August 6, 2015
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Over the years, Hollywood has churned out entertainment that are cultural phenomenons, feats of technical engineering, and emotional thrill-rides that resonate with its viewers for years. It also made the live action scooby doo films so I guess we can call it even. Something it hasn’t quite worked out though is how to pack all that drama, action and comedy into a smaller package like say, 60 seconds. Look no further as 1A4 STUDIO have the answer. Their animated youtube series, Speedrun, has taken a number of big films and whittled it off in 60 seconds, or your money back. So if you have the manic back-to-back schedule every university student thinks he has and don’t mind seeing a 2D character with a physical complexity of a mound of cheese occasionally hump another mound of cheese, have a watch.
July 29, 2015
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First things first, you may be wondering whose face that is gracing the “My Youtube” thumbnail slot at the moment. No, it’s not the asian guy from the Big Bang Theory, it’s Kumail Nanjiani. Why he is there though is a little harder to answer. As far as I can tell, he was on the cover of the magazine once. But suddenly, look! We’ve all learned 2 new things. And it’s that kind of quick fire learning blast that the youtube channel behind our non-10 season sitcom starring comedian friend, does multiple times a week. This is mental_floss on YouTube.
As well as being a US magazine, Mental Floss’ youtube channel exists with the decided purpose of adding to the collective pool of general knowledge. It’s a smart show that isn’t embarassed to let the world know it, but it doesn’t talk at you like a condescending mother-in-law, but engages you like a quirky know-it-all cousin. Its subject coverage is impressive and its backlog is far-reaching and relentless. The main website is to the Discovery Channel, is what BuzzFeed is to TMZ. And the funniest thing about that is, the exact same jokes work for the Vsauce channels and now I can’t use them again.
There are 3 different strands to Mental Floss; ‘Big Questions’, ‘Misconceptions’ and ‘the List Show’, presented by Craig “WheezyWaiter” Benzine, Elliott “The Morgasm” Morgan and John “The Fault in our Stars” Green respectively. I don’t know about you, but I like a list probably a bit more than the next guy. Even though there’s nothing less sexy than irregular numbering patterns, if it’s produced by the mind behind Paper Towns, his brother as well as some other fine people, I think it can be forgiven. I mean this the closest thing we’ll get to Stephen Fry and the QI Elves running a youtube channel that isn’t just TV excerpts. Although both names make good titles for indie folk bands.
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December 21, 2014
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From Janky Clown Productions I present to you, High Maintenance. It’s a funny web series following the life of a, shall we say independent New York City entrepreneur, looking at the incredibly human lives of himself and all those he meets in episodes disconnected from one and other. It’s like Louie, but on Vimeo.
July 24, 2014
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If you haven’t heard of Rooster Teeth‘s awesome anime-style series then may I express my privilige in introducing this artistic, action-charged masterpiece into the social event bucket you call a life. Created by Monty Oum (a name plastered so many times over the project, fansubbers have his name saved to dictionary), RWBY follows Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna & Yang Xiao Long and their adventures through Beacon Academy, an elite fighting school for swordfighters, brawlers, gunners and those of a badass disposition in general. Also, it comes from the creative talent that produced Dead Fantasy and Haloid, so if you’ve seen those, you know the hard hitting combos, high power fight sequences and inner child weeping action you can expect. And I haven’t even begun to mention the thrilling danger of the world it’s set in, the quirky and individual personalities of the protagonists, the genuinely great comedy in every episode and just how damn hard it is to have something with 4 heroines be good. It’s a treat to behold and an adrenaline shot to the eyes.
With Series 2 launching online today Click Here to catch up on Series 1 of the coolest thing you’ve ever seen since that time you googled Dragonball Z fanart, by Monty Oum