Friday, 9 March 2007

Real Life Mario

A little gem I found whilst randomly browsing YouTube, as you tend to do when there's nothing else going on.. even at uni. Mario lovers or even those who have just simply heard his name will enjoy this I'm sure, but there are always the people who 'don't do comedy...'

It's always pleasing that people are big enough fans (losers is fair perhaps?) that they would do things that others probably won't, just for our enjoyment and I have to admit I almost shed a tear at some of the jokes in the video. However maybe that's just my inner child.

There seem to be quite a few spin offs of this video and I have to say I haven't checked them out as they aren't likely to beat the original.. But I've kindly included the link in case you have too much spare time on your hands.

Watch me show off.....LOST style

Here's a video of some very talented artist showing off drawing John Locke from LOST on photoshop CS2. Granted his talents are amazing, but there seems to be something quite pretentious about posting a video of you drawing a picture. It would be like Picasso posting a video of him painting The Old Guitarist or something to that effect (Although, thinking about it, that would be a sight to see).

It would appear thought, that looking at some of the comments and the spoof videos that are made, many agree with me.

This video is a humourous spoof of the orginal, poking fun at the whole thing.

...hmm, maybe not as good, but 10 points for effort.

AFI Misheard Compilation

For my last post of the week I’ve actually chosen a video made by a good friend of mine. The phenomenon of misheard lyrics videos has become huge since the explosion of You Tube. The video to start this craze was an Interpretation of Fallout boy’s ‘Sugar we’re going down’ made by a guy called Andrew Mathas. The video made Mathas famous and he is now employed by MTV to make similar interpretations.

This video is made by You Tuber Squarepegpookie. She has compiled a number of songs by the band AFI and made the video using Paint and Windows Movie maker to make compilations of pictures to what the lyrics of the song sound like.

This video is well made, and very funny. It takes a lot of listening to think up something like this. Highlights include “Waist high…monolithic… statues…evangelistic Moles… I am a furry vole”. The randomness of this is very funny. And finally I have to add that the music is great!

Oh Yes... It's a Beer Launching Fridge!

Here we have possibly one of the greatest inventions known to man. Take a standard fridge. Add a man with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering/Computer Science. Get him to install a few motors, wiring, controllers, triggers, and a whole lot more technical stuff I have no idea about. Add beer. What do you get? Well it's a beer launching fridge of course!

Lets take a moment to thank Mr John W. Cornwell. Take a look at his site and we see that the Beer Launcher is one of many weird and wacky contraptions, however it is of course by far the best. How someone has never thought of this before I do not know. With the influx of mini-fridges, a fridge in the living room for most students is now par for the course. And how often is it that your watching TV, a film, or playing the computer when you think, "I really need a drink, but I just can't get up and miss this bit." Well with this ladies and gentlemen, your troubles are over.

The fridge holds cans of beer (or whatever you like), in a 'magazine', which self loads the cans into a catapult system on top of the fridge. The catapult can then rotate so as to point in the desired direction, at which when commanded it flings the beer in the air, to it's required destination.

As you can see, the beer launcher is extremely successful, offering precision accuracy to the extent of launching the beer into the man's hand who is sitting on the sofa. However, one possible gripe is the sheer noise of the machine, and it would almost certainly be an annoying put-off whilst watching the TV, even with a crowded room of mates. Keeping on the crowded room theme, surely a misplaced launch towards an unaware friend could also result in some hefty blows to the head, despite offering a chilled, refreshing pain relief for when trying to recover.

Overall, as homemade gadgets go, the Beer Launching Fridge must be up there with some of the best. If you took time to look at the inventor's website, you would have also seen that he is considering manufacturing a few of these things to actually sell, such is the interest in his machine. At a hefty $1500, you better get saving now. Maybe if you and your mates all chip in, the investment would be well worth it. Even we at ReviewTube are cautiously thinking of putting in an order!

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Tube of the Day...Petrified Man Syndrome

Here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for... Tube Of The Day! It gives me great pleasure to share this with you all. This clip is a 1950's imitation of government educational propaganda.

