Improv Everywhere is a constant source of inspiration for me. They are the guys organizing huge collaborative happenings in public spaces (mostly NY). You probably saw them “frozen” in Grand Central Station. Their latest project is not their most successful work to date (largely due to the rain) but I am amazed and inspired by the sheer number of people excited to come together for the sake of creating something (even in the rain).
Are there any fans of Canadian hip hop out there? I dug up a little treat for you. If you don’t already know, allow me to introduce Red1, Misfit (and Dj Kemo) aka Rascalz. They released an album in 1997 called Cash Crop that every hip hop fan (at least in Vancouver) should have played to death – but a few years before that they released another album, Really Livin. This album is what I like about hip hop.
I was listening to a mix of hip hop songs from 1993 by Dj Ayres and I realised not many people talk about or are familiar with what was coming out of Canada around this time. Rascalz had a very distinct sound (thanks to Kemo) right out the gate and it’s a shame that no one else really ran with it or the pacific northwest could have had a really specific sound identified with it. Nowadays we have some really great hip hop acts like K-os and K’naan to be excited about, but these guys paved the way. Read More
As I was going through my old Youtube favourites, I found this short film from 1996 by Vincent Bal called The Bloody Olive. This has to be up there for greatest short films of all time. A genius concept, perfectly executed, and great acting to boot. Give it a chance, if you watch this and you hate it you are even more stupid than you look.
PS – The only movie with more twists than this is the John Travolta classic, Basic. I dare you to go rent that film. The ending is “incredible”.
PPS – If anyone actually goes and rents Basic and can prove it somehow (with a photo of themselves watching it perhaps) I will give them a t-shirt.
I present the photography of Jing. His website showcases a collection of work he calls Superhyperreal.
“Utilizing a healthy dose of kitsch and humor to disarm viewers’ expectations, Jing explores the social instinct of people to form communities and identities, and questions our tendency to define characters and cultural stereotypes.”
The film that just jumped to my most anticipated of the year: The Fall. I don’t know what it means for David Fincher and Spike Jonze to (both) be presenting this film buuut it looks incredible. Directed by Tarsem (who also directed the The Cell).
I see one shot in there that is straight up jacked from Baraka but if you’re going to steal you might as well steal from the best.