Another Good Movie Trailer

Good movie trailers are few and far between. The trailer for the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is one of those trailers. I keep watching this one over and over again. It’s really got me interested in the movie which, frustratingly, comes out on November):

The trailer has done a great job of piquing my interest in Queen‘s music. I’ve never been a crazy big fan of Queen or anything, but I’ve always liked some of their songs, and now I’m listening to them while on the computer or in the car.

There’s always been something intriguing about Freddie Mercury as well. His real-life persona was so different from his flamboyant, onstage act. He had a super-human singing voice and was, without question, one of the greatest pop singers of all time.

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming movie. He’s pretty good in the show Mr. Robot, and from the trailer it seems like he’ll give a great performance in the movie.

A previous attempt to make the movie with Sacha Baron Cohen as the star failed a number of years ago due to creative differences. (Note: the movie that was eventually completed has apparently been changed from what Cohen describes in the linked interview quote, which is fortunate. Cohen was absolutely correct with his criticism there).

Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the few films this year that I want to actually see in the theater. I saw the trailer in the theater preceding both Solo and Deadpool 2, and I have a feeling that a great sound system will be needed to do that movie justice.

The Power of Copper

Nothing beats a solid lampooning of a ridiculous product that purports to essentially work by magic (e.g. healing you with magnets, extracting toxins through your skin with body wraps, etc).  That’s where the sorely underrated Auralnauts come in:

The joints in your hands are achy and useless.
Using your legs produces an unreasonable amount of heat.
Your spine has been targeted for destruction by an unknown assailant.
There is only one solution to all of your problems.
Introducing: COPPER!

And, we cannot forget these other great products: Zoomies (“Welcome to the future, Mr. Cool Dude.”) and BEAMZ by FLO (“BEAMZ is an instrument so advanced, it’s made out of lasers.”).

The Auralnauts just don’t put out enough content.  Maybe if more people bought some of their music?…

If you’re curious, here are the original commercials for the aforementioned ridiculous products for comparison:

 

 

Poocharé. It’s Dog Food. It’s Now.

One of my favorite skits from the old SCTV sketch comedy show was the Poocharé dog food commercial. In it, a young Eugene Levy — in all his New Wave glory — shops for food for his pet dog, with end narration by the late John Candy.

On the way to work today, early in the morning, I had my car radio on Studio 54 Radio and this song came on:

I never expected to discover the origin of the music for one of my favorite comedy skits a quarter-of-a-century later (and *without* the help of the Internet).

Some interesting info about the album that song was released on is available on Wikipedia.

The Future

Here’s a music video for a song I heard it over XM radio while browsing through the stations one day.  I was caught by the catchy beat and profound lyrics.  It’s not everyday you hear a song about existential nihilism.

The Future, by The Limousines

Can’t help but wonder ’bout what’s underneath these city streets
The wires and cables tangled up, connecting everything
And down below, we’ll find the bones of people from the past
People with dreams about the future

And when we die, our empty bodies turn to dust
There’ll be no pit of fire
No angels singing songs for us
There’s nothing we can say that people won’t forget someday
There’s nothing we can do that matters
And that’s okay

Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put you in the ground
Just when I think I’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put me in the ground

Ain’t got much faith in God or modern-day mythology
The lies and fables, fate, and luck directing everything
So down we go like dominoes; our lives go by too fast
Nobody lives to see the future

And when we die, buildings and bridges left to rust
No heaven in the sky, no pearly gates on clouds and stuff
The monuments we build will crumble and decay someday
There’s nothing we can do that matters

Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put you in the ground
Just when I think I’ve got it all worked out
That’s probably when they’ll put me in the ground

I wanna laugh as many times as I can before I die
I wanna love, I wanna smile; I don’t need much, I’m a simple child
I wanna laugh as many times as I can before I die
I wanna love, I wanna smile, just wanna fuck every once in a while
I just wanna fuck every once in a while

I think I’ve finally got it all worked out
Somebody call and put me in the ground
I think I’ve finally got it all worked out
Somebody call and put me in the ground

Can’t help but wonder ’bout what’s underneath these city streets
The wires and cables tangled up, connecting everything

Work, Mexican, Work!

Here’s the song “Mantequilla” sings in season 15 episode 9 of South Park titled “The Last of the Meheecans”:

Work, Mexican, Work!    (alternate link)

Work, Mexican, Work!

All week long,

Boss man say,

Work, Mexican, Work!

Sing your song,

Earn your pay.

Work, Mexican, Work!

Work,

Mexican

Sweat,

Mexican

Toil,

Mexican

It’s your lot in life.

While people play,

In the sun all day,

Work, Mexican, Work!