Viral ‘Hits’ and Philip K. Dick Pics: Links You Need to See


Broad City‘s second season has been alluring audiences even more than its first, exuberantly expanding the wild world in which it takes place (Gowanus, apparently, at least according to the wisdom of a giant tooth who now has his own Twitter account). This season, Abbi and Ilana have pegged, endured swamp-ass, exploited unpaid labor, cleaned up after rogue exercise balls covered in vomit, and sent perfectly innocent friends into the dangerous territory of Frozen Yogurt fortress “42 Squirts.” But despite their consistently brilliant tackling of risqué topics like fro-yo, co-creator/star Ilana Glazer says, in a new interview with The Daily Dot, “Risk-taking isn’t really on our radar when we’re creating. We just wanted to make the show something we’d want to watch and laugh out loud at.” She also reveals their dream guest-star. Read the interview here.

Comedians sure love talking. Especially when journalists make them talk. Another excellent case of a journalist making a comedian talk — an interview, let’s call it — is this piece with David Cross, formerly an aspiring Blue Man, now an accomplished indie film writer/director (accomplished insomuch as he completed a film, though the film, Hits, which skewers viral video culture, hasn’t exactly been well-received). One consistent critique was about Cross’ perceived lack of sympathy towards his viral fame-hungry characters, and in this new VICE interview, Cross addresses that, saying:

I guess that’s why there’s movies like Frozen and Fifty Shades of Grey [laughs], so those people can feel good when they walk out of the theater. “He was mean. He didn’t like his characters.” That’s an absurd critique. [ laughs]

But perhaps you’re more into cerebral period dramas that merit corporeal critical clichés like “bone-chilling” and “it’ll shake you to the core!” than zeitgeist-roasting satire. Or perhaps you’re simply into movies that have been deemed Oscar-worthy over movies that have received the filmmaker-terrorizing instant stigma of the Rotten Tomatoes’ rotten tomato stamp. If that’s the case, check out this interview with Ida writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski, in which the director explains the origins of the film, the casting of first-time actress Agata Trzebuchowska, and Polish cinema.

Lastly, A.V. Club stumbled upon an archive of 600 covers of Philip K. Dick novels from around the world, which includes, for example, 29 versions of Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?. If you’re a Philip K. Dick fan, or merely a fan of clicking mindlessly through attractive/grotesque images, these are sure to provide you a good, awestruck hour’s worth of entertainment.