zustifer: (czech mouse)
Well, I guess rats can play basketball now.

(Aw, man, mefi scooped me.)
zustifer: (blue scoff)
Your daily dose of puppet horror! (I actually sort of like this one, although there's no shell movement. Low-rent puppets are better in Chinese.)


May. 27th, 2008 08:05 pm
zustifer: (Aquabats!)
I don't know if I quite agree with this article about how condescending and coopting Weezer's youtubey goofy-ass new video is. I think the author missed the real creepy part, which is the undue sanitization and prettification they've perpetrated. Where're the real sad goofballs, like Star Wars Kid, or the deliberate culture-jamming of Leslie Hall? Some solidarity, fellows. Numa Numa guy is probably as unattractive as the video gets, but he's essentially a success story. I think.
(Also, the lyrics are I hope tongue in cheek, because they are really, really dumb.)
zustifer: (Baby Cakes with Viking helmet)

Oh Mummy

Apr. 23rd, 2008 02:43 pm
zustifer: (Arthur Frayn)
Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars
This four-parter had some fun stuff, including a couple of badass costumes for the villains, and a disco sarcophagus. Robot mummies (bearing slight resemblance to Amazo) stumped around in broad daylight, trying not to look embarrassed. It was good.

PS: This video is totally great.
zustifer: (repo man: Bud)

Hey, look, Alex-Cox-flavored comic-format Repo Man sequel! Not insanely exciting visually, although Otto's new incarnation does look an awful lot like David Lynch.

Hurr, Mr. Campion did a Cap'n Future illustration!

I've sat through this footage of Andy Warhol eating a hamburger three times now. I don't think I've ever known anyone who dips their hamburger into ketchup. My favorite parts are when he accidentally knocks into the takeout bag when trying to pick it up, and the sitting around at the end.


Jan. 31st, 2008 07:24 pm
zustifer: (Amitabh Bachchan)
Hey, you should go look at this short directed by a guy I went to school with, and produced by another guy I went to school with. It is actually funny!
zustifer: (Arthur Frayn)
Chmmr dug these up somehow [addendum: Data Krupa was sent him by 343] and for this he is forever my hero.
The deal is, some guy redubs bits of Star Trek, with mostly hilarious results. If I could excise all the bad overlays I would, but they're survivable.

Data Krupa
Outtakes Vol 2 (Vol 1 sucks, it's a different guy)
What would you do with a raisin
Chin Hitler
zustifer: (Dogtato and Boartato)
I was surfing j-pop videos on lastfm just now, trying to pull something good out of an old colleague's questionable taste, when I ran across this video ('Highway') which just happened to star the middle brother from Lunch Queen.
I mean, the song is nothing to get excited about, but still, I was amused.
zustifer: (comics: Mysterio laughs at nothing)
As noted by uncharacteristically helpful youtub commenters, Sas[c]ha is usually a boy's name in Russia and eastern Europe. It would make my fucking day if Heavy was as gay as a Pok├ęball.

Ebert is awfully sure about this. (Not games-related, dudes.)

Good heavens, look at all those gay gay paperbacks.

Noah sent me this, which is a list of gay superheroes and their fates. Kind of alarming.

...Attractive Lad? Good golly.
(Huh, Ultrahumanite? Who knew. Also, WHY IS WONDER WOMAN NEVER GAY WHAT THE HELL)


Aug. 10th, 2007 06:57 pm
zustifer: (Walking creature)
The best animated thing I have seen in days, next to the stuff spatchel linked.
zustifer: (Dr. Phibes)
Ooh, look, I got mentioned on the Total Dick-Head blog. Dude didn't pick the most pleasing photo, but, oh well. Extremely niche recognition is extremely niche recognition.

Ha ha, Evangelion characters doritos.

Some serious ups and downs, but here are some things film people emailed Ebert about Ingmar Bergman.
My dad showed me The Seventh Seal when I was a child, twelve maybe. I remember being pretty enthralled. I recently got my hands on some more of his work, and intend to watch the hell out of it.
Oh, and the conversations on ghibli blog posted the absolutely adorable little beer commercial/Bergman mashup from I forget what MST3K episode. Just to tie in with jwgh's comment.
zustifer: (comics: decapitated jughead)
Wizard People, Dear Reader, Chris Columbus. July 5, 12:00am. View count: 7ish.

Yes, watched it again. Had to show it to Spook, who was appropriately overwhelmed by the hilarity. It's excellent, as ever. Wizard People: The Fabric of Our Lives.

Popeye (1980), Robert Altman. July 5, 6:30pm. View count: One.

Well, okay. This movie. This movie is not great; it has some problems. Those problems are not the ones that all the reviews I can find brought forth; it's a comprehensible movie. It's just not unified. There're these beautiful physical gags one moment, and long, poorly timed, dull scenes the next. All the clever timing that could have been is ruined by meaningless cuts to close-ups on arbitrary actors. If you're going to play the scene like a stage play, with people confined in a small area and relating to one another (the dinner scene comes to mind), don't destroy all your momentum and sense of your characters' movement by editing it to shreds! So, stage play/movie tension.

