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Things We Like: Comically Vintage, “Bedazzled,” and Monkey Goggles Klassics!

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Editor’s Note: Monkey Goggles turns one year old this week! Thanks so much to everyone who’s read, written for, and re-blogged this site; without you, we’re nothing but a bunch of savage baggage masters. Beginning this week, Things We Like will now feature a link to a Monkey Goggles piece you might have missed a year ago. Enjoy Monkey Goggles Klassics!

Monkey Goggles Klassics: “Kojak Didn’t Love Me” by Mark Pahlow

In which a young man and his Volkswagen Microbus encounter the late, great Telly Savalas: “Pulling out at the same moment was a beautiful, sleek black Mercedes sedan. New model, top-of-the-line. And I was blocking the exit. The window came down and Kojak leaned out to stare at me with disdain.” Read the rest here!

Comically Vintage

If you’ve every wondered why your parents and grandparents are so friggin’ weird, this Tumblr blog has the answer: It was the comic books. Comically Vintage pulls single panels from old comics and presents them out of context — though I don’t really know in which context something like this, this or this might have meant anything different than what we think it does. Comically Vintage is a virtual wellspring of sex, drugs, violence and poor table manners — and best of all, there ain’t a damn thing the CCA can do about it. – Geoff Carter

Scarecrow Video’s Pick of the Week: “Bedazzled” (1967), directed by Stanley Donen

This funny, but somewhat dated, British variation on Faust was written and performed by the comedic team of Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. Moore plays a short-order cook at a greasy spoon called Wimpy Burger who is in love with a waitress (Eleanor Bron). He makes a pact with the Devil (Cook) to win her heart in exchange for selling his soul, and this leads to several imaginative comedic fantasies in which Moore becomes everything from a housefly to a rock star. Somehow Old Scratch always finds a way to screw over the mortal, but over time, the two become friends.

Raquel Welch plays one of the seven deadly sins (“Lust,” of course), but the movie really belongs to Moore and Cook. My favorite scenes involving the two of them include the Devil doing his day-to-day activities, like getting birds to poop on people’s heads and scratching record albums. There is also a brilliant song called “Bedazzled” that Cook performs in the persona of a bored unemotional rock star. Sample lyric: “You fill me with inertia.” Hilarious! Stay away from the pointless Brendan Fraser/Elizabeth Hurley remake. – Spenser Hoyt

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  1. Small internet… one of my oldest pals is Mr. Geoff of MG and one of my dearest pals is a mastermind behind comically vintage!

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