"Once a decade Sight & Sound asks critics to select the Greatest Films of All Time." —Analysis: The Greatest Films of All Time 2012 Of the Top 10 of the Director's Top 100, I haven't seen: Tokyo Story, 8 1/2, Mirror, and Bicycle Thieves. Resolved: see these four films by the end of the year.
"Salafistes is, from start to finish, a gruesome film. Originally shot in Timbuktu after the town fell under jihadist control in 2012, the documentary takes place over the course of four years—first, with live footage of life under Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali; later, using propaganda videos from the Islamic State in … Continue reading Salafistes
https://vimeo.com/307806967 "VSMP is an object that contains a Raspberry Pi computer, custom software, and a reflective ePaper display (similar to a Kindle), all housed inside a 3D printed case. Every 2.5 minutes a frame from the film stored on the computer’s memory card is extracted, converted to black and white using a dithering algorithm, and … Continue reading Very Slow Movie Player (VSMP)
Note: This was written in August of 2015, before cafebedouin.org existed. I rediscovered it recently and thought the point is still a valid one and worth sharing. tl;dr: Algorithms have a bias toward the status quo and present a threat to our cultural production. (2,600 words) Shortly after the start of the Afghanistan war, Osama … Continue reading The Rating Rabbit Hole
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ5_0CEXrf0 Released in 1982 by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, this weird, animatronic, psychedelic fantasy world is worth a (re)watch, if you haven't seen it (recently). And, why not make it a double feature with Legend? The DVD has Ridley Scott's remastered version that is, by all accounts, a much better movie than the theatrical … Continue reading Double Feature: The Dark Crystal & Legend
Seed & Spark is a Kickstarter for film projects. You can support an individual campaign, such as The Long Goodbye, and it works like Kickstarter, offering different incentives based on contribution level. The advantage for film makers is that 75% of projects get funded, which is twice the rate of Kickstarter. Seed & Spark also charges lower … Continue reading Seed & Spark
Scenes from The Shining, Rocky, Say Anything, and When Harry Met Sally reimagined as scenes from surveillance footage.