Dec 19 2014
A fun “Merry Christmas” video from Autonomous Systems Lab, an organization that is part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Man this seems so lonely doesn’t it?
Dec 18 2014
At this point you may be sick of all the Frozen parody videos out there but we’re not. Anything that makes fun of “Let it Go” is worth a shot in our book. This video for example, is a strangely appropriate Lord of the Ring-themed parody of “Let it Go” by the folks over at The Hillywood Show.
(Via The Mary Sue)
Dec 16 2014
Are any of you familiar with James Covenant? You might remember him for having made that incredible Captain Picard and the cast of TNG singing “Let it Snow.” James is now back with yet another work of genius. This time it’s the Avengers singing Christmas carols.
Glad tidings we bring, to you and your Hulk. Glad tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dec 16 2014
In this Indigogo video, Sonya and Tom take a break from shooting their next video to fulfill a special request from one of their Indiegogo supporters and play some classic Nintendo Theme Songs. Only this has a bit of a twist. Sonya has the ability to transform the theme songs only seconds after hearing them into something entirely new and amazing. Check it out!
Dec 16 2014
If any of you were wondering just how much work it takes to make an overstuffed summer blockbuster, this behind-the-scenes of the latest Transformers has your answer: “A lot.”
You know, it’s amazing that any of these big tentpoles actually get made, let alone made well. Bay’s efforts here are truly Herculean; it takes real willpower to manage the process of wrestling a movie into shape in the edit room. Even more so when you add high-dollar sound and effects to the mix. And then you remember that this video only covers the “finishing touches.” He’s already overseen the surely-insane preproduction process and the immense shoot that follows.
Shame about the movie.
But seriously, you guys should check it out. It’s easy to take these things for granted and forget that making a movie from start to finish is one of the hardest things in the world. This is a pretty fascinating process to peek in on.
Dec 16 2014
It’s almost Christmas! It’s that wondrous time of year when the film community gets up in arms over the Oscar nomination process, and maybe a bunch of other awards, too. Some of those awards have already been going to members of this roundtable discussion hosted by The Hollywood Reporter.
The full cast: Richard Linklater, Angelina Jolie, Mike Leigh, Christopher Nolan, Morten Tyldum, and Bennett Miller. Not bad.
The discussion should fascinate most of you. Among other things, we get to hear Jolie’s feelings on stepping up to the big leagues, what Nolan’s reputation in Iceland is like these days, and what Linklater’s feelings are on directing the same movie for twelve years. The best moments may be when the directors start asking questions of each other. These are some smart folks, and they’re very good at what they do.
That probably means we should listen, don’t you think?
Dec 10 2014
It’s one thing to convince however many people it took to do this in one’s neighborhood to do this. It’s another to execute this in such flawless fashion. Talk about impressive!
Via – [Jeff Maxey]
Dec 08 2014
When a seller is ready to prepare their home for a sale they tend to go the extra mile. Some cleaning here, a little redecorating there can go a long way in attractive potential buyers. But here’s something that you will rarely if ever see. One realtor actually went as far as to build a roller coaster tour for the house he was trying to sell. Don’t believe me? Check out the video after the jump.
Dec 01 2014
I’m not sure we’re going to find anything better than this all week. Have you ever heard of Hebocon? For those that haven’t, it’s a robot sumo-wrestling tournament for those who don’t have the technical skills to actually make robots. You read that correctly. What does that mean exactly? It means we’re looking at 31 pseudo-robots that don’t even move properly coming together to go head to head.
The robots in this tournament are nothing like what their builders initially imagined them to be. Some robots are forgotten on the train, the strategies made with careful planning only result in failure, and the entrants who enter the ring brag about their robot’s secret moves that don’t really exist.
However, this makes for incredible entertainment. Check out these crappy robots duking it out after the jump….
Nov 25 2014
So apparently there’s a new Star Wars trailer dropping this week. Even though I’m not necessarily sold on the new direction of the series, it’s hard not to marvel at the event. We haven’t had a new Star Wars trailer — or movie — in almost ten years (surely that Clone Wars theatrical release doesn’t count).
To whet our appetites for our first real glimpse at what Abrams & Co. have in store for us next year, I’ve assembled a completely subjective, but nonetheless entirely accurate, ranking of trailers for all the existing Star Wars movies (at least, the ones that count).
As Mr. Tetrault would say… let’s do this.
Nov 17 2014
Incidental music, for me. plays a huge part in a films capacity to occupy my thoughts and imagination in the days, weeks, months and often years after having seen it. It is an ongoing irritation for me that the current crop of superhero movies are largely without big scores to carry the heroism and nobility of these characters into the realms of the abstract. The fashion these days tends towards the textural rather than the outright melodic.
However, there are many films that are not terribly good (and some that are outright awful) that I feel compelled to watch over and over again because the music in them is so evocative or unique. Before I do this, I’ll do the mandatory disclaimer of this being ‘just my opinion’ but most of these films are either known to have done badly or have gotten a fair slice of bad press. I will also be mainly talking about the theatrical releases of these movies. As to the quality of the music…well you decide
Nov 17 2014
Every month an event organized by Akiba Cart is held and it allows video game enthusiasts to rent go-karts to drive around Tokyo, Japan. Up until now we really only had pictures of this amazing race. However, because of a generous bystander we’re now able to see Mario Kart fans driving go-karts based on the Nintendo game series. The footage, which was taken last month, show fans ripping alongside traffic in go-karts dressed as Mario Kart characters. Now why doesn’t this exist in the United States?
Nov 14 2014
We’re pretty big fans of Benedict Cumberbatch on this site. He captivated all of us as Sherlock Holmes and frankly blew me away as Khan in the Star Trek sequel. And while I think all of us know he’s a man of many talents his latest interview shows that he’s gone up a notch or five after giving Alistair McGowan a serious run for his money in the impersonation stakes.
Nov 12 2014
Ok so when did NERF finally get their act together and provide the kids of today amazing swords to play with?! No really, have you seen these things? I know that my parents probably said the same thing when I was a child, but I’m going to say it anyways. Kids today have no idea how good they’ve got it! No, I don’t care if the commercial is from 2010, I have DVR and Netflix damn it.
Oct 14 2014
And now, as part two of Historical Mecha-Fiction Tuesday, I bring you “Great martian war.”
Most of you are probably familiar with H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. If not, please excuse yourself to the nearest bookstore for a few hours and wallow in shame/visionary sci-fi. Anyway, this video is about the closest thing to a period-accurate War of the Worlds we’ll ever get. It’s still off by twenty years, but whatever.
Whoever put this thing together is pretty slick. It’s genuinely difficult to tell how much of this is modified archival footage and how much has been shot recently. Maybe all of it is one or the other. I have no idea.
NOTE: If you have any sort of respect for film music, you’ll mute the off-tone stuff they put over this piece and play something more appropriate. My suggestion is below. Continue Reading »
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