Humor

The Best Short Films

Why Watch? With a sketch show premise given the short film treatment, Two Trick Pony delivers a young man trying to pitch his new board game to an eccentric figure that’s part parody and part obsessive. It’s a sadistic version of Mr. Pennybags whose line delivery makes the comedy work. Plus, the sheer amount of ways they toy around with board game rules makes the interview as frustrating as it is funny. There are easy jokes here, but it’s the unexpected ones that make this short shine, and the punch line might be the sweetest of all. What will it cost? Only 3 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films.

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Boiling Point

They say laughter is the best medicine and well, world, I’m dying here. I need my medicine. I need to laugh. I need to be entertained, but it seems every time I try to chuckle these days, someones standing right there to make me feel bad about it. Over the last few weeks in this column, I’ve mostly pointed the finger at big corporate entities bowing to some outside force, whether it’s a perceived notion that they must be politically correct to the point of being historically incorrect or whether it’s removing a joke that probably cost thousands of dollars to animate to not offend a small handful of people in a far off land with a disease that’s rapidly disappearing. Today, I point my finger elsewhere. I point it at you. I point it at them. I point it at us, a society that has lost its sense of humor – and that is a damn shame.

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Why Watch? Because existential examination goes down better with a fast food beef patty and diet soda. This short film, which was shot and edited in 36 hours, offers up the cosmic reality of an unstable atom (by placing a few trillion atoms in a fast food restaurant with cheap up-sizing). Apparently they also offer free ice cream on Thursdays, which makes me want to find this fictional fast food joint immediately. The production was obviously constrained by budget (and the location doesn’t exactly look like a fast food place (unless that’s what they look like in Spain)), but the quality of everything here is at a professional level, and there’s a lot to love. A lead who is deadpan even while dropping bits of mayo-bathed lettuce on the ground, a script that sounds so pretentious that it draws out laughs against your will, and a premise where the pedestrian meets the absurd. Also keep an eye on the camera work and editing because they’re both as sharp as a switchblade. What does it cost? Just 5 minutes of your time. Check out A Guy, Who Is Not Andy Warhol, Eats a Hamburger for yourself:

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Our good friend Kent Nichols, one of the fine gentlemen responsible for the phenomenon known as Ask a Ninja, is a decision maker. He makes decisions all of the time. And this week, he decided that the world needed to revisit the world of The Blind Side, just in time for next year’s Oscar season to start heating up.

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Film fans, please take a moment from your usual routine of not watching sports — and more importantly, complaining about those of us who do — to watch the following video. SlateV (via our friend Katey Rich at Cinema Blend) has created this little video showing us what the Superbowl might be like if it were made by auteurs.

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Seeing as it is a slow news day, I thought I would share something cool. A good friend of mine sent me a link to the chronicling of the zombie apocalypse. Don’t think that’s true? You’d be wrong.

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After appearing in a breakout role in one of the breakout movies of the year, Nick Saban (who starred as LSU coach Nick Saban in The Blind Side) has taken his hobby as a sometimes football coach to the next level.

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Everyone else’s Best of the Decade List is trash. Inside, feast your eyes on the most definitive list of the damned decade.

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In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Bay brought in a brand new kind of Transformers — a humanoid hottie played by Isabel Lucas. For his next trick, he’ll bring us Decepticon versions of Victoria’s Secret models…

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Sometimes I just can’t beat the man known as Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm. And today is one of those days.

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We sat down with Up in the Air director Jason Reitman for an unorthodox interview which involved not talking about the film at all. Yes, I should probably be fired.

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Everyone who wears their fandom on their sleeve is susceptible to pranks. And the more aggressive the fandom, the more likely the chaos upon pulling the prank.

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After I sat him down this past weekend and made him watch it several times, Pete at /Film went out this afternoon and found a YouTube version of the gag reel from the Star Trek Blu-ray and DVD…

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This morning while recording the latest episode of Fat Guys at the Movies, I was alerted by my colleague Kevin Carr of a video — a video of the internet variety…

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When an employee gets the FBI involved in a price fixing investigation, a witless goon and his mustache become the keys to a governmental investigation.

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Courtesy of the fine people at Vanity Fair is a gallery titled “Comedy’s New Legends,” which features some beautifully-inspired photography of whom VF considers to be the important cultural heroes of contemporary comedy, with a brief discussion of how and why they have attained that status.

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Clint Eastwood is still a badass, and I would go as far as to say that he will remain that way until the day he dies. He is also quick to remind us that we are all a bunch of pussies.

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You are never going to believe who’s playing Catwoman!

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Saturday Night Live

Many of you had a chance to see the Sarah Palin appearance on Saturday Night Live last night, but the Moose-hunting Vice Presidential candidate’s appearance was overshadowed by an appearance from Mark Wahlberg, who came on to threaten to break Andy Samberg’s big, beautiful nose.

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Seven Great Zombie Movie Ideas for George Romero

With 5 “of the Dead” films already done and another on the way, we decided to lighten Romero’s workload by coming up with the titles and plots for his next seven films.

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