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Saturday, December 29, 2012

"The Magic Sword" (1962 film complete video)

A fun, scary (not scary by today's standards) film that was a staple on the school holidays in the '70's. A young prince goes on a quest to save a young princess from an evil wizard (Basil Rathbone). If you like stop motion animation, you'll love this one!

(Film: public domain)

"Capricorn One" 1978 Sci-fi film (complete film video)

Excellent action, sci-fi film - Capricorn One - 1978: NASA Mars mission - What happens when things don't well and those in charge decide to "fake" the mission? Suspenseful '70's film...
Starring: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, David Huddleston, David Doyle, Lee Bryant, Denise Nicholas, Robert Walden, James Sikking, Alan Fudge

(Film - public domain)

The Banana Splits Theme Song (video)

For anyone who remembers this theme song, it's sure to bring you a smile. This '70's kids show certainly embodied the sweetness and silliness of an early time.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Vicar of Dibley and Johnny Depp - (video)

Classic Comic Relief. Red Nose Day 2011. Wonderful comedy for an excellent cause!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

"The Sid Shuffle - Ice Age" dance video (Ice Age)

A joyful gig designed to put a smile on your face. What I really love about this clip is that it shows people from all over the world trying to dance The Sid Shuffle! Let's see the whole world Sid Shuffling to peace... :)

If you haven't checked out the animated Ice Age films from 20th Century Fox, they are certainly worth seeing, for adults as well as children. Playful, humorous, and light-hearted.

60 Seconds with Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) (video)

Richard Armitage has always been one of my favourite actors and to find out that he is one of the stars of the new Hobbit film trilogy is wonderful news! Never thought I'd find a Middle Earth Dwarf attractive?! :)

The Hobbits Trailer Theme Song "Misty Mountains (cold)"

Music from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Trailer

The song is called "Misty Mountains (Cold)" and was composed by Howard Shore, written by J. R. R. Tolkien, and is sung by Thorin and the dwarves in the film.

A beautiful song with its heart in Tolkien's Middle Earth. A wonderful, tantalizing snippet of things to come in the forthcoming, epic trilogy of "The Hobbit" films, written and directed by the talented Peter Jackson.





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An Old Scottish Ditty (video) "The Yew Tree" by Battlefield Band

This Scottish folksong certainly has a feeling of times gone by.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye Meets Metal! (clip)

Goes to show what a great song this is, when it can be turned into "metal" and still work! Fabulous guitar-playing by the way!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Skyfall" by Adele (video) from latest James Bond film

This exquisite song by Adele from the last installment of James Bond, is reminiscent of Bond theme songs from the sixties; classy, shades of a by-gone era, and totally "Bond"!

Not only is the theme song marvellous, "Skyfall", the film is pure class, possessing heart and depth, as well as the expected thrills and spills. The quiet, heartfelt moments in Scotland gave the film an unexpected, but beautiful aspect, never quite seen in previous Bond films. Daniel Craig is superb in his lead role, along with the greats of Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, and excellent villian, Javier Bardem, supported by a brilliant cast. Four out of five stars.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

"Get Along" by Guy Sebastian (video)

This beautiful song and its message of peace and human unity always gives me goosebumps. Guy Sebastian has such an exquisite voice.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Make your own Cold Porcelain Clay Recipe (video) by Gomi Romi

Ingredients: This recipe makes one silky smooth, soft cup of cold porcelain clay. Suitable for thin flowers and leaf sculptures.

1 cup cornflour (optional try using rice flour 50:50 mix)
3/4 cup pva (wood) glue
3 drops of eucalyptus or nutmeg oil (for a preservative)
either 1 teaspoon baby oil or 1/2 tsp petroleum jelly (to prevent cracking during drying)
1/4 cup water

A tip online suggests USE GLYCERINE for no cracks!
Great recipe for modeling fine details.
Find the recipe and pdf printout here.

Make sure you are in a well-ventilated room when preparing and using this clay.
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-Cold-Porcelain-Clay-air-dry-model...

