I am LOVING all of this buildup to the upcoming release of Arrested Development’s long-awaited Season 4.
There’s the pop up banana stand in Manhattan, the banana rating system on Netflix, the service that will text you as soon as the new episodes are posted … I haven’t felt this sort of blissful anticipation since the last Harry Potter book came out!
My only question is, on the Big Day (May 26th), how do we celebrate? Unlike with Harry Potter, there will be no lining up to get your copy, no meeting up with friends to compare costumes, no figuring out in advance which book store will do the best job reproducing the Village of Hogsmeade.
Fans won’t be going somewhere to get a tangible thing, or even gathering at a movie theater to watch the premiere en masse. All of this excitement is building us up to an experience that will occur in our bedrooms, living rooms, or offices, on laptops and computer screens and phones.
And while there’s nothing wrong with that - it’s not all that different from the solitary nature of delving into a book - I’m just hoping that there will be some sort of presence in the real-world community of Bluth lovers. Some never-nude flash mob of bald dudes in cut-off jorts, or a convergence of hot cops on a boat somewhere. Sure, we can throw our own parties and make our own Banners, but on May 26th, I want to stumble upon a real-life “Living Classics” pageant.
Somehow, in all of my time spent on the internet, I never delved into the treasure trove of Abba music videos that exists on YouTube. Now I ask my past self, “What the hell were you waiting for? This shit is gold!”
For real, if you want to see the kind of pure movie magic that only late-70s Swedish pop music videos can give you, start with “Take A Chance On Me” and then just keep sliding down that wool sweater rainbow of awkward dance moves, unflattering poses, andovert winks.
If that description sounds unappealing, just remember that Abba made some of the most delicious pop music of the last fifty years, and their videos are equally delectable. Embarrassing, yes, but as with all guilty pleasures, you will find joy within the pain.
P.S. Pay extra close attention in this video at 1:08 and 2:30. Uh-maze-ing.
On a vernal equinox with a high of 20 degrees (“feels like 5,” says the weather report), I wrap myself in wool and fool myself by staying inside, where the sun-shining and the bird-chirping give me that springtime bubble of delight inside my chest.
First of all, I don’t work for Restoration Hardware. I do, however, feel it is my responsibility to tell everyone I can about their Foot Duvets, which are currently very on-sale.
These slippers are the single most delightful item of comfort I own. If I were Oprah, I would buy them for everyone I know. I couldn’t make it through the winter without them, so if you’re looking for the softest thing in the world to wear on your feet, spend the 12 bucks. They are infinitely worth it.
Abraham Lincoln is all over the place right now, and he’s about to show up once more in the upcoming independent film “Saving Lincoln.”
This film follows the story of President Lincoln and his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon, and is the first movie ever to use cinematic collage, a method of layering two-dimensional backgrounds with moving images, in every scene.
“Saving Lincoln” was filmed entirely in front of a green screen in order to employ authentic Civil War-era photographs as backgrounds in each scene. Until now, this sort of layering has looked painfully low-tech and unrealistic, and has only been used in bits and pieces, making this movie the first of its kind. It is also the first to come up with a name for the method. CineCollage, as it is now called, produces in “Saving Lincoln” a breathtakingly real depiction of Lincoln’s world, and is as fascinating as a new technology and it is as a study of the world in the 1860s.
As you might imagine, the post-production process with a movie such as this is a big mountain to climb, which is why the makers of this film are asking for donations through Kickstarter. I, for one, want to see this movie real bad, so I’m spreading the word.