West coast premiere for nerd culture documentary Traceroute

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Johannes Grenzfurthner writes, "My cinematic tour de farce through nerd culture comes to the West Coast. Upcoming Bay Area and L.A. premieres!" Read the rest

When "computers" were young, brilliant black women mathematicians

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Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures recovers the lost history of the young African American women who did the heavy computational work of the Apollo missions, given the job title of "computer" -- her compelling book has been made into a new motion picture. Read the rest

The biomechanical horror of Alien and H.R. Giger

In this video essay by Kristian Williams, the story of the biomechanical beasts from the mad mind of H.R. Giger, surrealist painter and designer best known for his work on the special effects team behind the film Alien (1979).

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No More Road Trips? Feature film made from 90 families' home movies, 1925-78

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Rick Prelinger writes, "Today I've released my 2013 feature film NO MORE ROAD TRIPS? to the world for viewing, public screening and remixing." Read the rest

Mini-documentary about H.R. Giger's Alien design

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Kritian Williams: "He wasn't bound by the common design tropes of the '70s. He was able to create something genuinely Alien, a distorted biomechanical reflection of man. Everything we feared about ourselves, taken to the point of surrealism." Read the rest

The Cat from Outer Space

Movie trailer for The Cat from Outer Space (1978), directed by Norman Tokar and starring Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, and Roddy McDowall. I predict a remake in 3... 2... 1....

If you're, er, curious, you can watch it on Amazon Video: The Cat from Outer Space

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Fury Road before the visual effects were added

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They put out a compilation of scenes from Mad Max: Fury Road as they were shot, with no CGI or no artsy color grading. It makes me love the film even more: I want a minimalist cut of the whole thing like this, with the only CGI work being what's absolutely necessary to make things work (painting out other cameras and wires, adding key explosions, the waterfall...) and CGI-heavy scenes like the sandstorm interior completely removed.

One thought, though: this would probably make Fury Road's sustained, stylized violence (which is rather different from the startling, crude violence of the first two Mad Max movies) less palatable. You'd be surprised how many people already have a problem with it, even if they love the series. It would be an interesting editing challenge. [via io9] Read the rest

Documentary on the past, present and future of typewriters

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Typewriter sculptor Jeremy Meyer sez, "I just got back from Telluride where the feature-length documentary by Doug Nichol called 'California Typewriter' premiered." Read the rest

Vader Vinyl: Picturedisc reissue of Star Wars' OST, featuring a 33 1/3RPM Death Star

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John Williams' original score for the first Star Wars movie has been reissued as two picture-discs: the Death Star, Vader, Tie Fighters and Chewie and Han; it's $35 to pre-order for shipping on Sept 30. (via Bonnie Burton) Read the rest

Mascots, a new mockumentary from Christopher "Best in Show" Guest

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After the astounding success of Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest directed a string of brilliant mockumentaries in the same style, like "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman"; now he's created "Mascots" for Netflix, about "the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots." Read the rest

Why jump scares suck, and why there is still hope for them

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Now You See It looks into the use of jump scares in movies, and why they generally suck.

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Hyperdontia horror: Syfy trailer for "The Tooth Child is Hungry"

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Evidently someone at Syfy is just as fond as I am of googling images [WARNING: POSSIBLY GROSS] for hyperdontia, in which subjects grow lots of supernumerary teeth; "The Tooth Child is Hungry" is an episode of Max Landis's series Channel Zero: it features a kind of dental onesie that I wish I could wear every day. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Tim Curry laughing in movies

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Ranker made a supercut of Tim Curry laughing in movies. it goes exactly as you expect.

Tim Curry movies are always a treat, because it's a guarantee you'll be seeing some top-notch acting, which notably includes a VERY defined laugh. Tim Curry laughs in a very recognizable way, so much so that you can tell when Curry is on screen just by his laugh alone! From The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to It, to Home Alone, Tim Curry laughing in movies happens a lot more than you might think - so much so that we were able to source an entire supercut just on his laughs alone. Call his laugh weird, strange, evil, funny -- whatever --- We've found the best Tim Curry laughing scenes from his movies, and compiled them into one big laughing supercut (you're welcome!)
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116 years of stop-motion animation in 3 minutes

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Vugar Efendi takes viewers through a delightful survey of stop-motion animation from 1900 to today. How many of the 39 films featured can you name? Read the rest

Time to Statham Punch

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Matthew Haughey noticed that movies starring British actor Jason Statham, with only a single exception, sooner or later involve him punching someone. At Time to Statham Punch, he maintains statistics on the timing and circumstances of these punches. Read the rest

Box-art from an imaginary Hellraiser classic board-game

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Kyohazard's Lament Configuration is a terrific piece of fan-art for those of us who loved the Hellraiser movies (the good ones, at least).

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BBC picks greatest films of the 21st century

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"We believe that the new classics on this list are destined to become old classics," writes the BBC. "Whether or not that happens is ultimately up to you, the moviegoers. But one thing is certain: cinema isn’t dying, it’s evolving." Read the rest

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