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Are you still reviewing movies?

Yes and no. I do still go to the movies, but I got tired of coming up with new and interesting ways to describe my feelings about the blockbuster movie of the week. However, if you enjoyed the sorts of reviews I do here, well then, do I have a treat for you! Because yes, I do still review movies, but now, in audio format! My buddy Bryan and I review under-the-radar movies we find on various streaming services and bring it to you as a weekly podcast called Streaming Nonsense. It's actually not new, we're coming up on two years. Listen to us discuss the good, the bad, and the bizarre that we found hidden in the darkest corners of the streaming video galaxy.

While we're on the subject of podcasts, you can also listen to Bryan, Dav, and I dig into one of my personal favorite movies, Scott Pilgrim vs The World one minute at a time in a show we like to call (and in fact did name) Scott Pilgrim vs The Minute. We had a TON of fun talking through this movie and discovered all sorts of fun easter eggs and trivia nuggets, and maybe learned a little about ourselves in the process.

Both of those pages link to our various Facebook pages and Twitters and emails in the event you find something worth commenting about or just want to say hi.


How To Be Alone

Tanya Davis wrote this wonderful poem called, oddly enough, "How To Be Alone," which she put to (some) music and filmed with the help of Andrea Dorfman. Please watch the resulting video: How To Be Alone.

Personally, I love it. Probably because it speaks so much to how I live my life. Maybe not entirely with the same joy that Tanya expresses, but I do do these things, both because I like to and because, as someone who is alone, I have to. What's important in all this, though, is my primary credo: I shalt not sacrifice mine life for lack of someone to experience it with. In other words, don't not do things because you don't have anyone to do them with. Don't miss out on great movies because you're friends are too lame to join you. Don't eat ramen when you could be out enjoying a meal at a nice restaurant. Don't avoid the park because you're afraid of looking odd by yourself. Don't miss a chance to see a great band because you're friends complain they don't know the music. Don't be afraid to sit at home and get drunk in the silence or go out and get dizzy watching the crowds go about their shopping at the mall. Live your life, whether with others or by yourself.

I do all of those things, often happily. Am I happy all the time? Nay, I am not. Though I am happily alone, I am unhappily lonely. Those are different states and I still get them confused depending on the perspective. I will say that there are lots of things I would really like to do with someone or someones and I often miss spending time with my friends and loved ones. But I firmly and steadfastly believe that even without these people around, there is life to be lived and I don't want to miss out. What about you? What do you do or would like to do alone?

Robot Love Stories

I came across two robot love stories yesterday, both of which were adorable. The first is a short film by director Spike Jonze, who recently directed Where the Wild Things Are. The film is called I'm Here and tracks a familiar love story between two humanoid robots in Los Angeles, but with a twist that kind of reminds me of The Giving Tree. It's about 30-35 minutes long and I highly recommend it. There's also a trailer if you'd like to get a feel for it before diving in.

I also have a little music video by one of my favorite YouTube vloggers, Meekakitty called Don't Unplug Me by the All Caps. And yes, I realize this song is entirely done in autotune and I have already declared my distaste for it, but... uh... They're robots! It makes sense! Or something...

Check'em out and coo at all the cuteness.

OK What?

I am sure we are all familiar with the band OK Go's past "homemade" video craziness. They just released their newest video for the song "This Too Shall Pass" and it is pretty much the most amazing Rube Goldberg Machine ever created. The only problem is, I have no idea what the lyrics of this song are as I was far too busy watching the action to pay any attention to the actual song.

As an added bonus, Gizmodo has embedded a series of videos showing the behind-the-scenes work that went into making this video.

The Cake is a Lie!

Or in this case, everything you've seen in television is a green screen effect, courtesy of this cool demo video from Stargate Studios.

A little bit of bright in an otherwise overcast day...

I stumbled across this video of the Muppets performing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. It's genius.

Too much love for Apples...

There is such a thing as too far, and this song by FattySpins is a wonderful demonstration of why falling in love at the Apple Store is just sad.


Wolf Loves Pork

I am seriously a sucker for this sort of fascinatingly creative take on fairly basic art.

I bring you, a wolf loves pork.

The Bestest Flash Mob EVAR

At least, so far to date... There are all sorts of Flash Mob events these days. I thought one of the coolest was the great freeze in Grand Central Station. That is, until Susan passed on the most awesomest Do-Re-Mi flash mob ever conceived!

My list of thoughts on the subject:
A) Why are flash-mobs so frickin awesome?!
B) Techno Sound of Music is AWESOME!
C) Can you imagine what rehearsals for this must have been like?
D) I couldn't stop grinning all the way through, how AWESOME!
E) On the downside, not a song I want stuck in my head all day...

Random Goth Clockwork Dance Performance

Glancing through my BoingBoing feed I came across a post about a rather peculiar slash interesting dance performance from Gothla, which is some sort of gothic bellydance event...

Besides the inventive choreography and costume, what I found interesting about this was the music. At approximately the 4:40 mark there's a real song with lyrics in there. I thought it sounded an awful lot like Joanna Newsom, so in my search for something Newsom to show off here for comparison, I actually found the exact song, Peach Plum Pear, featured in the Clockwork Couture performance.