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Granny O’Grimm’s Sleepy Beauty

This is what is known in colloquial terms as awesome.

Granny O’Grimm tells her version of Sleeping Beauty.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Ryan by Chris Landreth

This is an exceptional animated tribute by one animator, Chris Landreth, to another, Ryan Larkin, who he met at a rehab facility. 30 years ago, Ryan Larkin produced some of the most influential animated films of his time.

Chris Landreth made this animation video in a style he terms psychological realism. Which is a very good description. The style is about depicting the psychological realism vs. base material realism.

But even that’s not important. What is important is that this little short is…. unbearbly touching. I doubt you will see anything else today that can compare to this, or come close.

Watch it.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The 5 Best Comedy Sketches

What on earth does this have to do with anything steampunk or dieselpunk opera related? Not much, i admit. But i leave for London in 4 days and still have no place to stay for the first week (inside London. I have a place to stay outside but the cost of commute would be devastating. Of course i have fasted several times. 3 day fasts mostly although i did a 5 day fast once. Of course i’d useless productivity wise, but…)

Anyway, this has led to some friends and i having a laugh about the possible outcomes which always reminds me of my personal all time favorite comedy sketch.

So let’s list 5 of the great ones, shall we? I know everyone will feel i left off their favorites, and i probably did, but this is the ones i thought of while pondering the sketches that have never stopped making me chuckle over the years.

5. Dick In a Box

SNL sucks. It has sucked for a long, long time. But even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day and let’s face it, this is gold. I personally love the Cowbell sketch, but Dick In A Box far outshines it.

4. The Hedge Sketch

I’m including this mostly because it’s the one most likely to not have been seen (by non British). The others are all SO well known but this maybe you can actually watch for the first time. Plus, it’s awesome. Immensely creative and meta. As with most Americans i watched House for YEARS before someone pointed out that House was King George from Black Adder at which point i went into utter shock.

3. Who’s On First

Yeah, you know it, it’s a classic. But come on, admit it. It deserves to be the classic it is. This is the most iconic sketch ever. It will never die. It never should.

2. The Spanish Inquisition

Usually these lists say the Dead Parrot sketch is the funniest. Now don’t get me wrong, the Dead Parrot sketch is awesome, but you simply cannot beat The Spanish Inquisition. We all know Monty Python should basically  be on all 5 slots of best sketches ever, but for simple diversity we must pick one and this is my pick.

1. The Four Yorkshiremen

This is the one that got the whole post going. It’s impossible to think up dire circumstances or reflect on terrible times without this coming to mind. Honestly, i never tire of this routine. In honor of my first week in London as shivering male prostitute:

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A Sweet Little Bullet From A Pretty Blue Gun

You should have some Tome Waits in your day. Everyone should. Here is yours:

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Please Say Something

On the subject of animated shorts, i present to you the greatest thing you will see all month.

I am in awe of this. For one, the style is utterly original. It’s truly something new and unique. The storytelling is daring. The story itself is a lot like a repeated kick to the groin of your heart, but i would be lying if i said i wasn’t effected by it. It’s not flippant, i’ll tell you that.

It’s made by Irish film maker David O’Reilly. If you like this you can check out his Vimeo page.

And now for something completely different:

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Destino: The Walt Disney/Salvador Dali Collaboration

You might think i’m being facetious, maybe i have an animated video that just LOOKS like what a Disney/Dali collaboration would look like, but no, i kid thee not. In 1946 they worked together on a video for the Fantasia movie that never got fully finished and released.

In 2003 Disney finished it, using the material already made, the copious notes, and Dali’s storyboards.

It is called Destino and i assure you, it looks EXACTLY like what you would picture a Disney/Dali collaboration would look like. Music is by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Steampunk Kung Fu

I don’t know what to say other than it’s about time.

The movie Tai Chi O is set to be released in theaters on Sept, 27, 2012. It’s Chinese of course, because let’s face it, no one, and i mean NO one makes kung fu movies like the Chinese. And Director Stephen Fung, with Enter The Pheonix and House Of Fury under his belt is a solid choice, not to mention it’s produced by none other than Jet Li.

Tai Chi Zero is part 1 and the sequel, which was shot at the same time is Ta Chi Hero. You want a synopsis?

“In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, and uses a powerful form of Tai Chi in all aspects of their life. Yang has arrived to try and learn it, only to find that it’s forbidden for the villagers to teach their secret style to an outsider. But when a mysterious man comes to town with a frightening steam-powered machine and plans to build a railroad through a village, the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Yang, who has a secret power of his own.”

It’s a kung fu movie. Don’t overthink it. Just pass the popcorn

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Zappa, Live Bands and Improv

Over at one of my favorite blogs on the net, Dangerous Minds, a video was featured a few days ago of a performance of Frank Zappa’s band at the Roxy back in ’73.

I’ve been planning to do some posts on live bands, seeing as how i have to assemble one and reinterpet the music on the album for the performance showcase in Nov. This video offers a perfect start. It illustrates:

a. How to have one of the most stunning live bands on the planet

b. A lesson in improvisation, which for me is essential in order to be one of my favorite live bands. To be clear, the band for the show will NOT be improvising. This is not that kind of music or thing. I’m just saying, my personal taste in live acts prefers structured improvisation. Structured meaning there are songs, there are carefully composed sections, but there are also long sections of utter improvisation. Like this video.

c. This video is REALLY interesting in that Frank Zappa had an improvisational methodology that was absolutely unique. Not only would the band “jam” but Zappa used a range of conducter like hand gestures to signal the types of on the fly stuff he wanted the band to do. The band cane be laying down a groove while a member is soloing, and then Zappa comes in and starts… with the hand gestures and the type of…. structured improvisation that follows is unlike any other band out there.

So do me a favor, skip to the 10:30 mark and start watching from there. It’s the end of the song as they groove out and into a keyboard solo (by the legendary George Duke). Watch and listen. You’ll see the song getting more and more improvisational, more and more away from the written groove, and then Zappa will start with the hand gestures and you’ll something really amazing go down. It’s worth it even if this music isn’t normally your type of thing.

10:30 mark. Go to it. Watch this and i’ll see you fine, sweet things tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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H+ or More Future Apps Coming To Take Over Your Brain

Hear me out.

I know know what you think of the concept of a webseries. I’ve seen a few, but they were all light, comedic stuff. I’m aware that they are a burgeoning media form and are getting more serious and ambitious, but none of substance have interested me or crossed my radar. Until now.

Following the theme of that vid i posted a few days ago, here are the first two (and only so far) episodes of this webseries called H+, which honestly seems pretty damn cool. It’s also working the theme of next gen apps installed into your widdle brains.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Goat Rodeo Sessions

This was brought to my attention by reader Patrick Plonski last week and i loved it and must share it.

They’re called Goat Rodeo Sessions. A goat rodeo refers to a situation in which a thousand things must go absolutely without error for it to succeed. Ever tried to get a bunch of goats together and throw a rodeo? It’s really, REALLY difficult.

Who are they? Ever heard of Yo-Yo Ma? Stuart Duncan? Chris Thile? Edgar Meyer? Well, these four giants of music decided to form a band. The results are exquisite.

Much like the albums Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer made together, Appalachian Waltz and Appalachian Journey, the style is technically classical crossover, in this case crossing over to bluegrass and Americana. The level of musicianship is through the roof and yet the music is fun and accessible.  Look, let’s just cut to the chase. it’s fantastic.

Here listen to some more. This video has them playing 3 songs, although the first one is a repeat of the one in the first video. Maybe like me you find it interested to hear 2 different live version… but otherwise be sure to catch the other two. The album is available at all major online stores.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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