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Kinderhook: The Rise And Fall Of Martin Van Buren

Hot on the heels of my musings on the use of found footage, I’m embedding one of the funniest videos I’ve seen lately. It’s short, it’s really stupid (in a good way), and it cracks me up every time I watch it, which is probably more times than is probably healthy for my brain.

This is also the second video I’ve posted up by Andre Perkowski, who’s been uploading to YouTube like a madman recently. The first one, Squirrel Pie, was all original footage shot by Perkowski, but Kinderhook embedded above takes the 1977 Jim Kelly flick Black Samurai and turns it into the trailer for a biopic about our eighth president. I’ve never seen Black Samurai, but from what I can gather about 80% of it seems to take place in Kelly’s living room. This is dumb humor in the MST3K mold.

People, like me, who find this amusing are encouraged to check out Perkowski’s other videos. The other night I sat and watched a whole bunch in a random. I just clicked on random ones that I liked the titles of, like Groy’s Potato Wipes, The Megenheim and various Paranoia Show clips. I think the dude’s a real find.


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  • Deep Fifteen or So says:

    It is really hard to avoid an MST3K influence when you’ve got Trace Beaulieu doing voices in
    “Groy’s Potato Wipes” and that Total Recall one. Sounds like he was locked in a broom closet and forced to do comedy at gunpoint, but I hope there’s more of his hostage video performances while waiting for more CinTit dvds.

  • Oh yeah, I know Andre has worked with Trace. I don’t know who did the voice of this one and I don’t know MST3K enough to be able to pick his voice out.

  • Ontor Pertawst says:

    What a swell plug, thanks! I just added another fifteen videos – a mix of old stuff and a recent mucking about… including snippets of an old cut-up project involving Andy Warhol’s unfinished BATMAN/DRACULA film…

    PLUS – a Super-8 trailer for “DAWN OF THE MESSIAH” – Jesus is back and he needs brains.

    More odd 16mm experiments… more barely chewed improv comedy in the same pseudo-historical vein: “ABRAHAM LINCOLN: FATHER OF LIES” – some excerpts from my two really early should-be-damn-unseen-for-a-long-time features, “EL INTOXICO” and “EL CEREBRO DE HITLER”

    …and Mr. Beaulieu doing a great classroom narrator riff on suburban lethargy in “WASTE PRODUCTS: Scourge of Productivity!”

    We didn’t lock him in a broom closet. There WAS a dance troupe rehearsing next door that we had to wait for their high kicking to subside before letting rip. I was biting my lip and staring at my shoes so as not to crack up.