The film is about the horrors of pre menstrual syndrome aka Prehistoric Monster Syndrome. We all know what PMS is right? Well the film depicts the perceived darker side of the mystery that is women.

Men fear this time every month, which is amplified by the exaggerated violence. The music, which accompanies the video, is the overplayed doom and gloom sort that you would see in the old black and whites.

The crazed female decapitates her beloved because her sensibilities were not suitably appeased. This short piece is well constructed and very popular at this point in time.

I can’t help but think that the male population will appreciate this heartily, and nod, groan and shake their heads in agreement of their united suffering at the hands of WOMAN

I did find this video entertaining, but had to ask whether the whole thing was a little to insensitive, well you know, it is that time… check your calendar!

My Chemical Romance: I Don't Love You

Today I’ve got a real treat. This is the video for My Chemical Romance's new single ‘I don’t love you’ released on You Tube today! This was the first time I’d seen the video myself so it was as much of a surprise as it will be to you that it is very different from the bands past videos.

This is the third video from MCR’s third album, and like the last two videos ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ and ‘Famous last words’ it continues it’s theme, with similar costume. The band themselves look very different, and strangely British. On my first viewing of this video I immediately thought of ‘Wonderwall’. The Graphics in this video are amazing. The two characters although played by humans, their features look almost alien. I also very much like the high contrast black and white style that has been used.

The song is good, if a little soft compared to MCR’s older music. But still, this video brand new and definitely one to watch.

Britney & Madonna...or is the French & Saunder

As a Buddhist the question I get asked a lot at Christmas is 'what do you do all day?', to which I shrug and say 'sit around watching TV and eating loads of' It's then that the blind realisation hits them that they do exactly the same. It would appear, whatever the religion, come Christmas day most families are sat on the sofa, stuffed full of food, blind drunk and watching the annual French & Saunders Christmas special....ahhh, religion. God bless, well, God.

I remember a few years ago watching this particular French and Saunders spoof and finding it utterly hilarious, so I dug it up for your viewing pleasure.

If your brain hasn't been warped by too much Cribs and Star Trek then you'll unfortunately remember the Britney and Madonna musical duet from 2003, but good things from bad situations in the form of Dawn Fench and Jenifer Saunders.

French is Britney and Saunders is Madonna....see, already this is hilarious, and the both re-enact the scene from the original music video, with their own wicked humour placed here and there. The most brilliant part of the clip is the lyric changes French and Saunders have made.
Such as Saunders "watch me I can mate the wall" and French's "Stop rubbing you ass all over his face." However, the reason why this spoof is so funny is not because of any lyric changes or disastrous dance routines but because of how ridiculous the original video is in the first place. It deserves to be made fun of.

A Laugh a Minute

Well tonight is the night, and you are in for a very special treat. Not one comedy slice, but two! I bet you are gripping the edge of your chair, giddy with anticipation.

Well, the first of tonight’s little premieres is a warm up, something that will have your laughing muscles working in no time.

The video is titled: ‘Dad at Comedy Barn’. Can you guess what it is about yet? The clip is set on a stage with barn props and what appears to be a farmer dressed in dungarees.

Supposedly the farmer is the comedian, but the show is completely hijacked by ‘Dad’ and his hokey, contagious laugh.

Once the laugh is out of the bag the show is over, each time I heard it, it made me giggle. You even find yourself waiting for the next ripple of mirth.

Very funny but should be shorter. The addition of the Bohemian rhapsody seems a little cheesey and although it aims to entertain the audience it is somewhat of a loose end after such easy merriment. This was a big hit amongst you tube visitors and the video was favourited 10801 times so clearly it is a barrel of laughs by popular consensus.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres

The Long Blondes are like Marmite. No, I don't mean they're brown, sticky and good on toast. I mean you'll love them or hate them. Personally I love them. This is the video to their recent single ‘Giddy Stratospheres’ and everything about this video fits the style of the band. It is visually stunning.

It is themed like a 70s disco. With mirror balls and strobe lighting. Everything glitters and although you find yourself enraptured by the pretty colours and sexy clothes and make-up, it does not distract you from the song in the slightest. The video just adds to the brilliance of this track and kind of gives it a face. Now when I hear this song on the radio, my mind goes to a 70’s disco and I find myself dancing in Topshop.

