Monthly Archives: February 2010

Freak of the Week: Akihabara Majokko Princess

Revel in this mathematical formula:

Takashi Murakami + Kirsten Dunst + Cosplay + “Turning Japanese” =
Guilty Pleasure + Orientalism x McG

DVD: Remember the Awesomeness

by Lewis Manalo

There hasn’t been anything to be excited about that’s new on DVD in weeks. (Yeah, Romero’s Crazies, I guess, but I’m getting a little tired of zombies.) So dig in the back of your video library and remember Nil By Mouth, the frickin’ awesome 1997 directorial debut of Gary Oldman. Welcome to the Heart of Darkness.

While we’re at it, as Ray Winstone has to be one of the five British actors who hasn’t been in the Harry Potter series, I’d like to nominate him as the actor to play the grown-up Harry Potter at the end of the story. I can see it. Can’t you?

How to Judge the Best Editing Oscar

by Tony Nigro

We here at Split Edit are not shy about talking trash about award shows, but I am still an editor by trade and would be remiss if I neglected this video where my friend and colleague Bonnie Koehler breaks down the nominees for an award that’s as elusive as the art behind it.  (Spoiler alert: It’s not just about fast cuts.)

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Also by Andrew Bouvé: If Filmmakers Directed the Super Bowl

DVD: Snow Day

by Lewis Manalo

If you’re snowed in East Coast style, or just feeling empathetic, make the snow look more cool – from the inside of your house – with a few wintery movies.

Winter Passing

In light of remembering ol’ J.D. . . .

The Last Winter

Remember when they called it “Global Warming”?

Red Dawn

Just because I like it.

Stay warm. . .

1,001 Words: Horrors of Malformed Men

Roots.

I should’ve quoted Henri Michaux

by Tony Nigro

Pardon me a self-centered moment as I point out an odd parallel between my life and a dispatch from Rotterdam over at The Auteurs.  Working as an assistant editor at night a few years ago, I became fascinated with decay of feedback created by component video signals.  I briefly wrote about it and spent hours recording video signals from different sources, creating feedback with assorted stock footage, and making a still unfinished video piece I saw as somewhat inspired by Stan Brakhage.  The video isn’t available online, but a still is (above) and the short piece I wrote is here.

Flash forward to 2010.  IFFR happens and Daniel Kasman writes about Billy Roisz’s Close Your Eyes (a Brakhage-inspired title if there ever was one).  Kasman describes Roisz’s video as inspired by Henri Michaux‘s experiments with mescaline, as “a rhythmic, patterned series of colored and black and white animated segments of pristine digital artifacting and other forms of video distortion captured, dissected, and re-framed as the kind of sensory nightmare parents in the 50s probably thought would beset their children if they sat too close to the radiation of the TV.”

That’s much better than anything I ever wrote about my video experiment.  But the still on the Auteurs post takes the cake:

I’m not calling foul or anything.  I haven’t even seen Roisz’s piece.  I’m just saying I should’ve quoted Michaux.

Freak of the Week: The Super Bowl®

by Tony Nigro

I’m not a fan of football, but I am a fan of copyright infringement and film nerd humor.  This video has that and more.

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via Movie City Indie