“The Simpsons” Parody of Stanley Kubrick’s Films

This week, The Simpsons ran its 25th “Treehouse of Horror” episode. One of the three segments in the show was “A Clockwork Yellow,” which spoofed films by director Stanley Kubrick. This clip includes references to A Clockwork Orange (1971), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Full Metal Jacket (1987), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and Barry Lyndon (1975). Check out the clip from “Treehouse of Horror XXV.”

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    Authentic Folk Music From Barbara Brown

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    When Chimesfreedom first started writing about Kentucky’s Marty Brown, long before he appeared on America’s Got Talent, we praised the authentic country sound of his music. We also have noted that his musical talent runs in the family. A few new videos on YouTube now illustrate that the source of some of his talent comes from his mother, Barbara Brown.

    Check out Barbara Brown sitting on the porch singing the traditional folk ballad, “Baby on the Doorstep,” a song recorded by Frank Luther in 1928 and that otherwise is not on YouTube. Marty Brown accompanies her on what I think is his father’s guitar.

    In another video, Barbara and Marty Brown duet on “Blue Kentucky Girl.” There’s some genuine great music here. I would buy her album.

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    A Balance Between Culture and Fun: “In Bruges” (Missed Movies)

    inbruge I recently watched In Bruges (2008) for a second time to see if it still held up for me after liking the movie the first time I saw it. I enjoyed the film, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, even better the second time even though I still find it hard to categorize. Is it a black comedy? A drama? A thriller? A modern film noir? A love story? A travel adventure? Or is it, the way one character describes their visit to Bruges, a “balance between culture and fun”? Maybe it is a little bit of each.

    Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star as two hitmen who are sent by their boss, played by Ralph Fiennes, to Bruges, Belgium to wait for his further instructions. The two travelers do not know why they are in Bruges, and they wonder whether they are there to lay low after their last job or if they are going to be given an assignment in the city. Meanwhile the two men squabble as Gleeson’s character enjoys following their instructions to appear as tourists, while Farrell is miserable in what he sees as a boring town.

    The actors all give excellent performances. Farrell shows vulnerability and humor playing the young troubled character. Fiennes gives one of his scariest performances since Schindler’s List. Gleeson is excellent in a role where his character has to be completely believable for the film to work. Clémence Poésy and Jordan Prentice are excellent in important smaller roles. At the beginning, an American viewer might struggle a little to catch all the words due to the accents, but the movie is not hard to follow.

    When the assignment comes, the three men must struggle with their concepts of loyalty, friendship, and honor. But these heavy ideas — and some violent scenes and profane language — are tempered by humor and the beauty of the surrounding city. I will not spoil the movie by revealing the events, but if you enjoy dark humor, buddy movies, and beautiful scenery, you may find that In Bruges is a hidden gem.

    Some Other Reviews Because Why Should You Trust Me? Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a respectable 82% critics rating and an 85% audience rating. It does not surprise me that the critics and audience ratings are similar because it is an intelligent film that should appeal to many in both categories. Jason Zingale at Bullz-Eye.Com calls In Bruges “one of the most original films in years.” But Marjorie Baumgarten at the Austin Chronicle did not like the film so much, concluding that “the film’s light comedy and dark morality make for an unsettling mix.”

    {Missed Movies is our continuing series on good films you might have missed because they did not receive the recognition they deserved when released.}

    What did you think of In Bruges? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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    Adam Sandler Teaches Comedy to Kids

    AOL has a new web series hosted by Kevin Nealon where famous comedians teach kids how to do comedy. In episode one of Laugh Lessons, Adam Sandler discusses making funny noises with a group of kids. Not surprisingly, at one point, the conversation turns to the best ways to make fart noises. Check it out.

    Other episodes on the Laugh Lessons website include George Lopez, Chelsea Handler and Dana Carvey.

    What is your favorite funny noise? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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    Glen Campbell’s Heartbreaking Final Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

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    After singer Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, he worked to make the best of the time he had left, including a farewell tour for his fans. In 2013, he recorded his final song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” with producer Julian Raymond. In the song, Campbell, who now lives in a special care facility in Nashville, tells us, “I’m still here but yet I’m gone.”

    The song sadly reminds us of the loss, and you may want to have some tissues ready when you watch the video, which begins with images of a brain scan. But, the video and its scenes of Campbell’s life also constitute a celebration. Check out the video for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

    Glen Campbell’s most recent album was 2011’s Ghost On The Canvas.

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