The Master Potters of Mexico (video clip)

Eric Mindling of TraditionsMexico.com visits with the master potters of San Marcos Tlapatzola in Oaxaca Mexico. Part I follows the process from digging clay to throwing a pot. Part II, The Potters of San Marcos: The Fire and the Market continues the process from slipping and burnishing the pot to firing and selling in the Oaxaca market.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

"The Neverending Story" theme song by Limahl (video)

...for the 1984 film. If you have never seen "The Neverending Story", it is a delightful film about coping with life and the importance of the imagination. A film for adults and child alike. There were other films in the series, but this original and first is definitely the best.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Abstract Art Painting Techniques Acrylics on Canvas by Peter Dranisin (video)

Abstract art painting techniques - video lessons and original art paintings. http://abstractartlesson.com
http://petesoriginalart.com

How to decorate a wooden frame using polymer clay (video)

A simple but effective way to decorate a wooden frame to give it that personal, distinctive look. Picture frame craft, polymer clay cane [pixel heart].

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Deadmau5 "I Remember" (music video)

A haunting, beautiful dance track! Loved this from the first time I heard it, but it has taken until now to finally discover the artist so that I could post it here. Hope you enjoy it!

The Genuis of Photography (documentary video) -

In the course of our 170 year relationship, photography has delighted us, served us, moved us, outraged us and occasionally disappointed us. But mainly, it has intrigued us by showing the secret strangeness that lies beneath the world of appearances. And that is photography’s true genius.

Follow the story of photography in BBC Four’s six-part series ‘The Genius of Photography’. See some of the most famous photographs ever taken and find out more about what made them so very special.

The Genius of Photography is an excellent 6-part episode documentary initially presented on BBC, then to National Geographic, chronicling the history and progress of photography as an art form and a hobby that spanned from 19th century to this day. BBC Four’s series examines the crucial events and the important photographs that have started the growth of photography – from the first photographic process called daguerreotype to digital camera, from portraits towards photo-journalism, from art to creative advertising.

The film tells the tales behind the world’s greatest photographers, the first photographs they taken and the acknowledgement of photography being a reputable medium; from its usage as a necessary family ownership to the digital age. The film showcases interviews with some living legend photographers such as Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Jeff Wall, Juergen Teller, Nan Goldin, William Klein, Robert Adams, Sally Mann and Andreas Gursky, to fully understand what makes a genuinely great photograph.

As a breakdown of the history of photography the 1st episode discusses many ground and delivers an abundance of information. For the period of 170 years, photography bring joy to us, inspired us, surprise us, outraged us and at times upset us. Yet mostly, it has fascinated us about its wonderful, excitement and democratic medium which has changed the way we view ourselves and the world around us.

Below is a 15 minute excerpt from this extraordinary BBC series. Check out BBC stores online to purchase or download the complete series.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Star Wars "Duel of the Fates" (music video)

My favourite part of "The Phantom Menace - Episode 1 - Star Wars", would have to be this duel and the accompanying music! Epic!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"The Island Awaits You" by Steve Jablonsky (music video)

Haunting, beautiful, yet slightly disturbing, music from the excellent sci-fi film "The Island" starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Steve Jablonsky was a student of famed composer, Hans Zimmer

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The beautiful, stirring music of "Last of the Mohicans" (video)

Enjoy nearly fourteen minutes of this magnificent music by Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman. Wonderful to see an orchestra performing it live!

Star Wars - Battle of the Heroes by John Williams (video)

If you love Star Wars, you'll love this wonderful musical reminder of this epic series of films.

Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack (video)

Lord Of The Rings Fellowship Of The Ring, Film Score - Howard Shore Music Video

"Carnival of The Animals" (music video)

Carnival Of The Animals, Zoological Fantasy For 2 Pianos & Ensemble - Camille Saint-Saëns Music Video

Monday, September 10, 2012

Watch as a superb wall mural comes to life! (video)

The incredible detail in this art work is just amazing!
Wall painting by Supakitch and Koralie at the VÄRLDSKULTUR MUSEET GÖTEBORG / SWEDEN
With the support of POSCA supakitch.com & koralie.net

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Fade to Grey" by Visage (video)...

Definitely an oldie but a goodie! Enjoy!

"Mad World" by Gary Jules (video)

"The original video of Gary Jules' and Michael Andrews' cover version of Mad World, directed by Michel Gondry. Throughout the video children are making animated figures on the sidewalk below. This version of Mad World featured in the film, Donnie Darko.

