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Watch it: Flash Gordon (1980)

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nrvsnrg
August 27th, 2009

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1980: I’m seven years old. I’m at the movies with my family, seeing Flash Gordon. The candy-colored, art deco spectacle of it all blows my little mind; it’s even more impressive than the giant robot dinosaurs of The Empire Strikes Back. And when you’re a seven year-old boy, nothing beats giant robot dinosaurs.

1985: Visiting with my uncle in Chapel Hill, NC. We rent Flash Gordon and I’m thrilled to be able to see it again. The camp value of the homoerotic S&M imagery and rampant sexual innuendo is still pretty much over my head, but it makes my family crack up in glee. I’m embarrassed; I just think they’re laughing because my favorite movie is a pathetic mess. [ Continue Reading ]

Taken – Schindler kicks ass and makes AdamK wonder why everyone feels so helpless

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AdamK
August 27th, 2009

Taken poster 0 Taken   Schindler kicks ass and makes AdamK wonder why everyone feels so helplessWhen you think of truly great actors, you often go straight to the icons – The Bogarts, the Newmans, the Eastwoods. I’m beginning to think that the more iconic an actor is, the more overrated they are in terms of acting ability. Don’t get me wrong; a guy like Robert Redford or Jack Nicholson is obviously tremendously talented. Guys like that are often referred to as having ‘defined a generation.’ The problem with that is to define a generation, you have to embody the [ Continue Reading ]

Torontosaurus!

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kt
August 24th, 2009

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This has nothing to do with dinosaurs. But it is a super cool video of a lightning storm in Toronto. I imagine a Torontosaurus Rex would roar about as loudly as the thunder in this storm…see the video…

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Steel Life

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SomewhereBlue
August 24th, 2009

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This visually compelling short film was a master thesis project by Mathieu Gerard.  The graphic animation was designed to be purely an aesthetically stimulating visual piece of art.  See the video after the continuation.  When he showed the clip to… [ Continue Reading ]

Art in Horror Films is Harder to Find

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Amandaaah
August 20th, 2009

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With the newest installment of The Final Destination coming out (in 3D no less) I was pondering where the art in horror film making has gone to. I had to search and remind myself of the films that have made this genre what it is. Crap be damned, there are good, artful horror flicks out there, you just have to wade through the rest to find them.

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Watch It—Trust

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nrvsnrg
August 20th, 2009

trust Watch It—Trust

Trust (1991) was Hal Hartley’s second feature film and his second to feature the late Adrienne Shelly as the lead. Adrienne plays Maria, a high school student whose life is changed by both her pregnancy and the angry young man—Matthew, played by Martin Donovan—she meets soon after her family kicks her out of the house. As droll as they are sincere, Maria and Matthew try to find their way in suburban Long Island, dealing with each other’s uniquely insane parents along the way. You think your family is bad? Well, have they inspired the words, “A family is like a loaded gun: If you point it in the wrong direction, you’re going to kill somebody”? That’s Matthew talking, and a little time spent with his father makes that kind of statement sound completely rational. [ Continue Reading ]

TETRO

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gypsophila
August 14th, 2009

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Francis Ford Coppola + Vincent Gallo? COUNT ME IN. [ Continue Reading ]

Watch It: The Brood

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nrvsnrg
August 11th, 2009

the brood cindy lind Watch It: The BroodNote: Watch It will be a regular feature that highlights films—both mainstream and cult—that need to be rented, downloaded, purchased or stolen—whatever floats your boat, as long as you watch it.

David Cronenberg called The Brood his version of Kramer vs. Kramer, and the comparison is apt in that both films deal with divorce and the trauma that it wreaks upon all concerned. Cronenberg was recovering from a messy divorce himself when he wrote the script, so The Brood proves two things: 1) Art can be wonderfully, brutally cathartic, and 2) if you marry a writer/director, you better be prepared for a very unflattering depiction of yourself if things go bad.

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Pulp by Neil Krug

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HelmutAvedon
August 10th, 2009

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Pulp is a new photographic collaborative between supermodel Joni Harbeck and photographer Neil Krug. The photographs are reminiscent of 60s counter-culture, with references to the old West and mysticism. In addition to their intriguing content, [ Continue Reading ]

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