Category Archives: movies

The Beastie Boys have produced an Epic

An epic in the most traditional sense.

Revisiting the classic “Fight for Your Right” music video and picking up where it left off, the Beasties have produced a 20+ minute long star-studded epic. Danny McBride as MCA, Elijah Wood as Ad Rock and Seth Rogan as Mike D, it’s hard to imagine it gets better. But it does. They battle their future selves, played by John C Riley, Will Ferrel and Jack Black…

and the list of cameos is shocking: Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Chloë Sevigny, Will Arnett,  Zach Galifianakis, Orlando Bloom, Amy Poehler, Alicia Silverstone, Maya Rudolph, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst and Laura Dern. Wow.

The short film is full of reverences to previous videos, song lyrics, and random tidbits of the Beastie Boys long and colorful history. Pretty awesome.

In an official statement, the video is hailed for “finally [revealing] the epic tale featuring Beastie Boys of the past, present and future for the world to see. The tale, of course, is the 1987 saga involving the fighting of one’s God-given right to party.”

Sheer brilliance while self-analyzing themselves. About what I’d expect. As soon as I find a full-length stable video, I’ll throw it up here. It’s played a few places/times, but the official release is tomorrow, Saturday 4/23 at 10:30 Eastern at the Beastie Boys website.

Japanese monster movie meets shoes: Puma loves Gojira

As most of you know, I’m a pretty big shoe fan, and am always greatly intrigued when there are some impressively creative ideas that come out of the shoe world… most notably, the Piet Mondrian-inspired Nike Dunk I wrote about a good while back.

Well, this time around, it’s Puma, coming out with a slightly more pop-culture-cultish release. While I love shoes, I may love the Showa-era Japanese monster movies even more (a fact few of my regular readers probably realized). so it is with that tidbit that my extacy over this new release can be understood: The Puma Terror King pack.

puma terror king godzillaEach shoe is inspired by early Japanese monster movies. the shoes include:

  • The Mecha King, a Puma First Round inspired by Mechagodzilla
  • The Terror King, a Puma Stepper inspired by King Ghidorah
  • The Ape King, a Puma Mid, inspired by King Kong (who fought godzilla in ’62)
  • The Moth King, a Puma Clyde inspired by Mothra
  • The Lizoid King, a Puma First Round inspired by none other than Godzilla himself

A stunning amount of detail went into materials, stitching, and other various details, including printed “skills” and “attributes” under the tongue. Pretty cool homage. check out Kicks on Fire and Sole Collector for more. and of course, More pics, including images of the monsters, after the jump.

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I know what I want for my birthday… the Ferris Beuler house!

Alright. I know my birthday is still two months off, but I’m not opposed to an early birthday present.

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The Highland Park, Chicago house (or more specifically, the Garage) made famous by Ferris Beuler’s Day Off. This house might be the sole thing that initially got me interested in 20th Century minimalistic architechture. And ferraris.

The house, designed by by architects A. James Speyer and David Haid, and formerly owned by photographer Ben Rose (no relation), is up for only $2,300,000. Click here for more details. So… who’s gonna buy this one for me?

The Wild Things Are Back!

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somehow I missed the news that Spike Jonze‘s Where the Wild Things Are will be releasing this Fall… October 16, 2009, to be exact. Featuring the voice talents of Forest Whitaker and James Gandolfini, to name a few. A while back, there were rumors that the entire project was being scrapped and had to be re-shot because of the darkness of it all… so needless to say, I’m stoked to find out that’s not the case. And for some reason, a few different blogs today all decided to post up reminders for me, so I’m echoing the trend. The image above up top is courtesy of the always interesting Black Bunneh Sees.

and the official movie poster:

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Ready for Indiana Jones? with LEGOs?

There’s really not much to say about this. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Build giant boulder out of 5 million LEGOs. Force friend to dress up as Indiana Jones. Roll boulder down hill. Run. repeat. for some odd reason, this made my day.

Michael Bay has an awesome sense of humor

What can I say? I wish I was Michael Bay. This Verizon FIOS commercial is purely Awesome. For Bay to have that much of a sense of humor to more-or-less make fun of himself is pretty cool. I mean Awesome.

Philips & Wong Kar Wai launch a new TV

The world of Television Advertisements (for TVs, not via TVs) isn’t exactly boring. There are a few amazing and award winning campaigns out there, most notably the Sony Bravia work. It’s no small feat to come up with something that stands out in that field, but Philips certainly stepped up to the plate swinging.

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To lauch their new Aurea television with ambient color lighting, they worked with famed director Wong Kar Wai to create a short film entitled “There’s Only One Sun.” The film, of course, is viewable on the Philips website on a digitally replicated Philips Aurea TV. Kar Wai’s style really is a perfect fit to showcase the ambilighting characteristics of the TV, and to break from the usual advertisements. I’m impressed to see something as dynamic, creative, and appropriately executed to launch a new television. Check it out at the Philips website.