If you like the Long Blondes, then chances are you’ve already seen this video and love it. If you don’t like the band, or haven’t heard of them you might hate it. But if you don't, then I can guaruntee you'll love it. Like Marmite.

Hollow Easter

Well, here it is your latest comedy fix. Let us turn our minds to easter and the message behind it.

Easter is a time for gorging on eggs, watching fluffy bunnies carrying yellow chicks in baskets, whilst the big mother duck looks on and smiles.

In order to achieve a sense of balance in the presentation of comedy, I must obey the polls of You Tube and represent the wider comedy appetite. So, here for your own viewing pleasure… EDDIE IZZARD.

Eddie Izzard is hilarious in this short clip and expresses his idea of the true meaning of Easter. He explains that the chocolate egg represents the crucifix upon which Jesus died, for the sins of mankind.

This fully justifies the consumption of large quantities of chocolate and other such delicacies. He compares the story of Christ to present day Easter values in such a way, causing you to smile with a twinge of guilty recognition.

You cannot help but laugh at his witticisms, which he delivers in a kimono style pinafore and PVC trousers, topped off with full drag make-up. This short piece is funny but they are short one-liners, which will soon fade from the mind, and you will begin to wonder what it was that was so funny. However it should be said that his jokes convey a deeper message should you care to look. So for those who agree with the questionable habits of Easter you may enjoy this satirical depiction of another standard holiday.

Tiger shows us his 'ball control'

Golf. A bit of a funny sport really. It seems you spend more time casually moping around after the ball you've just smashed 200 yards away then you do actually swinging and hitting. Alas, the saviour that is Tiger Woods. Arguably the biggest world sports star since Michael Jordan, Tiger has bought to the game a sense of 'cool', which coupled with his huge sponsorship with Nike, has made him the face of the sport for the last decade.

In Forbes' last listing of Highest paid sports stars, Tiger Woods came out on top, with earnings of $87 million, at the age of just 30. When you compare that to David Beckham, probably our biggest sports player, his $32.5 million looks rather small. So what is all the fuss about?

This video is from a TV advert aired back in 1999. At the time it caused a lot of controversy, as it was advertising Nike, although Tiger's main club sponsor was Titleist. Cue huge lawsuits, days of negotiations and eventually an agreement which I guess made all three parties a whole lot happier and a whole lot richer.

However, what is of real importance here is the true skill on show. The World No 1 has won 12 Major Championships, has more wins on the PGA Tour than any other active golfer, and has been awarded the PGA Tour Player of the Year a record eight times. And although not showing his true golfing potential in this video, the samba-style skill on display is symbolic of Tiger and everything he is about - Pure Class.

The video itself is great, and I couldn't help but stare, jaw-dropped in amazement. The accompanying Caribbean music adds to the sense of enjoyment, as-if Tiger himself is just playing around. A true 'Nike advert', no doubt it easily did the job in pushing more people into buying Nike golf products. If not at least it encouraged golfers across the world to pick up their clubs in an effort to recreate Tiger's silky skills. Some didn't do too bad either. So if you like golf, give it a go, and maybe share your video attempts here on ReviewTube.

Tube of the Day - Dove campaign for real beauty

That time again folks. Oh yes - it's Tube of the Day! Rather than pick a video of my real interests (Sports, Gadgets and Games), I have decided to go off beat with this one and look at fashion, make-up, and a little PhotoShop for good measure (couldn't resist the gadgets).

The video is made by Dove as part of their campaign for real beauty. It shows the journey from minger to model (well, maybe that's a bit harsh) in a cleverly edited and super fast-forwarded clip. So take, an average looking woman, spend 5 hours in hair and make up, shoot a range of photos, which in turn are altered, refined and touched up to perfection via PhotoShop and voila... you have your billboard supermodel.

Dove asks; "
How did our idea of beauty become so distorted?" Well surely their constant bombardment of personal care products along with the million other similar companies offering self enhancing products has a part to play in this. This argument was voiced too by some of the comments left on YouTube, arguing Dove have "purchased the argument for embracing women for who they are, regardless of how they look, problem being that Dove is still pitching us a product to make ourselves look better." Well said that man, erm or woman!

