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“There was art before him and art after him and they were not the same.”

Caravaggio [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] Art critic Robert Hughes reflects on the work of troubled Italian artist Caravaggio.
posted by Fizz on Aug 1, 2015 - 7 comments

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

A History of Art in Three Colours (BBC) [Part 1] [Gold] [Part 2] [Blue] [Part 3] [White] Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred our emotions, changed the way we behave and even altered the course of history.
posted by Fizz on Jul 31, 2015 - 5 comments

A Thousand Thundering Thrills Await You!

Radioactive Trailers! Metafilter's own MST3K Club on Fanfare collects trailers for the zero budget, obscure, cult and bonkers movies you love, from Manos The Hands Of Fate to the Prince Of Space. [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk on Jul 31, 2015 - 17 comments

I'm Getting Really Tired of Living In This Quaint English Village

I'm Getting Really Tired of Living In This Quaint English Village [YouTube] - Original published humor piece performed before a live audience by Mefi's own The Whelk [previously] via MetaFilter Projects. If you want to read the piece along with the performance, here it is as it appears in The Toast.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 28, 2015 - 19 comments

“I wanted to run this movie over with my car, repeatedly.”

MovieBob Reviews: PIXELS [YouTube] [NSFW] [Adult Language]
posted by Fizz on Jul 28, 2015 - 99 comments

A Vision in Orange Satin

Mark Volman (in orange, wielding a French horn) totally owning a performance of Happy Together. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 25, 2015 - 45 comments

Flora Toth Sam Turner Cairns Lee Pat Knight

Tweeted Love - A solo pun jam (slyt)
posted by howfar on Jul 22, 2015 - 6 comments

I wonder if we still have to pay for using the birth center?

Husband films wife giving birth in the front seat of the (moving) car. "Should I stop or should I keep going? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jul 20, 2015 - 42 comments

1,460 animals on parade

July 11, 2015: Anthrocon Fursuit Parade [~24m] 1460 animals of various species and styles pass before your eyes. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 17, 2015 - 55 comments

“It has begun.”

The Shannara Chronicles [Official First Look] [YouTube]
Watch an exclusive first look at ‘The Shannara Chronicles,’ a new scripted series based on Terry Brooksbest-selling fantasy books, coming to MTV in January 2016. This preview originally debuted inside "The Shannara Chronicles" panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
[more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 16, 2015 - 79 comments

“Yatta!”

Heroes Reborn [Trailer] [YouTube]
posted by Fizz on Jul 15, 2015 - 147 comments

“don't leave me high, don't leave me dry”

Rare Footage Surfaces of Thom Yorke Performing "High and Dry" With Pre-Radiohead Band [YouTube] [Video]
The origins of Radiohead's 1995 single "High and Dry" dated back to Thom Yorke's short-lived pre-Radiohead band Headless Chickens. The band only played a few shows and released one song. Redditors pointed to some rare footage of a young Yorke performing the song with that band in the late 1980s (via CoS). Video shot at Exeter University's Lemon Grove.

posted by Fizz on Jul 14, 2015 - 13 comments

“Black and blue, God versus man, day versus night.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [YouTube] [Trailer #1]
posted by Fizz on Jul 12, 2015 - 198 comments

“Maybe they're friendly.”

Goosebumps [Official Trailer] [YouTube]
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

posted by Fizz on Jul 8, 2015 - 79 comments

A Tart My Dears, A Tart

How British Gay Men Used To Talk: A short film featuring Polari, the cult language of UK homosexuals derived from theatre and circus slang, popularized in the 1960s by the camp radio characters Julian and Sandy. Need a dictionary? Or a translated Polari scene from Velvet Goldmine?
posted by The Whelk on Jul 8, 2015 - 48 comments

The Suwa Lake New Fireworks Contest

Each year two fireworks festivals are held at Suwa Lake in Nagano, Japan. The first, in August, is one of the largest in Japan. The second, in September, features a contest for the best new fireworks. Some of the effects are stunning: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 5, 2015 - 5 comments

“Hasta la vista, baby.”

Everything Wrong With The Terminator [YouTube] [Spoilers!] [duh..] via: CinemaSins [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jul 1, 2015 - 50 comments

“SO DO I!!!!!”

