Meanwhile, at Google Reader, Josh shared a link with an image of the amazing stage design for French fencer Charlotte's stage in Samurai Shodown 2 for the NeoGeo. In high school, I may have played the Samurai Shodown games more than any other, save for possibly the Kings of Fighters. Basically, I was an enormous NeoGeo fanboy from the moment I realized that even my Pentium 2 could emulate the system at full-speed. I would leave my dial-up connection on while I was in school and between download managers and some hope, I would have a game ready to play by the time I got home. Then I would proceed to intermittently play it, read FAQs, and find websites that explained the surprisingly involved storylines that NeoGeo fighters usually had. I was, uh, pretty much this guy:
Like Charlotte's stage struck the author above, the music for Charlotte's stage in Samurai Shodown IV, titled "Continuation of the Woman from Far Away" (the game is Samurai Shodown, after all) always stood out for me . I can remember losing more than one match just because I was so caught up listening. It's not just downtempo, it's also full of silences, which is very rare for a video game, much less a 90s fighter.
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 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.
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:
This short by Corridor Digital has been described as "Braid meets FPS," but having never plaid Braid (or even seen gameplay videos, a fact that even surprises me at this point) I just think it is a great example of staggered-time storytelling, in the Primer or Cursor*10 vein. Also, the production values on this are great, reminding me of the other live action FPS videos I've covered here.
So a few of the gentlemen at the Gothenburg Historical Fencing School decided to take advantage of modern technology and taped a GoPro camera to a sword. The perspective inversion makes for some pretty original footage, comparable to the SnorriCam.
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.
The word "trippy" is thrown around a lot, usually to describe things that are even the slightest bit off-kilter. However, Cyriak's latest video, "Baa," is trippy, includes many visual concepts one traditionally associates with a genuine hallucinogenic experience. Enjoy.
A bit over a year ago, this video was making the rounds. It's a collection of terrible, terrible video game voice acting:
Now, here is a gentleman named Dean Lauderdale acting out all the clips from above, appropriately hamming it the hell up. One thing of note is that his syncing is great.