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My Favorite Scene: Parks and Recreation Season 3 (2011) “Lil Sebastian”

The greatest episode of television ever made about a mini-horse. Fact.

Recently I finished my umpteenth re-watch of the misadventures of the waffle-loving, mini-horse worshipping civil servants that make up the cast of Parks & Recreation. The more I think it over, the more certain I am that Parks & Rec mastermind Michael Schur (who now brings us the equally brilliant The Good Place) created the best sitcom of the last decade. Parks & Rec started off as a spiritual spin-off of The Office, borrowing that show’s fake documentary format and, like The Office, the first season is short and underwhelming.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve urged to try Parks & Rec who have flamed out after a few episodes, so if you want to start (and you should), start with season two when the show found its own voice and the brilliant ensemble began to run at full tilt.

In the times in which we currently live, there’s something unbelievably cathartic about a show heralding the positive impact the government can make in the lives of citizens. Even if you should loathe the government, the show provides the greatest comedic Libertarian ever forged in the mustachioed Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). The show is earnest and heartfelt; self-aware and smart, and nearly always hysterically goofy. I’ve written before about the show’s third season (peerless) which contains my favorite moment in the series in the brilliant “Ron’s Swivel Desk”. I have to revisit that season because it also contains my favorite running absurdity of the series: Pawnee’s rabid celeb crush on local mini-horse: Lil’ Sebastian.  I can’t decide which moment in the episode is better: the tiny equine’s introduction and Adam Scott’s utter bafflement at his co-worker’s excitement or Chris Pratt’s “5,000 Candles in the Wind” tribute at the Harvest Festival so I am including both. In the dead of winter, if you need a laugh to warm your heart, you can’t go wrong revisiting Parks & Recreation.

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Ben Stiller, Walter Mitty, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a two-hour movie based on a James Thurber short story that it takes about eight minutes to read aloud.  In adapting children’s books and other pieces where there is so little material to adapt faithfully…has it ever worked?  I’m seriously asking to be reminded of an example.  Mitty is a wonderful story about a man who drifts off into daydreams of adventure while going through a day’s worth of mundane errands.  Danny Kaye made it into a feature in the 1950’s and now Ben Stiller both directs and stars in this modern adaptation. Continue reading Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Trailer Time: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty #3 (2013)

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Trailer Time: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty International Trailer (2013)

The second trailer for Ben Stiller‘s adaptation of the James Thurber story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty gets an extended cut for the international trailer.  The first trailer was great, but this one gives you a better feel for the atmosphere and direction Stiller (who is also directing) is going to take the film.  I’m onboard.  I cannot wait to see this when it opens Christmas Day.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller

Trailer Time: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Trailer #2 (2013)

When I saw Gravity this weekend, I felt like I got almost my money’s worth in the trailers alone and my favorite was this second trailer for Ben Stiller‘s adaptation of the James Thurber story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  The first trailer was great, but this one gives you a better feel for the atmosphere and direction Stiller (who is also directing) is going to take the film.  I’m onboard.  I cannot wait to see this when it opens Christmas Day.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller