Happy Sudden Departure Day! (Well, not ‘happy’ if you’re Nora Durst.)
I often post whenever a favourite band of mine releases a new single, though you may notice I didn’t do so when the Killers unleashed “The Man” upon the world. No big mystery why — it’s a pretty weak song. Sadly, the rest of their Wonderful Wonderful album is similarly uninteresting. It’d need to give it a couple more listens to give a truly fair assessment, but for now, I’m not sure there’s even a single track that could track the Killers’ top thirty-seven.
Unfortunately, the Killers seem to be abandoning their pop hook-laden style in favour of more soundscape-ish type stuff. “The Man” is the only song on the record with a big fat hook, though since that hook is missing sharpness, perhaps that’s a sign that the band doesn’t have their classic sound in them anymore. There was a five-year hiatus between albums, so it’s also possible that the Killers as a whole don’t have much oomph as a creative collaboration anymore. This sounds a bit grim to say that a band is washed up, though given that the Killers’ entire vibe has been “sounds like a semi-washed up lounge band in a mostly-empty Vegas saloon, except they play keyboard rock,” it could be a fitting end?
Imagine going on the Oregon Trail and dying of something other than dysentery. What a waste.
Since Kumail Nanjiani is hosting SNL this weekend, it seems appropriate to feature his recent “Clueless Gamer” appearance on Conan. I’ve got to disagree with Conan on this one — the character should have Kumail’s voice. If you’re going to the trouble to cast a well-known actor to do comedic voice work, it only makes sense to use his actual voice, right?
Two recent SNL observations….
* the papyrus font sketch was nothing special. Not sure why the internet suddenly fell in love with it
* new cast member Heidi Gardner hasn’t really had a breakout yet (fair enough, it’s only been two episodes) but she did have a weirdly good acting moment. To recap: the sketch was a spoof of daytime talk shows, with Heidi playing an angry teen, Aidy Bryant playing her distraught mother and Kenan “Fifteen Seasons!” Thompson playing the so-called drill sergeant type of character often see in such shows, brought on to straighten the teen out with some boot camp discipline. The punch line is that he mentions something about being her daddy, and Heidi and Aidy then wholeheartedly embrace this as a legitimate offer to become the father.
Pretty thin last-sketch-of-the-night premise, whatever, yet it did contain Heidi’s character talking about how she could now tell people “that’s my dad!” It was said with such pride in her voice that it added a minor tragic twist to this goofy sketch, as this white-trash character was so desperate for a father figure in her life and she was inevitably going to be let down again when (or if?) this situation was eventually sorted out. In short, when Heidi Gardner wins an Oscar in 15 years, don’t be surprised.
I’m not going to see The Snowman since it looks either very silly or very generic, so my theory is that the killer is actually a woman. See, the twist here is that the name is both a reference to their snow-themed killings and the gender. As in, not pronounced “Snowman” but removing the ‘it’ from “it’s no man.”
Man, I should write horror movies.