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Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island trailer

This is unlike anything Scorsese has done before. Watch the trailer here.

Forgotten Places

Forgotten Places from ?Zac Boyet?.

A textbook for future horror film set designers.

Love Hurts

A horror film that can scare you straight.

Watch it.

Ida’s Luck

Beautifully storytelling of a little girl with dark eyes and mysterious powers.

Part one & two. More Skary. (thanks T. Storm)

The Look

A lot of interesting choices in writing, pacing and acting.

Watch it – via HD Tools

Best Online Videos for 2008

We have posted some wonderful stuff this year, our annual best-of list gives us a chance to celebrate some of them. Dek has a great round up of his favorites. Also, our 2006, 2007 lists.

Shorts

Best Short: Glory at Sea – A 25 minute tour de force that uses a contemporary tragedy (Katrina disaster) to create a powerful myth that seems as old as the hills.

Special Mentions:

Best Stop Motion: Illuminant – To experience this on a big screen like I did at Carrboro Film Festival was incredible.

We posted quite a few innovative stop-motion video including Lucia & Adjustment

Best Short Doc: Bullet Proof Vest

Best Hidden Product Placement: The Ramp

Best Acting in Shorts: R.L. Jackson & Tori Lee in Remember When

Best Abstract film: Pencil Face

Also:

Special mentions for Animations:

Web

Best Web Video: Dr. Horrible – It is nice to see big name talent doing web content. It certainly lived up to the hype. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come.

Special mentions:

Music Video

Best Music video: Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal – After a year full of shocking videos, especially in content, the one video that haunted me was Sean Pecknold‘s animated classic. Simple in style, resonant story and a great fuckin’ song.

Sexiest Music Video of the year: Toe Jam

Special mentions Music videos:

Commercials

Best Commercial: JC Penney: Aviator – Also the cutest video of the year. The direction is pitch perfect.

Other awards

Best Interview of the Year: Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin – Unintentionally hilarious that changed the course of the presidential elections.

Best Parody: SNL’s version of Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin – Saturday Night Live came back with a bang. Even more wicked than the original.

Best Online Radio: This American Life: Super

Note: Some of these videos were not released in 2008, they are included here because this is when we discovered them.

All Apologies

Hilarious little short by Marc Milstein about the excessive amount of apologies in social interactions. The lead actors (Michael Capes & Jason Shipman) are simply awesome. Get them a show already!

Watch it.

Dr. Horrible

Josh Whedon, writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, directs this videoblog/show starring Neil Patrick Harris. Be a little patient because it picks up from its slow start wonderfully.  A clever tale with ample amounts of wit.

Watch itdownload it on iTunes.

This is an incredibly successful internet phenomenon (making it to the Time’s Best Inventions of 2008!!). A couple of thoughts:

The fine art of poisoning

A delicate and lovely dense macabre exploring one of the darkest of human aberrant notions: how easy it would be to poison a person. Domonkos masterfully mixes old and macabre footage providing a gentle chill to the complacent. Is that a real photo of a corpse mixed in with his lovely animation? The thought is there for those who choose to think it.

Watch it. (Quicktime)

More Bill Domonkos at Lumen Eclipse as well as at his place.

Les dents de la nuit

And here’s a different take on vampires and movie titles.

The sequence was lovely crafted at Deubal, while the movie is the debut feature of Stephen Cafiero and Vincent Lobelle AKA Les Elvis.

Watch. (MPEG-4)

Download. (Huge MOV)

Digital Kitchen’s True Blood Opening sequence

From the same people that brought the Six Feet Under opening sequence comes the new opening for HBO’s new show True Blood.

Watch it – via Kottke (which has more info on its roots)

Ten Kens – Bearfight!

Boy! It gets your blood boiling. Though there are quite a lot of intellectual ideas hiding underneath the surface, it remains visceral.

Watch it.

Postman always rings twice

I watched it again, expecting to be bored, after all I knew how it ends. But the plot and story were so incredibly thrilling that I once again started to fall into suspense. The elaborate plot never felt too fast or too confusing. If you have never seen it, you should.

IMDB page.

Gordian worms: Suicide worms

This is so creepy. Poor little crickets.

Fucking Hell

Slow tracking shots through hellish scenes. The ending is mysterious and resonant.

Watch it (via Giavasan’s Horror post)

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