The Smashing Pumpkins (1995) — “1979” [throwback] [♬]

•July 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Directed by the creative duo, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Upon finishing the video shoot, the band flew to New York to perform. However, all tapes of the footage were accidentally left sitting on top of a car, and were lost as the driver departed. The group later flew back to re-shoot the entire video. Billy Corgan considers it the Pumpkins’ best video calling it “the closest we’ve ever come to realizing everything we wanted.” [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, April 1996]

Miss Universe New Zealand 2017 — Vote for Shekinah Delos Santos

•June 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Shekinah is a friend I met at Uni who made it through to the top 20 finalists! Public votes cost $1 and count for 50 per cent of her overall score, with $1 of every $5 proceeds made going to the SCOT Foundation to help children and orphans in need.

She is Filipino, a recent law graduate, and just between us, she’s a gamer geek (She invited me to play League of Legends one time but I couldn’t get into it). I don’t know what sort of audience this draws or who the judges are, and that photo makes her look like a badass, but I can tell you that Shekinah is unassuming and kindly, and if you have a passing interest to vote, you should give it to her (click image for link to voting page):

The Miss Universe New Zealand 2017 winner will be named
during a live Grand Final show at SKYCITY Theatre on August 12, 2017.

Recreated GAME OF THRONES Season 1 Trailer in THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM [mashup]

•November 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Using over 260 individual mods, from faces to outfits, UpIsNotJump has managed to recreate the entire original season 1 trailer to Game of Thrones using Skyrim:

“I have used Skyrim to recreate Game of Thrones at last. I am starting with the season 1 trailer but I will most likely do every Game of Thrones trailer as time goes on. This video features over 260 Skyrim mods so that every Game of Thrones asset from the Season 1 trailer looks just right.”

The Queen

•June 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Bollywood Matrix — a Shot by Shot Ripoff (minus Trinity)

•September 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The Smashing Pumpkins

•October 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

25 years ago today, Billy Corgan, James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin took the stage for the 1st time together at the Metro Chicago.

A great band. Timeless music in my opinion. The original band holds the most amazing record for creating some of the most unique songs and music videos:

The music video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who were inspired by Georges Méliès’ silent film A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune, 1902)

They got the idea for the video because the album cover for Mellon Collie reminded them of early silent films, hence, the video was filmed in the style of a turn-of-the-century silent film using theater-style backdrops and primitive special effects. Most of the video’s backdrops and puppetwork were created by artist Wayne White. [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, April 1996]

This music video was directed yet again by the creative duo, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Upon finishing the video shoot, the band flew to New York to perform. However, all tapes of the footage were accidentally left sitting on top of a car, and were lost as the driver departed. The group later flew back to re-shoot the entire video. Billy Corgan considers it the Pumpkins’ best video calling it “the closest we’ve ever come to realizing everything we wanted.” [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, April 1996]

The second single from their fourth album, Adore. The video for “Perfect” is a sequel to “1979,” and involves the same characters, literally, years older.

The same crew of directors was hired, which consisted of husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It was the fifth and final collaboration between the two and The Smashing Pumpkins. The conclusion of the video, in which a tape falls off of a car and is crushed, is probably a reference to the fate of the first tapes of the “1979” music video, which had to be re-taped because they were left on the roof of a car and destroyed when the car drove off. [Adore,1998]

The second single from the band’s second album and major label debut, Siamese Dream. Directed by Stéphane Sednaoui who intentionally shot using low quality photographic equipment. Corgan said that the plot of the video was inspired by a memory he had of an ice cream truck driver who, upon quitting his job, gave out his remaining stock of ice cream to the neighborhood children. Warning; this video contains people sucking face. [Siamese Dream, September 1993]

Director, Kevin Kerslake, employed various destructive techniques when developing the film to give the video a broken and dirty look. It was shot outside San Francisco entirely on Super8 film at a very modest budget. Corgan was reportedly extremely unhappy with the shooting experience, and the band never worked with Kerslake again. [Siamese Dream, September 1993]

The second single released from their fifth album, Machina/The Machines of God. “Stand Inside Your Love” is a tribute to the play Salomé by Oscar Wilde. Billy Corgan created the video’s look together with English director W.I.Z. under the heavy influence of original Salomé illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. Corgan calls it the only “true” love song he’s ever written. [Machina/The Machines of God, 2000]

Directed both by Billy Corgan and then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk; “Thirty-Three” is a series of images shot in stop-motion, ending with a re-enactment of the Mellon Collie album cover. Discovering this song had a video was a surprise for me.

ARGH, Ava Adore, Rhinoceros, Disarm, Bullet with Butterfly Wings, Zero, Siva, heck, I just want to embed them all! To see a trove of insightful behind-the-scenes footage and the rest of the best Smashing Pumpkins videos prior to the band’s breakup in late 2000, I suppose you could just YouTube them, or if you wanna be cool like me, get yourself a copy of The Smashing Pumpkins Greatest Hits Video Collection (1991-2000)

Rotten Apples: The Smashing Pumpkins' Greatest Hits is a greatest hits compilation album by alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins are definitely one of my all time favourite bands.

