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There Will Be Bud
posted by empath (48 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I think they could have done the "I clear your bong rip!" scene and left off the rest.
posted by damehex at 6:10 PM on March 6, 2008


There will be snark.
posted by False Dichotomy at 6:13 PM on March 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


There will be reposts from digg.
posted by parallax7d at 6:13 PM on March 6, 2008


There will be FLAGS.
posted by scabrous at 6:14 PM on March 6, 2008


Flagged as "other" meaning "lacking in value".
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 6:16 PM on March 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


This was great but aren't people involved in bud typically non-angry? The anger in the main character left me skeptical about the theme: why was he angry if it was about bud? Why was he even caring about being a bud mogul? Why was he dressed so...40's style? WTF?

Still, I enjoyed watching it and it was very well done, cinematically, from a viewer standpoint.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 6:19 PM on March 6, 2008


The guy who plays the lead is excellent. Thanks for posting.
posted by dhammond at 6:22 PM on March 6, 2008


Holy crap, somebody else reads digg? You NAILED me! God forbid I should post something hilarious I found on another website here.
posted by empath at 6:23 PM on March 6, 2008 [6 favorites]


So it's not the DuPont Family that prevented Hemp as a cash crop!

Also - I'm working "I'm a weed man" into conversation tomorrow.
posted by mctsonic at 6:24 PM on March 6, 2008


The main guy does a good Daniel Day-Lewis, but otherwise, I'd put this in the "die" category when it comes to "Funny or Die"
posted by papakwanz at 6:26 PM on March 6, 2008


Also - I'm working "I'm a weed man" into conversation tomorrow.

Performance review day?
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:29 PM on March 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


I thought it was great, and I think independent projects of this calibre should be encouraged. Thanks for posting.

I still loathe the original movie, though.
posted by regicide is good for you at 6:35 PM on March 6, 2008


Now that's good parody!
posted by John of Michigan at 6:40 PM on March 6, 2008


No discernible value.
posted by Daddy-O at 6:40 PM on March 6, 2008


I am somewhat uncomfortable with a lack of intermediate choices between 'funny' and 'die'.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:45 PM on March 6, 2008 [3 favorites]


Actually, that was far more well done than it had any right to be.
posted by miss lynnster at 6:52 PM on March 6, 2008


God forbid I should post something hilarious I found on another website here.

Actually, God DOES forbid it. But you MeFiers are alla buncha atheists anyway, so whadda you care!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:55 PM on March 6, 2008


I drink your bongwater! I drink it all!!
posted by not_on_display at 6:58 PM on March 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't loathe the original movie entirely, but I did loathe the ending for reasons that I haven't been able to quite put my finger on.

I think it has something to do with the discontinuity in the story, not what happened. It just suddenly jumps 20 years into the future for no good reason. Characters have changed a great deal with no real driving story reason behind it. It's jarring after spending several an amazing hour or two in a single, narratively focused, continuous story to suddenly change the time and setting and place. You're left with no anchor to hold on to. Also, Eli was far, far, far, two baby-faced at the end of the movie. It made an already ridiculous scene even more ridiculous.
posted by empath at 6:59 PM on March 6, 2008


i should like proofread my posts or something, but you get the idea...
posted by empath at 7:00 PM on March 6, 2008


Empath the first 95% of the movie focused on a series of destructive choices Daniel Plainview made to remove himself from any sort of relation to the rest of the human race. He loathed the rest of humanity, for no reason, perhaps just because they weren't him. He built a life of solitude and achieved it, shown many years in the future. He disowns his son, and therefore his convictions are vindicated, that anyone that isn't himself cannot be trusted, is vile. Only by disconnecting himself so wholly could he ever kill Eli, which is when he declares that he is "done". Something like that, on first inspection.

Thread derailed!
posted by pedmands at 7:12 PM on March 6, 2008


Yeah, I can come up with a feasible justification for it, but it just didn't feel right to me.
posted by empath at 7:19 PM on March 6, 2008


Like all stupid stoner jokes that go on for too long, that was retarded and shitty but somehow managed to redeem itself in the end.

Still, I know Harold and Kumar. And this, sir, was no Harold and Kumar.
posted by xthlc at 7:23 PM on March 6, 2008


Excellent use of Wii Bowling in the mise en scène.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:30 PM on March 6, 2008 [4 favorites]


Neither funny nor die.
posted by infinitewindow at 7:30 PM on March 6, 2008


I wanted badly to love the original, but it is diminished for me because of its lack of character arc. Or at least what I perceived as such.

This was corny, but not without being entertaining as well.

So, basically, I kind of feel the same way about both.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 7:31 PM on March 6, 2008


I say "die".
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:31 PM on March 6, 2008


Much better than I expected. Of course, the title lead me to believe it would be about beer, so it scored 100 points straight off for being about weed. Also, good DDL impression. Top notch. And, of all the "I drink your milkshake" parodies I've heard, "I clear your bong rip" is clearly in the top percentile. The creators get extra points for knowing that "bong rip" is the preferred terminology - if they'd used "bong hit" or something, that would have exposed them as not actually "weed men." (Reminds me of the time I was at a college party, and some shady dude asked me if I had any "reefer." Then offered to *sell* me some "reefer." Nice try, narc! Umm, what was I talking about?)
posted by Banky_Edwards at 7:32 PM on March 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


Not saying it applies here.. but the best thing about that website is that when someone links you to something from there, you get to say, "fuck, I died."
posted by crunch buttsteak at 7:47 PM on March 6, 2008


That had some surprisingly good moments, although it was a bit too long and drawn out. (That pretty much sums up how I felt about the real thing, actually.) The guy who did the Daniel Day Lewis impression was dead-on.

empath: I took a little nap towards the end of the movie (I was trying to stay awake, but the ominous soundscape got the better of me), and when I woke up I discovered the action had moved forward twenty years. It was jarring, to say the least, but I figured I had just been asleep for a really long time. The friend I was with said nope, I'd been out for maybe five minutes, tops.

