Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Firefight Films has just launched the Kickstarter for our new snowmobile action sports documentary The Rise! We have a lot of awesome rewards for people that pledge to help fund the film. We're hoping to raise $25,000 in 30 days in order to create the best snowmobile film ever made, and with your help, we can do it. For perspective; 1,000 people each pledging $25 is all it will take! That will also get you a digital copy of the film before it's released to the public! Please donate, share on Facebook, tweet, and help us get the word out.
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See ya Space Cowboys…
Lion El Aton
Monday, November 25, 2013
I was delighted to see Natalie Portman in this one. She is the beloved princess of Devendra Banhart who plays the exiled prince in this retro styled Indian film. I absolutely love this song, and the visuals go so well with it. I love how intentionally low quality everything is. You'll probably feel the urge to try to sing along, even if you don't know the words.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I love love love Wes Anderson. I feel the same way about Jason Schwartzman. It was a sad day when I found out that the wonderful Bored to Death had been cancelled. But this is no time for sadness. This is a time to celebrate Wes Anderson's newest short film for PRADA (after his Candy L'eau series) starring the aforementioned Jason Schwartzman. This ode to Federico Fellini features Schwartzman as a race car driver who, as luck would have it, accidentally crashes in the small town of his ancestry during a race. Charming. Via No Film School.
Red Bull Rampage is an almost absurdly dangerous competition held annually by Red Bull that pits riders against one another by allowing them to choose the most creative line they can down the side of a mountain without dying. Kelly McGarry takes this very seriously. During his final run of the rampage, McGarry busted this insane, 72ft backflip over a gnarly canyon which earned him second place at the competition. You know it had to be crazy if this guy got second place. I mean, he hums his own theme music on the way down!
Van Jones presents some wonderful points in this three minute clip from Big Think. Although I don't agree with his idea that the ballot box is the place to defeat many Republicans' uncompromising stagnancy, and I personally stand for more of a Russell Brand approach, the rest of the points he makes are fantastic. Unless the Republican party does some drastic restructuring and abandons many of their antiquated ideals, my prediction that they will no longer have candidates getting elected in the future will come true, and not a second too late. This current two party political system hasn't worked in years.
So dope! OverDoz is filling the void left by the absence of awesome hip hop groups like Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest. If you don't know what "Killer Tofu" is a reference to, you obviously weren't a kid in the '90s during the Doug era. Throwback video techniques, Dragonball homages and Childish Gambino cameo all top off this amazing song. Do your ears a favor and download their new mixtape Boom. These guys get me.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The new trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is out and he's letting out all the stops. It seems like all of his go-to actors will be making an appearance in this one, and after the success of the brilliant Moonrise Kingdom, I couldn't be more excited for this to hit theaters.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I've always loved Russell Brand, and think of him as a bit of a genius in his own right. During this interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, the charismatic comedian covers an array of topics and ideas I've also been touting for years, and get's the message out to the general populace, many of whom already agree that a better system is needed. This is all very relevant, especially after recent events in the Capital, and I hope this will show people who might not be exposed to Brand in this context that he has much more to offer than just a few laughs.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This short documentary follows Karsten Kleppan on a beautifully shot trip to Spitsbergen, Norway to skate the northernmost mini ramp in the world and a Russian ghost town in the middle of an ice encrusted wilderness. They take snowmobiles out on a four hour trip to get to the empty city, and come across polar bears and long abandoned buildings leftover from the Soviet era.
Monday, October 21, 2013
This video is the first off of our mixtape Tradewinds by The Whethermen, which is now available for free download in the Cool on Purpose Store, Datpiff and Soundcloud. The Firefight Films created video features myself (Lion El Aton) and Baysic Beats (Benjamin Falik).
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I was first introduced to the work of Saman Kesh through the brilliant first-person video he did for Cinnamon Chasers' "Love Deluxe", and he just keeps getting better and better. He also did Controller which we posted not too long ago. This visual for Placebo's song "Too Many Friends" has you examine clues throughout a wonderfully shot slow motion video of the seconds leading up to a singular event. Very clever.
This is one of the most beautiful pieces of animation I have ever seen. Masanobu Hiraoka is the animator behind this wonderful video. The masterful sound design by Aimar Molero brings another dimension to the fluidity of the whole piece creating something unlike anything I've see before. Via The Tripatorium.
I heard this guy for the first time about a month ago, and at first I didn't really give him much thought because I figured he was just another white comedian rapper trying to be funny, but I was wrong. This dude's flow is sick and he's clever enough to give Childish Gambino a run for his money. In interviews he talks about how being a Jewish rapper has made him have to come up with the most creative raps out there to get his name across and he has succeeded in that regard. I recommend you check out his other videos on YouTube, but here is a vid that I thought would be right for CoP. Enjoy.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Once you listen to Mikhael Paskalev for the first time, it'll be hard to listen to anything else. Trust me. This video for his heavily catchy single "I Spy" is nothing short of wonderful. Only a video this good can possibly be fitting to such an amazing song. Apparently I'm super late on this, but if you too are out of the loop, you're going to want to go and get Mikhael's Jive Babe EP stat. It's even better than you could hope.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Boston Dynamics is at the forefront of robotics technology, and their newest creation, WildCat, is nothing short of spectacular. Like most advanced robotics, inspiration for its movement is drawn from nature. It seems like something you'd see in Elysium. Hard to believe it's a real thing.
This is perhaps one of the best commercials ever made. I stumbled across it on YouTube as the ad before a completely unrelated video and couldn't bring myself to skip it. We've discussed these types of situations before on Cool on Purpose, but halfway through I still couldn't tell if this was a real product or not, and just then, our charismatic British valet through the world of discreet pooping verified that it was indeed a real product. Now you can say your shit really does smell like roses. I can't tell if the concept or the execution is more impressive. Go get your Poo-Pouri on their official site. Party Pooper looks like a big hit.
Monday, September 30, 2013
This video is pure, old school, side-scrolling, beat 'em up craziness. Someone takes Donovan Murdock's coin. He's not happy about it. There are odes to Double Dragon II, Contra, Ninja Gaiden II, Portal, Street Fighter, Mario Bros., Mortal Kombat; you name it. This is an 8 and 16-bit nostalgist's dream. I really hope to see more from these guys.
Unbelievable. This is part of a YouTube web series for Red Bull Media House called Winch Sessions in which Brian Grubb and Ben Horan go wakeskating in a cranberry bog. The breathtaking imagery as these riders gracefully slide through a flooded cranberry field is almost hypnotic. Don't worry, cranberries are tough, and none were harmed in the making of this video.
I've been watching this video like crazy for the last few weeks. It's definitely one of the most creative visuals I've ever seen, and it never gets old for some reason (probably because the song is also awesome). It was created by Paris based production company Division. Although inevitably green screen, as well as a multitude of other visual effects, were employed, I'm still not quite sure how they were able to achieve a lot of this. Genius.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
One of the more interesting discussions I've been having with Lion lately is on the subject of the TV show Sherlock and the similar American show Elementary.
Sherlock, if you're not aware, is a BBC show that sets the character of Sherlock Holmes in modern times with modern technology. It's a very fun show, created by Doctor Who's showrunner Steven Moffat and the League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss. It's very witty, snappy, and stylized. Unfortunately, it's also very flawed.