March 24: Avant-Garde DVD set

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Posted by 366 White Elephants at 1:46 PM
Given to Tushar from Jay.

Let's get a basic definition of 'avant-garde' out of way: it's a term that refers to works that are innovative or experimental in the areas of art, politics and culture.

Over the last day I educated myself on some of the avant-guard movements.  Now, you may be at a dinner party and some of these terms come up, so listed below are a few examples and their definitions so you don't wind up empty-handed and can jump in the conversation with some knowledge.

-Angry Penguins: The working title has been Happy Feet 3, but was changed when Christopher Nolan took over the franchise.  Look for the premiere sometime in August 2014.
-Cinema pur: Metro Goldwyn Mayer for years has been pressured to remove its trademark lion from their logo.  The company finally does so and replaces it with a Devon Rex variety of cat.
-Epic theater: the 2012 Republican candidates for President
-Neoism: a cult of Keanu Reeves followers; The Matrix: Reloaded is looped 24 hours a day
-Prakalpana Movement: Occupy Wall Street needed a makeover in their branding; this one seemed to fit

-Profession: Hotel General Manager

-Favorite card game: King's Cup

-% of people who steal towels?: About 15%

-What's your reason why people steal them?:  Maybe they need them.  But hotels won't charge because they want the repeat business and it turns out to be more of a hassle.

-You're the ninth bearded gift exchanger.  Are you jolly?:  I am jolly, but I'm shaving the beard off tomorrow.  And I will still be jolly tomorrow without the beard.