RetroAhoy: The Secret of Monkey Island

This is very good, if 70-minute documentaries about Monkey Island are your kind of thing.

(They are very much my kind of thing.)

Can These Robots Build an Ikea Chair?

Spoiler: yes they can.

(My favourite part was the jiggle to get the dowel into place.)

See also: Hikea, where people take LSD and try to assemble Ikea furniture.

This City's Got Love

Not kidding, this video made me so homesick, my heart actually hurt.

Binging with Babish: Kevin's Famous Chili from The Office

Andrew Rea's Binging With Babish is my new obsession. He's a filmmaker and amateur chef who deadpans his way through recreating dishes from films and TV. Like, I was tempted to share the video where he made the "Moistmaker" Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich from Friends, where he went out and cooked an entire 20lb turkey just for ONE sandwich. Instead, I'm highlighting the video where he recreates Kevin's chili from The Office and serves it authentically: on a sheet of cheap office carpet.

BMW Films: The Escape

In 2001, BMW hired a bunch of amazing directors like John Frankenheimer and Tony Scott to create some short films for them. Branded content. The two common threads in each film were the make of car (obviously) and Clive Owen as "The Driver"

Fifteen years later, we've got a new one. This time it's been directed by District 9's Neill Blomkamp and starring Dakota Fanning and Jon Bernthal.

In case you missed it, here's Tony Scott's one from the original series, starring Gary Oldman as the Devil. It's mid-career Tony Scott in all his most bonkers.

Ten Bullets

I have a bit of an obsession with Casey Neistat. Or rather, I'm obssessed with Casey Neistat's process. He's messy but organised, chaotic but meticulous. Watching this video made in 2010 about the 10 rules for Tom Sachs' studio (Casey Neistat was one of Tom Sachs' studio assistant), you can really see where he got a lot of his ideas.

Trailer for Rogue One

No more teaser trailers or trailer teases, this is the real thing. And here's my HOT TAKE, basically my thoughts as they happened watching the trailer:

  1. Forrest Whitaker doing a weird breathy accent is super distracting. Is that supposed to be a British accent?
  2. Oh God, what if they try to make Ben Mendelsohn do a British accent?
  3. This looks every inch a Gareth Edwards film.
  4. It looks like they're trying to set up K-2SO as the comic relief. If those are the best laughs they could pick out for the trailer, oh dear.
  5. Felicity Jones seems like she's stuck in the Tomb Raider school of action acting.

Overall, I'm cautiously optimistic about this one. It looks great, really nailing the 70s aesthetic with a cinéma vérité feel. But Edwards' last film, Godzilla, was let down by its characters and nothing in this trailer suggests things have improved.