Friday, May 24, 2013
What's up ya'll. It's been a while since I've posted on here, but I had to share this video because it will shake your foundation and cut to the core. The video is longer than most videos on this site, but please check it out because it is absolutely fascinating. OK... everyone knows that The Shining is an amazing horror film, and has proven to possess that sought after staying power that is just not seen that often (30 years from now no one is going to be studying Texas Chainsaw 3D) and when you watch The Shining it is not difficult to recognize the attributes of the film that make it so awesome. You are Cool on Purpose followers, so it goes without saying that real recognize real, HOWEVER... it has recently began to come to the attention of the masses that there are many many additional reasons for its awesomeness that were unbeknownst to even its most loyal fan base, and a lot of these unveilings are thanks to Rob Ager and his website Collative Learning. Luckily for us he posts most of his in-depth film analysis on his youtube channels which are "Rob Ager" and "robag88." It truly takes a certain type of mind to be able to watch films so intently and break them down to their bare frame. He is able to find almost every movie mistake, continuity issue, repeating themes and hidden elements, as well as give an intelligent theory of the intended meanings of them all. For example he is able to show you all of the ways Steven Spielberg went out of his way to leave undeniable hints to the audience that E.T. is about a young boy finding a stray dog and pretending that it is an alien trying to find its way home as the boy's way of dealing with his estranged father living in Mexico and wanting to call is father to bring him home. That sounds wild, but it is clear as day once it's pointed out. I highly recommend that you check his videos out. Back to The Shining. The Shining is my favorite of the films that he has analyzed to naturally they peaked my interest the most, and this video I posted is one of several of videos he has made on The Shining, and probably my favorite because he touches on so many different elements. His other videos of The Shinging discuss how it is chock full of nonverbal communication, how there are continuity errors and moving props which were done on purpose, how the layout of the Overlook Hotel doesn't make any sense in order to disorientate the audience, and he points out the significance of differences between the film and the book. Lastly, if you really want to blow your socks off hit up Google/Bing and Youtube about the connection between The Shining, Stanley Kubrick, and The Apollo 11 mission. Enjoy.
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This is the future of firearms technology. Tracking Point creates unbelievable precision guided firearm systems. The user basically just tags a target of their choice, holds down the trigger to arm the rifle and then rolls the reticle back over their tag for the rifle to fire automatically making it nearly impossible to miss. Tracking Point is currently working on releasing three new rifles that utilize this system. I wouldn't think that this would make for any challenging hunting, but it's hard not to see the many other eventual uses of this technology.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
This infectious new hit from Chicago newcomer Chance The Rapper showcases one of the most original styles I've heard in a long time. The song features California native Ab-Soul, trippy effects and weird dances. I guarantee you won't be able to get Chance's unique voice out of your head. This kid is going to blow up.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I'll probably post every single Brett Novak/Kilian Martin video. These two are a match made in heaven as can be seen by their ability to continuously put out mind blowing films time after time. In this particular video, Kilian finds himself inside an art gallery filled with amazing pieces created by Kay Walkowiak that are a skateboarder's dream.
This talk is an absolute must see. Very few people (including myself) are aware of the phenomenon of desertification; when land turns to desert. Ecologist Allan Savory offers us an unbelievable solution to the desertification of two-thirds of the world's grasslands. Not only will this solution return grasslands to their previous glory, it will also help solve world hunger and violence. Shouts to Ben McCarty for showing me this. Via TED.
Monday, April 29, 2013
This is unbelievable. I saw this once a few years ago and was never able to find it again for some reason, until now. It's an advertisement for HBO's Boxing After Dark, but like nothing I would have expected. This is certainly one of the most motivating videos I've ever seen, regardless of subject. I doubt the argument for hard work and sacrifice can be made any better.
This new video for Julia Lewis' "Tell me Everything You Are" showcases stunning dance choreography combined with engrossing visual and practical effects for one of my favorite songs off the EP. If you haven't heard it yet, go get Julia Lewis' Asymmetry over in the Cool on Purpose Store. Your ears will thank you for it.
