Welcome to “Thanks, Internet” — a weekly feature in which we share the five best things we saw online over the past week.
This week: seawater under the microscope, sexy Duck Tales, reviewing movie critics, tiny burritos, and farewell to Mr. Smee.
1. The Secret Life of Seawater
This highly magnified view of a single drop of seawater shows there's a whole lot of life that never meets the eye. The enhanced photo, posted on Colossal and attributed to National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager, will make you marvel at the invisible and extraordinary biodiversity that abounds. Or feel a little squeamish about a lifetime of swallowed seawater. Soylent Green is people and the ocean is mostly plankton.
2. Slow Jamming Duck Tales
I didn't know I needed to hear a new take on the Duck Tales theme song until I did. It probably helped that Scott Bradlee and his pals slowed Huey, Dewey, and Louie's entrance music down some. Is it weird that a Disney cartoon's theme song from the late 80s sounds dead sexy under the cover of Bradlee's band? Yes. It's weird, I like it, and I can't imagine listening to the original without thinking of this far superior cover. Scott and friends plan on doing this every week, by the way.
3. Criticize This
Vocativ exacted revenge on the most prominent movie critics across the country this week with Screening for Hacks, a statistical review of the reviewers. Which critics love to hate? Which critics are all thumbs? Are any of them on the money, giving each film a fair shot? Vocativ's chart essentially suggests that you should trust your gut, Colbert-style. Least Discerning goes to Steve Persall at The Tampa Bay Times, for his "unchecked raves for near-universally panned bombs like Gulliver’ Travels, The Tourist and The A-Team,... which he described as 'literally a blast'."
Vocativ say Persall isn't completely at fault: "He might simply love everything because he lives in Tampa, and 'it’s just too hot outside for anything in air-conditioning to disappoint.'"
4. Tiny Hamsters, Tiny Burritos
Even if you wanted to, there was really no avoiding this wonderfully pointless video this week.
5. R.I.P. Mr. Smee
It's been a tough year for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. We lost our Uncle Phil. We lost our Uncle Egon. And this week, we lost Mr. Smee. Bob Hoskins died at the age of 71. He elevated the quality of everything he touched, including the above music video for Jamie T's "Sheila." Fans spent much of the week passing around his finest movie moments, along with a number of great interviews. Here, Hoskins recalled how difficult it was to forget Roger Rabbit while filming Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the mid 80s:
“I think I went a bit mad while working on that,” he said. “Lost my mind. The voice of the rabbit was there just behind the camera all the time. You had to know where the rabbit would be at every angle. Then there was Jessica Rabbit and all these weasels. The trouble was, I had learnt how to hallucinate.”
Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Walt Disney Pictures)
Thanks to Jody Avirgan and Andres O'Hara-Plotnik.