Jamie York is a producer for On the Media.
OTM Staff Picks, Volume 3
Monday, April 09, 2012 - 05:26 PM
The staff of OTM again choose a few of our favorite things. Please leave us comments below and enjoy.
Sarah Abdurrahman: I love this SNL take on a Bravo reality show featuring the “Real Housewives of Disney.” You can also see deleted scenes that didn’t make it into the video here.
Bob Garfield: Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass" (2009) is one of those Netflix flicks that somehow slipped past me in theatrical distribution. Ed Norton plays an Oklahoma boy who has gone off and made good as a philosophy professor at Brown on his way to getting his own institute at Harvard Law. He also plays a good ol' boy dope farmer who is just a genius with hydroponics. They're estranged twins -- and they wind up caught up in some Tulsa mayhem. Norton is fantastic. So is Josh Pais as a down-on-his-luck orthodontist. And Nelson's murderous yokel with a heart of gold is endearing, too -- when he isn't shooting people to death. But the triumph here is making a gimmick movie make you instantly forget the gimmick.
The story is clearly informed by Nelson's own multiple identities as a Brown-educated Tulsa Jew show-biz hick intellectual. But never mind that: there's a tiny little throwaway moment in which two beefy goons in the employ of Richard Dreyfuss's (as a drug kingpin/Jewish philanthropist) exchanging a "here-we-go-again" look that's worth the price of admission.
Of course, once again, I didn't pay the price of admission. So the return on investment was infinite.
Alex Goldman: There’s this French guy named Quentin Dupieux, who most people probably know better as electro musician Mr. Oizo. I think his music, especially the more recent stuff, is really great and whimsical and bizarre and interesting. But until this weekend, I wasn’t aware that he was also a great and whimsical and bizarre and interesting film director. His most recent movie, Rubber, is about a telekinetic tire named Robert that likes to explode the heads of his adversaries, Scanners-style. I guess there’s not much else to say about that.
Chris Neary: The first 20 seconds of this Dr. Dog song are perfect. We use interstitial music on the show between stories sometimes – we call it a ‘button.’ (Maybe that’s common knowledge). Those first 20 seconds sound like a perfect button. I’ve been repeating it over and over walking around the city.
PJ Vogt: I know that picking SNL skits as a staff pick is the kind of low-down dirty move more often associated with OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman move. But have you guys seen Bobby Moynihan’s Drunk Uncle character? Maybe the funniest recurring character since Stefon: “Is this wi-fi organic? Can I get some raw almonds on my yoga class?”
Jamie York: Let’s say you’re planning on building a small cabin in the Maine woods. Or you’re opening a street-side cafe. Or maybe you’re designing a small town. Or writing a new computer program. Well, I was reminded again this weekend that there’s a one-stop book that neatly addresses all those situations and how to optimally design them; it’s called A Pattern Language and I can’t recommend it enough. Plainspoken, written as a series of ‘hypotheses’ and illustrated throughout it’s remained popular since the late 70’s because it’s so common sense and scalable (it’s also been hugely influential for a generation or two of computer programmers). Use it as an excuse to replace all the doorknobs in your house or build that small town you’ve been dreaming about.