Thursday, May 26, 2011

Emergency Brake

So as I was wandering the wide vista of the Net, I bumped into a young filmmaker named Casey Neistat.  And I was amused.  I had never heard of him- or his brother, Van. They apparently achieved some degree of fame with their own show on HBO which debuted  2010, aptly titled, The Neistat Brothers.
But that was only the crowning glory, the icing on the cake because they've had a large following from the films they posted. Example: Sixteen weeks after Their film "Ipod's Dirty Secret"  was posted to the Net on November 20, 2003,  it had over a million hits. Ok, it was an expose of sorts but I think its popularity had much more to do with the quirky spin that Neistat gives his work.
Let's cut to the chase. Here is a film by Neistat which asks the common sense question: Why have an emergency brake if you are not allowed to use it?
If you'd like to view other short films by Neistat, try this link:
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  1. Hi Joe,
    I've been enjoying your art posts. I've missed your comments on the other blog. Are you taking a break? Hope all is well.

  2. Thanks, Anon.
    To be honest, it really seems like there is only one topic over at the other blog. That's not a problem or anything but I understood that when it was started it would cover more subjects. I don't have any problem with it, per se, but I think it has been done to death and covering that one person (especially when her approval ratings are so extremely low) is just giving her more attention than she deserves. After awhile, it becomes counterproductive because it opens up the charge of being fixated and monomaniacal. (I don't think it is true but people- who may not be fans of that woman- can easily think that and tune out.)
    That's only my opinion, of course.

  3. I understand--it gets tiring to me as well. The same crap being posted over and over-it's not very intellectually stimulating. I miss seeing you in chat, tho.
    You are right-there is so much more going on in the world. Maybe you will do another guest post for us?


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