Radiohead In Double Rainbows

07/05/2010

yosemitebear really likes rainbows, and that’s a good thing. Especially when their enthusiasm matches up so well with  appropriate musical material.

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Raiders Meets Star Wars

07/04/2010

This is something I totally missed in 2006. What a delightful edit!

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I found this looking for an image of the scene where Threepio is adding dead Jawas to the burning pile in the original Star Wars. I’d never really noticed it before tonight, but as I watch it on Spike TV, Artoo appears to be really close to the fire, relishing it. Can’t really blame him after what they put him through, but it’s eerie to me now, watching him watch his tormentors burn while remaining silent and contemplative… He’s still my favorite character.

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Apple of My Eye

07/02/2010

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Majek Pictures presents “Apple of My Eye” directed by Michael Koerbel

Another example of the current technological revolution, you can now shoot beautifully rendered scenes, edit them, and upload them to the Internet all from one device. The iPhone 4G. I just may have to get me one of those, after all.

Don’t miss the making-of, following this delightful short.


The Best Cinematic Insults

07/01/2010

The dramatic/comedic use of The Insult goes back to the Greeks. It’s a timeless language tool that, when well-penned, enables characters to skewer one another in the most hurtful, brutally truthful, and sometimes blunt ways possible. And the movies are no exception. In fact, some of the best insults ever are preserved in our contemporary Greek comedies and tragedies called Film.

Obviously NSFW material, and if you’re a herder of nerfs, you may be sensitive to at least one of these classic insults.

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0’00 – Roxanne, Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Gleaming the Cube, The Princess Bride, A Fish Called Wanda, The Empire Strikes Back, The Wizard of Oz, Casino, Three Amigos, A Clockwork Orange

1’05 – Dolemite, Glengarry Glen Ross, Bad Santa, The Witches of Eastwick, The Big Lebowski, In Bruges, Full Metal Jacket, There Will Be Blood

2’05 – Toy Story, Casablanca, Encino Man, The Women, Predator, Army of Darkness, They Live, Uncle Buck, Big Trouble in Little China, New Jack City, Billy Madison

3’00 – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Departed, Carlito’s Way, In the Loop, Glengarry Glen Ross, Stand By Me, Grosse Pointe Blank, Duck Soup, Caddyshack, Planes Trains & Automobiles

4’00 – South Park, Napoleon Dynamite, Mean Girls, The Breakfast Club, As Good as It Gets, The 6th Day, Step Brothers, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Full Metal Jacket, City Slickers, Road House, True Grit, Shot Circuit

5’00 – Raging Bull, The Usual Suspects, Snatch, Caddyshack, The Last Boy Scout, Ghostbusters, The Sandlot, As Good as It Gets

6’00 – 48 Hrs, In Bruges, Silver Streak, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Fish Called Wanda, Goodfellas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Mist, Trading Places

7’00 – The Warriors, Point Break, Gangs of New York, Reservoir Dogs, The Breakfast Club, The Cowboys, Full Metal Jacket, Dodgeball, Donnie Darko, Scarface, The Good the Bad and the Ugly

8’00 – Anchorman, Tropic Thunder, Sexy Beast, In the Loop, Get Shorty, Blazing Saddles, The Way of the Gun, Blade: Trinity, Clerks, The Boondock Saints, The Exorcist, What About Bob?, Weird Science

9’00 – Con Air, True Romance, In the Loop, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Lake Placid, The Front, Gone with the Wind

via Cynical-C |   Related: The Insult-O-Matic


Free Online: Lords of Dogtown

06/07/2010

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I hadn’t seen Catherine Hardwick’s adaptation of Stacy Peralta’s documentary, Z-Boys and Dogtown, since it came out in theaters; I had kind of forgotten how awesome it is. From the cinematic style and period-piece ascetic of the clothes, the cars, and of course, those old-school skateboards, to the fine acting jobs (particulary Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch), this film tells a great story of Seventies glory.

I remember seeing this and thinking Emile should play Kurt Cobain in a biopic, or maybe River Phoenix. Acting chops aside, his skateboarding skills are nothing to sneeze at, either.

And at this moment we can watch it on Crackle, with limited ads, but otherwise free. Highly recommended if you like movies that rock. The endpiece is especially poignant and cool. So, if you’re interested, here it is. (UPDATE: no longer available. Sorry, folks.)

Awesome random cast members: Rebecca De Mornay, Johnny Knoxville, and Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner.


Secrets of the French Connection Chase Scene

05/12/2010

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This clip features William Friedkin being interviewed by AFI about the making of The French Connection, particularly the iconic, frenetic, and wonderfully edited chase scene. I had heard that they filmed it on location in New York without telling anyone, but Friedkin has a hilarious story about the elevated train, and how they pulled off filming on it for an hour.

And now, the fruit of their efforts.

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Dry Fish by Andy Martin

05/11/2010

This is probably the only song (besides Carl Sagan mashups) I find favorable that utilizes auto-tune. And the animation isn’t half-bad, either. It’s like Dr. Seuss meets Dr. Who.

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