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I like a good laugh, but this gave me stomach cramps. If you tend to pee when you laugh you might want to take care of that first. And in case that's not enough baby, just wait, there's more! hoooo. hah. warning: YouTube loving double whammy
posted by From Bklyn (75 comments total)

 

I don't even know what to do with this: Is this perfection?

I always thought Buster Keaton was perfection. Then after the Sumotori watchama post I didn't think there was anything funny left in the world.

I don't know where exactly the genius of this resides and that, I believe is it's genius.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:07 AM on April 26, 2007


Reminds me of a "horror" movie my friends and I made back in high school. Remarkably similar, in fact. Just less Batman.
posted by zardoz at 2:21 AM on April 26, 2007


I must be too sober to get the funny. Way too sober.
posted by tula at 2:25 AM on April 26, 2007


Why does the Riddler sound like one of the knights who say "ni"?
posted by dreamsign at 2:26 AM on April 26, 2007



yeah... it either hits you or it doesn't and uh, obviously I was clubbed.

Does Robin look like Christopher Moltisanti to you too?
posted by From Bklyn at 2:36 AM on April 26, 2007


I think the part that really did it for me was in the second one when he used dogs' "angry" reaction to a caped intruder to conclude that Robin must have been up to shenanigans in that house. Quite the leap, Batman!
posted by crinklebat at 2:46 AM on April 26, 2007


Saw this over on BoingBoing, which described it as "possibly the best thing ever." I dunno if I can go along with that hyperbole, but I did enjoy the Batdance sequence inside a newspaper at the end.
posted by good in a vacuum at 2:47 AM on April 26, 2007


Where is that - Victoria B.C.?
posted by Flashman at 2:51 AM on April 26, 2007


Well, I dunno, it all seemed kind of amateurish to me. This guys could really use some polish.
posted by Blingo at 2:55 AM on April 26, 2007


Filmmaking is hard.
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:06 AM on April 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


meh
posted by kolophon at 3:17 AM on April 26, 2007


There are highschool geeks on the intertubes? Go away geeks! It's not a truck.

(I mean, seriously... next they'll expect us to laugh at a highschool production of Romeo and Juliet for being awkward and amateurish. Seems, I dunno, kind of cheap to get your kicks that way. That 40-something guy in the Tron outfit without a jock strap or any obvious mental illness? Mock-worthy. Cosplay comic geeks having fun with mom's video camera? Ehhhhh. But, then again, I didn't find Star Wars Kid all that funny for the same reason, so my sense of humor may not be as finely honed as the cruel innarweb requires. I do like youtube videos of people hurting themselves by accident, though.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 3:17 AM on April 26, 2007


MetaFilter: Too sober to get the funny.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 3:38 AM on April 26, 2007


I kept waiting for the part where they did something that was totally awful. It just kept being... okay. They memorized their lines and set up shots and edited it down to something palatable. The sound was bad and the fights were unconvincing, but overall this was okay.
posted by 23skidoo at 3:38 AM on April 26, 2007


Right, it's amateurish. And, prima facie it is not, uh, humor (I don't think ) but there is an economy in evidence that I appreciated. It was ridiculous and embarrassing, but it was not dull. It had a nice oakey finish ( sorry,sorry /wine-tasting-inanity/pomposity)

Also, ditto the boingboing note: I don't like their hyperbole, I always hear it as an exclusive, "If you don't like this you're a dick. Unlike us. Who are cool." which prompts me to not go there.

Now I wonder maybe if I had presented the post differently... No, fuckIt. I laughed like an ass, YMMV.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:46 AM on April 26, 2007


Also, ditto the boingboing note: I don't like their hyperbole, I always hear it as an exclusive, "If you don't like this you're a dick. Unlike us. Who are cool." which prompts me to not go there.

Ah, the Schadenfreude Brigade. This reminds me why I don't read boingboing.
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:48 AM on April 26, 2007


I dunno. It's bad, but it's not really as gloriously bad as it ought to be.

Meh, I guess, is what I'm saying. Meh.
posted by EarBucket at 4:11 AM on April 26, 2007


Watched three minutes of it. Could barely hear a thing, and got tired of waiting for something remotely interesting or funny to happen.

