Begin en einde

Het eerste en laatste shot van 55 films, naast elkaar.

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

Muziek: “Any Other Name” van Thomas Newman

00:00The Tree of Life02:42Before Sunrise
00:09The Master02:47Nebraska
00:15Brokeback Mountain02:54Frank
00:23No Country for Old Men03:01Cast Away
00:30Blue Valentine03:11Melancholia
00:34Birdman03:18Morvern Callar
00:41Black Swan03:21Take this Waltz
00:47Gone Girl03:25Buried
00:53Kill Bill Vol. 203:32Lord of War
00:59Punch-Drunk Love03:38Cape Fear
01:06Silver Linings Playbook03:4512 Monkeys
01:11Taxi Driver03:50The World According to Garp
01:20Shutter Island03:57Saving Private Ryan
01:27Children of Men4:02Poetry
01:33We Need to Talk About Kevin04:05Solaris (1972)
01:41Funny Games (2007)04:11Dr. Strangelove
01:47Fight Club04:16The Astronaut Farmer
01:5412 Years a Slave04:21The Piano
01:59There Will be Blood04:26Inception
02:05The Godfather Part II04:31Boyhood
02:17Never Let Me Go04:43Cloud Atlas
02:21The Road04:47Under the Skin
02:27Hunger04:512001: A Space Odyssey
02:31Raging Bull04:57Gravity
02:36Cabaret05:03The Searchers
05:23The Usual Suspects

Mentale microben

De voortreffelijke CGP Grey over mentale microben en hygiëne. Naar aanleiding van deze video gunt hij je ook een blik achter de schermen, en heeft  hij het over het verzamel, schrijf- en schrapwerk dat aan het maken van de video vooraf gaat. Hij telt dertig à vijftig versies om te komen tot het finale script van deze video.

Zijn Humans Need Not Apply en The Lord of The Rings Mythology Explained Deel 1 en Deel 2 zijn ook de moeite.

Tim Minchin

Nine life lessons by Tim Minchins, de volledige tekst staat op zijn site, hieronder samengevat door Lamazone.

1. You Don’t Have To Have A Dream.
Be micro-ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you… you never know where you might end up.

2. Don’t Seek Happiness
Keep busy and aim to make someone else happy, and you might find you get some as a side effect.

3. Remember, It’s All Luck
Understanding that you can’t truly take credit for your successes, nor truly blame others for their failures will humble you and make you more compassionate

4. Exercise
Play a sport, do yoga, pump iron, run… whatever… but take care of your body. You’re going to need it.

5. Be Hard On Your Opinions
Most of society’s arguments are kept alive by a failure to acknowledge nuance.

6. Be a teacher
Even if you’re not a Teacher, be a teacher. Share your ideas.

7. Define Yourself By What You Love
Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire.

8. Respect People With Less Power Than You.
I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful.

9. Don’t Rush
Life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can, taking pride in whatever you’re doing, having compassion, sharing ideas, running(!), being enthusiastic.
It’s an incredibly exciting thing, this one, meaningless life of yours. Good luck.