Archive for the 'Videos' Category

Sep 18 2014

Kimmel Recuts Hunger Games Trailer Into a Comedy

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I think it’s interesting that late night hosts are now doing what the internet has been doing for a while now, namely recutting trailer into something they weren’t meant to be. This happens all the time, but now the practice has made its way to Jimmy Kimmel, who has a bit where he presents the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 trailer as if it were a comedy instead of a young adult drama-romance-action-movie-anything-but-a-comedy.

It works, obviously, as he’s got a team of talented editors to craft this. I wonder if he’ll make it a recurring bit? It seems like more and more TV folks are making content specifically tailor to a “viral” loving internet audience. Less monologues, more stuff like this.

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Sep 16 2014

ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut

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I don’t quite know what the loose consensus is on Pixar these days. Is your average movie fan still on their team? Losing faith? I’m more in the latter category, but hopefully their upcoming slate of movies will erase the disappointing memories from their last handful of projects. Still, even Pixar’s more middling movies tend to stand above the competition.

Part of this is due to the way Pixar folks really embrace the possibilities of animation: in essence, you can put anything on that screen. With the power of their best visuals, it’s not unusual for the most striking Pixar sequences to eschew dialogue completely (just look at the opening of Wall-E, or the trash melter in Toy Story 3). Heck, the entire premise of Up can be summed up in a single frame.

The point of this rambling lead-in is that some cool person made a video that celebrates Pixar’s über-cinematic use of the entire (visible) color spectrum, and y’all should watch it. It’s up at the top of the article.

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Sep 15 2014

The Star Wars Finale Without Music is Exceptionally Awkward

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You’ve seen Garfield Minus Garfield, now experience Star Wars Minus Williams. YouTuber Auralnauts decided to see what it would be like if certain segments in Star Wars lost their famous theme from John Williams. The result? Well, it certainly shows the importance of music in film.

The scene in question this time is the big finale where Luke and Han get medals for being the only ones to not die while blowing up the Death Star. Chewie doesn’t get a medal because racism. Without the soundtrack, the whole affair is rather…awkward. I love the inserted sound effects too like coughing and a new Chewbacca scream. Watch above.

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Sep 12 2014

Little Mikasa vs. the Titan

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Sometimes, cosplay can be so much better in video form.

The above clip shows little 4 year-old Mikasa taking on a Colossal Titan from the newly famous anime, Clash of the Titans. I mean Attack on Titan. Shit, there goes all my nerd cred.

It shows the Titan rampaging around town, only to be stopped by Mikasa decked out in full jetboost/sword gear, and essentially spanking the beast to death with swords. It’s thoroughly adorable, and far better in video form than it would have been in photos alone.

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Sep 11 2014

You Can Beat Mass Effect Without Guns

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In a third person shooter, you wouldn’t think there’s be a quasi-“pacificism” option, and really, there isn’t. You can beat Mass Effect without firing a shot, but you’ll be forced to tear enemies apart using your biotic abilities alone.

Here’s the full story via Kotaku:

“I’d always assumed this would be a huge challenge, as the game looks like it’s set up primarily as a shooter (95% of the upgrades you get are for guns, characters constantly get out guns during cutscenes, 90% of the inventory in shops is guns), but instead, I had the easiest time by the end of the game.

Instead, it was the early missions that were a nightmare, as then my cooldown times were huge, so the thugs of Chora’s Den, and the two assassins outside it, were a big challenge.

Saren’s elite Krogan Battlemaster shock troops were simple. By the time I was facing them, I had warp specialisation, lift specialisation, and master throw. The final fight against Saren himself was the easiest of all. As he’s the only enemy in the room, you can just keep him indefinitely in the air with a chain of lifts from Shepard and your companions. He barely got an attack off before the warps killed him. So I suppose the most surprising thing is that playing without guns completely inverts the difficulty curve.”

You can check out the effort made in the video above to see just how much work this kind of playthrough is. I assume they’ll now do this for the rest of the games too. Good luck!

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Sep 10 2014

The Duck Tales Intro with Actual Ducks

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Before Disney was all bad live action shows starring girls who grow up to be controversial pop culture icons, it was full of iconic cartoon shows like one of my favorites, Duck Tales. Granted, that show was probably pretty bad too in retrospect, but nostalgia is still tinting my mind enough where I refuse to believe that.

Above all else, the intro song for the show is etched into my brain forever, and now I can see that opening recreated above…but with real ducks. I assume this is from the same people who recreate movie trailers with kittens, but perhaps not. You know you want to watch it above.

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Sep 08 2014

Saul Bass’s Game of Thrones

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All you young whippersnappers may not know who Saul Bass is, but since my parents made me watch like, every Alfred Hitchcock movie ever made growing up, I saw more than a few of his famed title sequences over the years.

Now, an animator has decided that Game of Thrones should get the Saul Bass treatment, even if Bass isn’t around to give it himself. The result is a pretty cool intro that remakes what was already a pretty cool intro. See for yourself above.

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Sep 02 2014

Watch Karen Gillan Shave Her Head for Guardians of the Galaxy

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Nebula may not have been a starring role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but that didn’t stop her from fully committing to the part. Even in this age of special effects, there would be no bald caps for Karen Gillan when she was playing the blue-domed villainess. She went ALL the way, shaving her head completely for the role.

And continuing the tradition of adorable Guardians of the Galaxy-related videos, someone actually documented the moments where she shaved it all off. You can literally hear the fear in her voice as it’s happening, but she seems pretty okay with it by the end. I remember seeing her on the red carpet bald for months a while back, but I never put two and two together that it was for Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Aug 29 2014

Prepare to Be Disillusioned by the Game of Thrones S4 VFX Reel

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We all know that Game of Thrones isn’t REALLY filming in Westeros (I just found this out), but you may not realize the massive amount of VFX work that goes into the show that you never even notice. Obviously some things like dragons are fake (also just learned this), but half the backdrops of every scene you see are greenscreen. Fortunately the tech has evolved to the point where you can’t even tell.

You can see what I’m talking about in the VFX reel from season four above, and I will just assume that something, somewhere in there is a spoiler, so beware.

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Aug 27 2014

The Harp Twins Take on Star Wars

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I love the internet. Only here can you find a pair of beautiful twins who have risen to international fame because of their ability to rock out on the harp. That would be Camille and Kennerly, who perform medleys from pop culture, usually while in costume.

Their latest Star Wars tribute is no exception, only this time they jump through three different costumes in one video, including dressing up as Ewoks, which deserves a round of applause itself. Thankfully, by the end they aren’t wearing Jar Jar Binks ensembles.

Just watch, it’s delightful.

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Aug 26 2014

Michael Rooker and Dave Bautisa “Grooting”

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What’s even more adorable than baby Groot doing his baby Groot dance during Guardians of the Galaxy? Why, having supporting actor Michael Rooker do the same thing as a press event with Dave Bautista.

I never imagined that a sixty year old man gyrating to music could be considered “adorable,” but then again, not every man is Michael Rooker. This is absolutely fantastic, and probably my favorite Guardians video to be released since the movie itself, and I’ve seen about ten million of these, most involving Chris Pratt being likable or Vin Diesel walking on stilts imagining he was Groot.

Just watch.

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