This is unlike anything Scorsese has done before. Watch the trailer here.
A textbook for future horror film set designers.
A horror film that can scare you straight.
Beautifully storytelling of a little girl with dark eyes and mysterious powers.
A lot of interesting choices in writing, pacing and acting.
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.
Best Stop Motion: Illuminant – To experience this on a big screen like I did at Carrboro Film Festival was incredible.
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
Special mentions for Animations:
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.
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:
- How much of a woman
- Damien Jurado – Caskets
- Bjork – Wanderlust
- MGMT – Time to Pretend
- The New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour
Best Commercial: JC Penney: Aviator – Also the cutest video of the year. The direction is pitch perfect.
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.
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!
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.
This is an incredibly successful internet phenomenon (making it to the Time’s Best Inventions of 2008!!). A couple of thoughts:
- Length. People keep saying the shorter is better online. This has been true but the internet is evolving and with it the perception that the internet is some sort of distraction from other forms of media will change. I can’t wait, very promising for storytellers.
- Whedon said it was a small budget with the budget in the low six figure amount. Yes, I am with you when you say “that is a small budget”. But this is clearly an investment. This video series will be a full fledged something. This is just the beginning.
- I hadn’t heard about it till the Time’s article. But Googling the show, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that this is megahit. Whedon is quoted as saying as getting a thousand hits in a second in this USA Today article. What is amazing to me is that I hadn’t seen it earlier. I maintain this blog about online video, I spend (too much) time looking for online video content and yet this thing lives successfully outside of my world, my blogs, the places I visit for almost 5 months. Incredible. Shows you the size of the internet and how small you really are.
- Musicals do great online. I was talking to Rhett & Link about their incredible videoblog (more about them later) and they were saying their most popular videos end up being their music videos.
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)
And here’s a different take on vampires and movie titles.
Download. (Huge MOV)
From the same people that brought the Six Feet Under opening sequence comes the new opening for HBO’s new show True Blood.
Boy! It gets your blood boiling. Though there are quite a lot of intellectual ideas hiding underneath the surface, it remains visceral.
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.
This is so creepy. Poor little crickets.
Slow tracking shots through hellish scenes. The ending is mysterious and resonant.