Kids shows these days…
At tonight's Tumblr Fuck Yeah Party Sponsored by Entourage—that is the party's official name— I meet an Entourage fanboy named Jeff. I ask him why he loves the show.
"It's the life I wanted," he says. "I just missed out on it."
Later, I find another fan named Spencer, who's rocking a white satin football jersey. Are you excited for the movie? I ask.
"I'm fuckin' excited as hell. Yeah, to see some titties and see some fuckin' extravagant spending of money." [source]
Previously on Adam Riff™:
21st century mixtape. Our favourite songs. One per year.
I thought it might be fun to do the same exercise with films.
Our favourite films of the 21st century. One per year.
B. Drew, who is a professional film critic
C. Steven, who runs a film website
D. Adam Robot, who gives this exercise someone native to each direction and time zone of America
Note: If applicable, you could select a film for the year it world premiered, or for the year it opened theatrically in North America.
Drew: American Psycho
Nearly picked Almost Famous because it was the movie that made teenage me want to be a writer. But Bateman has slightly more staying power, overriding nostalgia…and of course it's a better movie overall. It's one of those "comes up multiple times a week" movies.
Steven: Memento [world premiere]
Do I lie to myself to be happy? Yes.
Adam Robot: Snatch
— and, as I don't feel strongly about any of 2-10, I stand by my 18-year-old self.
Drew: The Devil's Backbone
When people want to talk about movies that make them cry, this is always the one I bring up.
Steven: Bully + In the Bedroom
This was a tie 'cause I think Nick Stahl was incredible in both of these films. First time I heard of Tom Wilkinson and I've kept up ever since.
Adam Robot: Memento [theatrical release]
Jon: The Royal Tenenbaums
To me, Wes Anderson "made the leap" with this film. He has not reached its height since.
Saw it at the Bala Theatre, a really cool, sadly closed historic cinema just outside Philly, when I was a freshman in college. I start thinking about ghost orchids every time I'm in that part of town.
Steven: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
I felt for both main characters. This is the only movie I'd ever want to remake if I could. I'd want Tom Cruise as the dad.
Adam Robot: City of God [world premiere]
Jon: The Believer
I love films about Nazis or neo-Nazis, and I adore this one. I'm probably the only person who owns a copy of its accompanying book, The Believer: Confronting Jewish Self-Hatred.
Drew: Kill Bill: Vol. 1
This is my favorite movie so had to pick it for '03, which is tough since so many other of my favorites came out this year, too…Beat Takeshi's Zatoichi, American Splendor, Shattered Glass…
Steven: City of God [theatrical release]
I knew I was seeing something great when they show the kid crying as they want him to shoot his buddy.
Adam Robot: Oldboy [world premiere]
Jon: [The] School of Rock
Feel good movie of the oughts.
Drew: Shaun of the Dead
Another tough year, since I love both The Incredibles and Eternal Sunshine as well…had to go Shaun, though. I say "you got red on you" to people all the time.
The best dialogue I heard all year.
Adam: Shaun of the Dead + Primer
You'll have to deal with 2004 having two.
Shane Carruth took from his surroundings what was needed and made of it something more – mind-bogglingly more.
Drew: A History of Violence
Is this an overrated, underrated or just-right-rated movie? Me, I'd vote for underrated.
I have two films that are interchangeable as my favorite film of all time. This is one of them. The dynamics of the mom and her maybe gay son are what get me.
Adam: A History of Violence
Jon: Oldboy [theatrical release]
While Steven was visiting me in Los Angeles, we rented this film on Adam Robot's recommendation, watched it, and then immediately returned to Cinefile to rent another Park Chan-wook film (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), so impressed were we.
Drew: Children of Men
Could be for cinematography alone but it's also a great/super-depressing movie.
Steven: The Departed
I didn't think Martin Scorcese could remake a great film into something better. He did. Dropkick Murphys in the scene where they are driving was on point.
Adam: Children of Men
Jon: The Descent
This is the last film (and one of only a few films*) to genuinely scare me. To this day, I am uncomfortable driving behind a motor vehicle bearing poles or similar objects on its roof.
* The Descent, Buried Alive (TV Movie 1990), Die Hard 2
One of the best casts. There Will Be Blood seemed like a strong contender here too, but I consider Sunshine one of my favorite movies pound for pound, sci-fi or otherwise.
