Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Meet Kumail's film blog

Hi. I want to take a quick moment to single out a recent addition to my blog links in that right-hand column. It's a movie blog written by my friend and Grinnell College roommate Kumail Nanjiani (pictured). It's very funny, and has gotten some fun discussions/arguments going about films.

The blog is entitled The Wilhelm Scream, and is named after a long-used Hollywood sound effect of the same name. First used in the film Distant Drums in 1951, and likely voiced by actor/musician Sheb Wooley of "Purple People Eater" fame, it was resurrected and popularized by sound designer Ben Burtt for Star Wars in 1977. Since then, it's been used in six Star Wars films, four Indiana Jones films, at least two Tarantino films, and countless others. You've heard it, trust me.

Anyway, if you like movies and/or words that are placed together in humorous combination, do check out Kumail's blog. And if you're in NYC, seek out Kumail's stand-up comedy performances.

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