Happy Friday, campers. I hope against hope you’re reading today’s Love from the line outside your local cinema. What, you’re not all queuing up to see The Phantom Menace today? Color me shocked. The good folks over at Unreality tried their damnedest to come up with five things about The Phantom Menace that didn’t suck. Almost made it. (Unreality)
Speaking of soul-sucking franchises, the studio behind the Twilight films say that if Stephenie Meyer writes more books, they’ll make more movies. You guys, I thought we were almost past this. I thought the whole world was ready to move on to obsessing about The Hunger Games. But I guess Meyer et al woke up one frosty February morning, saw their shadows and declared six more years of sparkly vampires. (/Film)
Let’s talk about something I do like. Two things I like in fact! It’s “Friday Night Lights” and “Parks And Recreation.” Together at last. (Clear Eyes Full Parks Can’t Lose)
Speaking of R to the O to the N and then I say Swanson has swagger the size of a Big Ben…clock, here’s the magnificent Nick Offerman in 12 non-Swanson roles. (Warming Glow)
I’ve seen a lot of Office porn in my day (photographs of beautifully designed rooms…what did you think I meant?). This one is my new favorite. Swivel. (Boing Boing)
You know how earlier in the week we talked about great films we never want to see again? And mine was Requiem For A Dream? Well TK sent me this. Because he hates me.
My other esteemed colleague, Steven Lloyd Wilson sent me the History of Ireland in 100 Excuses, and even though I’m quite Irish, it made me snicker. Especially the last few. (Irish Times)
And because sometimes I have the emotional maturity of a twelve year old, this Venn digram of rude birds also got me. (Stephen Wildish)
A Pajiba reader pointed us towards a recent article over on Jezebel. After the rape of a Libyan journalist was videotaped and put up on youtube, Jezebel covered the story in an attempt to highlight the horror of this act. But, in doing so, the reporter posted images from the video. After many Jezebel readers objected to the victim being exposed in such a fashion, the photos were pixelated to protect her privacy. But the post remains. The Jezebel readership is outraged and some of their negative comments are being shifted off the main threads over to “Off Topic Forums.” What do you think, Pajibans? (Jezebel)
I enjoyed all these magnificent Thank You letters from famous people (John Lennon almost decked Pam Grier?), but my favorite came from Roald Dahl. Of course. (Mental Floss)
And if you’re no wordsmith yourself and need some help this Valentine’s Day, may I suggest these “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Valentines? (MovieWeb)
Speaking of cable TV we obsess over, drool with me at these high-resolution photos from Season 2 of “Game Of Thrones.” Oh, Dany, I’ve missed you so. (Buzzfeed)
And speaking of sh*tty network TV from our youth, I hope you enjoy this cosplay effort as much as I did. (Fashionably Geek)
To further fuel your nostalgia flames, I present this insanely creepy music video where some band has inserted themselves into all your favorite 80s and 90s films. But, they did it in an absolutely terrifying way. I’m not sure that’s the effect they were going for.
While many of us are rather jaded when it comes to the Academy Awards (Dustin Hoffman? You too?), here’s a list of songs that should have been nominated in order to inject some fun into the show. (The Playlist)
As it stands, the thing I’m most looking forward to this Awards season is Jean Dujardin in a tux. If you haven’t seen The Artist yet, please enjoy this adorable clip of him auditioning to play the villain in major film franchises. Is it a Sh*t Villains Say video in disguise? Yes. But Jean makes it worth your time.