Directed by Michel Gondry www.michelgondry.com.

Fabulous classic sci-fi film "Starman" (video)

"A wonderful scene from a beautiful, funny science fiction film about love. An alien lands on Earth to investigate its' life-forms, and encounters an earth woman played by Karen Allen. A cross-country chase ensues as our alien has to meet up with his starship in Arizona. Starman comes in peace and doesn't mean any harm. He doesn't see why humans kill animals so he goes out to the dead deer, draped across the front of a car, and gives it a new life. I suggest you to see the whole movie, Starman."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Viggo Mortensen talks about getting into character for a film (video)

Viggo Mortensen Interview (23rd March 2009, Sydney) Part 1 of 4

After the premiere screening of the film "Good" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436364/) in Sydney, Viggo Mortensen was interviewed by Andrew Urban and following this the audience were invited to ask questions. This footage is of the entire Q&A session except for the first two questions ;)

Part 1 includes:
• How Viggo gets into character
• His thoughts on acting during the long takes in the film "Good"
• Acting with Al Pacino in "Carlito's Way"
• His thoughts on film audiences and his own outlook on life

Inside the Actors Studio with Johnny Depp (video)

Johnny Depp on Inside the Actors Studio
hosted by James Lipton
season 8, episode 19
original airdate 2002-09-08
This video has been uploaded for educational end entertaining purposes only.
The video is owned by Bravo.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"Black Betty" by Spiderbait (video)

Music video by Spiderbait performing Black Betty. (C) 2004 Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd. under exclusive license to Interscope Records

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A beautiful version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Beatles) by Sungha on the Ukulele

Sungha http://www.sunghajung.com played 'While my guitar gently weeps' arranged by Jake Shimabukuro.

Sungha played 'Anuenue Custom Ohua Koa III Tenor Ukulele'.

"Blackbird" by the Beatles (video)

"Blackbird" is a Beatles song from double-disc album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). Blackbird was written by Paul McCartney, who was inspired to write this while in Scotland as a reaction to racial tensions escalating in America in the spring of 1968.

A beautiful song.

Lyrics:

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Goethe Documentary on Colours and Light (video)

Using Goethe’s Theory of Colours (Zur Farbenlehre) as point of departure, Light Darkness and Colours takes us on a fascinating journey through the universe of colours. In 1704, Sir Isaac Newton published *Light and Refraction*, his study of the interactions between sunlight and prisms. Newton was, as a good scientist, intent on achieving objectivity, which meant studying sunlight in isolation. He thought colours were contained solely in light, and found the spectrum he was looking for. When he reproduced this experiment, Goethe found another, hidden set of colours missed by Newton. Goethe found the hidden colours in the boundaries between light and darkness. He felt, as an artist, that one could not talk about light without including darkness. Calling it ‘the light-darkness polarity’, Goethe made this new scientific discovery using artistic methods in conjunction with science.

Leonardo da Vinci documentary (video)

Da Vinci was one of the great creative minds of the Italian Renaissance, hugely influential as an artist and sculptor but also immensely talented as an engineer, scientist and inventor.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"The Evolution of 8-Bit Art" Documentary (video)

Fascinating short art documentary you can watch here. - Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Tetris, and the days of summers past! Starting with Atari and Nintendo and tracing the full 8-bit trajectory over the last 30 years. It’s true that video games have gone far beyond the 8 bit format. However, why do they still hold such a tender spot in our hearts? Explored.
Through the 1980′s, 90′s, and 2000′s 8-bit has become a cult following. Children who grew up playing Atari and Nintendo are now parents with children old enough to play video games. And many are introducing these children to their childhood games in much the same fashion as parents have shared their children’s books across the generations.

In today’s age, 8-bit now stands for simplicity and a minimalist form of creativity. There is a beauty to the crudeness. People enjoy understanding their technology. This documentary makes clear that this is ‘no nostalgia show.’ It is a high form of cultural thought.

