Rolling Stone: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie Review.
“Should the Guardians take on the Avengers? Hell, yeah!” I’ll go to the theater for this one, man.
Design You Trust: Little Giant Girl Marches through Liverpool.
Check the children’s faces, versus the adults. Adults are smiling; kids look a bit unsure. Having fantasy ‘come to life’ gives kids pause; ask any performer at Disney World. Or your average seasonal Santa Claus.
DP Review: Hollywood studios strike deal to keep Kodak movie film in production.
Youtube: Mad Max: Fury Road, Official Comic-Con Trailer (2015).
Action, sure. But for all the techno-punk gadgets, I get nothing from this. No connection. The trailer’s not particularly well-edited, so I’ll leave my jury out for the moment. I’m not hopeful.
Art of VFX: Hercules.
“Nice kitty.” I dig the giant warthog.
Art of VFX: Trailer for “The Cut”.
Telegraph.UK: The Greek myths that could be box-office hits.
“Stop-motion animation, pioneered by Ray Harryhausen in films such as Jason and the Argonauts, gave us loveable but clunky Olympians. Today, with computer-generated imagery and green-screen technology, the Greek gods on screen should be sublime.” Yes, we get the watered-down archetypes from Hollywood, but never a really good ‘go’ at Greek myth.
WSJ: In India, Hindu Gods Get a Muscular Makeover.
“In “Shiva: The Legends of the Immortal,” a series of graphic novels, the title character boasts bulging muscles that ripple under his tiger-skin wrap and dark tresses that blow in the wind as he battles with his trident.” Don’t gods depicted in art always reflect the taste of the era in which the art is created?
Greek Myth Comix: Deaths in the Iliad - a Classics Infographic.
Interesting. Normally I hate infographics. This one offers good insight without being a visual assault - though legibility is an issue ...
Startin-Sport: Assassin’s Creed en parkour à Paris.
A blast. The pacing could have been picked up just a bit, and it needs to be watched fullscreen. But nicely done. Feels like drone footage, but it looks to be all Steadicam. Kudos for having good backs, guys.
ReadWrite: An Ode To Jim Rockford’s Answering Machine.
Funny; my old man was an attorney, and drooled over the idea of having such an answering machine. Problem was, they were expensive at the time. Eventually a dual-cassette one was purchased ... and come to think of it, very similar to Rockford’s.
ArtDaily: Here’s sellin’ to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale on November 24 by Bonhams.
SALMON? Never in a million years would I have guessed such a color ...
BBC: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86.
This one hurts. When I was a kid, I wanted to be as cool as James Garner. RIP, good sir. You will be sorely missed.
Later: A good observation, from Mashable? Yes! Check it out.
MichaelUlman: Gone Postal (rat rod).
Would be perfect for a Steampunk “Road Warrior” ...
MessyNessyChic: Hollywood’s iconic ‘Gone with the Wind’ movie set has been hiding
Unless the whole thing is rebuilt as a replica, it may make more tourism money as-is. IMHO.
Hemmings: Mini Moke fans to celebrate 50th anniversary of the British trucklet.
SciAm: Kids on Screen-Time Diet Lost Weight and Got Better Grades.
“Parents are in a much more powerful position than they realize.” The ‘idiot box’ remains the ‘idiot box’ … or so it seems here.
Youtube: Trailer for Jolie film “Unbroken”.
Hmmm. My first thought was, the opening scenes look very … clean. From the skin on the actors right down to the dirt. And perhaps it is supposed to be that way, for the childhood scenes. Mimicking the golden glow of memory. I’ll admit I’m curious.
LRB: Emily Witt/Diary - Burning Man.
Explains Burning Man better than anything else I’ve read.
I was going to link you to “A Better Queue”, a Netflix/Rotten Tomatoes mashup, but ...
Youtube: Exodus - Gods and Kings.
WASPs in Egypt. Gimme a break.
Paris Review: The Many Poses of Marcel Marceau.
SF New Mexican; George RR Martin gives the finger to fans who say he’ll die before he finishes.
“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health. [snip] So f–k you to those people.” He’s pretty darned active around these parts. I side with George.
Art of VFX: New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.
I never read the comic books, but I sure want to see it. Is it me, or are they playing with music eras (background sound) to see what’s most attractive to the audience? I miss Blue Swede. It added just the right touch of anarchy. Make it too dark/metal/serious, it loses something.
Now, when are we going to see “The Stainless Steel Rat”?
LA Review of Books: American Loneliness.
“Videos of puppies are entertaining; rich women throwing wine at each other is entertaining; seeing the loneliness and insecurity that most people, including you, spend their days and nights working hard to hold back or ignore, isn’t really.”