Why Disney Marriages Never Work: [SLYT] What happens after the credit roll is the truly depressing part.
posted by Fizz on Jun 29, 2015 - 35 comments

“Doubt makes a man decent.”

Harry Crews: Guilty As Charged [YouTube]
Examines the life and work of Harry Crews. Appearances by James Dickey, Byron Crews, Maggie Powell, Johnny Fieber and William Schafer. Music by Frank Schaap and Byron Crews. Associate Producers: Robert Morris and Latelle Lafollette. Camera and Lighting by Mike Brower and Arthur Rouse. Edited by Tom Thurman and Mike Brower.
Previously.
posted by Fizz on Jun 9, 2015 - 10 comments

3Blue1Brown: Reminding the world that math makes sense

Understanding e to the pi i - "An intuitive explanation as to why e to the pi i equals -1 without a hint of calculus. This is not your usual Taylor series nonsense." (via via; reddit; previously) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Jun 6, 2015 - 28 comments

A café setting that makes birds relatable, like they're in a soap opera

"When it really hit me that Piip Show wasn't happening again this year, that really gave me the push to set this up." Visit Junco's Pub: Tiniest Pub in Newfoundland (live stream), from Mefi's own stokast - see full project description on MeFi Projects; FAQ.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 30, 2015 - 10 comments

Love Me Chicken Tender

Cockatoo loves Elvis. Other Cockatoo does not.
posted by The Whelk on May 30, 2015 - 41 comments

Tortoises Try Tiny Pancakes (as classical music plays)

Reviews are mixed. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on May 21, 2015 - 22 comments

YouTube Musicians Are Doing It For Themselves

It started with Scopitones in bars, then people Wanted Their MTV or watched Friday Night Videos or let their videos Pop Up. The common thread? All that production and distribution took giant piles of money that generally could only come from Big Labels. Then came the march of technology: mp3, mpg, h.264, iTunes, Garage Band, Final Cut, dSLR, and all the rest. Now, not content to just share self-made mp3 audio, the current batch of YouTube musicians are making ever more elaborate music videos, and growing a big audience, without a major label in sight.
posted by LastOfHisKind on May 17, 2015 - 11 comments

Bid on YOUR waste profile!

Get ready to have your insides disrupted by SmartPipe, the Venmo of pipes! (adult swim, 11:01)
posted by The Whelk on May 16, 2015 - 22 comments

Or is it a tiny curator?

What is an octobass?, you may have wondered. The answer: It is a ridiculously huge bass.
posted by theodolite on May 13, 2015 - 29 comments

(Not even a single piece was left!)

Would you like to watch two cats eat twenty fish in thirty minutes? Okay.
posted by moonmilk on May 9, 2015 - 36 comments

She really is a basic queen, Miss Belle...

Three years after Beauty and the Beat, Todrick Hall takes Belle to the gayborhood, where she runs into RuPaul, Lance Bass, Frankie Grande, and many others.
posted by schmod on May 7, 2015 - 7 comments

Not the usual ship sails.

In keeping with sweet music videos evening here on Metafilter, please take a moment to appreciate the sheer number of hours and sore thumbs it must have taken to make Son Lux's new video for Change is Everything.
posted by Lutoslawski on May 5, 2015 - 11 comments

"It’s a song that circles round and around"

Calexico - "Falling From The Sky" [YouTube] Directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson. Featuring José González.
posted by Fizz on May 5, 2015 - 5 comments

RAGEagain

Remember this? The date-entry form no longer works, but that's okay, because now RAGEagain is here to automate (more than ever before) the process of reliving episodes of the beloved long-running minimalist Australian music video program rage from 1998 onwards, by automatically pulling songs listed on rage's archive of playlists from YouTube. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Apr 25, 2015 - 13 comments

Jawbreaker Broken

What happens when you put a red hot ball of nickel on a huge novelty jawbreaker (Red hot nickel ball previously)
posted by The Whelk on Apr 18, 2015 - 117 comments

Brought to you by the Wikipedia "random article" button

Czech competitive firefighting (known as požární sport) involves such events as the obstacle course and the tower climb, but none is more prestigious (nor thrilling) than the famous hose race.
posted by theodolite on Apr 18, 2015 - 8 comments

She's the minister for men

The Minister for Men: a web series by Gretel Killeen. As background, it probably helps to know that Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, appointed himself the Minister for Women. But the series is entertaining even without a background knowledge of Australian politics. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 18, 2015 - 12 comments

How did you find out about my vibrations!?

