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A gift from Edgar Wright

27 Jun

I’m kind of late in posting this, but it’s still pretty cool, so what the heck.

Last week, actor Satya Bhabha, who played Matthew Patel in Scott Pilgrim vs the World, came to Fresno with his band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. A couple of us sent Satya via Twitter the link to the Scott Pilgrim swede we did for Swede Fest 7, and he retweeted it. About a half hour later, Edgar Wright, director of Scott Pilgrim, posted a link to the swede on his blog, Edgar Wright Here.

Needless to say, what a tremendous and exciting surprise for those of us who made the swede, and for Swede Fest, which also got a shout-out in Wright’s blog post. Below is the swede, and here is the link to the blog post.

Quid pro quo: If you haven’t yet seen Scott Pilgrim vs the World, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the more creative and fun movies to come out in recent memory. And while you’re at it, give Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the amazing T.V. series “Spaced” a watch — all directed by Edgar Wright, and all fantastic.

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Watch: Arrested at Disneyland

18 May

If you know me, you know I love me some Disneyland. What you may not know is that I also like looking at strangers’ vacation photos and videos taken at the Magic Kingdom. Sick, I know, but I have the uncanny ability to look past the images of not-cute children to where the real magic is.

My favorite site for Disneyland lurking is MiceAge. In addition to actual breaking Disney news-type stuff, MiceAge hosts forums where obsessives like me can post said photos and videos. This is where I found the following video by a poster called RPDigger, who was at the Magic Kingdom with his family when he witnessed a foot chase occurring.

As best he could tell, some idiot struck a Cast Member somewhere near New Orleans Square then took off for Main Street, where he was apprehended by Disney Security (if you’re going to commit a crime, best not to do it in flip-flops). Check it out:

I really hate to see people misbehaving at Disneyland, and though I’m sure Walt wouldn’t have approved of a takedown in the middle of idyllic Main Street, I’m glad to see douchebaggery being punished accordingly. It warms my heart to think these fools paid hundreds of dollars just to get tossed out (you know, assuming they did something worth getting tossed out for; guilty until proven innocent! — or whatever).

Interestingly, this same poster, RPDigger, on the very same day, was riding the Jungle Cruise when something went awry and the boats had to return to the dock in reverse. I’ve posted that video after the jump. There’s nothing more fun than having a ride break down at Disneyland — that’s when you get a glimpse behind the magic.

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Random link is random

3 May

Recently, Deadspin (part of the Gawker Media family of blogs), in a story about a man with a partial face arrested for selling meth, linked to the YouTube page featuring the Raising Arizona swede I did for Swede Fest 6. Ever since I heard about this (thanks, Bryan Harley!), I’ve been wondering why, and I finally came up with: *shrug.*

The man was arrested in Maricopa County, which is where Nicolas Cage’s character H.I. McDunnough lives — so there’s a slight connection there. But why they’d link to the swede as a point of reference for Raising Arizona, again I say: *shrug.*

Anyway, here is said swede. See if you can figure it out.

And don’t forget: Swede Fest 7 is coming up! Entries are due Monday.

Watch: ‘The Boys’

7 Mar

Lately, I’ve been trying to watch more documentary films (it’s pretty much a late-in-life, misguided attempt to make myself feel smarter), and I’ve come to the realization that most documentaries are made with the sole intention of pissing people off. Really, they’re a call to action, but in a lazy person like myself, they mainly serve to make me feel angry and disgusted with humanity.

Not all documentaries are like that, of course. The other day I watched one whose result was to leave me singing. It’s called The Boys, and it’s streaming on Netflix right now (see the trailer here).

The Boys is actually kind of a sad story about Richard and Robert Sherman, two estranged brothers who wrote songs for Disney starting in the 60s. Name a song you love from a Disney movie, and these guys probably wrote it; they’re responsible for many of the songs in Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, The Aristocats, The Many Adventures of Winnie Pooh and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. They also wrote the theme songs for Disneyland attractions the Enchanted Tiki Room and It’s a Small World, and the music for non-Disney movies Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Charlotte’s Web.

The first time I’d heard of the Sherman Brothers was when they received a window on Main Street at Disneyland — a pretty high honor in the park, and one that is clearly much-deserved.

The Boys shows how prolific the collaboration is between these two brothers who otherwise don’t get along, and who choose not to spend time with each other to the point that their respective children haven’t seen each other in 40 years.

If you’re a fan of Disney musicals, you have to see The Boys. It made me want to go through my video library to re-watch the classic films again.

Watch: Mameshiba

17 Feb

My friend Joan Obra recently returned from Japan with a gift for me, a small plush featured in one of a series of commercials for a Japanese company called Mameshiba:

About a year and a half ago, I posted for the Fresno Beehive a few of Mameshiba’s creepy/cute commercials. Last year, Joan, who finds the ads as amusing as I do, did her own Mameshiba post. What I didn’t know until today is this (via Japangasm):

“The interesting thing about Mameshiba is that the videos used to promote them aren’t derived from any existing product, film, book or other media, but the other way round – the videos came first.”

Knowing these ads existed just to create a brand, and not to sell beans or something, doesn’t make me like them any less. Enjoy some Mameshiba commercials after the jump.

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