Steven: There Will Be Blood
10 minutes into the film, no dialogue. Incredible acting. I'm your brother…from another mother.
Adam: There Will Be Blood
Jon: This Is England
Came for the neo-Nazis, stayed for its (and its two made-for-television sequels') staggering sense of place. I want to live in Shane Meadows' England.
Another movie that comes up in my life multiple times a week, mostly in reference to humongous people I see in the mall or airport lost in their phones/drinking Slurpees/both.
Steven: Slumdog Millionaire
"Paper Planes" on the train? Danny Boyle hasn't come close to this film.
Adam: The Wrestler
This film floored me. It's a masterpiece in all facets.
Drew: A Serious Man
It's not the Coens' best movie, but I think it's their most original, and it has a really unique sense of time and place.
Steven: A Single Man
My other favorite film of all time. Both involve gay main characters.
Adam: District 9
My spirit film.
Drew: Winter's Bone
J-Law + Hawkes + the music.
Steven: The Social Network
This is gonna sound stupid, but I loved this movie for the very end. Just him refreshing the friend request.
Adam: Black Swan
Jon: Four Lions
Truly a film like no other. You can't not admire its audacity.
Tricky because I love Attack the Block and Martha Marcy May Marlene from this year pretty much equally…but Hanna is just so damn cool. One of those movies I still get excited about when I see it pop up on TV even though I've watched it a million times.
Steven: Take Shelter
Michael Shannon going crazy? Sold.
It's difficult to sell people on a film about a paedophile who holds a 10-year-old boy captive in his home, but imagine if Vince Gilligan made it. EH?
Drew: The Raid: Redemption
Steven: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Great soundtrack, great little girl. Great film. This is what Where the Wild Things Are should have been.
Adam: Spring Breakers
Jon: The Imposter
> The Jinx.
Drew: Inside Llewyn Davis
I just love how it looks, feels and sounds. And the supporting cast is incredible.
Steven: Zero Charisma
Doesn't pull any punches. No happy ending. It's exactly how it is to be an outcast.
Adam: Under the Skin
Jon: Tim's Vermeer
An absorbing record of a triumph of the will.
Drew: Only Lovers Left Alive
Such a cool, stylish, original and singular film…feel like it didn't get the love it deserved.
Steven: The Infinite Man
He knows his wants, he knows his faults, he knows how to overcome, but will any girl wait? I can relate.
An exhilarating depiction of a triumph of the will.
2000: American Psycho
2001: The Devil's Backbone
2003: Kill Bill: Vol. 1
2004: Shaun of the Dead
2005: A History of Violence
2006: Children of Men
2009: A Serious Man
2010: Winter's Bone
2012: The Raid: Redemption
2013: Inside Llewyn Davis
2014: Only Lovers Left Alive
2001: Bully + In the Bedroom
2002: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
2003: City of God
2006: The Departed
2007: There Will Be Blood
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: A Single Man
2010: The Social Network
2011: Take Shelter
2012: Beasts of the Southern Wild
2013: Zero Charisma
2014: The Infinite Man
2002: City of God
2004: Shaun of the Dead + Primer
2005: A History of Violence
2006: Children of Men
2007: There Will Be Blood
2008: The Wrestler
2009: District 9
2010: Black Swan
2012: Spring Breakers
2013: Under the Skin
2000: Chicken Run
2001: The Royal Tenenbaums
2002: The Believer
2003: [The] School of Rock
2006: The Descent
2007: This Is England
2010: Four Lions
2012: The Imposter
2013: Tim's Vermeer
No No Country for Old Men surprised me.
21. The End (Late Show with David Letterman, 05-20-15)
RT: Jesus Christ it's like watching a montage of your own life
RT: "Everlong" is the halfway point between "Diary" and "Clarity" and that probably explains why I think it's the best rock song of the 90's.
