Conchordish Humour in “Eagle vs Shark”

If Flight of the Conchords made a movie, it would probably look and feel a lot like Eagle vs Shark (which happens to feature Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords). Fans of the Conchords surreal, deadpan humour will probably enjoy the movie, but I’m not sure which is less accessible, the TV show or this movie — because they’re both a bit out there. The characters in Eagle vs Shark are quirky & eccentric and the story about two nerds who fall in love (sort of) is so childish & bizarre that many viewers might not know how to react to it.

DVD Talk compares it to Napoleon Dynamite (which the reviewer doesn’t much care for and neither do I, though I can see the similarities): “Shark is a more character-based comedic summer camp, relying heavily on mannered performance and human reveals to extort the jokes. [The] script certainly serves up plenty of manufactured oddity, but I never felt coldly manipulated like I was with Dynamite. Shark comes from a more earnest place, and uses more to please than just relying on retro visual aids and blank lead actors. Shark might be walking in the deep Dynamite footsteps, but it’s a gracious picture and infinitely more hilarious.” And it stands up well to repeated viewings. It’s the kind of movie that if you like it, you really like it. I think it’s a work of art.

Tommyboy might like this movie.

I did a lot of drugs when I was a kid…

…because I ate Cherrios (as did Superman, of course).

Popular cereal is a drug, US food watchdog says — and I quote:

Citing a clinical study, the product labels also claim that eating two servings a day of Cheerios helps to reduce bad cholesterol when eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, the FDA letter says.

Those claims indicate that Cheerios — said by General Mills to be the best-selling cereal in the United States — is intended to be used to lower cholesterol and prevent, lessen or treat the disease hypercholesterolemia, and to treat and prevent coronary heart disease.

“Because of these intended uses, the product is a drug,” the FDA concluded in its letter.

I was thinking traces of cocaine, which makes more sense when I think about how I used to behave after eating a bowl of Cherrios. At least my cholesterol is well balanced.

Toast Dipped in Coffee Or Tea

coffee toastMy grandfather used to eat toast dipped in tea for breakfast. He had no teeth.

Today I dipped my buttered toast in coffee. I have all my teeth.

Speaking of my grandfather, who’s dead but was a memorable character:
– He had no teeth and didn’t wear dentures.
– He was missing 3 or 4 fingers.
– He often ate food straight from the can, unheated.
– He used to work in the lumber industry in the middle of Newfoundland, which accounts for his missing fingers and liking of cold food.
– His remaining fingers were stained puke yellow from smoking all his life, but he stopped cold-turkey a few years before he died.
– He could drink a bottle of beer in one swig.
– He was a phenomenal spoon player (from what I remember as a kid).
– He wore 1-piece long johns (union suit) as underwear – the kind that cover you from the neck down to your ankles and had a flap covering your ass.
– He was incredibly strong.

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