THE BACKROOMS [short film]

•January 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

This ongoing saga unfolding in an unnerving plain of existence was first uploaded January 7 2022. That is all I want to know. I mean know, that is all I know 😨

Tumbleweeds [supercut]

•January 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

YouTuber, film buff, and meticulous editor Duncan Robson (featured on DitB before) was commissioned by the Columbus Museum of Art for one of his celebratory montages. After watching this, you will never not notice a tumbling tumbleweed ever again:

Columbus Museum of Art http://www.columbusmuseum.org/ Music by Joel Robson http://joelrobson.bandcamp.com/music / Sources are listed in closed captions.

TIMƎLIKE [short film]

•August 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A young couple enjoys a quiet evening at home, over and over again, caught in some time-loop, temporal paradox. Revitalizing the found-footage approach, TIMƎLIKE is a well told lo-fi science fiction mindbender, riddled with cryptic clues of an unstable future.

TIMƎLIKE

March 1993, Madeline and her boyfriend are enjoying a quiet evening at home when they are interrupted by a visit from a stranger bearing a message from Madeline’s future self:

Written & Directed by Rich Boylan / Produced by Mel Hoy / Sound by Thomas Thompson / Madeline: Eva Jonn, Chloe: Mel Hoy, Rich: Richard Boylan.

Unnerving, right? I love its aesthetic, how it was all recorded on a VHS camcorder, and the flannel shirt and NOFX cassette playing in the background were nice touches too. The short is open to interpretation and theories, what remains clear is how amazing TIMƎLIKE is at creating atmosphere and intrigue from 8 minutes of film, while Hollywood seemingly struggles to produce original ideas — All credit to Boylan and his crew. Here he elaborates about the process;

“Footage was shot, captured and edited on Adobe Premiere, then the edit was dumped back to VHS and copied from one tape to another as many times as was necessary to get that nice worn out look. I did a few run throughs where I really messed up the tracking as it copied for scenes where I wanted additional distortion.”

Richard Boylan (definitely a person to watch) is a cinematic designer for video game developer Bioware, where he’s worked on the Mass Effect series and is currently working on Mass Effect: Andromeda. He also contributed this hilarious video to the Shia LaBeouf memosphere:

I suspect TIMƎLIKE is going to go viral, if not in this universe’s current timeline, then definitely in another. And this… Because my mind just went there

Percussive Maintenance [movie montage]

•September 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I would be disappointed in a film if it incorporated some piece of machinery that didn’t act up, and so would Duncan Robson, the same man behind the zoom and enhance cliché compilation. He has compiled yet another revealing review of a staple cinema plot device — a technological version of Murphy’s law, and how to solve it:

The True Science of Parallel Universes by Minute Physics

•April 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I should really be spending my weekend studying. I have an assignment due next week too that needs to be peer-reviewed before Wednesday and all I have is a draft! ARGH science, why do you fascinate me so?!

Hmm, in that case, I hope my alternate self fails. NO, I will intentionally fail and give my multiple selves a 100% success rate 💪 and some time in the future they will all return the favour, simultaneously 🤓 Muhahahaha 👨🏾‍🔬

“Three-Point Landing” Compilation

•May 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The three-point landing is not so much a skill one learns, but rather a mark of pure coolness. And don’t forget that head snap:

A popular visual trope often associated with martial arts.

After performing a particularly cool move, or dropping from a great height, the character lands on the ground in a crouching position, feet wide apart and supporting their weight with one hand on the floor while the other hand is outstretched away from their body, usually pointed diagonally upwards.

The “Zoom and Enhance” Cliché Compilation [movie montage]

•June 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

On TV and the silver screen, when a computer is involved, it’s a magic box that can do whatever the story requires it to, even if it bears no resemblance to reality (but reality is catching up with a technique called compressed sensing).

Computers and their usage is sexed up by Hollywood — funny that sometimes it usually bears a direct impact on the plot. As such, it is one of the laziest tools at a writer’s disposal, serving as a sort of deus ex machina. “How do we connect the dots for the hero detective? Zoom and enhance that’s how!”

Quentin Tarantino’s Dildo Wall of Shame

•August 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Apparently there was a running joke on the set of Inglourious Basterds, whereby if a crew or castmember was caught sleeping, they would get their picture taken with a giant purple dildo, and that giant purple dildo was named Gerry:

dildowall-basterds!

