Take ten minutes of your day to watch this. You’ll have a better day, most certainly.
You think it’s easy getting your child into Star Wars, but it isn’t. There are outside forces at work, namely other kids who aren’t as prepared as they should be, telling your child that Star Wars is this or it’s that, and just a bunch of starships flying around. This is an informative video on how to talk to your kids about Star Wars, and usher them into the saga correctly. Iz serious shiz.
Here’s to the children of the future knowing that Han shot first, as it should be. Even Lucas admits it.
A memo to the entertainment industry, particularly cable TV:
Stop censoring words that you think are offensive to us, the general public. Americans can handle curse words, the young among us included. It’s fair to say that most kids know all the bad words out there; I have it on good authority (from about ten years ago) that your average 10 year old knows every word, even MF, and doesn’t use them in polite company.
This weekend, I had the unpleasant experience of watching what seemed to be a cavalcade of disaster from the sky movies on cable television- Deep Impact, Armageddon, and Terminator 3 seemed to be on repeat. If I had kids, I’d be more worried about their perception of near-future events than what was the stupidest word-censor ever during Armageddon. Steve Buscemi’s Rockhound screams “This is a kick-ass ride!” during the shuttle launch, but “ass” was simply blurred over with a noticeable silence.
I can’t believe this word in such a context is so offensive; I mean, seriously, Kick Ass is the title of a pretty successful movie aimed at a younger generation, anyway, and it’s a stupid, harmless word! Even if I said I wanted to kick your ass, it’s not like I’m implying anything sexual, and if I say this ride is “kick-ass,” it’s not like I’m implying violence.
Get over yourselves, censors.
This is odd. For the past few days, I’ve been seriously considering getting trained to be a wind turbine specialist. There’s a school right here in town that certifies people to go out and maintain the growing number of windmills providing renewable energy. Today, Xeni at BoingBoing pointed me to this beautiful short by Joaquin Baldwin.
I consider it a sign.
Werner Herzog is the German filmmaker who gave us bizarre, tragic and dark films like The Bad Lieutenant, Aguirre The Wrath of God, and Grizzly Man, and is known for his flair for the allegorical, entropic nature of life in his narrations. A bunch of videos have surfaced lately, claiming that the man himself is narrating these children’s books. I sincerely doubt this is actually Herzog, but they are quite amusing.
Here’s “Werner” giving us a an overview of the “Where’s Waldo” books. Beware the Roaming Gnome.
Here he is reading Curious George. “Nothing in ze brutal primeval jungle could prepare George for ze terrible, vast uncaringness of ze sea.”
And a story I’m not too familiar with, but “Herzog” nails it, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel: