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In praise of the sci-fi corridor
A lovely appraisal of classic 1970s SF set design
sets  sf  scifi  movies  corridors 
january 2019 by jm
On the association between adolescent well-being and digital technology use
Lies, damn lies, and statistics. 'if we believe screens are destroying a generation [of kids] that would mean that so are potatoes, having asthma, not drinking milk, going to movies, music, religion, being tall, biking, and wearing glasses' [...]

'The take home from this new study is the evidence that smart phones are destroying a generation is not any stronger than potatoes and eyeglasses are destroying a generation. The moral panic surrounding the fear of screens is simply not supported by good science.'
potatoes  funny  glasses  asthma  milk  movies  music  religion  cycling  screens  screentime  kids  teenagers  wellbeing  mental-health 
january 2019 by jm
Nosferatu is only viewable today due to piracy
'In 1922 a German court ordered all prints and negatives of Nosferatu destroyed following a copyright dispute with the widow of Bram Stoker. The film only exists today because of piracy. One copy survived and somehow found it's way to America, where Dracula was already in the public domain. That's it. That's the only reason you've ever seen the granddaddy of all horror movies.'
dracula  bram-stoker  nosferatu  piracy  licensing  movies  history 
august 2018 by jm
This Future Looks Familiar: Watching Blade Runner in 2017
I told a lot of people that I was going to watch Blade Runner for the first time, because I know that people have opinions about Blade Runner. All of them gave me a few watery opinions to keep in mind going in—nothing that would spoil me, but things that would help me understand what they assured me would be a Very Strange Film.
None of them told me the right things, though.
culture  movies  film  blade-runner  politics  slavery  replicants 
october 2017 by jm
European Commission study finds no link between piracy and lower sales of digital content
According to the report, an average of 51% of adults and 72% of minors in the EU have pirated digital content, with Poland and Spain averaging the highest rates of all countries surveyed. Nevertheless, displacement rates (the impact of piracy on legitimate sales) were found to be negligible or non-existent for music, books and games, while rates for films and TV were in line with previous digital piracy studies.

Most interesting is the fact that the study found that illegal game downloads actually lead to an increase in legal purchases. The report concludes that tactics like video game microtransactions are proving effective in converting illegal users to paying users.

The full report goes in-depth regarding potential factors influencing piracy and the challenges of accurately tracking its impact on legitimate sales, but the researchers ultimately conclude that there is no robust statistical evidence that illegal downloads reduce legal sales. That's big news, which makes it all the more troubling that the EU effectively buried it for two years.
piracy  eu  studies  downloads  ec  games  movies  books  content 
september 2017 by jm
a list of all the nuclear war scenarios stored in the W.O.P.R. computer
For fans of the movie WARGAMES: a list of all the nuclear war scenarios stored in the W.O.P.R. computer. (self.movies)

