A cute ad for the Japanese paint company Asahipen from the early 80s.
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One of the best edit jobs of the year. Vintage religious footage is mashed up into some rad rock n’roll footage. Belongs in out best mash-up’s list. Swedish lyrics translated by one of the commenter’s:
I….started a fire for you
and now the whole forest is on fire
Now….I know what you are going to say
and it feels just like the first time
Come….let’s show them that it’s us two
but everyone already knows
Out….you run away with me
yeah can you hear them singing
As if….everything was predetermined
as the earth revolving round the sun
Who….would have been able to take my place
he simply doesn’t exist
They….talk of something wonderful
I’m there to tell the story
Large….larger than I ever imagined
the inside of my head is spinning
*repeat verse 1*
I prefer Bardot as a blonde but here is a music video from 1968. A fun silly video that still comes off as cool.
Brilliant concept for a music video, especially the end. The dynamic between music and video are superseded by the idea. You could really go nuts with what it really means, especially if you got a filthy mind like I do.
Billy Joel performs an alternate version of Just The Way You Are on Sesame Street for Oscar “The Grouch”, with Marlee Matlin signing.
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I have spent several sleepless nights in the past month, the humidity has been terrible in the Carolinas. Added to that, the thoughts that make you feel like the day is incomplete. Here is a wonderful animated film that captures some of that angst.
Animating real audio recordings has become quite common. There is, however, a certain freshness of the idea in Moonbird. There is a real sense of discovery in every twist and turn in the ramblings of the little children. Ramblings you can neither write or act out such as this.
The Skull Fucking Bill of 2007 – I am glad somebody is finally addressing this.
Cats on a Plane – Much Scarier than snakes.
Metaphors – Can you find them all?
60 Years: Their Reaction – Erin Nealey did a video celebrating her Grandparent’s 60th Wedding anniversary, this is their reaction to it. So beautiful.
Video Letter to Mom – Hilarious.
The classic film is available in full.
Nominated for 11 Academy Awards upon its release (it won Best Screenplay), the film made James Stewart a major movie star.
The Rutles are a legend. A living legend. A legend that will live long after other living legends have died.
This is the semi-legendary story of the Prefab Four who made the sixties what they are today!
The Rutles is Eric Idle‘s mockumentary about a fictional band who raved in the sixties. Dirk, Nasty Stig and Barry will delight your ears with their hits.
I think the movie is inspired to an actual band from the sixties, but since Mick Jagger is in the movie, I have no idea which one could it be…
Other appearences worth mentioning are John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and a certain George Harrison, I wonder who he is?
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Recently, we have seen a rash of mash-up’s where people take a classic movie and disfigure it to create something anew. We have seen Kubrick’s The Shining as a buddy comedy, Boogie Nights as Star Wars, Toy Story as Requiem for a Dream. All of these are quite clever and popular (here is a site that revolves around mash-up trailers). However, there are others, like the ones listed below, that transcend the original material and become something wholly original.
Combining Mazzy Star’s Fade Into You with Rita Hayworth & Fred Astaire dance numbers would seem incompatible. But it works beautifully. The emotional dynamic is of a cynical older self looking back at a younger, more innocent self. I am not a lover of musical or even dance numbers but when watching this I yearn for that kind of creativity.
Put you hands up Detroit features showgirls from the silent film era shaking their booty like the music video girls of today. These women are dead now but I couldn’t help thinking that these women were somebody’s mother and even more somebody’s grandmother. How cool and disturbing? (Posted earlier)
Like some of the clever trailers mentioned above, 8 1/2 Mile stitches two movies together – Fellini’s 8 1/2 with Eminem’s 8 Mile. What works so great is that the neither film isn’t cleverly distorted to work in a different genre but instead showcase the same story told in different generations by different artists. (Posted earlier and featured on Best of 2006)
The MFF vs The Evil Dead is composed of over 200 audio and video samples taken from the Sam Raimi’s trilogy: The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness. No other elements were used. The audio editing is insanely “groovy.” (Posted earlier)
- Mash-ups aren’t just virals – Brando from the original Superman is mashed-up for the new one.
- Uprock – Lindy Hip Hoppers (Posted Earlier)
- Arctic Monkeys -vs- Buena Vista Social Club in Bollywood
- Fatboy Slim VJ mix
Alphaville is a 1965 black-and-white French science fiction film directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Its original French title is Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution). The film stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard Vernon and Akim Tamiroff. The film won the Golden Bear award of the Berlin Film Festival in 1965.
Alphaville combines the genres of dystopian science fiction and film noir. Although set far in the future on another planet, there are no special effects or elaborate sets; instead, the film was shot in real locations in Paris, the night-time streets of the capital becoming the streets of Alphaville, while modernist glass and concrete buildings represent the city’s interiors. In addition, the characters refer to twentieth century events; for example, the hero describes himself as a Guadalcanal veteran.
Eddie Constantine plays Lemmy Caution, a trenchcoat-wearing secret agent. Constantine had already played this role in dozens of previous films; the character was originally created by British pulp novelist Peter Cheyney. However, in Alphaville, director Jean-Luc Godard moves Caution away from his usual twentieth century setting, and places him in a futuristic sci-fi dystopia, the technocratic dictatorship of Alphaville.
From the director who brought you The Incredibles and Ratatouille comes Family Dog. A short film that Bird directed early in his career. It is an absolute gem. One of my all time favorite animated shorts. You can find many traces of Ratatouille in this film.
Every element of the animation is expressive, from the rug to the character’s pants, to the nose to the hair. All these elements hide the weak story. It almost feels like a Shrek sequel where we move from one joke to another instead of one plot point to the next.
This short was originally created for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, an 80’s television show.
(thanks Fiona! thanks aj!)
The music & the imagery seem like a big fat cultural soup. In this song, I can hear sounds from 70’s Indian Bollywood music. Same with the dancing, though it does lean a lot more towards the Caribbean. Get your shades on, bright colors on the way.