Dahlia — Film Classes in Review

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Dahlia — Film Classes in Review

2 Comments 06 January 2011

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Here we are, 2011 already.
2009 seems like a long time ago already. It’s certainly a long time to obsess over experiences had at that time. But, me being me, I’ve been busily OCD-ing over the many threads of content supplied to me by my various university experiences.

At the moment, I’m working on my BA, English major with Film minor. I started taking film classes largely due to Fuddytv. It’s hard not to develop an interest in a subject while doing it with the two greatest multi-taskin’ filmmakers this side of the Atlantic.

This semester I’m taking mostly film classes, but I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about one I took in 2009, Experimental Film. Aside from Canadian Film (yeah, you know there’s going to be more on that one later) Experimental film was the most informative film class I’ve ever taken. Challenging, rewarding, and totally incredible in every way.

When the class was over, I went through the syllabus and hunted down all the videos we watched on Youtube. Most of them are there. However, the first one we watched, which absolutely amazed me, was unavailable because it was still doing the festival circuit.

Guess what was put up this past Dec. 17?

From my understanding, it was made for Slamdance’s $99 Film Festival, but has also graced the Seattle International Film Fest, and Showtime’s short film program, among a tonne of others.

Here is Mike Langan’s Dahlia

Low budget, but so much about technique. It tends to mimic stop motion while strobing, without dropping to black.

It’s pretty, brief, and creates a surprisingly beautiful view of the permanence of things like sidewalk cracks and parking meters.

Remember Michael Langan, you guys. This chap’s got chops!

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Top 10 Commercials According to Me

No Comments 09 November 2009

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More and more, the commercials we see on TV are much more entertaining than they used to be, whether funny, sad, poignant…you get the idea. Here are some of my favorite.

1. Ikea Lamp

Spike Jonz directed this commercial and did it with perfection. I think it got a lot of us, perhaps making us feel a little silly for feeling sorry for the lamp, but it also made me laugh.



2. Muscle Relaxant Commercial for ProLine

This Canadian commercial was brilliant. Such a simple idea, but well acted, edited and directed. Granted you tend to forget who it was for, but nonetheless we’re still talking about it today.

3. Vicks

This started my obsession with Anathallo, but really the music is what makes this commercial appealing and even emotional.

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Life, Love, Music, YouTube

The Temper Trap’s – “Sweet Disposition”

No Comments 09 August 2009

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sweet disposition
never too soon
oh reckless abandon
like no one’s
watching you

a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh

chorus
just stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

songs of desperation
I played them for you
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh

chorus:
just stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs (won’t stop til it’s over)
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs(won’t stop til it’s over)
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs (won’t stop til it’s over)
a moment, a love
a dream, a laugh
a moment, a love
a moment, a love (won’t stop to surrender)

Bizarre, Music, Video, YouTube

You’ve Been ROCKRolled.

No Comments 19 July 2009

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Just when we thought the RickRoll was dead…here comes the RockRoll…

FuddyTV, Random, Videos, YouTube

The Dark Crystal

No Comments 14 June 2009

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First let me say, that if this didn’t give you nightmares as a kid, you are twisted. The Dark Crystal by Jim Henson was perhaps one of the freakiest movies I’d ever seen. Here’s a quick scene from the movie, chock full of imprisoned people, strange crystal lights and scary characters that kept me up in the night…

….nightlight is on.

FuddyTV, Music, Royksopp, YouTube

Royksöpp’s ‘Happy Up Here’

2 Comments 09 May 2009

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How long has it been since we’ve come across a music video that almost blows you away? Gone are the days of “Thriller”, “November Rain”, “I Would Do Anything for Love”…the list goes on. Now it seems each music video is as canned as the other.

Yet Royksöpp manages to catch the imagination with the music video for “Happy Up Here”. Grabbing a theme from Space Invaders, it turns them 3D and fascinating…watch…

FuddyTV, YouTube

A Little Reassurance in Humanity

18 Comments 12 April 2009

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It’s things like this that make me love human-kind. That for no reason, a massive group can share a little joy with others…and this is from our friends in Belgium too! Oh those crazy Belgians!

Celebrity, FuddyTV, Interviews, YouTube

Play Nice Billy Bob Thorton

18 Comments 09 April 2009

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With a name like Billy-Bob, you would think that he wouldn’t take himself so seriously. I am disappointed by this video, because Mr. Thorton was a favorite of mine, with starring roles in movies like Sling Blade which I mentioned in my last post. Not only is he totally rude to my Canadian counter part, but he also makes an insulting remark about Canadians in general. Now, I don’t want our Fuddytv fans to think that I go out and try to find these types of videos where Americans are putting down Canada, because I don’t. This video just fell on my lap as did the last one that I posted about Fox News.

I am a proud Canadian that takes offense to anyone that dares to slight my country. This will be the last time that I post a video like this, because I don’t want to give material like this any more playing time than it deserves. Plus Fuddytv is supposed to be a fun website where we all can get away from all this kind of negative stuff. The video is a little long, but it is definetly worth the watch.

I tip my hat to you,
David

FuddyTV, Music, YouTube

Win

16 Comments 29 March 2009

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This is shocking

16 Comments 23 March 2009

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There are some people in this world that truly need a lobotomy. The people in the video below have demonstrated clearly that their brains do not function properly and that the continued use of their brains could result in other demented offspring like themselves to be introduced into this world which could cause an epidemic of idiocy. Please, Fox News, for humanity’s sake send these people to Psychosurgery, you don’t need their informed consent, just send them.

I tip my hat to you,
David.

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