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20 JULY 2014

Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: Aki Kaurismäki

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1990 • Aki Kaurismaki • alcoholAmerican English • Ariel (1988) • auteurauthorial signatureblack comedyblack humour • bleakness • boredom • Calamari Union (1985) • Channel 4 • comedy (genre) • cool • Crime and Punishment (1983) • dark comedydeadpan expressiondirecting styleEstoniaEuropean cinemafilm directorfilmmakerFinlandFinnish • For One Week Only (1990) • Hamlet liikemaailmassa (1987) • happinessHelsinki • I Hired a Contract Killer (1990) • indie cinemainternational film festival • Jonathan Ross • Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) • Margi Clarke • Midnight Sun Film Festival • modestyquirky • Shadows in Paradise (1986) • social realism • Sodankyla • The Match Factory Girl (1990)

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Simon Perkins
20 NOVEMBER 2012

The Gashlycrumb Tinies: 26 varieties of misadventure

"The deaths in Edward Gorey's picture book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, are funny in all these ways: 'G is for George smothered under a rug, H is for Hector done in by a thug ... M is for Maud who was swept out to sea, N is for Neville who died of ennui, O is for Olive run through with an awl, P is for Prue trampled flat in a brawl ... R is for Rhoda consumed by a fire...'

The Gashlycrumb Tinies is many things. It's a rhyming alphabet of 26 boys' and girls' names. It's a Dance of Death, detailing 26 varieties of misadventure. It's in a tradition of cruel comic verse: Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter, Belloc's Cautionary Tales, Graham's Ruthless Rhymes. It's a homage to the Victorian cult of childhood innocence and child mortality (eg Little Nell)."

(Tom Lubbock, 08 August 2008, The Independent)

Edward Gorey (1963). "The Gashlycrumb Tinies": or, "After the Outing".

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1963 • 26 • After the Outing • alphabetalphabet book • awl • bearblack humourboys • brawl • cartoon • Cautionary Tales (book) • child mortalitychildhood innocencechildrens bookchildrens book illustration • cruel comic verse • cult of childhood innocence • dance of death • dark comedydeath • deaths • Der Struwwelpeter (book) • Edward Gorey • ennui • firefunnygirlsgrizzly bear • Harry Graham • Heinrich Hoffmann • Hilaire Belloc • humourillustrationillustrative style • Little Nell • meet their ends • misadventure • names • nasty mishapspicture book • rhyming alphabet • rug • Ruthless Rhymes (book) • smothered • stupid deaths • The Gashlycrumb Tinies • thug • trampled • Victorianyoung child

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Simon Perkins
20 NOVEMBER 2012

Dumb Ways to Die ad becomes surprise hit

"'Set fire to your hair, poke a stick at a grizzly bear ... Dumb ways to die ... dumb ways to die–ie–ie.' If the chorus isn't stuck in your head, it will be soon. Melbourne Metro Trains' darkly cute – and irksomely catchy – new ad for transport safety has gone viral, notching up a whopping 4.2 million YouTube views in less than a week. And nobody is more stunned by its success than the man behind the music, Sydneysider Ollie McGill. The Cat Empire keyboards player was commissioned to write the score to accompany lyrics to the McCann Group's new ad and has watched Facebook likes, Twitter shares and YouTube hits skyrocket as word of the animated video has spread like wildfire. ... In the ad, cartoon characters meet their ends in a number of colourful, sardonic ways, including a couple of nasty mishaps on train tracks, while the sweet chorus, 'dumb ways to die ... ' is instant earworm material."

(Daisy Dumas, 19 November 2012, Fairfax New Zealand Ltd.)

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20122D animationadadvertisementanimated videoanimationAustraliabearblack humourcartooncartoon characters • catchy • character animationcomedydark comedy • darkly cute • deathdie • dumb • dumb ways to die • earworm • episodic structuregone viral • Horrible Histories • humouriTunesMcCann Groupmeet their endsMelbourne • Melbourne Metro Trains • mistakes to avoidmusic videonasty mishaps • Ollie McGill • parablepublic service announcementsafety • sardonic • songwriter • stupid deaths • The Cat Empire • traintrain station • train tracks • transport safety • Wahroonga

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Simon Perkins
01 JANUARY 2004

Buffalo 66: interior thoughts as simultaneous moments within single frames

Vincent Gallo's debut feature film Buffalo 66 (1998) fractures sequences of the film, presenting them as complex, multifaceted events. There is a sense that each of these sequences could be re–visited from a different angle causing a different reading. This approach breaks markedly with conventional Hollywood filmmaking language.

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1998auteurblack humour • Buffalo 66 (film) • Christina Ricci • cinematic languagedark comedyemotional misfitfilmfracture • interior thoughts • juxtapositionmisfitmultifacetedpicture-in-picturepsychological framingsequencesimultaneitysplit-screen • Vincent Gallo
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