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I’ve never made a secret of the breadth of my entertainment tastes. I take great joy in the fact that I can derive pleasure from creative works highbrow and lowbrow and everything in between. Sophisticated, sophomoric … doesn’t matter. There are many ways to engage.

What this means is that, when something devastatingly and deliberately dumb comes along, I can meet it where it lives and delight in it on its own terms.

Say, something like a biopic of a famed parody musician that turns out itself to be a parody of biopics? A film that fully embraces strangeness and stupidity in equal measure, producing something that becomes a transcendent (yet still utterly ridiculous) piece of pop culture?

Something like “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.”

The film – currently available on the Roku Channel – is directed by Eric Appel, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside the man himself, Weird Al Yankovic (Note: I acknowledge that it is customary to put “Weird” in quotes, but I won’t be doing that, because as far as I’m concerned, it is his first name). It purports to be a biopic, one that relates the rise to fame of the renowned pop parodist.

And it is – sort of.

You see, what “Weird” does is give the standard biopic the full-on Weird Al treatment. Every trope, every cliché, every bit of over-the-top nonsense you’ve ever seen in a rock and roll biopic? They’re here, but they’ve been run through the same cracked prism that has given us decades of parody songs. This movie is packed with the non sequiturs and random references that serve as the foundation of his music. It is outlandish and ridiculous and utterly bizarre.

In short, “Weird” is, well … weird.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 20:08

Weird National Briefs - (10/21/15)

Going nuts

BALTIMORE - A Baltimore man is no longer an Anne Arundel County police officer after he was charged for public intoxication and biting another man's testicles during a fight outside a bar while he was off-duty on Cinco de Mayo.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:58

Weird National Briefs - 09/10/14

Wild wedlock

MIAMI - A couple exchanged marriage vows atop a Miami hotel before rappelling down the high-rise building along with hundreds of others for a charity fundraiser.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 22:33

Weird National Briefs - 08/20/14

Giraffe gaffe

MADISON, Wis. - Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face.

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