Category Archives: Online Video

Reappropriation. Read this, watch this.

In regards to the discussion in recitation, specifically about Disney, watch this. It makes you rethink quite a lot.



– JB


“She looks like the real thing; she tastes like the real thing”

Radiohead’s 1995 critique of consumer culture, directed by Jake Scott. 

Can’t help but make connections with one of the final scenes in Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (2008), in which Sgt. James faces the insurmountable difficulty of choosing a box of cereals in the supermarket.
Also, do I see some Campbell’s soup cans in the videoclip? (Warhol reference alert).

More on Feminism and Other American Cinemas (These clips have some strong vulgarity)

Just wanted to post a couple clips that kind of connect to last week. Russell Peters   has a lot of jokes with colonial undertones. The clip itself is vulgar and for some offensive and for that i apologize, but i would also like to emphasize that this is the reality of a kind of mindset in our time. I just wanted to provoke a little thought about how views on racism have changed. Notice the crowd, the people who make up the crowd and their reactions to certain jokes, as well as particular jokes he makes and the context they are made in i.e. their relation to actual social and cultural conditions. How can we compare the view of African Americans in this comedy clip in comparison to something like Sweetback. There is a roughly forty-fifty year span between these two pieces and its interesting to see how the tones and attitudes have changed, or how they haven’t. Secondly,

this clip poses questions of both race and gender in brief, a strong, smart, black woman is depicted taking control and confronting a black male. Tarantino has on many occasions received criticism from black actors and members of the community for his use of the “N” word, and his depiction of African Americans and their culture. He has also been defended in his use by members of the community such as Samuel L. Jackson.  How can we compare this to  Sweetback or other films of its time?

Brooks Was Here – Brook’s Story from Shawshank Redemption

In this series of scenes Brook’s is released from Shawshank prison. Earlier in the movie we see Brooks try to kill one of his friends, he does this in order to remain in prison. Brook’s is scared of the outside world, and upon his release all his dark thoughts become reality.
The montage and voice-over build up our feelings aloneness, we can sense the loneliness in his voice the second we hear his voice. The use of voice-over as a letter to the boys in jail strengthens the power of his voice. He’s telling the boys in jail to stay put. Brooks is scared of the new world he entered.
He has personal paranoia of the world he now lives in, and also displays cynicism in the way the world has changed. It isn’t the same world he left. In the section Cine Paranoia, it speaks about people dealing with the mistrust of people and technology. Brooks is astounded that there are so many automobiles on the street, as we see Brooks cross the street, we can see the fear in old Brookies eyes. As Brooks says “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry,” he is terrified of the outside world, he only knows his home, he only knows the life of Shawshank prison. He wakes up from nightmares in panic, he forgets where he is, and who would think a man would miss prison? In Shawshank, he was respected; in the outside world he is an outsider. He isn’t respected he isn’t loved. He speaks about robbing a store to go back to jail, he chooses a second route, and because of his fear he figures the only thing to do is die.

Animatrix – A Kid’s Story, Freedom or Paranoia?

From one of my favorite animated series, ‘A Kid’s Story’ follows the character of a teenager in the Matrix, after the events of the first Matrix film. Though the short was directed by a Japanese filmmaker, it was written by the great American directors, the Wachowski brothers, and is one of nine animated shorts in the Animatrix collection.

Briefly put, the video follows the story of an unnamed ‘Kid’ as he becomes aware of the Matrix. The frustrated teenager feels that there is something strange about the world, and comments on his dreams being realer than the world he lives in. For those who are familiar with the Matrix trilogy, it is apparent that the kid gets in contact with Neo, ultimately setting himself free from the Matrix, and entering the real world.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Matrix, the kid seems…well, delusional. The animated short does a great job of toying with themes of paranoia and suicidal obsession, forcing us into the mind of this confused teenager. The combination of a disconcerting aesthetic, and robotic voice overs, makes us believe that this kid is unable to view the world like the people around him. At the ‘Kid’s’ funeral, we hear comments that his suicide was a ‘typical mental delusion’ and that ‘reality can be a pretty scary thing to some people.’ The irony is that his insanity was in fact more rational than the narrow perspectives of those around him.

My initial response to the video was to consider what mental illness really is? If this kid is mentally ill, then mental illness must be relative, and not an absolute state. What do you guys think?

Online: Fuses and Scorpio Rising

For those who would like to take another look at Schneeman’s Fuses (1964-7), or watch Anger’s Scorpio Rising (1964) in its full length, you can find them at UbuWeb Film through the links below:

Scorpio Rising