Sunday, 30 August 2009

TRAILER: Carriers

Is it just me or does it seem like there's an inordinate amount of doomsday movies coming out recently? I'm curious if everything happening with the the War on Terror, the financial crisis, swine flue and everything else is increasing our desire for escapeism, which Hollywood is cashing in on?

Saturday, 29 August 2009


Pretty bad ass. Terminator, but with Angels.

Starring Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton and Willa Holland. Directed by Scott Stewart.

Friday, 28 August 2009

How to Encourage More Online Spend: Ken Mandel

Ken Mandel, MD & VP Yahoo SE Asia on how more marketers in the region can be encouraged to pump more money in online spend with specific consideration for the SEA marketplace.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Weeds: Masturbation Lesson

Excellent writing, unique characters, and a super-hot leading lady. WEEDS is my new favorite show.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Monday, 24 August 2009

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Comedy: Monkeys Talk About Religion

Well go party somewhere else, Dude!

TRAILER: A Serious Man

Most enjoyable trailer I've seen in a while.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

TRAILER: Hot Tub Time Machine

Clearly this script was developed with the use of narcotics and alcohol.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hong Kong Social Media Discussion

I'm participating in a panel discussion on social media today in Hong Kong, sponsored by MRM Worldwide. I've been doing quite a bit of research to understand the risks, rewards and strategies for brands considering social media as part of their marketing mix. Ultimately, I think the discussion is very similar to that of how campaigns become viral. Social media isn't worth much if impressions remain low; but it definitely becomes worth something (good, bad, unsure) once an element of it becomes viral.

My recommendation to brands is to get on Facebook, YouTube and Answers first and see where that takes you. And contrary to others, I do believe it's possible to dip your toe in the water with these platforms if you have the right person in charge of the campaigns. Social media is NOT the end-all-be-all; it's simply another part of the online marketing equation. So take it slow and steady and learn to walk before you consider running.

Below are some interesting clips for those interested in this topic:

Educated discussion on what went wrong with this campaign.

Another user submitted Tahoe commercial.

Facebook and Politicians

Social media's impact on Iranian election

Lauryn Hill + Wyclef performing Sweetest Thing plus Freestyle

Lauryn Hill - one of my favorite voices from the late 90s and really from all time. Her voice was something out-of-worldly, with incredible range and texture. This is a great rendition with a little freestyle in the middle. Enjoy!

Barney Frank Takes On Protesters At His Town Hall

There be some crazies in the US right now! I really don't know enough about Obama's health care policy to argue yay or nay for it, but regardless I do know that we need to pass some kind of health care to get some serious medication to people who very clearly need it, as this video will highlight.

I really think there should be some sort of test to be able to attend a public debate - sort of an intelligence test but not necessarily an academic one. Maybe a test of rationale to be able to tell the crazies apart.

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Friday, 21 August 2009

BMW: "Hostage" 007

Directed by John Woo; Starring Clive Owen

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Best of Big Lebowski

Just had the pleasure to see this again on TV the other day. Thanks to Hong Kong HBO censoring, every F-bomb was edited out. How can it even be the same movie???? Surprisingly, it was still funny, but not nearly the same thing. Anyways, here are some of the best scenes for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

LETTERMAN: Sondre Lerche - To Be Surprised

Sondre Lerche is a critically acclaimed Norwegian musician with a decent fan base, but his big break came when he was asked to score the soundtrack for Dan in Real Life from 2007. I loved the movie and the soundtrack was one of the main reasons. See it if you're a music and/or a Steve Carrell fan. Watch the trailer here.

TRAILER: Lymelife (October 2009)

Directed by Derick Martini; starring Alec Baldwin, Kieran and Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon and Emma Roberts.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Jamiroquai - Love Foolosophy Recorded @ Abbey Road

Still one of my favorite bands to shake a leg to.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Dave Matthews Tim Reynolds Jimi Thing (acoustic)

One of my favorite live albums of all time.

Global News BC - Randene Neill Accosted by Dog

Why is it funny when dogs do it but when I do it, it's assault? Can you say, "double standard"???

Friday, 14 August 2009

Thursday, 13 August 2009

CBS: The World Of Micro-Loans

According do Wikipedia, microlending is defined as the extension of very small loans (microloans) to those in poverty designed to spur entrepreneurship. These individuals lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history and therefore cannot meet even the most minimal qualifications to gain access to traditional credit. Microcredit is a part of microfinance, which is the provision of a wider range of financial services to the very poor.

The site mentioned in this piece is MicroPlace; check it out here.

Radiohead - Blow Out

Wow - this concert was 15 years ago - crazy to think that Radiohead's been around for that long. Thom Yorke seems almost normal when he intros the song in the beginning of the clip.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

COVER: God Bless The Child

"Would you first believe that I first fell in love with this song listening to a tape release of "GREATEST HITS FROM THE SIMPSONS"??? I remember it was a track where Lisa is singing this while jamming on her now famous saxophone. There is something to be said for children/young-adult music that incorporates oldies but goodies into the fold.

Monday, 10 August 2009

TRAILER: Whiteout (September 2009)

Starring Kate Beckinsale as an Arctic police officer. Sounds feasible.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

TIME: Q&A with Comedian Louis C.K.

Funny man Louis CK answers questions from TIME readers - good stuff.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Brüno's 'Terrorist' Speaks Out

I saw Bruno while on vacation (which I enjoyed immensely). One of the now famous scenes is where he supposedly sits down with a "terrorist" to ask to be kidnapped in the hopes that it will make him famous. It is pretty funny the way it appears in the movie but I'm disappointed to think that the entire thing was staged and in fact largely invented/edited. It does not take away from the fact that the movie was much more hilarious and offensive than the trailer lets on.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

TRAILER: Tron Legacy

I have yet to see the original but I think this version looks better.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Bloopers: How I Met Your Mother - Season 2

This is a fantastically underrated and hilarious show. As always, Neil Patrick Harris rocks.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

LETTERMAN: Phoenix peforming 1901

As a tribute to the country where I'll be leaving for (starting tomorrow), enjoy this set by Phoenix.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Beavers: Assholes of the Forest

"Oh yah! I used that wood for my steam room. Now I get to rub my nuts all over your house, biotch!"

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Angus & Julia Stone: The Beast

Cool music video from Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone.