Week Links

Do you like your movies French, artsy, black-&-white... and featuring giant sentient robots?

Well, Stephen Colbert has 30 seconds of entertainment for you. (The ad that precedes it, unfortunately, is half that length all by itself.) Mesdames et messieurs, I present Les Transformateurs: Le noir de la lune. You can watch the rest of the Feb. 27th episode after that if you like.

I've corrected Stephen's French a bit there. And the actual name under which Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released in France was Transformers: La face cachée de la lune, but don't blame me. Don't blame Colbert, either, come to think of it, since the French subtitle translates to The Dark Side of the Moon, or literally The Hidden Face of the Moon, rather than the movie's odd subtitle, so he kinda has it right.

SNL hasn't aired yet this week as I write this, but I can share NBC's promos for tonight's Lindsay Lohan episode. If the show itself is on par with these, I'll be satisfied. The last new installment, with Maya Rudolph hosting, was generally considered to be one of the best this season, so in case this week's ain't so hot you can wash it down with a Weekend Update segment of Rudolph as Oprah, cut from the live broadcast but online in an edited clip filmed at dress rehearsal.

Rudolph didn't reprise her Whitney Houston due to the singer's untimely death the week before. I appreciated Houston's vocal talent despite not being a particular fan, and will be forever grateful to her simply for providing the backdrop to the memory of my cousin's daughter Sarah, first member of the next generation in our family, dancing before she could even talk whenever her mom put on "I'm Every Woman". Yet I thought Houston too often squandered her gift on pop fluff like "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" — and I say this as a great admirer of well-executed pop fluff — rather than sticking with the romantic and inspirational ballads that better showed off her range or taking a turn into Etta James or Sarah Vaughan territory.

Anyway, I was happy to find a link to a version of "How Will I Know" that makes the song, and Houston's work on it, much more impressive. It's not an a cappella rendition per se, as it consists of the isolated vocal tracks to the finished product and so in some parts is obviously incomplete. But it's pretty stunning, and a fitting enough tribute to Houston that I decided to break my rule against promoting unauthorized presentations of copyrighted material.

Here's a nifty music video that OK Go made for Sesame Street called "Three Primary Colors". You only get one guess as to what it's about, although it thrillingly covers what happens when you mix the three primary colors to get the three secondary colors as well. I've linked to the band's inventiveness before — more than once, in fact. (You have to scroll down to near the end of that first post. I'd go put in a direct link to that section of the post but it's old enough that it falls into the category of complete overhaul that the first couple hundred posts on this blog will require if I want to fix anything from image sizes to font problems to mere typos because the HTML goes screwy the moment anything is changed.)

Going back to where we started, Stephen Colbert got us amped for Ultimate Taser Ball in a field segment on Feb. 21st and on Feb. 23rd alerted us to the real, ich-scheiße-du-nicht practice of some Mormons posthumously baptizing Jews.

The first segment is not for the faint of heart, by which I really mean the sympathetically sensitive of groin. The second segment is... yeah, whatever. Stephen's favorite newspaper, The New York Times, reported on the practice just yesterday in an article that includes mention of a retaliatory website purporting to convert dead Mormons to homosexuality. My favorite passage in the entire piece, which is full of admittedly galling absurdities, might be the description of the website's creator as "half-Jewish and not gay".

Hopefully, I'll get to finish up my comprehensive look at the Colbert SuperPAC phenomenon soon, as it contains links to material both within The Colbert Report — much of it only incidental to the PAC rat race — and without.

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