Karina’s Capsule: DR Adams Films

Over the past couple of months, Ryan Adams –– yes, THAT Ryan Adams –– has taken the Internet by storm. Adams’ early efforts at producing internet video earned him the predictable scorn from the predictable sources, and in February the sensitive auteur closed his YouTube account. But then, sometime in early March, Ryan Adams discovered Tumblr. His page, titled DR Adams Films and subtitled “TOTALLY BORED the Musical,” seems to have been initially intended as a showcase for Adams’ videos, which he’s now posting on Vimeo.


Don’t Comb The Leprechaun from Ryan Adams on Vimeo.

Though he’s been feverishly micro- (and sometimes macro-) blogging nearly day for the past two weeks, he’s deleted at least as many Tumblr posts as he’s left up, and in a remarkable, only-on-Tumblr phenomena, the archiving of much of Adams’ most interesting drivel has been left to the reblogging of his many Tumblr followers. So far, Adams’ video production has been the most stable aspect of his renewed online presence: though there may have been clips uploaded to Vimeo that have since been taken down that I’m not aware of, as of this writing, Adams has posted four Vimeo videos in the past four days and has shown no sign of either slowing down or deleting the existing clips in regret.

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Karina’s Capsule: Arin Crumley and Balance

Last weekend, filmmaker and digital DIY evangelist Arin Crumley went to a party in Brooklyn, where his coat, wallet, passport, bike and video recorder were stolen. Arin has built a brand around finding innovative ways to broadcast his personal issues and private frustrations directly to his audience, so it’s no surprise that, as a step towards recovering burgled items, he made a video.

But it was something of a surprise that the video –– a monologue entitled Social Checks & Balance in the Digital Karma Information Age, in which Crumley manages to talk about party etiquette, metaphysics, Colonialism and communism before essentially warning the perpetrator that s/he can either come forward, no questions asked, or else be tracked down via digital manhunt –– spawned both a spoof video and an exceedingly creepy confession, and became grist for Gawker and YouTube’s hungry commenters.

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Karina’s Capsule: Spoofing The Hills

FunnyOrDie’s spoof of The Hills, starring James Franco and Mila Kunis as Justin Bobby and Audrina, respectively, is OK, but so much of the vacuous MTV reality show is ripe for parody that it’s almost surprising it isn’t better. Maybe I’m just bothered by the fact that Kunis’ mannerisms — the faux-meaningful, wide-eyed side glances, the heavily-loaded head-nod — are more an embodiment of the monumentally self-possessed L.C. than a mimicry of ultimate empty vessel Audrina. Or maybe I’ve just seen better — I mean, there are certainly no shortage of Hills spoofs on YouTube, and many of them are a lot weirder, a lot scrappier — and thus a lot more interesting.

By my count, there have been at least two episodes of the real Hills this season alone in which Lauren confronted nemesis/former best friend Heidi with the allegation that Heidi allegedly spread rumors about an alleged sex tape that Lauren allegedly made with ex-boyfriend Jason. Confrontations like these usually amount to about four or five lines of dialogue, but the Hills producers manage to stretch them out into four or five minutes of Meaningful Stare-padded drama, which is likely why these scenes seem to be spoofed more commonly than any other. Even Gawker spoofed of one of these big fights a couple of weeks back, “starring Gawker editor Joshua David Stein [and] his mustache.”
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Karina’s Capsule: Jake & Julia

For her day job, sex columnist/Gawker punching bag/celebrity commentator Julia Allison goes on cable news shows and assesses the behavior of people like Britney Spears by offering pithy diagnoses along the lines of, “Who needs a boyfriend when you’ve got the paps?” She — or someone — records those segments by pointing a camera at the television, then uploads the recordings to Vimeo, the video-sharing site founded by Jakob Lodwick, who happens to be Allison’s sometime boyfriend. A few weeks ago, Lodwick and Allison broke up and then got back together — both via blog post. Since their reconciliation, Allison has been using the same Vimeo account to display (generally PG-rated) videos of the couple…being a couple.

I pretty much missed the boat on Allison’s rise to Internet infamy, and I was content with that. But then, last week, I saw this:


Jake & Julia: Monday evening communication breakdown from Julia Allison on Vimeo.
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