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The ‘SNL’ ‘Joker’ Parody is so much Better than the Actual Joker Film

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The classic children’s TV show has become a haven of crime and corruption in this new trailer.

On Oct. 12, David Harbour appeared in a new SNL sketch that pokes fun at Todd Phillips’ new film, Joker.

I’m usually pretty quick at catching these sketches online but somehow this video escaped me until now. And while I realize a week has gone by and this is perhaps old news, I just couldn’t help myself and had to write about it either way.

In the fake ad, the Stranger Things star plays a garbage man named Oscar in the mock origin story of you guessed it, Oscar the Grouch. The clip features multiple references to the DC movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, with Harbour going all-in to embrace his role while gently mocking the performance of his fellow actor.

Many other members of the Sesame Street cast also make an appearance including a female Big Bird stripper and Cookie Monster who is shown begging on the street with a sign that reads “Need money for cookies.” Meanwhile, Elmo is getting arrested, telling cops, “Elmo innocent, Elmo didn’t sell no crack,” and The Count is busy popping pills. Topping it all off is a cameo by Ernie and Bert who are attacked in an alley by a gang of thugs.

“The once friendly neighbourhood of Sesame Street has now become a haven of crime and corruption,” declares Guy Smiley of ABCDEFG News, while Harbour’s Grouch asks: “If everybody calls you trash, and everybody treats you like trash… why don’t you become trash?”

I’m not a fan of Todd Phillips’ Joker and pretty much agree with what Brian wrote in his review. While Joaquin Phoenix is at the top of his game, the film and its lazy screenplay aren’t up to his standards— and in all honesty, I’d much prefer to see a full-length feature film of this Sesame Street/Joker crossover instead.

Check out the video below. Enjoy!

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and the NXpress Nintendo Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound On Sight, and host of several podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead podcasts, as well as the Sound On Sight and Sordid Cinema shows. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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Star Wars Fan Films Embrace the Essence of A Galaxy Far, Far Away

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There is no doubt that dedicated fans are capable of creating brilliant, fan-made content, but the Star Wars fan base has a habit of going above and beyond in making incredible works of art that often surpass official entries in the franchise. Two relatively recent short fan films — one released last week, the other released in March of this year — are great examples of this.

The first is a 1970s/80s-style cartoon from YouTuber Wilkins Animation called Dark Empire Episode One: The Destiny of a Jedi. This animated short is incredibly reminiscent of classic cartoons — so much so that it is difficult not to feel a pang of nostalgia upon watching it. The style gives off a He-Man vibe due to the quirky animation, stellar voice work, and vibrant colour scheme. The story is set after The Return of The Jedi as Han, Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO embark on a mission to save Luke and Lando, who are stranded on war-torn Coruscant. I won’t spoil anything in case you want to check it out for yourself, but the story is engaging, and I couldn’t help but feel that I wanted to see more when it came to an end.

Have a watch below if you want to see more, and to check out Wilkins Animation’s Patreon to support their work, click here.

The second fan made film is a slightly older (from March 2019) one called Battle of the Dreadnoughts, by YouTuber EckhartsLadder. The film is significantly shorter than the 12-minute Dark Empire cartoon, clocking in at about three and a half minutes. It depicts a space battle between the New Republic’s Viscount Class Star Defender and the Empire’s most dangerous of all its weapons, the Eclipse Super Star Destroyer. Battle of the Dreadnoughts may be short, but it is astounding in quality. Upon my first viewing, I was certain I had accidentally clicked on a scene from the movies rather than a fan-made project. The accuracy, attention to detail, and sheer scale blew my mind and — as with the Dark Empire animation — left me wanting more from the content creators involved.

Check out EckhartsLadder’s Patreon here and their Twitch account here.

There is no doubting the talent of the Star Wars fan base, but these two films in particular are incredible works of art both in their own right and as Star Wars fan projects.

For more Star Wars, have a read of our Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer breakdown.

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The Real ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Edibles You Should Try on Your ‘Death Stranding’ Binge

While climbing your way across America in ‘Death Stranding’ or ‘Metal Gear Solid,’ you may find yourself a bit famished and in need of resources.

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While climbing your way across the ruins of America as Sam Porter Bridges in Hideo Kojima‘s latest spunky trip Death Stranding you may find yourself a bit famished and in need of resources that can be procured on-site. What better time to fill your appetite during the latest Kojima Production’s release then by testing out some edible products previously featured in the Metal Gear Solid series while on your Death Stranding binge in the coming days.

CalorieMate Blocks

“It is a well-balanced food. Because of that, it’s just perfect for giving your body the nutrition it needs in combat.”

