I've been watching History's ufology/ancient astronaut series Ancient Aliens -- the show where every "expert" interviewed has a book called ______ of the Gods -- and it has just been the most entertaining thing. Mainly because every interview plays out almost exactly like this:
I am a single season away from finishing the entire run of Seinfeld. I am prone to turning on a television show while hangin' out (my epic run of nine season of Criminal Intent, for instance) and Seinfeld turned out to be a particularly quick watch. I also realized that somehow I have managed to actually have seen all of it previously, even though I can't really recall ever sitting down and watching the show.
Anyhow, I'm pretty glad I watched it this way because it nearly rivals Arrested Development in the amount of visual callbacks, and they're all more enjoyable when you're not squinting and wondering "is that... I think I saw before..." rather than being sure and just, well, enjoying them. Considering I have the memory for something like that, I hope to someday being able to make something like this:
Like many single children my age, my first exposure to the X-Men was Fox's 1990s cartoon. I was immensely proud of myself for having caught every single episode of the first season. I also loved the theme to death. No other music, save the Lambada -- a topic for another post -- had inspired such raw emotion in my eight-year-old self. If you can't recall, or have never heard it, here you go:
When the series was sent to Japan, the intro was re-done in an anime style and set to a rock soundtrack. The result is surprisingly awesome:
There was also a second, slightly more ponderous opening. There's still a bunch of action, but check out that (comparatively) long shot of Logan, Scott and Jean. Even though the triangle themes made it over into the cartoon from the comic, I don't think anything like that would've made it into the opening of a kids' TV show:
In 2011, a 12-part X-Men anime series was released as part of the Marvel Anime project. Free of the constraint of having to resemble American source material, this is one is pure Japanese:
I could never get my friends to watch movies from the 1940s. Mainly because every time we sat down to watch a movie we were beat from school, or work, or hanging out all day to the extent that following the rapid-fire dialogue in, for instance, a Howard Hawks or Preston Sturges film was just too much to work through. Take, for instance, this scene from 1940s classic His Girl Friday, starring Rosalind Russell as a hardcore journalist and Cary Grant as her editor and ex-husband.
Family Guy did a dead-on parody of this style of filmmaking with their Fast Talking, High Trousers:
So, what else is there to do with a movie like that but excise the dialogue and see what remains. That idea was the genesis of 2005's Between The Lines edit of His Girl Friday. It's eight minutes long, pared down from 92, and nothing but looks, breaths, noises and wordless vocalizations. It achieves a great rhythm, evident especially during the phone "conversation", at the five minute mark. It might not make too much sense if you haven't seen the original, but it's up all over the place.
Watch enough modern-day detective shows and techno-thrillers and you'll notice one common thread: if an image is ever pulled up on a computer screen, it suddenly becomes resolute to the infinite degree. An episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent from 2006, for instance, had webcam footage on a real-estate website read text off the LCD display on home security box. TVTropes has, obviously, covered this (as I've covered them, earlier) and a video was born:
Futurama, the mothership of technological satire, also covered this:
Of course, we do live in the future, so some amount of magic really is possible, given an appropriate amount of resolution:
I spend a good portion of today's workday in this epic MetaFilter thread about Arrested Development. As I mention in-thread, I've watched it about five times a year since 2005. With most other shows, that would put me in "obsessive superfan" status. With Arrested Development, I'm just like everyone else. So, here are two obscenity-laden blooper reels.
The pixel video artist/chiptune genius who is Doc Octoroc (previously) has made this awesome cover of the 2010 Doctor Who intro, straight-up SNES-style -- the scaling effects are perfect. Even though I stopped watching Doctor Who about halfway into the tenth Doctor's tenure, I have expressed my love for the theme and this is a great take on it.
So, with Family Guy, you have to take the good with the bad in order to appreciate the humor. The "good" in this case being a pitch-perfect parody of Street Fighter II and the "bad" being that one of the characters involved is an Asian laundromat owner named "Mr. Washee Washee" (complicating that further, that name was used as a "make-the-audience-feel-ignorant" joke, so it's just cans of worms all the way down.) So let's all just enjoy this for what it is before Fox takes it down off YouTube for copyright infringement and this post becomes entirely irrelevant:
Yet-unable to corral the hit boybands of the 90s, the first (1996) season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch had a rather ... intriguing guest star: The Violent Femmes. Unfortunately, I can't figure out if making the preppy cheerleader Libby have an enormous and (magically) requited crush on Gordon Gano was out of irony, necessity or both. Watching this, 15 years later, long past the cultural relevance of both the show and the band, the temporal gap between the two is that much greater and the whole scene just way, way odd.
...and who can forget the classic bar fight scene from ABC's family comedy Step By Step. Patrick Duffy comes in at 3:46 if you want to skip right to that part.