"Pump Up the Volume" Documentary (video)

See the complete documentary here - "Pump Up the Volume" - the history of house music, from its early days as NY disco to the massive European and International scene it has become, via the major people and clubs who pushed it forward.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Funny song! "Come to Australia and You Might Accidentally Get Killed" video

A funny song about the dangerous animals that live in Australia! As an Australian, I find this song particularly amusing. See what you think...

Friday, August 3, 2012

"How to Write a Book" video

Writing a book is easy if you know how! Best-selling author Dale Beaumont share five of the best tips to help you write a book faster and easier than you have ever though possible. Watch this presentation now and marvel at the simplicity of this approach.

"People Help The People" by Birdy (video)

"People Help The People" by Cherry Ghost performed by Birdy from her self titled debut album.

Download Birdy's self titled album, now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/birdy.albm.stnd

Download Birdy's original track 'Without a Word' for free here: http://bit.ly/nNox56

Follow Birdy on:
http://www.facebook.com/BirdyMusic
http://www.twitter.com/OfficialBirdy
http://www.myspace.com/OfficialBirdy

Monday, July 16, 2012

Hilarious video! Personally I love "That Song" by Goyte...

A disturbingly accurate portrayal of what happens when Goyte's song starts playing in the car...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Learn how to paint pictures with oils (video)

Learn how to paint on canvas, prepared paper, or panels using oils. Lesson one video.





Video brought to you by www.TvPainter.com

Monday, July 9, 2012

"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by the Hollies..beautiful, meaningful (video)

The Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is a song that holds great meaning for many. If you have never heard it before, take the time to listen to this timeless classic song.

Monday, July 2, 2012

"Off Books" Documentary video...

Off Book is a PBS web series about cutting edge arts. It discusses: Seeing Beyond the Human Eye, The Evolution of 8-Bit Art, The Culture Of Reddit, Lego Art, Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity, The Art of Film & TV Title Design, Tattoos: Pop Portraits, Japanese Traditional, American Eclectic, The Evolution of Music Online, Book Art, Product Design, Generative Art – Computers, Data, and Humanity, Video Games, Street Art, Light Painting, Typography, Hacking Art & Culture with F.A.T. Lab, etc.

Seeing Beyond the Human Eye. Technology defies the boundaries of human perception. From photomicrography to astrophotography, size and distance are no longer barriers, and through slow-mo and timelapse, we are allowed to see time and humanity in a new light. Through our curiosity and thirst for the unknown, the beauty of the universe can now be explored beyond the limits of the naked eye.

Lego Art. LEGO blocks are one of the most beloved toys in the world, playing a role in many a person’s childhood. But for some creators, LEGO has evolved from toy to art form. In this episode, we talk to three LEGO artists who have made beautiful mosaics, amazing stop-motion videos, thoughtful sculptures, and have turned these tiny building blocks into a true artistic medium.

Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity. The fan art community is one of the most creative and active online. Taking pop culture stories and icons as its starting point, the fan community extends those characters into new adventures, unexpected relationships, bizarre remixes, and even as the source material for beautiful art. Limited only by the imagination of the artist, the fan art world is full of surprises and brilliance.

Probably a prickly topic for a documentary but worth viewing...

The Great Book Robbery documentary.

70,000 Palestinian books were systematically “collected” by the newly born state of Israel during the 1948 war. The story of the “collected” books is at the heart of this film.

Was the appropriation of Palestinian books and manuscripts in 1948 a case of cultural theft or preservation?

On May 15, Palestinians mark the anniversary of the “Nakba”, the systematic expulsion of the Palestinian people by Zionist militias that began in late 1947 and lasted through 1948 and beyond.

As well as land and properties, a lesser known aspect of that expulsion is that Israel looted Palestinian homes over their cultural treasures, among them books, manuscripts, personal papers, photographs and works of art.

PS Publisher GMP. Publishing of this documentary on this blog was not something I took lightly. I have friends who are both Muslim and Jewish, and I would like to see a world where everyone lived in harmony, but the subject of this film is fact, as was the Jewish Holocaust by the Nazis in the Second World War. Both are shameful acts of humans against humans and need to be lessons against similar inhumane behaviour in future. "Let Love Rule" between all nations and all people, because the alternative is just more of the same. Evolution dictates that we improve our behaviour or we cannot truly claim the title "civilized".

