SMOKE BREAK #1090 | A Short Film On An Ancient Game Of Amateur Outdoor Hockey

January 29, 2014 

Even if you only have a passing bandwagoneer’s interest in mass market pro hockey, this short, touching, and beautifully filmed memorial documentary will probably still move you. Legends of the Isles is about a decades-old shinny game and the young and old Fargo-esque Minnesotan characters who play it for the love and sheer joy of it. It’s a tough guy tear-jerker; why anyone who has ever laced up a pair of skates in Canada gets all goosebumpish about the NHL Winter Classic and why a man willed it so that his ashes could be scattered at center ice. Required: tissue, Tim Hortons, and six and half minutes. Enjoy.

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SMOKE BREAK #1089: Van Gogh Movie To Be First Feature Film To Ever Be “Painted”

January 20, 2014 

(via) Loving Vincent is a publicly financed film project that is being shepherded by two Oscar-winning studios who will use their proprietary painting animation techniques to create the world’s first fully-painted feature film. “What is truly groundbreaking about Loving Vincent is that every frame of the film is an oil painting on canvas, using the very same technique in which Vincent himself painted. And what makes it a great story to experience is the intriguing, tragic, and inspiring story of Vincent Van Gogh himself.” Take a look.

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SMOKE BREAK #1088: Awesome Spoof Of “American Psycho” Starring British Hipsters

January 17, 2014 

(via) Oh boy, this UK hipster take on the 2000 film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho is all kinds of amazing. In highly entertaining fashion, Denham Psycho recalls the classic competitive business card set piece and one of the original film’s many bizarre murder scenes. Money quote from one of the Japanese denim fetishists: “I hear they wash them in saki.” Love it hard.

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SMOKE BREAK #1087: Three Dudes, One Bus, And The Gnarl Of Resource Extraction

January 15, 2014 

This is the trailer for Northern Grease, an upcoming documentary film that follows three Canadian snowboarders traveling 18,000km through BC and Alberta aboard a bus fuelled by used french fry oil. But this isn’t your average long-haired road trip doc or stoke movie. Beyond the hunt for waves and the shredding of powder, they were on a mission to understand and participate in the raging debates on resource extraction. “The boys [...] visit industrial towns, interview the people involved with and affected by resource extraction, and learn about some of the problems presented by practices like fracking and coal mining. They find a complex and disturbing landscape, against which environmental stewardship is threatened by misinformation and biased marketing. Along the way, the boys spend time with the people who, using alternative and renewable energy sources, lead lifestyles that present solutions. All in all, Northern Grease tells a story of awareness, criticism, and forward thinking, against a backdrop of our country’s beautiful wilderness and fascinating people.” Hats off to Tamo Campos, John Muirhead, Lewis Muirhead, and the aptly named Jasper Snow Rosen for balancing a passion for the outdoors with the activism required to protect it.

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SMOKE BREAK #1086: Safety Video Warns The Rest Of The Universe About Humanity

January 14, 2014 

This PSA warning to other beings in the universe from the Interstellar Safety Council has us well pegged.

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SMOKE BREAK #1085: UK Actors Perform Ignorant Exchange About Mandela’s Death

January 10, 2014 

You know how some things need to be seen to be appreciated? Well, sometimes they need to be performed to be properly enjoyed. Such is the case with this online exchange between two YouTube commenters, one of whom had no idea as to who Nelson Mandela was. The dramatic scene was reproduced by British actors Grahame Edwards and Eryl Lloyd Parry of a Comedy channel called Dead Parrot (click the link to view more dramatic reconstructions of profound idiocy).

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SMOKE BREAK #1084: A Hectic “Day In The Life” Of San Francisco’s Delfina Restaurant

January 2, 2014 

(via) Dig this “Day In The Life” style time-lapse of the goings-on inside a typical day at San Francisco’s consistently rammed Delfina restaurant in the Mission District. It was made to celebrate the eatery’s 15th year in business. “They don’t serve lunch there,” says the film’s co-creator, Gary Yost, “but they start on prep at 4:00am and a full team of over a dozen people crank until service begins at 5:30pm. With a combination of time-lapse and realtime cinematography, along with Mark’s fabulous direction and editing, we’ve captured a little glimpse of what their (incredibly long) typical day is like.”

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SMOKE BREAK #1083: Time Lapse Shows UPS Truck Depot In Christmas Season Blitz

December 23, 2013 

From Animal NY: “There’s a UPS parking lot packed with truck trailers behind our Hell’s Kitchen office. On any given day–but during the holiday season in particular–the place is buzzing with activity, as its delivery fleet hitches up to and drops off the trailers. Due to space constraints, this plays out like an IRL game of Tetris, which we captured from a camera mounted on our roof in this 24-hour timelapse. Watch the entire puzzle-like dance play out in about three minutes above…” One eagle eyed YouTube commenter noticed a wee accident at 1:49

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SMOKE BREAK #1082: The Secret To Not Drinking Too Much During The Holidays Is…

December 18, 2013 

…a loyal dog. Mari-kun the Shiba Inu knows when to draw the line whenever its owner forgets. Good dog!

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SMOKE BREAK #1081: Helicopter Rips Through Foggy Oregonian Forest For Xmas

December 12, 2013 

(via) The grace and efficiency with which this helicopter moves about its business – tearing up Oregon trees that would shade so much Lego and socks from The Gap on Christmas – is disturbing. The pilot works the forest like a skateboard works a half-pipe, cruising back and forth from lip to lip with compelling fluidity, his movements without pause or doubt. And in dense fog, no less! Here’s what it looks like from inside the cockpit on a clearer day.

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SMOKE BREAK #1080: Dutch Nature Film “Winter” Set To Han Zimmer’s Lovely ‘Light’

December 9, 2013 

Got ten minutes? Great. Watch Winter, a short film shot in a Dutch nature reserve during one of the coldest winters on record in Holland. It’s fitting for today’s weather and made sublime by Light, one of my all-time favourite pieces by score composer Hans Zimmer (used in Terrence Malick’s Guadalcanal epic, A Thin Red Line). The music really gives it a Malick feel. If you start to cry, just go with it and brew a nice cup of tea.

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SMOKE BREAK #1079: The Teacher You Wish You Had Showing How Gravity Works

December 6, 2013 

Dan Burns, a high school physics teacher in Northern California since 1992, explains how gravity and space-time warping work at a teaching workshop at Los Gatos High School.

Stretch a sheet of lycra over a drum shape made out of PVC and electrical conduit. Put a 2kg mass in the middle and roll marbles to show orbits. Put 2 large metal spheres on it and they will slowly attract. Put a large marble rolling with a smaller one next to it and it will orbit the larger marble mimicking the Earth-Moon system. Throw a handful of marbles going one way and a slightly larger handful going the other. They collide and fall in, leaving most of the survivors all going in the same direction, just like the formation of the solar system. Put 2, 2kg masses apart from each other and try and get a marble to do a figure 8 orbit around them both. Have a pole stick up from below creating a force of repulsion and you have Dark Energy.

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SMOKE BREAK #1078: The Italian Architect Who Makes Flying Ship Models Out Of Wood

December 5, 2013 

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(via) 83 year old Italian architect Luigi Prina has a unique hobby. He makes model ships with his bare hands, but not just any model ships. Using balsa wood, ultra-light paper, and some very particular rubber bands, he makes ones that fly. And they, in turn, make him happy, even when they crash.

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