Month: August 2010

Emmy 2010: Winners and Nominees (Losers)

According to Wikipedia (obviously the most reliable of sources) The name “Emmy” was chosen as a feminization of “immy”, a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras. In any case this yearly award for excellence in the medium of TV was presented last night in LA and here is a full list of winners and nominees. See the list after the jump! Read More

Gameswipe: Charlie Brooker’s done it again

Occasionally, channel surfing throws up something quite interesting. And not in the “oh I didn’t know fruit bats actually ate fruit” kind of way. This was certainly the case with Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe, re-screened by the Beeb last week and something I chanced uopn.

If you’re not familiar with Charlie Brooker, he usually fronts a show called Newswipe where he exposes the inner workings of news media, or Screenwipe where he exposes the inner workings and agenda of the television in general.

Gameswipe doesn’t quite follow in this trend, but his usual deadpan, sardonic and vaguely acerbic delivery remained. As someone who doesn’t play games, apart from Street Fighter and Angry Birds on the iPhone I loved the potted history of videogames and the demonstration of different videogames genres via a man in a black lycra suit (think Charlie from Sunny in Philadelphia playing Green Man, but in black and you get the picture).

Brooker also showed us how videogames have been presented in the media – mainly either in a patronising way or in shock at the fact you can beat someone senseless in the GTA series (for example and not exclusively) of games. What was enlightening however, was that Brooker, as a keen gamer and videogames journalist in a prior life, laid some of the blame for this perception at the failure of gamers in general to convey their hobby to a wider audience. To be fair, he did then talk about games such as Mad World on the Wii…

So, as far as “videogames” shows go and despite it being a one-off, Gameswipe is cracking good fun and as I saw, we have come a long way from Patrick Moore being Gamesmaster (and not really having a clue what he was doing – he’s an astronomer after all) and dishing out tips to spotty teenagers or Craig Charles hosting a show where yet more spotty teenagers battle each other on Street Fighter, on TV.

Check out a clip here or try BBC iPlayer!

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Modern Family – In The Moonlight (Do me)

As a huge Modern Family fan, which is by the way a show that just fell in my lap I had no clue what I was getting in here, however Modern Family got me hooked immediately with its sharp material and fast paced nonstop dark comedy before I know it I was through the first season, so  I thought it would only be right to share this clip with everyone, I have no clue how I came across this one, but in any case it’s the character Dylan when he sang a song for Haley in front of the whole family, and the title of the song was “In the Moonlight (Do me)”. To anyone who still didn’t get a chance to check it out, please do. It’s worth the experience also it’s full of “I know how he/she felt” moment!

And to those of you who want to get curious about this show, here is a little fix…

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Rant is back!

After a lengthier than expected absence, the rants are now back.  I guess I’ve built up quite a stockpile of things to vent my spleen about in all this time!

I’d like to kick-off with something that we’ve all been afflicted by at some point in our lives…the badly dubbed advert.  I’ll move on to some examples further on, but I think what is the question here is just a big fat, WHY?  Surely if you, as a company can afford to advertise on TV, you have a decent bank balance and can afford an extra few grand to pay local actors and make your advert.  However crappy and cheap looking it may well be.

And just as surely, if you don’t want to pay out for local actors, then avoid having conversations in your ads.  Just avoid the issue and spare us all these awfully dubbed scenes of domestic bliss and harmony – even if in some cases they’re so horrifically awful they’re funny.  Don’t get me wrong…ads don’t all have to be amazing; I understand you don’t need a field of burning sugar cane to sell window cleaner.  But they should at least treat the audience and lest we forget, customers with a bit of respect and a modicum of sense.

It’s not that I’m even in the market for a lot of these products – I don’t like chocolate, don’t have grey hair that I want to cover-up, don’t like cold rice pudding served in a tiny plastic pot, don’t have spots, can wipe my own bottom without the help of a cartoon frog and don’t have a problem with bad smells in my home.  But what I am in the market for is an advertiser who perhaps has a vague cultural interest in the markets they’re advertising in; who can actually be arsed to pay a bit more to have a better end product than the competition.

Over the years there have been quite a few no doubt, but here’s my selection, past and present.  Please comment and add some more.  Plus a clip of a particularly bad example from the people at Glade and Mr Muscle.  Enjoy.

(You’ll notice there’s a common theme across the adverts / products – they are all what is known as FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) and are all made by huge corporations: Ferrero, P&G, SCJohnson etc.  Quite clearly they don’t give that much of a sh*t, despite the billions they make each year).

Ferrero Rocher (a classic in the 70s/80s and still a classic today), Lindt chocolate adverts.  Oust and Febreeze.  Muller Rice.  Just for Men.  Kinder Surprise.  Clearasil.  Kandoo kiddies bottom wipes.

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Bonus episode:Stallone Special- The Expendables!

Hi everyone, we have been waiting for this one for quite some time and finally this week in honor of The Expendables and Mr. Sly Stallone, all three of us went to check out the film, I mean how we could resist with such a cast and a movie would be beyond me!

Here’s the trailer!

 

 

Shownotes:

  • Stallone, Stallone and Stallone
  • A detailed review of The Expendables
  • The Man,the Myth of Sylvester Stallone (33min 17 sec)
  • His Iconic Roles
  • Our favorite picks of Sly’s movies!

Check it out and leave us some comments and feedback!

