August 28, 2006

Internet Video Roundup

An all Youtube edition this time, which means that all these selections can be viewed on this very blog.

Please don't hate me for loving this decidedly not-safe-for-work music video from comedian Mike O'Connell and Dr. Ken. I laugh every time I see it and I cannot for the life of me get the refrain out of my head. The opening bit with the bartender tries and fails to dull the edge; this is an unquestionably irredeemable but impressive bout of verbal violence.



Nearly as inexplicable as the gyrating Asian man in a silver jumpsuit in "What's it Going to Be" is this anti-drug PSA from Pee-Wee Herman. "Snakes on a Plane" haters take note, this is "found" camp at its finest.



Similiar, if more difficult, is this clip of Reverend Alicia dancing in her chair in praise of cult leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh. Probably more funny than the Pee Wee Herman PSA, but you'll feel a lot more guilt in laughing. It probably doesn't much matter, but I'ld like to think that Reverend Alicia is funny not as much because I think myself superior for not dancing to Yahweh, but because what she is doing is so completely bizarre and she doesn't seem to understand that it's bizarre. Incongruency between mindsets, hers and mine, equals funny.



Experience more of this existential detatch by watching this chimp play Ms. Pac-Man. Watering down the horror of realizing that this chimp knows enough to chase the ghosts after they turn blue and run away from them when they turn back, and therefore isn't that much different from you and me; is the cold hard fact that she plain otherwise sucks ass at Ms. Pac-Man.



And finally, I found a bunch of clips of my childhood hero Commander USA from "Commander USA's Groovy Movies". This one where he recaps Friday the 13 is easily the funniest. OK, perhaps the only remotely funny one. I gotta admit, Commander USA was probably more fun when I was six. And when seen in context with the "groovy movies" he showed, besides.



Update

Also of interest, I found a podcast of an episode of that radio show that
Walter is on. He's near the very end after the interview with David Corn, author of Hubris:The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War. Films reviewed here include Invincible, Factotum, and yes, Snakes on a Plane.

8 comments:

Matthew Barron said...

Y'know, there's no Wikipedia entry on Commander USA... anyone up for fixing that?

Alex Jackson said...

No entry on the Commander himself, but this one on his show oughta do ya:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander_USA%27s_Groovie_Movies

jer fairall said...

My favortie YouTube finds lately are a small handful of 80's clips of Siskel + Ebert on Carson and Letterman. One is the infamous clip of Ebert dissing Three Amigos while sitting next to Chevy Chase, which is not nearly the ugly scene that I expected, as Chase takes it with mostly humble good humor and the only one who seems especially embarrased is Johnny. Far funnier is a 1983 clip from Letterman where the three of them rip on Pia Zadora's The Lonely Lady. Just search "Siskel and Ebert" and you'll find them, along with that hilarious outtake that we've all seen by now.

I also managed to find both Gopher Broke and Los ABCs, the former of which pales very much in comparison, for me, with the brilliant Pixar clip Boundin' (found on the Incredibles DVD) and the latter which, despite being done in that whole eBaums World-style of animation that I don't tend to like, is a poignant bit of protest art.

And finally, anyone seen the Zelig-inspired video for Gnarls Barkley's Smiley Faces yet? Probably the best music video of the year, so far, I think.

Ian Pugh said...

Wasn't that Pee-wee Herman PSA part of Paul Reubens' plea bargain after he was caught masturbating in an adult movie theater?

Anyway, I'm fascinated by that Ms. Pac-Man clip. The chimp understands the limitations of the maze, but she doesn't understand the ultimate object of the game (clear the board of pellets) so I wonder if there's something universally predatory in how she goes after the vulnerable ghosts. Are chimps color blind? If not, there could be something "weak" about the deep color of blue; if so, there could be something about the ghosts' "expressions" when they are blue.

However, it must be understood that the ghosts' movements in Ms. Pac-Man are pretty difficult to decipher. A more interesting endeavor, I think, would be to test a chimp at the original Pac-Man, a game that is decidedly more deterministic in the way of the ghosts' movement; this has been exploited to the point where people have made precise, unbeatable patterns for every single board. Could the chimp be taught these patterns?

Scott Weinberg said...

The Mike O'Connell clip is one of the funniest things I've seen all year. Thanks, Alex.

Alex Jackson said...

Wasn't that Pee-wee Herman PSA part of Paul Reubens' plea bargain after he was caught masturbating in an adult movie theater?

Yes, I think so.

Anyway, I'm fascinated by that Ms. Pac-Man clip. The chimp understands the limitations of the maze, but she doesn't understand the ultimate object of the game (clear the board of pellets) so I wonder if there's something universally predatory in how she goes after the vulnerable ghosts. Are chimps color blind? If not, there could be something "weak" about the deep color of blue; if so, there could be something about the ghosts' "expressions" when they are blue.

However, it must be understood that the ghosts' movements in Ms. Pac-Man are pretty difficult to decipher. A more interesting endeavor, I think, would be to test a chimp at the original Pac-Man, a game that is decidedly more deterministic in the way of the ghosts' movement; this has been exploited to the point where people have made precise, unbeatable patterns for every single board. Could the chimp be taught these patterns?


I dunno. It might be easy to accept if she was just following a pattern, the idea that she may have a will and make a rough idea of what to do and how to do it is what freaks me out.

Ian Pugh said...

Interesting thing, actually: the final fade from Pee-wee into the crack reminds me of Norman Bates and the subliminal overlaid skull from the final fade of Psycho. Maybe I'm just looking too far into it.

Andrei said...

This has been making its rounds for some time, but just in case anyone hasn't seen it yet, here's the Spirit of Truth, nother incredible clip of an evangelical show on public access: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_mZO7vFIYI