- Rick and Morty Couch Gag (The Simpsons, S26E22)
- Odell Beckham Jr. reads for various Mad Men parts (Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, 05-17-15)
- Kevin Owens confronts John Cena (WWE Raw, 05-18-15)
- Elevator shootout (Community, S06E11)
- Jimmy Kimmel Chokes Up Talking About David Letterman (Jimmy Kimmel Live, 05-19-15)
- Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke (The Late Late Show with James Corden, 05-20-15)
- Coldplay's Game of Thrones: The Musical (Red Nose Day, 05-21-15)
- "We had a Meg Ryan film festival and this place was disgusting afterwards." (Bob's Burgers, S05E20)
- "Don Johnson it." (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S02E23)
"Have fun on your honeymoon."
"We will. We're going to Waco, Texas."
"I don't know. It was just on Dateline." – timing! (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S02E23)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season Grade: C-
"Cut his throat, and then chop off his cock. We'll sell it for a fortune. A dwarf's cock has magic powers."
"Wait! You can't just hand a dry cock to a merchant and expect him to pay for it. He has to know it came from a dwarf, and how could he know unless he sees the dwarf?"
"It will be a dwarf-sized cock."
"The dwarf lives until we find a cock merchant." (Game of Thrones, S05E06)
- Bob's Burgers Season Grade: C
- Joan snorting cocaine (Mad Men, S07E14)
"I'm glad you're having fun."
"Sorry, I already went to high school." (Mad Men, S07E14)
- "Do you have any liquor? I've been drinking beer all night." (Mad Men, S07E14)
- "Yell at me slower or in English." (Mad Men, S07E14)
- RT: OH MY GOD BABY GENE IS THE SAME KID THAT PLAYS ABEL ON SOA (Mad Men, S07E14)
- Naked Brett Gelman (Mad Men, S07E14)
- Mad Men Season Grade: B
- Cow tipping (Penny Dreadful, S02E03)
(Penny Dreadful, S02E03)
"How bad is this? Be honest. Is this Windows Vista bad? It's not iPhone 4 bad, is it? Fuck. Don't tell me this is Zune bad."
"I'm sorry, Gavin. It's Apple Maps bad." (Silicon Valley, S02E06)
- Every card on the 'Let Blaine Die' SWOT board (Silicon Valley, S02E06)
- "You tore Double Asshole a third asshole." (Silicon Valley, S02E06)
- "Well, great struggling to talk to you." (Veep, S04E06)
- "A number of tall women were molested and Mr. Ryan was one of them." (Veep, S04E06)
- "I CAN'T LIVE!!! …with or without you." (China, IL, S03E07)
"My dad says he's so bad, he should change his first name to Breaking." (China, IL, S03E07)
"Commentating with me tonight is the completely naked Zac Efron." (China, IL, S03E07)
- "It's yours if you just jack this mountain off." (China, IL, S03E07)
(China, IL, S03E07)
"Why is that in your ear?"
"Oh, uh, I'm raising awareness of Armenian-American stereotypes." (Community, S06E11)
- "Did you do stand-up? Is that how you became a custodian?" (Community, S06E11)
- Telepresence robot Phil – Community already did it (Modern Family, S06E24)
- Modern Family Season Grade: D+
- "Very Triple K." (Black-ish, S01E24)
- "You stay light-skinned out there, boy." (Black-ish, S01E24)
- "I'm thinking about starting this line of lingerie, Savoy Javoy." (Black-ish, S01E24)
- Black-ish Season Grade: B
- Tommy Roboto (Late Show with David Letterman, 05-20-15)
- Buzz from Home Alone (Louie, S05E07)
- All the airports are JFK/the JetBlue terminal at JFK (Louie, S05E07)
- Timely Hannah Montana parody (Comedy Bang! Bang!, S04E18)
"Do you know? Do you know? I need a verbal 'yes.'"
"What is this, the exit row on an airplane?" (Comedy Bang! Bang!, S04E18)
"I came into money."
"I murdered my parents."
"With the umbilical cord."
"Wait. So as a baby you did it."
"I came right out [whoosh] and I went [grunts]."
"And you got them both in one?"
"Yeah, I got them both, yeah."
"But it was really romantic because they were able to die together cheek to cheek." (Comedy Bang! Bang!, S04E18)
(Comedy Bang! Bang!, S04E18)
- RT: Paul got a bit interesting and then he's dead. (Orphan Black, S03E06)
A $56 cheese pizza at the Rock in Rio music festival in Las Vegas (of Anaheim)
Last Call with Carson Daly has been on NBC for 13 years, and I have never seen a single second of it.
