"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.
A profile of Cyd Charisse with clips. —Her Legs Should’ve been Registered as [a] Deadly Weapon
"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
"Major: If you’ve got a problem with the world, change yourself. If that's a problem, close your eyes, shut your mouth, and live like a hermit. And if that’s a problem… [cocks gun and presses it against his head]. —Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex Avoid politics and the multitude of irrelevant struggles designed … Continue reading Three State Solution
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)
"Never forget that 'Bollywood' is not an all-inclusive term for any Indian film. You don’t call every sandwich a burger, now do you? Bollywood refers to the Hindi-language film industry. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu (to name a few) are all Indian languages with entirely different film industries (and I highly recommend that you check … Continue reading Dear Nick Jonas, Here’s Your Beginner’s Guide to Bollywood
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