Nathan Barnatt Dances Like He Just Doesn’t Care.

We’ve been enjoying Nathan Bartnatt’s work for a while. Why? Well for beginners the man knows how to dance and his videos are strangely hypnotic as his latest, Comme Un Enfant (Freaks Remix), featured above will testify.

Bartnatt has that rare quality of dancing like a white geek but with style and grace, no easy task. He’s also as fit as a butcher’s dog.

(via Nathan Barnatt)

Beyonce May Be A Thief.

Shocking isn’t it? The singer who has been described as ‘original’ and ‘unique’, (others may describe her as ‘manufactured‘, ‘untalented‘ and ‘over-hyped‘), may in fact be guilty of plagiarising other people’s work and creativity to benefit her over paid career.

Her new music video for her song Countdown has been criticised for being almost exactly like the movies of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. See for yourself in the video above.

Obviously this isn’t the first time an ‘artist’ has been caught pinching other folk’s intellectual property and it certainly won’t be the last, but that doesn’t make it right. Jesus, with all the resources, money and people behind this woman was this the best they could come up with? Oh wait, they’re calling it an ‘homage‘, panic over, no crime committed here.

We’re off now to ‘homage‘ our local bank!

 

They Might Be Giants Video With a Brawling Rip Torn.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard or seen anything from alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, but like everything in life, good things come to those who wait.

Their latest track Can’t Keep Johnny Down has a music video featuring a street fighting 80 year-old Rip Torn, (Men In Black, Dodgeball), who indulges in a bout of bar knuckle boxing in a derelict warehouse. Which inadvertently reminded us of the reason we harbour a love for the actor, that infamous, insane brawl he had with writer/director Norman Mailer on the set of the movie Maidstone back in 1970.

The abridged version of the encounter was that Torn, unhappy with Mailer’s direction on the set of the film, struck him on the head with a hammer and as the camera rolled Mailer in response sank his teeth into Torn’s ear. To this day no-one can say for certain if the fight was genuine or staged, you can watch the whole bizarre affair below:

The unpredictable behaviour and at times genuine madness which Torn seems to be either blessed or cursed with has always been the attraction for us. Here’s just another small reason why Rip Torn continues to fascinate. This report was taken from a news story first published on January 29th, 2010:

Rip Torn was so intoxicated when he broke into a Connecticut bank carrying a loaded gun that he thought he was home, taking off his hat and boots and leaving them by the door, according to court records.
He is expected to enter an alcohol rehabilitation center in New York as early as Tuesday, according to his attorney.
The “Men in Black” actor is accused of breaking into the Litchfield Bancorp branch through a window Friday night in Salisbury, where officers responding to an alarm found him wandering in the lobby and nearly incoherent.
According to court records, Torn was disoriented, reeked of alcohol and asked the state police troopers repeatedly why they were taking him out of his home.
“Obviously, he wasn’t there intending to commit a crime, in my estimation,” Waterfall said.
Officers found a loaded .22-caliber revolver in Torn’s pocket, according to court records, and a breath test showed his blood-alcohol content as 0.203 percent — more than twice the 0.08 legal limit for driving in Connecticut.

 

 

Music Video For Stampede Is A First Person Riot.

The music video above, for band Biting Elbows latest single Stampede, is a clever mix of first-person-shooter spliced with the themes and stylings of the game Mirror’s Edge and the movie Strange Days.

The video was put together by the band and their friend Sergei Valyae, who is a parkour specialist. They explain on their official website Biting Elbows that:

We got actor Andrei Dementiev, whom I’ve worked with on TV before as a special guest and he put up with having to wear the mustache while we got our act in order. So, a big thanks goes out to his patience. I must also bow down to Anatoly and Ivan, who organized the shoot on the luxurious boat, and a HUGE thanks to all of the volunteers who spent hours on hot roofs and stuffy offices. We’ve had a blast making it, and I know you’ll have a blast watching it. Enjoy!

(Via The Awesomer)

 

Holy Moly Just Ripped Katy Perry A New One.

