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In this week:
- Ben Whishaw, always great!
- Exploding penises, always a surprise!
- Kate Bush ran up that hill, always an athlete!
- Anthony Hopkins likes NFTs, always amazing!
- Video stores, always nostalgic!
I can’t believe this scene is real
Every now and then I sniff in a bit guys. The young.
A superhero series isn’t normally for me, but I like to be a generalist when it comes to pop culture and try out the shows that other demographics (the straight ones) are into.
Little did I know that this series was apparently made just for me.
This is a series that features hot superheroes poking fun at the idea of superheroes (but still being hot and superheroic) and also a massive penis set piece and a tiny naked man scaling mountains of cocaine.
No, a bot meant to mimic gay twitter content didn’t write that. It is an actual plot description of the first episode of The young Season 3, this is by far the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on TV.
I realize I’m prone to exaggeration and superlatives of mediocre entertainment just for… fun. But that’s the only case where it’s true. It’s actually the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on TV. And just a few months ago, Tommy Lee’s penis came alive and started talking to him.
Here I am writing a very simple description of what happens in Premiere The young Season 3.
Termite is a superhero whose powers are similar to those of Ant-Man in the Marvel Universe, that is, he shrinks to insect size for strategic reasons. During a drug-fuelled party, his partner says familiar words in a sexual come-on: “I want you inside me.” Termite does a row of cocaine while his partner pulls down his pants and jumps on the table.
He shrinks to a size so small he has to jump over the Coke lines. His partner’s comparatively massive penis sits on the ends of the table, the hole at the end resembling a monstrous cave. “No, it doesn’t go here…” you think, because that’s exactly where it goes.
Termite jumps into the hole and climbs into his partner’s urethra to look for his prostate.
As he traverses the, uh, tunnel, his partner begins to squirm with pleasure. But then, oh no, termite sneezes. He regains human size…in the urethra. His partner explodes in blood and guts.
I’ve looked at this screen about 75 times this week out of journalistic curiosity and no other motive. I googled every article about it. I learned important things like this The young actually built a usable giant penis for actor Brett Geddes to climb into for the scene. It was 11 feet tall and 30 feet long so it would appear to scale. Credibility is important.
That’s all there is to say The young is hands down the best show on TV.
How big was Kate Bush’s hill?
I, like any cool older millennial, have been loving these past few weeks pretending I’ve been Kate Bush’s biggest fan forever and ever and definitely listen to her music all the time and am a chivalrous long term obsessive who can definitely name other songs that she sang except the one inside stranger things.
Our generation is finally having their moment! I laugh at you, younger Gen Z kids and teens, who are pathetically just now finding out about her. I scoff!
The news that “Running Up That Hill” landed at #1 thanks to its prime placement on iTunes stranger things was really fun. Snark aside, I love this for Kate Bush. You ran up the hill girl!
It also made this piece by Rich Juzwiak Jezebel all the more interesting. In “Going to No. 1 on iTunes Isn’t the big Achievement It Sound Like,” he uses data to explain why being #1 on iTunes isn’t the case. It’s a really interesting look at what the music business has morphed into and how wild — and simple — the spin has become. I recommend reading it!
Anthony Hopkins is now into NFTs
I like to imagine a world where Anthony Hopkins – sorry, Mister Anthony Hopkins, a commander of the British Empire knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, sent this tweet (every tweet, actually) with his own two thumbs.
“I’m amazed at all the great NFT artists.” he wrote. “I’m stepping in to purchase my first play, any recommendations?” He then tagged the unholy trinity of Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, and Reese Witherspoon, the high-profile terrorists who inexplicably pimped NFTs at every opportunity. The whole thing is accompanied by a photo of his character in western worldsurrounded by faceless, skinless androids waiting to be humanized – a metaphor for a celebrity promoting a NFT scam to the masses as it could be.
I don’t like the fact that a member of Hopkins’ team accepted some deal to promote NFTs, which is easily the dumbest thing to become a capitalist phenomenon in a long time. It’s possibly the worst celebrity branding ever. “We want to prove how hip and cool NFTs are, kids, so here’s Sir Anthony Hopkins to tell you all about it.”
That said, I would pay more than an NFT to hear Hopkins pull up on the road, get caught off guard, and ask to explain what, if you please, an NFT actually is. I feel like this nonsense was ages ago and I really, really still don’t know.
I love this video so much
My 10 year old ass goes to Blockbuster Video every Friday to rent The big green for the 13th time and, I hate to say it, forcing my poor dad to agree Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants When I was in high school because I kept telling him I will return it and never did, and the late fees passed the purchase price may have cried to look at this montage of scenes in video stores from movies.
The super cut was manufactured by Don McHoull and it’s really good!
What to watch this week:
Queer as folk: It’s Pride Month. You are forced to do this. (Now on Peacock)
For all mankind: Guys this show is really good. Get on. (Fr. on Apple TV+)
diabolical: The most wonderfully weird show on TV. (Sun on Paramount+)
What to skip this week:
Jurassic World: Dominion: My apologies to Laura Dern. (Fr. in the cinema)
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