No idea why anyone would make or post this.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 4:18 AM on April 26, 2007


My god - I haven't laughed so much at all.
posted by strawberryviagra at 4:22 AM on April 26, 2007


Someone has confused embarassing with funny.
posted by autodidact at 4:25 AM on April 26, 2007


I like a good laugh, but this gave me stomach cramps.
I could say the same.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:34 AM on April 26, 2007


I'm sorry but I just don't get the joke.
posted by humblepigeon at 4:40 AM on April 26, 2007


I'm not at a very great height, but I'll still piss on this anyway. Your first post was great however.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:59 AM on April 26, 2007


Tough crowd, tough crowd.

Tip your servers!
posted by The Straightener at 5:07 AM on April 26, 2007


I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am so god damned glad YouTube didn't exist when I was in high school.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:20 AM on April 26, 2007


I wonder what this is about... YouTube is blocked by my employer (200,000+ workstations) and several other humongous corporations (according to friends), so a little descriptive text is a big help. That way people can decide whether or not to bookmark it and view it later, when they can.

I know, I should be working anyway. Still, this is basically ZOMG CLICK HERE AND HERE LOLZ BEST EVAR and, well, not really an exemplary FPP.

prebuttal: I'm not saying "don't post YouTube links" yadig? And I know I should be working.
posted by sidereal at 5:30 AM on April 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


Needs more codpiece.
posted by peeedro at 5:35 AM on April 26, 2007


Welll...I lasted about 20 seconds before I lost interest. And, yes, I got stomach cramps.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:36 AM on April 26, 2007


I bemoan the rising tide of FPPs that link to YouTube without comment or context.

There's nothing to talk about here, beyond registering whether or not you were amused. (Guess which I was?).

The hallmark of a good MeFi post, as with so many things, is effort.

No more LOLZ, please.
posted by flotson at 5:42 AM on April 26, 2007 [2 favorites]


There was something sweet about it. My favorite part was the groove-out dancing at the end with heros and villans alike on the front page. I'd love to see a video about the making of this and what exactly they had in mind or drove them to it. I think that would be a blast. If I'd been involved, I would've had stomach cramps from watching this, but as an outside viewer, well ... not so much. It was sorta painful at points (sorry guys). Anyhow, I think people should stop watching stupid super hero blockbusters and make their own for their own enjoyment and that of their friends. So I give this a thumbs up for effort.
posted by Skygazer at 5:46 AM on April 26, 2007


Ordinarily, I really like this kind of thing, but this didn't do much for me.
posted by psmealey at 5:56 AM on April 26, 2007


This wasn't really that funny.
posted by sneakin at 5:58 AM on April 26, 2007


All well and good, but, to clarify my point (and then I'll shut up)--there are places on the internet for folks to watch and comment on homemade videos. . . such as, er, YouTube.

Ain't much meta about this sort of posting. And just the faintest smidgen of filtering.

e.g. a post containing several links to various homemade productions of superhero flicks might be more in the spirit of the place.

*shutting up*
posted by flotson at 6:03 AM on April 26, 2007


"If you don't like this you're a dick." I don't like this. Then again, someone did call me a dick the other day. Guess this is the confirmation I was hoping not to hear.
posted by rhymer at 6:44 AM on April 26, 2007


shit sandwich
posted by blag at 6:45 AM on April 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sorry guys, but I'm with the "not that funny" crowd.
posted by Comrade_robot at 6:46 AM on April 26, 2007


"I can't keep up with you Batman!"

It's good to see that after so many years of wallowing in obscurity, home movies and amateur short subject films finally have venues where they can be showcased via the Internet. I am beginning to find myself leaning toward the opinion that MeFi, while it is one of those venues, may need to be that a little less. Or rather, when someone wants to MeFi a video, perhaps they should do more checking and find other videos like that one. So the original post isn't just one or two youtube links, but that it becomes a thread which informs its audience of a new or deserving niche or genre in this often overlooked field of interest.

...Or. Y'know. Just post whatever's funny.

Matt may wish to consider adding to MeFi a separate section that focuses solely on video links, like MeFi Music but for video. That way, The Blue can go back to doing what it does best: NewsFilter! *ducks*
posted by ZachsMind at 6:48 AM on April 26, 2007


It looks kinda like San Francisco, maybe the Presidio.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:02 AM on April 26, 2007


I'm with blag - poop panini.
posted by Mister_A at 7:02 AM on April 26, 2007


I watched the whole thing, in hopes that it would actually be funny and not just mildly smirk-worthy. I came away disappointed.