Nice to know no matter how successful, famous, or creative you are, dildo humor never gets old.

Quentin Tarantino Launches ‘PULP FICTION’ NFTs Despite Miramax Lawsuit

•January 22, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is getting in on the phenomenally overblown NFT (non-fungible tokens) fad. Superb smart-contract technology, to be sure, but currently many of the NFT projects are nothing more than over-hyped clip art. Don’t take my word for it though, a quick search will prove my point. PULP FICTION and its writer/director however—love them or hate them—carry a gravitas of legitimacy. If movie memorabilia is something you enjoy, owning a share of this manuscript NFT might interest you.

Each NFT represents a single scene from PULP FICTION and features the original handwritten screenplay of that scene, alongside unique recorded commentary by Mr. Tarantino himself that contains never-before-known secrets about the film.

The manuscript for PULP FICTION has been sectioned into 7 unique scenes. Tarantino entering the NFT space will perform well in the initial and secondary markets for obvious reason. Whether he will continue to release other properties on the Secret Network blockchain remains to be seen. No one is sure how the lawsuit will effect Tarantino’s NFTs, but the notoriety can only help. That was how I heard about it.

Website: https://tarantinonfts.com/ / Twitter: https://twitter.com/TarantinoNFTs

“Secret Network and Secret NFTs provide a whole new world of connecting fans and artists and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.” ~ QT

If I was endowed with such a disposable income that I could have fun collecting NFTs, I would certainly try to snaffle all instances of screen direction that involved car trunks or feet (film buffs get it).

The first time I heard about an established creator making money selling NFTs was in October 2020. José Delbo, an 87-year-old former DC comic artist in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, auctioned 914 Wonder Woman NFTs in four days, culminating in a profit of $1.85 million. He too faced backlash.

“Heroines – Weight of the World” sold for almost $300,000.

Naturally this event got the attention of DC Comics and Marvel, not just because José Delbo made bank (good on him), but because the fictional character was a trademarked property. If commissioned artwork gets a pass then it seems a double-standard that there should be any talk of lawsuit for creators, seeing as contracts as old as José Delbo’s would not have covered blockchains or art as non-fungible tokens. I would stand by the argument that the artist and their craftsmanship is what gives a drawing value and drives interest in buyers. But I digress; read more of José Delbo’s story here: https://gizmodo.com/dc-comics-tells-artists-to-stay-out-of-nft-business-or-1846466427

Blockchain technology and what it allows users to generate and share is going to be something transformational, and not just for artists and tech-savvy collectors in-the-know. Expect to hear more NFT coverage from all major networks in the coming year as more retailers and industries trial decentralized finance (DeFi) options. The literary landscape will not go unaffected either.

PULP FICTION is a good film, but I’d rather spend fiat money on actual pulp fiction—far less stress than an auction and more surprise than a Big Kahuna Burger.

New Zealand WHAKA YEAH! [♬]

•January 5, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Heavy Metal Haka [♬]

•January 4, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Electric guitarist Andre Antunes adds a heavy metal soundtrack to New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team performing the traditional Maori war dance known as the Haka:

Noice. The musical accompaniment gave me Bring It On vibes though, if I’m being honest. Better without IMO. Here is the original video:

Here is a Maori rock group:

Sorry lads, you have to share the ball with Samoa, coming in hard with an interception:

…and Bring It On:

🎊 HAPPY NEW YEAR SURVIVORS, SAVERS, FIGHTERS, HELPERS, LOVERS, GOOD PEOPLE!!!! GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR LOVED ONES ❤️

•January 1, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The last time I showered was last year…… 🥁 🤡 🤹

(Any other day of the year and that joke just doesn’t land. I have waited decades for the opportunity to drop that line, months spent toiling my time away until the final minute when I would fulfill the sweetest promise of landing that time specific guffaw!, only to forget for another year and another year… BUT I finally did it! Yup. ……I-I’m not stinky, just using a stink joke.)

“SHOUT” — Tears for Fears [♬] [throwback]

•November 20, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Going out to anyone who has shouted and made known what was in their heart above all else!!

