In spite of advice from pretty much everyone he knows, Mick made a video with the help of a shitty, lazy film crew with a special message for all of the fans of ALSO THAT. Watch it below.
Another month gone by, another recap of the trainwreck that is the daily news.
After a brief hiatus, Nothing to Watch on Netflix is back and The Package is a doozy. A bunch of teenagers go on a camping trip and, because it's a movie, everything goes wrong. However, unlike every other movie about teenagers in the woods, there's only one casualty. Check the trailer below:
While it may seem like they give away the entire movie in the trailer, there is a lot going on beneath the surface of this movie about a guy who accidentally cut his dick off. Naturally, considering the subject matter, The Package is pretty irreverent and gross. If you're not okay with seeing a bunch of close up shots of a fake dick then you probably shouldn't watch it.
It seems that the Workaholics crew is making moves into producing movies after wrapping up their wildly successful television and marginally less successful Netflix movie Game Over, Man. This time around, the boys team up with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Productions for their first foray into film where our three favorite slackers aren't the main leads, though Blake Anderson does have a small part.
The Package is a dark comedy and probably not for the faint of heart. Considering the plot revolves around a group of friends trying to reattached their friend's severed dick, it's pretty goddamn gross. But the writers manage to find a lot of laughs in that dark place. What's better is that the cast is a made up of a slew of new and diverse faces. The typical comedy format of a bunch of idiot white dudes is shaken up with the addition of women and people of color, who, as it turns out, are pretty good at playing the part of teenage comedy idiots.
While it may seem like the trailer gives away the entire movie, there is a lot of other stuff that happens that comes out of fucking left field. When watching The Package, there will be lots of laughs coupled with some mild disgust and potentially a newfound fear of having your dick chopped off. But for the most part, you'll have a great time.
Check it out!
Keith, Mick, and Taylor grabbed their cameras and made their triumphant return to Ross and Roberts Manufacturing to take more photos. Check out what they snapped this time around below and take a look at the first set here.
Another crazy ass month of news that feels like 10 years is over. Here are some of the key things you probably forgot about.
Scattered across Stamford, CT are creepy lifelike statues of people. Mick filmed a bunch of them and wrote a poem. Watch it right now!
Another month has raced by. Here's all the stuff you missed.
Mick reads the poem This is a Photograph of Me by Margaret Atwood.
It was taken some time ago.
At first it seems to be
print: blurred lines and grey flecks
blended with the paper;
then, as you scan
it, you see in the left-hand corner
a thing that is like a branch: part of a tree
(balsam or spruce) emerging
and, to the right, halfway up
what ought to be a gentle
slope, a small frame house.
In the background there is a lake,
and beyond that, some low hills.
(The photograph was taken
the day after I drowned.
I am in the lake, in the center
of the picture, just under the surface.
It is difficult to say where
precisely, or to say
how large or small I am:
the effect of water
on light is a distortion
but if you look long enough,
you will be able to see me.)
Another month has zipped by.
Here's all the stuff that happened to remind you that everything is fine and normal and you should not at all be concerned about anything.
For May's edition of Nothing to Watch on Netflix, Mick watched a documentary called Take Your Pills.
Take Your Pills shines a spotlight on an often unnoticed and forgotten epidemic sweeping America: the widespread use and abuse of prescription ADD/ADHD medications, with a specific focus on Adderall.
This documentary is chilling because it brings to light the fact that a massive swath of the population is using amphetamine, the chemical branded as Adderall. A large, diverse cast of individuals using Adderall are the focus of this documentary in order to show just how far this epidemic reaches. Of course, there are a slew of college/high school students in addition to a software engineer, a talent agent, and a stock broker.
To balance out this portrait of everyday people who use this drug, there are also a variety of doctors, experts, and talking heads that throw in their two cents on the Adderall epidemic as well, while also going into detail about what amphetamine is and how it affects our bodies. Spoiler alert: it's not good.
