September 11, 2014

Hurricane Marie

I'm sure my east coast friends were filled with sympathy and concern when they learned that Hurricane Marie would be hitting southern California. Here we are having to deal with wildfires and earthquakes, when nature piles on with something that really only Florida deserves. Here, then, is a video documenting the force of Marie as she slammed into Malibu:

Oh, the humanity! Here the LA Times reports on the loss of historic structures in the area, especially the Point Mugu lifeguard station built in the late 1950s. It was used as a location in the film Hitchcock.

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July 12, 2014

If Only They Had Done This In "Rebel Without A Cause"

Auto racing

But then nobody would have heard of James Dean.

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June 13, 2014

Burning Man 3D

Coming to an IMAX near you, maybe.

Lots of other people said they saw the crews out there with their exotic 4K 3D camera systems shooting Burning Man last year, but I didn't. It's a big city. But now, a little bit of their video (in flat 2D) is available via their IndieGoGo campaign (ah yes, money). The director speaks with a French accent and they started with a grant from the French Film Commission, so I'm going to go out on a limb and call this the French IMAX 3D Burning Man movie. You know how that French Film Commission is - never enough money, so they are seeking another $83,000. The film will focus on the arts and artists at Burning Man...but that's no guarantee that you won't see a naked guy on a bike in the background in the finished film.

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June 3, 2014

AMPAS & LACMA Come To An Agreement

CicLAvia Wilshire - Oscars (1640)
The former May Co. department store adjacent to the LACMA campus

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have come to an agreement in which the Academy will lease the May Co. department store building from LACMA for $36.1 million, payable in advance. The rent is due October 1, 2014, and is good for 55 years. It breaks down into $28 million for the building and $8.1 million for adjacent land where the Academy will build a movie museum, for which the Academy is raising $300 million.

Academy Movie Museum
It's planned to look something like this.
Scheduled to open in 2017.

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May 24, 2014

Probably Not A Coincidence

Patrick Bateman (NSFW)

Elliot Rodger - boring, except for that music.

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May 6, 2014

How Many Times?

How many times must the Golden Gate Bridge be destroyed before we learn the error of our ways?

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April 27, 2014

Netflix Roulette

Too tired, lazy or intoxicated to fire up the necessary brain cells to select something at Netflix to watch? Netflix Roulette to the rescue.

  1. Select movies, TV or both.
  2. Select a genre, or not.
  3. Select a range of ratings (1 - 5 stars), or not.
  4. Click "Spin."
  5. One title is displayed. If you want to watch it, click "Watch On Netflix."
  6. Otherwise, spin again or just go to bed.

Netflix Roulette doesn't ask for access to your account, which is good for privacy, but it means it may show you movies you've already seen. But what do you care? You're tired. It also doesn't let you filter on MPAA ratings, but that's critical only if you have kids in the house and kids don't need Netflix Roulette to pick a movie. "Let's watch ___________ again!"

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April 26, 2014

"Koyaanisqatsi in 5 minutes"

For those who have never been able to commit 86 minutes of their life to watching the full movie but were curious about the visuals, here ya go. It seems to include all the scenes in the film, but that is not the soundtrack...although it is by Glass.

You can hear the original soundtrack here.

Inexpensive digital photography and remote control copters have made many of the effects seen in this film almost ubiquitous. The film was released in 1982, shot entirely on film (what else?) and no CGI. At the time, there was nothing else like this of similar length.

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April 23, 2014

Life, Art, Imitation, Tommy Chong

Tommy ("Dave's not here"*) Chong has bought into a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado. Near the end of this video he expresses his philosophy on the matter at hand: "Pot is pot. Even the worst is better than none at all."

Website for Marisol Therapeutics.

* This Youtube video is linked here for the benefit of those who either weren't around in the '70s, or whose knowledge of the history of that decade is weak.

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April 11, 2014

Charles Busch on Baby Jane


Charles Busch introduced Whatever Happened To Baby Jane on TCM and was interviewed by Queerty revealing a little bit of the gay agenda in the process.

Why does this film have such enduring appeal for gay audiences?

It’s one of those handful of movies you have to see to get your gay card. There’s All About Eve, Auntie Mame, Sunset Boulevard, Valley of the Dolls, Mommie Dearest, The Women… Here, you’ve got bigger than life actresses, fabulous bitchy dialogue that’s like a big juicy steak both actresses are tearing apart with their bare teeth. [Laughs] It’s about the movies. I don’t know why, but often gay people have an interest in Hollywood of the past. Traditionally, it is one of the classics of gay cinema. It’s interesting that all of those movies, except for The Women, were directed by very heterosexual men. The two real totems are Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve were both written and directed by very straight men.

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