- A film about a sculpture by Chris Burden
March 21, 1927, Marble Arch Pavilion, London. Fritz Lang's Metropolis receives its British premiere, and the audience was handed programs on their way into the auditorium. Today, only three copies are known to survive. Fortunately for us, the entire program is available to read online
A brief interview with the world's champion masturbator
. (Not graphic, but NWS.) [more inside]
The Atlantic Cities
is a new site launched
today by the Atlantic. It's about cities.
"In Japan, animation is not seen as the exclusive realm of children's and family films, but is often used for adult, science fiction and action stories, where it allows a kind of freedom impossible in real life. Some Hollywood films strain so desperately against the constraints of the possible that you wish they'd just caved in and gone with animation." -- Roger Ebert on anime
, with this excerpt being related to Tokyo Godfathers
. Ebert has been a fan of anime for a while, especially the works of Hayao Miyazaki
. Ebert has reviewed 6 of the 18 Studio Ghibli
films released to date, and even interviewed Miyazaki
with a bit of fanboy glee. More reviews and videos inside. [more inside]
What are the things that will help create more Nimble Cities? (This post is heavy with slate-related links.
) Slate asks readers to help make transportation in and between cities more efficient, safe, and pleasant. "While we're certainly not opposed to your most forward-looking proposals: Let's fire up Chicago's once sprawling pneumatic tube network
; let's not let those zeppelin masts go to waste!
--what we're most interested in are things in the here and now, things that are already making (or will soon be making) a difference in your city." Should cities install moving sidewalks?
How about eliminating parking spaces
or bicycle highways
? [more inside]
"Open your minds, earthlings, and prepare to be launched headfirst into an alternate universe. A place where robots fall in love with humans. Where your tour guide into this alternate realm is a demure lil thang with a bold set of pipes
. 'I'm an alien from outer space,' declares Janelle Monáe
on the first song of her debut album, Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)
. Yes, Toto, we are no longer in Kansas anymore. Or even planet Earth." [more inside]
A review of Fritz Lang's film Metropolis
by H. G. Wells, published in the April 17, 1927 issue of the New York Times and reprinted in his essay collection The Way the World is Going
After 80 years, a complete version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis
has been discovered
in Buenos Aires. [more inside]