Super Mario Begins

This years South by Southwest festival brought about a cultural revelation. It featured the debut of a Joe Nicolosi directed and produced short that takes Super Mario to a whole new level.

Recreating this well known story as an Indie flick was an inspiration and has led to this hilarious short film. Nicolosi has done for Mario what Christopher Nolan did for Batman. Continue reading “Super Mario Begins”

Empire of the Son

The new issue of my favourite magazine dropped through the door yesterday. I have been a faithful subscriber to Empire for years and look forward to it’s arrival. Not having time to read it right away I threw it in my bag and off to work I went. At some point during my shift I decided to drop the kids off at the pool so I lifted the magazine and off I went to see porcelain Pete. Thank God I was sitting there when I opened the magazine because I would definitely have shit myself for there it was, at … Continue reading Empire of the Son

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Blinky™

In the world of global media the beauty of the short can often be overlooked. However in this day and age where the viral video rules and money is tight maybe these Short films are the future of home entertainment.

Most people think these films are just a few pretentious idiots with a camcorder but that is no longer the case as there are so many fantastic short films out there that should get the attention they deserve. I have selected this one to show you just how amazing they can be. Here is Blinky, a stunningly beautiful, touching and violently sinister short film from Ruairi Robinson. Continue reading “Blinky™”

Nerd Do Very Well

While sitting watching my favourite programme last night I was given some shocking news. It takes a lot to distract me from the fantastic ‘Wonders of the Universe’ on BBC HD but this was hard to ignore. Apparently Professor Brian Cox is a hottie.

Now Professor Cox is a legend. He has brought Physics to the masses by making it accessible without dumbing it down but I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that women all over the country were tuning in for other reasons than learning about the cosmos.

This got me thinking about the nature of attraction and celebrity. Does fame allow for sexual prowess not seen in everyday folk? Let’s take a look at some other celebs that have become the most unlikely of sex symbols: Continue reading “Nerd Do Very Well”

American Remakes of Foreign Films

I was sitting the other day listening to the Panic Dots film Podcasts. Episode One is centred around a little known Swedish Film called ‘Let the Right One In’. How sad was I to learn that once again, some bright spark in Hollywood has decided to remake it for an American audience.
That phrase, ‘for an American Audience’, is one that should send a chill down the spine of any film buff. What is it about an American audience that requires such a spoon fed attitude to culture? The rest of the world is content to watch and enjoy the cinematic expression of other countries without having it tailor made to their own wants or needs.
It is possible that the American people have such an innate sense of insecurity and fear of anything outside their own borders that there seems to be this need to take an amazing film and rehash or rework it to suit their own individual culture.
Take ‘Let the Right One In’. It is a perfect example of cultural expression. So much so that the location is a character in itself, even the language (Swedish, funnily enough) perfectly compliments the tone of the film. For me even dubbing the original into English takes away some of the nuances of the language that adds to the profound effect the film has on the viewer. Continue reading “American Remakes of Foreign Films”