She wears vacuum sealed, rib busting dresses which fills up her cleavage quicker than the Titanic and sings songs about getting drunk and kissing members of the same sex and liking it, while never forgetting her strong Christian roots and maintaining a cheesy, candy esque appeal for her tween audience which nets her millions.

Recently though the walking contradiction, who’s music was once described as ‘lez ploitational’, that is Katy Perry fired a rather harsh and poorly worded shot across the bow of the media this week through Twitter, claiming that their collective criticisms about product placement in music videos by current pop stars, ( in particular the Avril Lavigne abomination here & more recently the Britney Spears video  here), was completely out of order and that they were demonic scum for doing so…or words to that effect.

British pop culture website Holy Moly have taken umbrage over Perry’s remarks and have returned fire with a biting, brilliant and all together deadly reply which you can thoroughly enjoy reading over on their website.

Why can’t these wannabe pornstars pop stars sing nice songs about their old dog, or their favourite bike, or birthday cakes, or flowers, or their kind elderly neighbour, or their local sports club, anything than another f@cking song about lesbian sex, one night stands, threesomes, or their never ending addiction to coitus.

Putting The Tramp In Trampoline.

Is your idea of a great music video one which includes a cardigan wearing geriatric with a plunging neckline jumping up and down on a trampoline in the middle of a farmer’s field, accompanied by none other than a violin playing Rab C Nesbitt? It is? Then prepare to be awesomed to the max.

Always the prankster Geldof squeezes one off in the direction of his violin playing friend.

HMS Friday’s Brief Round Up Of 2010.

Don’t worry this isn’t an exhaustive post littered with top ten lists for the year we decided to veer away from that. In fact we’ve gone straight for the jugular and cherry picked our top favourites for different categories which we feel stood out among the rest over the last 12 months. For that reason alone our disclaimer is that these are our selections and ours only, you can and probably will disagree with them and we still wouldn’t give a shit.

Best Film Of 2010: Inception.

Yes it merits at least a second viewing but it truly is sci-fi at it’s best. Grounded in a realistic structure never straying too far into the fantastical, it’s tense throughout and grips you from the start until the finish and has you trying to work out what the f@ck is going on in between. Honourable mentions go to How To Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim, Toy Story 3, Shutter Island, The Prophet and Frozen.

Best TV Series Of 2010: Breaking Bad/Mad Men

The crew were split right down the middle over this decision so we decided to offer them joint honours. Breaking Bad continues to be the single most engaging and enthralling crime series ever filmed for the small screen. The chemistry, (excuse the pun), between actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul is electrifying. It was another great year for Mad Men as advertising executive Don Draper’s story continued to unfold and unravel at the seams with a few shocking surprises along the way. Never has a series managed to blend style with debauchery so effortlessly. Honourable mentions got to True Blood, Eastbound And Down, The Walking Dead, Party Down, Fringe, Lost and Justified.

Best Music Video Of 2010: LCD Sound System.

Directed by the legendary Spike Jonze this video for the band’s single Drunk Girls sees the group being mentally and physically abused by a group of overall wearing miscreants in panda style balaclavas. Unnerving, twisted, chaotic and at times hilarious this music video has it all.

Sportsman Of 2010: Lionel Messi.

Even if you don’t like football the wee man is a joy to watch. His feet seem to be at times covered with super glue, when he has the ball he dances round defenders like a graceful ballerina panicking the opposition every time he launches a blistering attack. The reason we chose Messi as Sportsman Of The Year is because in an age when six foot plus, muscular players seem to go to ground like a bag of bricks at the slightest of touches, 5ft 7 Messi bucks the trend, refuses to dive and instead rides out even the most brutal of challenges. Why? Because he loves to play the game, pure and simple and when he does we love to watch. He is the rarest of players – an honest one. Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof.

Man Of The Year: Nick Vujicic.