I'm 35, and embarrassed that I haven't yet learned never to trust anyone who says "OMG THIS IS TEH FUNNIEST THING EVAR!!!"
posted by Foosnark at 7:20 AM on April 26, 2007


poop panini

Une caca monsieur? Or, better still, une caca madame, with a fried egg on top.
posted by psmealey at 7:22 AM on April 26, 2007


I don't understand. He's a Bat...man?
posted by CynicalKnight at 7:22 AM on April 26, 2007


I had a friend who once seriously talked about writing an indie Batman short film. But his Batman was some fat guy sitting in a bar drinking and telling people that he was in fact Batman. I'm sure if that ever was made it would be better than this. But perhaps just thinking about it for a moment is better than this.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:30 AM on April 26, 2007


Great acting!
posted by ericb at 7:32 AM on April 26, 2007


Stuff like this is interesting to me because it shows such ranges of appreciation.

The poster went so far as to call it "perfection" and "genius".

Many in the thread considered it mildly funny. Others considered it completely without humor of any kind.

I think if nothing else this should give an appreciation for creating humorous content for consumption by strangers, and probably speaks to why most things on television and at the movies are so conservative and bland.

You think of humor being somewhat universal, but quite obviously any time a humor thread comes up on MeFi, you see quickly it is not at all universal.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:35 AM on April 26, 2007


Great. Now I want a croque-madame.
posted by everichon at 7:36 AM on April 26, 2007


Also the movie was not as bad as advertised. Maybe a 5 on the Shaggs Scale.
posted by everichon at 7:38 AM on April 26, 2007


Or a 2 on the Turkish Star Wars Continuum.
posted by everichon at 7:39 AM on April 26, 2007


Does Robin look like Christopher Moltisanti to you too?

The Funny utterly escaped me on this video, but THAT I noticed right away. If Batman had only looked like Adriana, the fight scenes would've been more realistic.
posted by katillathehun at 7:42 AM on April 26, 2007


Watched that thing yesterday... wasn't funny then... has it changed since last night at about 10 pm?

Of course, I was drinking Cabernet, perhaps I should have been drinking beer....
posted by HuronBob at 7:42 AM on April 26, 2007


Word of advice: don't oversell. The "gave me stomach cramps" "if you tend to pee yourself" stuff basically kills the funny.

I saw this last night via BoingBoing and laughed my head off. But I can see why this post would set people up not to laugh. Wrong setup, establishing expectations that aren't met.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:09 AM on April 26, 2007


I'm much more of a Shark! girl.

I saw this Batman thing last night. At first I considered posting it -- after all, boingboing commanded the world to find it funny. But the fact is, I think those 1970s 12 year-olds did WAAAAAY better work. I totally heart them. These guys? Not so much.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:20 AM on April 26, 2007


I made it to 2:57 in the first video. Do I get a prize?
posted by jeversol at 8:20 AM on April 26, 2007


i think "prebuttal" is the best word evar.
posted by shmegegge at 8:30 AM on April 26, 2007


Your prize is that you just lost 2:57 minutes of your life to a homemade batman video. You've already collected. Congratulations.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:35 AM on April 26, 2007


Never knew that Robin wore PlayTex Living gloves.
It softens your hands while you do the dishes.
posted by Dizzy at 8:43 AM on April 26, 2007


Wait, I'm confused about the movie - so the cops knew that Internal Affairs were setting them up?
posted by threetoed at 8:57 AM on April 26, 2007


Word of advice: don't oversell. The "gave me stomach cramps" "if you tend to pee yourself" stuff basically kills the funny.

Exactly. Try "undersell, overdeliver." It's a good tip, not just for FPPs. But especially for FPPs.
posted by peep at 9:23 AM on April 26, 2007


Gotham is not as majestic and, well, Gothic as I remember it.
posted by tkchrist at 9:57 AM on April 26, 2007



It might have been "funny" but I didn't laugh. My Downs Syndrome neighbor is "funny" like that. I don't laugh at him for pretty much the same reason.
posted by tkchrist at 9:59 AM on April 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


hmm, bad audio, dark video, pat delivery of lines, I still liked it more than what I did see of Batman and Robin. Maybe it was efforts like this that convinced the studio to resurrect the franchise?

