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 +2Posted on Jul 30th, 2012 | re: Tom Waits Is Our Generation's The Joker In The Dark Knight (11 comments)

No judgements here, but the Tom Waits audio in that clip appears dubbed. That could mean any number of things, including but certainly not exclusively that someone edited the clip with themselves making a joker voice.

It could also mean that he was barely understandable in the first place and had to be dubbed in. The world is full of possibilities!

 0Posted on Aug 4th, 2011 | re: 9PM Until 2012 (22 comments)

Wish means expect, right?

1. I hate when people take real issues like child exploitation and abuse (of any age) and turn it into an insulting and moralistic campaign against consenting adults (like “real” prostitutes).
2. Using your clout to spread the word against child sex slavery is a little like using your clout to spread the word against murder. I’m not going to fault him for it, but it’s widely known to be a bad, horrible thing, while less obvious outrages go unrecognized by many people.
3. I’m pretty sure Ashton Kutcher played himself on Punk’d.

 +3Posted on Jun 20th, 2011 | re: Jon Stewart Performs His Annual On-Air Takedown Of The Mainstream Media (15 comments)

I’m pretty sure this is a monthly occurrence at this point, not annual, which makes me want to point out the law of diminishing returns. As Gabe has pointed out before, the “I’m just a comedian” schtick is trite and a little bit sad to hear, but he does have a point — Comedy Central has never, nor has The Daily Show, fought to the death to pretend that they are a legitimate news outlet that’s *not* just producing red meat for intellectual liberals. To say that it doesn’t matter that he’s biased because he’s just a comedian is false, but to say that somehow makes him an equivalent to Fox News is even moreso.

 +3Posted on Jun 3rd, 2011 | re: The Videogum 6-Month Performance Review (468 comments)

It’s true, the potassium is more valuable than you may think! You can’t get it just anywhere, you know. And yeah, you know, like… penis. Also, the thing that I notice about bananas is that sometimes they are just good and yummy and I don’t think about it at all, and other times it weirds me out how sticky and mushy they are and I think it’s strange that I’m eating food like that. And to answer your question, I am currently in my cubicle eating NOTHING because I forgot my damn granola bar and so all I have is coffee and my life is a living hell *these guys* literally know what I’m talking about (link to starving children).

 +6Posted on Jun 3rd, 2011 | re: The Videogum 6-Month Performance Review (468 comments)

Ooooookay, my two bits:

Videogum is great for all the reasons we all know — the voice, the writing, the community. But something has, in fact, changed since I started reading, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a thing.

For a long time, Gabe and company posted the very most hilarious recaps and reviews on the entire interwebs. I feel like all of us regular monsters really looked forward to the weekly Lost and Gossip Girl posts, among others. It kept me coming back over and over, just to read the comments section; the length of the posts made me spend tons of time staring at the site, which I’m sure looks great on a traffic meter; and it bolstered the community because it was a place for all of us to get together and make fun of the things we saw (and loved) (and hated).

Now, I know we still kinda sorta have this with the Glee-caps, but aside from that, I can guess more or less why the recaps aren’t as prevalent. The first reason is that it’s hard to write them! With all of the screencaps and GIFs and thousands of words Gabe was writing each week, I can see the appeal of never doing it again forever. The other reason is the lack of a good unifying show — Lost was perfect, Gossip Girl was fun, but I mean, it’s not exactly like Mad Men lends itself to lighthearted critique and lots of next-day-laffs. Our Thursday Night TV thread has a communal thread to it, but you can’t do recaps because there is so much funny that making additional jokes out of it is harrrrrd (and sad because jokes tend to be critical).

An extension of this is the Videogum Movie Club and the TWMOAT reviews, which I feel have become less frequent (I haven’t studied the statistics to see if this is actually true, I’m going with my GUT, you NERDS). These had the same sort of unifying and hilarious effect, and I love each week when Gabe posts them.

The bottom line is this: there are lots of destinations on the internet for fun YouTube videos, but there are very few places where you can get laugh-out-loud-funny, smart, insightful commentary on the larger pop cultural events that most monsters experience. Sure, there are plenty of too-serious movie reviewers and bad TV show recappers, but I don’t want to read what they say, I want to read what GABE says.

This is by no means a rallying cry against Videogum or the “direction” we are heading — I love the site and come here every day! This is just the one thing I wish there were more of, and the one thing that I’ve noticed change over the last year or two.

Thank you everyone for such an amazing and vibrant site that seems to speak to me directly, I sincerely feel that there is no place like this out there. Oh captain my captain! Et cetera.

 0Posted on May 17th, 2011 | re: The Hunt For The Worst Movie Of All Time: Summer Series (462 comments)

 +9Posted on Mar 24th, 2010 | re: Lost S06E09: Aye Carumba! (152 comments)

UNLESS Bizarro LA and Sydney are the ONLY THINGS that exist in the whole Bizarro-world because EVIL has been unleashed and the Earth has been destroyed and rests (mostly underwater) in a deep nuclear winter, and LA and Sydney are filled with good people because now there is peace on earth and LA is the island now…

…I don’t think I’m good at this.

