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Mr. Show

What did David Cross do before Arrested Development and a bunch of stand-up routines where he rips off Bill Hicks? He did Mr. Show, a sketch comedy series on HBO in the mid to late ‘90s. Cross, and his co-star Bob Odenkirk, took a cue from Monty Python and delivered some of the best sketch comedy I’ve ever seen. Personally, I believe it’s better than The Kids in the Hall, The State, or SNL.
What’s extremely clever about Mr. Show aren’t necessarily the jokes but the way they’re delivered and how the show flowed. Sketches moved seamlessly into each other and there wasn’t a moment lost. The show also gave a hyper-critical view of American culture in the 1990s, exploring such issues as outsourcing, American arrogance, authority figures, and just about anything else you can think of. The show also gave the world Ronny Dobbs, a redneck (played by Cross) notorious for getting arrested on a Cops like show repeatedly.
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The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects: probably one of the most sadistic films I’ve seen in a long time, and I just watched Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer a week or two ago. Henry is indeed a sadistic film, relying on its low-budget grittiness for its biographical effect; The Devil’s Rejects is just as sadistic but Rob Zombie’s sequel to the atrocious House of 1,000 Corpses is like a slickly produced music video, relying on contemporary representations of the grind house and drive-in horror films for its visual representations but placing it into an MTV/Quentin Tarantino framework. Ultimately, The Devil’s Rejects is a well made post-modern pastiche of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, I Spit on Your Grave, and the like. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, but I find watching Rob Zombie’s second feature film difficult. It’s an exercise in endurance – how much senseless violence and sadism can one take? Continue reading