Then we have physical acting. Robin Williams is a plenty fine physical actor, so he set the standard. Apart from the circus performers who played random townspeople, he was alone. Shelly Duvall completely failed to sell her character; her bodily lines of action were halfassed and her opportunities for overdone takes and whole-body motion were sadly squandered. I suppose she's just not much of a physical actor (and as someone's review said, she was, surprising no one, very close to a nervous breakdown), but she was just put to shame (she did get the voice down pretty well though). Animated Olive Oyl's noodly limbs and forward-thrust head are her whole character. Shelly Duvall should have been using old Fleischer cartoons as her bible. Look at how animated Olive moves her hands every time she says something (sort of like how 3d animation is now, but it's more fun when it's live action). Even the 50s episodes displayed freaking anticipation and follow-through (watching this, it struck me that not only was the animation terribly reminiscent of Little Lulu but that Olive Oyl's voice sounded much like Little Lulu's, and what do you know?). Shelly Duvall's best acting was done when she was in the steam-pipe, because her body was immobilized, forcing her to move her head exaggeratedly.
Bluto was no great shakes either, but at least he wasn't on screen much.

I hoped in vain for essentially the entire movie for people to start doing things in rhythm, outside of songs. There was nothing really wrong with this movie that broad acting, editing restraint, and timing cleanup coulldn't've fixed, but... those things weren't fixed. (*) And they should have been. There were a few a lot of beautiful details and moments (Popeye forming into a circle as he rolls away from a punch, Olive Oyl yelling 'You'll be murdered!', the guy who could never catch his hat, the guy with the beard who looked like John Turturro), but they could not save this movie.

(* You know, this is so not true. There was an endemic tension between what it appeared Altman wanted and what the studio wanted, as evidenced not least by how different the acting (Altman) was from the editing (studio). Probably kinda doomed from square one.)
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: flamefingers)
I am so completely and thoroughly psyched for Madame Tutli-Putli. Film Board of Canada is animation's saviour nowadays, as it has honestly been for a pretty long time.
This is seriously the best animated thing I've seen in years. The animators apparently worked with a human actor to develop the personality of the protagonist, which, from the small clips available, looks freaking insanely excellent. The granularity of the movements is amazing on its own, and the movements themselves are so well-observed and wonderful. Here's another little clip; little bits of footage here and there.
zustifer: (blue scoff)
Best Mefi Post Evar. Mummenschanz. God bless youtube; I remember searching for these clips years ago and coming up with noth-ing.


Mar. 28th, 2007 03:42 pm
zustifer: (Puutan)
One of my students the other day was looking up Mitch Hedberg performances, and one of the clips that came up was one of the Dr. Katz episodes I worked on. At about 03:35 on this one (this is just the Mitch Hedberg parts; definitely worth watching all the way through), that's my background (Wallet World was a real actual store my family and I saw once (it was scarring), and I also jammed in an ad for crab juice (Mountain Dew or crab juice?)). I can't tell what sort of fish is on the leftmost sign, and I completely can't remember what I put there. Yay, though, my handwriting is on youtube (Oh, low barrier to entry!). I probably animated that sequence, too, what there is of it. The next gag was mine too, with the pink hair, but I had originally drawn all new people who were really weird-looking, and my boss decided they were too weird. But the important cotton-candy-haired meaninglessness survived, at least. This next part of the episode, where Mitch is playing soccer and the Mitch-foosball-guys is mine. Probably the most animated sequence ever on Dr. Katz, which I'm proud of in a sick way.
This one, at 02:53 may have been mine too; I think I came up with the Pork Parade. Maybe not.
I'm disappointed to find no hits for the other Mitch Hedberg one, the Smacky the Frog one, which had a really cute bear-mauling by Young Rich. Or indeed any of the other episodes I worked on. Oh wells.

I was sort of constantly upset while I was working there, because the style was so anti-animation, but I did get to do a lot of weird things that got on television, so I expect it evened out.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: flamefingers)
343 sent over this: I Am Baby Cakes. It's a brilliant little semi-animated thing by the always badass Brad Neely (Wizard People, Dear Reader). Part 2 is over here on Cracked.com apparently. It is also good. Oh, and here is three, which is slightly less good but still worth it. If any of you can work out how to gank the actual files, I would be HIGHLY PSYCHED.

(This avatar I usually use when I am being celebratory, due to Barbara's fingers' similarity to a birthday cake. It is, along with the elephant shrew, one of the unequivocally happy avatars.)
zustifer: (Griffy as Wolverine)
Hey internet, why not watch the comedic stylings of Neil Ciceriega?
Here you go.

It's a little draggy in a couple parts, but it's very worth it for two things: the concept that all magical/extremely powerful mythological figures are basically interchangeable, and the transformation sequence.


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