Don’t Try This at Home!

By Marilyn Ferdinand

Ferdy on Films, etc. knows how hard Mondays can be. Oh, do we ever! Rod’s working on a scholarly treatise on The Third Man (or something like that), and I’m preparing for the onerous task of writing a review of Grindhouse. I can only imagine what stones you folks are rolling uphill today.

So I thought I’d give you a little pick-me-up in the way of a short film in the spirit of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. You pretend you’re Marlin Perkins, and the Gibbon Ape is Jim Fowler (“I’ll stay hidden in the blind with the camerman while Jim goes in for a closer look.”).

There are several versions of this video on YouTube, all of them with subpar picture resolution, but this one was the least junked up with stuff on the screen. I hope you enjoy it and think about this the next time you have a difficult boss or colleague to deal with at work:

  • Rick Olson spoke:
    15th/09/2008 to 10:32 pm

    Fabulous film, Marilyn.
    You’re REALLY going to write a review of “Grindhouse?” The horror, the horror …
    By the way, how come no matter how many times I comment, I still get held up for approval? Is there an “anti-Rick” switch or something?

  • Marilyn spoke:
    16th/09/2008 to 3:09 am

    I just loved this, reminds me of that rhyme, “Eenie, meenie, minie, mo, catch a tiger by the toe…”
    I had a major philosophical difference with Rod about the two halves of Grindhouse. We could be in for a lively discussion.
    Yeah, I’ve tried to handle the approval thing. Movable Type is really hard to manipulate. Alas…

  • Daniel spoke:
    16th/09/2008 to 10:48 am

    That’s a terrific clip.
    So…I still haven’t seen Grindhouse or Death Proof. You might make me want to…

  • Jonathan Lapper spoke:
    16th/09/2008 to 10:48 am

    I’ve tried to install an “anti-Rick” switch at Cinema Styles but keep coming up short. Anyway, this looks better than Grindhouse.
    Oh, and that Mutual of Omaha song (“Mutual of Omaha means people you can count on …”) is totally in my head now. I’ll be singing it all day.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    16th/09/2008 to 11:09 am

    Funny, I don’t remember that song at all, just Jim wrestling with stuff with Marlin stands off a great distance – my generation’s Crocodile Hunter.
    Daniel – We’ll see. Rod thinks the Rodriguez half is ridiculous, I thought the Tarantino half was the usual talkie-talkie stuff with some good, old-fashioned car chases. We’re gonna rumble…

  • Rod spoke:
    17th/09/2008 to 10:38 am

    I’m not saying anything…not a thing…

  • Marilyn spoke:
    17th/09/2008 to 10:48 am

    Oh Rod, you’re no fun! 🙂

  • Rod spoke:
    17th/09/2008 to 10:55 am

    Yes, that seems to be the general consensus.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    17th/09/2008 to 11:03 am

    Yes, I get that, too. Haven’t you heard that I’m a humorless feminist and egghead?

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