Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

“If you awaken from this illusion…”

August 8, 2016

“So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality,
the deep down basic whatever there is—and you are all that.
Only you’re pretending you’re not.”
~Alan Watts

Island Earth

October 4, 2015

Chills.  When the earth disappeared, I actually felt a bit scared, as if I were lost at sea.  Later, when I read “and back to our home,” I actually felt homesick, and was looking forward to the journey, very much.

Empathy versus Sympathy (RSA Shorts)

December 15, 2014

The Eagleman Stag

March 3, 2014

Rather than watch the Oscars yesterday, I went to the theatre and watched all the animated short films nominated for Best Animated Short.  (I highly recommend this substitution, though I suppose it’s not an either-or type of thing.)

They were good, no doubt, though my favorite in recent memory is still The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please.  Gorgeous, surreal animation, along with a meditation on the nature of our perception of time that is provocative if a bit unsettling.  If you’ve got 8 minutes and 55 seconds….

“I donn think you KNOW me.”

November 25, 2013

This is awesome.  “Two Chips” by Adam Patch.

“You’ve got a face with a view.”

November 22, 2013

It is a rare song that can be covered highly successfully in dramatically different ways.  “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads is such a tune.  The original is great.  Also great is the mellow, acoustic version by Shawn Colvin with her haunting vocals.  Thirdly and equally great is the hip, dynamic version by Miles Fisher, which is even better when seen with his video parody of the film American Psycho.

So here you have them….

Talking Heads

Shawn Colvin

Miles Fisher

“Young man, you got to start caring again!”

November 16, 2013

Love is a Metaphor: Doll on a Music Box

August 27, 2013

I recently re-watched the old children’s movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).  Though it is, as I’ve said, primarily a movie for children (my little niece liked it), there is one wonderful, beautifully rich scene that is haunting me.  I’ve embedded it below.  There are many details and metaphors here that run deeper than the surface of the scene (which itself is fun).  I have theories and thoughts (shocker), but rather than pronounce them, I’d thought I’d just ask the questions that prompted them.

  1. What keeps the dancer turning on her music box?  If she yearns so much for love, why not step off the box and go out into the world?
  2. Is she really yearning for love, or is love just a metaphor for life, for feeling alive?
  3. Why does the marionette stop and look at himself in the mirror, interrupting his song and his courtship of the dancer?
  4. Is it not sad and funny that she never responds to his entreaties, but that when he stops and gets lost in his own reflection, she gives him a shove?
  5. If she truly yearns for love, why at the end does she pull her hand away when he tries to kiss it?

What do you see,
You people gazing at me?
You see a doll on a music box that’s wound by a key
How can you tell?
I’m under a spell
I’m waiting for love’s first kiss
You cannot see
How much I long to be free
Turning around on this music box that’s wound by a key
While I’m
Turning around and around

Mr. Rogers’ “Garden of Your Mind”

June 17, 2013

The Ocean is a Two-Year Old

September 23, 2012

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