Regardless, this video is still a real eye opener, and shows how much can really be done these days with the right know-how. In paradox to this, I found this little 'beauty', which is equally amazing, if not more humorous. Presumabley again, this video must have been made by Dove, yet it could be some form of copy-cat film. If Dove is really campaigning for 'real beauty', surely this should be the new routine for preparing their models for photo shoots. Slob evolution rules!

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Tube of the Day: TAI TV Double Duel

Today is my day to present you all with a ‘Tube of the Day’ and I’ve chosen you all a little treat. This video is just one of a series of short films, made by and starring the band The Academy Is…

Other videos include Butchers nightmare, and Panic! In Scotland. But this one has to be one off my all time favourites. I’ve seen it many times and it still cracks me up. It tells a story of revenge, as our lead character played by The Academy is… front man William Beckett, discovers who stole money from his Grandmother. Several meetings follow, in which Beckett enjoys rubbing a toy gun over his face and sauntering about in extremely tight white jeans. The story comes to a head when the thief challenges Beckett to a double duel. This is where it gets good. But you’ll have to watch it to find out what happens.

The camera work, editing and continuity leaves little to be desired, but hey, what homemade You Tube video doesn’t? But it is funny. You don’t even have to know the band to get this. It is just pure brilliance.

Diving - Your never to old!

Meet Pearl Heenan, an 81 year old female from Brisbane Australia. I guess you could say she's just your regular OAP. Old, wrinkly and probably smells of a slight stench of urine. Oh yeah, and she dives! No not dies (well she will eventually) - DIVES.

Yes that's right. Feast your eyes on some of the most amusing, yet somewhat 'elegant' dives you will ever see grace a swimming pool. Surely, one of the most ignored sports on the planet now has an icon, a hero with which it can begin to promote the sport to young and old alike.

The video itself is cut from the Sky Sports show 'Soccer AM', who should take full credit for unearthing Pearl's amazing talent. Belly flops, back flips, side turns, Pearl really has it all. The video shows her graceful physique, body hugging swimsuit and all, from a variety of shots and angles that really do give full credit to the craft and technique Pearl possesses when it comes to the board.

Watch it, admire it, and then pop down to the local pool and try emulate this marvellous feat.

Scofield. Michael Scofield

I realised that I haven't yet posted a 'Tube' about film (the week is still young though dear bloggers) so I thought I would meet you sort of half way. How's a video featuring the delectable Wentworth Miller edited together with clips from the recent James Bond: Casino Royale movie sound?

Prison Break's rather aesthetic hero, Michael Scofield, has collided fandoms with with James Bond's also rather aesthetic hero...well, James Bond.

The video itself is amazing. It's cut and pasted to dizzying speed with each clip synchronised with the pumped up Bond theme tune. However as a result, at just over four minutes, it does feel a little too long, though the ending is pure brilliant.

But, and I think most females (and honestly, most males) would agree with me here, the best part of the video is being able to glimpse what it would be like if Miller were Bond. I love the idea! Lets campaign for it. 'MILLER FOR PRESIDENT BOND 2008' .

The name's Fogg. Anna Fogg.

Hogwarts meets South Park

It is not easy to decide what is funny and what is not. Having looked at as many ‘funny’ videos as I could, I felt at odds with the collective sense of humour of you tube.

The videos, which had me in fits of laughter, seemed to have few ratings, whilst those, which I found the most boring, were flooded with comments and appreciation. How could this be? This made my task of finding the comic video of the day somewhat challenging. My nails are bitten to the quick! How to satisfy the comic taste buds of all you faithful Internet junkies?

Whilst trawling through You Tube’s randomized comic videos, I discovered this little beauty! Classic south park moments replace the script for Harry Potter. You cannot help but laugh at Cartmans tirade of expletives. It takes me back to a Friday night, the stolen half an hour in front of the box, basking in the glow of purely scandalous comedy.