Everything Is A Remix: Part 1

•September 18, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Kirby Ferguson, the Everything Is A Remix guy recently put together and uploaded another video essay, consolidating all he has learned into a comprehensive rundown of our current culture of remixing (TikTok, meme culture, audio sampling), and how that is nothing new:

Most interesting parts for me, and I’m not sure why I’m a nerd for it, was hearing about the battles/breaches of copyright, and how some many artists in the biz are about giving leeway and creating music in good faith, safe in the knowledge of what came before.

Anime Inspired Music Videos: Dua Lipa – Levitating / Salvatore Ganacci – Fight Dirty / Tadpole – Better Days (02) / Ken Ishii – Extra w/ Kōji Morimoto (94)

•September 17, 2021 • Leave a Comment

This is Dua Lipa’s animated MV for Levitating, which clearly pays homage to Naoko Takeuchi’s SAILOR MOON in colour pallet and aesthetic (cheers PC for the heads up!):

A spirited young fighter failing to gain the respect she deserves gets approval from an unlikely ally — an overpowered giant hand, which is normal in an eccentric Swede’s future:

Video resolution sure has come a long way. That reminded me of a band in New Zealand called Tadpole. During the height of the DBZ craze, Tadpole released a MV as homage to the popular anime (or cheeky cash grab). On top of being a genuinely good band, the video was quirky to see (Nu Zeelund anime?! Dafuq?):

Directed by Wade Shotter. Tadpole’s (1994-2006) seventh single from their first album Buddhafinger. During my posters-on-the-bedroom-walls phase, there were band posters plastered on the classroom windows at my college one year that I casually collected after asking random teachers if I could take them. One kid was super pissed at me for that.

Getting back on topic, or rather, some real deal ‘fighting spirit’ anime goodness; Extra is a pumping techno track by Ken Ishii from his 1994 album ‘Jelly Tones’, and the MV is directed by the revered, Kōji Morimoto (AKIRA):

The Matrix: Resignation [DeepFake]

•September 10, 2021 • Leave a Comment

w h a t   i s   t h e   m a t r i x

The Noble Onion Ring Reviewer

•September 9, 2021 • Leave a Comment

There is an Instagram account dedicated solely to the humble fried onion ring. The anonymous purveyor of these savory morsels is (I think the cat snuck out of the bag awhile ago) none other than breakout Kiwi singer-songwriter, Lorde (@onionringsworldwide).

Sshhh, it’s still a funny fun secret 😜 Today’s new entry came as a welcomed surprise to all of her fans in-the-know, and all I have to say is, “Feeling Good on a Wednesday, ya ya ya!”

It is a quirky side project for a globetrotting performer to have, which makes it one of the more interesting accounts to follow in a sea of shameless narcissism and freebooting.

Album available @ https://music.apple.com/us/album/solar-power/1572940891

Anonymity intact… The album cover was meme friendly for a hot minute, so this is no disrespect in any form of tall poppy syndrome, Lorde’s aight. Here are two funnies and something a clever minecrafter made anyway:

Not really a secret but far less known is that Lorde just released another album, TE AO MĀRAMA, a 5-song companion piece to SOLAR POWER, sung entirely in te reo Māori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand (https://lorde.lnk.to/TeAoMarama) and all proceeds are going to two NZ-based charities — Forest and bird and Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust.

“I was writing an album about the spiritual power of the natural world, specifically in the context of where we’re from, and I realised; oh, there’s a word for this – it’s kaitiakitanga” (a concept broadly meaning guardianship). ~ Yelich-O’Connor aka Lorde

Full story about the project @ https://thespinoff.co.nz/atea/09-09-2021/lorde-interview-maori-lyrics-solar-power/

Radiohead — “If You Say The Word” [♬]

•September 8, 2021 • Leave a Comment

A bounty of material from Radiohead, reissuing Kid A and Amnesiac in celebration of their 21st anniversary comes a new album of unreleased songs: KID A MNESIA

The collection is out November 5 via XL / http://www.kida-mnesia.com

TRACKLIST:

01 – “Like Spinning Plates (‘Why Us?’ Version)”
02 – “Untitled V1”
03 – “Fog (Again Again Version)”
04 – “If You Say The Word”
05 – “Follow Me Around”

 

06 – “Pulk/Pull (True Love Waits Version)”
07 – “Untitled V2”
08 – “The Morning Bell (In The Dark Version)”
09 – “Pyramid Strings”
10 – “Alt. Fast Track”
11 – “Untitled V3”
12 – “Hot To Disappear Into Strings”

 
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