Posters for famous movies made from their key props

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Jordan Bolton makes cool posters comprised of objects seen in famous movies, like this one for Amelie. Read the rest

Inside the nuclear bunker holding America's film history

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From Great Big Story:

America's movie and film archive is located in an underground bunker in Culpepper, Virginia. The bunker was originally a gold storage unit that doubled as a fallout shelter for the U.S. president and his cabinet during the Cold War. Today, the Library of Congress stores all manner of film here. Archivist George Willeman is in charge of the nitrate vaults, where fragile (and combustible) old films sit undisturbed and well preserved.

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Creepy clown thought to be wandering in Wisconsin was indie film marketing stunt

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Last week, freaky photos appeared online of a strange person dressed in a filthy clown costume and carrying black balloons wandering the night streets of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Turns out, "Gags the Clown," as the character was known, turned out to be a hoax by indie filmmaker Adam Krause. He hoped the online freak-out would help market a new short horror film that he plans to complete in the next few months. It worked. From the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

Krause and his film crew had wanted to keep Gags' secret for a little longer and include four more Gags sightings in Green Bay to promote the film. However, according to Krause's post, some actors who did not get parts in the film "felt it was their civic duty to inform the media of what was really going on."

"Green Bay's creepy clown was marketing ploy"

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a terrible movie, say critics

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The hot trend in Hollywood is to recast fairy tales as gritty, pathos-driven tragic emofeasts: Maleficent was symbolically raped as a youngster, Peter Pan was a lonely British schoolboy, and so forth. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is the latest and it's "90% terrible," reports Annalee Newitz.

There is something fascinating, in a purely sociological sense, about watching a movie like this. Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones may have reinvigorated epic fantasy filmmaking, but they are also inspiring their fair share of stinky knockoffs. Some of those knockoffs are silly fun, like the first Huntsman film. But this prequel-sequel abomination is barely good enough for hate-watching unless you want to see the purest expression of paint-by-dollars filmmaking to come out this year.

Great Evil Queen outfits, though! Also remarkable is the degree of lifting it does – of images and even phrases — from Game of Thrones. No-one's accusing it of plagiarism; it's just tacky, a dollar-store laser sword with a Star Wars price tag.

Steven Rea appears to be the only critic who likes it, if you'd like a second opinion. Read the rest

Watch this film about living with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) by a filmmaker who has it

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Don't miss this amazing film.

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Zoolander 2 trailer

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At last. At last.

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“Wire Cutters,” a wonderful short film on the rough lives of off-world robot miners

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“A chance encounter proves fateful for 2 robots mining on a desolate planet.”

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“Meru,” a new film on the quest to scale an “unclimbable“ mountain in India

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For decades, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in Northern India was thought by most elite climbers to to unclimbable.

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Sun City Girls' Alan Bishop shares his love for Ennio Morricone

Alan Bishop, bassist/vocalist of Sun City Girls and global music collector, wrote an excellent post about his favorite film scores by legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Read the rest

'Alien' piñata

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Hecho en Mexico.

Watch this great documentary about people who think they are gods

"Those Who Are Jesus" is Steven Eastwood's fascinating 2001 documentary about three people who have true delusions of grandeur based on "profoundly religious or revalatory experiences." Read the rest

How Adam Curtis' film "Bitter Lake" will change everything you believe about news

The acclaimed British documentary filmmaker has released his latest film in unusual, forward-thinking circumstances.

Find more queer women of color on Netflix

Sistah Sinema aims to offer a wide selection of films by and about queer women of color. It's via a partnership with Indieflix which hopes to add about five titles per month to the platform while showcasing global diversity.

Memberships are only $5 per month, and Colorlines recommended films including Cheryl Dunye’s important 1997 film “The Watermelon Woman” and Kourtney Ryan Ziegler’s look at black transmen, “Still Black".

[h/t Elixher]

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Alien: The Archive art and photo book

See the true origins of the Alien xenomorphs through concept drawings along with plenty of other behind-the-scenes photos, designs, and illustrations in Alien: The Archive, a new hardcover art and photo book. Read the rest

Video: The stares of Hitchcock

Creepy cool Criterion Collection montage of the "Eyes of Hitchcock" films. Read the rest

Star Wars sans music

Watch this Auralnauts video to see the importance of John Williams' bombastic score to Star Wars. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!) Read the rest

Threading the RCA Projector (1950s)

Another important skill lost to history. (via Weird Universe) Read the rest

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