Mitchell Hammond completes his Batman vs. Terminator animation
A six-minute documentary snippet
discusses Kubrick's camera modifications for special
, low-light f/0.7 Zeiss lenses used to film candlelit scenes in Barry Lyndon
, now available
by aspiring filmmakers.
The comic series Ex Machina [PDF preview]
was started in 2004, created by Y: The Last Man
writer Brian K. Vaughn
and artist Tony Harris
. The main character, Mitchell Hundred
, is an ex-superhero who hangs up his jetpack and successfully runs for mayor of New York City in an alternate post-9/11 timeline. The last issue (#50
), released this week, concluded the series with a harsh yet wonderfully written view of Hundred's political fate. BKV talks about the final issue with IGN [Spoilers]
is a terrific documentary
of the winners
of the 1982 arcade world championships and the short lived era when coin operated Video Arcades boomed and then busted coming to a crashing end shortly after 1984
. It focuses primarily on the first player
to play a perfect game of Pac Man
, meaning going 256 levels, on one man and eating four ghosts on every powerpellet (in the first 19 screens after that the ghosts don't turn) and ending up on the kill screen
and finding all the hidden dots there. (Warning lots of Youtube.)
The man behind the classic sound of Al Green, Memphis producer and soulmeister supreme Willie Mitchell
has passed on
. Many of the Al Green sides are legendary, of course, and very well known (as is the fantastic "I Can't Stand the Rain, by Ann Peebles), but be sure and head over to the excellent Funky 16 Corners
where you can hear three of his lesser-known but deeply
grooving productions. Fat stuff. So long, Willie Mitchell, and thanks for the wonderful music.
ruins Joni Mitchell. Johnny Cash
redeems Gordon Lightfoot. The Donnas
render Men Without Hats ever so slightly less ridiculous. The CBC assembles a list of great (and sub-great
) covers of Canadian songs
. And a happy Canada Day to you.
So, who doesn't use steroids or HGH?
So what do you do when MVP winners, Cy Young award winners and some World Series winners all have cheated?
Any ideas? [more inside]
Psychotherapy traveled down a lot of strange paths
in the 60s and early 70s, but perhaps none stranger than the naked group therapy sessions, some up to 48 hours long, supervised by Paul Bindrim.
Bindrim's sessions were the subject of a documentary film
and an unflattering, thinly fictionalized novel by Gwen Davis Mitchell. Bindrim sued Mitchell for libel. Can descriptions of a fictional character be libelous of a real person? Yes.
Machine as romantic object.
The short film “Deere John” explores how narrative archetype can humanize the inanimate (and is funny).
The Spook Who Sat By The Door
, a movie
pitched and marketed as blaxploitation, was a low budget political science fiction thriller
about black revolution in urban black America based upon the novel
written by Sam Greenlee. It was withdrawn two weeks after its release in 1973, ostensibly at the behest of the FBI. Some remember it fondly
, while others revile it
in recollection. Thirty-one years later, it has been released on DVD. Sam Greenlee's
an interesting man--another book of his, Baghdad Blues
, is evidently an autobiographical novel based upon his first hand experience of the 1958 Baath coup in Iraq. Side notes: Researching this post led me to the intriguing Chicken Bones
. And here is Elvis Mitchell's take on The Marginalization of Black Action Films