The 30 Seconds to Mars Short Film: Hurricane-Director’s Cut (Uncensored Version)

The 30 Seconds to Mars Short Film: Hurricane

Tell me would you kill to save a life?
Tell me would you kill to prove you’re right?
Crash, crash, burn let it all burn,
This hurricane chasing us all underground.

Hurricane is the new thirteen-minute short film directed by Bartholomew Cubbins, a music video produced for Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars.  Initially a 20-minute promo video, censors demanded that certain parts portraying sex and violence, which they deemed too explicit for air play, be cut from the film.  While frontman and movie actor Jared Leto admits that the film portrays both sex and violence, he describes it as an artistic statement, “a meditation on the violence of sex and the sex of violence.”  He continues, “It’s a surrealistic dream, nightmare and fantasy in the streets of New York at night. People and places normally reserved for the darker recesses of town are brought into the light and celebrated.”

The 30 Seconds to Mars Short Film: Hurricane-Director’s Cut (Uncensored Version)

An HD Directors Cut Version of the Thirty Seconds to Mars Short Film: Hurricane (Uncensored) can also be viewed here.

Please Share This:

Share

Grave of the Fireflies: A Japanese Anime Masterpiece

Grave of the Fireflies: A Japanese Anime Masterpiece

Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese anime masterpiece, an animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, with animation production work provided by Studio Ghibli.  Grave of the Fireflies tells the story of two children from Japan’s port city of Kobe, who have been made homeless by the WWII American firebombing of the city.  The film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Nosaka Akiyuki, who was a boy at the time of the firebombs, whose sister did die of hunger and whose life has been shadowed by guilt.

Roger Ebert considers Grave of the Fireflies to be one of the most powerful anti-war movies ever made and has described the film as “an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation….Grave of the Fireflies” is a powerful dramatic film that happens to be animated, and I know what the critic Ernest Rister means when he compares it to “Schindler’s List” and says, “It is the most profoundly human animated film I’ve ever seen.”

The film tells a simple story of survival. The boy and his sister must find a place to stay and food to eat.  But in wartime their relatives are neither kind nor generous, and and the boy soon is left to fend for both himself and his young sister.  He has some money and can buy food, but soon there is no food to buy.  His sister grows weaker and weaker.  Their story is told not as melodrama, but rather in the simple and  direct manner of the neo-realist tradition.  And there is time for silence in it.  One of the film’s greatest gifts is its patience; shots are held so that we can think about them; characters are glimpsed in their private moments; atmosphere and nature are given time to establish themselves.

Grave of the Fireflies: A Japanese Anime Masterpiece

Roger Ebert on Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Please Share This:

Share

Classic Bump n’ Grind: The Old Time Burlesque

Classic Bump n’ Grind: The Old Time Burlesque

Long before strippers started twirling on shiny brass poles in G-strings, men would get goofy watching women twirl their pasties at the old-timey burlesque shows.  America’s big cities often had dozens of burlesque theaters that featured bodacious babes in barely-there costumes, at least until prudish city officials started banning the shows.  But with the neo-burlesque movement coming back into vogue, and with Christina Aguilera and Cher co-starring in the new movie, Burlesque, here’s a fond look back at the heyday of burlesque.

Old Time Burlesque: Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

Variety Girls: The Old Time Burlesque Dancers

Slide Show: Classic Bump n’ Grind/The Old Time Burlesque

(Please Click Image to View Slide Show)

Please Share This:

Share

Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer

Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer

Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer is a  sparkly futuristic, wild and wacky eight-minute short film by writer/director/producer Andrew Jones, winner of the Best Short Award at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and the much coveted Brown Jenkin Award at the 2010 Hp Lovecraft Film Festival.

