Over Time: A Sad Tale of the Mystery of Death

Over Time: A Sad Tale of the Mystery of Death

Over Time is a phenomenal animated short film by the directing team of Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferrie from the French animation school Supinfoco. The film is simply amazing; accomplished CG is used to animate, and a black-and-white palette with a powerful musical score lend its finest scenes a haunting, operatic grandeur.

The film tells the story of the Muppets who continue on after the death of their master, Jim Henson. It presents a heart-rending tale of the sad mystery of death. Common lore holds that the first stage of grief is always denial, but that’s the only possibility if you’re not even able to conceive of death (such as in the case of a young child).  It’s as if you were a puppet, and your own creator died. You could just valiantly try to bring him back to life, the same way he once did with you.

And so it is in Over Time, where the small fabric puppets find their creator lying on his bench, dead. But our sad little creatures don’t understand that he died, for they had never been confronted with such a concept. Instead, they devote all of their subsequent efforts to incorporate Henson’s body into their own daily routine, as they very slowly come to terms with his death.

Over Time: A Sad Tale of the Mystery of Death

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Amy Winehouse, Iconic British Soul Singer, Dies at 27

Amy Winehouse, Iconic British Soul Singer, Dies at 27

Amy Winehouse, the iconic British soul singer, was found dead on Saturday in her London home. She was 27. The English singer found international fame with her smoky, hip-hop take on retro-soul, but she soon became a fixture of tabloid newspapers as her problems with drugs and alcohol brought about a strikingly public career collapse. The long, pathetic spectacle brought joy only to the jackals of the British tabloids, which sneered in big headlines at each new downturn.

Ms. Winehouse became one of the most acclaimed young singers of the 2000s, selling millions of albums, winning five Grammy Awards and kicking off the British trend of retro-soul and R&B that continues today. Ms. Winehouse had a public image that seemed almost defiantly self-destructive. In her songs, Winehouse sang alcohol-soaked regrets of failed romances, and for many listeners the lyrics to the song Rehab, which won her three of the five Grammy Awards she received in 2008, crystallized her public persona: “They tried to make me go to rehab,” she sang, “I said, No, no, no.”

Ms. Winehouse had not released an album since Back to Black, but recently she appeared to be trying to revive her career. However, last month she canceled a brief European comeback tour after a last-ever disastrous performance in Belgrade, during which she appeared too intoxicated to perform properly.

Read more about Amy Winehouse in today’s New York Times here.

Amy Winehouse: Back To Black (Last-Ever Performance, Belgrade, 2011)

Amy Winehouse: Rehab

Amy Winehouse: Live at BBC Sessions (3/8/2007)

Slide Show: Amy Winehouse, Iconic British Soul Singer, Dies at 27

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Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François is a starkly beautiful and surprisingly moving five-minute animated short film directed by French animators Bruno Mangyoku and Tom Haugomat, which was awarded the Jean Luc Xiberras de la Première Oeuvre Award at Annecy 2010. The film is about a lonely championship swimmer who is trapped by haunting memories of his childhood experiences, and whose stellar present-day athletic achievements only serve to evoke painfully sad memories of childhood failure.

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

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The Terrys: Finding Love, Saving Grace and the Wooden Puppet-Boy

The Terrys: Finding Love, Saving Grace and the Wooden Puppet-Boy

The Terrys is a short film masterpiece from the comedy duo Tim and Eric, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and also debuted on TV as part of HBO’s Funny or Die Presents television showcase. The film starts out as a wicked spectacle of filth, crudity and perversion, creating indelible images that unfortunately, once viewed, cannot be unseen.

The Terrys are a degenerate couple, infamous as the especially nasty blight of the Dunnersville Trailer Park, who are a violent, drug-addled, sex-crazed, mutually abusive terror of unbridled love/hate. When they aren’t rutting like animals in a drug-induced stupor, they are threatening to kill one another. The two down-and-out losers conceive a child in a fit of drug-induced passion. At first they consider the child an abomination, but then they learn that this “special” child has a special purpose.

The Terrys: Finding Love, Saving Grace and the Wooden Puppet-Boy

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New Landscape Photography: A Thousand Little Suns

Martina Lindqvist, Untitled 5, A Thousand Little Suns, 2011

Martina Lindqvist, Untitled 2, A Thousand Little Suns, 2011

Martina Lindqvist, Untitled 1, A Thousand Little Suns, 2011

New Landscape Photography: A Thousand Little Suns

Photography by: Martina Lindqvist

A Thousand Little Suns is a series of landscape photographs by Swedish-Finnish artist Martina Lindqvist. Landscape photography, though often lovely, is rarely very exciting, but Lindqvist has produced a number of twilight landscapes of ethereal beauty. A Thousand Little Suns offers a contemplative look at the northern landscapes of Ostrobothnia in central Finland, which during the autumn and winter months should be shrouded by an impenetrable darkness. However, in this instance the landscapes find themselves lit by a thousand glowing lights.

The lights in these landscapes are neither natural nor intentional, but rather a by-product of a number of industrial sized greenhouses scattered around the area. The glowing lights smooth grey luminescent skies into superficial, dreamy backdrops that gently involve the viewer in landscapes of brooding pathetic fallacy and solitary introspection.

Photo-Gallery: New Landscape Photography/A Thousand Little Suns

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Heads Will Roll! Who’s Afraid of Mr Greedy?

Heads Will Roll! Who’s Afraid of Mr Greedy?

Who’s Afraid of Mr Greedy? is a very strange, but delightful animated short film by Simon Boucachard, Jean Baptiste Cumont, Sylvain Fabre, Guillaume Fesquet, Adeline Grange, Maxime Mary and Julien Rossirestudents, students at Gobelins in Paris. The film tells the story of a man who is in search of his identity, stolen by an ogre while he was a child, and his struggle with the evil ogre who stands in his way. Yes, heads will roll! Absolutely bizarre, absolutely beautiful.

Heads Will Roll! Who’s Afraid of Mr Greedy?

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Cinema’s Filthiest Sex Talk: The Dirtiest Dirty Sex Scenes in Film!

Cinema’s Filthiest Sex Talk: The Dirtiest Dirty Sex Scenes in Film!

The Movie Geek’s Guide to Talking Dirty is a wildly sexy and funny short film created by Oliver Noble for FilmDrunk.com. Movies are about seeing our fantasies lived out on the silver screen; sometimes it’s about being a sports hero, a brave soldier or creating fairytale romances. And then there’s the really nasty, dirty stuff. This film presents a fairly comprehensive cut of cinematic nasty sex talk and post-coitus whisperings (and by nasty there’s lots of raunchy humping, but no actual nudity). This amazing clip opens a little peephole to the greatest, filthiest, most hilarious non-porn dirty talk and sex scenes in recent film memory!

More information about the film and a full list of the movies is provided here.

Cinema’s Filthiest Sex Talk: The Dirtiest Dirty Sex Scenes in Film!

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