proggrrl: (Music is Love)
Made without any cameras or lights, using only lasers...

Google has a lot of details and lets you play with the tech behind this vid...
proggrrl: (A series of Tubes?!?)
His review of WALL-E...a few excerpts below.

Let oil soar above $140 a barrel. Let layoffs and foreclosures proliferate like California’s fires. Let someone else worry about the stock market’s steepest June drop since the Great Depression. In our political culture, only one question mattered: What was Wesley Clark saying about John McCain and how loudly would every politician and bloviator in the land react?

Unable to take another minute of this din, I did what any sensible person might do and fled to the movies. More specifically, to an animated movie in the middle of a weekday afternoon. What escape could be more complete?


...Indeed, sitting among rapt children mostly under 12, I felt as if I’d stepped through a looking glass. This movie seemed more realistically in touch with what troubles America this year than either the substance or the players of the political food fight beyond the multiplex’s walls.

While the real-life grown-ups on TV were again rebooting Vietnam, the kids at “Wall-E” were in deep contemplation of a world in peril — and of the future that is theirs to make what they will of it. Compare any 10 minutes of the movie with 10 minutes of any cable-news channel, and you’ll soon be asking: Exactly who are the adults in our country and who are the cartoon characters?


One of the great things about art, including popular art, is that it can hit audiences at a profound level beyond words. That includes children. The kids at “Wall-E” were never restless, despite the movie’s often melancholy mood and few belly laughs. They seemed to instinctually understand what “Wall-E” was saying; they didn’t pepper their chaperones with questions along the way. At the end they clapped their small hands. What they applauded was not some banal cartoonish triumph of good over evil but a gentle, if unmistakable, summons to remake the world before time runs out.
proggrrl: (See as far as you Think)

...Hat tip to Trek Movie

[for more stuff like this, check out other vids tagged "Ubiq'window"]
proggrrl: (MM Joan pwns life)
As someone who is a tad obsessed with motion graphics, this site is so cool I almost died. Especially nice is that they are currently featuring two of my recent favorites on the home page: STRANGER THAN FICTION and IRON MAN. It's such a fine art, rarely discussed...think MAD MEN opening credits. Another one of my all-time favorites: the Marvel Films logo.

[HT to that wicked cool librarian in my previous post who cataloged all the TV marathons! Librarians FTW again]
proggrrl: (Live long and Mona Lisa)
Thanks to my friend [personal profile] warriorpoet, I have a new fanvidder to idolize.  Let's start with his/her fantastic MULHOLLAND DRIVE vid below, which reminds me I am in dire need of a rewatch of this amazing, haunting film.

proggrrl: (BSG - Tigh SRZS BIDNEZZ)
Incredibly cool find by my Sitrep bud Logan...apparently it's in the UK somewhere.  ETA: Though see [profile] airings 's comment below; she has a point that it may be fake.

Photo by digressive [much larger versions here]
proggrrl: (U R FTW girl! Seth & Eliza)
World Pillow Fight Day.

This Saturday.  Union Square NYC.  Be There.  With A Pillow!!!

[hat tip to this great comm I found recently, [profile] newyorkers]
proggrrl: (Bowie told me to do it...)
Has anyone out there gone to see this new exhibit at MoMa, “Design and the Elastic Mind?  I first heard about it here, and the Times recently had more info.  Sounds trippy.  Also looking forward to the Whitney Biennial, which opens this week...and apparently the crazed poppiness of Takashi Murakami is coming to the Brooklyn Museum next month.  Sweet!  He's my favorite superfreak, and that'll give me an excuse to go check out this cupcake shop I've been hearing about called Baked (which is in Red Hook and therefore a pain to get to unless you use the water taxi). 

Also on the food tip...I finally ate at Elephant and Castle, and it was great.  Terrific brunch spot in the Village, and they have lots of vegetarian options, as well as two nifty beverages: a "Champagne Carlton," which is champagne with raspberry syrup and raspberries; and a "Spanish Latte," done with consensed sweet milk.  Yumma.  Another great brunch spot I recently found is Belcourt, in the East Village, really delish.  And don’t forget you can never go wrong at Rice, a favorite of mine for about 5 years – note their Nolita location has moved from Mott Street to Elizabeth, into a bigger space.

