Breaking the 4th Wall Movie Supercut (by Leigh Singer)

A compilation of scenes and moments from films that all “break the fourth wall” - that is, acknowledge (usually directly to the camera, and therefore the audience) that they’re part of a movie.

A friend and I were just talking about this "break the fourth wall" when discussing the Netflix hit series, House of Cards. I thoroughly enjoy Kevin Spacey talking directly to me.

That wave of serialized fiction was the product of particular historical forces, among them rising literacy rates, industrial advances in printing, and periodicals’ need to sustain reader interest over time. But it was the product of something else, too, something less technologically contingent and more human: the anticipatory pleasure that can come from the simple act of waiting.

We explored this a bit during my tenure at The Times (ie: One in 8 Million, A Year at War)

The Internet, with its ability to give us any content we want, any second we want it, ought to have made waiting for entertainment obsolete. But that same Internet is also reviving serial storytelling.

And we need to do more.

… suggesting once more that, whatever flexibility technology allows, we still prefer to consume our stories as a group.

Appointment viewing with your social web. This reminds me. I wonder if there’s a web service (or Hulu, just do this) that informs me which in my social web is caught up with the episode I just finished so I can “chat” with them. More than once, I’ve heard from friends and colleagues to “don’t say anything! I’m not caught up!”

The Walking Dead

I find AMC’s The Walking Dead to be a real good series. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart and I’m certain I will never “turn” my wife (who finds anything zombie related “absolutely ridiculous”). I finally finished season two and I’ve enjoyed every episode.

But it really wasn’t until the two episodes: “Judge, Jury, Executioner" (S2:Episode 11) and "Better Angels" (Season 2 : Episode 12) did it turn to great television at the level of Breaking Bad and Mad Men (both also from AMC).

I have been infected.

“… the more that you can get both these pistons working, you can create a world where people are experiencing the show at 11… others are experiencing it on their DVR a few days later, others are experiencing it in little pieces… on some site that they like.” Eventually, the symbiotic relationship builds familiarity, and helps drive more people to watch Conan live.

This man gets it.


But my Commodore 64 is mobile now, like yours, and the modems are invisible, and the internet is the air all around us.

I’m constantly blown away with where we came from and where we are today. Before the C64, I was programming on a Commodore Pet.

I sure too hope that Season 4 of Community doesn’t tank. Season 3 was off the charts hilarious.



A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community, with two seasoned fellows that I’m sure are quite nice - actually, I have it on good authority they’re quite nice, because…

Wishlist: A Newsstand for Video Content Publishers

We don’t have a TV. Seriously, I’m not saying that to sound hip. We cut the cable when we moved to New York City 5 years ago mainly to trim our monthly overhead. I moved from California without bringing my flat-screen TV (which wasn’t going to fit in my New York City apartment anyway). But we decided not to subscribe to cable television. We were going to stick with the web. And we don’t miss a thing. Well, OK… maybe I miss my 50-inch.

But since that time, significant strides have been made in video distribution: Hulu, Netflix’s Watch Instantly, iTunes Store’s TV Shows & Movies. Then iOS launches. I often wear bluetooth earbuds (Jaybird Freedom) when consuming most audio and/or video content on my iPhone and iPad. I build playlists on Vimeo & YouTube (Watch Later) via my social network (Fav on Twitter mostly). And then watch them with Denso at appropriate times (ie: lean back, while doing chores, at the gym). And, of course, there’s an array of video publisher content. TED is one of my favorites. The new Smithsonian Channel app is impressive too (see image below). All this to say that we are not short in excellent video content to be consumed on a computer, tablets and smart phones. We lack a way to organize it all.

Hence, my wishlist for a Newsstand for Video Content Publishers and Platforms (Vimeo & YouTube). But beyond a place to purchase/rent video content, but a one-stop shop for discovery, curation, consumption and share. And what if we can create and organize our own personal channel based on our own discovery (ie: Interactive Narratives Channel). Denso just launched this channel on their platform to allow for easier consumption. Maybe that could be a part of iTV from Apple.
Or maybe Hulu can support a bookmarklet called “Add to Queue.” That action will then put it on my Hulu Plus Queue.

Imagine watching a baseball game on a TV where ESPN is a smart app, not a dumb channel. When you’re watching a game, you could tell the TV to show you the career statistics for the current batter.

Smart. And if this is the direction for the future of television consumption, I’d target my subscription to only two true content providers: AMC (Breaking Bad, Mad Men & The Killing) and HBO. But the current set up of HBO Go won’t work for me. I already pay for access, I don’t want to pay additional for a package that is 95% crap.