This film deserves its place in the limelight and so I thought that I would be the one to resurrect it into your lives and hearts. Although the humour is crass, politically incorrect and classless I am sure you will view it with a certain reverent fondness. Alternatively, if you think I have made a gross error in my judgement please feel free to state your case.

Please - Leave it to the professionals

I continue to ask myself frequently why people do this to themselves. There isn't a single band you can't look up without find fans (usually girls)posting videos of themselves singing one of their songs.

Do they think it makes them look cool? Do they think they will get talent spotted? I haven't heard of a single pop sensation who has become famous this way. Although with the way the music industry works I'm sure it won't be long until it happens.

In this example we see a girl singing Fallout Boy's 'Sugar we're going down'. Listen love... you can't sing. Why are you making a fool out of yourself by broadcast this embarrassment all over You Tube? It's laughable that in the comments people are suggesting ways in which she could make her voice sound better. Can't they see how mortifying it is?

People like this drive me mad. But still, if you're in need of a good laugh, then watch this video.

Monday, 5 March 2007

Girl jumps through Basketball Hoop... no really!

Browsing through the latest sport videos from the weekend's action, I thought that I would steer away from the traditional football videos, despite some dramatic late winners for both Man Utd and Tottenham, and some amusing bloopers (oh dear Mr Fabregas). Instead, I plumped for a random video that although has no true 'sporting credentials', has a humorous WOW factor that is almost certain to generate both astonished admiration, and unconvinced speculation.

The video is called 'girl jumps through basketball hoop' and is pretty self explanatory. A team of four 'gymnast lads' (some would put it another way), gather all their inner strength to hurl a rather tiny yet extremely flexible girl 15 feet in the air, flipping her into a full 360 degree somersault, resulting in her landing feet first straight through the hoop. Swoosh! Two-points to team gymnasts.

I think this video is genius, and bar the small pain the girl seems to get in the back of her neck after the stunt, it seems nobody was hurt whilst performing this insane act, which is always a bonus. Cue students up and down the country gathering their friends at the nearest basketball court to recreate this superb Jackass-esque manoeuvre. In fact, try too hard to perform that all important dunk, and it may just 'nearly happen' accidentally.

However, as with all seemingly unbelievable videos online, some comments from the community express disbelief of the video, claiming 'fake'. Even in slow-motion, it still seems to me that she clearly flew through the hoop, with the sound and movement of the net being almost conclusive proof. So with ReviewTube giving it the thumbs up for authenticity, check it out for yourself. Be prepared to be amazed.

Tube Of The Day: Dammit Jack!

Of course, being the hardcore 24 fan that I am, I just had to have a 24 post. So whilst browsing YouTube I came across this little gem.

Some amazing-soul-dedicated-to-his-show/sad-loser-with-way-too-much-time (you decide) made a montage of clips from 4 seasons of 24. 'Of what?' I don't hear you asking since you've probably already viewed the clip. Of Jack Bauer saying 'dammit!' of course eager Blogger.

The two minute clip is comprised solely of Jack Bauer yelling the word 'dammit'. Apparently, from the intro it appears that the video maker was influenced by an apperance Kiefer Sutherland aka Jack Bauer himself made on a TV guest show.

30 Seconds to Mars - The Kill

I love this video, and I just have to take this opportunity to write about it. I’m not being biased when I say this is a fantastic video. I’m not a ‘30 Seconds to Mars’ fan girl, or a Jared Leto one come to that. But with this video it was love at first sight.

It may have something to do with its obvious use of the film ‘The Shining’ one of my favourite movies. The video goes very well with the track, almost telling the story. The characters of the movie have been replaced with the band. The way this video is shot is quite spectacular as well. The angles, the use of colour. Everything is breath taking.

The comments left on You Tube are mostly those from Jared Leto fans, and doesn’t give you much of an idea of what the videos about. Do give this band a chance; they are not just living off Leto’s movie star career. This is a brilliant song, and an amazing video.


This is a short fanvideo of the TV show Stargate:Atlantis. To be truthful i've never seen the show, but it does have a huge cult following on the internet. I was browsing Livejournal when I found the piece 'Ambushed' which led me to this video.