I'm always seeking more good NYC eats, if any of you want to throw something out in the comments.


Feb. 25th, 2008 09:20 am
proggrrl: (Applause)
Well, that was a long but really unpredictable and lovely Oscars.  There were a lot of underdog winners.  It actually was more indie-flavored than ever, with more foreign talent than ever claiming the gold.  A trend, I suppose.  So many ridiculously talented people that I admire getting honored.  If only there had been more room at the table for the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson.  But he'll get his later, for sure.

In honor of the awesomest music at the Awards shows this weekend...I give you Kimya Dawson and Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova.

Vids of Kimya Dawson's Acoustic Set in Berkeley from last week.

Vid of Hansard/Irglova performing at Oscars. How fantastic was it that they let Marketa come BACK OUT onstage to give her speech? I don't recall that ever, ever happening at the Oscars before. Or any awards show. Classy. I liked seeing how much love ONCE was getting from the crowd, too.  Here's an (edited together) vid of their speeches:

“I think we’re at a time where there are two movie businesses that run on parallel tracks and they have very little to do with each other.  What has happened is that there used to be a kind of movie that we used to think of as a big Academy movie, which was that flagship movie with big movie stars and big filmmakers and frequently it was a period movie, frequently it was a romantic movie or a kind of epic, and those have just gone away.  In a way, I don’t think that has been a bad thing.”

-- Scott Rudin, producer NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; executive producer THERE WILL BE BLOOD

ETA: my dad and I were discussing the winners, and little did I realize what a gossip hound my father is!  LOL.  He just told me about Oscar winner Tilda Swinton's triangle relationship with two men.  That is soooooo European, I love it.
proggrrl: (MM Peggy sez fuck lipstick)
DOVE has been running cool, empowering, body-image-positive campaigns for a couple of years now. My all time favorites include these:
  • Ground breaking print ads like these [One / Two / Three] in support of Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign
  • The viral video EVOLUTION, which takes a look at all the smoke and mirrors behind the messages we are force fed day and night in our capitalist democracy
  • The 2006 Superbowl ad promoting their Self Esteem Fund for girls
  • ONSLAUGHT, a video that directly addresses the dangerous body-image messages confronting young women today
  • A PRO-AGE video with lots of gorgeous older women. Naked to boot!
EVOLUTION always makes me feel better about facing my mirror in the morning. It’s all about lighting people!

Now Dove has a new online campaign and it’s pretty in-depth and cool. Four young women are blogging and video-blogging over at Reality Diaries. You can comment and interact with them. I’m older now, and made it through that tough period for young women where you’re struggling with identity and drama and family – but it’s easy to appreciate what Dove and company are building over there. I highly recommend it to you all. I’m especially taken with Irene’s diary.

I will admit I don’t use Dove products – due to my hard-fought attempt to eliminate most of the industrial cosmetics products from my life due to their potential toxicity.  But I adore these body-positive campaigns.

Another recent advertising campaign, a PSA really, caught my eye this past fall. These incredible print ads for Amnesty International, meant to raise awareness about genital mutilation, provide a stunning metaphor.

[click for much larger versions]

I tear up whenever I think too hard about the fact that this is still going on in the year 2008. Hat tip to the terrific feminist blog at Salon, Broadsheet. Check it out (need to read an adpage before accessing Salon for free).

TEETH, the little indie vagina dentata film that could, opens today. Here’s the trailer, which freaked me out last week in theater. Here’s the first five minutes online.

If you’ve missed the first two kickbutt eps of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, Fox is streaming them online. Oh, Summer. Sigh.
proggrrl: (Science vs Faith (Lost))
I am done with my squeeing about, and posting links for, the film CLOVERFIELD.  But I will add this:  J.J. Abrams' March 2007 T.E.D. Conference appearance.  Enjoy.  [hat tip to Anne Thompson]

Did any of you watching TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES this week catch this bizarre Converse commercial that plays like an Adbusters PSA?  Turns out the entire series of ads is on the Converse site, including this one with a Bob Marley track (I've seen that play many times on Comedy Central)...and this one that I would be simply AMAZED to see on commercial broadcast TV.
proggrrl: (WGA strike)
This is really amazing...actually I think the red-carpet press will EAT THIS UP WITH A SPOON if the Globe and Oscar writer nominees choose to stay in the picket lines, and winners give speeches from the line.

