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Video Post – technicolour jellyfish, splits on wheels, Foley artists
April 16, 2009, 5:58 pm
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can’t post much lately, cause i got no internet quota left, and I’m scrambling to finsh Uni assingments due in the next few days. so here are a few videos.

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The Substance of Style – Wes Anderson’s influences
April 14, 2009, 4:59 am
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If you haven’t been following this 5 part series by the Matt Zoller Seitz or have been anticipating the conclusion – the final part is now out.

(Check the right side panel on each article’s page for the video versions.)

a five-part series of video essays analyzing the key influences on Wes Anderson’s style… Part 1 covers Bill Melendez, Orson Welles, and François Truffaut… Part 2 covers Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols. Part 3 covers Hal Ashby. Part 4 covers J.D. Salinger. Part 5 is an annotated version of the prologue to The Royal Tenenbaums.

It is a shame that the some of the parts examine some of Anderson’s influences too quickly, as i found to be the case with the examination of French New Wave in part one. I bring this up having watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou about a month or two ago and thinking that Godard’s use of colours and visual aesthetics would most definetly have been a significant influence on Anderson.But over all the videos are very well put together and offer a great insight into Wes’ mind and work.

Through the streets – video post
April 12, 2009, 5:13 pm
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Here are three similar videos from three very different countries from three very different times.

All of these are fairly long (rendez-vous is shortest at over 8 mins) but strangely mesmerizing. I would not/could not watch more than one in a row, it is best to space the viewings apart.

If you are only going to watch one video and you haven’t seen it, watch the last video!

First we have a lovely video of a tram ride through Barcelona from 1908.

Second is this video clip of a motorcyclist weaving his/her way through heavy traffic on a japanese highway.

and lastly (my favorite) from 1976 the fairly famous clip C’était un rendez-vous.The film shows an eight-minute drive through Paris in the early hours of the morning (05:30hrs), accompanied by sounds of a high-reving engine, gear changes and squealing tires.” It is beautiful.

Tween Bots
April 12, 2009, 6:32 am
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Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

“Mission 1: Get from the Northeast to the Southwest Corner of Washington Square Park / time: 42 minutes / number of people who intervened: 29”

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After the jump is a map of the robot’s path

[via NotCot]

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List love – Movies and Music
April 11, 2009, 3:56 pm
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People on the internet love lists, i think its probably due to a change in how we receive media. Not wanting to read a whole article, the internet has changed our viewing patterns. We quickly scan pages for things of interest, lists are great for this. Blah Blah Blah. You probably Haven’t even read this far…

So here is a small list of recent(ish) lists:

• 10 Most Controversial Sex Scenes.

• 10 Greatest Mall Set Action Scenes.

• 5 Least Convincing Scenes in Sports movies.

• 25 great albums that work best when listened to from start to finish.

• 5 Tips For Surviving The Worldwide Economic Collapse I Picked Up Rewatching The Road Warrior.

• 6 Movie Remakes That Missed the Point.

• 6 Evil Henchmen Who Sucked at Their Jobs.

• 20 shots to be henceforth retired from film vocabulary.

Poster and Print Post – Porsche posters and tree prints.
April 11, 2009, 11:37 am
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Vintage Porsche Posters-

Some prints by Bryan Nash Gill-

[via notcot]

Movie Post – Moon and Solaris Posters, and trailer
April 11, 2009, 7:54 am
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Sam Rockwell is one of those actors who really catches my eye when ever i see him on screen.

He doesnt get too many leading roles, but has stood out enough within his supporting roles to have made me look forward to his upcoming film “Moon” for quite a while now. The trailer is out and, looks quite promising.

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The poster reminds me of one for Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris from 1972, who’s themes are quite similar to that of Moon’s.


Hit the jump for a second, earlier Moon poster.

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