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Category “Art”

Pigeon: Impossible

A rookie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase. [Tip o’ de hat to David G. for the pointer.]

Traveling Fast without Leaving Home

This is a 22-mile journey around the Paris periphery put together with thousands of images from Google Earth. Music by the band, Phoenix.

Google Street View challenge / 2009 from CorentinZ on Vimeo.

A Day in the Life of Stella

A short, sweet look at a dog’s day from her point-of-view.  Shot by Jesse Rosten. (“A day in the life of our dog. Shot on a Canon 5D MKII. Music by Jef Gibbons:“)

Chat Roulette with Random Strangers

Chat Roulette is a random bit of Internet fun. It’s a audio/video/text chat system that randomly pushes your “call” to an anonymous new caller. If the call looks interesting you can stay and talk or text back and fourth. This has led to a preponderance of cute young girls and w-a-y too many skanky older men on the system. But there is some middle ground (thank God!) and some innovators.

A guy named Merton, who wears a hoodie and glasses, has made two videos of his piano riffing to CR callers (the other one is here). He just started this month and the videos represent a whole new meme; sharing reactions from his random CR encounters. Enjoy! (NSFW)

As if this meme needed any proof of its power, singer/pianist Ben Folds recently did a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he dressed himself as Merton and did the Chat Roulette in front of the audience (again, NSFW).

[Tip o’ de hat to Laughing Squid.]

No You Can’t (Featuring John Boehner)

Brilliant mashup from Democrats that stick it to Mr. Boehner and his party.

Movie Shot On Copier

[Tip o’ de hat to]

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

Brilliant and captivating history of the world from Jamie Bell, aka DispleasedEskimo. Saw this at (thanks, Steve!) and just really dug it.

Sherlock Holmes: End Credits

I really enjoyed Guy Richie’s recent movie, Sherlock Holmes. Yeah, it was violent and there wasn’t much “Elementary, my dear Watson.” However there was some great action and the homoerotic relationship was a direction that Conan Doyle never would have contemplated.

Above is the final credit sequence and it is an amazing work of art. You can read and see more about the guy who did this at The Art of the Title Sequence blog:

The sequence creative director Danny Yount, a self-taught Emmy-winning designer/director produced main titles for Six Feet Under and The Grid while at Digital Kitchen. He currently resides at Prologue Films and has created titles for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man and RockNRolla.

Tone of Everyday

An amazing example of video/musical “groupsourcing”: Sour’s Hibi no Neiro (Tone of Everyday). I am flummoxed as to how something as complex and satisfying is master minded. Oh well, I’ll just sit back and enjoy it. [Via Podcasting News]

Come and See

I have just returned from a screening of the Russian movie, Come and See, directed by Elem Klimov (1985). It was hosted by the actor, Sean Penn, at the Rafael Theater. The movie is the first in a series the Rafael is sponsoring titled, The Films of My Life, after the François Truffaut book, Les Films de ma vie. Penn, like me, had seen the film for the first time back in 1986 when it ran in a few art houses and film festivals in the US and around the world. And, like me, it left a very big impression.

I remember being profoundly shocked by the movie. It depicts the invasion of Belarus by the Germans in World War 2. During that invasion, 628 villages were burned to the ground and the inhabitants, more likely than not, were still in them. It is a movie which is operatic in scale and achievement; something of a novel successfully executed in another medium. It tells the story of a 13-year-old boy coming of age during an unspeakably horrible time. It is a devastating yet fascinating cinematic experience. The cinematography is superb.

I believe there a many war movies, nationalistic but realistic, that evoke the same kind of audience reaction as Come and See. The French movie, The 317th Platoon (La 317e Section) and the Korean Brotherhood of War (Tae Guk Gi, which influenced Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers) are two movies that carry a similar impact, albeit each with its own particular national flavor. In addition to the strong sense of nationalism, each of these three are naturalistic, propaganda and fatalistic; a perfect combination for a war movie.

The clip above is from Ovation TV which until tonight had never heard of. It is a channel on DirectTV. It features interviews with the director, cinematographer and (a much older) main actor of Come and See.