The time: The Future.  The place: Neo-Ultra-Mega-Tokyo.  Or maybe the time and place are really somewhere in a dark and dangerous back alley.  In this shimmering, shiny-yet-grimy world we discover Holly Malone, a reporter with ten times the daring and audacious spunk of the old Lois Lane, along with a powerful uterus for the news.  Her reporter instincts plus a very peculiar sense of taste has set her on the trail of the city’s legendary drug lord, Frank DanCoolo.  He’s the source of paranormal drugs which are ravaging society, that is if he really exists.  Molly is sure he does, and her journey to find DanCoolo leads her to unknown realities, terrifying secrets, flying katanas and some really righteous dope.

Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer

Please Share This:

Share

What Do You Want for Christmas?

What Do You Want for Christmas?

What Do You Want for Christmas? is a curiously witty holiday short film directed by Andy Miller.  A number of people on the streets of Detroit and Chicago were given the same question: “What do you want for Christmas?”  They were asked to wish for anything in the world, without limitation.  The film shows what can be be done with quick cuts and sometimes no words at all.  Short insights, put together cleverly, makes for a great time.  So what did they want?  Gloves, Jobs, Peace on Earth, Snow, Family harmony, Mega-Millions, Fancy car, Inner peace, and much more….

What Do You Want for Christmas?

Please Share This:

Share

Happy Christmas: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

Happy Christmas: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

To my friends: I’d like to share this wisdom with you.
It is from a Xmas card I received this year!

Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Choose your words for they become actions.
Understand your actions for they become habits.
Study your habits for they become your character
Develop your character for it will become your destiny.

Wishing you a joyful new year,
big kiss!
yoko

WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) is a documentary short film created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  As 1969 came to a close, Lennon and Ono’s ideas about their protests against the Vietnam War grew beyond printing a few posters.  As Ono notes in the documentary, Lennon was the one who dreamed big.  “I said let’s have T-shirts,” Ono remembers, “and John said, ‘Let’s buy billboards.'”  The posters were displayed as billboards in twelve major cities across the world.   And the message appeared not only in mass-produced posters and postcards, but also in large newspaper ads, as well as on the radio and television.  It was the first major multimedia campaign for peace.

In 1971, Lennon and Ono, with the Harlem Community Choir, recorded their message as a peace anthem, a song that has also become a Christmas standard: Happy Xmas (War Is Over).  According to the John Lennon Museum, Lennon wrote the song as an attempt to get people to see war at a grassroots level and for them to take responsibility for the world around them.

So this is now the beginning of the Christmas season.  And what have you done?  The opening lines of the song, sung so nonchalantly by Lennon, serve as a call-to-action for us all.  The holidays become critical moments in the year for personal assessment, to review our choices.  And to make things better. If you want it.

Happy Christmas: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

Slide Show: Happy Christmas/WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

(Please Click Image to View Slide Show)

Following the breakup of the Beatles, John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved to New York City in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the insane commotion of the Beatles era, and to focus on his family and private life.  LENNONYC is a new feature-length documentary that takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s.  The full version of the documentary is available for viewing below:

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in NYC During the 1970s: LENNONYC

(Please Click Image to View the Full Documentary: LENNONYC)

Please Share This:

Share

Orion House: Good Things Can Happen

Orion House: Good Things Can Happen

Orion House is an inspirational 6-minute short film by the East-London-based designer, film-maker and self-taught photographer Christopher Hewitt, the most recent contribution to a series of works based upon the theme, Life is Good.  The film is a visually meditative story that attempts to evoke strong positive feelings and make people “think differently” and make new decisions, following their intuition and soul, not simply cold calculations.

Orion House tells the story of a man and a woman, each of whom has lost something very important in their life: the man has lost his brother in a car accident, and the woman has moved to London from Portugal and it’s difficult for her to feel home in the noisy and big city, where nothing belongs to her.  One day the two lonely strangers happen to meet, perhaps to start something new together or maybe just to begin a new phase in their lives.

Orion House: Good Things Can Happen

Please Share This:

Share

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,458 other followers

%d bloggers like this: