14 May 2011

A screenshot from the documentary 'American: The Bill Hicks Story' (27 min). 'Only Bill would try Hallucinogenics before he tried alcohol'

American: The Bill Hicks Story (imdb) is a fine, must see documentary for all comedy fans and People of Counterculture. The movie shows us a man who during his own lifetime lived and breathed relentless dedication to speaking hurtful truths to barely receptive small-town comedy club audiences, but was privileged enough to witness the early days of his persona’s journey towards cult-like status.

You can buy your own copy or rent a stream (HD quality available) on the film’s site. A 720p copy can be downloaded illegally over bittorrent.

The documentary is definitely worth its weight in HD bandwidth thanks to a ton of gorgeous animations made from photo cutouts. Lazy, white-trash Finnish fans might however enjoy the free, subtitled low-res copy of the movie on The Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Areena streaming site (25 days of geographically restricted availability left at the time of posting).

[via:Linda Rajalin]

12 January 2011

Illustration from 'I Modi' ('The Ways') by Pietro Aretino and Giulio Romano, a 16th century work of erotic fiction which according to some helped popularize print and literature

The Fascinating Story of Porn and Technology Adoption

Yes, Cracked.com publishes some fascinating stuff but I generally find it awkward to link to them.

Let’s take a moment to think about Cracked. Most everyone gets that their material and the research behind it doesn’t quite match the quality you find in Wired.

This meta comment on Cracked relates very closely to this story on the new web publishing industry I discussed little over a year ago. How every pun in a Cracked.com article actually is search engine optimization becomes laughably clear in this porn piece. The writer has slipped in just about every FCC safe adult entertainment related expression you could daydream up of in the story.

Improving content distribution with sex and porn is just that powerful. If you have a web site, you could try this yourself: just mention porn in some really obscure way and you’ll probably get at least some traffic through someone’s really fap happy search engine queries. If you mention child porn, you’ll be awarded search traffic so depraved you might feel a bit uncomfortable just storing your search referer data.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

16 August 2010

Macho salad

From the Swedish movie Farsan (trailer).

[via:Jean Nygård]

6 July 2010

IMFDB – The Internet Movie Firearms Database

[via:Olli Sulopuisto]

18 March 2010

imon Pegg and Nick Frost shaun of the dead empire magazine 20 photo shoot

Actors and actresses imitate their own iconic characters for film magazine photo shoot

Empire trotted the globe to deliver you 27 of the planet’s biggest stars, recreating iconic performances from two decades in film, for a unique 20th birthday celebration…”

Empire’s own gallery viewer sucks, luckily there’s an alternate place to view the pictures.

[via:Nelg]

11 February 2010

“That Guy”/Character actors

[via:Roger Ebert]

6 January 2010

Disney’s Pocahontas vs. James Cameron’s Avatar

[via:Ari Vaarnas]

29 December 2009

When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like “Avatar”?

“Whites need to stop remaking the white guilt story, which is a sneaky way of turning every story about people of color into a story about being white.”

[via:Linda]

5 December 2009

Hollywood’s favorite mental illness myths

[via:Metafilter]

28 November 2009

I just watched Coraline (imdb, HD trailer, Wikipedia) for a second time, in Matrix mode.

The film would be worth a recommendation on technical merits alone. But analyzing it from a feminist perspective will give you food of thought in a way similar to the Alien series. I haven’t read Neil Gaiman’s book, though.

17 October 2009

Nasty Old People (imdb) was mentioned a few times lately for being the first Creative Commons licensed/freely redistributable feature film from Sweden. Having just watched it I don’t feel like I wasted my time. The story and characters are quirky at times, but there are a some simple, beautiful moments of humans getting along.

Links: Official site, original torrent, trailer.

10 October 2009

trinity_watches_neo_get_arrested_within_dream_orb_rear-view_mirror_the_matrix_16m_50s_lowres

Sixteen minutes and fifty seconds into the movie: Trinity watches a still sleeping Neo get arrested. She doesn’t see Neo’s dream directly, but through the round rear-view mirror on her motor bike. The little dream orb is another world of sorts within The Matrix.

Everyone should watch this film properly intoxicated at least once.

'This is the world that you know', screenshot from The Matrix (40 minutes, 35 seconds)

The Idiot Box speaks in riddles, but you will obey. #

28 September 2009

Fortune interviews Mark Whitacre, ADM price-fixing whistleblower and compulsive liar

Whitacre discusses bipolar disorder, prison, his marriage, lying to Fortune in an earlier interview and Steven Soderbergh’s new film, “The Informant!” where his person is presented by Matt Damon. The book on which “The Informant!” is based comes highly recommended.

[via:Slashdot]

15 September 2009

midnight madness three frames

Three Frames

Apparently a collection of three frame animated gifs from random movies. Permanent link to example.

[via:snuf]

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