Remember when Captain America had a district attorney alter-ego named Grant Gardner? And he fought The Purple Death Scarab? No? Then you might need to rewatch the original 1944 Captain American Republic Serials! Bonus: The (deservedly) short lived Captain America Cartoon 1966
posted by The Whelk on Apr 17, 2015 - 24 comments

Heeeeey oh hey!

What's that you say? You want a 20 year old video of a nearly nude Jason Statham dancing on a rock pyramid in a music video embodying the worst excesses of the early 90s British Dance Scene? Of course you do! (Hat tip Mathowie, Possibly NSFW due to oiled speedo gyrations)
posted by The Whelk on Apr 15, 2015 - 56 comments

"Hey, could I get a spot? Yeah, hold it up to my mouth."

Eating Junk Food at the Gym (SLYT)
posted by andoatnp on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 comments

"Cowabunga dudes!!"

'F*cking Young' by Tyler, The Creator [YouTube] [Contains NSFW Lyrics] Rapper Tyler, The Creator, a member of LA hip-hop collective Odd Future alongside Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt, has unveiled a video from his newly-released album Cherry Bomb. Full stream available via Spotify.
posted by Fizz on Apr 14, 2015 - 5 comments

"I don't make mistakes."

Hans Kühner, of G. Henle Verlag, a publisher of classical music urtexts, hypnotically engraves a sheet of Liszt the old-fashioned way.
posted by theodolite on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 comments

Your sloth is so small I bet it has limited gross motor skills.

Life is hard when you're a baby sloth. So hard. Behold the injustice. Bonus: hot buttered sloths.
posted by phunniemee on Apr 12, 2015 - 22 comments

Vanquish the terrible baby horde with this one weird trick!

How to deactivate a baby. Previously: how to deactivate a cat.
posted by phunniemee on Apr 10, 2015 - 53 comments

I AM A COMPUTER - WOW LOOK AN OBLONG

The Puppets return for a lesson in computers and being a clever smart boy in DON'T HUG ME I'M SCARED 4.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 1, 2015 - 27 comments

♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪

Chilly Gonzales - Advantage Points [YouTube] Chilly Gonzales, Grammy-winning Canadian pianist and entertainer, returns with his much anticipated follow-up to Solo Piano II: "Chambers". Enjoy "Advantage Points" music video from Chambers, Directed by Jonathan Barré.
posted by Fizz on Mar 26, 2015 - 7 comments

Too Many Crooks

Amid a historically crowded pool of candidates exploring bids in the 2016 presidential elections, one might say that there are..... Too Many Cooks.
posted by schmod on Mar 20, 2015 - 41 comments

'ARE YOU READY TO GO INTO THE SEX BOX?'

Sex Box: [YouTube]
Sex Box: A television show where people have sex in a box and three total strangers gossip about their box sex.
via: The Verge
posted by Fizz on Mar 11, 2015 - 144 comments

Adult Wednesday Addams

How Wednesday Addams Would React To Catcalling went viral a few weeks ago with its darkly-humorous, sweet-revenge take on the issue. But it's only one episode of Melissa Hunter's "Adult Wednesday Addams" webseries - and season 2 concludes today. [more inside]
posted by flex on Mar 11, 2015 - 41 comments

eight legs, no bones

Watch a large octopus depart a boat through a very small gap. [SLYT]
posted by moonmilk on Mar 7, 2015 - 20 comments

"I think my job is ...numbers"

Lil Friendys - a chthonic office-sitcom puppetshow about Alma, a recent hire to the underworld bureaucracy. By Mefi's Own Greg Nog. [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 5, 2015 - 71 comments

"Once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."

The Velveteen Rabbit read by Meryl Streep (24 min. 39 secs.); a shorter, more official source of the video is at Meryl Streep Info blog, with promotional material. Online edition of the 1922 book by Margery Williams, complete with original illustrations by William Nicholson, at the Digital Library at UPenn. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 4, 2015 - 8 comments

Homoerotic Thursday (why wait for Friday?)

Pet Shop Boys - "Go West" video [YouTube] - more about the music video at Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 26, 2015 - 58 comments

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