Zbig’s “The Orchestra – Finale” and Other Things

As I was writing to my wife, telling her about the existence of Polish director Zbigniew Rybczyński’s musical live-action piece, “The Orchestra,” bemoaning the fact that I’ve not found a video copy more than 360 pixels, here I found one that puports to be 720p. It’s not, of course, merely the 360p video artificially enlarged…

Buñuel: Brilliance or Bollocks?

I’ve spent over an hour of my precious life viewing two important Luis Buñuel films: the 1929 short film Un Chien Andalou, and the hour-long classic L’Age d’Or. The former film was a collaboration between Buñuel and Salvador Dali, who intended the piece to anger the young bourgeoisie, but to their horror, one cannot easily…

Key, Peele, & the Divergence of Blacknicity

There has been a great deal of discussion on social media this week regarding Jordan Peele, writer, comedian, founder of Monkeypaw Productions, and the writer/director of the surprise hit movie, Get Out. Now admittedly, I haven’t seen the movie, nor am I likely to since horror films generally irritate me without providing either scares or…

Welcome to Wakaliwood

We’ve all heard of Hollywood, that western Los Angeles bastion of film, fantasy, and phoniness. Hollywood didn’t invent the movies. nor did they perfect them, but they sure as heck added to movies’ worldwide popularity. Of course, California has hardly been the sole home of the movie industry: there has always been a burgeoning trade…

1st Annual Christmas Video Fest

Maria and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and I could think of no better way to celebrate it (and digest dinner) by sharing a few Christmas videos I’ve run across. Some are animation, some live action, but none is very long, and hopefully they’ll bring a smile to your…

Switch Man #Animation

This morning’s ridiculous animated laugh is entitled “Switch Man,” and is brought to you by the animation duo Hsun-Chun Chuang X Shao-Kuei Tung. It shows an ordinary superhero who changes form in his attempts to defeat Dr. Evil Mantis. Unfortunately for him, his power doesn’t always work out the way he hopes. Described by the…