Has Late Night with Seth Meyers produced any viral content?
I have seen, like, a minute total of Late Night with Seth Meyers, and it has all been while refueling my car.
CBS is airing reruns of its shows in Letterman's time slot until Colbert premieres in September. I would like to see how reruns of The Big Bang Theory perform against Fallon.
My first real exposure to David Letterman was in elementary school, when Steve Marsh brought The Late Night with David Letterman Book of Top Ten Lists and The Late Night with David Letterman Book of Top Ten Lists: Roman Numeral Two! to class.
I flipped through them and then expeditiously sought out copies for myself, which I pored over like they were scripture. One listee that I remember just slaying me: Yugo Screw Yourself, from the Top Ten Rejected Model Names for New Cars.
Because I was born the same year that Late Night with David Letterman premiered, most of what I know about his NBC show I gleaned from those books. For me, David Letterman's legacy is the first few years of his CBS show, when Morty was still his producer, when he still did remotes. It was kismet that I discovered him and was an age at which I could appreciate his work at a time when he was playing to win the game.
As time went on, I saw less and less of Dave, until eventually he became just one more face in late night. It happens sometimes. Entertainers come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant.
Although I haven't watched his show regularly in more than ten years, I know I'll miss him forever.
I never had any inspirations later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?
And now, from the home office in Sioux City, Iowa, the Top Ten Things That Come to Mind When I Think of David Letterman:
10. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
9. His championing of Bonnie Hunt, producing not one, but two failed sitcom vehicles for her, and appearing on the former as a thief, albeit clad in a balaclava
8. When Green Day's drummer jumped in the pool behind his desk after performing "86" on Late Show from Los Angeles
7. When he invited John Michael Higgins, who played him in HBO's adaptation of The Late Shift, to be a guest on his show, only to bump Higgins and never ask Higgins back
6. Him spraying Richard Simmons with a fire extinguisher
That remote also features a dipstick prank that I wanted to take behind my middle school and get pregnant.
3. This "guy squirts milk out of his eye" Stupid Human Trick
2. "Would you like to buy a monkey?"
1. Andy Kaufman and Jerry Lawler's worked shoot, of which he was oblivious
Kaufman and Lawler were supposed to apologise to each other, followed by Andy singing "What the World Needs Now Is Love." Instead, they fooled the world for 13 years.
Henry Rollins plays Jack, an immortal cannibal who avoids all emotional entanglements, as he either tends to outlive his friends, or eat them. Jack is forced to confront his past when he meets the daughter he never knew he had, and must walk a tight rope of sobriety while trying to eat as few people as possible in a violent tale of personal responsibility. [source]
Also spotted at the Cannes Film Market:
20. Adam Sandler's Musical Ode to David Letterman (Late Show with David Letterman, 05-12-15)
- Junior's a Republican? (Black-ish, S01E23)
- David Letterman Interviews Tom Waits While Handcuffed to George Clooney (Late Show with David Letterman, 05-14-15)
- Tom Waits – "Take One Last Look" (Late Show with David Letterman, 05-14-15)
"Less enemies for us."
"Nothing." (Game of Thrones, S05E05)
- Don reading The Godfather (Mad Men, S07E13)
- "He doesn't know you won't get treatment because you love the tragedy." (Mad Men, S07E13)
- "Sally, I always worried about you because you march to the beat of your own drum. But now I know that's good. I know your life will be an adventure." (Mad Men, S07E13)
- "Christianity is borderline illegal in Northern California." (Silicon Valley, S02E05)
- "Do you think maybe you sweat from your urethra?" (Silicon Valley, S02E05)
- "The British Museum holds the world's largest collection of historical pornography – aside from the Vatican, of course." (Penny Dreadful, S02E02)
- A doll of Vanessa? (Penny Dreadful, S02E02)
- "I want to take zucchini to the next level." (Veep, S04E05)
- "Dead kids. That never sounds good unless you're a stressed out single mom." (Veep, S04E05)
- "Chung is our answer to Montez. He can be our minority retort." (Veep, S04E05)
- "It's like Christmas, except happy." (Veep, S04E05)
"I think I'd take a soy cap, and Richard?"
