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10 videos worth re-watching from 2012

Posted by Derek Flack / December 19, 2012

Rob Ford Falling VideoFrom the funny to the frightful, here are 10 videos from 2012 worth watching all over again

It's end of year review time, and what better way to start to wrap up 2012 than by watching Rob Ford fall, Batman scare people, and talking dogs protest the plastic bag ban? It wasn't necessarily a banner year for viral videos from Toronto, but there's good entertainment to be had from the selection below, which also includes some stunning timelapse sequences of the city. Enjoy! And let us know of any we missed so that we can add them to the post.

Rob Ford hits the astroturf
When people fall down it's often funny. Perhaps it shouldn't be, perhaps we should collectively express sympathy (even empathy) at the site of someone taking an embarrassing tumble, but, come on, it's almost impossible to do so. And when the subject in question is Rob Ford — hitting the deck while showing off his putative football prowess — well then you have the recipe for a so-called viral video.

Rob Ford says "subways" for 10 minutes
Subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways, subways. Rob Ford likes subways. But he hasn't got them yet.

City Rising and Planet Toronto (timelapses)
2012 saw its fair share of timelapse sequences featuring Toronto, but two stood heads and tails above the rest in terms of pure visual stimulation, Tom Ryaboi's "City Rising" and Ryan Emond's "Planet Toronto," the latter of which was shot for Toronto Tourism. Both videos feature gorgeous sequences of the city from atop our tallest buildings, but it's the little details (people milling about in their apartments, changing weather systems, etc.) that make them both more than the sum of their parts.

Toronto Batman
Yes, the whole schtick got a bit stale after the first video, but the sight of "Batman" riding the subway, scaring people and shouting "where are they?" was worth more than a few laughs the first time around. The lesson: quit while you're ahead — something that the caped crusader has always struggled with.

What happens after dark at TYPE Books
Who thought that after hours could be so interesting at a bookstore? Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp's stop-motion sequence turns TYPE books into a veritable playground, and offers a subtle reminder that even if the author is dead, the text certainly is not.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Pearson
Flight delays suck, especially when you're stuck on the tarmac. That is unless the Lemon Bucket Orkestra happens to be on your plane bearing their instruments. In flight entertainment, indeed.

Pho fight!
Things fall apart. Especially on Halloween after all the drinks. No one's going to win any medals for representing the human race in this impromptu brawl at a pho restaurant, but it's hard not to watch the whole thing unfold. Oh, and the tough guy throwing plates was eventually arrested.

Dogs help to reverse the plastic bag ban
Dogs. Dogma. This one probably doesn't make the list if it wasn't for the fact that the bag ban was reversed. Canine power — believe in it, guys.

Jeff Harris's 14+ year photo project
This video slipped under the radar a bit, but it's a fascinating documentation of what Toronto-based photographer Jeff Harris has been up to for now almost 15 years. Beautiful images and a compelling story, this one is not to be missed.

Discussion

9 Comments

Steven / December 19, 2012 at 02:52 pm
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Rob Ford slipped and fell on the grass because he was wearing shoes with no threads. Players use cleats for traction.

The other material posted are worth your time to view too.

Good job.
Akshay replying to a comment from Steven / December 19, 2012 at 03:09 pm
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Or maybe he fell because hes a fat abomination of a human being, barely able to trundle around like a penguin. He was taking a few steps back, not running a post route after a double move.
Pk replying to a comment from Akshay / December 19, 2012 at 03:20 pm
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I'm going with Akshay's explanation. Makes more sense.
BOW WOW / December 19, 2012 at 03:22 pm
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Needs more World Star Hip Hop carnage i.e. the homeless person being urinated on on Yonge Street. That is the real Toronto.
Dave / December 19, 2012 at 03:23 pm
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That Rob Ford video is hilarious..what a tool.

I know you cant please everyone, but I think that video of the lady that went apeshit on the Go Train should have made this list....or an honourable mention!
Ryan / December 19, 2012 at 03:47 pm
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How about the Ikea monkey video of it brushing its teeth?
Robert / December 19, 2012 at 05:38 pm
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Is there video of Rob Ford tripping off the scales at his last weigh in?
Ace McNugget replying to a comment from Akshay / December 19, 2012 at 05:58 pm
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woah, good job on being a douchebag ashkay.
Julie Georgeous / December 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm
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OK enough with the Lemon Bucket Orchestra already... I mean they had their time... They showed the funk! but we been there, we done that... fun while it lasted...

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