Archive for July, 2010

Blog Talk

Posted in blogs, film, lists, reading on July 22, 2010 by John

Our goal here is to make that process as easy and efficient as possible. For every URL included, one of our crack contributors has come up with an elegantly pithy synopsis of the critical style and obsessively revisited subjects that define the spirit of the site. When you’ve found a couple of capsules that pique your interest, bookmark them at the top of your browser and click over when you have some downtime.

The team from the truly great Film Comment magazine wade through film writing online. More people should do this.

Tarkovsky on the Webs

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2010 by Nick

Just totally geeked out while checking up with kottke. All of Tarkovsky’s films are NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!!!!!

And they’re all Criterion scans!!!!!!!!!!!!

Little Fela

Posted in africa, Guns, music, the past with tags on July 13, 2010 by John

This piece does a good job capturing a little bit of the magic that was Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Ghariokwu Lemi, the artist that created the covers for many of Fela’s albums, talks about the man. Lemi seems like a pretty normal guy and to me at least, it’s interesting to hear his take on a “personality” like Fela.



Posted in NYT linking, science, technology, the future, tubes, women with tags , on July 12, 2010 by John

This is all too much for me.

I don’t like how this robot says it loves people, I don’t like how it yearns and I certainly don’t like how it uses phrases like “conspire to take over the world” in casual conversation.


Accent Archive

Posted in language with tags , on July 10, 2010 by kevin

A friend of mine recently showed me this site. It is a whole lot of fun, especially if you have any sort of interest in linguistics. Just click around the globe and hear a fairly banal section of text read with an accent from just about any region of the globe. The phonetic alphabet will accompany every selection. It looks kind of bizarre, but I’m told it can be learned on your own with a small amount of dedication. Anyway, have fun.

Lost Films

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2010 by Nick

It’s believed that 80% of films from the silent era were lost, either destroyed by fires, have deteriorated beyond repair, or were chemically burned as a way of recycling the negative. Lost Films is a search portal for orphaned films that have been collected as a means of preservation. Here you can view, comment and identify over 3500 entries and 50+ unidentified films. This seems like a great answer to the inherent problem of canonization. By forming definitive lists, distribution companies, such as Criterion, create a queue of ‘important’ films needing restoration (and that will guarantee a profit) while others continue to rot in the vault. A project of the Kultursiftung des Bundes museum, it is a great public platform where these films can be discussed and if nothing else build up hype and free PR for smaller distribution companies. Their ‘links’ section also provides a list of related sites as well as publications.