This charmingly goofy video featuring two lionesses and a tigress (the giveaway? See 1:50 in the video…) getting their groove on to Ratatat’s “Wildcat” has racked up almost 900,000 hits on YouTube. Not too bad considering it was made as a throwaway video project for a summer Computer Arts Media class. Shot and edited over a weekend with little more than a handycam and a 20 minute tutorial in Final Cut Pro, the filmmaker wisely embraced her no-budget aesthetic, coupling crude video effects with the feline hijinks. Highlight: the choreographed dance sequence during the breakdown. As Ratatat would say, classic.
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And don’t get that confused with the Mary Jane Girls’ “In My House”.
The video, re-creating a low-budget dance party/music program from what could be the late 1980s or the early 1990s, is complete with glitchy video (NOT film), an introduction from the “host”, cringe-worthy fashions of the era, and even a commercial break with hilarious, faux-local advertisements.
Think what you may about the song, but you gotta see this embarassingly perfect video!
Now that the Christmas season has passed and the gifts have already been received, let’s take a nostalgic look at popular gifts through the years. The 2000’s recently ended, but there are still a lot of trends and changes to look back on.
Neopets or Webkins: Neopets sold millions of toys and themed merchandise by offering kids realistic counterparts to their free online pets. Towards the end of the decade, Webkins emerged as a younger-child’s version of Neopets, with stuffed-animals whose codes lead to their online alter egos.
English songstress Amy Winehouse performed in Brazil on 8 January. Footage has appeared from her live set—she plays a festive cover of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (no, not the Green Day track) and “Just Friends”, among others. Winehouse appears quite loose and, simultaneously, skillful, for the most part. She’s set to release a new album this year, too. Not a bad start, dear. It’s jumpy footage, but you get the idea.
The wildly eclectic Bavarian, my personal favorite of all film directors, Werner Herzog will be releasing a new documentary in 2011. It is called Caves of Forgotten Dreams and has already wowed audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival, screened before a nonchalant Herzog had even seen the finished product.
And yes, it’s in 3D.
The film concerns the recently discovered Chauvet cave system in Southern France, which has never been filmed before, and was decorated with cave drawings 35,000 years ago—the oldest known to man.
IFC has picked the film up for theatrical distribution in the United States, and it will also be airing on the History Channels. I’ll keep you informed of the release dates once I’m privy to them!