Paramedic, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
“If you wanna survive in the jungle, your going to need one of these.” – Naked Snake

The CalorieMate brand of nutritional Blocks was featured in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as the very first product placement in the series that was not an advertisement for other Konami games. CalorieMate Blocks are energy supplement cookies that come in various flavors such as plain, maple, and cheese. According to Kojima himself, Naked Snake’s favorite CalorieMate Block is the chocolate-flavored brand.

In the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, the CalorieMate Block’s in-game model had been updated to reflect the latest flavor release at the time, Maple. For those living outside Japan, CalorieMate products can be found in standalone packages and various bundles all across Amazon for a small portion above their standard retail price point.

Regain 24

“Lightning in a black and yellow can! The only drink that can keep Snake going 24 hours a day.”

Drebin’s Shop, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Regain poster advertisement featuring Old Snake.

Regain 24, or simply known as Regain in its home territory, is a Japanese energy drink containing a mix of caffeine and taurin that has quasi-medicinal purposes. It is ideal for those who may suffer bodily fatigue, febrile exhaustion, convalescence, nutritional disorders, loss of appetite, and those who are physically frail. While it may sound like a real-life recovery item, this consumable is just like any other caffeinated energy drink.

Regain bottles can be imported online, but it should be noted that the brand is difficult to find due to production being in limited quantities and the company is focused on selling at brick and mortar stores. Regain products can be commonly found today in chain drugstores located in Japan such as Daikoku.

Instant Noodles

“It’s cheap and can be stored for a long time. And besides, its delicious. Its like a miracle food.”

paramedic, metal gear solid 3: Snake eater
Drebin’s Shop description for Noodles in Guns of The Patriots. Nissin Ippudo brand of food depicted above.

Instant Noodles are not as fast as the title may imply, but it still manages to get the point across. This is a dish containing noodles, vegetables, broth, and sometimes even various meats such as chicken and beef that can quickly be put together in three minutes or less using a microwave and warm water. The Nissin Ippudo brand noodles are often found throughout the series, but the majority of companies selling these dishes contain the same content. A large range of cheap and importable noodles from the company can be found here.

Bon Curry

“The now staple brand name comes from a combination of the French word “Bon” and English word “Curry”, hence the name essentially means “delicious curry.”

Model Viewer, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
‘Spicy Curry’ item featured as a craftable item in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. In the Japanese release, Bon Curry products can be seen in the model viewer.

Bon Curry shares the same vein as Instant Noodles; a packaged curry dish that can be heated in a microwave in under three minutes that contain a wide variety of ingredients. Bon Curry was actually one of the first commercially available foods to be placed in a plastic pouch bag. These are common products that can be found in Japan at just about any local market or convenience store. Woah Japan has a large range of Bon Curries available to import.

Products featured throughout the Metal Gear Solid series may be common in Japan, but for the rest of the world, finding these collectibles and edibles in the wild can be quite difficult without online importing. With Kojima’s recent love for American products, the tables will soon turn with Death Stranding for the world. Until then, enjoy something that will be “pretty tasty” and strap in for Kojima Production’s newest realm of art.

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Interactive YouTube Videos Return in ‘A Heist with Markiplier’

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A Heist With Markiplier

If you’re anything like me, you’ve wasted a good chunk of your life on YouTube. Back in the early 2010’s, I spent many a lazy afternoon browsing through a very special type of video: the interactive adventure. These were generally brief little stories that would let you click on annotations to determine how the rest of the adventure would play out. While these kinds of videos aren’t quite as prominent as they used to be, YouTube is officially resurrecting them with their latest major original series, A Heist with Markiplier.

This new series stars Markiplier, one of YouTube’s most recognizable gaming personalities, as he embarks on a major heist. Following in the tradition of those classic interactive videos, viewers will be able to influence the outcome of the adventure, resulting in 31 unique endings across 61 individual videos. You can get a taste of what to expect from the full reveal trailer above.

While this won’t be the first time that Markiplier has ventured into the interactive adventure genre (that honor would go to 2017’s A Date with Markiplier), it’s still a major new direction for the popular YouTuber, who is best known for doing Let’s Play videos of popular games on his channel. The series features higher production values than his typical videos thanks to its status as an exclusive YouTube Original, and unlike previous YouTube Originals, no subscription will be necessary to watch it. Instead, it will be available to watch for free for everyone when it releases on October 30.

With A Heist with Markiplier, YouTube is creating a union of new and old. On one hand, although last year’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch revived interest in interactive adventures, it doesn’t change that it’s a genre that saw its heyday back in the 2010’s, making it hardly the most relevant style of film for today. On the other hand, YouTube is putting Markiplier, easily one of the platform’s biggest content creators, as the face of this fairly niche series. It will be intriguing to see how these elements are handled in the final release.

Personally, I know I’m not alone in feeling nostalgic for the simple days of interactive YouTube videos, so it’s heartwarming to see this tried-and-true formula return in A Heist with Markiplier. But what about you? Does this bring back as many memories for you as it does for me? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know.

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