We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: David Lynch continues to be weird, we take a spin in Google's autonomous car, an iPhone saves a Chinese child, and a new Woody Allen trailer.
David Lynch fans, rejoice! (David Lynch haters, recoil.) Among the director's many many other hobbies is, apparently, songwriting -- and producing music videos for the songs he writes. Here is Lynch's visual interpretation of his single "Crazy Clown Time" (NSFWish), in which the director/singer more narrates than sings about a scary backyard party where lots of vomiting, mohawks lighting on fire, and topless girls occur. We don't quite get the appeal, not being big Lynch fans ourselves. Thankfully Lynch anticipated this and posted another video in which he explains the first. "It's strange because clowns were meant to really make kids happy but there's a feeling to a lot of clowns that actually produces fear." Coulrophobia or not, this isn't the childhood we remember. [via Hollywood.com]
Since the project's announcement in 2010, we've gotten bits and pieces of Google's Jetsons-esque self-driving car. Now, the company is offering the most intimate look that the technology yet in a YouTube clip. We veraciously run errands and enjoy a taco with a blind man -- a choice, we assume, meant to assuage sighted folks' guilt at eventually delegating yet another tasks to robots. [via Megan McArdle]
Mentioning "China" and "iPhone" in the same sentence usually only means bad things, but we assure you this is not the case with "Chinese Toddler Was Recused From a 40ft Well With An iPhone." Yes, go ahead and make the "there's an app for that" joke. But really, it's great bit of ingenuity to use the iPhone's camera to get visual on a scared-to-death two-year-old before having to precariously hoist him up by rope. [via The Daily What]
And finally, continuing a European tour of sorts after the well-praised Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen has a trailer out for To Rome With Love. From this glimpse, the idyllic Italian setting looks like a lovely contrast to Allen's usual neurosis on full display here. It's impossible to even ballpark where this latest piece falls in the pantheon of Woody Allen films from Annie Hall to his much more terrible films, but Rome has a great cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Penélope Cruz, and Roberto Benigni (for an authentic Italian flavor), so we're hopeful.