Thursday, November 12, 2009

Its Rightful Place


The Incomparable Stephanie Perkins posted two great videos on her blog Natural Artificial that both made me laugh very hard. And then...

And then.

She pushed--no reached--too far. She posted a third video that she claimed, let's see, ah yes...

"It's only THE GREATEST VIDEO EVER, EVER, EVER CREATED EVER IN THE HISTORY OF TIME EVER:"

Aforementioned video is entitled "Then he kissed me - Jim Sturgess". Feel free to find it through the above link for comparison or to drool if you're into Hot British Men. Stephanie is, admittedly, the HBM Connoisseur and Writer of Good Words but apparently expert on best video of all time she is not.

I am throwing down the children's book blog gauntlet right now. Certainly if ever such a GREATEST VIDEO EVER (etc, etc) existed it would have two components. FIRSTLY, it would have a timelessness to it (sorry Sturgey) and SECONDLY, it would have Christopher Walken in it. And THIRD, wait there was no third, THIRD, it would be THIS video. Which unfortunately I'm afraid you'll just have to click on through the link because the embedding feature has been disabled.

So there Stephanie Perkins, do your worst. This gauntlet is certainly directed AT YOU! Now if there ARE any other combatants, err, GREATEST VIDEO EVER (etc, etc) claimers, let's have it. Pipe up.

PS Congratulations to Stephanie and my brother for kicking butt in their NANOWRIMO endeavors to date. I wish you the best. Love to hear more success stories for the rest of us writing schlubs.



And finally a photo op from a sorta recent meeting of the minds. Another chapter in the saga of the Watson Brothers take on the children's book publishing world. Amazing what a few late night beer brainstorms will help you come up with. Ninety percent of which would be unfit for children or any civilized society of any sort. But who's counting. We certainly weren't.

Brother collaboration. 34 years in the making.

27 comments:

  1. Oh HELLS NO, Ben!!

    IT'S ON.

    I don't know WHAT is on. But it's on.

    (Also, I will grant that the "Weapon of Choice" video is pretty friggin sweet. You HAD to post a video by one of my favorite directors, Spike Jonze, didn't you? DIDN'T YOU? YOU ARE PURPOSEFULLY VEXING ME, SO I WON'T KNOW HOW TO FIGHT BACK.)

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  2. HA, bring it. I don't know what either, seeing as how it isn't the MOST well thought out challenge in the world. Not strictly speaking I mean. But it, whatever it is, is on like donkey KONG. (and yes you caught me, I am purposefully vexing you with Spikey J all in a sinister plot to distract you from your suddenly productive nanowrimo progress. Sort of like enabling, but disabling, so i feel better)

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  3. Look, do I need to separate you two? Because I will. I will use my magical powers to insert almost an entire continent AND hostile border guards between you...wait, um, never mind.

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  4. Yes, yes, YES! The very moment you said Christopher Walken, I knew which video you meant, and YES, it is unquestionably in the top 10 videos EVAH. I now must go ponder if I can top it.

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  5. I wish I could do a good C. Walken. Because if I could, I would say, "No, Ben... I think you're wrong.... about the ..... best ... video. . . . I think you have it..... all wrong. The.... best video is.... this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjZR1Rjj_p0


    Great pic, Ben. You look kinda faded. :) Was that at your house? I don't remember....

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  6. Yes martha... Sorry Martha. (ben pinches stephanie behind Martha's back)

    And the reason why CKHB is so right on here is because she has excellent, excellent taste. Bravo on your taste. Here's betting you like mashed potatoes as well. Look forward to what video(s) you come up with because they will certainly be excellent.

    Brother j. I give you props on your written Christopher W impression. Spot on, which is tricky... without... being able... to say... it... with a CW face and... accent and... without looking... directly in... your... eyes.