Friday, April 19, 2013
This is one of the most insane things I've ever seen. Ludovic Woerth and Jokke Sommer fly into Rio de Janeiro on ultralights (don't be impressed, I literally just looked up what they're called) before disembarking in wingsuits. The ride in looks scary enough that high above the clouds, but when these madmen shoot the narrow gap between two towers of a building, things are taken to another level. Unbelievable.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
CRCR used designs by one of my favorite artists, McBess, to create this exceptional piece of animation for Deezer. It's jam packed with beautiful animation in McBess' signature style. For those that don't know, that means beardy rockers and buxom beauties in black and white with just a splish-splash of color mixed in for good measure. Via Mostly Handmade Things.
My homie Sean Wells recently released his newest music video for "Aspirations" directed by Jack Torres. If you're feeling his flow, which I'm sure you will be, he's featured on the new Whethermen mixtape Tradewinds. His mixtape F.S.U. is currently available for free in the Cool on Purpose store.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In a world of over saturated, barely tolerable reality shows, River Monsters is a gem. This trailer for it's fifth season is one of the most beautifully shot pieces I've ever seen for television. I've already seen the 2-hour season premiere and I can definitely say it's one to watch. Jeremy Wade's unbelievable skill, knowledge base and adventurer's spirit mixed with the extremely high production quality of the show will definitely keep me coming back for more.
Nicolas Winding Refn is back at it with Only God Forgives; his new film about a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster who settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match. Like in Refn's previous film Drive, Ryan Gosling will star, and I can only assume carry out hyper-violent acts against his enemies in this stylized drama.
Production company BlackMeal made this awesome 40 second ode to Marvel. The stunning animation profiles some of the most recognizable and iconic characters from the Marvel Universe and is accompanied by some of the best sound design I've ever heard. You'll probably want to watch this one more than once.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This beautiful short film directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke is unlike any zombie film you're likely to have seen. It's about a man and the great lengths he's willing to go to in order to protect the very precious cargo he's carrying; his baby daughter. Via Kontraband.
Referencing nature to create robots is nothing new, but this is one of the most beautiful examples I've seen. How surreal it is to see the BionicOpter in motion; like sci-fi. The BionicOpter can fly in every direction, hover in mid-air and even glide without beating its wings. It was created by Festo, modeled after the dragonfly, and why not? After all, nature and evolution have been doing okay for millions upon millions of years. Via LikeCool.
You'll be hard pressed to find a tutorial on how to tie a bow tie better than this. Those creative folks over at the Hill-side put together this wonderful video using stop-motion to make sure you can see clearly without those pesky hands getting in the way. Don't have a bow tie to learn with? Grab yourself one from their collection.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
For some reason I almost stopped watching this right after I started it. That would have been a dreadful mistake. This is one of the most pleasantly enjoyable surprises I've seen in a long time. Being my introduction to Darwin Deez, it was hard to know what to expect, but this music video created entirely from stock footage has easily won me over.
This is pure awesome! I'm a huge fan of first-person, and this is perhaps the best use I've seen for it so far. This wildly inventive music video for Biting Elbows' single "Bad Motherfucker" was directed by Ilya Naishuller based on he and Sergey Valyaev's Insane Office Escape series. Just when you think it can't get anymore creative, it does. Unbelievable stunts, well choreographed action and terrific special effects make this a must see. Watch it, every second will have you on the edge of your seat. Shouts to Ace McCarty for finding this one.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Clippers are going in right now. They don't even need to play basketball anymore. I mean, they were already up like twenty points! Especially after Jamal Crawford's crazy between the legs alley-oop to Blake Griffin windmill earlier this week (which I'll post below for the sake of research). I mean, what are they eating? Why? Look at the little kids on the floor! They don't know what to do with themselves. And 1? Lord have mercy. What do I even have to say? That's the worst I've ever seen anyone get dunked on... ever... by far... no question.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Red Bull never ceases to impress. Their new film Perspective directed by Nicholas Schrunk showcases four of skateboarding's best contemporary riders. Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Ryan Decenzo and Zered Bassett hit the streets in this fantastic skate film featuring some of the most beautiful skate imagery I've ever seen.