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( I love Justine Bateman, OK? And it’s not because she’s picked up hipster cache since her halcyon days on Family Ties; nor because she’s a licensed pilot; nor because she has her own clothing line; nor because she testified before Congress is support of net neutrality; nor because she did a funny turn on Arrested Development; nor because she’s even more smoking-hot now, at age 44, than when she traded comic jabs with Michael J. Fox in 1982. No, I love Justine Bateman because the always-fashionable actress could rock a pair of shoulder pads like no one before or since. Tumblr blog, Mallory’s Clothes, which is posting every one of Bateman’s Family Ties outfits in chronological order, proves my point—and it even goes as far as calling one of Bateman’s padded-shoulder sweaters “fashionably engorged.” Mallory Keaton, I would happily put my head on your shoulder. Not a metaphor.

TO THE BATMOBILE, LET’S GO “Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed!” With these immortal words did Adam West and Burt Ward fire up the mighty Batmobile, the third best-looking thing on the original 1966-68 Batman television show (after Julie Newmar, of course, and Cesar Romero). The Batmobile, a custom-built hot rod based on the chassis of a Lincoln Futura Show Car with the engine and transmission of a Ford Galaxie, was one sick, sweet mother of a mover onscreen and a creaking, stalling piece of shit in real life. That’s not the case with the custom Batmobiles built by Fiberglass Freaks of Logansport, Ind., however—these exact, licensed replicas, a steal at $150,000 apiece, have GM 350 crate engines and all manner of working accessories, including the belch of flame that issues from the exhaust. Look, you may never buy one of these; either you have the money and no desire, or vice versa. But it’s all kinds of fun to look at the Batmobiles in motion on the Fiberglass Freaks page, and to softly sing the theme music to yourself. Da na na na na na na na

“HI, SALLY” Last month brought sad Hollywood news: Quentin Tarantino’s longtime film editor Sally Menke—the great artist who trimmed down Tarantino’s rambling narratives into the concentrated punch of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds—died in a hiking accident. This short video of outtakes from Inglourious Basterds, taken from the Basterds DVD, is a fitting tribute to Sally—it features actors from the movie blowing their lines, looking into the camera and saying, “Hi, Sally.” Mike Myers, in particular, seems to blow his lines on purpose just so he can say hello.

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In Waiting for ‘Superman,’ documentarian Davis Guggenheim petitions the same level of cultural awareness about American education myths as his film An Inconvenient Truth delivered regarding global warming. The filmmakers methodically explore America’s public education crisis with data and graphs that show how the majority of U.S. high schools have become “drop-out factories.” With U.S. students’ math scores lagging behind 30 other countries, you know we’re in trouble.