What makes a memorable movie quote memorable?
A news summary of how they went about it
A short audio version
(via NPR) of the story and research summary.
A Wikipedia list: AFI's 100 years, 100 quotes
A short list of advertising slogans
that fit the research model for movie quote memorability.
The research paper
(automatic PDF download). [more inside]
Late last month, after vocally anti-gay evangelical author and blogger Jonathan Merritt
's essay defending Chick-Fil-A
appeared in The Atlantic, Azariah Southworth outed Merritt on his blog.
with Merritt about his sexual orientation. Follow-up column from Southworth: Why I outed a Christian star
. [more inside]
Homebuilding a 474mm tall model
from 1990's Robocop 2, complete with a working head
. Clips of Robocain
and the other Robocop prototypes
from the movie. All photos
from the project. Bonus music link: Front Line Assembly
performing the Robocop 2 sampling Mindphaser
Like James Bond movies? And box office grosses? And visualized data? Then today is your lucky day
Long before the David Cronenberg film (NSFW: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
, before even the publication of the novel
, Harley Cokeliss
directed Crash! (1, 2)
- a short film adapted from the story in J.G. Ballard
's The Atrocity Exhibition
, starring Ballard himself and Gabrielle Drake (sister of Nick Drake
). (previously) [more inside]
Orlando, FL - 10 ac, 90K sq ft, 13 bed, 30 bath, 20 car garage, 3 pools, 2 tennis cts, bowling alley, skating rink - $100M [more inside]
has signed on
to make his feature film directorial debut - a biopic about the life of the late US comedian Bill Hicks
. [more inside]
While the world ponders the impact of superheroes on the population in the wake of this weekend's tragic (and still unfolding) events in Colorado, and some ponder what a return to the bad of days
of comics might mean, Warner Brothers has released two slightly different trailers for their attempt at latest updating Superman for the modern era: The Man of Steel
, in Pa Kent or Jor El
The Dark Knight Rises trailers, Batman The Animated Series style: Teaser
, Trailer 2
, Trailer 3
, Trailer 4
. Side by side
of Trailer 3.
Could the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
from The Avengers
movie actually fly
? Last link does the math and has homework.
Four Men. Forty Years.
An interview with Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox about Deliverance
, on the film's 40th anniversary. Additional interviews: Collider
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
(復活の日 Fukkatsu no hi
, literally "Day of Resurrection") is a 1980 Japanese post-apocalyptic film about the release and spread of a deadly virus. [more inside]
Three years ago, Phil Jablon (aka The Projectionist) started a concerted effort to start documenting the rapidly-vanishing stand-alone movie theaters and former theaters in Southeast Asia.
Today his website, The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project
is a historian and movie-theater lover's dream. Jablon has captured the faded
, the lost
, the torched
, the almost lost
, the repurposed
, the reborn
, and the unbounded
. [more inside]
In May, YouTube announced they would be hosting
a lineup of original video channels, in a possible attempt to compete with network and cable television. Among the new offerings was WIGS
, the (NSFW
) brainchild of director/producer/writers Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia, of original, scripted dramatic series and short films exploring female characters. [more inside]
スターウルフ, "Star Wolf
," was a half-hour sci-fi TV show produced and aired in Japan in 1978. (TV Tropes page
-- addiction warning) It had somewhat cheesy special effects, understandable being a TV series made just one year after Star Wars, but it made up for it with style, energy, and ACTION PACKED MUSIC
American viewers will know it best as the show ripped apart and reassembled into two Fugitive Alien movies by Sandy Frank Productions
, then shown on two memorable episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. (Episodes on YouTube: Fugitive Alien, its sequel.)
Although the Japanese show got at least two seasons (the second under the title Space Hero Star Wolf
), only the first four episodes appear to exist on the internet. Here they are: One
. (There are no subtitles, but you should be able to figure out what is going on if you've seen the MST episode.) [more inside]
Essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider is no stranger to film criticism ( previously
) but his thoughtful, surprising, detailed analysis of Lynch's The Straight Story
and Spielberg/Kubrick's AI
deserve special attention.
In the wake of their grunge-y breakout hit "Creep"
and the success of sophomore record The Bends
, Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead
were under pressure to deliver once more.
So they shut themselves away inside the echoing halls of a secluded 16th century manor
and got to work.
