We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: A musical history of American presidents, a completely logical mashup of Vertigo and Jackass, and Matthew McConaughey's beloved character from Dazed & Confused makes a sad return.
The president was caught on tape singing an Al Green song, but you may be surprised to learn that Barack Obama was not our first singing president. He was not. Other commanders-in-chief have burst into song, sometimes in full public view, and sometimes in front of cameras. Time has created a video mashup of some of these moments. Our toes were tapping, but mainly out of respect from the office. [Time]
Vertigo and Jackass both offer unique insights into human behavior. Hitchcock's film explores the power of memory, the compulsion to frame the future in the context of the past, and how hard it is to get over a woman who looks like Kim Novak. Jackass, on the other hand, focuses more on snorting wasabi and attaching rockets to things you shouldn't attach rockets to. Now, thanks the power of the mashup, you can see how the way these themes are interconnected and inform each other. That's the American character right there, or at least the self-destructive and obsessive parts. Which just so happen to be the two most interesting parts. [Movieline]
Here's the thing: Matthew McConaughey's shambling turn as Dave Wooderson in Dazed & Confused is one of the great lazy charm performances in film history. It's right there with Montgomery Clift in the first half of Red River and Jeff Bridges' Dude in The Big Lebowski. The scene where he walks through the pool hall to the sounds of "Hurricane" makes us laugh and gives us the chills, which can happen at night in central Texas, even in late May on the last day of school. Wooderson is just so, so cool. McConaughey's spent the ensuing 19 years working hard to seem that relaxed ever again. He's playing the character once again in a new video for Butch Walker and the Black Spiders. He looks leathery and puffy, which can happen after 19 years, but it's the constant mugging that really bothered us. The Dave Wooderson we know wouldn't waste a beer on this guy. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The best time lapse videos tend to involve outer space, violent weather, facial hair growth, buildings filling up, buildings emptying out, and shimmery towers made of glass and steel going up in short amount of time. We'll add disintegration to that list after seeing the clip of a bike left outside in New York to die a slow bike death for a whole year. [Red Peak via Gawker]