Category: Film and TV (page 2 of 10)

On the Fourth Day of Star Wars, My Wookie Gave to Me…

A parking spot for my Landspeeder.

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On the Third Day of Star Wars, My Ewok Gave To Me…

THE BEST SCENE FROM STAR WARS UNCUT : THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. 

Star Wars Uncut is an amazing Internet project that mashes up scenes from the films that are recreated and submitted by thousands fans. The end result is extremely creative, hilarious, “equal parts fun, kooky, and dearly nostalgic.”

On the Second Day of Star Wars, My Jedi Gave To Me…

The Episode VII poster recreated from stock photos from Party City. 

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Dude. Why hasn’t this been done before? And did anyone else notice Raphael immediately?

Society6 : Minimalist Art, Shirts, Mugs, and More!

Did you know that you can purchase our artwork on Society6? Our minimalist movie posters make great holiday gifts! We also have the vintage travel Star Wars posters that are sure to delight the Star Wars fan in your life.

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Don’t see a minimalist film you love or need? Drop us a line, there’s a pretty good chance we have it in the archive.

Happy Birthday, Hedy Lamarr!

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If you’ve been doing some Googlin’ this morning you might have noticed today’s #GoogleDoodle is dedicated to Hedy Lamarr. You might recognize her as the Austrian MGM movie star who shared the silver screen with Hollywood’s biggest names during the 1930s to the 1950s. But because of her stunning exotic appearance, the consistent typecasting as the glamorous seductress in films began to bore her, and she turned to aiding in the war effort by selling war bonds. Of course she was wildly successful, but her interest in science was what fueled her passion for defeating the Nazi effort, and led to her role as an inventor.

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BLOOD AND MADNESS: 8 Cinema Creepers for Halloween

Getting ready for Halloween is one of my cherished times of the year. I start hoarding skull travel cups from the drug stores, I blueprint what costumes I can make for my kitties, and finally, it’s considered “normal” to binge watch a lot of my favorite films. Instead of making a list of the best horror films to watch this season (I hope we all have seen the Shining, Halloween, and the Exorcist by now), I ruminated over a different kind of list… Most of these could be considered sci-fi or psychological thrillers, and even “tame” in the eyes of many horror cinephiles, but I prefer creepier— more imaginative— horror plots. Here are my own recommendations for everyone who’s in the mood for something spine-tingling, sinister, disturbing, shocking, but nonetheless— human (even when they are monsters).

8. Altered States (1980), directed by Ken Russell.

This one is for the sci-fi lovers out there— A doctor who experiments on himself with hallucinatory drugs and isolation chambers, this movie comments on creation and the power of the human ego. It’s packed with visceral visuals, accompanied by bits of pseudo-intellectual gab.

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67lYG7a4YOA

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IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN… AND A HALLOWEEN COSTUME FOR MY ENTIRE GROUP OF FRIENDS.

So you waited until the last minute (again) to throw together your Halloween costume, and all the aisles at Party City and Spencer’s are picked over,  so you’re left to choose between purchasing a size XXL sexy referee costume or a stringy werwolf/witch wig that smells obviously used. Not to rub it in your face or anything, but you could have gone as a very well-dressed minimalist crew of Oz characters. Imagine skipping down a Yellow Brick Road wearing these spiffy shirts you can purchase at Society6. (Pro tip: Don’t be a tool. Plan ahead for next year, and call dibs as the Flying Monkey of your group.

 

“Victoria” at The Kino International

Finally settling back into reality after a whirlwind summer of travel, I can finally hear my thoughts again, and especially the ones circling the most memorable moments of the season. When traveling in Germany for the first time, I didn’t really have any special agenda of tourist activities to check off a list, and kept my mind open to whatever was thrown at me. With the exception of wanting to take out a rowboat in Hamburg, the only thing I had on any sort of “sight-seeing list” was to see a German movie at the cinema. As a cineaste, it was my request to explore a foreign cinema and perhaps the feeling of watching a movie that I wouldn’t understand through language, but could try to understand through visual empathy. Through conversations with a few Berliners, we decided to see the film, “Victoria,” which had just come out, and since it was about a Spanish girl in Berlin, it was mostly in English— considered the “international” language. I was told there would be bits I wouldn’t understand, but overall it was easy to follow… of course, it would be nice to have a German with you to translate, but not necessary. We took the train to the Kino International, about to embark on one of the most memorable cinema experiences I’ve ever had.

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The Kino International, 1964

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Weekly Recap: Everyone is drunk on the Internet, apparently.

Something is buzzing abouts the Interwebs, and that is drunk people who think they are HILARIOUS. First there was that married couple’s video of them getting hammered, telling the story of how they first met, and hiring their friends to act it out a la “Drunk History” style. It went viral almost instantly, garnering a gazillion views in under three days.

 

Now, Buzzfeed posted a video of Shoshana Bean’s drunk narration of the musical that made her a household Broadway name, “Wicked.” It is what exactly you’d expect from a drunk musical theatre actress.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, just another neighborhood aerial film stunt. NBD.

Why the Cat Herding Ad Will Always Be My Favorite

If you’re like me, you’ve been clicking your browser’s “refresh” button at AdWeek’s Super Bowl Ad Tracker to get the latest on which brand’s are teasing or releasing their commercials before the big game on Sunday.

If there is a recipe for cooking up a great Super Bowl ad, it seems like it would consist of heaping servings of humorsocial media interactionPUPPIES, with a generous sprinkling of patriotism (narrated by a folk icon, or starring a gorgeous Paralympic athlete), all with a good grip on the ol’ American heartstrings.

But the most memorable ad spot comes from 2000. A commercial that has outlasted even the company it endorsed. It somehow is the perfect combo of silliness, Americana, and cuteness. Featuring a cast of cowboys wielding lint-rollers and lassos, your seven layer dip has nothing on the layers of this masterpiece.

Copy Shop Tuesday : (Super) Bowling for Truth

I love commercials almost as much as I do not love football. The idea of a brand buying a kajillion dollar :60 second spot and making us laugh, or cry, or gasp in shock, is so cool to me. If anything, it reminds me that while technology still cranks out flashy-but-doomed novelties and things are filmed and printed in 3D (why?) writers still need to tell stories, and people still need to hear them. We tend to hang onto those stories that ring true for us; the messages that illuminate something old in a fresh new way. It is an elevated but classic form of communication, and it is so, so, so important and will never not be.

Have you guys seen the new awesome (surprise, Weiden & Kennedy, Portland) Weight Watchers spots? I think I actually bolted upright from my horizontal couch position mid-Hulu binge when I saw this campaign.

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