A Modern Day Trailer for “2001: A Space Odyssey”

The theatrical release of Stanley Kubrick’s 161-minute space opera, 2001: A Space Odyssey, must have hypnotized audiences in 1968, especially the ones who were already on drugs at the time.

Fast forward 40 odd years and you wonder whether modern audiences would be able to sit through all those the extended lunar landing scenes. Film School Rejects tries to imagine what the trailer to 2001: A Space Odyssey would look like if it were to be marketed to audiences today. The recut trailer is complete with loads of flashing imagery and a bombastic soundtrack designed to excite those limited attention spans. Michael Bay would have been proud although Stanley Kubrick might just have been rolled over in his grave. Have a look at the blockbuster trailer below.

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This “Farming Simulator” Trailer is Bonkers

Agricultural simulation programs don’t get much love from the mainstream market. Giant Software’s Farming Simulator 2011, for example, doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not popular. Indeed, with the liberal application of recreational drugs, many a fun time can be had in the beautiful countryside. YouTube user SsethTzeentach gives us an example of this in an absurd and hilarious fan-made trailer set to the tune of “Bangarang” by Skrillex. Check out Farming Simulator Mad Skill below.

[via SA Gamer]

Out of This World!

If you thought Don Pettit’s star trail photos are out of this world, then you’re sure to appreciate this stellar effort.

A number of people have used NASA’s Image Science & Analysis Laboratory source of photos to create stunning time-lapse videos of the Earth as seen from the International Space Station. The latest video from photographer Knate Myers is no different. Myers adds a touch of Photoshop to enhance some of the NASA shots and uses the tune “Sunshine” by composer John Murphy. Have a look at View from the ISS at Night below.

[via The Verge]

Superheroes in Top Hats

Nothing says “Like a sir” more than a monocle and a top hat. Artist Lora Zombie shows this in her “Mr.” set of watercolour prints where a number of superheroes exude wealth and class by donning the corrective lens and formal headgear.

Have a look at Zombie’s Super Sirs after the jump.

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We Review: Dragon’s Dogma

In the wake of such epic fantasy RPGs as Skyrim and Kingdoms of Amalur comes a new IP, Dragon’s Dogma, which promises to be full of dragons, ghoulies, ghosties, and long-leggity beasties. And, of course, all this comes with a healthy dose of killing aforementioned things that go bump in the deep, dark night. And it has sidequests, too, because everyone loves a good sidequest. I sidequested through the this game to see how many dragons I could kill by the end of it.

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Pop Culture House Sigils Inspired by “Game of Thrones”

Game of Thrones has been showered with much praise and attention. Fans have remixed the opening theme tune, re-created the characters out of LEGO, and even compiled a video of only just the naughty bits.

The house sigils have been of particular interest as well, from the minimalist to the seriously cute. They are the inspiration for a new set of posters, this time if popular characters from comics books, TV, and film were part of the noble houses of Westeros.

Have a look at the sigils of House Wayne, House Skywalker, and House House after the jump.

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Africa in Time-Lapse

We’ve watched and loved time-lapse videos from the likes of Terje SørgjerdRandy Halverson, and Tom Lowe. While these shots are amazing, they’re of the continental United States and parts of Europe, and it’s easy to forget that equally striking scenes can be found in our backyard, and that of our neighbours.

The TIMELAPSE SA channel on Vimeo collects time-lapse footage shot solely by South African photographers and features some wonderful scenes in the Namib desert, the Kalahari, and in the shadows of the Drakensberg mountains. See a few of these videos after the jump.

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Alternate Mickeys

The late Ward Kimball was an accomplished animator for the Walt Disney Studios. While the character of Mickey Mouse had already been in existence for some decades, Kimball wondered what Mickey would have looked like if he were drawn by Picasso, bore a resemblance to Bugs Bunny, or had a penchant for showing off his willy.

Take a look at Kimball’s alternate Mickeys in his 1985 character board after the jump.

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RADICAL OPENNESS: The Power of Ideas

Filmmaker and forever optimist Jason Silva loves ideas. It amazes him how a tiny spark in an excitable neuron gives life to an idea and how that idea can spread through the vector of language.

Inspired by other forward thinkers of past and present, Silva’s rather psychedelic, inspirational short film RADICAL OPENNESS pays homage to the imaginable and unimaginable power of the idea.

[via Holy Kaw!]

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