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Nice article and compilation of some of Stanley Kubrick's favorite films. Click through to some of the other interviews/stories for more good reading.
Stanley Kubrick worked for almost half a century in the medium of film, making his first short documentary in 1951 and his last feature in 1999. He went to extraordinary lengths to avoid mediocrity in his work, in order that it might last and not fall into oblivion. With each project, his initial preoccupation involved trying to find the right story. Some arrived quickly – Terry Southern handed Kubrick a copy of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orang...
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God bless engineers.
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The OCD in me finds this terribly satisfying...
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Teaser for Cuaron's new movie. Seriously intense 90 seconds.
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Oh, and apparently there's a 17 minute opening shot in Gravity. :D
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Excited that this terrific documentary is available again.

http://kottke.org/13/03/hands-on-a-hardbody-available-again
Hands On a Hardbody, a 1997 documentary about contestants vying to win a brand-new pickup truck, is now available in digital forma
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I really liked reading this Slate article about the history of the 'mic drop,' which I found through BoingBoing and +Xeni Jardin . As someone who's seen Delirious a dozen or so times, I remember the noise of that particular drop very well, coming right after the single greatest audience member to audience member dialogue ever captured.

Unquestionably, the mic drop when used well, really can cap off an awesome performance.

Cut to this weekend when I'm watching Scorsese's The Last Waltz and lo and behold, Van Morrison does a mic drop at the end of his totally rocking performance of Caravan! This was in 1976--seven full years before Eddie did it. If you ask me, it's the best performance of the film and the mic drop totally adds to it. Eric Clapton called the performance, "Some of the greatest live music you'll ever see," so there's something to that.

More importantly though, could this be the first ever mic drop?

Slate article:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/01/25/a_history_of_the_mic_drop_when_did_people_start_dropping_the_mic.html

BoingBoing: 
http://boingboing.net/2013/01/25/a-history-of-the-mic-drop-wit.html

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http://www.myspace.com/video/twohares/the-band-van-morrison-caravan-1976/107342999
The Last Waltz Thanksgiving Day concert on November 25, 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California. The Band was an acclaimed and influential rock group. The original group consisted...
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In a victory for civil rights, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. 

Justice Kennedy contributed this opinion in the verdict:

"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others."

Awesome, awesome stuff. 

#scotus   #doma  
Ruling says law violates rights of same-sex couples
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Justice Kennedy for the win on striking DOMA! But I am incredibly disappointed that J. Kennedy went the other way in joining JJ Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas in gutting part of the Voting Rights act. 
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What does the community think about this?

"Zach Braff is trying to raise money on Kickstarter to fund a movie he wants to make. Zach Braff is a good actor and a fine filmmaker. GARDEN STATE was a terrific movie. But I wouldn’t give him a dime. 

Why?

Because it defeats the whole purpose of Kickstarter."

I think he has a real point, but on the other hand, I have no qualms about an actor/director seeking funds to do something outside of the Hollywood system. He's right that Zach Braff could go to a studio and secure funding/distribution, but who's to say that he wouldn't have to give up final cut, or certain casting decisions, etc. 
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Crowdfunding has been revolutionary simply because the platform supports projects that might otherwise never have happened.

Celebrity crowdfunding campaigns are centered on people and properties that are already known. Through their previous exposure, proven fiscal returns, and legions of devoted fans these celebrity properties already have enough momentum to further develop.

But what about new personalities and properties, new creative endeavors? Projects that could speak to us with a new perspective and could only exist through the use of crowdfunding?

At best, celebrity crowdfunding campaigns draw attention to the rapidly growing movement. At worst, they wick money away from proper indie filmmakers, amateurs and unknown professionals at the cusp, who use the funding to create breakout projects and new intellectual properties.

Without this avenue of new creators, the trend of recycling people and properties would undoubtedly continue ad infinitum. The loss of the video store resulted in a consumer tailored experience of self-imposed parameters when seeking entrainment —

I can only hope celebrity crowdfunding doesn’t result in the same loss when making entertainment.

[originally posted here: http://17272dorsetave.tumblr.com/post/48956693257/crowdfunding-a-tailored-existence]
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“At times brutally sad, yet surprisingly funny, and always completely honest, I wholeheartedly recommend existence. If you haven’t experienced it yet, then what are you waiting for? It is not to be missed.”
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Who wants to see a turnaround from Chronicles?
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Chronicles is definitely rubbish, in my opinion. Try to go in to Pitch Black without expectations and see what you think.
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