    Side note Jess, I was trying to fall asleep the other night while Amy was on a night shift so naturally I'm flipping through the tv looking for a movie to put me over the top into the land of many z's. The Deerhunter is on, which I've sorta heard about, but not really. About the Vietnam war or something. Well it has Robert DeNiro, C. Walken, and Meryl Streep (i think) all as young bucks. They start out in Pittsburgh in a factory, then hanging out, then a Russian (I think) Orthodox wedding and ceremony afterwards. I'm waiting and waiting and waiting for Vietnam but it's filmed like I'm actually there, waiting through an actual ceremony. At a reception, nearly in real time. And the reception is Orthodox so wild as hell, all FOLK dancing (especially CW, who is KILLING it) drinking wildly and Fredo Corleone (John Cazale) is punching out his GIRLfriend or wife in front of everybody and nobody seems fazed. My curiosity about when the heck the war would start kept me up for a loooong time and when I FINALLY fall asleep I still hadn't gotten near Vietnam and was completely confused. If anyone has seen The Deer Hunter please tell me if they ever GO to war so I don't have to watch it all again out of sheer curiosity.

    Back to your video Jesse. Now that is one fine video. Maybe even glorious. The ONLY problem I foresee of keeping it from the top step of the podium is the re-watchability factor. How many times can I watch it before it isn't that funny or even annoys me. I'm not saying it scores REAL low in this category but I am mildly suspicious it might. But BRAVO, excellent choice.

    And I don't know about faded because when we get together we are pretty much at our goofy-mumbliest at any point. But our house sometime around our brain, err, beerstorming.

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  7. There is no doubt. The CW movie takes it. Yes, the creey stalker-kitty is awesome, maybe the best stalker-kitty of all time, but there is NO CONTEST.

    As you said, Ben, the re-watchability of Christopher Walken dancing is off the charts: he has THE MOVES. I'm with you on this one.

    And I don't care if Stephanie hit you back first: keep your hands to yourself.

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  8. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  9. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

    (I have to side with Steph, since in an alternate universe we are married and raising monkey children.)

    (Plus, KISSING.)

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  10. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  11. Dear Mr. Watson, Walken is okay, but STURGESS is the BOMB!! Here's another vote for an amazing video created by my friend, Lucia!! Jim Sturgess - Then he kissed me. :) FG / Diane

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  12. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  13. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  14. Dear Mr. Watson, Walken is cool, but STURGESS is ohhhhhhhhhh, sooooooooooo HOT, HOT, HOT!!! So this vid gets my vote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  15. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  16. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Here are TWO more votes for Mr. Sturgess. Oo-la-la! Two votes because my daughter and I, both ginormous fans of hot British men, LOVED Stephanie Perkins's selection. Honestly, we didn't watch the Walken one, but we didn't really have to.

    So glad you're back! :)

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  17. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT HOT HOT. Another vote for HBM.

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  18. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  19. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Although the Walken video is a very good video, I would have to say the Sturgess kissing is the best video ever.

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  20. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

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  21. did i wander into a house of mirrors? i am so afraid...

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  22. Dear Mr. Watson,

    Walken is cool, but Sturgess is HOT. Here's another vote for:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvkoH6JlxM

    Sara

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  23. I read your blog and Steph's. It IS SO FUN to see such crossover like this! :D

    And I don't know your brother is also a writer! What books have he published?

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  24. Dearest Master,
    This is I, uh, think I killed my muse speaking. I was discussing the matter of you not posting on me since November the 12th with your nearly perfect, superb cook, fantastic organizer, dog walker extraordinair, extremely funny, refreshingly humble and most splendid wife, Amy. She agrees with me that there is no excuse for such neglect of your dearly beloved, meaning me, your blog, of course. I was patient with you when you had your piggy flu in September. I held out while you were inundated by company throughout October. But November, you have had virtually no excuse. You can't have been enjoying yourself outside in this putrid weather. Our followers are becoming disillusioned. There is more they want, nay, they need to hear. Rise up, I beg of you and write on.
    Yours most truly,
    your blog
    I, uh, think I killed my muse

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  25. you from your suddenly productive nanowrimo progress. Sort of like enabling, but disabling, so i feel better)
    Work from home India

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  26. Where is Ben? We need our muse! We need the writing-spurrer-on-er. Where are you, Benjamin James Watson? Did you forget your blog password? Did you break your typing fingers - all of them?
    Just throw us anything - four words, a stale breadcrumb, a rotting tomato, a slightly damp handkerchief - we will cheer, and sit at your feet as the adoring masses. Even better would be a paragraph, but we will take whatever you give us!

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  27. You're getting an award on my blog today. Feel free to ignore it... but yeah, I'd like to see an update from you!

    (Sturgess is boring. Walken is hot.)

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