Thursday, August 25
Funny Or Die
Mike Birbiglia's film Don't Think Twice just saw a nationwide release, and, predictably, the studio has asked him to make a viral video to help promote the movie. Unfortunately, the cast all have different thoughts on what will stick...can anyone come up with a winning idea?
Tuesday, August 23
The 2016 Olympics in Rio were marred by all kinds of controversy, from pools that allegedly had dangerous levels of toxicity to Ryan Lochte's fictional account of being robbed at gunpoint. But the closing ceremonies were a good reminder of why the Olympics are so cool. And one of the highlights was the "passing of the torch" from Rio to Tokyo, the host of the 2020 Olympics.
After a montage of Japanese athletes flipping, kicking and jumping over the architecture of downtown Tokyo, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made quite the grand entrance: through a giant green warp pipe dressed as Mario. Might the mustachioed plumber make an appearance in the next summer games?
Monday, August 22
For basketball enthusiasts, the NBA 2K series is THE place to be. I'm still partial to the earlier gems in the series – NBA 2K11 set the standard for greatness, and I've spent the most time with NBA 2K12 – but, at least the last few titles on the new generation have made efforts to advance the game as a whole.
It doesn't always work, as last year's "My Player" mode with Spike Lee's cinematic direction felt clunky and forced, and even the gameplay wasn't on par with previous years (wayyyy too many blocks and missed layups), but it is always beautiful.
NBA 2K17 is keeping that trend going, as this #FRICTION trailer released today shows. Players celebrate, rock their signature moves and looks, and, as always, the atmosphere looks fantastic. We'll see if it translates to the gameplay, but for now, this'll keep us bball fans plenty satisfied until the season starts.
Sunday, August 21
Music is wonderful in how it can stir up emotions deep inside of us. It's similarly terrific in the way that you can slightly change it and it sounds completely different, for better or worse. I personally think this version of "Kiss the Girl" by Chase Holfelder, who moved The Little Mermaid into a minor key, is quite the jam.
Instead of a catchy pop song that has everyone throwing their hands up and singing "sha la la" till the cows come home, we get something that sounds like an R&B track you'd hear at the club. It's pretty delightful. Enjoy!
Saturday, August 20
Sometimes things happen for a reason, and other times you get a video of Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing a bass guitar with Koko the Gorilla. Flea was visiting the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, Calif. and realized this gorilla can jam with the best of them. Pretty fantastic.
Oh, and fun fact: Flea is 53 and Koko is 45. Less than a decade apart – who knew?!