Saturday, June 29, 2013

Happy (Early) 4th of July!

I always forget to post on the 4th, so let me say in advance: Have a great one!

And, in case I forget, here's my 4th tweet: "Happy 4th of July, Nation! Happy 5th of July! Happy 6th of July! Happy 7th of July! Happy 8th of July! 9th of July can go f**k itself." Hey, it knows what it did.

Happy Independence Day, Amerrrrca!

Better Get Started on Climate Change or Miami's Gone

Well, this is horrifying. Especially speaking as someone who lives on a tiny island.

Kids' Books: Parks and Rec Style

Check out these awesome children's book covers with a Parks and Rec twist:

Pretty great, right? You can see the rest over at Flavorwire.

[via Neatorama]

What are you reading this summer?

I'm trying to pick some good summer beach reads. What are you all reading now?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Go See "The Heat"!!

The Heat is definitely the funniest movie of the summer (I'd say "so far" but what else is coming out?). This review over at NPR sums up my feelings about the movie quite nicely.

Basically, the joke are great. I was laughing out loud a lot. My husband cracked up, too. The plot is forgettable (aren't they always in buddy cop movies?), but one of the things I love the most is the surprising depth of both Mullens and Ashburn (which I initially misheard as "Asperberger's" and I thought, "A little too on the nose, but I get it?"). We really get a read on these women, and that's awesome. I also appreciate the physical humor. There's a chase scene in the beginning that is particularly delightful (fruit is involved), as well as a really weird scene in the end (referenced by the NPR review) that is a ton of fun, too.

The movie is a definite win for comedy (which is the most important thing), but also for feminism, and for choosing two male leads (Ashburn's boss and fellow FBI agent in Boston) of color (though I could have done without the Albino jokes - no thanks!). A well-rounded cast!

So what are you doing reading this blog for? Go see The Heat!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hooray for Paid Sick Leave in NYC!

Great news today!

The New York City Council passed (over Bloomberg's veto - surprise, surprise) a law requiring any company in New York with 15 or more employees to pay for up to five days of sick leave. It also requires any company with less than 15 employees to allow their workers to take five days of unpaid sick leave (instead of firing them). That's awesome. Apparently, similar laws are on the books in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Connecticut. Hey, those are all great places to live, too!

Thank you, Jon Oliver!

Jon Oliver praises Wendy Davis for her filibuster:

My favorite was the White Castle joke - very apt analogy there, Mr. Oliver. Clearly, comes from experience.

[via HuffPo Comedy]

Anyone Else Excited about "The Heat"?

I know I am!

A bunch of articles are talking about it - what does it mean for Hollywood to have two women in a man's genre and not give a shit, etc etc. The Daily Beast has a pretty thorough (if depressing) take on it. As depressing as it is that more movies about women don't get made - especially comedies - I'm really excited because this one is both right in my "this is the kind of movie I want to see" wheelhouse and also it's supposed to be good! And, yes, it's the first of its kind. And while the progress may be excruciatingly slow, it won't be the last of its kind. And it may even spark more - slowly but slowly onward and upward.

Plus, I don't know about you, but I need a break from all these superhero movies. Since when does an action film need to be two hours? And double since when does it need to have a ninety minutes of action in it? I get so incredibly bored just watching things get destroyed. It is not fun.

I could totally go for two of these things right now

One to eat. One to pet. Which is which?

Coming to a theater near you: Captain F**king Planet!

I credit a couple of things for my obsessive-compulsive environmentalism.

1) My love of all things animal
2) Blanco (my family's old ranch in South Texas)
3) The commercial for the WWF that would play before my George of the Jungle cartoons that depicted the jaguar in the rainforest and said VERY DRAMATICALLY that if I didn't help save the rainforest they would all die. Here's the thing - they had every right to be dramatic. It's true. Deal with it.
4) Captain Planet. He is my hero. He is going to take pollution down to zero.

And now, CP is getting his very own movie. I know we're all upset about the various toy-and-other-nostalgia-based movies out there, but this is one I can get behind. Because if CP worked on me, he could work on this next generation.

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches are the New Cronuts

Now THIS I can get behind.