In addition to all of the extremely valuable and interesting information that is overflowing from this film, it is also beautifully shot and the director, Alison Klayman, injects a healthy dose of surrealism to communicate the anxiety and discomfort that being on an ridiculous amount of amphetamine can cause.
The thing that's particularly complicated is that this film shows viewers that there are two types of Adderall users: the ones who legitimately need it and the ones who use it to get an edge in our hyper competitive civilization. In all, it's a deeply thoughtful meditation on the utility and cost of this medication.
Check it out!
Mick reads a page from a book that doesn't exist.
Recently, Mick had the pleasure of reading the 2005 sci-fi novel The Old Man's War.
Like all good science fiction, the premise of The Old Man's War is simple. Humanity has started colonizing space and the Colonial Defence Force is tasked with protecting the human colonies from all manner of hostile alien life. The twist on this tried and true formula is that CDF soldiers are not allowed to enlist until they are 75 years old. The plot centers on a new recruit named John Perry as he adjusts to CDF life and experiences life off Earth.
The thing that makes The Old Man's War such an instant classic is that it not only follows in the tradition of science fiction giants like Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, and Orson Scott Card but it reads like it's an active part of that tradition, except without all of the misogynistic baggage that usually comes along with it. Rather, The Old Man's War is about one man's jaunt through space blasting intelligent alien life forms before they devour entire human colonies and his ethical struggle with the horror and inhumanity of war. Another wrinkle in this plot (without spoiling too much) deals with the very nature of what it means to be human as CDF soldiers experience genetic modification in order to assist them in combat across the stars.
Being that it's a sci-fi novel, the writing isn't particularly splendid. It's certainly not a garbled unreadable nightmare, but you won't be reading Nabokov either. The language is stripped down and simple due in part to the fact that John is the first person narrator and he's not a particularly verbose guy. And let's be honest, nobody reads sci-fi for mind-blowing prose anyways.
In short, this is a quick and easy book to tear through on a rainy weekend or a cross-country flight. It's fun and translates fantastically to the screen (Netflix is looking to adapt it). The Old Man's War is a must read for anyone who is a fan of the sci-fi genre.
A look back on the crazy stuff that went down in the 4th month of this year.
This month's Netflix spotlight is the action-comedy brofest Game Over, Man!
Now that Workaholics has finally ended, many people are itching to see more from everyone's three favorite stoner fuck-ups. Luckily, Adam Devine, Blake Anderson, Ander Holm, and director Kyle Newacheck anticipated this and put together a hilarious new movie for everyone exclusive to the 'Flix.
Game Over Man! carries on the spirit of Workaholics in that it's full of drugs, dick jokes, and Adam Devine screaming. However, there are refreshing shake-ups that make the viewing experience novel. For one thing, the boys are actually playing characters as opposed to accentuated versions of themselves. Blake Anderson's character is particularly interesting simply because it's nice to see him play someone radically different from his character on Workaholics.
As made clear by the trailer, this movie is also full of cameos. Shaggy's is, of course, a hilarious highlight but there's a slew of other celebrities getting caught in the crossfire throughout the mayhem.
Game Over, Man! was slaughtered by critics, but nobody putting this movie on should be expecting The Godfather in the first place. It's a dumb but enjoyable romp with some familiar funny faces.
Check it out!
Mick reads a poem about his favorite day.
My Favorite Day
by Mick Theebs
Pollen floats through the air
turning a verdant resting place into
a hellscape full of pitchfork wielding
bumble bees and stuffed sinuses.
Life stirs in the womb
of the earth.
Those short cold days of
quickening long behind them,
as the sun decides to show
its face around these parts again
unashamed, though prodigal for
having abandoned us to face
the frigid slings and arrows of
the season alone.
This is the season of
the triumphant return
against all odds as
the very planet itself
turns the other cheek toward
better days and warmer nights
chasing away Winter’s wraiths
with piercing bolts of
The wheel turns without cease,
as steady as the tide,
the cycle restarts, again complete,
that unending march of time.
This month has felt like 800 years. Here's a short recap of what went down these past few weeks.