Saturday Links

Just spent the last couple of hours putting together an In Media Res post on Barely Political’s latest video, “Perfected: The Ann Coulter Song.” I’m convinced that it’s one of their best videos yet, in part because it offers a more explicit critique than many of the parody group’s earlier videos. The post will be up in a few days (I’ll let you know when), but for now, you should check out and comment on some of the other recent posts, including Tara McPherson’s “At the Border,” which focuses on a Wholphin video on border fences. Other things that I’ve been thinking about and/or watching this week:

  • Michael Wesch, the Kansas State University professor behind “The Machine is Us/ing Us” is back with “Information R/evolution,” a new video that expands upon many of the possibilities and challenges raised in his earlier videos.
  • Karina Longworth responded to my Newcritics post on Medium Cool and Redacted by tracking down and comparing the trailers for both films.
  • Agnes Varnum offers a reminder about the International Museum of Women Online Film Festival, which everybody should check out.
  • A nice movie mashup video or two, the first suggested by an email tip: “The Queen and Donkey” and, via Anne Thompson, the very funny spoof trailer, “Glen and Gary and Glen and Ross.”
  • Also via Thompson, this incredibly beautiful Wong Kar Wai short, which started as a promo video for Phillips’ Ambilight televisions.  As Thompson says, “Very mod.  Very beautiful.”  I came thisclose to writing on IMR about this short rather than the Coulter video.
  • Via Virginia Heffernan, Mos Def interviewing Al Gore on MySpace TV.  Like Heffernan, I think it’s an interesting video and I appreciate the degree to which it appears to be a genuine dialogue between the two of them.
  • Kairosnews has a link to Daisy Pignetti’s article on the role of blogs in covering Hurricane Katrina.  Because of the wildfires in Southern California, I’ve been thinking about this issue a lot this week.  I haven’t had as much time to watch “amateur” coverage of the wildfires, but a number of compelling videos have appeared on YouTube, including this one.
  • I caught The Darjeeling Limited last night, and like many of Wes Anderson’s films, I need some time to sort out my response.  I don’t have time to write a full review right now, but like The Shamus, I found many of the scenes to be utterly beautiful and appreciated the film’s emotional sincerity.  Like him, I also thought the film had a number of false steps, including the scene featuring the death of a minor character.  The baggage motif/metaphor also seemed a bit, well, heavy-handed to me.  Also worth checking out, the video interview between Anderson and the film’s lead, Owen Wilson.

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