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March 25, 2010

Kenyan viral epic is epic

Kenya's First Viral Music Video: An Auto-Tuned, Blaxploitation-Themed Epic | Dan's FC Blog | Fast Company
Just a Band's music video (or, more accurately, short film set to music) is a pastiche of blaxploitation like Shaft, crime-centric American film ranging from Tarantino to the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," and a dash of kung fu tropes, all tossed together and filtered through the lens of another country. It's funny, violent, at times confusing, low-budget, and undeniably fun--in other words, of course it's going viral. The video, for the song "Ha-He," is the first such video to really take off in Kenya. ... The song itself is pretty catchy too, using Antares's Autotune to create a song that sounds a bit like the Black Eyed Peas, minus the ear-stabbing horribleness. And the song along with the video has spread like wildfire across Kenya--it's the first real homegrown "have you seen this video?" moment, and should pave the way for all kinds of cute Kenyan animal videos. The video, here:

March 13, 2010

LOFI (League of Independents) - Home of the Re/Mixed Media 2010 Mashup Remix Festival, Brooklyn, NYC

Facebook friend Bruce Ronn found out we like mashups and...

March 10, 2010

Sabotage Galactica

A fan-made mashup of Battlestar Galactica and the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage." It's totally hot. Kung Fu Monkey: SABsgOTAGE

March 08, 2010

An interview with the cast of Misfits

Misfits is easily the best superhero tv show ever. It's real and brutal and dirty and hilarious. The story is that five teenagers who are serving community service get hit by an event that gives them (and others) weird powers. But the approach is less Heroes and more gritty and full of pathos.

March 03, 2010

The problem of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Two relevant links here, first the AV Club has a list of 16 Manic Pixie Dream Girls from films, girls who blow into town with their carefree ways and teach the passive, dull male lead to enjoy life before the girls die or fade away or move or whatever. Wild things: 16 films featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls | Film | Inventory | The A.V. Club But also Overthinking It has a fascinating article about how the weak male characters in these Manic Pixie Dream Girl films are bad for women and bad for men. It's a great article. Check it out.
1. Elizabethtown (Kirsten Dunst) Ah, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, that sentient ray of sunshine sent from heaven to warm the heart and readjust the attitude of even the broodiest, most uptight male protagonist. In his My Year Of Flops entry on Elizabethtown, Nathan Rabin coined the phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" to describe that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that "exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures." In Elizabethtown, Kirsten Dunst plays the archetypal Manic Pixie Dream Girl, a flirty, flighty chatterbox stewardess who razzles and dazzles brooding sensitive guy Orlando Bloom. Coked up, or merely high on life? You be the judge. Though Dunst in Elizabethtown and Natalie Portman in Garden State epitomize the contemporary Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the strangely resilient archetype has its roots in the nutty dames of screwball comedy. For every era, there's a Manic Pixie Dream Girl perfectly suited to the times.

March 02, 2010

HBO officially picks up A Game of Thrones

HBO Will Play ‘Game of Thrones’ - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com If you haven't read the books, know this: they are extraordinary and compulsively readable.
On Tuesday, the cable channel announced that it had officially ordered “Game of Thrones,” a new series based on George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novels. The best-selling book franchise, which began in 1996 with “A Game of Thrones,” chronicles the dynastic conflicts among several families on the mythical continent of Westeros. The principal cast of the HBO series, which will run 10 episodes, features no less than 17 cast members, including Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Ehle, Iain Glen and Lena Headey, as well as Tamzin Merchant (of “Pride and Prejudice”) as the heroine Daenerys Targaryen. HBO said that the pilot episode of the series was written by David Benioff (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) and D.B. Weiss (the author of “Lucky Wander Boy”), who are also among its executive producers. Production on the series is to begin in Belfast in June; a premiere date has not yet been set. Meanwhile, Mr. Martin should have plenty of time to finish writing the last two books in what he has said is a seven-book series.

Monorail! 21st Century Calling/ (1964)

Internet Archive: Free Download: Century 21 Calling Thanks, ** Jack! **

March 01, 2010

I Am A Motherfucker

YouTube - I Am A Motherfucker [1/2]
Part one of a film documenting Thomas Bruso (infamously known across the internet as Epic Beard Man) and the days surrounding the release of an internet video showcasing a fight on an Oakland public bus.