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THE ROAD TO MAGNASANTI

Catnip for the doomed gamer generation:

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.

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Stanley Kubrick’s Alternate Titles For Dr. Strangelove

Personal favorite: DR. DOOMSDAY AND HIS NUCLEAR WISEMEN, which sounds a lot like a Warren Ellis story.

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Plaid Stallions on The Dune Coloring Book

This is an incredible cultural artifact. 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.

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The Four Icon Challenge

Kyle Tezak is making mini icon sets for famous films, with the constraint of only using 4 icons for each. I’m fond of the Life Aquatic challenge, myself.

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Film Titles by Paul Julian

Title sequences from a number of classic low-budget Corman-produced films, here. It’s a shame Julian probably got scale (or less) for these.

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Film the Blanks

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. You can buy prints, too.

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“Plastic Bag” By Ramin Bahrani

A short film which features Werner Herzog voicing a plastic bag as it journeys across America in search of it’s Maker. I shit you not.

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Roger Ebert’s Worst films of 2009

If you need a quick shot of confidence in the whole cinematic endeavor, you will not get it here. What you will get is Ebert being his Ebert-y best.

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Patton Oswalt Parodies The Room / Tommy Wiseau

Do you have monies from things you should not have done to get the monies that you have now?

At about the 2:00 mark your mind will be blown to bits by SYNERGY.

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Edward Woodward (1930 – 2009)

BBC News has the standard obit covered, for a less formal take, see British filmmaker Edgar Wright’s tribute.

I used to watch The Equalizer all the time in reruns at a kid, and the Wicker Man is one of my favorite films, and one of the best British horror films ever.

Nobody had a poker face like Woodward.

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Warren Ellis Writing New Motion Picture Based on “Gravel”

Legendary Pictures has picked up the rights 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.

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“Sincerely, John Hughes”

A woman’s story of becoming pen pals with John Hughes during her childhood. Touching.

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David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

Sad news. He was one of the best at what he did.

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.

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A Crank 2 Review Done In The Style of… Crank 2

Awesome! Awesome! Where are my wraparound mirrored sunglasses?

…I’m horny.

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Matt Zoller Seitz’s “The Substance of Style”, Exploring the Influences of Wes Anderson

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.

(via Kottke)

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Teaser Trailer for Mike Judge’s New Film: “Extract”

General release on September 4th. Starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Ben Affleck. Let’s hope it doesn’t get stuck in Movie Hell like Idiocracy.