Tumblr is a sad, intangible corner of the world that answers questions you never wanted to ask. Much like one might wander into a 19th century opium den and discover the town’s police chief among its dribbling denizens, so too might you log into Tumblr and discover that a lot of intelligent people think that a photograph of an attractive, mermaid-haired twenty-something doing literally anything warrants some kind of poignant, emotional response. I’m sure they’re all lovely, and they all look very presentable, but at this point, I feel I’ve learned all I can learn from the tall, brunette faery eating multi-coloured cereal at the beach, or the greyscale, vaguely-Spanish-looking, oiled-up young woman in her underwear.
If, like me, you have watched many terrible films but you also enjoy laughing, you would do well to watch American Dad’s indie film parody episode of a few weeks ago, which sends up garbage like Garden State, Adventureland and Into the Wild. For reasons that I am too tired and ineloquent to list, it has to be among the best American Dad episodes I’ve seen, and the best parody of a genre that generates hundreds. Hilariously beautiful direction, spot-on music, and a plot that could probably be sold as a legitimate movie.