you got to use "that’s what she said" legitimately
D: Me too
D: Made my day right there.
L: hahahaha

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Monday, July 20, 2009

I didn't expect much from this video...

...but it's pretty awesome. Trust me on this one...and don't let the Rick Astleyness fool you.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Walter Cronkite, 1916-2009

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Question of the Day

I've been wondering this since 1996... What is wrong with Skeet Ulrich's neck? 

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Trailer

I'm finally going to see this today!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

No More "No Boundaries"

American Idol Season 8 winner's coronation song, "No Boundaries" has been removed from the Idols Live tour after only three shows due to "poor audience response." During my Idol Finale recap I referred to "No Boundaries" as "the worst song in the history of music" and a "Musical Holocaust." So my heartfelt thanks goes out to the audiences in Portland, Tacoma, and Vancouver. You really took a bullet for the rest of humanity.

Below is footage of Kris' performance in which he proves that while he can "weather the hurricanes" a good chunk of the audience is going to use this song as an opportunity to hit the restroom. Seriously. You can see one of the exits directly in front of him in the video.

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It's the Smoooooke!

This has got to be the best YouTube trend in some time. The Gregory Brothers combine auto tune, news footage, and green-screen to create these bizarre music videos. I can't stop watching them and have even started singing this one throughout the day.

"The more produce we come across, the more problems we see."

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Always be prepared...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

David and Laura on nothing in particular:

L: do you like fish sticks?
D: Actually no
L: me either
D: Well thats, one thing we've got
L: also, breakfast at tiffany's
D: *guitar solo*
L: hehe

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He'll always be Cedric Diggory to me...

Most people see this guy and think, "Hey, there's Edward Cullen." I prefer to remember him as Hufflepuff dream boat, Cedric Diggory.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mad Men Season 2

The second season of Mad Men came out on DVD today!! So light up your Lucky Strikes, pour your Scotch and get ready to swoon over Don Draper, (or Betty if you swing that way).The third season begins August, 16 on AMC.

If you haven't yet started watching Mad Men, here's a link to my favorite scene from the first season (sadly it was unembeddable).

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Right Now

This lovely product came up at lunch today, and my lunching buddies had no recollection of this advertisement. I thought I'd post it in case anyone else had trouble remembering the most melodramatic soda commercial of all time...

I also remember the SNL parody for Crystal Gravy, but sadly the YouTube and Hulu gods didn't enjoy it quite like me...

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If you recall from a much earlier post, I actually own one of these "Lumos" wands, which, unfortunately was not purchased at Ollivander's due to his capture at the hands of the death eaters, but rather Barnes and Noble. You better believe this little wand will be with me in the movie theater on Friday. My movie going companion is purchasing Harry Potter glasses, so yeah, we'll be those people.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Labyrinth Rules.

After discussing a choice scene from Requiem for a Dream with David last night, I realized that we had never posted anything from or about the movie Labyrinth. Since it was like, the only movie I watched as a youngen and it not only has Muppet like creatures, but also DAVID BOWIE, our failure to post seems almost epic.

When Rebecca (aka GS/ Soul Glo), David, Megan, Woody and I were in Film theory together, we always tried to fit Labyrinth into the “discussion,” which never really worked out—it just didn’t fit thematically with Shoot the Piano Player. Also, King Jareth didn’t really have the murderous gaze…or did he? (Annnndd that’s pretty much all I remember about film theory…). I also tried at least once to get Labyrinth into the discussion at the Flaherty, though that attempt was in vain as well.

I have yet to meet a Labyrinth hater, which makes the film unique in and of itself. The song from the film is pretty incredible as well—the call and answer between Bowie and Muppet is amazing and ohhhh so imitatable, which is why I’m posting it here!.

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Harry Potter Week!

In honor of the LONG awaited release of the 6th Harry Potter film (and because I am so excited about this film it's not even funny), Pop Cultured will be featuring Harry Potter themed posts every day this week. Yay!!

The best way to start this wondrous week is with a video that will stay with you all day...

P.S. Who else is re-reading Half Blood Prince at the moment?

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

University of Andy

David and I don't get a chance to write about Weeds too much--mostly because I don't think the blog was in working order when the last season aired--but a new season is 4 or 5 episodes in, so I might as well mention it.

Since Pop Cultured seems to be in the habit of just writing a few sentences and posting a video, and since I don't think I could really write anything very intuitive about this season (everyone knows the Botwins are pretty effed right now), I'm gonna post a pretty funny Weeds related video. This is one of a series called the "University of Andy," and features everyone's favorite Uncle, Andy Botwin.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Greatest Scene in Cinematic History

I stand by the title of this post 100%.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Nostalgia sells...

In the last week I've purchased two Wii games for no reason other than the nostalgic appeal of the titles, "Punch Out" and "Ghostbsuters." Luckily, it worked out well for me, as both games happen to be very fun.

Punch Out and Ghostbusters are both staples of my 80s childhood. In fact, we still have our original NES "Mike Tyson's Punch Out," and I believe it still works. Unfortunately, I was never able to beat the first opponent, Glass Joe on the NES version--and if you've ever played that game, you know how pathetic that last statement really is...

I'd go into my love for Ghostbusters, but I've made that pretty clear to anyone that has ever met me, and I'm pretty sure my love for the film is well documented on the blog.

I find it amusing that the purchasing of these 2 games coincided with my move home-- there seems to be some kind of weird regression going on in the life of Laura right now...

Anyway, I highly suggest both of these games. That's all really.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Robert MacNamara 1916-2009

Former Secretary of Defense and inventor of the seat belt, Robert MacNamara died today. The above trailer is for the Errol Morris film, The Fog of War, which is about MacNamara and is a definite must see.

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Star Wars in a Notebook


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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Today is our Independence day.

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Old Movie Trailers: Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

David and I are watching this right now. Happy 4th of July!!

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An oldie, but a goodie...

I realized today that I never actually posted this video on the blog when I discovered it. But I revisited it today and decided that it NEEDED to be shared. It's not really pop culturey, but it kind of is, because what isn't?

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Gummi Bears

I've been buying gummi bears an awful lot lately for some weird reason, so obviously I've been singing this song continuously:

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