Last Link of the Day: How to Eat Corn on the Cob in 10 Seconds

This is how I always eat corn.

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Welcome to the Basement: Slap Shot

I’m really busy today, so I don’t have time to post much. But in my absence, you can enjoy Matt and Craig getting pucked upside the face as they watch Slap Shot on Welcome to the Basement!

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Before They Were Stars: Prince Performs on “American Bandstand”

The world is still reeling from the unexpected loss of Prince two weeks ago, so here’s some footage of his first television performance on American Bandstand back in 1979, as well as his very shy and awkward attempt at an interview with Dick Clark. It’s worth noting that (Prince being Prince) the first song from Prince’s performance is muted here for copyright reasons, but the his second song has been left intact.

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Last Link of the Day: Water Spirit

This short from Pegbarians is pretty well perfect. Great animation, great sound, and it tells a complete story without a single word spoken.

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You know his name.

I think it’s kind of hilarious that the marketing campaign for Jason Bourne is all based around the tagline “You know his name.” You know his name…but just in case you don’t, it’s Jason Bourne. I’ve always thought the Bourne movies were decent enough. The first few were really solid action spy thrillers. The Jeremy Renner spinoff was mediocre, but entertaining at the very least. I just don’t know if there really ought to be more of these films. I thought the first three were a perfect little trilogy of the modern spy genre. Do we need to milk it any further? I suppose the answer is “As long as they might make money.”

Jason Bourne comes out July 29, 2016.

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I’m a real success story.

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

How far the mighty have fallen. Mel Gibson, once one of the biggest names in Hollywood, never really recovered from his drunken anti-Semitic rant scandal. Now he’s starring in small movies like Blood Father, which is barely getting any attention as it leads up to its release this August and appears to have the marketing budget of something straight-to-video. But you know, I see quite a bit of potential in this story of a grizzled tattoo artist who reunites with his missing daughter and causes all manner of chaos. Plus, Mel actually looks pretty badass in that beard. I doubt this will be his big comeback, but for the first time in a very long time, I’m actually intrigued by a Mel Gibson movie.

Blood Father comes out August 26, 2016.

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Before They Were Stars: 16-Year Old LeBron James in a High School News Feature

I’ve been making jokes about it for years, but it’s just been announced that Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James is officially going to become a reality! To celebrate the occasion, here’s a local news segment featuring 16-year old LeBron, when he was a sophomore at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio and already being touted as the NBA’s next big superstar. Well, now he’s going to be playing basketball with Bugs Bunny in outer space!

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Last Link of the Day: Kylo Ren Bloopers

How ’bout now? How ’bout now?

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The whole kingdom, Snow White.

I dunno about this one, guys. It has a solid cast, and the story is pretty scary considering it’s basically the truth. With all of it under the direction of Oliver Stone, you’d think that this would have my interest piqued, and yet…I just can’t get past that ridiculous voice Joseph Gordon-Levitt is putting on. Edward Snowden doesn’t sound like that, and Gordon-Levitt sounds like a kid trying to fake a deep “adult” voice. Every time I was getting into this trailer, that voice would pop in and take me out of it. I don’t know if this will completely defuse the movie for me, but damn, it sure took the impact out of the preview.

Snowden comes out September 16, 2016.

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If I wanted to hit you, I would have hit you.

I don’t usually go in for the feel-good heartwarming movies about families, but Captain Fantastic does the “keep the family together against all odds” thing with an interesting spin. It’s kind of like Peter Pan meets The Royal Tenanbaums or something. I think this could be a good time, and probably make me tear up once or twice.

Captain Fantastic comes out July 8, 2016.

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