"Uh, eggnog latte, if it's in season. Is it? No, it isn't." (Veep, S04E05)
"Jonah here is the guy behind the guy, isn't that right?"
"Oh, I'm the wheel greaser, I'm the puppet master… A man of many nicknames – poon slayer…when I'm online." (Veep, S04E05)
"My advice? Tom James."
"He has a disabled son, check, wounded serving his country, check, is the checklist complete? Yeah." (Veep, S04E05)
"Hey, you know what? I got an idea. Why don't we ask Doyle back?"
[pause] (Veep, S04E05)
- "You are the worst thing that has happened to this country since food in buckets – and maybe slavery!"(Veep, S04E05)
- "What a cool guy. You shit ice cubes, you piss snowflakes." (Veep, S04E05)
"Why is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at dinner?"
"Well, baby, this is why I brought you here. See, I'm marrying The Rock. He's gonna be your new stepdad."
"Baby Cakes, your mom is a great lover. She is the best at sucking The Rock off."
"Fuck you, The Rock! You're not my dad!" (China, IL, S03E06)
(China, IL, S03E06)
- Bates Motel Season Grade: C-
"Armed Forces Day, huh. Why would they put it in May? It's just sitting in Memorial Day's shadow like a military Hanukkah."
"Fitting that both war holidays have to fight each other over the same month."
"Notable that the one we remember is the one with the theme of memory." (Community, S06E10)
- "Then Hillary bought me Dick Cheney's biography. It's awesome. I mean, the dude destroyed Iraq, got rich rebuilding it – hero! Then he shot a guy, and the guy apologized – pimp! That should be the name of his book – Dick Cheney: Hero Pimp!" (Black-ish, S01E23)
- "Salty and fatty. Thick as a pork chop. This is the Amber Rose of bacon." (Black-ish, S01E23)
- "Just like your dad would be okay if one of you thought Kingdom Come was Jay Z's best album." (Black-ish, S01E23)
"I'll send everybody home."
"No, you won't."
"Yes, I will, Afghanistan."
"What were you doing in there?"
"None of your business, Tranquility."
"Her name is Tranquilit-ay." (Louie, S05E06)
"Can you believe this comes out of a cow's pussy?"
"You know it comes out of their tits, you know that, right?"
"No. Milk comes out of the tits. Yogurt comes out of the pussy." (Louie, S05E06)
- The Pen Is Mightier! (Celebrity Jeopardy!, 05-15-15)
- Amazing Race spirit flags (The Amazing Race, S26E12)
- A selfie memory challenge? (The Amazing Race, S26E12)
- The Amazing Race Season Grade: D+
- Shark Tank Season Grade: B-
"This isn't gonna be easy."
"Why not? We can do this. I mean, remember when we took a stroll through the arboretum?"
"That was a walk in the park." (Childrens Hospital, S06E09)
"She's all yours, Hector. Take care of her."
"Clocking in Hector Taycarofher." (Childrens Hospital, S06E09)
- "I got pretty good at masturbating at Princeton." (Childrens Hospital, S06E09)
- ♫: Nicky Blitz – "Blast Off" (Childrens Hospital, S06E09)
- Still handcuffed to George Clooney! (Late Show with David Letterman, 05-15-15)
- "If something is true, it is not sentimental." (Late Show with David Letterman, 05-15-15)
- "China has banned its soldiers from wearing the new Apple Watch over concerns of cyber security. Said one Chinese soldier: 'But my daughter made it for me.'" (Saturday Night Live, S40E21)
- Saturday Night Live Season Grade: C-
I banged my left knee into a filing cabinet on my way to my bathroom to pee this morning.
Injuring a knee, being unable to do cardio for an extended period of time, and getting fat has replaced gynecomastia as my biggest fear. I have, a number of times, run for 80+ minutes on my left toes, powering through plantar fasciitis in my left foot, because I couldn't stand letting calories go unburned.
Earlier this year, I added lap swimming to my workout rotation to help preserve my knees, but had to stop because the water in my gym's pool was wrecking my sinuses. And while I can afford to pay for access to other 25m+ pools in my area, I also need to save money for possible knee replacement surgeries.
If only those vibrating belt machines worked.
"Have ever attended more than 1 protest."