Well it has been more than a year since the sensational re-cut The Shining trailer hit the Internets, the winner of the 2005 New York AICE Trailer Park competition. It spawned a wave of mashups and re-cut trailers of various quality – most of them never getting close to the high quality of the “original” (although AICE had been doing this stuff for a few years, the general public had not really had noticed it).
I thought it would be interesting to check back with AICE to see what the 2006 Trailer Park competitions have given us. I searched the web which we call the Internet and came up with a few gems. Enjoy.
(Robots meets 8 Mile)
Winner of Los Angeles Trailer Park 2006, made by Jeff Jenkins
(Cocktail as Bollywood movie)
Winner of New York Trailer Park 2006, made by Scott Rankin
Enter This Dragon, Bitch!
(Enter The Dragon as a Blaxploitation move)
Runner-up at NY Trailer Park 2006, made by Ian Marks
It’s time to present a list of the greatest things I found on the Internet in 2006. Is it a reocurring column if it is only the second time I do it? Well, I plan to continue doing it, so I guess you can call it that.
Yeah, so this did not launch in 2006, I know, but I didn’t realize it’s amazingness until a bit into the year. It is an Internet-jukebox so to speak, which lets you create custom radio channels based on your favorite songs or artists. Via a wide range of algorithms, it finds similar music that you might enjoy (in most cases it’s pretty good!
Netvibes is an AJAX online desktop or startpage, sort of similar to Google’s personal startpage etc. but it offers so much more than the Google/Yahoo variety. I find it handles various types of RSS feeds better than Google, and there are more customization options. What it is lacking is perhaps some of the “gadgets” that are available to Google users.
Well it’s already 2006 (barely) and tons of people have created “best of the internet” lists so you might be tired of them already. But I wanted to share some of the best things I found on the Internet in 2005.
2005 was definately the year of Firefox! With the release of version 1.0, and later the more stable 1.5 it really shook the browser market. I for one had been sceptical to use 0.x beta versions but when it reached 1.0 I took the leap, and haven’t looked back since!
I started this blog back in 2004 using a pretty bad software called Grey Matter. But during this year I sort of woke up to the whole blog world and saw that I was barely scratching the surface of possibility with that software. I almost went with Blogger (!) but stumbled upon wordpress, and I have never regretted it!
Before 2005, the word “blog” in my mind equalled a livejournal diary. I didn’t understand the fascination with it, and I definately had no intention of writing one myself, nor reading any on a regular basis. However, so many good and interesting blogs emerged (or at least reached my attention) during this year! It’s now a part of my daily routine to check a number of these blogs, and I really can’t imagine how browsing would be like without them.
The winning entry to the 2005 “Trailer Park” competion at AICE New York reverberated throughout the Internet after it’s initial very internal release on the creator’s friend’s blog. Someone found it and gave it to someone else, who gave it to someone else, and after it hit Waxy and BoingBoing it was all over – it was an Internet phenomenon, and rightly so.
I originally found this video over at Mari’s blog, but the link there (which went to the original unsubtitled version) is apparently dead. Anyway, this mock-educational video of how to behave in a Japanese sushi restaurant is simply hiliarious; especially so if you know about how to actually act in those situations. It mixes half-truths with half-lifes (and some blatant lies) which makes for some of the most un-Japanese humor I’ve ever seen in Japan!
I also stumbled upon the world of webcomics this year, and the one that stands out the most is definately Theater Hopper, a semi-biographical comic about a total movie freak and his friends and girlfriends. The funny thing is that I think that as outrageous some of the lengths the guy in the comic goes to show his affection for movies, I don’t think it’s all that far from the truth…
When I head “video blog” for the first time, I thought to myself “who would want to do that” and “who would even watch it”… But that was before I found Drive Time, a talk show taped once a week by a guy in his car on his way to work. The topics they discuss and the guests they bring on (in?) are fascinating. Further, it really shows a glimpse of where the future of broadcasting is going I think.
This free multiplayer online strategy game has been available since before 2005, I know that, but I did not discover this extraordinarily addictive game until Spring 2005, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not the world’s most advanced game or anything, but it just makes you want to come back and play again and again and again. For anyone who is interested in playing, note that the current round ends this week, and next round will start again in the beginning of February.
Well, after digging a bit more on the Internet about this phenomena which mostly goes under the name “The Shining, Redux”, i.e. the recutting of a Shining trailer to make it look like a romantic comedy or a coming-of-age drama (see my earlier post, below) I found out a little bit more.
The competition is AICE’s (Association of Independent Commercial Editors) annual “Trailer Park” contest.
I don’t know for sure if these entries from Moondog Design are for the same competitionor if theybecause they have separate competitions for different AICE offices.
Anyway, go to the Moondog link above, click Paul Lacalandra and click the image which says “ordinary girls…” – that is his remade trailer for Parent Trap (remade to ‘Apparent Trap’). Further, there is another one if you click on Vincent Garguilo and then click on the image with the hand – that is his version of Titanic (not the same Titanic as shown below).
I’d love to see more of these entries, as well as past competitions’ entries as well!!
[EDIT] I guess the whole world knows this already, but I just wanted to add to my statement above, that, “The Apparent Trap” in fact was the runner-up in the same competition as The Shining, i.e. The AICE New York office.