In 2010, an obsessed gamer designed the perfect game of Sim City. Achieved through a repeating pattern of clustered high rises, “Magnasanti” exposes the hellish consequences of top-down civic design. In his new documentary, John Wilson explores how New York City is creeping closer and closer to realizing this fictional metropolis.
Personal favorite: [DR. DOOMSDAY AND HIS NUCLEAR WISEMEN][link], which sounds a lot like a Warren Ellis story.
[link]: http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/04/dr-strangelove.html “Lists of Note”
[This is an incredible cultural artifact.][link] I was skeptical as to it’s existence, but you can still find copies on eBay and Amazon.
Any coloring book with “I will burn out the sickness” in the text of one of the pages is worth preserving.
[link]: http://plaidstallions.blogspot.com/2009/03/colouring-book-theatre-dune.html “Plaid Stallions : Rambling and Reflections on ’70s pop culture: Colouring Book Theatre: Dune”
[ Kyle Tezak is making mini icon sets for famous films][link], with the constraint of only using 4 icons for each. I’m fond of [the Life Aquatic][life] challenge, myself.
[link]: http://www.kyletezak.com/design/the-four-icon-challenge/ “The Four Icon Challenge”
[life]: http://dribbble.com/shots/107839-The-Life-Aquatic-with-Steve-Zissou “The Life Aquatic”
[Title sequences from a number of classic low-budget Corman-produced films, here][link]. It’s a shame Julian probably got scale (or less) for these.
[link]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biUIN__RVpw “YouTube – FILM TITLES”
>An ongoing experiment to abstract and/or reduce film posters. Some famous, some not so famous but all cool in their own way.
[I’m a sucker for this kind of thing][link]. You can [buy prints][prints], too.
[link]: http://filmtheblanks.com/ “Film the Blanks”
[prints]: http://www.blanka.co.uk/Art/John_Taylor/Film_the_blanks_1/Spared_no_expense “Buy prints”
[A short film which features Werner Herzog voicing a plastic bag as it journeys across America][link] in search of it’s Maker. I shit you not.
[link]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDBtCb61Sd4 “YouTube – Plastic Bag By Ramin Bahrani”
[If you need a quick shot of confidence in the whole cinematic endeavor][link], you will not get it here. What you will get is Ebert being his Ebert-y best.
[link]: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/your-movie-sucks.html “the Your Movie Sucks™ files – Roger Ebert’s Journal”
[Do you have monies from things you should not have done to get the monies that you have now?][link]
At about the 2:00 mark your mind will be blown to bits by SYNERGY.
[link]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW28dYFNeWc “YouTube – Patton Oswalt – The Room Parody”
[BBC News has the standard obit][link] covered, for a less formal take, see British filmmaker [Edgar Wright’s tribute][edgar].
I used to watch [The Equalizer][equal] all the time in reruns at a kid, and [the Wicker Man][wicker] is one of my favorite films, and one of the best British horror films ever.
Nobody had a poker face like Woodward.
[link]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8362367.stm “Edward Woodward dead at 79”
[equal]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1NiNKwueE “The Equalizer intro”
[edgar]: http://www.edgarwrighthere.com/2009/11/edward-woodward-1930-2009/ “Edward Woodward (1930 – 2009) : Edgar Wright Here”
[wicker]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FdV-O8o7ok “The Wicker Man trailer”
[Legendary Pictures has picked up the rights][link] with Ellis serving as an Executive Producer. I’ve read the first 12 or so issues of Gravel, and it could make a fun movie. England, magic, detective grit. All good things.
[link]: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118009750.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 “Legendary digs ‘Gravel’ – Entertainment News, Film News, Media – Variety”
[A woman’s story of becoming pen pals with John Hughes during her childhood][link]. Touching.
[link]: http://wellknowwhenwegetthere.blogspot.com/2009/08/sincerely-john-hughes.html “We’ll Know When We Get There: Sincerely, John Hughes”
[Sad news. He was one of the best at what he did][link].
>Thai police told the BBC the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a cord around his neck and other parts of his body.
[link]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8083479.stm “BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Kung Fu star Carradine found dead”
>[Awesome! Awesome! Where are my wraparound mirrored sunglasses?][link]
[link]: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/on-screen/Content?oid=1474527 “On Screen – Film – The Stranger, Seattles Only Newspaper”
An essay with video annotation in five parts: [Schulz, Welles, Truffaut], [Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols], [Hal Ashby], [J.D. Salinger] and an [Annotated video of the opening] to The Royal Tenenbaums. See also: [The House Next Door][hnd].
: http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/the-substance-of-style-pt-1-20090330 “The Substance of Style, Pt 1 by Matt Zoller Seitz – Moving Image Source”
: http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/the-substance-of-style-pt-2-20090403 “The Substance of Style, Pt 2 by Matt Zoller Seitz – Moving Image Source”
: http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/the-substance-of-style-pt-3-20090406 “The Substance of Style, Pt 3 by Matt Zoller Seitz – Moving Image Source”
: http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/the-substance-of-style-pt-4-20090409 “The Substance of Style, Pt 4 by Matt Zoller Seitz – Moving Image Source”
: http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/the-substance-of-style-pt-5-20090413 “The Substance of Style, Pt 5 by Matt Zoller Seitz – Moving Image Source”
[hnd]: http://www.thehousenextdooronline.com/ “The House Next Door”
[kottke]: http://kottke.org “Jason Kottke”
[General release on September 4th][link]. Starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. Let’s hope it doesn’t get stuck in Movie Hell like [Idiocracy][idio].
[link]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5E7zDL9nOc “YouTube – Extract-Teaser Trailer”
[idio]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy “Idiocracy”