Black Coal: A Serene Requiem for Coal Miners

Black Coal: A Serene Requiem for Coal Miners

Black Coal is a beautiful photographic essay by Zack Spiger and Madison Rowley, the official music video for Stone Jack Jones’ Black Coal.  Jones hails from a coal mining family in West Virginia, and his music here presents the listener with a serene requiem for coal miners, a wonderfully shimmering transcendental exploration of the places where folk, blues and rock meet.  Black Coal is a quietly intimate and melancholy piece, holding you gently with its mysteriously haunting and personal grasp.

Black Coal: A Serene Requiem for Coal Miners

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Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead: Zombie Cannibals Commit Mass Homocides

Night of the Living Dead (Full Version, 1968) is  a raw, frightening and unremittingly bleak cult classic independent black-and-white horror film directed by George Romero.  The film has been lauded as a seminal work of the modern horror genre and a powerful critical commentary on 1960s American society.  Film historians have viewed the flesh-eating scenes of Night of the Living Dead as a late-1960s critique of American capitalism, with the zombies representing capitalists, and their cannibalism representing the ultimate in possessiveness, therefore the logical end of human relations under capitalism.  It has been argued that the zombies’ victims symbolized the repression of “the Other” in bourgeois American society, namely the oppression of civil rights activists, feminists, gay persons and counter-culturalists in general.

In the movie, a band of unlucky people attempt to fight off an unrelenting assault of murderous zombies from a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania.  Opening with a situation that has already disintegrated to a point of little hope, the film moves progressively toward absolute despair and ultimate tragedy.  Romero employs film-noir style lighting to emphasize the nightmare of humanity’s alienation from itself.  In 1999, Night of the Living Dead was inducted into the National Film Registry in the United States’ Library of Congress to honor its cultural significance in the history of American cinema.

Night of the Living Dead (Full Movie, 1968)

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The Walking Dead: A Horror Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse

The Walking Dead: A Horror Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse

The Walking Dead is new television series that begins on AMC Sunday night, and it promises to be one of the most vivid examples of the revival of gruesome zombie movies.  The series is based on Robert Kirkman’s popular graphic novels, and the television adaptation is surprisingly frightening and remarkably good.  It visually echoes the stylized comic-book aesthetic of the original and combines elegant suspense with gratifyingly crude and slasher-film gore.  The Walking Dead is teeming with carnage and oozing close-ups of cannibalism, so it’s obviously not for everyone.  But it’s very well made, a hard-core zombie story that even vampire lovers can watch.

The Walking Dead: AMC’s Animated Comic

The Walking Dead: 2010 Extended Season Trailer

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Hot Red Meat: The Official Republican Sexy Beefcake Calendar!

Hot Red Meat: The Official Republican Sexy Beefcake Calendar!

Hot Red Meat is Vanity Fair’s Official 2010–11 Republican Sexy Beefcake Calendar.  John McCain in a jockstrap, Scott Brown in a sailor hat and pinching his nipples, Michael Steele daringly prancing in the nude…prepare to be shocked by Vanity Fair’s Republican Sexy Beefcake Calendar.  The 13 bare-chested men in The Republican Sexy Beefcake Calendar are total dreamboats.  Ships Ahoy, Mates!!

The Republican Sexcapades: A Gaiety Burlesque

Slide Show: Hot Red Meat/The Official Republican Sexy Beefcake Calendar!

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Memories of Stoop Sitting

Memories of Stoop Sitting

Stoop Sitting is a nostalgic stop-motion short film created by Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante, for the production company Everynone.  The film captures the magic of the age-old tradition of hanging out on your front porch.  Shot in New Orleans, Stoop Sitting reveals that sitting out on the stoop is deceptive to the casual observer, but much is happening while people are appearing to do nothing.

Memories of Stoop Sitting

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Common Practice: Music Touching the Hearts of Everyone

Common Practice: Music Touching the Hearts of Everyone

Common Practice is an inspiring short film by Marcos Efron, which was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.  The film tells the story of a young Mexican-American boy in East Los Angeles, whose unique musical gift for playing the violin brings his working class Latino neighborhood together in ways that he never thought possible.  Common Practice was created as a tribute to the power of music to cross cultural boundaries and touch the hearts of everyone.

Common Practice: Music Touching the Hearts of Everyone

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The United Monster Talent Agency: An Ode to Bygone Monster Flicks

The United Monster Talent Agency: An Ode to Bygone Monster Flicks

The United Monster Talent Agency is a spooky short film by Greg Nicotero, a comic ode to the monster flicks of the bygone studio-era.  The film features Dracula, Frankenstein, King Kong, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman as actual, legitimate actors, represented by a particularly specialized faux-talent agency.  If you’re a genuine fan of the history of monsters, the film provides a fun game of “spot the monster” sure to inspire nostalgia, and even if you aren’t a fan, the film has some definite chuckles.

The United Monster Talent Agency: An Ode to Bygone Monster Flicks

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