These are the final images of each season 3 episode of Moral Orel, also including the final image of season 2’s “Nature”, which kicked off the following season’s whole arc. - Part One
Season 3 of Moral Orel turned the Adult Swim show (originally a darkly comedic and satirical sitcom taking the claymation style of Davey and Goliath, spinning those religious morality play roots into insanity) into a sprawling, non-linear, multi-perspective narrative full of strong character development and a penchant to get dark and sad without hesitation (fun fact, one episode was written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.) Still dark and hilarious, but in a more thoughtful and challenging way, the show was cancelled after its 4th episode, entitled Alone, was deemed so depressing and non-fitting with the Adult Swim brand.
Starting with the final episodes of season 2, a 2-parter entitled Nature, Moral Orel turned into a fascinating beast that is highly admirable for trying to do something memorable and special with its 11-minute format. The animation style ramped up into full-on cinematic impressiveness (one great example is a drunken, first person staggering through a depressing scenario while “No Children” by The Mountain Goats plays violently into the day in the season 3 premiere episode entitled Numb), complimenting the witty yet non-passive narratives and arc-based writing. The show was cut short of 6 more episodes, which would’ve fleshed out the Moral Orel story so much to its other characters that it would’ve been renamed “Moralton”, which would’ve made the whole town in which the show takes place the main focus.
And yet, the Moral Orel legacy ended quietly, and yet with a slightly open door. In 2012, a 30 minute long special episode, a prequel to the entire series entitled Beforel Orel - Trust, was released and continued the show’s streak of brilliant and careful comedy writing, as well as delving deeper into the world of the characters’ past, seeing how things got so messed up in the first place for our beloved little Orel. Showrunner Dino Stamatopoulos never officially put the nail in the coffin for the show, but Adult Swim and other factors haven’t been kind in letting him bring back the world of Moralton in full effect. Perhaps some day we’ll get to see Orel struggle to grow older in a world full of unhappiness and strife, where we’ll laugh and cry in equal stride.
To watch Moral Orel, head to the Adult Swim page.
Part Two of the Photoset.
-Intern Rocky for The Final Image
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Hannah Arendt | 2012 | dir. Margarethe von Trotta
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Top ten directors and their best films to date:
Here are ten unbelievable films by arguably the greatest directors of our time. Keep in mind that these are in no particular order, as they were difficult to choose, among all of the other great standalone movies. The talent behind the movie camera is what makes these movies special, and what keeps me coming back time and time again.
-Intern Tom (v-has-come-to)
A Clockwork Orange | 1971 | dir. Stanley Kubrick
Fight Club | 1999 | dir. David Fincher
Goodfellas | 1990 | dir. Martin Scorsese
Inglourious Basterds | 2009 | dir. Quentin Tarantino
Saving Private Ryan | 1998 | dir. Steven Spielberg
The Dark Knight | 2008 | dir. Christopher Nolan
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back | 1980 | dir. Irvin Kershner
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | 1966 | dir. Sergio Leone
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King | 2003 | dir. Peter Jackson
The Shawshank Redemption | 1994 | dir. Frank Darabont
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Punchlines: The Last Laugh
These are a few films that made me geek out as a kid. My sense of humor has evolved greatly since then but still they manage to get a good laugh out of me. There were a lot of adult-ish jokes that went over my head when I was younger that I can finally laugh at now. Here are the last big laughs these films try to leave you with.
-Intern Owen (datimagery)
Tommy Boy | 1995 | dir. Peter Segal
Airplane! | 1980 | dir. Jim Abrahams / Jerry Zucker / David Zucker
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective | 1994 | dir. Tom Shadyac
Cool Runnings | 1993 | dir. Jon Turteltaub
Little Nicky | 2000 | dir. Steven Brill
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me | 1999 | dir. Jay Roach
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Guess the films: 10 from ‘77
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What to Watch! Theatrical Releases for The Week of June 20, 2014
Hello and welcome back to The Final Image’s “What to Watch: Theatrical Release Edition.” This week doesn’t have any screaming winners, but definitely some interesting titles from unique filmic voices.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark | 1981 | dir. Steven Spielberg
This classic adventure with a surprisingly high body count isn’t a classic because of its acting or even necessarily its script since, let’s be honest, neither of which are that great, but rather all thanks to Spielberg, who was able to direct bold and fun action sequences that still hold up several decades later (plus, Douglas Slocombe’s cinematography is great).
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom | 1984 | dir. Steven Spielberg
Keeping with the feel of the first film, this prequel (?) features a goofy tone mixed with some seriously violent and dark events (I mean, there’s nothing more fun than child slavery, RIGHT… right?), but that being said, the adventure of it all eventually takes over and leaves you mostly satisfied and thrilled.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade | 1989 | dir. Steven Spielberg
The original Indiana Jones trilogy has always focused on entertainment first and this film is no exception to that rule, but the reason why I personally like this film the most, though not enough to say I “love” it, is because we actually get to learn more about Indy himself, making his courageousness more rousing and his struggles more significant.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull | 2008 | dir. Steven Spielberg
I find it strange that die hard fans of the originals seem to adamantly agree that this fourth entry is much worse than the others because I think that this most recent Indy film, besides some oddly bad special effects, fits perfectly along with the others (though it is one of the weaker ones), and it entertained me enough where I would be interested in seeing more Indy flicks in the future, preferably with new blood taking over the reins.
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Hallelujah | 1929 | dir. King Vidor
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Enemy | 2013 | dir. Denis Villeneuve
Where There’s a Will There’s a Way | 2005 | dir. Ellen Lipton
Final images of the film and the film within the film — though the real final image of Enemy is the second-to-last shot, which I dare not spoil.
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Attack the Block | 2011 | dir. Joe Cornish
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Bernie | 2011 | dir. Richard Linklater
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Skyfall | 2012 | dir. Sam Mendes
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Flight | 2012 | dir. Robert Zemeckis
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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape | 1993 | dir. Lasse Hallström
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The Blob | 1958 | dir. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
This monster B-movie doesn’t deliver as much silly blob “horror” as I was hoping for, but what I actually liked about this cult film was its message about how common it is for an older generation to fail to value the intelligence of a younger generation, a way of thinking that still creates a divide amongst people of different ages today.
• 19 June 2014 • 51 notes