I did think DDL's performance in the bowling lane room where he switches suddenly from broken-down pathetic man to scary towering powerhouse was awesome. And I really liked his last line. "I'm finished!" Classic.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 7:58 PM on March 6, 2008


I'd put this in the "die" category when it comes to "Funny or Die"

But still way better than the actual movie. And 10 hours shorter. Score!
posted by fshgrl at 7:59 PM on March 6, 2008


I forgot what I was gonna type.
Oh yeah... I say bong hit all the time.
I forgot why I said that. Wait.. I'm on MetaFilter? Hey everyone!!
posted by not_on_display at 8:01 PM on March 6, 2008 [2 favorites]


empath, I actually love how fast it moves toward the end. Much of There Will Be Blood relies by ellipsis, omitting bits and pieces that we can infer or supply from other movies everybody has seen. The first time I watched it, I had completely lost track of time and expected another hour or so set in 1929. But plotwise, we really didn't need any of the details of what happened between Plainview and his son -- everything that really mattered had happened in Little Boston, and the rest was a long steady way down to the scene where HW leaves him. The movie cuts straight to the two scenes that matter: "bastard in a basket" (Plainview ridding himself of HW) and the bowling alley, where he severs his last human connection by killing Eli. Then, he's finished. It's really rather elegant.

Oh, and the video is the best of the Blood parodies & mashups I've seen.

(If I may: there's lots more talk about the film on I Drink Your Milkshake.com.)
posted by muckster at 8:02 PM on March 6, 2008


For fuck's sake people, take a hit or something, I mean shit. I loved the film and I thought this was hilarious and the execution was spot-on.
posted by ludwig_van at 8:16 PM on March 6, 2008


The voices were almost creeply accurate. Are they awesome mimics or is it some kind of technological wizardry?
posted by fshgrl at 8:36 PM on March 6, 2008


Holy crap, somebody else reads digg? You NAILED me!

Go empath go!

Loved the post very funny. and I don't even like weed, beer and whiskey are my drugs.
posted by nola at 8:48 PM on March 6, 2008


level one improv class where you met your collaborators: $300
fake beards and mustaches from Hollywood Toy & Costume: $21
bag of weed bought from fellow barback at Saddle Ranch to smoke while dreaming up "hilarious" parody: $10

getting a video on a website and thinking you "made it" in Hollywood: priceless

sorry, kind of L.A.-centric humor. for everyone else: this is lame and tired.
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:57 PM on March 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


and yes I'm aware of the irony of calling someone else's comedy "tired" while myself parodying the "priceless" ads that have been around for like 9 years now. nevertheless, my point stands.
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:59 PM on March 6, 2008


shit drjimmy, you friggin' pegged them man! You're so good. How'd you do that?

I want to hear more! More drjimmy! ! ! !

Anyway. Decent parody, great Plainview voice.
posted by defenestration at 9:14 PM on March 6, 2008


God forbid I should post something hilarious I found on another website here.

I agree, it makes a pleasant change from seeing warmed-over lame copypasta from boing boing.
posted by meehawl at 9:21 PM on March 6, 2008


Definitely better than the SNL skit and the sock puppets.
posted by muckster at 9:26 PM on March 6, 2008


I wanted to hate it, but it's very well executed. There's definitely an unexpected level of sophistication.
posted by ninjew at 9:33 PM on March 6, 2008


my two horribly mediocre favorites:

Daniel Plainview calls a phone sex hotline

There Will Be Bell

posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:58 PM on March 6, 2008


Is it April 20th in whatever time zone Metafilter's on?
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:03 PM on March 6, 2008


Watching that much effort, talent, attention to detail, and meticulous execution go into a weed joke arouses an odd mutation of admiration for it; to crib a line from SA, it's like a statue of Barney the Dinosaur made out of white gold.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 7:37 AM on March 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


Aren't people involved in bud typically non angry?

People who flip ounces or sell dime bags to their friends might ordinarily be more laid back than the average drug dealer, but when there are large quantities of drugs or money involved, stoner stereotypes fall short.

I like to see this much effort, talent, attention to detail, and meticulous execution going into a weed joke. Weed isn't just for lazy morons. As long as it doesn't dominate your life, cannabis can inspire lots of creative expression.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 10:48 AM on March 7, 2008


That Day-Lewis impersonation is spot-on.

I'm honestly surprised so many people had problems with There Will Be Blood. I thought it was incredibly well made.
posted by billypilgrim at 3:49 PM on March 7, 2008


I have actually taken to doing my own Daniel Day Lewis impression on my puppy lately. She really enjoys it, though.

"If you have a belly? And I have a hand? My hand reaches accrroooooooosssss. And starts to RUB your BELLY.

I. RUB. YOUR. BEEEELLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! I RUB IT UP!!!!!!"


Yeah, I need therapy. I know. But my dog likes me at least.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:34 PM on March 8, 2008


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