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Crimes and Misdemeanors discussions

Prior to this movie, I had respect for him but little love. But here is a film that blew my mind. It was so ahead of its time in terms of structure. There is a certain ease in the writing that you will not see in many movies, maybe never.

Unlike Allen’s other work, there is weight here. Substance. It isn’t just about the clever conversations he can think up. At its core, it asks quite a lot of fundamental philosophical questions. But all of this never feels tedious or even remotely boring.

Annie Hall & Manhattan are great, fantastic films but Crimes and Misdemeanors put Allen in a whole different category. It is so bloody well written, as good as anything that has been ever written.

Here are three video that discusses the film’s central themes.

Part one, two, three. (lots of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, wait)

Sorry, Internet

There has been no question on what side has won the 2007 writers strike public opinion battle. Their biggest endorsement came recently when the adorable animals on the Internet also decided to go on strike as a sign of solidarity. Starring David Cross from Arrested Development. 

Watch it (thanks Maggie)

Fox Products Placement on The Simpsons

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Or: Marge kills Dr. House (and a few others guys…)

Watch it. (Flash Video, MPEG-4, Quicktime)

Li’l Happy Logos

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In trouble for shooting a couple hundred Iraqis? Change your logo.

When the nasty truth gets out, just change the brand. Lie after lie, an endless shell game.

Animated vignette by Mark Fiore.

Watch it. (Flash)

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Bonus: Bill Maher interviews Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. Watch it here. (Quicktime)

Clinton Got A Blowjob

The first video version of Eric Schwartz‘s funny diddy about the crimes of Clinton and Dubya compared.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

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Hipster Olympics

Hipster Olympics

The most comprehensive parody of the current stock of urban hipsters. Yes Trev, I am looking at you. I could seriously watch this all day. The hipsters actually make me miss NYC.

Watch it

Colbert Report: Balls for Kids

Stephen invites kids on the show for an explanation of what SCHIP is and why they can’t have it.

From The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Hitler Banned From iSketch!

There is hell to pay if you mess with Hitler’s toys. Hilarious mash-up!

Watch it – via Kottke

Update: Dek says it is a rip-off. The views in this video eclipses the other video and was also posted earlier. So I agree.

Familjen – Det snurrar i min skalle

Familjen - Det snurrar i min skalle

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
*seizure*

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
*seizure*
*repeat verse 1*

Watch it – via antville

Anti-Piracy PSA Spoof

One of the comments to this at the site:

I laughed so much at that I had to go to the toilet in my hat.

Will make sense after you watch it.

Watch it – via DF

Buddha was wrong…

Buddha was wrong…

…because some things are permanent. Title and video from India Uncut.

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Note: If you are confused on what is going on with this ad. In Hindu tradition, when a woman becomes a widow, a group of mourners extract all color from you which includes removing bangles, jewelry and the red dot on your forehead (which also symbolizes your marriage).

Maybe he ran out of bathroom tissue?

NOT!!! Olbermann re-enacts the bathroom drama that has plagued ultra-conservative Idaho Senator Larry Craig. The re-enactment not only follows the script (as written by the undercover cop who busted Craig) but also adds a touch of style from the old cop show Dragnet. Hilarious!

I hate controversies such as this because the result seems to be even more homophobia, at least in terms of Senators being open enough to talk about their orientation. But the reason me and others bring attention to this stuff is because of the hypocrisy in American politics, especially with the Republican Party’s “family values.” For any group to imagine that these powerful men are like themselves are delusional and stupid.

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“E”

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What do you see?

This animated short, from Czech director Bretislav Pojar, is one of the most brilliant depictions of despotism ever. Intro is in Spanish, but the movie has no real dialogue.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Super Size Me

Super Size Me

The Academy Award-nominated 2004 documentary film by Morgan Spurlock.

It follows a 30-day time period (February 2003) during which Spurlock subsists exclusively on McDonald’s fast food and stops exercising regularly. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effects on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. During the filming, Spurlock dined at McDonald’s restaurants three times per day, sampling every item on the chain’s menu at least once. He consumed an average of 5,000 calories (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment.

There was a growing dissent against McDonald and fast food in general Super Size Me came out. Spurlock rode that wave to financial and critical success.

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Music and Life

Awesome short movie by South Park’s Matt Stone & Trey Parker revolving around the obsession for tests and diplomas which dominates in our current education system.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

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