(via burritojustice)
via:burritojustice  wargames  movies  wopr  global-thermonuclear-war  wwiii 
august 2017 by jm
AI Movie Posters -
Neural-network generative movie posters. "What would you do to gave you?"
fun  generators  neural-networks  funny  movies  posters 
july 2017 by jm
To Cite or to Steal? When a Scholarly Project Turns Up in a Gallery
What I was seeing was an announcement for a show by Jason Shulman at Cob Gallery called Photographs of Films. The press and interviews collected on the gallery’s website lauded a conceptual beauty and rigor in his work, but the only thing I could see was a rip-off. “Email for price list.” These images were unmistakably similar to the distinctive work I had been producing for years, and it was not long before friends started writing to let me know.
copyright  art  aggregation  averaging  images  movies  rip-offs  jason-shulman  jason-salavon  kevin-l-ferguson 
may 2017 by jm
Tarkovsky Films Free Online
Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker -- all viewable for free on YouTube thanks to Mosfilm. quality not great though....
film  movies  art  video  youtube  mosfilm  tarkovsky 
november 2016 by jm
Guillermo Del Toro's Tweetstorm About John Carpenter
'Regarding [John] Carpenter: We all talk about inequalities in film. We can add a huge one: Genre inequality. Horror will always be punk rock!'
horror  punk  john-carpenter  movies  film  guillermo-del-toro 
may 2016 by jm
Typeset In The Future: Alien
Amazing deep dive into the graphic design of 1980s sci-fi classic, Alien, in particular Ron Cobb's_Semiotic Standard For All Commercial Trans-Stellar Utility Lifter And Heavy Element Transport Spacecraft_ and its application aboard the Weylan-Yutani Nostromo
fonts  typography  movies  cinema  alien  sf  history  1980s  ron-cobb  graphic-design 
april 2016 by jm
Cronenberg Valentines
Valentine's Day cards for you and yours, from one of cinema's true visionaries. How do you communicate the depth of your desire? Say it with Cronenberg Valentines.
david-cronenberg  horror  gross  naked-lunch  movies  valentines-day  funny 
february 2016 by jm
Netflix Global Search
handy -- search Netflix in all regions, then show where the show/movie is available. Probably going to be less handy from now on now that Netflix is blocking region-spoofing
movies  video  netflix  films  tv  world 
january 2016 by jm
Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy
Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End are a trilogy. I had no idea! (via David Malone)
movies  edgar-wright  via:dwmalone  funny  film  cornetto 
august 2015 by jm
Redditor runs the secret Python code in Ex Machina
and finds:
when you run with python2.7 you get the following:
ISBN = 9780199226559
Which is Embodiment and the inner life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds. and so now I have a lot more respect for the Director.
python  movies  ex-machina  cool  books  easter-eggs 
may 2015 by jm
Smash the Engine
Jacobin Magazine on the revolutionary political allegory in "Snowpiercer":

'If Snowpiercer had merely told the tale of an oppressed working class rising up to seize power from an evil overlord, it would already have been an improvement over most of the political messages in mainstream cinema. There are all sorts of nice touches in its portrayal of a declining capitalism that can maintain its ideological legitimacy even when it literally has no more bullets in its guns. But the story Bong tells goes beyond that. It’s about the limitations of a revolution which merely takes over the existing social machinery rather than attempting to transcend it. '
dystopia  revolution  snowpiercer  movies  marxism  sf  politics 
january 2015 by jm
To demonstrate that hackers have no interest in suppressing speech, quashing controversy, or being intimidated by vague threats, we ask that Sony allow the hacker community to distribute "The Interview" for them on the 25th of December. Now, we're aware that Sony may refer to this distribution method as piracy, but in this particular case, it may well prove to be the salvation of the motion picture industry. By freely offering the film online, millions of people will get to see it and decide for themselves if it has any redeeming qualities whatsoever - as opposed to nobody seeing it and the studios writing it off as a total loss. Theaters would be free from panic as our servers would become the target of any future vague threats (and we believe Hollywood will be most impressed with how resilient peer-to-peer distribution can be in the face of attacks). Most importantly, we would be defying intimidation, something the motion picture industry doesn't quite have a handle on, which is surprising considering how much they've relied upon it in the past.
2600  funny  hackers  security  sony  north-korea  the-interview  movies  piracy 
december 2014 by jm
Lost avant-garde painting found in Stuart Little’s living room
Two years later, he heard from Lisa S., an assistant set designer on [the movie] Stuart Little. She had bought the painting for $500 from an antiques store in Pasadena specifically for the movie because she thought its cool elegance was perfectly suited for the Little’s New York City apartment. Lisa S. had tracked it down in another warehouse and purchased it from Sony just because she liked it so much. When she contacted Barki, she had no idea of the history of the painting hanging on her bedroom wall.

After Barki visited the painting in person and confirmed its identity, Lisa sold it to a private collector. That collector has now been persuaded to sell it in Hungary. It will go up for auction at the Virag Judit Art Gallery in Budapest on December 13th with a starting price of 110,000 euros ($160,000). Gergely Barki won’t make a dime off of his discovery, but he will have a great story to tell in his biography of the artist.
stuart-little  art  history  hungary  pasadena  movies  set-design  antiques  robert-bereny  post-impressionism 
december 2014 by jm
Marcus Ramberg says: 'If you have a chromecast and you’re not using castnow, I don’t know what is wrong with you.'
chromecast  castnow  media  movies  tv  video 
november 2014 by jm
"Gold" 4-star review from the Irish Times
Niall Heery belatedly follows up Small Engine Repair, his 2006 mumblecore critical hit, with a slightly less off-centre comedy that makes imaginative use of a smashing cast. The story skirts tragedy on its leisurely passage from mishap to misadventure, but Gold remains the sort of picture you want to hug indulgently to a welcoming bosom. It gives humanism a good name.

Go Niall! it's a great movie, go see it
gold  movies  friends  reviews  irish-times  indie 
october 2014 by jm
Texas Judge References 'The Big Lebowski'
"The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is similarly suspicious of prior restraints," wrote Justice Lehrmann in the decision highlighting a cornerstone that has "been reaffirmed time and again by the Supreme Court, this Court, Texas courts of appeals, legal treatises, and even popular culture." That last reference to popular culture contained an interesting footnote citing none other than Walter Sobchak, a character in ['The Big Lebowski'].
lebowski  movies  coen-brothers  prior-restraint  law  supreme-court  walter-sobchak  funny 
september 2014 by jm
Tron: Legacy Encom Boardroom Visualization
this is great. lovely, silly, HTML5 dataviz, with lots of spinning globes and wobbling sines on a black background
demo  github  wikipedia  dataviz  visualisation  mapping  globes  rob-scanlan  graphics  html5  animation  tron-legacy  tron  movies 
may 2014 by jm
"Toy Story 2" was almost entirely deleted by accident at one point
A stray "rm -rf" on the main network share managed to wipe out 90% of the movie's assets, and the backups were corrupt. Horrific backups war story
movies  ops  backups  pixar  recovery  accidents  rm-rf  delete 
october 2013 by jm
Totoro Isn't All Cute. For Some, He's the God of Death.
"Everyone, do not worry," read the Studio Ghibli statement. "There's absolutely no truth or configuration that Totoro is the God of Death or that Mei is dead in My Neighbor Totoro."
totoro  studio-ghibli  death  morbid  japan  film  movies  urban-legends  alternate  plot 
august 2013 by jm
RA Forum: Button Factory - August 14th Simonetti (Goblin) Horror Project
LIVE - for the first time ever in Ireland, Claudio Simonetti (Goblin) & band will perform the classics of horror movie scores by seminal Italian progressive rock band Goblin, Simonetti himself and possibly one or two curve-balls ! Horror rock maestro Claudio Simonetti will fulfill fans’ dreams and nightmares as the band perform the notably eerie soundtracks from Suspriria, Tenebre, Dawn of the Dead, Creepers, Demons and more! This epic show will also feature an intense A/V screening element featuring the electric scenes from some of these revered classics of horror and giallo.
goblin  bands  music  horror  movies  claudio-simonetti 
august 2013 by jm
Hollywood Studios [attempt to censor] Pirate Bay Documentary
Probably not deliberate, but pretty damn inept.
Over the past weeks several movie studios have been trying to suppress the availability of TPB-AFK [the Pirate Bay documentary] by asking Google to remove links to the documentary from its search engine. The links are carefully hidden in standard DMCA takedown notices for popular movies and TV-shows.