Teens Get Lost in Paris Catacombs for Three Days

•July 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Scary! Sensory-deprivation must have surely set in for these yougins. Last month, after three days lost in the tunnels of catacombs that sit under Paris, two teenagers have been found and rescued successfully with the crucial help of rescue dogs, who used their scent to track them down. Police alerted firefighters on Wednesday morning of the missing teens, a search team was formed and within a few hours the boys were discovered. They have been treated for slight hypothermia after spending almost 72 hours in the cold underground burial labyrinth.

It’s not entirely clear how the teens got lost, considering only a small section of the 150 miles of underground tunnels is open to the public. But people have been known to find ways to sneak into off-limit areas of the skeleton maze, hold parties and play games. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, those are bound to be some of the scariest days of those kid’s lives so far and there’s no doubt they’ll be firmly shaken for a little while yet. Fortunately, they have made it home safe and relatively unscathed.

The Paris catacombs, established in 1738, hold upwards of six million bodies and draw a large flow of visitors from around the world. The tombs were initially only opened for private viewings to satiate the curiosity of Parisian aristocracy with a penchant for human remains in the nineteenth century – openings only became regular towards the 1900s.

For a more fictional affair about the Paris underground I would recommend the movie Catacombs (2007) starring indie darling, Shannyn Sossamon, and pop artist, P!NK

On her first trip to Paris, a young woman hits a party in the Catacombs, the 200-mile labyrinth of limestone tunnels under the city that’s lined with the remains of 7 million people. Separated from her friends, she becomes convinced that someone or something is chasing her.

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Cende — “What I Want” feat. Frankie Cosmos [♬]

•June 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds Supercut

•May 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Why do I get the feeling that video essayists are running out of ideas for their supercuts? They’ve exhausted the clichés and troupes to the point that they have to Sesame Street things for our entertainment now, lolz! Here are 100 characters counting down from 100:

Recreated TERMINATOR 2 in GTA V [mashup]

•May 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

YouTuber Mikhail Kramer, made a shot-for-shot recreation of TERMINATOR 2 using the Grand Theft Auto V game engine. Given the limitations, it is totally impressive:

UPDATE:

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Lol no shit.

Irrationally Irate Pedestrian meets Pole

•May 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

10/10 would watch again! This twenty second clip is basically a one act play. The driver stops at a light as a man in a red hat and his adorable cocker spaniel start to cross. The guy seems to be annoyed that the driver took the stop abruptly, or maybe he’s mad that he didn’t hit his horn? It’s a little unclear, but he definitely seems mad, taking the whole crosswalk distance to gesture rudely at the person behind the wheel. Then pole.

The funniest part of the video isn’t necessarily when he face plants into a pole, but his reaction right after, when he turns towards the driver as though they had master planned the outcome all along. No chill much 😂

A Gangsta’s Post-Relevant Paradise & Valérian [NSFW]

•May 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I truly hope this movie is as awesome as the trailer promises. And for you yougins, the soundtrack is a rendition of “Gangsta’s Paradise” by American rapper Coolio, from the movie Dangerous Minds (1995):

Coolio is one of those OG ’90s rappers who faded into obscurity at the turn of the millennium. I do know that he tried to relaunch his image by signing some weird promotional deal with PornHub in 2014. Yes, that PornHub. So much for a comeback. Here’s the censored NSFW music video you spank monkey:

OK, so I did some digital digging, went further down the rabbit glory hole, glared through a cum-stained looking glass and discovered that Coolio once gave a live performance to a nightclub full of people having sex! It was for some European orgy site.

What a guy. I don’t think anyone gives a shit about “Gangsta’s Paradise” at this point, but I am sorry if I somehow sullied the movie trailer for you. Just a little 😛 My propensity to wander and connect leads me to make some out of it discoveries sometimes, and I know how much peeps prefer to keep porn viewing separated, so I defer — Take It to the Hub.

Norah Jones Pays Tribute to Chris Cornell With Tender ‘Black Hole Sun’ Cover [♬]

•May 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Jones honors Cornell with bluesy, solo-piano rendition of Soundgarden classic “Black Hole Sun” during a show in Detroit on Tuesday:

“Jones brought “Black Hole Sun” into her wheelhouse, toning down the crashing drone of the original and remaking it as a spare, bluesy number. She sketched a melody with handsome piano chords, and as she sang, she stretched words and toyed with the space between them. Around the four-minute mark, Jones suddenly left tranquility behind by elevating her volume and wailing the song’s title several times. The performance came to a peaceful end with a quiet, melancholy figure on the piano.” ~ RollingStone

If you are struggling with mental health, feeling depressed or suicidal, please contact Lifeline Aotearoa on 0800 543 354, or visit The NZ Music Foundation Wellbeing Service

•May 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

If you are struggling with mental health, feeling depressed or suicidal, please contact Lifeline Aotearoa on 0800 543 354, or visit The NZ Music Foundation Wellbeing Service.

8-Bit Tribute to Sound Garden “Black Hole Sun” (R.I.P. Chris Cornell)

•May 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment