Wow, quite an Oscar night this year, wasn’t it? The beautiful stars parading down the red carpet, while you ignored them because they’re mostly ill-behaved louts who despise you, your country and everything you hold dear! The celebration of the cinematic arts (and their steady decline since 1939)! Well, just to keep the mood going, here’s Andrew Klavan discussing some movies that weren’t nominated for any Oscars this year, for the simple reason that they’ve never been made. I can’t think why. Though to be fair, this video is actually a few years old, and there were some bright spots in 2015’s Oscar lineup, including Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (Klavan-approved and reviewed by me here). I also enjoyed a smattering of the other Best Picture nominees and was truly moved by some Oscar-worthy performances. (If you haven’t checked out Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, he is really phenomenal.) But still, Andrew is not far off the mark.
Category Archives: Fun
“She just swallowed a little jewelry! It’s all right! Enjoy your dinner!”
Or, as the left calls them, “The Jewwwwz!”
“This is Christmas chaos, reminding you that you COULD take a day off and relax. But then you’d be a jerk, and everyone would hate you.”
(This video is brought to you courtesy of Igniter Media, whose video player is sadly un-embeddable. So take a peek here and thank yourself later.)
I got all my finals out of the way in one fell swoop this week (graph theory in the [early] morning, advanced calculus at noon, advanced linear algebra in the afternoon, yeah baby), and it sure feels good! Here are a few inspiring tunes that got me through this trying time. They’ve spoken to my heart. May they speak to yours.
The Morning Of
“Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
One Down, Two to Go
“Stayin’ Alive,” the Bee Gees
Oh yes, I did so do an epic walk between buildings to this one. Thanks Mom.
“Sanity’s Side,” Little River Band
(But seriously now folks, this one is a GREAT tune. File under “most underrated pop gems ever.”):
“Roll With the Changes,” REO Speedwagon
“Gentlemen, shall we attempt this one?”
*Note: Studio track mixed with crowd roars. Still awesome.
“What are we gonna do about the tree?”
…I thought turkeys could fly.
Really. The worst.
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Let’s have a little fun. Below are four actors I’ve chosen for their resemblance to some of my favorite southern gospel singers. All thumbnails are clickable for a closer look. First, here’s one many fans have been noticing for ages: beloved singer/actor Jim Nabors and Ernie Haase, particularly in his Cathedrals days when his hair was still dark. While the screen cap of Ernie is a bit blurred, the resemblance is ummistakable:
But here’s one I’ll bet you never thought of before: TV host Jimmy Fallon and Scott Fowler. Something about Fallon’s smile just put me in mind of Scott. They have similarly likable faces.
Here are two more where the resemblance may be looser, but still noticeable. First, film star Matthew McConaughey and Doug Anderson. This never occurred to me until quite recently because Matthew’s look is typically much scruffier (longish curls, 5 o’clock shadow, shirt optional), while Doug is the epitome of clean-cut. However, McConaughey cleaned up for his role as a devoted father in the new sci-fi epic Interstellar, and I think it’s a giant improvement. Because now he looks more like Doug.
*brief pause to admire the Lord’s handiwork*
Okay, and finally, this is some character actor who guest-starred on a show I watch, and I immediately thought “Hey, that guy looks like Michael Booth!”
Your turn now! Can you add any more southern gospel doppelgangers, celebrity or otherwise, to the list?
Look for a special guest appearance by Billy Crystal, and then I don’t know who shows up at the end to try to straighten everything out: