Keep Calm and Stroke the Furry Wall

I finally caught “Get Him to the Greek” the other evening (stayed tuned for a review!), and I thought that the scene with Russell Brand having Jonah Hill stroking the furry wall in an effort to keep him calm was absolutely hilarious.  So, when this cropped up on my Facebook wall today I had to repost it here at the Wit!

At the end of “Get Him to the Greek” Russell Brand’s character, Aldous Snow, makes a musical comeback with his hit single, “Furry Walls (Jeffrey).”  Here is the track for your listening pleasure:

Dan Harmon’s “Community” on NBC

Recently, my girlfriend and I decided to hop on the Hulu Plus bandwagon (again), and give it another go.  The first time around, the PS3 app that we used to stream Hulu’s content was sketchy at best.  It was riddled with bugs and was constantly freezing.  Most of the content was web-only at the time, which truly defeats the purpose of paying to stream video to your television.  However, after almost a year off the Hulu grid my tech-savvy mother persuaded me to take another run at it.

Almost all the aforementioned bugs have been worked out, and after a healthy bout of consumed television I’ve only noticed minor freezing a handful of times and they were all due to my Internet connection and not the Hulu app.

With a wide swatch of current television now available to a household that doesn’t possess cable or satellite we ‘Glee’fully dived headlong into the smorgasbord of media.  One of the shows that most caught my eye, but that I’ve never got around to watching, was Dan Harmon’s “Community” on NBC.

Within a matter of weeks I gobbled up the first two seasons of “Community” and am still lusting for more.  For those of you who haven’t caught “Community” the premise is as follows: a group of misfits unwittingly band together to form a study group, and eventually family, at a small community college.  The show focuses on poking fun at all of the tired and cliché television/movie stereotypes and archetypes.  The basis for almost any sitcom that has been created in the last sixty-years is fair game and openly mocked on “Community.”  One of the characters, Abed Nadir played by Danny Pudi, has Aspergers Syndrome and finds that television and film are the only way that he can relate to people, so because of this pairing and the inherent premise of the show the fourth wall is always being chipped away with wry humor.

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, and a rotating cast of star cameos round out the great writing and overall humor of the show.  “Community” by far is one of my favorite television shows on the air.  If you haven’t checked it out catch an episode—you won’t be disappointed.

“Fright Night”

Fright Night” with Anton Yelchin, Collin Farrell, David Tenant, and Dave Franco (2011)


The newest incarnation of “Fright Night” is a remake of a 1985 film of the same name (hence my use of ‘incarnation’).  The film follows Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) as he deals with the typical teenage dealings: girlfriend, friends, parents, and creepy vampire neighbor.  His childhood best friend, who revels in hardcore nerdiness, pulls the newly popularized Charlie back into the ghouls and goblins scene once more after one of their mutual friends disappears from school.  The story then unfolds as Charlie’s old friend disappears (just like the last!) and the evidence begins to stack up leading to the conclusion that his new neighbor, Jerry Danridge (Collin Farrell), is in fact a vampire!  In a desperate attempt to figure it all out and stop Jerry the Vampire Charlie takes a chance and asks for the aid of commercialized vampire aficionado and hunter, Peter Vincent (David Tenant).  Tenant essentially plays a Chris Angel-like individual who holds nightly Vegas shows to wow and dazzle his audiences with mysticism and Goth motifs.

I enjoyed the film; it was fun.  It made me realize that the teen movie genre has all but died at the foot of modernism.  Teen movies used to be a staple during the 70’s and 80’s, but as the 90’s and 00’s further horned in on the genre it mutated and has become something else all-together leaving classic teen horror films left out in the cold.  They may be corny and predictable, but sometimes it is nice to have a mindless, fun romp about growing up and things that go bump in the night.

If you want to watch a fun movie, to sit and eat popcorn by, that provides great laughs and a bit of supernatural flare then check out 2011’s “Fright Night” remake.

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