AMV of the Week Ghostly Intermission – Best Music Video Ever

You’ll have to forgive me for leaving you without an AMV this week (let’s pretend you care) but I have been lackadaisical about this post (I still have to write a review for Norwegian Wood despite seeing it a week ago).That said, here’s one of the best music videos I have ever seen. The best. Like, ever.

The closest genre for this music is electro but the music is just psychotic-hypnotic. I love it.

This video is sheer brilliance. Directed by Natalie Van Den who, by the looks of her other works, is a genius of the form. Originally released in 2009 (yeah, I’m two years too late), this appeals to my whimsical side and is sheer joy. GHOST PIRATES!

Anyway, enjoy the video.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D

The only way I would ever learn about Palaeolithic cave art would be through a film narrated by Werner Herzog. The subject isn’t necessarily my cup of tea but through the beauty of the images and Herzog’s narration it became an absorbing journey exploring the concept of time, reality and perception. And the 3D is awesome.

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Submarine Film Review

SUBMARINE has been earning major praise since last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The name of the director, Richard Ayoade (Moss from the IT Crowd), was a bit surprising. Whilst he has directed music videos for Vampire Weekend and television including Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place and Man to Man with Dean Learner, his film debut with Submarine is surprisingly good.

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AMV of the Week: Hello World

No. Nothing to do with programming.

Part of the fun with watching anime music videos is trying to guess which anime has been used. It’s also a good way of measuring just how in touch you are with your roots or current trends.

Or out of touch.

The AMV I have selected this week is a brilliant mash-up of so many different anime coupled with the music of Susumu Hirasawa (Girl in Byakoya from Paprika).

Thankfully I know what the anime is because the editor’s have placed a list on the YouTube page:

5 Centimeters per Second, Ah! My Goddess (TV), Air Gear (TV), Air Summer special, Animatrix, BECK, Black Lagoon (TV), Blood+ (TV), Bokurano (TV), Cowboy Bebop, Death Note (TV), Densha Otoko (opening only), Eureka Seven, GunGrave, Gunslinger Girl, Itazura na Kiss (TV), Jin-Roh, Macross 7, Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro (TV), Paprika (Movie), Welcome to the NHK, Wolf’s RainMusic/ Hirasawa Susumu – Girl in Byakoya

I guess I’m out of touch due to the fact I haven’t watched most of them but the ones I have watched have been indelibly imprinted upon my memory because the moments of recognition elicited a delighted gasp and a smile.

The ones I recognise clearly were Beck, Black Lagoon, Blood+, Cowboy Bebop and Paprika.

Despite being classics from different genres, they meld well to create a wonderful video that captures the beauty of the form (boy, do I like repeating myself) and the world. With all that is going on in the world, I think some beauty is on order (and I’m going to see Norwegian Wood tonight).

Enjoy.

When Satisfied is Enough

It’s hard being a gamer. You pay a lot of money for a game that can last from six to sixty hours and hope it entertains. Picking a game relies upon using the advice of a  reviewer to guide you  and yet you may love a franchise so much you ignore reviews and take the risk of severe disappointment. The latest Aliens vs. Predator was one such risk.

Colonial Marines from the latest Aliens vs. Predator game

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AMV of the Week – Get A Hold Of Yourself

It’s a week to the day since the earthquake in Japan. Posting anything feels rather awkward with the ongoing crisis involving nuclear power-plants and helping refugees whilst harsh weather sets in. I’m trying to be politic about choosing music and video which do not offend or seem melodramatic.

I went with something upbeat and brilliantly edited by the master of the AMV form, Nostromo. It struck me as epic. The music is by a, quote, “upcoming UK based dance/pop/synth sensation Sugar Jesus”. I’ve never heard of him but his music is infectious.

The anime is a section of Genius Party named Dimension Bomb, animated by Studio 4C. It’s a gorgeous anime and shows the creative talent of Studio 4C.

I picked this AMV because it marks the last AMV I listened to on the day the earthquake struck.  I hope that things stabalise in Japan soon.

Fair Game

During the fall-out over the Iraq conflict there was a small story involving the White House exposing a CIA agent because her husband spoke out against the war. I ignored it because it didn’t seem too important. Actually it was very important illustrating how politics can manipulate intelligence work to disastrous effect. Fair Game is based on this story and is an extremely well-made film that tells a valuable story with two brilliant performances from Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

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White Day in Japan

Today is White Day in Japan. After the disaster I doubt anybody is thinking much about chocolate but hopefully Japan can recover quickly.

To aid in the rebuilding effort, you can donate to the red cross here.

  

The 14th of February was Valentine’s Day which was a day for women to buy men chocolate (scandalous). Well the 14th of March is White Day and is considered a day that men are supposed to return favours received from women on Valentine’s Day. It is believed to have been introduced by a marshmallow manufacturing company in the 1960’s hence the name but men tend to buy other sorts of gifts, not just marshmallows.

 

Here’s a video which explains it.

Earthquake Registering 8.9 in Japan

An earthquake Registering 8.9 on the Richter Scale hit off the coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island. As I write this I’m watching the BBC which is showing shocking images from people scrambling out of buildings just missing getting hit by debris to a giant whirlpool which threatens to swallow a boat. Thankfully, Japanese buildings have been built to withstand earthquakes but news is still grim.

Damage is extensive. Communications like cell phones are down, nuclear facilities are damaged and as I’m writing this, there is a death toll of between 200 and 350+ people across Japan (highest in Sendai where police have found a number of bodies). Due to the fact that communications are down the number of casualties and the true state of infrastructure is unknown.

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the earthquake there has been a tsunami which has caused utter havoc and devastation in Japan and the wider Pacific area.

The impact in Japan itself seems devastating. News organisations are carrying images of shipping containers, cars even houses being washed away like bracken as the tsunami water flows inland these have been deadly as it seems that between 200 and 300 people have drowned.

The BBC has given this blanket coverage on its news channel and website covering the event comprehensively.

A quick check around a blog I follow reveals unfiltered information and startling video. Twitter reported a thousand tweets a minute from Tokyo. TBS has been streaming its news programmes over USTREAM (Japanese language).

Enough from me. Japan hasn’t asked for aid yet but if you want to contribute help head over to the Red Cross website and donate to their appeal. Update:

Anime News Network have a series of links to places you can donate

Crunchyroll is also taking donations

AMV of the Week – Bloodlust

04/10/11 nearly eight months after posting the video has disappeared. The stuffin this post might go into a larger Blood+ article.

 

As I continue watching AMV’s and my taste drifts more towards electronica and 8-bit chip-tune music that only a few years ago I would have considered dirge, I’m discovering new artists I like and I like these guys. You Love Her Coz Shes Dead.

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