Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: video

Memoire des Anges

Last Friday, I went to the premier of the fabulous NFB film, Memoire des Anges, by Luc Bourdon (thanks, Matt). The movie is a love letter to Montreal of the 50s and 60s, and to the brilliant film-making that came out of the NFB at the time. It’s made up entirely of footage from NFB, […]

Ukelele’s & Wuthering Heights

Ah, art, I love you sometimes: This is a cover of Kate Bush’s 1978 (!) song, Wuthering Heights, about Emily Bronte’s book.

The One AM Radio – A Brittle Filament

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23 skidoo

Humans are gone. The city remains. 23 Skidoo is a beautiful and chilling 1964 short, by Julian Biggs, from the NFB’s beta screening room. Wonderful sound track (Kathleen Shannon and Ted Haley) to go along with the lonely images. For those wondering, “23 skidoo” is a slang term from the 1910s meaning, more or less, […]

Stop Sawing the Table!

The National Film Board of Canada has launched their beta player, with a cornucopia of wonderful documentaries, shorts, animations and abstract films. Established in 1938, and then reincarnated in the 1950s, the NFB was one of those great Canadian enterprises from a time when Canada was interested in doing new and challenging things. The NFB […]

Youtube Screening Room

Youtube has just launched the Screening Room, “connecting films and audiences in the world’s largest theater.” They launched with the truly fabulous NFB short animation, The Danish Poet (what’s not to like about Norway, poets, true love and falling cows?). I’ve been waiting for more of this kind of thing for a few years now, […]

friday mixed tape: rush (for dan)

Dan’s the guy who keeps LibriVox servers running. He loves Rush. It’s his birthday. So: Rush – La Villa Strangiato (Live at Pinkpop 1979) Rush: Limelight Rush: Fly By Night

friday mixed tape: montreal scratchers

They’re called turntablists, and Montreal’s has had some good ‘uns over the years. Kid Koala: Drunk Trumpet Dj A-Track: at the ITF Scratch Bastid: Scribble Jam 07

dante’s inferno – canto I

Dante’s Inferno: Cori reads; Gustave DorĂ© illustrates; and lucid videoifies.

emotional attachment to machines

Since we were kids, most of us got emotionally attached to things that aren’t real: cartoons, teddy bears, and talking cars, for instance. Usually these attachments are built on the stories that surround, for instance, our teddy bears – stories we create. In the case of cartoons, it’s other people’s stories. But there’s something different, […]