Friday, November 28, 2008

Reasons To Be Cheerful: week of 11/28/08

(This is a compiled repost of items culled from my soon-to-be-extinct subsidiary blog, 'Brief Window')

1. Three funny Hulk transformations

"Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

That was the warning given by Bill Bixby in the role of Dr. David Banner in old TV episodes of 'The Incredible Hulk'.

Except of course, our reason for tuning in was to watch him get angry and 'Hulk Out', transforming into Lou Ferrigno so he could rampage properly.

Thanks to Cotton Whiskers UK for posting three interesting transformation sequences to YouTube. (Found via Bob Cesca's
Awesome Blog!
, via Servo3000.)

It's good to see evidence that the cast and creators of the show didn't always take things too seriously.

The first two transformations below are triggered by fairly mundane frustrations with which most folks can relate (though maybe it's been a while in the case of the payphone)...





Understated comedy gold, executed perfectly by the late Mr. Bixby.

In the last video clip, the trigger for the transformation is definitely not something most (living) people can relate to their own experience, nor is the change itself very comedic. The payoff comes at the end, perhaps disproving an adage from a different classic TV show, "It's not the thing you fling,
it's the fling itself".



- You can watch full episodes of "The Incredible Hulk" at Hulu

(NOTE: Please leave a comment if you discover dead video links. Thanks.)


2. Play the Album Cover Quiz Game!

Click over to The Quietus.Com for a bit of fun as you test your pop culture recall with their
Album Cover Quiz Game.

As you watch short video clips of M. Mattius Kaufman and a cohort from The Paris Conservatory of Contemporary Mime and Interpretive Dance act out iconic cover images to 29 pop albums you're given 30 seconds to type in the title of each one.

A clever and maddening brain teaser. A few are easy, several are not, a few would be easy - - if only you could remember the exact title of that popular record, a few might be from records you've never seen...

I found also that a few of the poses were instantly familiar, but I just couldn't quite translate them in my head to recall the album cover image.

- Follow link to The Quietus' Album Cover Quiz Game.

Check it out, see how you score, compare your score with others!


3. Submitted for your approval: Steve Carell & Clive Owen, a casting suggestion

I recently sat through the movie preview for 'Duplicity' again - - an upcoming spy caper/con artist/romance thing starring Julia Roberts and
Clive Owen (with Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson dutifully chewing up scenery, from the looks of it).

Looking at Clive Owen in a slightly different setting, at several points I find myself struck by a resemblance he bears to comic actor Steve Carell.

Nothing overt, nothing I'd noticed before, and perhaps a notion that wouldn't exist outside of the 'Duplicity' preview - - But it got me to thinking that perhaps down the line film producers might want to explore the idea of casting them as brothers, or half-brothers or some such.

It might be an opportunity for either actor to avoid some
type-casting, or it might make a selling point for a future ill-advised sequel to Carell's 'Get Smart' remake.

Agent 86 confronts his more successful and competent brother, a spy from another office. Will they clash or cooperate? And will they both learn something in the process?

Just for fun and to perhaps drive home my argument, I stopped by MorphThing.com and blended the faces of the two actors together.

◀ Meet 'Cleve Cowrellwynn'.

Click over to MorphThing - -
(Morph Faces and Celebrities Online... For Free!)

- - Play around and enjoy creating your own ridiculous premises and possibilities...


4. Click over to Cracked.Com for an amusing and educational look at International Cinema:

'9 Foreign Rip-Offs Cooler Than The Hollywood Originals'

Prepare to be awe-stricken as you learn more about the Turkish Batman and the Italian Batman, the Turkish E.T. and the Chinese Popeye, the Soviet Winnie The Pooh, the Indian Superman, and others.

Good details and plenty of memorable video clips.

Check it out!

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