"The Human Spark : Becoming Us" Documentary video

In the caves and rock shelters of the Dordogne region of France, Alan Alda witnesses the spectacular paintings and carvings that date back some 30,000 years, artwork that archaeologists once thought to be the first record of people with minds like our own.

When this art was created, Europe had already been peopled for hundreds of thousands of years – and thousands of lifetimes – by humans we call Neanderthals.

Alan discovers, from visits to sites where Neanderthals once lived, that Neanderthals were tenacious and resourceful.

But they appear to have lived in and of the moment; certainly they produced no art, and employed a stone tool technology that changed little over millennia. The people who painted the caves, our ancestors, were strikingly different, possessed of what we are calling the Human Spark, capable not only of art but of innovative technology and symbolic communication.

The questions Alan explores: Where and when did the Human Spark first ignite? In these caves, as archeologists have long believed? Or at a much earlier time – and on another continent? What is the nature of human uniqueness? Where did The Human Spark ignite, and when? And perhaps most tantalizingly, why?

In this three-part series, Alan Alda takes these questions personally, visiting with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participating directly in many experiments – including the detailed examination of his own brain.

Bringing his trademark humor and curiosity to face-to-face conversations with leading researchers, he seeks The Human Spark – from archaeologists finding clues in the fossilized bones and tools of our ancestors; to primatologists studying our nearest living relatives to explore what we have in common and what sets us apart; to neuroscientists peering into his mind with the latest brain scanning technologies.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Charles Mingus on Creativity...

The legendary musician Charles Mingus succinctly discusses the concept of creativity and simplicity...

"Breath of Life" by Florence and the Machine from "Snow White and the Huntsman" (video)

This incredibly beautiful song by the talented Florence Welsch, certainly blended perfectly as part of the soundtrack for the extraordinary new film "Snow White and the Huntsman".

This film is not really suitable for young children, but for everyone else who appreciates a superbly-created and acted fairy story made "real", this movie is definitely worth catching at the cinema. It had an almost "Lord of the Rings quality" and conveyed a surprising depth and insight into the strength, trials, and complexity of the feminine being. A multi-layered film that was ultimately, a very satisfying cinematic experience.

Monday, June 18, 2012

"For Once in My Life" by Darren Percival (video)

The extremely talented Darren Percival, once again delivers a song in such a way that it fills the listener with pure joy!

"Stay with Me Baby" sung by Karise Eden - Winner of The Voice Australia

Such a heartfelt performance! Congratulations Karise! And congratulations to Darren and all the contestants and coaches! I'm not one for reality shows but this program was top class!

"Hallelujah" sang by Karise Eden - The Voice Australia (video)

The haunting, stirring voice of the very talented - Karise Eden.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Leonardo -The Man Behind the Shroud Documentary (video)

The Shroud of Turin: sacred Christian relic or clever fake? If it was created, it must have been by someone with extraordinary skills. The evidence points to one man, one of the greatest geniuses who has ever lived. Was Leonardo da Vinci the man behind the Shroud of Turin?


Worshiped by millions as the authentic burial cloth of Jesus, the Shroud of Turin is one of the most sacred and controversial relics of the Christian world. The image of Christ, believers say, was burned into the cloth fibers by the intense heat of resurrection. Behind the Cathedral that holds the Shroud, the Library of Palazzo Reale contains the self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.


What is the link between these two remarkable images?


This extraordinary film will weave together different threads of this puzzle. It explains the enormous significance of the Shroud, and the controversy over its authenticity that has raged in recent years following attempts at scientific study. And it asks the question: if it is a fake, who on earth would have had the ability to create it? – for the image on the Shroud is no ordinary painting.


Experts on the Shroud, on renaissance art, image analysis, forensic science, and crucifixion argue how this strange and mysterious image might have been created – or how it could not have been. Was it created photographically, in a camera obscura, was the image burnt on by pressing the cloth against a heated sculpture? Was it indeed painted, using a very sophisticated technique? Every method suggested points to the fact that the artist would have needed unique talents, and the film demonstrates that these talents were exhibited by one individual: Leonardo da Vinci – inventor, visionary, scientist, anatomist, artist and heretic.


