May 2008

This should tell you what kind of week it’s been here at Casa del Mono: The conclusion to Brad Neely’s four-part China, IL. series came out on Monday and I didn’t even look at it until today.

So without further illness related ado, here’s the final curtain for the sad story of one woman’s death and her effect on Babycakes and Frank.

Watch: China, IL: Part Four – The Lovers Reconcile


I’m a sucker for some blue-eyed soul, and Jamie Lidell straddles that genre just as easily as he does just about every other. This clip for the tune ‘Another Day’ seems a weird fit, though… The visuals are far more freaky and Brazil than I might have put together for such a charming song. Still, certainly a memorable clip.

Jamie Lidell - Another Day

Watch Jamie Lidell – Another Day


Noted Jihadist Rachael RayCynical-C points out how a comment by noted intellectual* Michelle Malkin resulted in the pulling of a Dunkin Donuts spot, and the rightly points the way at the next obvious target.

“In the ad, Ray is wearing a scarf that Michelle Malkin said in her nationally syndicated column resembled a kiffiyeh, Middle Eastern garb that is “popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos.”

*And by ‘noted intellectual’, I actually mean ‘clinically insane hate machine with the perceptive powers of a trash bag full of used coffee grounds’


If you had any questions regarding what kind of dark magicks power your cellphone (and the companies that provide them), this should lay your fears to rest*

Watch Cell Phone in Microwave

*And by ‘lay your fears to rest’ I mean ‘confirm every horrible thought’. But at least you know, right?

All in all, some very clever CG trickery.


Tony White has uploaded his 1978 British Academy Award winning short film on the life and work of Hokusai to YouTube. Keen!

In White’s own words:

“This was my first ever… and still my favorite… short animated film! I created it in my spare time while I was still a director/animator at the Richard Williams Studio in London during the late 1970’s. I actually started the film after we had completed ‘A Christmas Carol’, when I was Richard Williams’ own personal assistant at the time. ‘Carol’ went on to win the first of Dick’s three Oscars. When my own ‘Hokusai’ film won a British Academy Award I moved on to set-up the ‘Animus Productions’ animation studio… a creative entity I led for a further 20 award-winning years. The film itself was inspired by the wonderful sketchbooks of Hokusai. When I saw them I realized that this artist was indeed a true animator at heart… he just didn’t have the knowledge or the technology to be one in his lifetime. I therefore sought to bring his drawings to life for him, as homage to his genius.”

Watch ‘Hokusai – An Animated Sketchbook

via Ticklebooth



by alphamonkey on May 29, 2008 · 2 comments

in Short Film

Our good pal Andy Cochrane sent in the link for this animated short from Sascha Geddert and Wolfram Kampffmeyer entitled, ‘Fallen‘.


This sweet (if a bit sad) short covers the all-too-brief life of a creature born from a meteor, and its realization that its entire existence lay before it.


The Russian Montage School’s effect on a Hungarian Cat: What happens if a Hungarian cat falls asleep while watching Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin.

Watch Catman 0

alphamonkey sez: A little esoteric for non-film nerds, but this actually had me laughing so hard I had to lie down. Granted, the flu helped, but still…


In the world of the first person shooter, someone still has to pick up the pieces and figure out how all those dead bodies got there…

Watch Halo 3 Homicide Detective



by alphamonkey on May 28, 2008 · 0 comments

in Uncategorized

Last week was spent trying to keep the girls feeling better as they fought off a cold and teething. Apparently this week will be spent dealing with the fact that I feel like I pissed off Mr. T’s fist, which decided to beat me down and then pour marshmallow fluff in my skull.

We’ll try again tomorrow.

Oh, and FYI: Watching back to back episodes of The Office before passing out in a fever heap leads to some exceptionally messed up dreams.


flops turned classicsEric has been crowing a lot in the recent weeks about all the completely unjustified venom being spewed at the Wachowski brothers’ day-glo kids movie “Speed Racer.”
There’s a really dangerous thing out there called ‘critical consensus,’ where the buzz surrounding a movie and its critical reception is so bad that everyone just stays away. Like “Speed Racer,” the movie becomes a joke and can never fully recover. Fortunately for these 10 films, there is sometimes a long life after theatrical death. Go here for Eric’s eye-opening list of Top 10 Movie Flops-Turned-Classics!