 +9Posted on Mar 23rd, 2010 | re: "Empire State Of Mind" Via YouTube Closed Captions (29 comments)

I love how some of the musical captions actually rhyme, but not the correct rhymes. You crazy for this one, YouTube!

 +3Posted on Mar 23rd, 2010 | re: Reading Rainbow 2.0 (36 comments)

Dagnabbit, I wish the comment sections on these mini-posts got more action. This comment deserves a million upvotes!

 +12Posted on Mar 16th, 2010 | re: The Blind Side And Ninja Assassin: A Side-By-Side Comparison (133 comments)

I think The Blind Side deserves another Oscar for “Best Job by a Cast and Crew Pretending to Not Be Completely Surprised by the Lead Role’s Oscar Nomination.” But that’s just me. Also I love it when Ninjas Assassinate.

 +9Posted on Mar 15th, 2010 | re: Can Someone Please Make Sure That Carly Fiorina Is OK? (33 comments)

“Are you okay?”

“The United States”

 -3Posted on Mar 3rd, 2010 | re: Could Someone Please Explain This Paragraph To Me? (38 comments)

Clearly the best part of the email is when she states that the participants will include “Slash and Shakira along with Salma Hayek Pinault, John Leguizamo and Shakira.”

 +1Posted on Mar 2nd, 2010 | re: Sarah Jessica Parker Reading Her Family Tree In A Library Is A Show? (77 comments)

I love pirate history and Morgan’s pirate coast is my favorite niche of history.


 +25Posted on Mar 2nd, 2010 | re: Sarah Jessica Parker Reading Her Family Tree In A Library Is A Show? (77 comments)

It would be a lot more interesting to see normal people investigating their family history, no?

I mean, at least then they could choose the episode content based on the most amazing stories they find (“my ancestor was a slave trader — I must apologize to the descendants of his slaves,” etc), rather than choosing episode content because someone is a C.E.L.E.B. (“my ancestor lived in Ireland. hm.”) Even the title is insulting “Who do you think you are?” like it’s some kind of crowd-sourced programming. No, David Blaine. This is more Celebrity worship dressed up as melodrama.

 +3Posted on Mar 1st, 2010 | re: Name The Russian Jersey Shore (86 comments)

I logged in just to upvote this. VR Troopers 4 Life.

 +31Posted on Feb 26th, 2010 | re: Come Join Our Dance Party! (92 comments)

I tuck my sweatshirts into my jeans to this day. Because it’s sensible.

 +6Posted on Feb 24th, 2010 | re: R.I.P. RickRoll (51 comments)

I doubt it was Astley. If an artist actually complained about their work being on YouTube their record company would probably sue them for attempting to exercise too much control over the company’s property.

That said, they took the video down and then put it back up, making us all click on the link millions of times, begging the question: Did Sony just RickRoll us?

 0Posted on Feb 23rd, 2010 | re: Kanye West's "Coldest Winter" Is Maybe Even Too Cold! (61 comments)

I enjoy the layout. Very smooth and fresh — still has that Videogum feel (thanks to the sidebar), but now I can really stretch my legs. Plus the damn comment system actually remembers me now, so I get to comment a lot more.

 +1Posted on Feb 23rd, 2010 | re: Juggalo News, My Ninjas (15 comments)

I am really, really liking the fact that this link is broken on the front page, and it simply looks like a flat statement about the Juggalo News. “All the news that’s fit to rape. Period. Go away now.”

 +2Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread: Valentine's Day Edition (42 comments)

So insanely true. After this week that line was perfect Serendipity (I am killing the double references today).

 +5Posted on Feb 12th, 2010 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread: Valentine's Day Edition (42 comments)

Community was last night’s champion for me. When getting drunk broke Abed’s brain I lost my shit all over him (DOUBLE REFERENCE!). The Office got better for a couple of episodes then worse again. Boo to Kathy Bates’ character. 30 Rock is the marathon champ, but I’m getting tired of every episode focusing on Jack Donaghy’s dating life. Isn’t 5 girlfriend story arcs a season enough for that man?

 +1Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 | re: Go See Joe Mande And Hannibal Buress Tonight, Why Not? (12 comments)

Did I miss the post promoting Max and Aziz? Maybe it would’ve seemed a bit too much like self-promotion, but I actually thought it was odd that Videogum never gave a nod to Max opening for Aziz until after the show was over.

 +2Posted on Jan 5th, 2010 | re: Taking One For The Team: Avatar Make Up Tutorial (84 comments)

Wait. Why did you pay for “The Christmas Sweater”???

 +3Posted on Dec 11th, 2009 | re: A Very Special Christmas Thursday Night TV Open Thread (91 comments)

“We can’t have raccoons at the Christmas thing. They will hunt the kids for sport.”