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Open and closing shots of movies, side by side

Posted by Martin Poulter on 20 April 2015

This is more beautiful and evocative in practice than the simple idea suggests. From 55 films – many recent; many classic – the opening shot and last shot are presented side by side. It’s accompanied with some of Thomas Newman’s gorgeous music for American Beauty. That film isn’t included in the 55, but there is a full index of films in the description.

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Fast and Furious 8 “Fast and Delicious” trailer

Posted by Martin Poulter on 14 April 2015

As Fast and Furious 7 is in the cinemas, editing genius “Alex Luthor” has given us a glimpse of what could come next:

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Teletubbies meet Joy Division

Posted by Martin Poulter on 30 March 2015

In somber black and white, the Teletubbies take on a startling resemblance to something by Anton Corbijn, the photographer and director whose work includes the video for Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”. It only remained for someone to match up “Atmosphere” with B&W Teletubbies footage, and that’s just what Christopher G. Brown has done here:


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Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf

Posted by Martin Poulter on 14 March 2015

On the surface, this is a straightforward operatic performance of a horror story in which YOU are hunted down by crazed, cannibalistic Hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf. Each time you think you get what’s going on in this video, it gets bigger and stranger. Watch to the end.

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Metallica play smooth jazz

Posted by Martin Poulter on 5 March 2015

The third in the series of radical cover versions by Andy Rehfeldt. I know light jazz covers of metal hits are already a thing – with Richard Cheese and so on – but this version of “Enter Sandman” is particularly well done, especially how it fits with the video.

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AC/DC play Funk

Posted by Martin Poulter on 4 March 2015

Continuing the brilliant alternative cover versions of Andy Rehfeldt. This is what “Back in Black” would have sounded like if AC/DC had collaborated with Wild Cherry.

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Bob Marley sings Metal

Posted by Martin Poulter on 3 March 2015

There are lots of people who like to genre-swap popular songs, including for example yours truly (cough). Andy Rehfeldt is a stand-out master, though. Taking original vocal tracks and dubbing on his own guitar, bass, and drums, he makes radically different versions that sound like how the song was always meant to be played. You can spend a lot of time journeying through his YouTube channel, but here on KDnC I will post my three favourites.

First is Bob Marley’s “Is This Love?” transformed into screaming, riff-tastic metal.


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We Bought a Jail

Posted by Martin Poulter on 13 February 2015

The trailer for “We Bought a Zoo”, cut with shots from The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, makes a very different kind of film.

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Antibaw

Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 February 2015

When an internet image hits you right in the feels; when a wise aphorism brings a tear to your eye, that’s baw. A lot of effort on social networks goes into sharing touching, inspiring, baw-inducing captioned images. Then again for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction, hence the phenomenon of antibaw.

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Arguably the worst offender for manipulative, sickly, patronising baw posts is the JustGirlyThings channel on Instagram (don’t actually follow the link!). Some of my favourite antibaws take these images and tweak the context. Read the rest of this entry »

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Human drummers play the Aphex Twin

Posted by Martin Poulter on 9 February 2015

The Aphex Twin’s programmed drum beats are so complex, with variations in every bar, that it’s nearly impossible for human drummers to replicate them. It’s not totally impossible, as illustrated by some drum covers. My favourite example of this is Adam Byram covering “Rushup I Bank 12” – as joyful a viewing as a drum video can possibly be.

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