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Watch: We haven't yet mastered jet pack technology, "The Thing" gets a prequel, and Sean Bean dies a hundred deaths

By Drew Grant
Published July 15, 2011 4:30PM (EDT)

1. "The Thing," revisited:

John Carpenter's epic movie wasn't really in need of a prequel, but since that icy horror flick was actually a remake of "The Thing From Another World," we can't blame these guys (the producers of "Dawn of the Dead"?) for thinking they could improve upon perfection.

2. Sean Bean dies:

Over, and over, and over. Man, Sean Bean cannot make it to the end of a movie... or a TV show.

Also, the sad piano music behind this video is really effective. Look, I know he was bad in "Goldeneye," okay? I just have some... dust in my eye.

3. Senior Center lipdub:

Now this is more like it! The Clark Retirement Community is boasting its first senior-only lip synching music video. I mean, okay, it's to Michael Buble (he of "Russian Unicorn" fame), but it's still really cool.

4. He's the Rocketman:

We can laugh now, Mr. Fox 5, but I wonder how many of these homemade jet pack accidents occurred after "The Rocketeer" came out in 1991? Just because we didn't have YouTube doesn't mean it didn't happen.

I predict this is the new grape stomping video of 2011.

5. Gorilla films itself:

Look, I'm not out to criticize a silverback, but doesn't this gorilla know that the best social commentary would be if he turned the camera around and trained it on the zoo employees?

Yeah... think about it.

Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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