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18.02.2013

In this weekly column, filmmaker Danish Aslam will be your purveyor of the finest quality random facts, useless trivia and other esoterica from the world wide web. He lives mostly behind a keyboard and may or may not be a wizened old green man who speaks in grammatically incorrect aphorisms. You can find more on his home page http://pictually.me/dontpanic.

Best Of Web

No, that's not a typo. That's the name of the series of viral videos that Luc Bergeron aka Zapatou have compiled. For the fourth time now. This latest installment is, like the others before it, a mashup of the best videos over the last few months. Most of this edition focuses on extreme sports in some form (although there's a little bit of everything) and, sadly, not all are real. But after the 4th helmet-cam shot of a person jumping off a building, you're too riveted to care. Ten minutes of your life that you will not regret.

A Brief History Of Male Actors Who Got Scary Skinny For A Movie Role

Daniel Day-Lewis isn't the only method actor who can undergo terrible physical transformations for a role. He may be the person who's done some batshit crazy stuff the most number of times, but at least as far as weight loss goes, there have been some memorable (and scary) attempts at method acting by a whole host of men. BuzzFeed has a compiled a fascinating list of male actors who got thin for a role that shows you the lengths that some people can go to get into the skin (pun…well, intended) of a role. My personal favourite: Christian Bale in The Machinist. That is some scary shit.

You Had One Job!

How many times have you felt like yelling at someone's cockup with the words: "You had one job!" Now you can share your pain with the world thanks to a website, http://hadonejob.com that showcases some of the best examples (excellent ironic usage) of ridiculous mistakes made by people. Warning: excessive viewing of this site may cause an epidemic of face palms. Great to make yourself feel superior to the majority of the human race though.

10 More Bets You Can't Lose

There seems to be a surfeit of videos that need to be shared today, so I'm just going to club them all together. You might want to clear your schedule for the next few minutes. First up, Richard Wiseman is back with yet another compilation of party tricks that will make you popular, amp up your sex appeal etc. etc. You remember the last one, right? This is more of the same, and this time there are some that make me wish I could also see the reactions of the people that they're being done to.

And now, for all the romantics in our audience tonight, a compilation of the 10 Most Romantic Wedding Proposal Videos.

Grand Theft Auto In Real Life

For all you Grand Theft Auto fans awaiting #5 anxiously, here's something that should help tide you over. This short film directed by Gevorg Karensky uses live action and CG to create a GTA-like experience that pretty much fulfils all the "I-wish-I-could-do-this-in-real-life" thoughts you might have had while playing the game. That, and it's a pretty cool story.

Yet Another Time-Lapse Video

Another time-lapse video? Seriously? That's what I thought too before clicking on this link. But all your YouTube fatigue is going to vanish when you see Andy Blalock's 'hyper-lapse' creation. Shot in Phnom Penh and using all kinds of fancy cuts along with a raging dubstep soundtrack, this video may possibly be one of the best examples of how to reinvent a tired genre that I've seen in a long time.

The 10 Most Romantic Wedding Proposal Videos

And now, for all the romantics in our audience tonight, a compilation of the 10 Most Romantic Wedding Proposal Videos. This is the kind of stuff that makes women go, "Why the hell couldn't you do this for me?” and makes men want to find the person responsible for this and kick him where it hurts. In their defence, Mashable is a pretty cool website and I don't think anybody there deserves corporal punishment in any form. Me? I'm just the messenger.

The Making Of Pulp Fiction

And finally, an article (not a video) by Mark Seal in Vanity Fair about the making of one of the most iconic movies of our generation: Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. An in-depth look into the process that created this cult classic by one of the best sites for longreads today. Do you really need any more of an introduction?

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