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May 10, 2010

15 reasons why Sony can't be trusted with Spider-Man

15 Reasons Rebooting Spider-Man Is A Really Bad Idea
Spider-Man Only Worked Because Of Raimi’s Passion For The Character Raimi was a bizarre choice to handle a movie as expensive as Spider-Man but his childhood affections for the character and understanding of his psychology paid off in one of the smartest superhero movies ever made. No Spider-Man movie will ever again be a passion project in the same way the first two were. Sony Ruined Spider-Man 3 And Now They Have Complete Control Raimi walked off Spider-Man 4 specifically because Sony was pushing him around the way they did on Spider-Man 3, and now they're free to hire a complete yes-man who will put five villains into the script and get Mary Jane to show her boobs. Movies directed by a studio with dollar signs in their eyes will never, ever be good. There Is Only One Spider-Man And He Is Tobey Maguire Christopher Nolan could make Christian Bale Batman just six years after George Clooney played him because half a dozen other actors had already played the role. But only one actor has played Spider-Man on film, and while he's still young and fit enough for the part, he's the only one we'll want-- whether we like it or not.

This is why the Venture Bros. is great

Todd Alcott - Television Zombies text In the course of explaining his analytical method re: the Venture Bros., Alcott says this and hits the nail squarely:
In personal terms, the show is about boys living in the shadows of their fathers. Everything that happened in “the past” in The Venture Bros always seems important and vital, and everything going on “now” seems really chintzy and desperate in comparison. The characters on the show are all living in what feels like the wreckage of a generational plane crash, their lives have no meaning and so they’re constantly trying to create meaning out of the twisted shards of the past, these really poorly-conceived adolescent fantasies of power and control. Except for Dr. Venture, who always seems to be fed up with the whole thing, like he’s the only sane man in the room. He lost all his fantasies at an early age, and the result is, he’s one of the most caustic, bitter characters on television. These maniacs keep coming around with their weird fantasy lives and he just wants to get on with his bitter, miserable existence. It’s really a hard choice to face: you can be a lunatic with great purpose in your life, or you can be sane and be bitterly, bitterly unhappy. Every episode, the show walks this edge of having these ridiculous insane characters bouncing off one another with all these crazy pop-culture references on one side, and these rather startling insights into the human condition on the other, which is why I think it’s a show for the ages.

May 09, 2010

RE/Mixed Media Festival 2010

RE/Mixed Media Festival 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010 • 2 PM – Midnight FREE TO THE PUBLIC Galapagos Art Space 16 Main Street DUMBO, Brooklyn NY 11201 www.remixedmedia.orgwww.galapagosartspace.comjanlarsenart.com GENERAL INFO: 530‐330‐LOFI (5634) April 5, 2010 – LOFI (League of Independents), an arts organization dedicated to supporting independent media in New York City, has announced that the RE/Mixed Media Festival 2010 will be held on Sunday, May 30th in partnership with Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. The event will begin at 2 pm and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening. The festival will celebrate remix/mashup artists of multiple disciplines and will feature curated film & video remixes, a remixed fashion show, a silent art auction of remixed visual art presented by Jan Larsen Art, DJs and live sound art, live video remixing, an “Artists Only” panel discussion, sponsor tables, a “roots room” illustrating remix throughout the history of art, and live musical performances. The festival will culminate in the screening of the work of selected entrants from around the world who have submitted their video remixes to the festival. Highlights are the NY premiere of Perry Bard’s Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake, and a special performance by legendary sound remixer, Steinski.

April 29, 2010

Lost explained by people who have never seen the show

Nowhere near as fun as the girl explaining Star Wars (Hans Solo!), but still fun. They cheat a bit by showing a highlights reel to the sheltered reviewers. I find the immediately skeptical guy-with-glasses pretty fun here. ("Why would that engine blow up? Did the guy have fuel in his blood?")

Tom Tomorrow takes on David Lynch

April 24, 2010

Leonard Nimoy, the mensch

It’s only logical: Mr. Spock beams into real Vulcan -...