SNL Reboots itself, Mr Bones skulks with Killface and Batman fights Wolverine in The Prestige – Oct 14-20

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This week in 86 featured a huge shift for Saturday Night Live, including the debut of both the Church Lady and Choppin’ Broccoli. 1996 brought us Spike Lee’s Get on the Bus and Saturn-exclusive Mr Bones, while 2006 found Christopher Nolan’s Prestige debuting alongside Frisky Dingo.

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16 thoughts on “SNL Reboots itself, Mr Bones skulks with Killface and Batman fights Wolverine in The Prestige – Oct 14-20

  1. I can’t find anything about Danitra Vance dying of AIDS or HIV, all I can find is she died of cancer. I don’t know if anyone from SNL died of anything AIDS related.

  2. I’m going to steal the fuck out of Chris’ comment on how “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” are Pok√©mon Gold and Silver for the Greatest Generation. Slayed me.

  3. One of the exceptional things about Homicide: Life on the Street is that it is not nearly as self contained, episode to episode, as something like Law & Order is. The Prison Riot episode might be the best single example of that, because while investigating the deaths that occurred during the riot, the detectives interview, as witnesses, several killers from past episodes of the show.

  4. One correction to make- Abbas Kiarostami is NOT still alive. (Like Diana said at the beginning) Otherwise good shit

  5. Splinter Cell: Double Agent is in fact the fourth game, with the shaved head for extra edge. It’s big thing, moving on from Chaos Theory was to remove the HUD and integrate stealth monitors into the game to make it more immersive, and to have missions in the daylight. This doesn’t sound revolutionary by any means, especially after its predecessor, but it still refined the awesome gameplay mechanics further, and was an early indication of what the Xbox 360 could do graphically. Plus, it was sure better than Conviction.

  6. My favorite animated Superman episode, hands down: The Main Man (the 2-parter with Lobo and the Preserver). It’s so good that it crowds out most of my other memories of the show.

  7. A little bonus I just came across:
    Apparently Walt Disney’s last official visit to Disneyland was fifty years ago on October 14.

  8. I listened to it but now I can’t remember the movies from Diane’s Classic Corner – what’s the time index for that so I can get back to it? Thanks!

  9. I remember when I saw, “The Prestige” in theaters with my homeboy, and almost cracking the fuck up at the end of the Tesla scene when they show all the duplicated hats, ’cause it reminded me of a glitch you could do in Super Mario 64 where you could clone Mario’s hat in that winter level…

  10. I really love The Prestige, I think it’s Nolan’s best movie. And to begin with I thought it was his WORST movie– I hated that Hugh Jackman’s character came up with a legitimately magical way of doing the trick that Christian Bale’s character(s) did by extensive deceit. But the more I watched the movie, the more I realized that the mechanics of the magic tricks are entirely secondary: the whole movie is about obsession and what it does to you. Jackman was SO obsessed with figuring out how Bale did his trick that he created something almost supernatural, and horrifying, in the process. Not to gloss over, of course, how Bale’s non-supernatural method was still just as horrifying. And invoking Tesla to sort of handwave the impossibility of Jackman’s solution was genius because it touched upon the famous rivalry with Edison, and how those two men were obsessed with each other and engaged in some awful sabotage with one another.

    I just think it’s an incredibly well constructed movie. Nolan is a very populist choice for a favorite contemporary director, with his fans tending to overlook deep flaws in even his greatest movies. But I think The Prestige is the closest he has come so far in achieving his potential as a filmmaker. Movies like The Dark Knight and Inception are more ambitious and maybe accomplish more, but thematically get muddled and bogged down. But The Prestige is like a perfect Christopher Nolan film. I really hope he gets back to that at some point, because I think his career has taken a David Fincher-esque turn where he can get whatever budget he wants and whatever actors he wants, with no one with enough clout to call him out on his own narcissism. And his more recent films have suffered as a result.

    (Speaking of David Fincher, I can repeat just about everything I just said about The Prestige for Zodiac– easily my favorite Fincher film.)

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