Playing catchup here. This was the fourth episode of WDYTOTM we did for This Is Infamous. I hate the idea that there are some movies you have to remove your brain to enjoy. So I used this platform to poke fun at the idea of all these orphaned brains lost, scared and alone waiting outside the theaters for their selfish, abusive guardian bodies to pick them up after they’ve finished staring blankly at a flashing screen for two hours. Movies aren’t just the story or the logical consistency of their moving parts, they are also what you see and hear and I’m not talking just eye candy big budget beauty shots, I mean composition and the combination of light and sound. you need your brain to enjoy that too. Anyway, I never actually saw White House Down and I think my brain is grateful to me.
This is the third episode of What Did You Think Of That Movie? Shawn and I made for This Is Infamous. Amazingly, we’ve yet to miss a week. I was actually on my way to see World War Z, when zombie explosion fatigue set in, and I inexplicably blurted out that I wanted one ticket for The Bling Ring instead. I cannot tell a lie. I loves me some Sofia Coppola. Oddly enough, it sort of was about zombies of a different breed. Instead of brains, they mindlessly feasted on celebrity. I can’t say I loved it but I had more to think about afterward than I have as of late. For that brief respite from summer blockbusters I thank you, Sofia.
I’ve been a busy boo. This is the second episode of What Did You Think Of That Movie? Shawn Stutler and I made for This Is Infamous. It is also the end of an era for my side hair. Whether I let nature course correct my side hair to its former greatness or I continue to spit in the face of the salon gods, history can never erase the fact that I shaved it gone and ended up looking like a lesbian teen runaway, in the best possible sense of those words.
As for me and Man of Steel, I expected better of all involved. If you like what you see, comment, share and subscribe to The ThisIsInfamous YouTube channel. There’s so much more to come.
As promised, I have a new show on ThisIsInfamous.com that I have lovingly christened, “What Did You Think Of That Movie?” In it I act as host, a sort of half smirking Tosh.0, to a galley of self-appointed amateur film critics from all corners of the web as we all try to strike at the heart of what make movies good, bad and ugly. For the production, Shawn Stutler and I, built a mini green screen studio in my music room. Not ideal, but the results aren’t bad.
The first episode is on this summer’s sleeper hit, The Purge. It’s been a long time since I felt momentum like this. The kind where a good idea, is supported by good work and good people, and becomes good tangible results quickly. I made this. I’m proud of it. And I hope you’ll spread it around if you like it. I think we have a good chance to reach a lot more people.
My first piece for ThisIsInfamous.com was a video essay listing 5 lessons I hoped Man of Steel director Zack Snyder would take away from Bryan Singer’s under-loved Superman Returns. Having now seen the noisy, choppily edited, terribly written film Snyder, Nolan and Goyer came up with, I have a new lesson for them: RESTRAINT. SMARTS. EARNED EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT.
Such a frustrating film! So many good ideas and such great casting let down by the script.
At this stage of their career I had given up hope that Mr. Children would rock this much again. I feel like blowing up a truck full of blood oranges in tribute. A translation is forthcoming.
There’s a new geek culture website in town and it’s called ThisIsInfamous.com The website goes live Wednesday, May 29th and I’m a part of it. SO LIKE IT ON FACEBOOK. I’ll be contributing a show called “What Did You Think of That Movie?” which I’m currently developing. In the meantime, I’ll be contributing features and videos. This is in addition to the work I contribute and will continue to contribute to Nerd-Base, and Tainted Reality.
I was working on a prototype for a new series of pop culture video blips when Roger stepped in and asked to host them at Tainted Reality. The term “crash cuts” refers to when your video editing amounts to recording each new shot straight to tape as you intend the audience to view it. It’s frowned upon which makes it funny and edgy to me. It’s what they do in Be Kind Rewind and I love that movie. This episode may as well be called MTV Real Life: I was a middle-aged vocaloid. Enjoy.
We took Maya to Takako’s hometown of Tateyama to see Takako’s family there and showed her the sites, this was the result. Some of the cuts are there just to get Maya to laugh. She’s already watched it 20 times and won’t stop pestering us to show it 20 more. I feel flattered and very, very tired. The song on the video is “Marshmallow Day” by Mr. Children and we, in no way, have permission to use it.