Last Link of the Day: Jim Morrison and the Future of Music

Mr. Mojo Risin’ the Lizard King makes a rather accurate prediction.

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How will you survive?

This post will say a lot about the last Alien-themed game that came out. I didn’t play Aliens: Colonial Marines because the reviews were universally atrocious. It was a disappointment on a massive scale, and even though I didn’t touch the game, its stink so thoroughly permeated the Alien video game franchise that I’m really, really hesitant to get excited for Alien: Isolation. Even though this game looks much more true to its roots than the last one, even though it’s clearly going for a survival horror theme more than an action theme…I’m still very wary. Don’t let me down, Sega.

Alien: Isolation comes out October 7, 2014.

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Cana-Dos and Cana-Don’ts

Kevin Smith’s bizarro horror-comedy Tusk, in which Michael Parks surgically transforms Justin Long into a walrus, comes out tomorrow! This is one of those movies where I feel obligated to see it just because of the insane premise, and also in part because I really enjoyed Smith’s previous foray into horror with Red State. But at the same time, I kinda feel like Smith is…reaching? Is that the right word? Let me put it another way: Smith thought this up while he was stoned. Maybe, just maybe, not every idea you have when you’re stoned is good. But I’m willing to reserve judgement until I see this.

Tusk comes out September 19, 2014.

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Before They Were Stars: Mia Farrow Auditions for “The Sound of Music”

I always love uncovering rare footage of recognizable actors auditioning for iconic roles before when they were famous… especially when it’s clear they were all wrong for said role. Here’s an unknown Mia Farrow testing for the role of Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and… well, let’s just say there’s a reason you never saw her in too many musicals. Farrow didn’t get the part, but, hey, she still went on to a successful career while Charmian Carr, the actress who played Liesl, only has one other credit to her name.

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Last Link of the Day: Bat Attack!

At a campsite jam session, a guitarist was attacked and bitten by a rabid bat! This is so weird.

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Ghostbusters Lightpainting

Shanks FX has created a pretty awesome little fan video wherein he tries to replicate the look of the proton streams from Ghostbusters using long-exposure light painting techniques. The results are incredible, even if this is probably the most round-about way to achieve this effect!

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Shove It Up Your Ass!

The best supercuts are the ones that feature copious amounts of insults, and here’s one from Coponfilms that has a pretty clear message: SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS! Man, this is just too satisfying for words.

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Before They Were Stars: William H. Macy is Punked by Gary Busey in “Foolin’ Around”

In 1980, William H. Macy made his screen debut in a comedy called Foolin’ Around, playing a con man who screws over Gary Busey before Busey returns to get revenge by dangling Macy’s car from a tree. The hilarious thing about this scenario is that Busey is playing a college student even though he was 36 YEARS OLD at the time the movie was made and Macy is actually six years younger than this so-called “college student”!

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Last Link of the Day: Doggy Cam

It looks fun to be a dog.

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Manakamana

I was listening to Filmspotting SVU yesterday and heard mention of a new movie produced by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, the directors of the documentary Leviathan. It seems like Castaing-Taylor and Paravel are really marrying themselves to the same style of documentary as Leviathan, this observational, non-narrative style that affords the viewer a fly-on-the-wall look into unusual places and lives. Manakamana is, quite literally, eleven trips up a mountain to a temple by way of cable car with eleven different groups of people. Obviously this won’t be for everyone – even I will probably struggle to watch the whole thing – but it’s certainly an interesting experiment, and makes me question my preconceived notions of what makes a documentary.

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