Flashback Film Friends Flashback Film Friends is a series in which a Jezebel staffer watches a movie she or he has seen a million times, with a staffer who has never seen it once. Then they discuss—just like friends. You know the Gremlins rules right? Keep them out of bright light. Don’t get them wet. Never, ever feed them after midnight. And... Watch them every year around this time. Well, some of us know the rules. One of us, not to name names (Megan), went through her entire adult life without experiencing this horror-comedy chestnut of ’80s cinema that made a nation of children swoon one minute over the adorable mogwai Gizmo (basically a guinea pig with ears like bat wings and the ability to stand upright) and then shit themselves the next over terrifying green monsters that will rip your face off and explode all over the interior of your microwave. 1984's Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante, written by Chris Columbus (who’d go on to make the even more … [Read more...] about Gizmo Is Basically Jesus Christ, Right?: Revisiting
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To hear her tell the story, Twitch streamer Sweet_Anita has lived a fascinating and unusual life. Here’s what you might learn watching her stream the first-person shooter Overwatch: Anita takes care of 35 animals, including rabbits, rats, chinchillas, and cats, although in the past, that number has swelled to 200. Her mother contracted an illness from a volcano. For one year, Anita lived in a treehouse in a field, where she was raised by hippies. She has attended almost no formal school. To make ends meet, she has sold hand-picked pastel-colored sea glass from the English coast. Once, she fell into a pit of corrosive acid, human excrement, and dead livestock. And if you watch her Twitch streams, you’ll certainly learn that Anita, 28, has Tourette Syndrome, a rare neurological condition. She says that she was diagnosed four years ago, after a lifetime of yelling obscene outbursts to strangers on the street and sometimes spanking random passersby without knowing why. During … [Read more...] about The Singular Life Of Twitch’s Most Foul-Mouthed Streamer
“I’m not an actor, I’m a [movie, Netflix, directing] star! It’s be nice to think that Jonah Hill has fully stepped out of his pigeonhole at this point. A couple of Oscar nominations, co-lead in an hit Netflix series, writer-director of a promising new coming-of-age movie, Hill has emerged from the Apatow star factory still straddling the line between serious artist and broad comedy movie star. (Sort of like James Franco, except that people actually seem to like Hill’s directorial debut and no one—as of this writing—has accused Hill of being a sex creep.) That dichotomy showed up in Hill’s monologue, as SNL legend Tina Fey ushered new Five-Timers Club member Hill into the selective lounge set, where fellow FTC members Candace Bergen and Drew Barrymore celebrated his entry by showing an old sketch where Hill’s character admits to doing some serious damage to a toilet. Protesting that he does more than toilet humor now (“But … [Read more...] about Jonah Hill joins the Five-Timers Club on a uniformly funny
We’ve met God before, of course. He of the four fingers, and the booming voice, and the seriously requited love for Ned Flanders (except when he let Ned’s house get wrecked by a hurricane that one time). In The Simpsons’ universe, there is, objectively, a God. Specifically the Judeo-Christian variety, as worshipped with great ineptitude and opportunistic selfishness by the people of Springfield. There are other gods out there, too, apparently, who appear just as real, depending on the episode, writers, and what size filter is applied to the series’ show bible that week. So “My Way Or The Highway To Heaven” isn’t especially revolutionary, even though it’s told from the perspective of God and his right-hand angel, St. Peter, as they mull over the dwindling number of people admitted to heaven these days. Mostly old ladies and Promise Keepers, the latter of whom God admits, creep him out with how fervently they try to push religion on people … [Read more...] about A trio of sweet religious tales sees
Drinkery Drinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables. It was just one word, but it cut right to the bone. A few months back, I was talking with my buddy Matt, a beer connoisseur who lives down the street, and we got on the topic of our favorite locally brewed beers. He rattled off about a half-dozen, and then I jumped in. “Krankshaft is good, too,” I said, referring to Metropolitan Brewing’s kölsch. Silence. Then he looked at me with an almost-sad half-smile, like I’d just said “Jeremy’s iron.” “Yeah…” he said. “Krankshaft is a good… basic beer.” Basic. Ouch. Thus my fears were realized: My beer tastes are pedestrian. Prosaic. Humdrum. Even, apparently, basic. I like me some lagers, pilsners, wheat beers, and kölsches. But IPAs? You can keep ’em, as far as I’m concerned. And therein lies the rub: I just don’t like the taste of hoppy … [Read more...] about Change for the bitter: Can you learn to like a flavor you hate?