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Groening VS Kubrick

Simpsons Kubrick

Casting about for another spooky October post, this one didn’t take long.

The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” episodes have become an American Halloween television tradition given the show’s ridiculously long run and the intense creativity highlighted in these seasonal creep-fests. Often, the “Treehouse” episodes are among the best of a given season and if you’re wondering why the show is still on the air, a glance at their most recent tribute to Stanley Kubrick proves that the show continues to have relevance — and references — to spare.

Here’s the episode’s big scene courtesy of Vulture— it incorporates nearly the entirety of Kubrick’s weighty oeuvre. How many references can you catch?

I wonder what Rob Ager will have to say about this?

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5am Film Series: Invocate, SKG, and Ectoplasm

These were submitted to the 5am film series by Lary Love Dolley, who stars in all three films.

SKG from JonGunnar on Vimeo.

Invocate from The Evil I on Vimeo.

An amateur gothic necromancer raises more than she bargains for in a desolate New Orleans cemetery.

Ectoplasm from The Evil I on Vimeo.

A medium reaches out to the spirit world and the spirit world reaches within her in this experimental short horror.
*Note that Ectoplasm is unique in that every word and song is in reverse, the actual spoken word part and songs may be found in the proper order at the website below.*

ectoplasmthemovie.webs.com/

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Vampire’s Kiss, Uncaged!

Vampires Kiss

This scary October post recalls a subject many of you likely find terrifying: the career of Nicolas Cage. Cage has done a lot of cash cow trash since he won the Oscar for Leaving Lost Vegas. That said, he’s also brought the wild edge to films like Bad Lieutenant, reminding me of the strange brilliance that illuminated his earliest roles.

One of my early Cage faves is the fang-toothed film Vampire’s Kiss, which is celebrating a 25th anniversary this year. Here’s an outrageous collection of crazy Cage scenes from the movie…

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Short Film “North Bay” and Special Interview with Director

NORTH BAY (full version) from adam grabarnick on Vimeo.

I was first introduced to the short film, “North Bay” by director Adam Grabarnick. He sent us an email to have it featured in the 5am Film Series. Because this will be the official online release of the film, we decided to do a Q&A. Adam has also agreed to answer any questions the Disinfo community may have. He will pop in later today to answer!

image2MG: To get started, why don’t you tell us what inspired “North Bay”?

Alternative media, new age internet talk shows and academic misfits. Holographic Universe theory, the mysteries of junk dna, the limits of our biological senses, as above so below, Richard Feynman, Sheldrake’s morphogenetic field theory, the observer effect, Man in nature/Man vs. nature, Godard’s Alphaville, The short film adaptation of Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day” and even a little bit of Paul Verhoeven snuck itself in there.… Read the rest

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5am Film Series: The Missing Scarf

The Missing Scarf from Eoin Duffy on Vimeo.

 

The Missing Scarf was recommended to me via Disinfo tips.

“One of the year’s most successful short films is now available online. The animated dark-comedy, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, has racked up 16 international awards, including honours from the San Francisco Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Valladolid Film Festival and others, as well as a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards. The project’s biggest triumph of the year has been landing a place on the Academy Awards shortlist. The film was then selected to participate in the Oscar theatrical release, screening in more than 300 theatres throughout N.America. The film was directed by Eoin Duffy and produced by Jamie Hogan in conjunction with Belly Creative Ltd., The Irish Film Board, RTE and The Arts Council, along with narration by pop culture icon George Takei.”

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Circle of Abstract Ritual

Circle of Abstract Ritual from Jeff Frost on Vimeo.

“This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life.” – Jeff Frost

Circle of Abstract Ritual

Circle of Abstract Ritual began as an exploration of the idea that creation and destruction might be the same thing. The destruction end of that thought began in earnest when riots broke out in my neighborhood in Anaheim, California, 2012. I immediately climbed onto my landlord’s roof without asking and began recording the unfolding events. The news agencies I contacted had no idea what to do with time lapse footage of riots, which was okay with me because I had been thinking about recontextualizing news as art for some time. After that I got the bug. I chased down wildfires, walked down storm drains on the L.A. River and found abandoned houses where I could set up elaborate optical illusion paintings.

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5am Film Series: Butter Fingers

This was submitted to me via the Disinfo Contact Form.

Butter Fingers from J-Scott on Vimeo.

“Butter Fingers” explores some of the more unique items you might not want to let slip through your fingers. Let’s face it, if you can’t relate to dropping at least a handful of the items pictured, then you’re either utilizing duct-tape to it’s fullest potential or it was you who dropped the grenade. Condolences.

Creating “Butter Fingers” was no easy task and entirely a labor of love for the better part of 2 years. Finding time during evenings and weekends, until all hours of the morning occasionally, holidays etc. until the ground was filled with all the bits and pieces of unlucky items.

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