Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

Man in the Moose Suit is the seemingly wacky, psychedelic music video created by Ryan Glenn for the international debut of indie-pop singer Andrew Collberg.  Collberg’s warm voice touches and seduces the heart, resurrecting the sounds of John Lennon, The Band, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.  But beneath the disarmingly melodic music of Man in the Moose Suit is a message that’s both quirky and raw.  The fellow who’s waiting for the end to come in this video is confronted with images of birthdays gone terribly wrong; an elementary school uprising; tattooed, smoking and gun-toting nuns; and the town beauty queen festooned with raggedy toilet-paper decorations.  He watches the heart-rending parade of everyday life going berserk, waiting for the end to come.  And when the last of the sideshows has finally passed him by, the poor man is left sitting all alone on the dusty curb, a single tear running down his cheek.

Man in the Moose Suit: Waitin’ for the End to Come

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Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

Everything is Practice is a  black-and-white short film, which documents filmmaker and Oscar nominee Spike Lee coaching his son’s soccer league practice in New York City’s Chinatown.  The film guides viewers through the parks and ball fields of New York City, and blends Spike Lee’s distinctive narrative voice with the patter of kicked soccer balls, the chatter of sideline spectators and the constant sounds of the honking, screeching grind of New York City.

Lee’s narrative describes coaching children, his son’s soccer practices, the relationships various people have with soccer and simply being a parent.  The film gives the viewer a new perspective about soccer, very different from the glitz, action and glamor that one sees in the broadcasts of World Cup games.  Behind every goal and every moment in life, everything is practice indeed.

Everything is Practice: A Different Perspective on Soccer

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9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9” is an action-packed animated adventure by Shane Acker, a fantasy epic short film nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.  The animated short later became the 2009 feature-length movie of the same name, directed by Tim Burton.

9” presents us with a post-apocalyptic vision of the future of our human-technological civilization.  The Scientist had created the B.R.A.I.N. (or the Fabrication Machine) for peaceful purposes.  However, the “Leader of Mankind” took control of the Machine and used it to wage war on other humans.  Lacking a soul, the Machine was corrupted and turned on mankind, wiping them out.

However, the Scientist had also made nine rag doll-like”creations,” in order to ensure that some form of life would carry on, and created a Talisman which could be used to destroy the Machine.  The Scientist died shortly after animating his final creation, rag-doll 9.  The  group of small rag-dolls proved to have leadership qualities that may help them survive and possibly even thrive.

9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9: The Feature-Length Movie by Tim Burton (Trailer)

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