Spare a thought for this local reporter I saw doing a (rather crowded) live shot the other day. I count more than 15 people, not counting the journalist, in the frame. That cannot have been been easy, but she seemed totally unflustered.
“You talk about the energy of New York City — India makes New York City look like nap time.” That’s from an in-depth New York Times story this week on what the late-night icon has been up to since retirement (beyond growing an impressive beard). Letterman apparently traveled here to world’s second-most-populous country to film […]
This snippet in Richard Brody’s recent New Yorker piece on the best movies of 2015 struck me: The cinema’s self-conscious modernity arose when its makers put a virtual mirror into its lenses and revealed the filmmaking process in the films themselves. They reflected the world around the movie within the movie, the director on the screen. […]
Embedded above on and on Vimeo here: Peter von Puttkamer’s trailer for “Killing Bigfoot,” which begins Oct. 17 on Discovery’s Destination America. Via BB. Update: There’s more. For an inside-baseball discussion on the ethics of hunting Bigfoot, see the video above.
According to a recent flash-forward episode “Grey’s Anatomy,” that is.
Here’s a look back at some of my favorites from last year. Albums My pick: “Modern Vampires of the City,” by Vampire Weekend. Here’s “Obvious Bicycle“: And “Diane Young“: Runner-up album: “Beta Love,” by Ra Ra Riot. Here’s the title track. Honorable mentions: Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time,” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” and […]
I mentioned a few weeks back that Anasuya’s new Channel NewsAsia TV show, “The New Myanmar,” would soon air. Well, the first two episodes have been broadcast, and they’re now available online. Embedded above on online here is episode one, “Artistic Freedom,” about music and the arts in the country. And embedded above on and […]
The first few times I saw this Turkish Airlines ad — embedded below — on CNN International, I didn’t recognize Oscar Award winning actor Kevin Costner. Instead, I noted the ad’s other elements: The twist at the end, the catchy tune, and the various appeals to male vanity. But then a pal, K, mentioned Costner’s […]
I love this bizarre Thai TV ad (embedded below) for Sylvania light bulbs. According to this blog, the light bulbs are advertised as helping to “keep monsters at bay”: Jeh United Ltd in Bangkok promoted the Sylvania Light Bulb as the way to keep monsters at bay in this off beat TV ad from Thailand. […]
This rap (embedded above) summarizes all five seasons of The Wire. Spoiler alert, naturally, if you haven’t yet seen the best television show ever created. (And why haven’t you?) Related: The “Re-elect Clay Davis” T-shirt. (Via Kottke.)