Leonardo had not only the means to create the Shroud, he also had the motive. His was a life of facing challenges, of discovering the unknown, of pushing the boundaries… and of devising riddles and practical jokes. He also despised the excesses of the Catholic church – though he moved among the upper reaches of its hierarchy. Indeed, he was close to the Pope himself, through whom he was familiar with the Savoy royal family. And it was the Savoys who, significantly, owned the Shroud at the time a Papal blessing gave it its aura of authenticity.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

"Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece" Documentary video

"Travel to a land of breathtaking beauty and ancient intellect, where science, art and inspiration from the gods combined to produce some of the world’s greatest marvels of architecture and design. From prehistoric palaces to bold symbols of victory, explore the seven ancient wonders that stir spectators to this day: the Theatre of Epidaurus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, Apollo’s Temple at Delphi, the Colossus of Rhodes, the settlement at Santorini, the Palace of Knossos and surely the greatest masterpiece of them all the Parthenon." "Learn how such impressive displays of engineering were managed in a time when technology was still in its infancy. Engineers and architectural experts detail the unique structural aspects that make each monument so “wonder-ful,” while historians describe each wonder’s powerful role in ancient Greek life." "Explore the seven wonders of ancient Greece, including the Theatre of Epidaurus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, Apollo’s Temple at Delphi, the Colossus of Rhodes, the settlement at Santorini, the Palace of Knossos, and surely the greatest masterpiece of them all, the Parthenon!"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Team Joel on The Voice Australia sing "I Don't Wanna Be in Love" (video)

Fantastic dance floor anthem! Two thumbs up!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Darren Percival on The Voice Australia "I Believe (When I Fall in Love) video

This man can sing like no other! Fabulous!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

"The Genius of Mozart - A miracle of nature" BBC Documentary video

An enlightening and enveloping reconstruction of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (1756–1791) life. Masterfully written and directed, every aspect of the film has been given thorough thought in order to ensure an accurate historical reconstruction. Inspirational performances from the main actors and actresses foster captivation, while regular narrative interjections from the popular composer and conductor Charles Hazlewood brings an insightful, educational dimension. The story begins with the composer’s father Leopold with whom Mozart conducted a passionate and tortured correspondence. It is Leopold who knows Mozart’s secrets. And there is another voice: that of the music itself. Music is the key to unlocking the emotions of Mozart, starting in this film with the great piano works. Without this key, how can we ever understand the emotions that gave birth to some of the most beautiful sounds the world has ever heard? The first great phase of Mozart’s brief life was that of the travelling child prodigy – gifted as a performer and writer of music – who grew into the genius who, working within the restrictions of his time, began to rewrite the musical rules. But there was another facet to Mozart – the adult thinker aware of the bigger picture, passionately attached to the progressive values of the Enlightenment – impressively well-read, a speaker of most European languages (even a little English), an Austrian Catholic, a Freemason and above all a composer at the height of his formidable powers, determined to succeed in the most difficult and lucrative area of all – Opera. (Excerpt from imdb.com)

"There's An App For That" - Sesame Street Song (cute and funny video!)

A song about IPOGO!

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Homeless Boy Steals Show on Korea's Got Talent - Totally Inspiring Video!

Left at an orphanage at three, then ran away after two years of being beaten. Survived on the streets since five, living in stairwells, selling gum and energy drinks to survive. Taught himself to sing listening to vocalists in clubs where he sold gum. Astonishing performance!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Mythology of Star Wars [FULL DOCUMENTARY] (video)

Bill Moyers joined George Lucas at Skywalker Ranch in northern California to talk about the ancient myths and personal values that have synthesized into Star Wars. The epic themes in Lucas' cinematic stories are a springboard for a candid conversation about family, fatherhood, spiritual beliefs, and the importance of moral tales for every generation. Intercut with movie footage from the original trilogy as well as the prequel, The Mythology of Star Wars with George Lucas and Bill Moyers provides a revealing journey in the company of the filmmaker through some of the most famous scenes of the Star Wars saga.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Jealous Guy" by Darren Percival video - The Voice Australia

My other favourite singer on The Voice Australia - Darren Percival. Soulful...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How to Paint with Acrylic Paint : How to Paint a Sky Using Acrylics (video)

