OK, so the song selections are a little musty -- classic Def Leppard? the friggin' "Macarena"? -- but you can enjoy these parodies of music videos by themselves or enjoy the literal text: a goofy celebration of our new president.
These songs come from a new CD by the Axe Men, "Barack's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1," available on iTunes and elsewhere online. These "comedians" cover a dozen classic tunes, altering the lyrics to trumpet Mr. Obama -- "Barack'N Me," "Barackin' On Sunshine," "Barack the Casbah," etc.
I know just enough about Japanese culture to know I don't know much about Japanese culture. And every now and then something like trailer for the new animated film "Apocalypse Meow" -- that's the U.S. release name, the Japanese release is available on the trailer in a slightly less-friendly-for-work way -- comes along to reinforce that fact.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing this thing. A crack commando unit of cute and fuzzy bunnies seeking out an apparent group of what seems to be terrorist camels -- nice racial overtones -- with sniper rifles, explosives and extreme violence? OK, you got me. I mean, will it be in IMAX?
No, the only thing that bugs me is the cat angle. Where exactly are cats involved? The Chuck Norissesque bunny hit squad is cool. The dialogue -- all Japanese, no subtitles -- is awesome. But where do cats come into the picture? It is just a trailer, I suppose. And you know how they cut those things so you never really know what the movie is about. But come on!<
Anyway, this is promised winter of 2010 -- in Japan, anyway. Get locked and loaded, people! And bunnies!
Grant Wood's iconic "American Gothic" won't be back on view at the Art Institute until mid-April and Rene Magritte's surrealist masterpiece "Time Transfixed" will remain unseen until the museum's new Modern Wing opens in May 2009.
You'll just have to settle with a modern, pop culture twist on those two works for now. The Web site Something Awful has updated those masterpieces and several others not owned by the Art Institute -- with images
from the "Star Wars" films.
As envisioned by Something Awful, "American Gothic" now features Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) as the pitchfork-wielding farmer. Magritte's image of a locomotive emerging from a fireplace instead features a Star Destroyer.
Our favorite has to be the one-eared Yoda subbing for Vincent Van Gogh in his self portrait with a pipe (held in a private collection). Just what happened to the little green fellow's ear? Perhaps that's a story for another "Star Wars" prequel.
"Daryl's makeover anguish," reads the headline, arrows pointing to Hannah's puffed-up face. It does appear that she had the same plastic surgeon as Priscilla Presley and Jocelyn Wildenstein (also known as "the Bride of Wildenstein" and "Catwoman") ... and a plastic surgeon in the magazine theorizes that she's had a face-lift, brow-lift and Botox.