PVOTD: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

This video needs no explaining.  I love the shit out of this song.  It’s the most fun thing ever.  I have not been exposed to much Mark Ronson, but brother, I’m all in.  Also, pay attention to the editing of this video because it is top-notch.  Jimmy and I are constantly pulling our hair out over music video directors who DON’T CUT ON THE BEAT!  This editor knows whats up, and he did a wonderful job.  These guys are super ridiculous nerds, but they pull it off and it’s so great.  There’s nothing like a good Uptown Funk dance party.

“The Flick” by the other Annie Baker

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Usually when your parents hack your social media accounts and read all your posts, it turns into a nightmare. In my case, it turns into unexpected presents. Example: I tweet about my favorite type of Ritz cracker, and my mom sends me six boxes of Ritz crackers for my birthday.

Now, for those who are not aware, I have a name twin. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright named Annie Baker, as a matter of fact. Recently our paths have crossed. Well not really. Basically, a film festival used her picture on my badge (the picture above, actually) and a Dallas Newspaper mentioned me in a tweet thinking my twitter handle was hers. Point of the story – I tweeted a photo of an article about the opening of her most recent Pulitzer Prize winning play, “The Flick,” and made a dumb joke. A few days later, an Amazon delivery shows up at my house. My mom sent me a copy of “The Flick.” Boom! Social media delivers.

So here we are, and I have read “The Flick.” I have to preface this one. I read a lot of fucking plays in college. But that was a long time ago now, and I’m not used to reading them. I forget that they are way better when performed, and it’s often difficult to see the full effect when reading the script. That being said, I had a bit of an issue with some of the dialogue. It didn’t feel natural a lot of the time and the film snob kid was pretty insufferable with his rants on “cinema.” I hate the word “cinema.” The reason for my preface is that there were quite a few legit moments throughout the play that made me think the dialogue could be fixed with a good performance.

I can’t say I loved it, but I am glad I read it. It makes me curious to read one that is not centered around cinephiles. But this is not a sign for my mom to send me more books. Stop buying me things! But this was nice though.

PVOTD: “Elastic Heart” by Sia

This video was an emotional ROLLERCOASTER for me.  First off, I love the “Chandelier” video.  If you haven’t seen that one, I recommend making this a double feature.  It makes me sad that Sia was pressured into apologizing for offending people who found Shia LaBeouf’s character to be a pedophile.  It’s sad to apologize to people for being dumbasses.  Anywho, the point is, I think Sia is a talented lady who makes beautiful art.  Also, I’m a lifer in the Shia LaBeouf Fan Club.  I think he is a phenomenal talent and I hope he gets to prove it more in the future.  I think they both should be damn proud of their performance because it makes me cry every time.