Learn how to paint the sky and clouds using acrylic paints in this free video art lesson. Expert: Sandra Scheetz Wise Contact: www.sandrascheetzwise.com Bio: Sandra Scheetz Wise is an acrylic artist in Orlando, Florida. Her realistic drawings and sculptures have won prizes from childhood to the present. Filmmaker: Madison Paige

Modern Masters: Andy Warhol.(one hour BBC documentary video)

Art critic Alastair Sooke sets out to discover why Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art is considered so great and how he still influences our lives today. On his journey he parties with Dennis Hopper, has a brush with Carla Bruni and gets to grips with Marilyn Monroe. Along the way he uncovers just how brilliantly Andy Warhol pinpointed and portrayed our obsessions with consumerism, celebrity and the media, and then went on to re-invent them. "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Voice Australia: Karise Eden sings "It's A Man's World"

Haunting and truly exceptional! My favourite singer on "The Voice" Australia!

The longer version including judges reactions can be found below.

Karise Eden - As seen on The Voice Australia

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Monday, May 14, 2012

" You Raise Me Up" (video) - Celtic Woman "A New Journey"

Celtic Woman - A New Journey: Live at Slane Castle, Ireland 2006 "You Raise Me Up" - Singers: Hayley Westenra, Chloë Agnew, Órla Fallon, Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, Lisa Kelly, Mairead Nesbitt

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women (video 34 minutes)

To a great extent, advertising tells us who we are and who we should be. What does advertising tell us today about women? It tells us just as did it 10 and 20 and 30 years ago that what’s most important about women is how we look. The first thing the advertisers do is surround us with the image of ideal female beauty so we all learn how important it is for a women to be beautiful and exactly what it takes. Jean Kilbourne continues her groundbreaking analysis of advertising’s depiction of women in this most recent update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series. In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes. Her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.

Sections: Does the beauty ideal still tyrannize women? | Does advertising still objectify women’s bodies? | Are the twin themes of liberation and weight control still linked? | Is sexuality still presented as women’s main concern? | Are young girls still sexualized? | Are grown women infantilized? | Are images of male violence against women still used to sell products?

"Carmina Burana" - Composer Carl Orff (video of complete performance of this breath-taking piece of music)

Concert Performance video - one hour and eleven minutes. Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire. Here the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, the University Chorus and Alumni Chorus, and the Pacific Boychoir perform at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. Series: "Mondavi Center Presents" (Visit: http://www.uctv.tv)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Roméo et Juliette by composer Charles Gounod - Quatrieme Acte (Metropolitan Opera) (video)

Pat Benatar "Here's My Heart" - Metropolis (Giorgio Moroder 1984) - Film.(video)..

My favourite song from one of my favourite films ever. Prefer the 80's soundtrack rather than the original music to this silent film classic, but either way, an amazing cinematic experience that still influences sci-fi today! "Metropolis" made in 1927 was the first full length sci-fi film. Science-fiction was not a particularly popular genre at the time and the film did not do well when first screened. The film ended up in pieces with film footage lost. In 1984, after many years of tracking down lost pieces of the film, "Metropolis" was released with a contemporary music sound track. This time, the film did exceptionally well in theatres around the globe. Years later, more film footage from "Metropolis" was found. The film was edited with most of its original footage and re-released on DVD with the original 1927 film score.

"Metropolis" with 1984 soundtrack trailers below is worth checking out for some glimpses into the sci-fi elements of this sci-fi masterpiece.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Now We Are Free (Gladiator)---Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard (video)

The original score and songs of Gladiator, the 2000 Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning film starring Russell Crowe, were composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. The Gladiator Soundtrack is one of the best selling film scores of all time, and also among the most popular. Gerrard has sung Now We Are Free in an idioglossia (an idiosyncratic language) that she has developed since the age of twelve.

