Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 National Film Registry

25 films from the 2200 titles nominated have been added to the National Film Registry for 2011.

A Computer Animated Hand created by Ed Catmull (one of the founders of Pixar) and Fred Parke is among the inductees. This fascinating short is one of the first (as many believe, from 1972) to feature digital 3D computer graphics. Check it out at Nerd Plus Art (pretty cool blog too).

Other films include Bambi (a Disney classic that many can attribute to their mother and/or abandonment issues), Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi (which heralded a next wave of indie directors and shoe-string budgets), John Cassavetes’ Faces (conformity shattered, Gena Rowlands is devastating) and Frank Capra’s The Negro Soldier (a 1944 film to promote racial tolerance).

Check out the full list at deadline.com.

Maybe next year Bambi meets Godzilla will be nominated:

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How Will Social Media Impact A Solo Trip Across the Antarctic?

Writer/adventurer/explorer Felicity Aston is embarking on a very special journey that could make her the first woman to ever travel the Antarctic alone. She will, however, be bringing along something that throws that whole “alone” thing into question: social media. Her trip is being sponsored by Kaspersky, an anti-virus software company that will be furnishing the tech-filled journey that will allow Aston to Tweet, answer questions, make videos, and … basically bring everyone with her while she travels solo. But is it still solo?

Continue reading at…The Mary Sue

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Thought – Quitting is for Quitters.

For whatever reason this week on the Facebook, it seemed as though everyone was sharing and commenting on the wall poster of a quote by Ira Glass (of This American Life and other goodies) for beginners and non-beginners alike:

I found it fascinating that this quote seemed to resonate with so many different types of people from all walks of life. This is of course based on my completely unscientific study of a horribly compromised selection of the Facebook walls I decided to view. This misguided sampling included filmmakers, comicbook artists & writers, stay at home and/or working moms and/or dads, comics, electrical engineers, neuroscientists, biologists, hedgefund managers and natural born layabouts. I have an eclectic group of friends/frenemies. I even scoped out the walls and twitter feeds of people I don’t know. Did I just out myself as an information stalker?  Anyhoo, the data revealed…

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Time Suck Alert! Flowchart of SciFi & Fantasy books.

Some people love lists, some people hate them. I happen to dig them. So when NPR put together their list…well, actually their listeners’ picks of the top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, I was ready to hunker down and plow through them like a ninja on an attack.

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Time Suck Alert! Know your meats.

Behold and revel in its awesomeness. (click to enlarge)

via Pleated Jeans

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Buy It! The Smiths Comic Stories

I came of age in the 80′s and was heavily influenced by The Smiths and Morrissey. Their lyrics shake up your heart, break it into pieces and then give you the strength to rise up, pick up those same pieces and put it all back together again. Delicate chords in combination with driving baselines makes your body move in ways you maybe didn’t know was even possible.  This is the kind of music that cuts across gender, age and ethnicity (the doc Is It Really So Strange touches on this) and holds up today in a myriad of ways that puts most bands to shame.

So the news that Shawn Demumbrum of SpazDog Press is planning to take has taken the songs of The Smiths and created Unite and Take Over: Comic Stories Inspired by the Smiths is intriguing.

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Cannot Wait! 1979 the Game

Navid Khonsari, cinematic director of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto and iNK Stories’ Alan Wakeis in development with 1979. (The year, not the song by the Smashing Pumpkins.)

Quite a year indeed.  Jimmy Carter was POTUS, amazing films were in release (Alien, Apocalypse Now, The Warriors, Mad Max, Life of Brian), musical dreams were being born (Beastie Boys, The Replacements, Lipps Inc, Spandau Ballet), and a guy with unflappable hair named Ted Koppel got his very own news show on latenight TV. Why? Because at the height of the Iranian Revolution the dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown, a fundamentalist Islamic state was installed, then 52 Americans were taken hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. And this is where the game begins.

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Rent/Buy It – Bellflower

Originally I wanted to see Bellflower for two reasons: flame throwing cars and the homage to one of my favorite films, Mad Max (George Miller I will always less than 3 you). Well I got those mixed in with an emotionally stunning and devastating story of heartbreak and finding a way to give a damn about one’s own culpability. Oh and did I mention flame throwers?

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Science! Seth MacFarlane and Carl Sagan together at last!

Seth MacFarlane is bringing Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage back to television. And Neil deGrasse Tyson hosting? I am so in. Okay so it’s Fox and there’s a wee bit of trouble in the Fox house and their news channel is not quite known for being a fan of the sciences, but this is about Seth and Carl Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan:  “In September 2010, MacFarlane and Druyan appeared together on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher where they shared their concern about the growing anti-science sentiment in American society, something Druyan attributed to “the failure of public education,” which has “compartmentalized science to 20-40 boring minutes a week, maybe taught by a gym teacher.”

Bring on 2013! Yay science!

For more on this…deadline.com

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