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The Strokes – You Only Live Once

The Strokes - You Only Live Once

Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, the video is ambitious while remaining immediate. The graphics are simply awesome. One of the best music videos of the year.

Watch it – via DF

A Lonely Sky

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In 1947, a test pilot who will risk his life to break the sound barrier, is forced to question his reasons and abilities by a strange yet familiar man.

Even though the visual effects are perfectly crafted, they never stole the show from the real stars: the heroes of the skies, so brave and passionately devoted to their dreams.

A Lonely Sky is a short movie produced by Image Now Films in association with Zanita Films, and starring Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey, The Good Shepherd), Paudge Behan (Veronica Guerin) and Padraic Delaney (The Wind that Shakes the Barley).

Watch it. (MPEG-4)

Official site.

WASTE

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There is no other word to describe Mission Zero.

You pick up Uma Thurman directly from her Kill Bill role. You get Kathryn Bigelow to direct the flick. You let money flow in the budget like it’s raining… And all you can come up with is one of the lousiest scripted action movies ever? C’mon…

Also: somebody is not very familiar with the concept of viral video. What’s the sense of having the film avaiable only on Pirelli’s website?

Watch it. (Flash Video, Winmedia or Quicktime)

Spider

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It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

A short movie by Nash Edgerton about inopportune jokes and bad karma. Starring Nash Edgerton and Mirrah Foulkes.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

via nozap

Previously: Lucky, The IF Thing.

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.

Der Nazi Snowman

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Der Schneemann (The Snowman) is an animated short created by the Nazi regime as propaganda material. They basically needed something to set up a counterpart to Disney.

Written by cartoonist Horst von Möllendorff and animated by Hans Fischerkoesen, the weight of the story is often carried by graphic brilliance and astonishing small detail.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Aachi And Ssipak: Shootout Scene

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“Nice camera moves, plenty of decapitations, explosions, b-boy headspins, and gunplay. All within the course of 6 minutes.”

A juicy excerpt taken from the Korean feature film Aachi and Ssipak, set in a future world where the only source of energy is… poop!

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Sailor’s Girl

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Another old post (both on Tickle and on No Fat Clips) that deserves a second passage, since a better clip for this fascinating short movie is now available, courtesy of director of photography Max Goldman
With The Sailor’s Girl, music video director Brett Simon weaves a simple tale about Julia, a girl who provides an odd service in an abandoned car on the outskirts of town.

Watch it. (Quicktime, 10 MB)

Download. (Quicktime, 150 MB!)

More details on No Fat Clips!!!

Princess Mononoke in 10 mins

Princess Mononoke in 10 mins

Princess Mononoke is one of the best Anime films I have seen (I am largely a newbie). The action sequences are to die for. And so is the large God-like creature (I was actually in awe of this thing). The movie was on the scale of Disney but its ideas were wonderfully weird and daring. So I would certainly recommend that all of you to see the orginal.

However, this 10 min watered-down version actually does a good job of capturing the movie. I do think it will be easier to watch it if you have already seen the original.

Watch it

Arcade Fire- ‘My Body Is A Cage’ (Unofficial!)

Someone remixed the end of “Once Upon a time in the West” with the Arcade Fire song. One of the greatest scenes in my opinion. It is not a perfect match to the song but one does not disturb the other. Frankly, the original footage is so captivating that it is just nice to see it again with different music.

Watch itthe glorious original

Note: if you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest not watching either of these two pieces.

Update: BBC doc on the original film is quite good.

Postmortem Bliss

Postmortem Bliss by Floria Sigismondi

Another pretty video by Floria Sigismondi. Not as convincing as her other work in terms of cohesiveness, wit and polish. But I have an admiration for this work especially since Sigismondi seems to taking a lot of creative risks which is in contrast to her popular commercial work. A lot of it works, however, there are some scenes and ideas that I wish were left out.

Watch it – via shortsville – interview here

Justin – What Goes Around Comes Around (Director’s Cut)

Justin - What Goes Around Comes Around (Director's Cut)

This is just the iTunes exclusive download version, a shorter one will be released to TV stations. There’s also gonna be a 34 minute long version…

This video clocks in at 9 minutes and 22 secs. I am curious to see the 34 minute version because there are many things left unexplained. The acting is good, the drama is captivating. A pretty daring move for a very mainstream artist.

Scarlet Johansson seems to carving a little niche in the music video format. She was equally elusive in Dylan’s “When the Deal Goes Down“.

Watch it

Watch the Oscar-Nominated Animated shorts online (updated!)

The Oscar nominations were announced today. Babel got nominated in all the right categories, I am dying to see it. The Best Animated Shorts category was also announced. As usual, it consisted of a lot of studio pieces which are good but certainly not the best. Here is a good explanation of why that is the case.

The nominations are:

- Little Match Girl – It had haunted the TickleBooth’s “Recent picks” list for a while. This is what Disney animation should be. Sad, powerful and yet accessible to all age groups. The classic 2D Disney animation is stunning. Update: Disney did some house cleaning at Youtube, I’ll see if I can find it somewhere else. Update 2: Link to video now works.

- Maestro – The clever ending saves what was otherwise a mediocre short.

- No Time For Nuts – We posted this other day. The short stars Ice Age sidekick, Scrat, who discovers a time machine and gets into a bunch of wacky adventures. A lot of fun.

- The Danish PoetThis short is not available online as far as I can tell. It looks the most adult short in the pack. However, a short clip is available on the film’s official website. Update: It is available in full on Google Video. Thanks Joe. The short is beautiful and my favorite of the bunch. I hope it wins. Fits well in the Fate post. Update: You can watch it here now.

- Lifted – The upcoming short will be Pixar’s pre-show entertainment for their upcoming feature film Ratatouille. The short is not available online. Update: Short clip available. Thank you Leo.

I am having a harder time finding the live action shorts but I’ll post what I have found next.

Update: All of the Oscar nominated shorts are available on iTunes. (Thanks Rachel)

Space

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Space is a BBC documentary made up of six half hour episodes hosted by Sam Neill. Exploring how universe and life were made has never been so exciting.

Watch Ep.1: Star Stuff. (Flash Video)

Get all the episodes here.

Everything Comes Down to Poo

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The cast of Scrubs break into song to convince a patient to give a stool sample.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

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