For whatever reason, horror isn’t a common genre in short films, possibly because creating tension and terror often requires too much setup to make it viable for abbreviated running lengths. Repugnant, Michael and Martin Vrede Nielsen’s no-nonsense exercise in tingling our collective spines, is an interesting exception.
Not only does this guy do a spot-on impression of McDonald in a funny, well-executed music video, but he managed to record a mash-up of the New Pornographers' "It's Only Divine Right" and the Doobie Brothers' classic "What a Fool Believes" that is so effortless and smooth that it makes the original from 2003's Electric Version retroactively sound like an ironic mall-punk cover version.
Celebrities: so like us. They spend hours on YouTube too! To celebrate our online video special in this week's issue of New York, we asked Russell Simmons, Amy Sedaris, and The Office's Rashida Jones (along with some slightly-less-famous bloggers, artists, directors, advertising executives, professors, and comedians) what they've got bookmarked. The results may surprise you!
With its collagelike aesthetic, its deadpan lyrical voice-over, and its truly bizarre portrait of one unfortunately demented (yet ultimately harmless) soul, Erika Yeomans's Chubby Buddy plays like a George Saunders story come to life.