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by Oliver Ho

25 May 2010

Inspired by the music of 400 Lonely Things, Michael and Phil Harrell created the meditative and compelling short film “Be Still Life”. At times, this haunting little movie brings to mind the work of David Lynch, and it perfectly matches the mood of 400 Lonely Things, who also produced the mind-blowing “Tonight of the Living Dead.”

From the film’s official description:

Be Still Life takes its name from the 2009 album by 400 Lonely Things, extrapolating the bittersweet interplay suggested in the album title between the constant change of life, and the human desire to keep things always as they are. While drawing most of its inspiration and soundtrack from Be Still Life, additional songs from the 400 Lonely Things catalog are also used to tell an introspective, wordless story.

Built on intriguing samples and field recordings, the 400 Lonely Things album is cinematic and psychedelic, and even features on track created entirely from extracts of John Boorman’s incredibly strange film, Zardoz.

by Jonathan Simrin

24 May 2010

It had a good run, but Heroes is finally bowing out of prime time. The series certainly had some great moments and characters, but sadly, those highlights might ultimately be overshadowed by the incredible devotion and patience Heroes demanded from its viewers, as it weathered convoluted story lines and sloppy writing. Still, the series deserves a good deal of credit for bringing superheroes to a 21st century television audience. Now, not to slight the artistic merits of Wizards of Waverly Place, but there is still room for creative improvement when it comes to this genre.

ABC has stepped up to the plate, with No Ordinary Family, one of its new series being launched this fall. After a vacation helicopter accident (Beware of that phosphorescence!), Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz notice their entire family has developed superhuman abilities. The trailer does not give much of an indicator regarding the show’s feel or tone, but it’s good to see two fine television actors like Chiklis and Benz working together.

by Henry Guyer

24 May 2010

Ever wondered how a television really operates? Well, so has Björk (during Christmas some time in the ‘90s). Let her guide you through this informative yet fantastical educational video as she takes apart her TV set and explain why it is more like a megalopolis in there and why Icelandic poets are all liars.

by Oliver Ho

24 May 2010

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon reads and offers context for some excerpts from her father’s 1967-71 daytimers. There are meetings with Serling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno, Circle of Iron) and Blake Edwards (!), lessons for James Coburn, and and entry marked “Steve called” (possibly McQueen). His workouts included a five-minute mile and doing 800 punches with each arm.

by John Lindstedt

21 May 2010

Ah, Twin Peaks. What could’ve been an ever-obscure, early ‘90s throwback has held its cultural ground through DVD releases, intellectual discussions on sites like PopMatters, and fan-made YouTube videos like this one. That and the fact that David Lynch made it.

Considering how many plot threads the show had going on in its short, two-season run, its pretty amazing the man going by “MC Chris” managed to fit most of them in there. With all these characters and scenes referenced at such a breakneck pace, you kind of have to sit back and admire everything Twin Peaks had to offer. The lyrics are hilarious, and the beat set to the original theme is “damn fine”. Does anyone else think it sounds like Aziz Ansari on Autotune?

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Oz Is Not Down Under As Everyone Thinks It Is

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"Frank L. Baum's Oz isn't in the land of Aussies, as one might think, but in a far more magical setting.

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