What emerged from that crumbling Elizabethan castle fifteen years ago today was a shockingly ambitious masterpiece of progressive rock, a visionary concept album that explored the "fridge buzz" of modernity
-- alienation, social disconnection, existential dread, the impersonal hum of technology
-- through a mosaic of challenging
, eerily beautiful
music unlike anything else at the time.
Tentatively called Ones and Zeroes
, then Your Home May Be at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments
, the band finally settled on OK Computer
, an appropriately enigmatic title for this acclaimed
harbinger of millennial angst. For more, you can watch the retrospective OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review
for a track-by-track rundown, or the unsettling documentary Meeting People is Easy
for a look at how the album's whirlwind tour nearly gave Yorke a nervous breakdown
. Or look inside for more details and cool interpretations of all the tracks -- including an upcoming MeFi Music Challenge! [more inside]
is a tumblr that juxtaposes Simpsons movie homages with the original.
The art house review/criticism series Brows Held High
decided to tackle Nicolas Roeg/David Bowie's 1976 The Man Who Fell To Earth
by reviewing it as a karaoke medley of Bowie's greatest hits.
Mythbusters' Tested Blog recently posted a special feature from the Toy Story 2 DVD
, in which Pixar's Oren Jacob and Galyn Susman recounted how the files for the movie (just 10gb of data!) were almost lost due to both an erroneous Linux command and a bad backup. The folks at The Next Web: Media followed up with Mr. Jacob, and learned that the movie was actually tossed out and reworked from scratch again
nine months prior to a release date that was set in stone, not by the computers, but by the filmmakers themselves: How Pixar’s Toy Story 2 was deleted twice, once by technology and again for its own good.
Taiyo Matsumoto's original five volume manga Ping Pong was one of the most surprising and gripping experiences I've had this year. But a huge reason for that is the artwork: he packs more kinetic energy into a single drawing of a shoe skidding across a floor than any real shoe has ever had. So it was with some trepidation that I saw posters for this adaptation going up in stores around Japan. Fumihiko Masuri is a first time director (not that you'd know it), with a background in computer effects. He seems to have directed this mainly because he's a really big fan of the manga too. On the film's website, they've placed images from the manga next to photographs of the actors in the film, so you can see how obsessive compulsive they were in matching faces. Not only faces, but movements, playing styles, and shot composition is all straight from the book, as if they'd used the manga in lieu of storyboards. Even the occasional surreal touch; a boy growing butterfly wings, a dragonfly landing on the net, is right out of the page onto the screen.
-- Midnight Eye review
; subtitled movie in 12 parts: 1
The new Avengers movie is a hit with fans
and the box office
. Hollywood is taking note
is finally being made into a movie
. [more inside]
The extended trailer
for David Cronenberg'
s adaptation of Don DeLillo
's Cosmopolis has hit the internet.
(SLYT) 193 out of the 196 instances of someone saying "Double Oh" from all 23 James Bond films.
Before Joy Adamson went to Africa, before Margaret Mead sailed to Samoa, before Dian Fossey was even born
, a Kansas teenager
named Osa Leighty married
Martin Johnson. Whether dancing to jazz
in Congorilla or meeting headhunters
in Borneo, her life with Martin
ultimately led to hours of pioneering documentary
, movies and more
. Her autobiography
inspired a Kate Spade purse
, a perfume
and her marriage an entire line
of clothing while her joie de vivre
put her on the cover of a book
on trailblazing women
of history. Osa Johnson went on to become a character in a play
, in a poem
while her married life gave birth to a museum
(or two). When
Osa met Martin, she married adventure
The 3D re-release of James Cameron's Titanic prompted Lindy West of Jezebel
and Will Leitch of Deadspin
to re-assess the movie.
"Fahkin' hate green screen. Pay significant amounts of money never to do it again. You cannot fake adrenaline." - The man, the legend, Jason Statham.
END:CIV [full 75 minute movie] "If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?" [more inside]
) has created another Spielberg/funny pages mashup: E.T. + Garfield [more inside]
Hey remember Lindsay Ellis' The Nostalgia Chick
) and her reviews of all things nostalgic and girly? She's done a lot more since then - Cruel Intentions
- The Craft
- and the Ne Plus Ultra of wish fulfillment Meg Ryan movies Kate & Leopold.
I present to you a page by page review of the novelisation of the movie Back to the Future
. The review is being undertaken by Ryan North, who also creates the very funny webcomic Dinosaur Comics.
- a two minute clip/trailer from Pixar’s Brave. You can also see some lovely production art and sculptures here