Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Waterslides are Fun...Unless you Subtract the Water

These guys...they're not very smart:

The Crashing of Waves Against the Bodies of Surfers...

The place: Tahiti. More precisely, in a town called Teahupo'o - where surfers annually gather for an event at one of the most formidable surfing spots in the world. Not because of the height of the waves apparently, but because of the water volume. So what better place to take a high speed camera and capture surfers being spit out of the waves like a baseball player spits out sunflower seed husks...


Of course if that isn't crazy enough, apparently within the last few days, during the surfing competition, a storm or "swell" hit this area and created some of the biggest waves ever seen...so much so that the competition had to be put on hold.

A surfing competition had to be put on hold because the waves were too big.

Luckily (for us, I guess), many of the surfers channeled their inner Bodhi, and still went out - with interesting results...


Allegedly, no one died. I'm not sure who's crazier - the surfers or the cameramen in those boats.

(Thanks to Gizomodo)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Infomercial Mishaps

My favorite part of any infomercial is the example they have showing the problem we all have to suffer through without the product.

The tangling of hoses...
The spilling of milk...
The stench of pets...

Don't know what I'm talking about? Take a peek at this compilation...

Friday, August 19, 2011

FUNK FRIDAY

If this doesn't get you bumping, then I don't know what will...

This exists...

Below is the trailer for Columbiana - a movie about...I guess a woman assassin going after the people (I'm guessing Columbians) who possibly killed her parents. In front of her. When she was nine.


I enjoy the fact the movie is selling itself as something "from the makers of Taken," which was absurdly ridiculous in its own right. But I think Taken "worked" (and I realize worked might be a strong word here, but it obviously had enough success to be completely remade with Liam Neeson barely a couple years later where everyone forgets who he is and he stumbles around asking people if they remember him before kicking ass) because we never expected an actor like Liam Neeson to go all rogue James Bond on us.

Columbiana (I so wish it were a sequel to Syriana) of course doesn't seem to have that acting pedigree to fall back on. Sure, it has the guy who played Pablo Escobar in Blow (methinks he might be getting slightly typecast as villainous Columbians) and the dude from Alias, playing the dude from Alias. And of course there's Zoe Saldana, who recently played a cartoon, looking good in a catsuit.

You know what? Hollywood is weird!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Power of Improvisation

No, this isn't another one of those organized flash mob dance parties...this is a list of 25 unscripted moments from film. While I can't vouch for the authenticity of the list, if even half of them are legit, it's a testament to what actors can bring to the table when they're fully invested in the project. Enjoy...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

It's a Beautiful (Bunch of) Day(s) in California

The world most likely will cease to exist as we know it after today...politicians are whining not with the republic in mind but with personal gain in mind...but the sun will still come up tomorrow, and there will still be beautiful things. Don't take them for granted...Enjoy them.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Twixt" - by Francis Ford Coppola

Val Kilmer.
Tom Waits.
Francis Ford Coppola.
Bruce Dern.
Val Kilmer with a ponytail.

I'm there...


I won't lie; this trailer seems to take hokiness, craziness, stupidity and goofiness and roll them up into a ball and regurgitate it all at once. I have no idea whether it is possible for it to be good. In fact, without the names listed above, it's probable I would simply dismiss it.

But I can't. Because of the names above. Yes, it's possible I'll get burned. After all, Coppola made Jack. Tom Waits was in Domino. Val Kilmer is...Val Kilmer. Still, it looks crazy enough that it might be fantastic, and I have a certain level of respect for artists who get to share their unique vision with the world. And that's what it looks like Coppola is doing with this.




The Aurora Borealis...in all its glory

Some people have told me the time lapse video stuff is getting a little tired. I say, as long as it inspires stuff like this, it will always be fantastic.