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POST WAR YEARS – ALL EYES

Another stunning video by Tobias Stretch.

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!

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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.

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.

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Terminus

Terminus

Incredible graphics for this short that works on many levels. Is it about emotional baggage? ghosts? people? bullies?

Watch low quality at Youtube or high quality quicktime (200mb!)

Roomies: Confronting Fear

Second episode to a very funny puppet show. I like comedies where there is a good friendship at the core of the story.

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Related: Episode one is here (not as funny as episode 2, in my humble opinion)

An analysis of The Shining

Watching a film being dissected is better than reading about it. Mostly because you have to rely less on your memory. This two-part analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is an excellent example of that. The drama of The Shining overwhelms many of its hidden clues.

Part one deals with how the film was constructed to be scary. The techniques employed by Kubrick.

Part two is more of what Kubrick was trying to say indirectly. The connection to America and its American Indian past is fascinating.

Also click “more” in the side window, there are some juicy tidbits and facts about the movie there.

Dizzee Rascal – Sirens

Dizzee Rascal - Sirens

Awesome Rap video that connects modern Black poverty to White colonialism. Every aspect of the video production is quite good but the location choices is exceptional. Combining with the cinematography, it effectively balances English Vicitorian with  the modern urbanscape.

Watch it – via antville

Chasing Jason

Chasing Jason

Most girls are turned off by hockey masks and machetes. But lucky lady find that cute hockey mask-wearing Jason Vorhees just too cute to resist. Happy Halloween, a day early.

Cute.

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The Owl

The Owl

See if you can peel your eyes off this short.

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Gnarls Barkley – Gone Daddy Gone

Gnarls Barkley - Gone Daddy Gone

Another creepy video for the Gnarls Barkley gang.

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Taxi Driver’s “You talking to me?” & other classic scenes

Taxi Driver's Part one of the Scorsese celebrations leading up to his new movie, The Departed (wacky story about the movie). Taxi Driver was Scorsese’s second monumental work. Possibly the last truly independent film he has made. The lead character, a NYC taxi driver, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro, like you didn’t know that?) embodies all of the mythic qualities of the lonely male — his childish anger, his social ignorance, the Cowboy shoot ‘em up mentality, an updated Rebel without a cause.

There are were many impersonations of De Niro on Youtube, mostly of the notorious “You talking to me?” scene. The scene was largely improvised by De Niro who clearly was “living the role.” The scene is not as powerful as it once used to be. When Taxi Driver was first released, films resisted getting into its character’s head, to spend alone-time with someone. Before Taxi Driver, scenes were clearly part of a bigger picture, if the character spoke in private, it usually consisted of an intelligent monologue. Unlike the mess that comes out of Bickle’s mouth.

With podcasts and even recent films, talking in private has become common. Scoresese has gone in the opposite direction, when is the last time where we have seen one of his characters just ‘be’ in front of the camera?

- Here is the original “You talking to me?”
- Same scene but with a Spanish dub. The scene loses a lot of the venom.

The impersonations:
- One guy goes head to head with De Niro.
- This is just a terrible impersonation but the guy is effectively freaky. In true De Niro fashion, he shaves his head to match the Bickle Mohawk.
- Maybe Bickle was talking to a roomate, this hilarious remix certainly thinks so.
- An ad thinks Bickle had a hearing problem.
- A funny animated version till it goes all 3D on you.
- In this video, the Parents seem to want their baby to grow up to be another Bickle!
- However, the best “you talking to me?” impersonation goes to a Dog, who I personally think is actually better than De Niro. I am serious.

- Another powerful scene is Bickle watching Soul Train on TV. It is a wonderful scene where Bickle becomes aware how far removed he is from the mainstream. What always intrigued me about this scene was when the Soul Train TV camera zooms into a pair of shoes lying neatly in the middle of the dance floor. Does anyone know what the hell those shoes were doing there? The original scene and the impersonation which basically features the guy watching TV!

- The violent ending still remains shocking to this day. The original and the animated copy.

- Then there this video where a guy puts himself in the Taxi Driver trailer. But is he wearing heels?!! Not the manly kind but the girlie kind with shiny leather. You can see them when he turns in bed. Come on man!

Anyways, there are tons of other Taxi Driver related stuff on YouTube. But the strangest part of searching for these videos was all the other videos I was finding on wild cab rides. There is so much drama surrounding a simple cab ride — drunks, wild rides, crazy drivers, crazy passengers. Maybe one of these days, I’ll do a series on that. Look out for part two of Scorsese celebration sometime next week.

Part two is here.

Pictures of Assholes

Pictures of Assholes

Celebrity (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) turns his camera on his paparazzi to only find out that the paparazzi has a crush on him. This is a true story.

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The Magic Numbers – I see you, you see me

The Magic Numbers – I see you, you see me

Ah, I love videos like this. A meditation on something, someone. This film is a condensed Amelie. Sadly, the song fades into the background. It is a short more than a music video but a beautiful one at that.

Watch it (it takes a while to load) – via antville

Arctic Monkeys- Leave Before The Lights Come On

Arctic Monkeys- Leave Before The Lights Come On

This video is more of a short film than a traditional music video. Funny as hell.

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