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8Jul/110

Human-Cyborg Relations

Considering how finely-tuned the sound effects in the Star Wars films are, it's no surprise they're constantly being sampled and thrown into mixes. I've had a copy of this anonymous "DJ Vader" mini-set for years and, no surprise, it is up on YouTube as well:

...and just recently, audio/video DJs Eclectic Method came out with this mix, showcasing one of the only good uses for the prequel series (or, for that matter, much of the material in the Family Guy parodies.) Make sure to watch in HD:

29Jun/110

The Quick Fuse

One of my favorite scenes in Mel Brooks' '68 The Producers is Lorenzo St. Dubois' (LSD to his friends) audition. It's not just funny, but a fantastic parody-cum-time capsule of New York in the 1960s. It also contains one of the most sartorially hilarious zoom-outs in film:

28Jun/110

Shower Scene

Woody Allen's directorial debut, Take The Money And Run, has some scenes of physical comedy that would be appropriate in a Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton film. Long before he went for the head, he'd go for the gut with scenes like this one, demonstrating the trials of urban living and date-induced absentmindedness.

26Jun/110

Vector In On That Guy

Watch enough modern-day detective shows and techno-thrillers and you'll notice one common thread: if an image is ever pulled up on a computer screen, it suddenly becomes resolute to the infinite degree. An episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent from 2006, for instance, had webcam footage on a real-estate website read text off the LCD display on home security box. TVTropes has, obviously, covered this (as I've covered them, earlier) and a video was born:

Futurama, the mothership of technological satire, also covered this:

Of course, we do live in the future, so some amount of magic really is possible, given an appropriate amount of resolution:

14Jun/110

Oh Fudge Pt. 3

My love for obscenity-only cuts of films will never die, although just like in the previous installments of "Oh Fudge", you better check this out now because it's going to get dropped off YouTube in roughly six minutes. Meanwhile, I just re-watched Pulp Fiction the other weekend, and I have to say that the scene set in Jack Rabbit Slim's is easily one of my favorite moments in cinema.

19May/110

Playback

You may remember the following video for "Jaaan Pehechan Ho" ("We Should Get To Know Each Other Better") from the opening scenes of Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic Ghost World. It originally appeared in the 1965 Bollywood picture Gumnaam ("Unknown.") I love that every shot of "Ted Lyons" -- the lead singer of the band overdubbed by Rafi -- is at a canted angle making him look like the greatest 60s Batman villain ever.

17May/112

Aeron of Mystery

Like I mentioned here, I don't watch horror films. But I can appreciate the originality of thought that went into making this scene.

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28Apr/1113

Howlin’

1957's miserable I Was A Teenage Werewolf had one redeeming feature beyond the fact that it made a pretty good MST3k episode. It was this completely inexplicable dance number -- complete with steps straight out of Gutterballs -- in what is otherwise a teen rebel/horror film.

26Apr/110

Gwen and the Stacies

If the movie trailer is a form of art -- or at least a genuine medium -- both the action and the indie movie trailer is genres. And, as with any genre, ripe for parody:

24Mar/110

Keep the Change

If you were awake during the early 1990s, you probably spent some time assaulted by visions of Home Alone. The movie used a scene from a fake '30s gangster flick as one of the numerous pranks Kevin McCallister used to foil Joe Pesci and the guy who was Older Kevin on The Wonder Years. It was titled Angels with Dirty Souls -- a direct take off the James Cagney/Pat O'Brien film Angels with Dirty Faces. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about that decade to tell if the main actor in Souls is trying to do a Cagney, so I'll let you judge for yourself:

Angels with Dirty Faces, 1938

Angels with Filthy Souls, 1992

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