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March 25, 2007

Trailer: Mitchell & Webb are… Magicians

Mitchell and Webb clearly like to keep busy. TV show? Check. Live show? Check. Mildly amusing series of adverts? Check (ish). And yet it seems that they’ve also found time to make a movie called Magicians which I saw a trailer for the other day. Looks like a comedy about a pair of magicians who fall out with each other, but I couldn’t tell you much more than that, to be honest, because when I was watching it, all I could think was, “Why does this trailer have the theme music from Space: 1999 in it?”.

I know that trailers and early cuts of movies often have temporary music in them while the final soundtrack is being recorded or rights-cleared. But you’ve got to be (a) in a heck of rush, (b) have the world’s worst music library and {c) desperate before you decide that the right soundtrack to tell the world about your new whimsical comedy should be borrowed from a seventies sci-fi actioner from the Gerry Anderson stable. Weird.

March 02, 2007

Bee movie

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Always been a big Jerry Seinfeld fan. Loved the sitcom, loved the Comedian documentary. A particularly cute thing about Comedian is that the trailer carefully avoided showing you anything of the documentary itself in favour of being a neat, self-contained spoof of trailers.

And now he’s at it again; he’s written (and will star in) an animated movie, Bee Movie (ha). But trailers for animated movies present something of a problem: if you’re not Pixar then your trailer will just look like yet another in a long line of identi-kit clone movies about wise-cracking animals, and you’ll struggle to generate any recognition or enthusiasm, especially if your audience has already seen Barnyard.

So Jerry has rather neatly side-stepped the problem with a couple of teaser trailers which show a side of computer animation film making that you probably won’t have seen before, with guest appearances from Eddie Izzard and Steven Spielberg. Funny.

February 06, 2007

Kodak go digital

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And when I say “digital”, I mean “insane”. But in a good way. Kind of.

Cancel or allow?

Windows Vista includes User Account controls which purport to warn the user whenever anything happens which could theoretically be dangerous. This feature has been widely reported as being, shall we say, over-zealous, to the point where many users are likely to switch it off because it’s too intrusive. But then, how would you be warned if bad things really were happening? Apple have gleefully seized on this dilemma and made a new one of their Get a Mac adverts about it:-

February 04, 2007

Babyshambles on Popworld

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“Can I just explain, this is quite a fast-paced pop show.”

January 30, 2007

Life on Mars series 2 teaser

Life on Mars was an unexpected televisual treat last year, so I’m really looking forward to the second (and final) series, which starts on Feb 13th, the more so after seeing this teaser trailer:-

December 11, 2006

My Charlie Brown Christmas

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A Charlie Brown Christmas, as performed by the cast of Scrubs.

November 14, 2006

A nice day for a white… Christmas?

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Billy Idol’s dreaming of a white christmas. Is it just me, or is there something terribly, terribly wrong about this?

Funky drummer

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October 06, 2006

Might as well… fiddle?

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Jump was one of Van Halen’s finest hours. But for me, it was always missing some crucial ingredients: Banjos. Fiddles. Accordians. Now, finally, this tragic oversight has been corrected. For your delectation, here’s Jump the way it always should have been; bluegrass style:-

(and yes, that is David Lee Roth. Good sport points all round!)

August 28, 2006

It's a mini adventure

They should use this in the next "Mini Adventure" adverts. Tommy Winkelhock rolls his Mini not once, not twice, but eight times, and still escapes with minor injuries (we see him briefly at the end of the clip). What cracks me up most about it is that in the second half of the clip, where the camera is in front of the Mini, we see the brake lights come on briefly during what must have been the third or fourth roll. Talk about clutching at straws!

July 14, 2006

Heat Vision and Jack

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What if I told you that there was a TV series starring Jack Black as a super–intelligent renegade astronaut and Owen Wilson as the voice of his talking motorcycle? If I added that the villain of the show was played by Ron Silver playing himself as a dual–identity bad guy and that the whole thing was written by Ben Stiller, well, I'm pretty sure you'd want to see it, right? I mean, talking motorcycle? Owen Wilson? Jack Black? If you aren't the least bit curious about what it would be like then modern culture has passed you by and you should move along.

If you haven't moved along, here's the 30 minute pilot. Enjoy: it's clearly the greatest pilot ever made, with easily the best opening credits of all time. Oh, and Mat, if you're reading this, cancel your vacation, come back and implement the [media] keyword right now so I can have this piece of wonderment here on my blog so that people can gaze in awe upon it.

And remember: it's okay to be frightened, aroused, or even entertained.

May 03, 2006

Cruise has nerves of steel

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Tom Cruise gets a tanker driven over himTom Cruise has gotten himself some bad press recently what with the weird, hard–to–believe marriage/pregnancy with Katie Holmes and the wrong–side–of–eccentric pronouncements about depression and appropriate treatment. But my word, whatever his dodgy beliefs and peculiar personal life, I watched this clip and I take my hat off to the man; he has nerves of steel.

It's a behind–the–scenes clip from the making of his new Mission Impossible 3 movie, and it shows, as far as I can tell, an absolutely genuine sequence in which he lies down in the middle of the road and waits for a tanker to drive towards him, jack–knife and pass right over his body. If you'd seen it in the film itself, you'd assume that the tanker or the body or both were all done inside the computer, but I'm pretty sure that this isn't what's happening here; it's for real. Whatever he earns for the movie, it wouldn't be enough to get me to do that.

February 20, 2006


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500KV switch opening, Nevada

Thanks to Max, here's an explanation of what's going on.

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