I think if one finds this awesome, there's a fucking bloated universe of this 'entertainment' awaiting you.
posted by Busithoth at 10:41 AM on April 26, 2007


Throw in a few impossibly weird sets, rotate the camera 15 degrees, and edit in some BAM POW's to cover up the fact that you're not actually hitting the other guy, and Bob's your uncle.

Having said that, I laughed when I heard the line near the end as "We did it, a-hole chum?"
posted by aliasless at 10:41 AM on April 26, 2007


So Batman and Robin live at the Baker Beach apartments?

That was so bad, I think it gave me cancer. I dont know which was worse, the writing, directing, acting, line delivery or action scenes...
posted by subaruwrx at 11:35 AM on April 26, 2007


I just watched "Dark Betrayals". If you didnt think the first movie could get worse, prepare to be wrong.
posted by subaruwrx at 11:47 AM on April 26, 2007


Your prize is that you just lost 2:57 minutes of your life to a homemade batman video. You've already collected. Congratulations.

Now that's funny.
posted by neuron at 1:01 PM on April 26, 2007


When I saw Batman and Robin lounging in the living room, I was hoping it would turn into Guys Watching 24, but no luck.
posted by chrominance at 2:38 PM on April 26, 2007


Blag, dagnabit, you stole my line. But thanks for beating me to the punch... this clip is funny why, exactly?
posted by dbiedny at 3:11 PM on April 26, 2007


Thansk Chrominance. Guys watching 24 was pretty funny...
posted by subaruwrx at 4:08 PM on April 26, 2007


An insightful review from "pskinjob" in the YT comments:

At first I was thinking that Robin was kind of useless, he didn't fight well, and was slow. But he ended up saving Batman's life. And he was so fired up he wanted to kill the Riddler, that Batman had to tell him to step off. Good story about them developing teamwork.

posted by Wataki at 5:22 PM on April 26, 2007


Yeah, I didn't laugh once.
posted by number9dream at 6:44 PM on April 26, 2007


You think of humor being somewhat universal, but quite obviously any time a humor thread comes up on MeFi, you see quickly it is not at all universal.

Yep. It's a given that what some people find gut-crampingly funny, others do not.

I really do wonder how this is funny, for those who laughed at it a lot, just from a research-about-humans standpoint. I'm not better or cleverer or more urbane or anything of the kind because it didn't come near my funny bone, it's just that it amazes me a little that different people could have such radically different experiences of the funny.

I don't think the video was meant to be humourous, was it? If that's true, is the laugh-factor laughing at the film makers? Or is it that kind of squirmy, embarrassed, laughing-out-of-discomfort kind of humour?

I don't know. I don't get it, but I wish I did.

And that's entirely too much thinking about this.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:03 PM on April 26, 2007


Joe loved it so much that he tracked down the guy who made it and interviewed him:
Joe:
How long did it take you to cook up a script?

Kourosh:
I some ideas in my head about what direction I wanted the film to go in. I really wanted to make a serious movie, in the style of Batman Begins. I had a lot planned out in my head that never happened. But when we all got together the whole thing was just too fun and we started improvising and doing all kinds of crazy stuff. It obviously lost its serious tone. It ended up being more like Batman Forever.

Joe:
Were you happy with the results?

Kourosh:
I have to say we were happy with the results. While it wasn’t the film I originally had in mind, it was a lot of fun and people always laugh when they see it. Someone said it’s like Napolean Dynamite, since it gets funnier everytime you watch it.


Joe:
How long was the production time for this film?

Kourosh:
4 hours

posted by meech at 10:04 PM on April 26, 2007



Well, I said it was gonna hurt, didn't I.
posted by From Bklyn at 10:58 AM on April 28, 2007


kirkaracha: It looks kinda like San Francisco, maybe the Presidio.

Baker Beach Apartments Represent! If only the filmmakers focused more on the giant sand pile, the abandoned hospital, the fight to save the apartments from habitat restoration, or the unusual concentration of dentists in the neighborhood, it could have been really funny.
posted by ioesf at 11:22 AM on April 30, 2007


Well, I went to have a piss, but it turned out i didn't need to.

but it was worth posting just for these two
posted by criticalbill at 3:14 PM on April 30, 2007


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