Show of hands: Who needs a break from it all? Who could use a light-hearted respite from political theater, unspeakable tragedy, and sweltering weather with a handful of funny and awesome videos? Well, we’re here to help.
From Fred Armisen lending his pipes to a new animated film to a honest answer to all the Ghostbusters haters, here are the five best videos from this week you need to watch.
1. Fred Armisen in Phantom Boy
Phantom Boy, the new animated film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris, hits theaters this week and has been earning rave reviews for its moving story and stunning hand-drawn animation. And if one of the voices in the English-language version sounds familiar, that might be because Portlandia and Documentary Now! star Fred Armisen lends his pipes to a cast that also includes Vincent D’Onofrio and Jared Padalecki. Check out the trailer above, and look for the film out today in select theaters.
2. Maron Meets Hellboy
Marc Maron ended his IFC series Maron this week after four amazing seasons. Joining him for the two-episode series finale was Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. Watch Ron and guest M.C. Gainey offer Marc some manly advice in the clip above, and stream the series finale right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.
3. Little Girl Reenacts Matthew McConaughey’s Car Commercials
The concept of “time being a flat circle” makes much more sense than the rambling and inscrutable Lincoln commercials featuring True Detective star Matthew McConaughey, who’s now replaced by a pint-sized road philosopher in this shot-for-shot parody. Trading the Lincoln SUV for a Barbie jeep, the little girl adopts a thousand-yard stare and rambles incoherently about vehicular existentialism.
4. Samuel L. Jackson’s Game of Thrones Recap
The land of dragons and direwolves gets a foul-mouthed assessment from the baddest snake-hater in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson. Games of Thrones newbies and experts alike will benefit from the six-season refresher, which perfectly encapsulates the beheadings and back-stabbings (both literal and figurative) by a guy who’s no stranger to laying vengeance upon unsuspecting victims.
5. Honest Trailers: Ghostbusters II
Opening this week, the third installment of this beloved franchise has been tainted by misogynistic, fan-frenzied offense to the gender of the lead characters — long before a frame of film had been shot. But the merits of the threequel aside, anyone who’s seen the 1989 follow-up to the classic original can readily admit that Ghostbusters II isn’t without its share of glaring flaws. Check out Honest Trailers’ take on the uneven sequel, underscoring how nostalgia can make us wear rose-colored infrared goggles.