These are the kind of words that change, or should change, your outlook on day to day life entirely. The late, legendary David Foster Wallace gave the speech, This Is Water, to a class of university graduates in 2005. Now it’s been put to film, and very effectively so.
Everyone has a place somewhere deep inside them where Nicholas Cage is accepted, even revered. We can’t explain why, but it’s there (3.20-4.40 in this clip might explain it). This Dutch impressario knows where that space is, and gives voice to it. It’s spot on.
This short colour video of London was shot in 1927 using a pioneering invention known as the Friese-Greene Colour Process. It’s a beautiful bit of film, and brings old London to life in a way I’ve never seen before. Poignant and mesmerising, and helped along by a great musical score.
What if a child were being marched down the street by the very person who is abusing them? This clever advert about child abuse is for victim and aggressor alike, but in very different ways.
It appears a new craze has whipped Japanese schoolgirls into a bit of a frenzy – photos of them performing energy punches that (according to the camera) send their peers flying into the air. It’s quintessentially Japanese, and it looks great.
This guy may well be Facebook’s finest, most generous member. Someone who has a bit of extra time on their hands hears users’ descriptions of far-out visions they’ve had that usually involve c-list celebrities caught in embarrassing situations, and renders them in lines, curves and colours using only Microsoft Paint. It’s awesome.
The guys at Bad Lip Reading have done it again, taking that vacuous, candy-coated pop group known as One Direction and giving them the treatment their nauseating music deserves: a remix, but this time with a twist. They’ve created the trailer for their first foreign language feature film, and it’s genius.
This Pittsburgh-based takeout, Conflict Kitchen, switches cuisines every six months. For a while, it may be serving Cuban food; later it’ll be Afghan. Then Iranian. Why? Because all the countries it themes its food on have been on the receiving end of some sort of US punishment, whether armed invasion or sanctions. It’s a brilliant […]
Sad news came through recently with the death of Jason Molina, frontman for Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Co. Molina, a gifted songwriter and lyricist, had endured a lengthy battle with alcoholism and died on March 16 aged 39. This song is a touching reminder of the depth of his music.
Russia’s obsession with dashboard cameras came to the world’s attention last week when the said gadget captured dramatic footage of an exploding meteor. This compilation of videos from Russia’s road however shows an altogether unique side to life there.
So, this is probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. It’s on a level whose existence I’m struggling to cope with. They say there are better ones out there. I also struggle to cope with that possibility.
This little outfit working out of Bristol are producing every delta blues aficionado’s dream piece of kit. The cigar box guitar used to be commonplace among African-American musicians in the impoverished American South, who around the time of the Great Depression were too poor to afford the real thing. Like the washboard, it was a […]
This photo collection is perhaps best viewed after a hard drink. Suffice to say it’s one of the finest and weirdest collection of images I’ve ever come across.
This looks like it could be a brilliant piece of television. Too often documentaries filmed in the developing world have a depressing air, but this one about an orchestra formed from the scraps of a Paraguayan rubbish dump is the right remedy.