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The Kingdom

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Motionographer caught the opening titles for The Kingdom, which also seem to be the best part of the movie…

An entertaining and informative sequence which focuses on the United States’ involvement in Saudi Arabia during the last century, realized at PIC Agency.

Watch it. (Flash Video, Quicktime)

Halo 3 Ad – “Believe”

Halo3 Ad - “Believe”

Videogame ads are so cliche. There are usually two types: 1) Noisy ones that throw everything and the kitchen sink down your throat at once, more is good mentality 2) Suspense thrillers that look and feel like movie trailers, deep baritone voices with a lot of fades to black.

The Halo ad is striking because there is not much kinetic action, only potential energy. Long cuts with little or no movements from the action figures. Instead the camera floats around the stillness of action. Mid-explosions in their ball-like ready-to-blow-everything-to-pieces stage is always a cool effect. The detail of the scenery only sells the game even more. The music and the “character’s” faces are extremely powerful. Dare I say, even more heroic than human faces.

Watch itmore info on ad – via HD for Indies

Update: Interesting Wikipedia entry on the marketing. (Thanks Morey). Directed by  Rupert Sanders.

Gondry’s ad for Motorola

This ad ain’t cool, has no reason or rhyme, barely mentions the product, alludes to a service but it does have, most importantly, plenty of fun.

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Dan Le Sac: Thou Shalt Always Kill

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Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-English speaking countries as to those that occur in English speaking countries.

It was about time that somebody that somebody shook dust from the ten commandments. Obviously, since our society is a little more complicated than 5000 years ago, they’re not just ten anymore.

The video was directed by Nick Frew. (previously: Just)

Download. (Quicktime)

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Interview with the director. (HTML)

Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip on their track. (Flash Video)

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Sanitkasan

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“Stridently contemporary story about a self-destroying mechanical character and pathological voraciousness not only of cyber civilisation but of our society in general.”

The author is Ondrej Svadlena.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Spot Time

Keep on Smiling: “Suck it Up and Smile!” says Darryl Ward. Uhm, OK…

It’s Magic: The “everyday kind of magic” as seen by Nicolai Fuglsig.

Bravia’s 3rd act: not the real commercial, but a teaser for it. Don’t know how a good idea it is. I mean: they already showed me their tricks. Now they really need to pull a huge rabbit from their hat…

Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier

watch Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier

This has been flying all over the internet, never realized there were so many Anderson fans. Hotel Chevalier is a teaser / short for Anderson’s upcoming film Darjeeling Limited. The short stars Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. The preceding hype for this short was Natalie Portman’s nudity. The hype isn’t disappointing.

The bigger question in regards to Darjeeling Limited was whether Wes Anderson can expand his quirky style. Can it be more substantial? The last two films were disappointing even to me, an Anderson fan and more specifically a Bottle Rocket afficionado. Since Rushmore, Anderson seems to have added spectacle to his quirkiness. I don’t blame him, Hollywood is ready to pay him anything to see his vision. But that isn’t what Bottle Rocket or Rushmore were like. There were about the smallness in people. Small battles, with no significance, happening in some small little place. I think Darjeeling Limited is a return to those roots. I hope so at least.

What struck me as Hotel Chevalier started to play was how much I missed Anderson’s quirkiness. I savored every taste, I dreaded the quickly approaching end. His style is so pleasant, not in a television-comfortableness kinda way. More like how you wish the world would be. Silly surface with a tinge of seriousness that is only appears when connected with love. Unlike the truth where it is serious on surface and silliness never nearly makes an appearance.

I share Anderson’s love for lonely hotel rooms (another reason I love Bottle Rocket). On trips, I enjoy the first look-around in a hotel room or spending elongated time in silence & darkness ruminating. I love imagining there is intense drama happening on the other side of the wall. I love the borrowed space and Anderson loves it too. The third character in this is the Hotel. And boy, what a hotel, it stinks of intimate decadence.

Schwartzman seems to have two acting styles: one for Anderson films and one for the others. His eyebrows mimic a child pretending to be serious. It works! Portman has done so many crappy films in a row, I forgot she can act. Good to see her live up to some of that potential.

The link is to the free download at the iTunes store (the link open iTunes automagically). This means that iTunes has to be installed on your computer. I am sure it will be popping in other places very soon, when it does, we will add it here.

Watch it

Update: It is available on Google video. Dead.

Here’s a full quality version on Megavideo, found by Noctos. Thanks! Dead

Update 2: LaTimes interview with Wes Anderson on the movie.

Re-update: Available again in Flash Video.

LCD Soundsystem – “Someone Great”

LCD Soundsystem - “Someone Great”

Among the attractive NY faces, a silhouetted figure quietly walks likes through like a ghost. The feeling of loss, which the song aspires to address, is overwritten by the feeling of someone choosing to be alone. The idea of silhouetting the lead character is quite effective, I wonder if it would worked better for a different song or with a more plot driven set of actions because she is so expressionless. Beautiful nevertheless, I am sure we will see this idea recycled very soon.

Watch it – via antville

1-2-3 / Apple Tree

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An extremely cute video for Herman Dune’s single, first of a series directed by Toben Seymour. Also starring Larry Hankin.

Download. (Quicktime)

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Bonus:  La Blogothèque take-away show.

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Aspiring Spotmaker Anyone?

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Next month, Raging Artists will launch a long-planned initiative to use their web pages as a showcase for spec work from people in – and aspiring to enter – the world of advertising promotion, commercials production and post.

Full details coming in October, but I thought somebody out there could be interested.

Read the whole post here.

The “Hello Dear” Guy…

Stephen Colbert about the top five best known Americans in the world.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Comic Strip with Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot

I prefer Bardot as a blonde but here is a music video from 1968. A fun silly video that still comes off as cool.

Watch it

A good story’s has 3 acts

Ludo invents finds a strange and funny story in the classical 3 act structure. Aristotle would be proud.

Read and Watch.

Videos featuring the newest dance craze: Tecktonik

Tecktonik is supposedly taking over the streets of Paris:

Tecktonik, judged by the videos on YouTube and displays at the Techno Parade, is a mix of break-dancing, hip hop and techno, featuring flailing arms and quick foot movements.

Here is the most viewed video at Youtube when searching for “Tecktonik”. And here is a new music video that shows off some that potential. (via mesimagesquibougent)

Otsu

A beautiful animated short from Supinfocom 2003 vintage, where an old mad scientist tries to reach for the moon.

Watch it. (MPEG-4)

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