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Psycho: Up Close


Psycho: Up Close from Roman Holiday on Vimeo.

Here we are on week 2 of the new “Up Close” montage series. Today’s film choice is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). Ol’ Hitch certainly knew how to shoot some gorgeous close-ups.

I’d like to give a quick shout out to Psycho II and Psycho III which I’ve recently viewed and quite enjoyed. Even though the sequels came in over 20 years after the original they all come together in a pretty nice trilogy. Word’s still out on Psycho IV: The Beginning. Haven’t quite sought that one out yet.

Music: The Body – Bernard Herrmann (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 

h/t Laughing Squid.

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First and Final Frames


First and Final Frames from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

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The Lookout: Short Doc About Living Alone on a Mountain

Leif Haugen is a fire lookout and spends his summers alone on top of a mountain in Montana. “I think there’s something about keeping things simple that is absolutely resonate,” Haugen says. In this documentary, filmmaker Brian Bolsters explores what it means to live a solitary life.


The Lookout from Brian Bolster on Vimeo.

Brian Bolster’s description via Vimeo:

Although fire lookouts continue to be critical front-line components of our forest system’s battle to detect and prevent wildfires, their roles often times go unnoticed, due largely to both the manual nature of the work involved and the quiet, extremely solitary nature of the working environment.  Leif Haugen is a fire lookout in a remote corner of the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana, and each summer he lives and works alone on top of a mountain three miles from the Canadian border.  A simple, somewhat primitive one-room structure serves as both his home and office; however, what it may lack in amenities (neither electricity nor running water are available) is more than compensated for by the majestic, 360-degree views of the world that his perch provides.  With only a remote radio to keep him connected to the outside world, Leif’s primary responsibility is to scan the valley floor for any signs of destructive fire activity – one which calls for enduring long stretches of tedium and an eagle’s eye and quick response the moment fire is spotted or lighting strikes in the distance.  There are approximately 500 active lookouts currently operating in some of the most rugged and desolate outposts of the American West.  The Lookout captures both the critical nature of one fire lookout’s work as well as the life of quiet, contemplative solitude which accompanies his job.

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Bootleg Toys by “The Sucklord”

Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a pink Stormtrooper or a Sleestak in a business suit? The Sucklord has you covered. Meanwhile, watch this video where he talks about villains and such.

“The Sucklord” by Joey Garfield from ghostrobot on Vimeo.

From Suckadelic’s website: “SUCKADELIC is an evil arts organization specializing in Bootleg Toys, illicit remix records, and duffed out Supervillain Soap operas and is universally regarded as the sleaziest brand in the game. Ruled from a hidden Sweatshop by the intergalactic criminal and cosmic playboy, the SUPER SUCKLORD, Suckadelic has continued to pump highly addictive pop culture crap into the veins of willing victims since 1997.”

via Vimeo

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POWER/RANGERS: Power Rangers Reboot

My childhood has finally come full circle. A dark, R-rated Power Rangers reboot has hit the Internet.

Directed by Joseph Kahn, POWER/RANGERS stars Katee Sackhoff as the Pink Ranger, Gichi Gamba as the Black Ranger, Will Yun Lee as General Klank, James Van Der Beek as Rocky, and Russ Bain as the Green Ranger.

UPDATE: The video has been pulled from YouTube and Vimeo due to copyright complaints from Saban (the folks behind Power Rangers). It’s still available on Adi Shankar’s (the producer’s) Facebook.

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John Waters Narrates a Documentary about the Salton Sea

Narrated by John Waters and featuring the Salvation Mountain art installation, Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea explores the economic, political and environmental issues that face the Salton Sea, a one-time vacation destination for the rich and famous that is now occupied by an eccentric and individualistic populace.

 

h/t Open Culture.

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