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Danny & Annie: A 27 year long ‘Love Story’

Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen. Check out this heartwarming animated video after the Jump! Read More

Hoverboards coming soon to us!!!

That’s one small step for Nils Guadagnin, one giant leap for mankind!
As anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s watching Marty McFly and his awesome hover board and it actually comes to reality was such a dead buried old thought in my head, till the one and only Mr. Nils Guadagnin opened the door for all of us to let some hope in by creating his own Hoverboard, which is a project born in 2008 for an exhibition named “Back To the future”. This project is a copy of the hoverboard from the movie Back to the Future II. So, how did he pull it off? Here’s a description: “Integrated into the board and the plinth is an electromagnetic system which levitates the board. A laser system stabilises the object in the air.
In the making of this work, I was thinking about different ways of presenting sculpture. In fact it’s a reflexion on the multiple possibilities of how to give a sculpture full spatial autonomy.” After his creation to all of us I was bummed out when I couldn’t find a Wiki page for Nils Guadagnin!

Now, most people bash the idea from what I read by saying; why don’t you let go of an old idea that can barely stand still as well as it could lose its balance and tip around, but why not see it as a Beta version that quite possibly in 10-15 years it could be all over Malls and shops an actual working Hoverboard like the movie or simply go a complete different direction and get all governments and countries to install roads built entirely out of magnets, problem solved!

So, check it out for yourself all the pictures and video!

Let us know what you think?!

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Cee Lo Green and 50 Cent say ” F*ck You”

Cee Lo has been dropping awesome tracks his entire career but his profile really got a boost since he started working with DJ Danger Mouse and created Gnarls Barkley. Together they dropped the massively succesfull album “ST Elsewhere”. His latest track from the forthcoming album has even more of that jazzy upbeat sound. And now 50 Cent has dropped a remix version. Check out both versions of Upodcast’s favorite track at the moment after the jump! Read More

Wu-Tang Lego: Da Mystery of Chessboxin’

A bit of Friday fun,

The classic Wu-Tang video done with the help of Lego Blocks.

Don’t think I need to explain any further, check it out after the jump! Read More

Guillaume Nery base jumping at Dean’s Blue Hole, filmed on breath hold by Julie Gautier!

Fiction or not!

The best free diving video of all time, simply legendary!

I came across this a while back however it left one of the best impressions! Don’t know what is it about this clip that spoke to me, weather it was the tune, the drop, the climb back up, the way it’s filmed or is the fact that we all try to hold our breath with him as soon as he starts his dive…?!!

Not only is the dive super surreal and awesome, but the climb back up is just as remarkable as the dive!

Check it out and leave us any thoughts you have on that!

Now, the conclusion, Fiction or Real?

French World Champion: Yes. Capable of holding his breath for 4 minutes: Yes. However the video implies that he reached the bottom of Dean’s Blue Hole. No. The record free dive is 116 meters (380 feet), set April 2010 by William Trubridge. Deans Blue Hole is 202 meters (663 feet) deep. Nery landed on a shelf somewhere. Impressive, VERY MUCH SO!

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FilmBlog: Chaalbaaz (1989)- SriDeviPalooza

When we agreed to have a celebration week for Sridevi, the movie I instantly wanted to re-watch to see the full power of the undisputed queen of the Bollywood 80’s was the 1989 Pankaj Parashar directed Chaalbaaz. This remake of “Seeta aur Gheeta” starred Sridevi in a double role of Anju and Manju, Sunny Deol and Rajnikanth as the male leads, a whole host of 80’s clichés and even a Subhai Ghai-style heavily made up troupe of villains headed up by a buck-toothed Anupam Kher wearing Nicole Kidman’s plastic nose from “The Hours”.  Check out Upodcast‘s full review of this Masala Classic and why this movie as no other illustrates the power and phenomenon that is Sri Devi AKA Thunder Thighs AKA Roopi Ki Rani… Click here for more! Read More

Episode 15: The Vampire Movie- Let The Right One In

Twilight be Damned! This week Upodcast goes back  to Sweden and tackles the Vampire movie Let the Right One In andwe discuss its forthcoming American remake “Let Me In” directed by Matt Reeves of Cloverfield fame and Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl). We have a spoiler free discussion on Chritopher Nolan’s latest masterpiece (or is it?) Inception and the latest version of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Pinkett-Smith and Jackie Chan. In Geek News we discuss Nokia‘s comeback woes, New car technology coming towards us (if your’re rich that is) and the announced line up the much awaited Avengers-movie at Comic-Con. Check out the full show after the Jump!

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Michael Cera between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

In honor of the US release of Scott Pilgrim vs The World this week, I thought I’d dig up this hilarious video of Michael Cera with Zach Galifianakis at funnyordie!

Check out the video after the jump if you haven’t seen it yet!

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Retro Ads: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Youtube

With Season 4 of Mad Men starting I came across these cool looking retro ads for contemporary services like Twitter, Skype, Youtube and Facebook.  Check out the full images after the jump! Read More

Jackie Chan is training a fish!!!

I came across this and thought everyone needs to check it out! Jackie has trained a fish in English and Chinese!

Nothing left to say but, GO JACKIE!!!

Awesome, no?!

Mortal Kombat in Paper (Paperalaties!)

Here’s a video of a cutesy version on Mortal Kombat with paper cut-outs. Well cutesy might a big word as you do still see paper shaped hearts and guts fly around!

Check out the video after the Jump!

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