Bar Talk is a short film based on a story by Joe R. Lansdale. It proves my point that there need to be a lot more short films based on stories by Joe R. Lansdale.
:: "Her Name Was Emma," a short horror story from a Redditor that... it really works.
:: "Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them," a slam poem by Brenna Twohy that really got me. She starts with the point that she prefers erotic Harry Potter fanfiction to porn, and then goes into an excellent explanation of why, and effectively argues that Potterotica is much more humanizing for women than pornography is. Not seeing an untruth here.
:: 50 Shades of Buscemi is the movie I'd rather see.
:: I always try to have something Weird Al-related in these posts, so here he is on the new episode of Vanessa Bayer's Sound Advice.
:: John Green and Mental Floss share 43 Words Invented by Authors.
:: "A Death," a new story by Stephen King in The New Yorker.
:: Also at The New Yorker: "Kino," a new story by Haruki Murakami.
:: Read the Letter Written by 15 Students Who Refuse to Pay Their Student Loans
:: Aside: Agent Carter was so wonderful that it only makes the deficiencies with Agents of SHIELD that I had been previously willing to overlook much more glaring and, sadly, impossible to ignore. Also: not going to forgive you for killing off Agent Triplett. Sure, we need all of the angsty, wangsty white guys from the UK we can get, but two black guys? No, that's too much.
:: Last week's Dakota Johnson-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live wasn't tremendous, but it was the first episode I've enjoyed all the way through this year. Well, almost all the way through; Update still sucks, but a return Riblet appearance saved it, and I don't think I really need to see another Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett film. I've not seen much of Dakota Johnson, but she seemed to be game and had a sense of humor and seems to think 50 Shades of Grey is as ridiculous as all right-thinking people do, so I had fun with it. Anyway, here's a sketch that didn't make it to air.
:: What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men? Kind of wouldn't mind seeing a Marvel movie in this style, just to have something different. Not that you asked, but for some reason my favorite detail is Cyclops' tie under his jumpsuit. Didn't notice it until halfway through and it just made me laugh.
:: The Oscars without dialogue is just hilariously tense.
:: Hall + Oates + Metallica = smooth darkness. Didn't realize how much I needed that.