The silent attacks come from multiple Hollywood sources including Viacom, Paramount, Fox and Lionsgate and are being sent out by multiple anti-piracy outfits. Fox, with help from six-strikes monitoring company Dtecnet, asked Google to remove a link to TPB-AFK on Mechodownload. Paramount did the same with a link on the forums. Viacom sent at least two takedown requests targeting links to the Pirate Bay documentary on Mrworldpremiere and Rapidmoviez. Finally, Lionsgate jumped in by asking Google to remove a copy of TPB-AFK from a popular Pirate Bay proxy.
funny  inept  hollywood  lionsgate  fox  viacom  paramount  dtecnet  tpb-afk  piratebay  piracy  copyright  movies  google 
may 2013 by jm
Film4 Presents A Season Of Studio Ghibli Classics
hooray! Plenty of dubs, too, which is handy when you have little kids like mine ;)
studio-ghibli  film4  movies  anime  animation  to-watch  tv 
march 2013 by jm
Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann - Filming in Ireland - Made in Ireland
nice work IFB! A great locations map from recent movies filmed (entirely or partially) in Ireland, showing where they were shot, what location they stood in for, and with screengrabs and clips
ifb  ireland  movies  locations 
february 2012 by jm
Why should we stop online piracy? - opinion - 19 January 2012 - New Scientist
'There's no evidence that the US is currently suffering from an excessive amount of online piracy, and there is ample reason to believe that a non-zero level of copyright infringement is socially beneficial. Online piracy is like fouling in basketball. You want to penalise it to prevent it from getting out of control, but any effort to actually eliminate it would be a cure much worse than the disease.' Good description of 'dead weight loss' and the consumer pressure on the industry that illegal competition poses
piracy  new-scientist  slate  sopa  filesharing  dead-weight-loss  economics  music  movies 
january 2012 by jm
Teal and Orange - Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness
'the insidious practice of color-grading every movie with a simplified, distilled palette of teal and orange', thanks to digital post-production (via Eoin)
via:eoin  color  design  film  movies  palette  graphics  hollywood  teal  orange 
september 2011 by jm
IMDb: Best Titles With At Least 5,000 Votes
across all media -- TV series, movies, *and* video games. fascinating (and can of course drill down to a specific type)
tv-series  movies  rating  imdb  gaming  ranks  top-10  lists 
august 2011 by jm
Arthur Recreates Scenes from Classic Movies
bored on maternity leave, this is what happens (via Niamh)
movies  babies  funny  via:niamh 
july 2011 by jm
Lady On The Rock by Jessie Ward [YouTube]
A Dublin mystery solved! those white plaster statues that covered Dublin, appearing in almost every council house window, explained
lady-on-the-rock  statue  dublin  ireland  video  movies  short-films  documentary  youtube  memes  plaster  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
A new quiz puzzle game: Movie Triangles
cool web-based, wikipedia-driven game from Jim Blackler; test your movie knowledge
games  puzzles  quiz  movies  wikipedia  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
The 2011 Cricket World Cup: A Documentary
my mate Sush is looking to fund 'a documentary set in India during the World Cup of Cricket in 2011 about Indian cricket fans and their personal stories.' Looks great -- might blog about this a bit more...
sush  movies  kickstarter  funding  documentaries  cricket  india  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
IMRO propose massive increase in indie cinema fees
what are they up to? '1 per cent levy on the gross box-office takings of every cinema in the country ... Smaller cinema operators who attended a meeting ... said the proposal amounted in some cases to a five to sevenfold increase on their existing royalties payments.'
imro  wtf  cinema  movies  ireland  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
MPlayer CE - WiiBrew
'a homebrew media player for the Nintendo Wii. It was initially created as a fork of Team Twiizers' port of MPlayer, combining elements of MPlayerWii, GeeXboX and other great homebrew contributions.' recommended by conoro
via:conoro  mplayer  video  wii  homebrew  movies  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
List of homebrew applications - WiiBrew
woo, interesting stuff on the Wii homebrew scene! MPlayer CE is apparently quite promising
mplayer  homebrew  wii  mod  video  movies  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Two Gentlemen of Lebowski
nicely done; Lebowski a la Shakespeare (via Waxy)
via:waxy  shakespeare  writing  humor  lebowski  movies  parody  funny  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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