Parking Lot Movies

A surprising number of great short films have been made in parking lots. I'm not certain why. I can't think of a less likely place to find an interesting story or make something good -- but they keep popping up.

For instance, just the other day, like ten of my friends shared this music video called WHOLE FOODS PARKING LOT. Anyone who shops there regularly but hasn't quite made peace with themselves about it will be able to relate. This was shot at my local Whole Foods, where it is indeed getting real.

Before YouTube was even a glint in a programmer's eye, a fellow named Eman Laerton was making videos called YOU HAVE BAD TASTE IN MUSIC, in which he punks the fans of lame bands while they're waiting to get into various venues/arenas/thunderdomes for a concert. The Linkin Park edition is pretty classic.

THE PARKING LOT MOVIE is a feature-length documentary that follows a group of somewhat disgruntled, over-educated parking lot attendants in Charlottesville, Virginia. Actually, "follows" isn't quite the right word, since they never really go anywhere. But it is very funny, the attendants are full of startling observations, and it's a surprisingly enjoyable film. A little NSFW language in this trailer:

Probably the first "parking lot" movie was HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT, in which a curious filmmaker hangs out in the parking lot of a rock arena before a Judas Priest concert, talking with tailgating metal fans. It's only gotten more classic over the years. A postcard from the lost 80s!

HANDS ON A HARDBODY is about people in Texas who compete to win a pickup truck by seeing who can stand in a parking lot and touch it the longest. It goes on for days and days, and becomes an incredible test of willpower.

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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

Cover art for Laura Kumin's forthcoming cookbook

Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.


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