Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Video: Awesome things about Interstellar

Lecture: Between the Lines: Inception

Christopher Nolan what I would characterize as a “puzzle director.” His movies are stories that require active reasoning, rather than simply passive absorption. They're populated by recursive realities, prismatic narratives, and characters that double back in on themselves until they become something else entirely.

He’s doubtlessly one of the most clever Hollywood filmmakers working today.  If you need any evidence of this, you need only watch his latest film, Interstellar, for evidence of what he’s capable of at the peak of his abilities.  He’s deftly managed to make some very good, very profitable films from within the black soul of the Hollywood machine.

One of the British auteur’s most divisive films remains 2010’s mind-heist movie “Inception,” a cool, cerebral head trip of a movie played in Nolan’s signature minor key. Some folks dug Nolan’s pastiche of shifting realities and exposition-heavy action sequences, others thought his attempt at a Hollywood art flick was pure fooey.

A common criticism leveled at Nolan’s film is that, despite being a movie about dreams, it doesn’t feel very dreamlike: that Nolan, as a filmmaker, is too practical and rational to make a great, untethered dream movie. A new video has landed online courtesy of No Film School examining the layers of dream logic and elements of possible homage in “Inception,” and there’s a lot here to dig into.

Sci-Fi Round-Up: November 26, 2014

Dead astronaut by dig-orgasm

Infographic: Timeline of Star Wars toys

Interview: 90.5 interviews George Takei, host the PNC Pops “Sci-Fi Spectacular.”

Interview: Ars Technica interviews Andy Weir, author of The Martian.

Interview: The Boston Globe interviews Ursula Le Guin.

Interview: Bustle interviews Margaret Atwood, author of Stone Mattress.

Interview: The Huffpo interviews Margaret Atwood, author of Stone Mattress.

Interview: NPR interviews Neil Gaiman, author of Hansel and Gretel.

Interview: Suvudu interviews Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation.

7 Science Fiction Women Who Are So Much More Than Eye Candy

7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction and Fantasy needs to Stop using.

The 8 Ball: Top 8 Dystopian Films

10 Dystopias That Are More Relevant Than Ever Before

10 indie sci-fi films to look out for in 2015

Comic Round-Up: November 26, 2014

Anatomy of an Ad - Years of Future Past by Art Adams

Anatomy of an Ad: "Years of Future Past" by Art Adams

CrowdFunding: Here is a campaign for the cartoonist and illustrator Ed Siemienkowicz trying to raise money on his behalf to assist him time- and resources-wise with his fight against cancer.

Interview: 10 Questions With Comics Brewmaster Leslie Stein

Interview: Green Lantern Corps artist Bernard Chang discusses collaborating with writer Van Jensen and drawing the New 52’s version of the New Gods.

Link Round-Up: November 26, 2014

20 Things You Didn't Know About Charles Schulz

Director James Gunn Offers Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers

How a Cinematographer Sees the Art of Sound

How Board Games Conquered Cafes: As social life gets ever more digital, new coffee shops and bars encourage face-to-face interaction via the likes of Settlers of Catan and Connect Four.

On Jupiter We Will Wear Bacteria-Infested 3D-Printed Fashion

The Startup podcast follows along as a budding entrepreneur tries to create a new company from scratch.  It could be of interest to artist trying to run a business online.

The World of Ice & Fire Illustrations by Paolo Puggion

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Music Video: Super Mario World on Drives

Music Video: Floppy Drive Imperial March

MrSolidSnake745 has recreated plenty of amazing songs via his 8 floppy drives setup, and this one is particularly good. Check it out!
"Three years ago today, I uploaded my first FDD cover video. I had absolutely no idea that a small side project would grow into such a big part of my life. It's crazy to think it got to the point where a museum even asked me to build them a setup (pictures on my FB Page)! To celebrate I've given that first video the remake it deserves. Compare the difference between this and the first version. Even I'm impressed by the huge change in quality."

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