Thursday, March 11, 2010

Round-Up: Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010

Eat Healthy: Diet Foods that Make You Fat. Some of these are somewhat obvious (beware of many smoothies, granolas, etc...) but some were surprising (avoid fat-free salad dressing).

Laugh: Honest Movie Posters from this year's Oscars. Love it.

Read: More intelligent things being said about health care reform.

List: 50 Weird Things about the Human Body

Waste Time: Ten Word Wiki. Example: Pulp Fiction - "Tarantino’s critical success, like listening to an audiobook on shuffle."

Laugh: How to Write a Rom-Com. Step 4: Popular Songs Used in Painfully Literal Ways.
"Again, you’re not painting the Sistine Chapel here.  You’re basically rubbing a dog’s tummy.  You know what the dumb animals like, just give it them (no offense to actual, cuddly puppies). And what the dumb animals like is songs they know, delivered in ways they understand.  Therefore, when the couple has sex the first time, you need “Feels Like the First Time” by Foreigner (actual example from Valentine’s Day, btw); when she learns to stand up for herself, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin (Bridget Jones Diary — Notice that the link is in Italian and yet you can still tell exactly what’s going on?  Perfect); when he sets off alone on a journey, “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake.  You might be thinking, wait, if he’s taking a journey, why not a Journey song?  No.  You’re being creative again, stop that.  Besides, it’s not literal enough.  The lyrics in the song have to perfectly match what the people onscreen are doing. That way even the stupidest moron in the audience can say, “Oh, I totally get why they’re playing that song!”  If you want to use Journey, you’ll need “When the Lights Go Down in the City” while lights are actually going down in the city.  Go ahead, you can even have that one."

Watch: 5 second films

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