New Vid!

February 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm (Movies, Music)

This one from Hauschka’s consistently excellent and occasionally sublime record comes this video of “Friebad”. What starts as unimpressive animation (don’t worry, the director doesn’t spend nearly as much time to paint his anthropomorphic cartoons as profoundly sad!) soon becomes a swirl of texture very appropriate to the music.

Hauschka has spent a lot of his musical career imbuing melody and harmony with textures in the preparation of instruments, most notably the piano. The song retains this playfulness in textures, and when the visual signification of the music emerges from its humble, emotive beginnings, it again leaves its texture on the sightscape in an astounding melange of color and melody. Hauschka’s lush instrumentation receives proper praise after colors and animals swarm the two musicians.

And this doesn’t even talk about the prfound syncretism that harmony brings later when the giant bubbling mass beings to soar in the air! An astounding video with a clear sense of style and formalistic play.

The video can be found here:

The entire trilogy’s available here:, and is worth checking out.


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December 4, 2008 at 6:50 pm (Movies)

I’m trying out a new review style (it’s called the capsule format!). I thought it’d ruin the why of people reading a review, but Christgau has proven how it can splay aesthetic over performance in concise enlightenment. It’s like a news report in that it’s brief and you have to trust that I did my research/thoroughly watched the movie.

Flaming Lips’ Christmas On Mars

Indie Supergroup Flaming Lips devote their souls and sweat to an visual and emotional banquet. It succeeds when trying to be purely filmic, relying on sonics and visuals for rhythm and power, but its plot and characters reveal unencumbered kitsch. When a crew member cries a drop of blood, and when the aggressive captain remarks that maybe they did just experience the “best Santa ever” who magically saves the day, well, you know if you’re going to like this film or not, although its astounding atmosphere almost trumps its (admittedly amateur and effortful) cast overacting every part like there’s no tomorrow. With an enviable economy in set design, but still in need of editing and narrative direction, it’s twee instead of punk. Both are four letter words here. B-

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#2 of Something! Score! AND ONE!

August 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm (Comic Books, Movies)

Sorry things have been nonexistent around here. It’s unlikely to change. But in the meantime:

you HAVE to go out and buy this comic #2:

Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight #54

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You Might Not Believe It, But This All Came from a Spongebob Episode.

January 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm (1, Book Books, Comic Books, Movies, Music, Psychopomp Babble, Video Games)

I was canoodling, fiddling, or finoodling with my pen, and the topic of what is art (I love to pick scabs located on my body, too) needed to be itched.

-Art is what happens when man begins to dream.

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Three Shades of Reality

January 15, 2008 at 11:59 pm (Movies)

If movies were LPs and I were a DJ…

The Matrix

This is a wildly successful science fiction movie giving the acting career of Keanu Reeves some respect. You’ve heard of it.

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Zen and The Art of Enlightenment

January 5, 2008 at 3:35 am (Movies)

I still haven’t divested myself from Winter’s nostalgia, and nothing can really bring meaningful glances into space or a warmed mind and heart like this film.

I ♥ Huckabees

This is one of those movies that legitimately influenced me. Not my writing, not my taste, but my person, my self. Let me explain. (because talking when no one listens is crazily ranting. Blogging does not require the permission of an audience. Most of the time.)

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