Wednesday, November 01, 2006

the "best" of flickr

Sunday, October 22, 2006

 Someone has given this a lot of thought:
How to solve a Rubiks Cube

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Little People


Little hand-painted people, left in London to fend for themselves.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

studio 60

Great new show from Aaron Sorkin.
If you haven't seen any of this yet you can watch full episodes on the nbc website.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Seance on a Wet Afternoon

This is a great suspense film with great performances and some very subtle humor. Sir Richard Attenburough and Kim Stanley play a couple who have lost a child named Arthur and regularly hold seances to communicate with him. Arthur tells her of a way to scheme a fortune from a rich family. Attenburough plays Bill, a weak minded husband under the control of his wifes every whim. Their relationship is often sad, sometimes funny, and even creepy at times. Kim Stanley is slightly off her rocker and her performance is really amazing. Attenburough is equally good and very sympathetic. The first ten minutes are a bit talky but the dialogue telegraphs calamity and then builds at a nice pace increasing the tension steadily until the end. The film was made in 1964, shot in black and white and was directed by Bryan Forbes who directed the originl Stepford Wives. I thought the Stepford Wives generated some great scenes with an oddly compelling mood. This film has the same eerie feel to it but the pacing and performances are much better. I believe all of the tense moments in the film are un-scored and there is some interesting use of music within the film by the characters as a way of distinguishing sanity.

Friday, October 13, 2006

more Borat

This is Cracked magazine's top ten Borat clips.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The 39 Steps

If you're like me, you've always wondered if The 39 Steps is very good. I knew nothing about it except that the Criterion version was very expensive . I bought the four dollar version on DVD figuring it would be better than VHS and cheaper than renting. The sound and picture quality were terrible and I had to back up occasionally to make out the dialogue. I was stunned at how fast paced and current it felt. The movie is essentially one long chase that is part romantic comedy. The lead actress is very sexy and there are some great scenes where Hitchcock uses sexual tension to perfection. If you like Hitchcock's formulas this one has all the elements ie..the wrongly accused man, the mcguffin, the sexy blond, and a bit of dark humor. The storytelling techniques are very conventional and that lends a certain familiarity to it wich when weighed with the fact that it was made in 1935, it's easy to see why Criterion chose to single it out as being important or influential. There is one shot where a car is driving across the country side. The camera is filming in through the side window. The camera hovers along side of the car keeping the same pace as the car. Then the camera floats around to the back and then stops in the road while we see the car continue to drive off into the horizon. I watched it three times and I can't tell how they did it as smoothly as they did. Amazing! I understand that Criterion has restored the audio and picture to digital perfection and included a documentary on Hitchcock before he went to Hollywood. This would be a great film to see in the theatre with a packed house but a few friends and a nice home theatre would do pretty well too, provided you find the restored version.