Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

What the guy in that Charles Addams cartoon is probably watching

January 17, 2012

Not Your Typical “Tonight Show” Performance

December 30, 2011

Be sure and hang in there for the one-liners at the end…

December 19, 2011

William S. Hart in “Hell’s Hinges”

October 7, 2011

The Ten Commandments, High Plains Drifter, Taxi Driver, Titanic, There Will Be Blood—they all owe something to this bad-ass motherfucker.

I Can Die a Happy Man

August 6, 2011

When I was a kid I had this 45 I used to listen to a lot—it was a novelty song about a guy who finds a mysterious box on the beach. It tantalized me, probably because it frightened me a little, too, and I listened to it obsessively until I outgrew it at some point.  I lost the record while I was still a kid and I forgot all about it until 10 or 15 years ago, when I stumbled across my dusty old copy of another childhood favorite, Kenny Ball’s “Midnight in Moscow”, and it caused me to suddenly remember the song about the box—but I didn’t know who did it, couldn’t remember any of its lyrics, and my best guess at its title was a Googly unfruitful “The Box”.  I only recalled that the singer talk-sang the lyrics and that there seemed to be something about sand in it.

Then about a half hour ago I was sitting here watching Solaris, of all the fucking things, and something in it, I don’t even know what, triggered the tune in my head, and this time I was able to conjure up the first line: “I was walking down the beach one bright and sunny day”. So I Googled that + “box”, and lo and behold up popped…“The Thing”, by Phil Harris. (He was a pop fixture in the ’50s and ’6os; if he’s remembered today, it’s probably for his voice work in The Jungle Book.) Weird thing is, “The Thing” was a hit in 1950, four years before I was even born, and I was at least four when I was listening to it so much. Whatever, man—I’m just happy to scratch it off the list. From Wikipedia:

The song aired on radio concurrently with a series of teaser ads which ran weekly in Collier’s promoting Howard Hawks’ science fiction movie, The Thing from Another World. The Hawks film was released April 6, 1951. While the song had no connection with the movie, some suspect it was a clever marketing tool to increase interest in seeing the film.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you “The Thing”. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

And what the hell…since it’s a song I actually still dig.


June 23, 2011

Most of this is distressing to the max, but here’s a compilation of near pristine color footage from WW II. In a couple places I had the sensation of seeing these events with fresh eyes—no mean feat.

May 27, 2011

Foot in Mouth Disease – The Director’s Cut

May 19, 2011

“None need grow poor”

May 13, 2011

Two impressive videos about Malick’s The New World by “autochthonous88”. (Make sure the annotations are turned on for the first one; that video was also slow in loading the first time I played it. If it’s slow for you, just let it load completely and then play it—it’s a lot more effective without the stop-and-start crap.)

I forget if it was Hawks or Faulkner who said they had trouble figuring out how pharaohs talked, but the solution presented here—to merely trim the fat from writings of the time and have your characters say that—seems as good as any to me. Especially when it fits everything else in your movie so well…

Fassbinder’s “Lola”

April 3, 2011

The situation is a familiar one; the actress is Barbara Sukowa. (And that’s the original sound, by the way.)


February 28, 2011

How to Become Public Enemy #1 in 10 Easy Jokes

January 18, 2011

What the world needs now
Is love, sweet lo—

[sound of needle being jerked off record]

“Read any good books lately?”

December 14, 2010

(Thanks to Phil Freeman…)

odds & ends

December 9, 2010

First, a toss-up between what’s more unbelievable, evil aliens pitching camp in Dodge City or that even after 40 years in the business Harrison Ford can’t make the words “Or I’m gonna take him” sound half-human:

Elsewhere, this true crime piece by Mark Bowden is well worth reading—some really ingenious detective work at play here. Be sure to watch the video afterward…

And finally, the thing that made me laugh the hardest in the past couple weeks:

October 11, 2010

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