You may have to know about the characters, the plotlines and their situations to fully understand it, however from a creative viewpoint it's absolutly stunning. The Piano and strings over the vibrante, yet slightly washed out images create a sense of isolation and yearning.

It's been very cleverly edited together, using clips from SGA, but also from other films and shows, some clips also appear to be home made videos using a handheld camera.

I'm sure for fans of the show this is nothing short of a sparkling gem, not only because of the implied slash of the two shown characters but because of effort and talent of the video. If only all fanvideos were this good.

Friday, 2 March 2007

Carling Cup Brawl - You be the judge

The aftermath left from Sunday’s epic Carling Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea is still being felt across the world of football. If you somehow have managed to completely miss the events of last weekend (where have you been), this tube provides you with the opportunity to see, and more importantly judge for yourself who exactly is in the wrong.

Despite Chelsea’s much needed success, and the horrific sight of Blues captain John Terry lying unconscious after being kicked to kingdom come, it will be the ugly scenes of the closing 22 man fracas (plus managers) that will stick thick in the memories of most.

So what do you think from the footage? Did Adebayor deliver that knockout blow to Frank Lampard? Or was he a victim of mistaken identity. The video is slightly inconclusive, but gives a good enough viewpoint on things. It shows Adebayor running in aggressively, but it seems as if he was just breaking things up. It didn’t help Adebayor that his reaction to his red card was so poor, and surely if he had left the field quietly, his appeal might have had a leg to stand on.

One thing for certain is that football doesn’t need these ugly scenes that are more akin to the World Wrestling Entertainment. However, we at ReviewTube have noticed that Wenger's Arsenal seem to be at the centre of controversial moments such as this all to often as of late. Sore losers? Surely not. Nonetheless check out this tube and cast you own opinion.

OKGO - Do What You Want

OKGO became known all over You Tube for their video to the song ‘Here it goes again’, which featured the band doing a dance routine on treadmills. This video was filmed all in one take and became a phenomenon in the world of music videos.

Now the band is back with their new single ‘Do what you want’ and the video is just as wacky as the last. This time round we see the band wrapped in wallpaper, blending in with the wallpapered room. Messing around on pogo sticks and playing instruments.

This Video is amazing, although by the end makes you feel a little dizzy. The only negative point I have to make about this video is that it completely distracts you from the song. Even so, it’s an original idea, and lives up to the bands reputation. It’s very well made, and looks a lot more professional than the amateur looking ‘Here it goes again’.

Definitely watch this video.

The BEST shave a man can get

For those of you searching for a more gratifying shaving experience, this is the video for you. A new gadget shaver with a difference, that takes the meaning of hedonism to new heights. If you like the 'rough and ready' look then this is a definite must see.
The guy attempts to shave whilst gyrating uncontrollably to his funky tunes, however it is a pretty close shave.

The Anton Sledgehammer company presented this fantastically funny clip on you tube. This is a company, which provides humorous advertising as well as a little light relief from your average forceful advertising. The advertising style is 'viral' meaning that the company supports it's sponsors by posting videos on you tube, google and itunes.

This particular episode in the jellette wars seems to have you all entertained, and so it would seem the job is done. A short burst of humour to fill in your surf time and leave you chuckling to yourself.

Cribs:Star Trek style

I'm Fogg. One quarter of the ReviewTube team and I’ve been assigned 'TV/Film'. So my first post will obviously be about a show I’ve never seen.... obviously.

Anyone under the age of twenty, a student and/or unemployed will probably know about MTVs Cribs. The show in which rich, obnoxious celebrities show off their mansions and fifty cars. And anyone over the age of 50 is, or once was a 'Trekkie'. So what is a better way to close the gap between young and old? Star Trek Cribs...with puppets.

To really find it funny you would probably have to know of Star Trek beforehand, but if you are a ST fan you'll probably chuckle about it just because of the pure silliness of the whole thing. If you're a student…well, students laugh at anything so you’ll find it funny anyway, and really, talking puppets using gansta’ slang? What’s there not to like?!

The oddest thing is that there are many, many more videos like this on YouTube. Just let video end and check out the other clips. 'Star Trek 2.0 Karaoke' is worth a watch. People have
way too much time on their hands. They’re probably students.