Smash TV's Skinemax

Skinemax, described as "Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-movie VHS tapes," stars Kurt Russell. [Video Link]


    1. Indeed, from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  Every adolescent male’s favorite part of the movie.

    2. I should watch this I guess, since I knew instantly that was Phoebe Cates though I haven’t seen that  movie in over 20 years.

  1. I remember a good chunk of the source material more or less fondly, but based on the few minutes I could bear watching, I don’t see anything magical about the synthesis here. The splicing seems largely haphazard — shouldn’t there be something tying these clips to the music and/or to each other apart from “hey, I remember that!?”

    Did I miss something? Should I jump to XX:XX?

  2. Hey now! Demolition Man and Big Trouble in Little China were not B material.

    They were damn fine movies.

  3. Isn’t Cinemax going to sue over the name, since that’s what everyone calls their late night offerings?

  4. I hate to come off as a snob but all of the movies used here are WAY too big to be “half-remembered B-movies” (Addams Family Values, really??), plus there doesn’t seem to be any thematic connection like Koyaanisqatsi had short of “I had these DVDs on my shelf”. I really like the idea but it just feels lazily executed, even with the editing he’s just jumping between three different movies per track.
    Personally what I want to see is the one awesome/worthwhile scene culled from every TRULY forgotten turd and then strung together into one Craptacular Crapsterpiece–Hell, it could even be considered a public service for saving people from watching the whole films!

    1. Pretty sure someone on Cinemageddon has probably done that already; I’ll have to check the tracker when I get home.  (Evidence for:  “Chuck Norris Kills Everybody,” a glorious murderfest that ends with Haley Joel Osment guesting on Walker:  Texas Ranger, saying he has AIDS or some crap [not sure if it was created there, or just uploaded, but still].  Evidence against:  can’t access that at work.)

  5. Since when are “Transformers: The Movie” and “Nausicaa” considered B-movies?  This is an interesting montage of 80s and early 90s films (“Hackers”, for example), but it’s hardly 100% B-grade film.

    1. I’m betting “Nausicca” isn’t the one being included – it’s “Warriors of the Wind”!
      (An important conceptual distinction for this…)

  6. Count me in with the detractors above. Plus, you do realize that Koyaanisqatsi used a musical score composed specifically for the movie, was mostly original footage, and was actually put together with an eye toward a unifying theme? It was NOT “here’s a bunch of clips and music I edited together.”

  7. The description didn’t say THESE were half remembered B- Movies.  Just that this is for those “raised on half-remembered B-Movies”.

    And…c’mon.  You  lead with a still of Phoebe Cates coming out of the pool without giving the frame position? 

    That’s just cruel.

  8. EPIC doesn’t describe how epic this epic endeavor is.  Seriously, what’s this cat’s job?  I want it so I can make epic videos of epic epicosity. 

    Not EPCOT city. But still damn epic.

  9. What I like best about that Phoebe Cates scene is that it’s so implausible, like most good fantasies are.  Well, maybe I should say what I like second best.

  10. What you want is Concrete TV, which is awesomer than this anyway. Boing Boing has posted about it before, but I can’t me arsed to search for it. Use da Google.

  11. The description is directly from the creator on Vimeo, not from Rob.

    Also, the audio is an interesting mix, and there’s definitely a lot of video in there.  Transformers: The Movie, Repo Man, King of New York, Bill & Ted, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York, Addams Family Values, Cool World, Buckaroo Banzai, Bloodsport, and some more I didn’t recognize off hand thru the 15 minutes or so I’ve been able to scan.

    Plus, credit where credit is due, it’s not random cuts.  I’ve seen many sequences where themes are present (Napoleon going down the water slide w/ him in the time stream, and I’ve seen a few montages of electricity or people smoking).  So it’s a bit more than just random at least.

  12. I don’t know if I should be proud or depressed that I was actually audible recalling the titles of those films as they transitioned on my screen with great accuracy.

  13. It reminds me of the Ludovico Technique from A Clockwork Orange, except with pop culture instead of violence.

  14. It seems they didn’t understand Koyaanisqatsi; a word meaning, briefly, “unbalanced life.” The only correlation I can draw is that the amount fo entertainment people mindlessly consume is disproportionate to the amount they do things worth doing.

    This is a random collection of videos they ripped put to some mediocrely DJed music.

  15. I can’t help thinking the people complaining about the movie selections are missing the point.  The reason to watch it – or to experience any artwork, really – is for the effect it evokes.  I thought the selections were odd at first, but after I’d been watching it for a while they began to make a strange kind of sense to me. YMMV. Though I think he’ll have to do it all again once he realises he missed out “Innerspace.”

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