Don’t worry we didn’t vote for some CEO or multi-millionaire instead we honoured Nick Vujicic a man who was born without arms or legs but who continues to travel the world spreading his message of hope and motivation to thousands of schoolchildren. Born in Australia to Serbian parents Nick was brought into this world with Tetra-Amelia disorder, missing both arms at shoulder level and legless except for two small feet, one of which has two toes. The adversity Nick had to overcome from the start was colossal, initially refused enrollment at his local school due to his disabilities he was then relentlessly bullied by school mates before becoming depressed and at one point contemplated suicide. Instead Nick went on to become a motivational speaker, he has spoke to over three million people so far in 24 different countries spreading his message of hope along the way.

Woman Women Of The Year: The Tecktonic & Shuffle Girls.

In a year when most women looked up to the likes of Cheryl Cole, Fearne Cotton, Amy Winehouse and Megan Fox the HMS Friday crew have plumped for the one woman who doesn’t have a fragrance, movie, album or self to sell but instead throws caution to the wind and enjoys herself simply by dancing and throwing her hands up in the air to hardcore techno dance music. Yes, the tecktonic and shuffle girls, (tecktonik seen by many as a purer form of hardcore dance usually expressed through greater movement in the arms whereas shuffle concentrates on intense leg movement) are creating an underground dance scene among females, which grew even more this year, to almost epidemic proportions. In doing so gives everyone a little joy and raises the spirits of those watching. Our woman of the year goes to the one who slips on some track suit trousers, turns up the sound system and dances, no matter how stupid it may look to other people. 


Game Of The Year: Red Dead Redemption.


Rockstar Games proved once more they know better than anyone else how to construct and develop a rich, detailed multi-layered gaming experience which blasts the rest of the competition out of the water. Unjustly described by some critics as Grand Theft Auto on a horse Red Dead Redemption opened up a virtual portal for gamers to revisit the wild west and take to the plains raising hell along the way. They also managed to produce one of the finest pieces of downloadable content for a game with Undead Nightmare. Zombies and cowboys? What’s not to like about that match-up? Honourable mentions go to Call Of Duty: Black Ops, Fallout: New Vegas, Dead Rising 2, God Of War 3, Donkey Kong Country Returns and of course Angry Birds.

Best Epic Fails Of 2010. This lot!

Finally what review of the year would be complete without a look at some of the fails in the last twelve months. Here’s an outstanding collection of the very best ‘epic’ fails of 2010 proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that you should never underestimate the sheer stupidity of people.

And just to round things off here’s our very favourite ‘epic’ fail of 2010, from the slowest and most unco-ordinated run-up to a jump in the history of epic fails, to the eventual disasterous landing and subsequent hilarious embarrasment, it has it all. Here’s to 2011. From everyone at HMS Friday have a Happy New Year.

Friday Legend: Spike Jonze.

He’s a writer, a skateboarder, an actor, a music video director, the producer and co-creator of Jackass, the director of VBS.tv, a photographer, the director of three Hollywood movies and has a plethora of alter egos including Richard Koufey of the Torrance Community Dance Troupe, who shows up in the music video Rockafeller Skank he directed for Fatboy Slim.

Spike Jonze’s music videography is enormous ranging from work with Weezer, Elastica and Dinosaur Jnr to the Beastie Boys, Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers and now he’s added Arcade Fire to that ever increasing list producing a bitter sweet video for their single The Suburbs, which you can watch above. It’s a large bag of everything, but mainly it’s about the innocence of youth and how it vanishes all too quickly.

So to mark this latest addition to his CV we’ve rounded up ten glorious examples of Spike Jonze’s work, (in no discernible order), as a tribute to one of the most imaginative directors of a generation. If you don’t find at least one of these videos entertaining then book an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Weezer –  Islands In The Sun Official Music Video.

Levis Advert.

The Beastie Boys – Sabotage Official Music Video.

Gap Advert.

LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls Official Music Video.

The Pharcyde – Drop Official Music Video.

Wax – California Official Music Video.

How They Got There – Short Film.

Unkle – Heaven Official Music Video.

Kanye West – We Were Once A Fairytale Short Film.