I wonder where Joel & Ethan Coen (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), and Paul Thomas Anderson (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), stand on this.   Diablo Cody (JUNO) has been actively picketing.  Will the writer-directors ignore the picket in order to soothe the Directors' Guild talks with the AMPTP next month?

From United Hollywood (WGA strike blog):

This press release was just issued by the WGA, moments after the announcement was made in the general meeting (which at the time of this posting is still continuing).

Members will conduct black-tie pickets at the various awards shows; any nominee who wins an award but chooses not to cross the picket line will have the choice to accept that award on the line, with their acceptance broadcast live on the Internet.

SAG President Alan Rosenberg is present at the meeting, and applauded the announcement.


LOS ANGELES – The Writers Guild has notified the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions that their requests for an agreement to allow writers to prepare material for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards show have been denied.

The Guild has also denied a request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a waiver in connection with the use of clips from motion pictures and past Academy Awards shows for use during the annual Academy Awards presentation.

In letters to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, WGAW President Patric M. Verrone described the Guild’s respect and admiration for both organizations, explaining that:

“Writers are engaged in a crucial struggle to achieve a collective bargaining agreement that will protect their compensation and intellectual property rights now and in the future. We must do everything we can to bring our negotiations to a swift and fair conclusion for the benefit of writers and all those who are being harmed by the companies’ failure to engage in serious negotiations.”

The signatories producing the Golden Globes and the Oscars are West Coast signatories. The WGAW’s Board of Directors concluded, reluctantly, that granting exceptions for the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards would not advance that goal.

This has apparently been an industry-wide discussion amongst potential nominees in all categories for weeks now: to cross the picket lines, or not to cross?  If these recent interviews with Globe nominees are any indication, I'd say it's gonna be a pretty quiet awards season this year.  We'll see.

Hit 'em where it hurts, writers.

Meanwhile...a tangentially-yet-crucially-related aside: THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA is giving the YouTube founders a special award this year.  ROFLMAO
proggrrl: (AtS it begins)
This sounds really cool, for anyone who can be at the center of the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway on Saturday night at sunset...

proggrrl: (Pride & Prejudice)
Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend here in the states...

My mom, bro & I went on a short roadtrip up to our old stomping grounds in Putnam County (NY State) for a few days.

Also, for reasons I probably do not have to get into here on LJ with my fannish peoples: this editorial in last week's ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY fills me with joy.  Not only does it echo both my own suspicions, and the recent statements by TV showrunners Ron Moore and Josh Schwartz - it's just great to see it printed for posterity in a major magazine.

proggrrl: (H6 shows GB whatsthedealio)
Reminder to all the New Yorkers out there: this weekend is the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.


Judging from this most excellent
CherryWatch Blossom Status Map (w00t!!!!!), the timing will be perfect.
proggrrl: (C6 sniffs the pen)
It's raining cats and dogs here in New York...and I'm amusing myself with "thread bombs." Several extremely twisted and talented souls over on the SciFi board have been working hard all week making, well, SCRILLIONS OF THEM. If you want a laugh, come over and take a look. There's a couple of 300/Trek ones in there too that made me spit coffee all over my desk yesterday with the laffing.

I turned one of them into my skiffy signature banner:

If you sign on and post in that thread: THEY TAKE REQUESTS.

Another side note for all you artistes out there: someone has apparently posted HD screencaps of the entire series (w00t), find 'em here.
proggrrl: (LEE in court seriously)
Well fandom sorry if you don't want to read all my cinephile ramblings, but this is just WHO I AMS.

This is a beautiful, incredibly dense new site put up by the Cannes Film Festival. Do not enter if you don't have broadband internet!

They have posted a treasure trove of archival footage from every single year of the festival. OMG! Us cinephiles could spend days going through it. Also, what a lovely interface, n'est-ce que pas?
proggrrl: (B/H6 Have a Plan)
This is cool...photobucket and LJ are...soulmates now?


hmmm...I don't get it...*goes to look for tut's*


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