Essential Viewing | A Short Film About Cassettes

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqA1ynaueCE Phillips would have you believe that cassettes are making a comeback. While I'm not particularly buying their argument I certainly do have a lot of fond memories messing around with audio cassettes in the 1990s and even early 2000s. Here's a short little film waxing poetic about some people who refuse to give up the ghost. via MKA

Essential Viewing | Joey "Coco" Diaz Flipping Out

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Internet animator Paulytoon takes this classic segment from "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast and turns it into one of the best cartoon shorts to hit the web all year.

Essential Viewing | Operation Donnie Brasco

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In an in-depth interview, agent Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco, opens up about what it was like to go undercover in one of the most notorious crime families to pull off one of the greatest deceptions in law enforcement history. via NG

Essential Viewing | Backstreet Atlas | A Skateboarding Doc

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From RIDE Channel comes this beautiful 20-min. doc. about two kids, Zach Baker and Adam Abada, who decide to take a bus to Boston with the intention of skateboarding through southern New England back to home. This is how life is meant to be fucking lived. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGNwvTv_2n4&feature=youtu.be When you've finished watching the film check out Andy Cush's interview with Zach and Adam for Animal New York. via ANIMAL

Essential Viewing | New York City vs. Everywhere

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Some interesting statistics contained in this short video from BuzzFeed. via BUZZ

Essential Viewing | Jay Z's short art film Picasso Baby

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0 Last week we mentioned that Jay Z's short performance art Picasso Baby film would be debuting on HBO this past Friday night. In case you missed it you can catch it here. "Concerts are pretty much performance art ... The venues change. Just by nature of the venues, the performance changes. If you're in a smaller venue, it's a bit more intimate so you get to feel the energy of the people," Jay Z explains. Even more fascinating is listening to Hov briefly discuss the historical significance and influence of the arts scene on hip hop in its infancy....

Essential Viewing | "The Twilight Zone" - Dealer's Choice

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How much talent can one 22 minute segment of a 1-hour television anthology series contain? Check out this must-see episode of "The Twilight Zone" (the vastly underrated mid-80s reboot of the show) directed by Wes Craven and starring the likes of M. Emmett Walsh, the great Garrett Morris, the always classic Dan Hedaya (in what might be his most overlooked performance ever) and a pre-but-on-the-cusp-of-celebrity Morgan Freeman. The segment is entitled "Dealer's Choice" and it originally aired on the CBS network back in November of 1985. What we have going on here in this episode is a friendly game of...

Essential Viewing | The Flaming Lips x Dan Hertzfeldt animation

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Classic Flaming Lips track "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. I" combined with the imagery of Don Hertzfeldt’s animated shorts is mezmerizing delightful awesomeness. via: WA

Essential Viewing | Playing for the City That Made Me, pt. 3

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Carmelo Anthony stars in a Jordan Brand web doc Episode #3 (of 3), the final installment in the Carmelo webumentary, sees Nas, Bernard King and members of the 'Melo family discuss the significance of winning in New York. Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3

Essential Viewing | Playing for The City That Made Me, pt. 2

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Carmelo Anthony stars in a Jordan Brand web doc In Episode #2 (of 3) Carmelo loves playing in New York? Why? The bright lights, the big city, the energy, the passion. The place where you're "only as good as your last play." Nas, Bernard King, Alan Hahn, Carmelo's family and others talk about Carmelo playing in Gotham. Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3

Essential Viewing | Dirty Hands The Art & Crimes of David Choe

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David Choe is now world famous due to his net worth which exceeds over 200 million after opting for stock options as payment from facebook for some work he did for them - is one of the more fascinating figures in the contemporary street & urban art scene. Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe is a San Diego Asian Film Festival Grand Jury Prize award winner takes an interesting, and often times hilarious, look at the tumultuous life and times of David before he ever struck it rich.

Essential Viewing | Playing for The City That Made Me, pt. 1

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Carmelo Anthony stars in a Jordan Brand web doc In Episode #1 (of 3) Carmelo Anthony’s passion for playing in the city he loves is unmatched as a native New Yorker from Red Hook, Brooklyn. We hear in his own words what it means to play not just for the orange and blue, but the people of NY and the city that made him. Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3