The Evo fighting game tournament is upon us once again. They're all playing Street Fighter 4 now, but until that game debuted (and possibly still) Street Fighter 3 was a tournament mainstay. Growing up around arcades (SF3 was only recently emulated), I've played a fair amount of the game and one thing I could never get right was the parry -- a defensive attack performed by tapping the directional button the moment the attack hits. No matte how I tried, it never really worked out. So, that makes this moment from Evo 2004 all the more amazing:
I could never get my friends to watch movies from the 1940s. Mainly because every time we sat down to watch a movie we were beat from school, or work, or hanging out all day to the extent that following the rapid-fire dialogue in, for instance, a Howard Hawks or Preston Sturges film was just too much to work through. Take, for instance, this scene from 1940s classic His Girl Friday, starring Rosalind Russell as a hardcore journalist and Cary Grant as her editor and ex-husband.
Family Guy did a dead-on parody of this style of filmmaking with their Fast Talking, High Trousers:
So, what else is there to do with a movie like that but excise the dialogue and see what remains. That idea was the genesis of 2005's Between The Lines edit of His Girl Friday. It's eight minutes long, pared down from 92, and nothing but looks, breaths, noises and wordless vocalizations. It achieves a great rhythm, evident especially during the phone "conversation", at the five minute mark. It might not make too much sense if you haven't seen the original, but it's up all over the place.
I've been really digging Ford and Lopatin latest LP Channel Pressure. I also absolutely love the cover art for their latest album, which, I have to admit, was a big part of me picking up the album.
The album comes resembles a Gary Numan release, with glitchy IDM embellishments and shifted R&B vocals, the latter being a mainstay of dubstep, and it's nice to hear it in a different venue. Like my college favorite Add N to (X), their production technique is intentionally retro, and the album ends up sounding like something from 1984 that got mixed up in the
Here's my favorite track (and the single) "Emergency Room":
In 1945, Salvador Dali began a project with Disney that, mainly due to a lack of interest on Disney's behalf, would not be completed until 2003. Titled Destino, it's quite literally a romp through Dali's style and imagery with all of Disney's fluidity and grace.
Greenwood Sharps' Things Familiar is taking the place Ratatat did, as far as minimalist beatmaking goes. They carry a bit of a New Age vibe rather where Ratatat's reference hip-hop one, and they've got vocals, but there's a definite overlap between their sounds. Definitely check out this EP.
I have previously covered the effect that a rolling shutter camera does to vibrating guitar strings. Well, Kyle Jones threw his iPhone inside his guitar and caught this beauty of a video. He's also provided a link to some nigh-impenetrable explanations:
I've seen Cult of Youth perform twice, both times opening for Zola Jesus, and they wowed me both times. The music wasn't incredible, but their absolutely raw energy more than made up for it. Unfortunately, it doesn't carry over very well on the album or this video, for that matter. Sean Ragon, the lead singer and acoustic guitarist, blasts every ounce of feeling (and sweat) out of his body and exhausts himself, in the best way possible, by set's end. If you ever get a chance to see them, go.
So, we come to the conclusion of this experiment with the fatality which takes the most advantage of the Sega CD's hardware. I mean, it wouldn't be a Sega CD game without CGI full motion video, would it? The Cinekill involves the character being damned by the Dark Champion to a death exemplifying their biggest fear. At least that's what the Wiki says; I have a hard time believing that someone's biggest fear is being a victim of the Headcrusher from Kids in the Hall. I have to say that for a game from 1995, the CGI is pretty good, and the imaginative and very graphic content -- the celebration of which is the whole reason for this Week's posts -- more than makes up for the choppiness. All in all, I just wish that this was a better game, so that working to see all these fatalities would be fun, rather than an exercise in tedium allayed only by someone devoted enough to a forgotten 90s fighter to make these videos.
Third up on our Eternal Champions finishing move retrospective is the Vendetta. Finally, we're seeing the standard fatality: quick and character-based. Unfortunately, this also means they're a bit less creative than the two sets of stage fatalities. One of the highlights is '20s thug Larcen's move, which unlike the many of the sci-fi or supernatural theme of the rest, is just a vicious and repeated stabbing. Again, there's a gore warning here:
The second sort of finishing move available in Challenge from the Dark Side is the Sudden Death. These were a variant on the regular stage fatalities, and like the remaining others, exclusive to the Sega CD. Watch for what I am convinced is a reference to Dr. Manhattan's origin story in Watchmen. Again, these are some delightfully graphic animations, so if you're the sensitive type, put the sandwich down before hitting play: