Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Gordon Liu

Today the Master Killer himself, Gordon Liu turns 59.

Filmed in Supermarionation

Directed and co-produced by Stephen La Riviere and hosted by Lady Penelope and Parker themselves,  Filmed in Supermarionation is a screen adaptation of his book of the same name and features a wealth of previously unseen archive footage, brand new interviews with the surviving casts members and crews and clips from the shows themselves.  A highlight of the film are ingenious and accurate recreations of the pioneering techniques used in productions.

The Art of Editing in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Art of Editing in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Max Tohline on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Station Break

Great little compilation from Australian TV of Station Breaks.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Late Night Kiss

Who hasn't watched tons of late night re-runs of the original series of Star Trek?  It seems like whenever a cable network decides to air these I always get caught in watching them even though I own them all on VHS, have Netflix and have seen them a countless number of times.  One of the most famous episodes is that of the first interracial kiss between James T. Kirk and Lt. Uhura which Nichelle Nichols sits down to discuss.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

VHS Mixtape

Just caught wind of these two great VHS mix tape's by Smash TV, Skinemax and the sequel Memorex.  A lot of great footage sequenced with 80's beats.

Skinemax is Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-Movie VHS tapes.  It's long term entertainment for short attention spans.  A nostalgic look back at a half remembered childhood of the 80's and 90's, Skinemax takes a close look at the culture of that era.  The images that motivated, delighted and terrified us on the silver screen, set up to propulsive modern music that pines for a simpler time.

Skinemax from Smash TV on Vimeo.

Memorex is the advertising industry's collective wet dream.  The sequel to Smash TV's critically acclaimed "Skinemax", Memorex is a 50 minute VJ odyssey, a tribute to an entire generation who grew up with only a TV and a VCR for babysitters.  Sourced from over forty hours of 80's commercials pulled from warped VHS tapes, Memorex is deep exploration of nostalgia and fading cultural values of an era of excess.  It's a re-contextualization of ads - cultural detritus, the lowest of the low into something altogether more profound, humorous and at times even beautiful.

Memorex from Smash TV on Vimeo.