Swan Lake - danced by Nureyev (video)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

James Bond -The True Story (video)

Author Ian Fleming wanted his suave secret agent to be the ultimate spy – but who provided the inspiration for Bond? This film reveals Fleming’s wartime service in naval intelligence and profiles two men who could have supplied the basis for Bond’s character. On February 17th 1952, Ian Fleming sat down at his typewriter in Jamaica to write the spy story to end all spy stories. The central character of this story would become one of the world’s best-known and best-loved fictional creations: James Bond. Fleming would go on to write 12 novels featuring his super spy – each one an exciting blend of intrigue, escapism, sex and violence. Bond’s popularity leaped when US president John F Kennedy declared himself a fan of the book “From Russia with Love”, but it was the start of the film series in 1961 that truly assured 007’s place in the big time. It is estimated that half the population of the world has seen a James Bond film, while Fleming’s books have sold over 100 million copies. But is James Bond purely a fairytale? Can a 43-year-old former journalist with a liking for scrambled eggs, cigarettes and vodka martinis simply conjure up a fictitious character that has stood the test of time, without having some foundation in reality? Fleming’s wartime career in naval intelligence saw him become intimately acquainted with the ways of the secret service, and he embarked on numerous top-secret missions to the US, France, Spain and North Africa. The events that occurred during this little-known period of Fleming’s life informed and influenced every aspect of Bond: his world, his women and his adventures. Henry Chancellor, author of a book on Bond, believes Fleming “may have written fiction, but 95% of it was based on fact that had been filtered through the prism of his imagination and then polished up a bit”.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Elk hunt song from fabulous film - The Last of the Mohicans (video)

Artist Maria Cardoso and her Flea Circus with actual fleas! (video)

1997 8 min colour video, co-directed by Ross Rudesch Harley and Maria Fernanda Cardoso to accompany the Cardoso Flea Circus tent installation produced by the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philladelphia. These are real live perfoming fleas, with Cardoso performing as Queen of the Fleas. Cardoso Flea Circus Installation, including video installation, tent, arena, props, audio works, DVD compilation (colour video, duration variable), purchased by the Tate Gallery London in 2007. Check out Maria Cardoso's website here And artscape "The Wonderful World of Professor Cardoso". Further details here.

New Orleans: A Living Museum of Music (complete documentary)

New Orleans: A Living Museum of Music is an intimate look at the traditions associated with New Orleans’ music and the preservation of those traditions through the work of local musicians and educators who mentor young talent. Museum curators who care for musical treasures; historians and archivists who research and document the stories; activists working to protect, heal and inspire the many musicians whose livelihoods were taken away by Katrina. All are committed to the preservation of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, as well as the future of New Orleans music. The living museum is a manifestation of participation, proclaims Ellis Marsalis—revered jazz pianist, music educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis family jazz dynasty—who is featured in the program.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fabulous Jimi Hendrix documentary (complete)!! Enjoy!

Jimi Hendrix will always inspire, musicians and listeners alike. Once a legend, always a legend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"The Year in Pictures 2011" (video)

"JOHN CARTER" Trailer 2012 Movie - Official [HD]



"John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction action film that tells the first interplanetary adventure of John Carter, the heroic protagonist of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom series of novels (1912–43).[6] The film marks the centennial of the character's first appearance." (source Wikipedia)

Saw this film a few days ago with little to no expectations. Although I love sci-fi, the movie advertisements didn't look promising so I wasn't expecting to be thrilled by this one. However, this film was a pleasant surprise - extraordinary special effects, clever storyline and a generally a truly enjoyable movie experience. I especially loved the huge hairless dog that racing around like "Speedy Gonzales"! I am looking forward to reading the books!

"Wrath of the Titans" Official Trailer - Sam Worthington Movie (2012) HD



Perseus embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, who has been targeted for capture by his traitorous son, Ares, and his brother, Hades.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Artscape Anatomy "Victimless Leather Trailer | ABC1 Tues 20 March 10pm

I watched this program (may still be seen on iview on ABC online for two weeks). Absolutely riveting stuff! Would you wear a leather jacket that was grown in a lab rather than derived from animal slaughter? This program features the artwork of acclaimed artists - Oron Catts and Ionatt Zurr using the tools of biotechnology and tissue cultures.

Friday, March 2, 2012

"Seeker of Truth" by E.E.Cummings


"Seeker of Truth" by E. E. Cummings
(1894 - 1962)

seeker of truth

follow no path
all paths lead where

truth is here

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cream, "Sunshine of Your Love"



A classic love song by Cream to celebrate the day of love - "Valentine's Day"!