The Underground — Issue #81
Everything you need to know about in this weekly: Why the Olympics in Rio will be a complete disaster, Norm MacDonald delivers one of the best jokes ever, all the times Batman killed people in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood make a film about Chesley Sullenberger, and Stephen King and George R.R. Martin have a conversation.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. The Summer Olympics in Rio looks to be a mess that costs billions. Corruption is seemingly destroying the Olympic games and the FIFA World Cup. It seems that every single day comes with a new story of how Rio looks like it will be a disaster to everyone going to it. I will literally go to CNN.com to see if there is anything new to report on.
That actually took me a second. I looked at the panel on the far left to see if something was up, but the main story on the front-page is Rio. Super bacteria? Hell, the last time I turned on the news and heard about Rio was when I heard body parts washed ashore near the volleyball courts. I think the lesson here is to not have huge event in a place where you could possibly die if you stay there for a week.
Anyway, check out this doc about Rio and why everyone is trying so hard to cover up how much of a mess it is. Let’s just hope Bob Costas doesn’t get pink eye again.
2. Norm MacDonald delivers the ‘Moth Joke.’ When it comes to deadpan jokes, Norm MacDonald is the king. I have no clue why he isn’t more popular than he is. He roasted President Clinton in 1997 and it seemed that he was too clever for everyone. Clinton was laughing his ass off, but some of the people there just didn’t get it. That was almost 20 years ago, and the humor seems to keep going over their heads, but this joke must be experience by everyone. The moth joke is one of the best jokes of all time. It takes about 4 minutes to get to the punchline, but when it hits… you’ll be laughing. Even Conan has to ask when he is getting to the end. It’s one of those jokes where the comedian can start, fill in the middle with a bunch of nonsense, and then hit you at the end.
I will give you no information about the joke. Just take a few minute out of your day to watch this. Copy it, too. It’s a joke that kills at a party.
3. This video shows you just how many people Batman killed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. To be perfectly honest… he movie was a garbage sandwich that I had to see. I had hopes for the Rated-R version, but it was more of a test to see if I could sit through it. The main problem with the entire movie was that Superman was a mopey baby the entire time. He barely talked the entire movie, and when he did, he was bitching. When he was smiling, it was when Lois was naked in a bath. He wanted to make dinner for her, and then he came into the bathroom with the food in a bag? WHAT?
Anyway, one of the biggest things about Batman is that he doesn’t kill people… at least not on purpose. The Nolan trilogy really stuck to the not killing by making it a major plot point in The Dark Knight. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman killed a lot of people. I understand that he’s an older Batman, but he straight up murders people. This murder is also ignored by Superman. Remember when Batman is chasing Luthor’s people? He kills a lot of them, but Superman just stands there and makes Batman crash his car, tells his top stop, then flies away. What about all of that crime?
Have a look at all the times that Batman broke his ‘one rule.’
4. Tom Hanks plays hero Sully in a true story film by Clint Eastwood. We all know the story. We all watched it love on television. Birds flew into the engine of a plane and Sully had to land that plane into the Hudson River. No matter how easy people made it sound to do if you’re a pilot, no one actually had to do it. Getting in a car crash is terrifying, but you hope that if you or someone behind the wheel knows what they’re doing. Imagine that in the sky. That’s why when you have to tell a truly heroic story, you go to the best in the business: Tom Hanks. When you want someone to direct the f*ck out of a true story, you go to Clint Eastwood.
When you think of those names, you think of quality. Clint Eastwood is one of the best director’s in Hollywood. Tom Hanks is… well, he’s Tom Hanks. He’s not only one of the best actor’s in the business, he’s also one of the nicest in the business. If it weren’t for him, we would be without some of the best movies ever made. He also likes to produce and direct some good stuff. Not sure if you heard of Band of Brothers, but that was him. The Pacific? Him.
I’ll be quiet and let you watch this trailer below.
5. Stephen King and George R.R. Martin have a conversation. Both of these guys can write some incredible stuff. King can write a huge book in a year, but Martin TAKES FOREVER! Watching these two converse is too much fun. King admitting that he loves Martin’s books is really a great thing. Just watch the video below. These are two of the greatest living writer’s:
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