The Year of Frying (Butter) Dangerously: Snarky’s Machine Edition!
Fry Butt – as the cool cats call it – began on a quiet March evening, sparked by a post I’d written earlier on Snarky’s Machine. After an enthusiastic, albeit shaky, start this little quirky pop culture blog turned into a something special. Tell me where else you’ll find a cohort of smart, irreverent group of talent writers. Oh sure you might find a few places, but my guess is those places are riddled with unexamined -ism fail! At any rate, this place is the home of some fierce ass pop culture analysis, by a bunch of hard working, loyal and dedicated folks who are bringing you the lulz for free, peeps! Recognize!
“This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: What I Really Want to Do is Sing!” – There’s nothing more terrifying (or lulz inducing) than actors of dubious talents leveraging those charms in another arena.
“The Big Pineapple Cart” – Nabokov, a misheard lyric and the love of a good index card!
“Security the Wilford Brimley Way: It’s the Right Thing to Do” – If you like seeing oatmeal peddlers getting their menace on while providing helpful tips this is the post for you.
“Spending Every Dime to Keep You Shopping in the Line: Grocery Store DJ – I love musical posts. I love the music that’s often heard in grocery stores. Raymond managed to provide both in this hilarious and astute analysis of why we always hear, “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” while browsing selections in the frozen foods aisle.
“Bread, Eggs, Milk and Herzog: The Movie To-Do List” – A perfect example of what Fry Butt – and Raymond J – do best: providing a unique framework in which to examine a subject. Saying what everyone else is thinking, but hasn’t managed to say out loud.
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“Lost and the Rules of Television” – Dean hit the ground running with his first guest post for Fry Butt. A fascinating analysis of television! It’s hard to pick just one of Dean’s comprehensive television posts so hopefully I didn’t pick the wrong one.
“Movies Made So the Stars Could Do It! Happy Birthday Brad Pitt!” – Hilarious, astute and careful analysis of the phenomena of stars hooking up on the set! Bonus, it’s about Brad Pitt.
“Your Friday Five: Netflix Instant View you should, uh… view” – Despite being better known as our resident music critic, Poplife boasts a dazzling array of cinema knowledge that she doesn’t often showcase here (sad trombones). Also she has real good taste in cinema!
“Your Friday Five #13: Lucky you.” – Every entry in Poplife’s, “Your Friday Five” series is on point. This one’s a fave because I love its interconnectedness. That was some new ass hotness!
“Hoaxsters, fakesters, and the lure of . . . TLC?” – As the resident pop culture sociologist, Everett’s talent for sharp analysis shines in this post about the infamous “Balloon Boy” hoax. Beyond a rehash of the events, his piece critiques the fascination with spectacle and the public’s enduring love/hate relationship with hoaxes.
“How to Get Hooked on NCIS” – Television writing on Fry Butt is never cookie cutter, even when discussing the incredibly popular. We always manage to find a unique entry point and Everett eschewed the normal, “Here are my favorite ___” when presenting a compelling argument as to why we should all be watching NCIS. I’m hooked on the LA version. Does that count?
“Be Prepared: Disaster Movie 101” – While the incomparable Miss Fierce is off revitalizing the often stale genre of beauty and fashion blogging, Fry Butt is forever grateful to her for breaking down the Disaster Movie tropes! Don’t worry, she’s still with us and pops in from time to time!
“Weird Science Wednesdays: Pseudoscience Edition” – In addition to disaster movies, fashion and Theirry Mulger, Tasha curates a weekly science series with often freaky and always hilarious (sometimes disturbing) results.
“This is why we can’t have nice things, breaking news edition: Liz Phair’s new song ‘Bollywood'” – Chriso transformed the ongoing snarky TiWWCHNT series. His blistering and brilliant take down of Phair’s song even got mentioned in the LA Times music blog Pop Hiss!
“Emma Watson’s Smart Haircut” – A fan and google search term favorite. A stylist by trade, Chriso presents the most compelling argument for going short and sassy at least once in one’s life!
“In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream: How Hard Do You Like Your Sci-Fi?” – Raymond already touched on s.e.’s brilliant posts on the funeral industry so I thought I’d hit up another fave: ou’s sci-fi analysis. Again, another example of a writer posing a sharp, obvious question nobody’s thought to ask before!
“There’s ‘Spoiler Averse,’ and Then There’s Whatever the Hell This Is” – One of the most cogent arguments regarding common sense as it relates to the polarizing topic of spoilers.
“TV Flashback Tuesdays: WB’s “Oh What a Night” – Pop Scribblings has been a rare find! Her posts are frequently filled with treasure hunting goodness and we are kindred in that regard. Oh how I adore this post! The bad dancing, the awkward pairings…so delicious.
“What Are Your Pop Culture Quirks?” – I know it’s already been mentioned, but damn it, it’s just that good!
Our part-time and contained series contributors are like visiting relatives you actually like! They show up bearing glorious pop culture goodies. “Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl” by the wonderful Eieioj transported us back to childhood memories of Dahl’s quirky books and a few delicious bits of trivia! “Music Movie Monday: The “punk rock prom queens” of Josie and the Pussycats” by Alyx was a sweet, smart, sharply written unpacking of the 27th birthday curse (as it relates to rock stars) and celebrating her own birthday. Heather Eff’s fascinating glimpse into early days of animation, “Digging for Square Roots” was a breathtaking piece of pop culture writing and one of my favorite pieces of pop culture analysis of the year.
And last but certainly not least – to me anyway – there is Fry Butt’s technical support stalwart Redlami! His post, “Everything Old Is New Again: Toy Story 3 Recycles Pop Culture” serves a fitting ending point for this post. It’s one of our most frequently viewed posts and as much as it pains me to say this – I am not a Pixar fan – Toy Story 3 absolutely gets my vote for the best film of 2010.
Did I miss anything (anyone)?