Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

One of the great warm & fuzzy holiday specials. I've watched this every X-Mas season for the last 25+ years & I hope it is one of your favorites as well. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor.

Couldn't find a stream of the special, but I did find bloopers I had never seen before:

Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special

Here it is, my very favorite Christmas special in the whole world. Used to be "The Ref" with Denis Leary (still a fantastic movie), but a few years ago this special became the new Christmas morning tradition for me.

Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special

One of my favorite childhood specials to watch, up in streaming format in 6 parts. Enjoy!

Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas (Streaming)

One of my favorite Christmas specials, this one always gets me in the holiday spirit. That damn Saint Nick ain't so jolly if ya ask me. Ladies & gents, that fat bastard needs to pay, & I know just the Main Man to do it...

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Room (2003)

It has been called "the worst movie ever made" as well as "The Citizen Kane of bad film", writer/director/producer/star Tommy Wiseau's masterpiece failfest is just the kind of painful trainwreck that I have been looking for. I may not have ever heard of it otherwise, but I was watching a clip of David Cross & he mentioned the film. Always being one to seek out those "so bad they're good" movies, I thought I'd see if I could track down "The Room". Thankfully I was not disappointed, & really could not have asked for more.

Waseau claims the film's budget was $6 million including the promotion (which apparently also covers the 4 or 5 years that a massive billboard has been up in LA), but honestly I'm guessing that sans billboard rental, the film could not have cost more than $10,000. If you add the worst acting I've ever seen on top of possibly one of the worst scripts this side of General Hospital or Guiding Light, you have a classic in the making.

The ever-present billboard in LA

Apparently this movie has gained so much notoriety in LA that it has sold out monthly midnight screenings regularly for the last 5 years straight. The phenomenon is much like the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in that these screenings feature casts who act out scenes live while the film rolls, as well as the audience shouting out lines & throwing spoons during key moments. They go mad when Wiseau screams "Lisa... you're tearing me apart!", & they even dress up like their favorite characters.

Witness for yourself what the others have already known for years... that "The Room" is a film like no other...


Clips from "The Room":

Audiences Watch "The Room":

Audience Reactions:

David Cross Discusses "The Room" (starting at 3:45 of the clip):

David Cross mocks the creator of "The Room" at a screening of the film (with the creator present):

A Mash-Up Tribute To "The Room":

The Director Is A Nut-Case! (Various Q&As for The Room):

Monday, October 12, 2009

Decasia: The State Of Decay

From IMDB:
A meditation on the human quest to transcend physicality, constructed from decaying archival footage and set to an original symphonic score.

Like a million abstract works of art flickering past ones eyes, this takes a little getting used to!!! I did feel at first as if my eyeballs were being flayed, but this passes and one is rewarded with some truly memorable images created by the hand of man and time itself...a chemical wedding of sorts. The music is a perfect accompaniment,like a Philip Glass symphony that is very slowly decaying and declining... exhilarating and tragic all at once. my favourite images were that of a silver baby being born and aeroplanes with parachutes descending forever in an exploding, boiling, fizzing sky. Anti-Fantasia! - Purtle

Excerpts from "Decasia"

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rubber Johnny (2005) + 2 Other Aphex Twin Videos by Chris Cunningham

Chris Cunnigham's now cult hit short, Rubber Johnny, is a hypnotic mindfuck of epic proportions. Originally conceived as a 30-second promo for Aphex Twin's album, Drukgs, the project took on a life of its own, stretching out over 4 years & ending up totaling 6 minutes (a longer version of the short was planned but was aborted).

From Warp's description:
"Johnny is a hyperactive, shape-shifting mutant child, kept locked away in a basement. With only his feverish imagination and his terrified dog for company, he finds ways to amuse himself in the dark."

The entire Rubber Johnny short:

Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy:

Aphex Twin - Windowlicker: