Earlier this year, the largest video store in the United States, Scarecrow Video had a Kickstarter to help fund its survival and conversion to a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of video. Of course, being a film-loving Seattlite, I was just about contractually bound to contribute to the Kickstarter — and one of the perks was being allowed to curate a top 10 list that’d be available for folks to browse in the store. That list is here — though it’s not really a top 10 list, but more of 10 movies that may be a little obscure that are worth checking out. (And I believe a fair number of these I first saw from Scarecrow!) In no particular order, those films are…
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Here’s yet another hypothetical Mix CD! Feel free to track these cuts down and burn your own copy! The theme here is “It’s Raining Again”/Fall-Winter/a “Less Light” mix. Some of the tracks I chose were pretty obvious, and others were more based around the sound; part of the fun is the wide-range of interpretations the theme has, so…
It was probably a given that I’d review this new book on Chris Morris; he’s one of my all-time comedy heroes, and I tend to write a lot about him anyway. That said, I didn’t know a whole lot about him; stands to reason, though — not only am I in the wrong country to really get the influx of Chris Morris information that could be out there, he’s also pretty secretive about himself. I basically knew the big hits — he got his start in radio, he got a degree in Zoology, the Daily Mail hates him — but then they seem to hate anything pure and good, so there you go. But not a whole lot else, outside of his work.
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Charlie Brooker‘s often been sort of on my periphery; he’s worked with Chris Morris before, and I’d seen the TV Go Home site of course, but what made me really like him (aside from Nathan Barley, of course) was his Screenwipe series, an amusing and analytical look at how television works. I’d also known he’d written for The Guardian, but I hadn’t read a lot of those articles.
This may come as a shock, but I’m a comedy geek. I think way too much about comedy, and I tend to get obsessive over comedians I like… much like the way I do about music… and just about everything else. John Wenzel is a comedy geek too and his new book profiles many of my favorite comedians, and a few that make me think I should check them out. (For example, I’ve never actually seen an episode of Human Giant; perhaps potentially of the anti-MTV backlash Wenzel mentions, but considering that never stopped me with Wonder Showzen or Andy Milonakis… so it’s more likely a function of just never knowing when it was on.)
I’m a huge fan of Chris Morris; for those who don’t know who Chris Morris is, he’s an awesome British satirist who typically does stuff about the media. His most (in)famous work is probably the 2001 Brass Eye special, “Paedogeddon”, a TV news-magazine spoof about the media’s treatment of pedophilia. Morris’ work is frequently controversial (well, that’s an understatement), though unlike some controversial stuff, his stuff isn’t just Shock Value ? he actually has the quality to back it up. The “Paedogeddon” special, in the hands of someone else, would end up being “Oh, look! I am edgy! I’m making a comedy show about pedophiles! Ha ha!”, but Chris Morris never falls into that trap, mainly by having something to say.