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The Late Movies: Terry Gilliam’s Animation

Terry Gilliam is now a renowned director, but he got his start in illustration and cut-out animation — most notably for Monty Python. In the roundup below, I’ve collected some favorite Gilliam animated shorts. Warning: they are often crude and naughty. And Now for Something Completely Different A classic opener, featuring Conrad Poohs and [...]

10 Greatest Movies of All Time, as Picked by Geeks

Once a decade, Sight & Sound asks film critics to select a list of 10 greatest movies of all time. These wonks came up with a list of 10 films that I bet most of you haven’t seen before. [...]

Link Latte 185

#185 – Week of August 2, 2012 What if other planets orbited the Earth? – [fascinating video] Science Fiction writers Predict 2012 from 1987 – [interesting] Moon Hanging Down Tower Bridge in London – [cool pic] Letter that Started “2001: A Space Odyssey” – [vintage, cool] Truly Enormous Ship: Blue Marlin – [wow tech] Cool Sculptures made from Twist Ties – [...]

2001: A Space Odyssey

(YouTube link) What if 2001: A Space Odyssey were promoted as “a modern summer blockbuster?” This newly-edited trailer, using footage from the movie, makes me want to see it again, even though I wasn’t that impressed with it in 1968. For comparison, here’s the original trailer.  -via Metafilter

In space, no one can hear you scream

The title of my post today comes from the Alien movie poster—it’s the film’s tagline, if you recall. Of course, we all know how many sci-fi series have messed this little fact up by adding explosions and such to satisfy our selfish need for action, no matter how inauthentic. But there are some great examples [...]

How People of the ’70s Pictured Space Colonies of the Future

Back in the early 1970s, when Americans were just plain wild about the (seemingly) imminent reality of living in space, a NASA design study attempted to conceptualize just how such an idea could be brought to fruition. The illustrations created to describe how these colonies would look, and what living accoutrements they would contain, represent [...]

The Number of the Day: 30%

According to a poll taken by a British film rental company, 30% of the people who claim to have seen The Godfather are lying. Related Fact: The rest of the top ten most lied about films are Casablanca (13%), Taxi Driver (11%), 2001: A Space Odyssey (9%), Reservoir Dogs (8%), This Is Spinal Tap (7%), Apocalypse [...]

Monolith by David Herbert

Clarke & Kubrik, VHS, and Monolith. Check, check, and check. David Herbert created this giant 8-foot tall VHS cassette tape of 2001: A Space Odyssey from foam, plexiglass and latex paint. Now, how many of you automatically think of “ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.” – via Coudal Partners

Cat vs. Metronome

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. Cat vs. Metronome A metronome has found this cat’s inner frequency, or so it seems. Another cat comes to check it out, and remains totally unperturbed… Oh, and here is a classic “Cat vs. Printer” video. Link Today’s pictures & links: German Television Tower Models Looking like some inspired DIY project, these models were [...]

7 Seminal Robots

1. Maria – 1927 One of the first robotic icons in science fiction, Maria appears in Metropolis, a silent German film directed by Fritz Lang and set in the year 2026 (at the time, 100 years in the future). The robot is never named in the film, but she is an attempt to make an evil [...]