Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we find Netflix purging a bunch of good titles for a giant batch of new ones in early June (must be some sort of mid-year end-of-contract period or something), so our list is mostly — but not entirely — comprised of stuff you’ll have to get on quick, featuring stars like Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Billy Bob Thornton, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Woody Harrelson, Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder, and Sylvester Stallone. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
Venezuelan graphic designer Lumen Bigott is a big fan of inspiration blogs. He also spends a lot of time on social networks, and loves fashion. The end result? These interesting concept designs for a shoe collection that pays homage to popular websites like YouTube, Twitter, and Flickr, which we just spotted thanks to Bored Panda. “The idea was to find the most important graphic elements of my favorite social networks, and apply them to my favorite pair of shoes, trying to keeping alive the essence of each brand,” he explains. Click through to check out his work, and let us know in the comments if you think he was successful. … Read More
If you’re a fan of The Guild, variety shows, or fantasy role playing games, have we got news for you. Geek & Sundry, produced by Felicia Day, Kim Evey and Sheri Bryant, promises to be all your little nerdy heart desires in one “indie geek” YouTube channel. The channel, premiering April 2nd, will feature shows like “Written by a Kid,” where kids tell fantastical tales, and “Tabletop,” which appears to be Wil Wheaton playing board games with his friends, sounds like it could either be really fun or kind of spastic and all over the place. We have high hopes, though, considering we love almost every project that Felicia Day is involved in. Watch the charming trailer for the channel below, and let us know if you’ll be tuning in in the comments! … Read More
Hey there, film lover. How’s your January? I know, I know, not much in the way of new movies worth seeing this month, what with January being the Hollywood dumping ground and all. How’s about just staying in and streaming some Netflix? What’s that? You dropped your subscription because they raised the price by five bucks? Way to take a stand! Okay, so, go hit the Redbox. Yeah, you’re right, it’s pretty cold out. No need to bundle up and head all the way over to the Walgreens, only to go find that they’re all out of Fast Five. So what now?
Well, come to find out, your old pal YouTube has a surprisingly excellent collection of feature-length flicks streaming for the bargain price of zero dollars. I know, right? And, sure, a lot of them are junk, or the same public-domain titles that have been turning up on bargain DVDs at the Dollar Tree for years now. But there are some gems in there, and (being a service-oriented organization), we’ve sifted through their offerings to find the best of the bunch. Check ‘em out after the jump. … Read More
Always offering a slice of life, YouTube has revealed their top ten viral videos of the year. The most-watched clips include talking animals, babies, creeps, and Michael Bolton (not to be confused with “creeps”). Check out the list past the break where we try to figure out what each ranking says about us as a society. Leave your theories below. … Read More
1. Sesame Street’s YouTube channel was hacked over the weekend, and all of its content was taken down and replaced with a 7-minute hardcore porn. [via The Daily What]
2. If you’ve ever fantasized about Lady Gaga giving Bill and Hillary Clinton a Marilyn Monroe-style serenade, then it’s your lucky day. Watch a… Read More
Rhett and Link are best known for their hilarious local commercials that have earned them their own show on IFC, but these boys are just plain funny no matter what they are working on. In this video, the pair uses YouTube’s closed captioning tool to translate a video with a simple script into a pile of mush. Then they take the transcript from that video to make an even more nonsensical video. While the end result is hilarious, it also makes us feel bad for the hearing impaired people who actually have to rely on this terrible captioning tool to watch any YouTube videos. … Read More
UC Berkeley researchers, whose work was published in a study in the journal Current Biology on Thursday, have created a computer program that may allow us to view the images in another person’s brain. Using an MRI machine to record the brain signals of three subjects as they watched videos on YouTube, the team then took the recorded signals and ran them through their computer program’s database of 18-million-seconds of random YouTube clips, not including the ones the subjects had actually been watching. Their program was able to reconstruct muddy composites of the movies that the subject had been viewing from the random information they were given, to a bizarrely accurate extent, capturing movement, shape, color, even text.
“This is a major leap toward reconstructing internal imagery,” said Professor Jack Gallant, a UC Berkeley neuroscientist and coauthor of the study. “We are opening a window into the movies in our minds.” It’s true — moving images have never been captured in this way before, and this technology seems to be the first step towards getting a glimpse into the mind of a person in a coma, or being about to record and watch your own dreams — or at least a visual approximation of them. Click through to see a side-by-side video of the original footage watched by the subject and the composite the Berkeley researchers’ computer created and prepare to be amazed. … Read More
Just in case you need something to do today: Yoko Ono has posted Bed Peace, a 70-minute documentary about the famous 1969 Bed-Ins she staged with John Lennon to protest the Vietnam war, on YouTube for free viewing this weekend only. To be honest, we’re not sure why the time limit has been enforced, especially in an age when so much is available for free on the internet all the time, albeit perhaps via suspect channels. However, if you’ve got an extra hour on this rainy Sunday morning, we think this is a good opportunity to watch the film and maybe stay in bed just a little longer. Click through to read Yoko’s letter to her viewers and see the video, and be sure to let us know what you think of the film and of the stunt in general in the comments! … Read More