Macarons - Good
Ice cream - Good
Multiple flavors - Gooooood

Have any of you tried a macaron ice cream sandwich? I can't wait!

Gender and Spec Script Sales: Spoiler Alert - It's Depressing

This is super sad. But we can - and will! - fix it.

It's just going to take a while... and a LOT of writing.

[via GITS]

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Loophole

Another gem from Garfunkel & Oates.

What a joy. I hope their pilot gets picked up at IFC! If Tenacious D is the comedy band of our generation, then Garfunkel & Oates is also the comedy band of our generation. If this is any indication, it'll be solid gold. Or at least solid brown.

[via Gawker]

I'm Playing All of the Parts!

Holy shit. I know this guy is a huge narcissist, but I'm super into it:

It IS annoying when people do that! And this guy totally validates that without calling out my hidden insecurities about my own inability to play one much less several musical instruments! (unless you count "my vocal chords" as instrument, which no one does)

[via Neatorama]

I'm Sorry I'm Repeating Myself, but F**k Rick Perry

What a dick.

Ms. Davis Goes to Austin

I'd totally see this movie.

[via Happy Place]


Is anyone else not at all surprised that a hospital stay after major surgery can cause PTSD? Especially for the patients they followed (whose specific surgery/drugs gave them terrifying hallucinations).

Good Morning!

What a morning.

It's a great one in Texas. The battle was won, though the fight is far from over.

It's a great one for gay couples and supporters of gay couples throughout the country. It's not as big a victory as they deserve, but at least it wasn't a defeat.

But let's not forget that although this morning feels good, the court still struck down one of the key tenants of our constitution - ensuring that all its citizens are allowed the opportunity to vote. We must not forget that, and we must fight against it.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Artful Stew on Twitter

Just in case you forgot, or didn't know in the first place!


Check it out! It's funny ~77% of the time!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wrong Directors: Game of Thrones

Jesse Benjamin's "Wrong [Casting] Directors" takes on Game of Thrones, with Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, and Michael Cera.

Would you watch this "Game of Quirks"? I totally would. At least to see Jess and April play off of each other. That would be a blast.

When trying to come up with a cleverer title for the millennial edition of Game of Thrones, all I could come up with was "Game of Moans" which presumably already exists in porn form. Unless you think there is no porn parody of "Game of Thrones" because there's already so much sex in the actual show... Could go either way!

[via HuffPo TV]

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lego: The Movie is actually a movie

It's official - there's a teaser trailer starring Andy from Parks and Rec and everything.

Here's the thing, though. I thought Cloudy and 21 Jump Street were pretty darn funny, and I really love stop-motion animation. I super hate product placement and the idea that an entire movie is product placement, but of all the things to place productively, are LEGO's so bad? Am I becoming the enemy?

Monday, June 17, 2013

65 Books You "Need" to Read in your 20s

Yet another list of things I should be doing. Ugh, I've read like, two of them. I should really get started - but where to begin? Also, some of these I'm totally "eh" on, and not just because of my irrational dislike of the number six.

Supercell (aka Super Storm) in Texas

I love Texas.

A supercell near Booker, Texas from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

Isn't that gorgeous? It's actually really peaceful, mainly because there's nothing around there that might get hurt - just beautiful clouds doing their thing. When I was little, I used to love sitting on the front porch in Blanco watching the storms pass by...

[via Mental Floss]

Friday, June 14, 2013

Amy Poehler is the "Comedy Person of the Year"

To me, she's the Comedy Person of My Lifetime (I should note there are multiple winners of this award), but technically getting named "Comedy Person of [just this] Year" by Montreal's Just for Laughs is a more prestigious award. For now. Either way, good for Amy Poehler!!

[via Splitsider]

I think Expecto Patronum would have been more fun...

But I still have to admit that an Expelliarmus wedding photo is pretty badass.

Levicorpus would have been quite amusing, as well.

[via When Geeks Wed]

You May Remember Me From...

Another classic from the treasure trove of Simpsons' supercuts

Phil Hartman, how could we ever forget you?

[via HuffPo TV]

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Oops, I Missed May!

Hi Stewers!

Sorry I missed out on May! I've been focused on my non-blog writing this month. I'll try to be better in June!