A Guide to Looking Kind of Like Ryan Gosling; The Expensive Phones of 1989
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Bringing out your inner Gosling, Radio Shack cell phones coast a bundle in 1989, and a very loud James Bond smashup to alarm your co-workers.
There was a time -- call it last summer-- when a man named Jimmy who kind of resembles a less severe Ryan Gosling would post a funny, self-aware YouTube video on how to look like Ryan Gosling. "He doesn't look like Ryan Gosling!" people would have shrieked. Commenters would suggest Jimmy was just jealous about not being the greatest actor of his generation, or scoring the lead in The Ides of March, which come February would be breaking All About Eve's record for most Academy Award nominations. How things have changed! Now is a better time, though Drive remains terrific. But Jimmy's right: Ryan Gosling is kind of silly. Which feels good to say, unless you're saying it like Ryan Gosling, in which case, you're probably enunciating your words too much. It needs to be like talking with a mouth full of bananas. [joeythompson21 via The Awl]
The "NSFW" warning is a helpful public service, but lately we've been wondering if it needs to become more specific. Take this somewhat new, minute-long clip of all 22 James Bond movies playing at the same time. There's nothing obscene or suggestive in it: It's just very loud, which is to be expected when you have multiple helicopter chases taking place at a given moment. It's safe for work, but only if you have headphones. It's HSFW. [MJCMJCJM via Movieline]
In 1989, Radio Shack was selling its cheapest cell phone ever. It cost $799 and was gigantic. In today's market, this would be absurd, but 1989 was a different time. People owned powerboats and drove them recklessly. A $800 mobile phone was well within the average Scoutmaster's budget. George H.W. Bush was president, and a little movie called Rain Man would soon capture America's heart. It was a good time to be be alive, financially speaking. [Crommy5]
Another thing about the 1980s: People made Rambo movies. Real Rambo movies, not nostalgic ones where Rambo won't stop whining about how he doesn't want to be Rambo anymore. Rick Santorum tried to capitalize on the character -- the good Rambo -- with an ad that dubbed rival Mitt Romney "Rombo." Jimmy Kimmel's proposed response for Romney involved making the lame jokes people make about Rick Santorum, which as Kimmel points out, isn't really a joke -- or even an interesting thing to note about the vagaries of Google. Then he makes it anyway, which we probably should have expected, but did not. [JimmyKimmelLive]