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.

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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)

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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

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