Viral Video

Criterion Files

David Cronenberg’s Videodrome is the Network of participatory media. Where Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky’s celebrated 1976 masterpiece rather accurately predicted televised sensationalism and infotainment, Videodrome’s ideas about media’s dissemination and our relationship with it continues to reveal its incredible foresight nearly thirty years after its initial release. Just as Network is now hardly satire, Videodrome seems less and less a work of science fiction. Sure, digital technology has brought many of Videodrome’s ideas into stark realization more so than the analog technology depicted throughout the film (a disconnect literalized by Criterion’s clever faux-Beta DVD packaging of the film), but the film’s many astute (and foreboding) observations about our evolving relationship to media technology is nothing short of profound.

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As we all know, our streets are riddled with crime. You can’t even go down a dark alleyway without getting mugged or attacked by a roving troop of Improv Everywhere participants. What we don’t all know is whether or not we can trust the red-masked menace who calls himself Spider-Man to be a force for good. Is he really fighting crime or is he committing it? Either way, he’s inspiring local street artists to tag for him – leaving giant spray paint spiders on concrete walls all over the city – and inspiring Captain George Stacy to set up a hotline where citizens can call and report sightings in an attempt to bring in the man for questioning. According to The Daily Bugle, the number to call is 1-877-651-8503, and the police have even set up a website for Spider-Man tips. Check out the interview with Stacy as he explains why Spider-Man is dangerous and suggests the news team over at The Daily Bugle spend some time with a dictionary.

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Anytime you can’t tell whether a trailer is for a real movie or a parodic lark, it reaffirms the need to give it a second or third look. That’s priceless for a lower budget movie based off an internet meme. Bad Ass, a totally real, actual movie, stars Danny Trejo as a bearded man riding a bus who is set upon by local street toughs. When video of him taking their asses out to the curb goes viral, he becomes a crime fighter. It’s based, of course, on Epic Beard Man – an Oakland bus rider who encountered the exact situation (including delivering a whooping and becoming a viral video star). So, why not watch the trailer and the original viral video together? Check it out for yourself, and start growing a beard for justice.

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This video is everywhere you look on the web today, so if you are seeing it for the first time, you are welcome. Based on the ending of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a group of rogue animators have created an alternate ending for Warner Bros’ upcoming family flick Yogi Bear. Edmund Earle is the man who has laid claim to making it, and according to reports he has nothing to do with the actual film’s production — that’s despite the fact that it looks eerily similar to what will be seen by families this weekend. Earle is simply a guy who saw clips from the film and decided that this is how it should end. I think we can all agree that he’s got a point.

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The video below really doesn’t need much in the way of setup. Just know that it’s viral marketing for Dead Snow, the upcoming Nazi zombie flick from Norway. Got it? Zombies. Nazis. Viral marketing. Okay… proceed.

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The folks behind Funny People have made a very funny fake sitcom featuring Jason Schwartzman’s character from the movie. Get ready to bring back that nostalgia for late 80s, early 90s classroom television.

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Fellow Americans, in order to better understand the forthcoming Watchmen, you must watch the latest video concerning The Keene Act. Beware, this video contains obscene amounts of truth!

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Last year, we geeked out every month about The Dark Knight and its brilliant viral campaign. Now, Watchmen is giving us even more to geek out about in this retro news salute to Dr. Manhattan’s super powers.

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I am going to file this under “Humor” but it is more along the lines of “mildly funny, worth a look on a slow day.” So, if you are having a slow day and you dig a laugh at the expense of Harry Potter, this should be right up your alley.

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Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder

Paramount Pictures has officially released the documentary behind the movie Tropic Thunder, known as Rain of Madness, online for free on iTunes. It also includes a few surprises.

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Vin Diesel in Babylon AD

To put it lightly, Vin Diesel would not appreciate being called a “bitch” in any forum. And in this little video, he lays down the smack on a few of this summer’s blockbusters.

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Rain of Madness

I am not here to talk about the controversy, I am here to bring you more funny videos from the faux documentary within the faux production of the real movie that is Tropic Thunder.

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The Love Guru

Before we can allow you to see a movie about a Hindu sex guru played by Mike Myers, we must show you something equally as intriguing. At least, we were intrigued…

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Tropic Thunder, starring Ben Stiller, Kung Fu Panda and Iron Man

Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. scuffle over Tropic Thunder. And the two best things about this… 1) Jack Black doesn’t scat at all, and 2) they don’t even mention The Love Guru.

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The Wackness

Luke Shapiro, the lead character, must have me in his 5 or something, because we are definitely homeboys. In fact, he sent me over this wicked dope video just this morning.

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Indiana Jones Posters

This little instructional video will help you if you would like to make your own Indiana Jones video. Beware though, when it comes to viral Indy vids, there is tons of competition.

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X-Files 2: I Want to Believe

Two ultra short clips of Mulder and Scully have been discovered on the web.

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MTV Movie Awards

A fan film, remake, spoofs… amateurs have been creating movies inspired by their favorite films for more than 40 years.

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Uwe Boll likes Kevin Carr

We have always suspected that there is something a little, well, off about FSR Senior Editor Kevin Carr, but we never expected this…

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What What the F*ck?

Does anyone really think these wacky little displays on YouTube are going to make someone famous? Are you telling me that Afro Ninja is going to star opposite Chuck Norris in an upcoming action flick or Laughing Baby is going to get its own TV show?

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