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Happy Hour

It’s a lazy afternoon, and Yannick sits at Café Allongé, enjoying his coffee and doodling genitals on photos of people. He’s about to leave when when a beautiful woman enters. Yannick tries to charm the lady, each attempt getting more outrageous than the last, so much that he confuses reality with fantasy. Does he get the girl of his fantasies? Check out Happy Hour below.

Happy Hour was directed by Maxime Paccalet.

[via Geek Tyrant]

Featured Game Reviews

We Review: Lego The Lord of the Rings

Traveller’s Tales have been on a roll with the number of quality Lego games they’ve been producing lately, and the latest game in their stable is Lego The Lord of the Rings, based more on the movies than on the books. How does the jaunt across Middle Earth compare as a Lego adventure? I took my trusty Mithril controller in hand to find out. (Please note that this review is strictly for the PS3 and Xbox360 versions of the game. Other versions may differ drastically.)

Featured Game Reviews

We Review: Darksiders 2

I loved the first Darksiders. From the whodunnit storyline, to the dungeon crawling, to the hacks and slashes, the experience was surprising as it was thrilling. I am a man of simple needs and when I heard that a sequel was in development, I would have been extremely happy to play one with mechanics similar to the first, just with a different character. But without change there is no progress as some people would say. And in Darksiders 2, Vigil Games were not horsing around when they added wholly new gameplay elements to the mix. Do these new elements dilute the experience? Do they welcome new types of players to the game but alienate others? Does bigger mean it’s better? Let’s dance with Death and find out.


Beautiful CGI Castles

Everyone loves castles. Castles are the ultimate idea in lofty, elaborate architecture. Even better? Imaginary castles. If you don’t have to use actual bricks and cement, then neither money nor reality is any object. Some examples of beautiful, elaborate CGI castles after the jump.

Arty Awesomeness Featured Weirdness

The Tale of How

If you have a couple of free minutes today, let it be spent watching The Tale of How. Created by The Blackheart Gang back in ’06, the dark tale is about a flock of dodos living in a tree – and not this any ordinary tree mind you, this one is in the back of OTTO, the tentacled tyrant of the Indian Ocean. OTTO passes his time on the high seas by feasting on the dodos. The flightless birds send messages for help, but no one ever comes, and all seemed lost, until a visitor from the west lends a helping hand.

Wasn’t that superb? It took The Blackheart Gang nine long months of part-time work to create the tale (the making of is here) which happens to be the second part of the Dodo Trilogy. The other two works, The Tale of Then and The Tale of When are still to be made.

You might recognize one of the three members of The Blackheart Gang as Markus Wormstorm from the afro-electro duo, Sweat.X. See more about the creative bunch on their official website.

[via we-are-awesome]

Arty Awesomeness Featured Movies Video Clips

Nuit Blanche

Directed by directed by Spy Films‘ Arev Manoukian, “Nuit Blanche” is a short film set in 1950s Paris and tells the story of a man who catches the gaze of a woman sitting in a cafe across the street. It shows how a fleeting glance between two strangers could result in an explosion of feelings (and a few other things). It’s really quite dramatic, check it out below.

If you’re interested, see the making of Nuit Blanche on YouTube.

[via Boing Boing]

Arty Cautionary Tales Weirdness

The Twisted, Violent Worlds of Charlie Immer

This is beautifully gross. Flights through other worlds can often be whimsical, but Charlie Immer is tired of that stereotype. The worlds created by this artist and illustrator from New York are harrowingly dangerous, where the creatures in the scenes are about to meet their end in a most brutal and gory way. Danger lurks around every corner, a cautionary tale indeed.

Have a look at some of his art after the jump.

Movies Video Clips

James Cameron’s “Avatar” Trailer

Apparently everyone is talking about Avatar. I obviously missed that memo. I really should fire my non-existent yet big bosomed secretary.

Written and directed by James Cameron (Terminator 2, Aliens, Titanic) Avatar has nothing in common with the animated series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” – Cameron wrote the script a decade for the Nickelodeon show, and hence retained the right to use the word as his film’s title. After spending almost two full years in post-production, Avatar is supposedly one of the most technically sophisticated movies yet seen.

It sees a paraplegic war veteran (Sam Worthington) who gets shipped out to the planet of Pandora where the meddlesome humans at odds with the planet’s inhabitants, the long-limbed, elven-eared Na’vi race. See the epic trailer below or watch the special effects bonanza in HD at Apple Trailers.

Maybe it’s because I’m not drunk yet, but I feel a little underwhelmed. What do you think of it?

[via Mashable]

Arty Awesomeness Featured Movies Video Clips

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

From Terry Gilliam, the acclaimed director of the cult movies Brazil, 12 Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, comes his latest film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Having made a deal with the devil, the 1,000-year-old Doctor Parnassus has gained the ability to take people beyond their imaginations. One day, the devil comes to collect on their arrangement, and the good doctor and his theatre troupe must travel through mystical parallel worlds to get back what is most dear to him.

This was final film role for the late Heath Ledger, who died a third of the way during filming. As a result his role was recast to use Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell to portray “physically transformed versions” of Ledger’s character. See the fantastical HD trailer below.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is set for a UK release on October 16th, 2009.

[via MTV Movies Blog]

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Amazing Dream Worlds

I like to think I go to fantasy realms in my sleep, but it’s usually to the MacDonalds on all-you-can-eat day, or to a clothing store where everyone actually pays attention to me. Other people, however, have more vivid locations in mind, and with the help of Photoshop, they can bring these lands to life.

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A few more fantasy landscapes lie after the jump.