A Sweeping Supercut of the Year in Trailers
You’re Doing It Wrong: Artichoke Dip
Adding animal fat is a tried and true method for making things taste better. Pasta sauce too wan? Stir in some heavy cream. Watermelon too sweet? Crumble a little feta on top. Chili too vegetarian-friendly? Cook it with bacon grease. Nine times out of ten, this tack works like a charm.
The tenth time, it renders a dish nauseatingly heavy and obscenely oleaginous.
The Year in Pop, in 5 Minutes
End-of-year coverage is in full force this week. Earlier today, we posted a stunning year-in-movies montage from Film.com, and this afternoon DJ Earworm posted his annual year-in-pop mashup, the “United State of Pop.”
Part of why I like Earworm’s yearly mashup is that it provides a pretty straightforward look back at the most popular songs of the year, with little editorializing. (Earworm says that the 25 hits represent “the most popular songs in the U.S., as determined by Billboard’s weekly Hot 100 charts.”)
A Lost Interview With Tupac About Life, Death, Race, and John Wayne
Throughout his short life, Tupac Shakur was known for his candor in both his music and hisinterviews. The latest installment of PBS’ fun animated interview series Blank on Blank offers yet another glimpse into the rapper’s complex personality.
In this newly released 1994 interview with journalist Benjamin Svetkey, Shakur discusses the allegations of rape, his tense relationship with the press, and how he defines himself and his public image. “If I was white,” he says, “I would have been like John Wayne.”
A Comprehensive Catalog of R. Kelly’s Sexual Metaphors
R. Kelly, the man behind “I Like the Crotch on You” and “Marry the Pussy,” does not mind being straightforward. But he also has a deep, abiding love of metaphor, simile, personification, analogy, and other forms of figurative language—something that’s been evident since his debut album, on which he crooned, “Like Flintstones, we’ll have a yabba dabba doo.” Over the course of his 20-plus year career, his lyrics have only grown more distinctive.
Captain Picard Sings “Let It Snow!”
Thanksgiving is over, which means it’s officially time for Christmas carols to haunt you until Dec. 25. If you’re a Star Trek fan, here is at least one you’ll enjoy: Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard singing “Let It Snow,” with some help from his crew.
The fun in these “sung by the movies” videos usually involves getting all the words right, but here the best moments come when YouTube user James Covenant deviates from the script. Happy holidays, and, as ever: “Shut up, Wesley.”
Key & Peele Do Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali
The Year’s Best Movies, in a Gorgeous Montage
There are lots of ways to make an end-of-year movies list. For Film.com senior editorDavid Ehrlich, the way to do it is in a video montage, with highlights from all the year’s best films.
Ehrlich started doing these cinematic countdowns in 2011—here are his montages for2012 and 2011—and I’ve come to look forward to them each year (along with Matt Shapiro’s Cinemascape). You may not agree with all the choices, of course.
The People Who Inspired Inside Llewyn Davis
“OK, suppose Dave Van Ronk gets beat up outside of Gerde’s Folk City. That’s the beginning of a movie.” So Joel Coen once said to his brother Ethan; the result is Inside Llewyn Davis. Somewhere between idea and execution, Dave Van Ronk became the fictional Llewyn Davis, Folk City was conflated with another real-life Greenwich Village venue (the Gaslight Café), and the surrounding scene was populated with mostly made-up people.
But it’s not all pure invention.
A Christmas Medley From Two of Your Favorite Orange Is the New Black Stars
A couple of Orange is the New Black stars have put together a rousing medley of Christmas songs, accompanied by an equally festive video. Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba, who play inmates Taystee and Crazy Eyes on the Netflix series, respectively, teamed up with Brooklyn band Oh Honey for the “Jolly Christmas Medley,” mashing up a few classics, including “Silent Night” and “Deck the Halls.” Enjoy.