February 14 2015
1015pm 1215pm 215pm 420pm 625pm830pm 1030pm 2015 Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts 1045am 1155am 155pm 4pm 605pm810pm 1010pm 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts 11amMy Man Godfrey Gregory La Cava DCP 94min 115pm 450pm825pm 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts: Program A 305pm 640pm1015pm 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts: Program B
1205am Eastern Promises David Cronenberg (The Criterion Collection featured Director) DCP 100min
1210am *Blue Velvet David Lynch (Eraserhead Spine#725) DCP 120min *Blue Velvet was announced as Laserdisc Spine#219Ld but never released
1230am Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Kiah Roache-Turner 98min
Angelika Film Center
1030am 130pm 445pm8pm 1115pm Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights Spine#366Ld) Digital 148min 1150pm 210pm 450pm730pm 10pm Big Eyes Tim Burton 104min
1145am(Also Feburary 15 2015) Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et Le Bete) Spine#128Ld/6 Jean Cocteau Digital 91min *Live score performed by Reel Orchestrette
1215am Sid and Nancy Spine#241Ld/20† Alex Cox Digital 107min
1225am A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Ana Lily Amirpour DCP 109min
1205pm 210pm 415pm 7pm930pm 1150pm What We Do in the Shadows Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi 86min
Part of the Series Charles Laughton (Night of the Hunter Spine#28Ld/541)
2 films for 1 Admission (The Big Clock/The Suspect)
1230pm 410pm750pm The Big Clock John Farrow 35mm 95min 225pm 605pm945pm The Suspect Robert Siodmak 35mm 95min
Part of the Series Boorman
1230pm 345pm 7pmExcalibur John Boorman DCP 140min
10pm Zardoz John Boorman 35mm 105min
Anthology Film Archives
447pmWe Won’t Grow Old Together Maurice Pialat (The Criterion Collection featured Director) 35mm 110min
915pm Posession Andrzej Zulawski 35mm 127min
Jacob Burns Film Center
5pmBringing Up Baby Howard Hawks (Red River Spinre#709) 35mm 102min
Brooklyn Academy of Music
630pm9pm (Sold Out) The Philadelphia Story George Cukor (Adam’s Rib Spine#47Ld) 35mm 112min *Stand by: If any seats are available, they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis just before the start of the show.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
645pmDa Sweet Blood of Jesus Spike Lee (The Criterion Collection featured Director) DCP 123min
930pm Harold and Maude Spine#608 Hal Ashby 91min
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oh, how, i loved the Child Catcher from Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang.
The film also introduced me to the concept of S&M. Not sure that was the filmmakers' intent. Naughty, Ian Fleming
oh, how, i loved the Child Catcher from Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang.
Also that film introduced me to the concept of S&M. Not sure that was the filmmakers’ intent. Naughty, Ian Fleming
Criticisms about representations of gender (or race and other diversity) are often countered in fandom by sociological or scientific analyses attempting to explain why the inequality happens according to the internal logic of the fictional world. As though there is any real reason that anything happens in a story except that someone chose to write it that way.
Fiction is not Darwinian: It contains no impartial process of evolution that dispassionately produces the events of a fictional universe. Fiction is miraculously, fundamentally Creationist. When we make worlds, we become gods. And gods are responsible for the things they create, particularly when they create them in their own image.”
- Laura Hudson - Leia Is Not Enough: Star Wars and the Woman Problem in Hollywood (x)
“Stop the idea that a woman’s beauty is for a man’s gaze, that you have the right to touch her. This…”
- Ijeoma Umebinyuo (via theijeoma)
“Not only is food a weapon, it’s a means of discrimination. It’s a way for non-poor people to trade…”
- Food as a Tool of Control (via sociolab)
“I can accept the labels…because being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place…”
- Toni Morrison, speaking to Hilton Als in a 2003 Profile (via ethiopienne)
Look, Lynn, a very kindred spirit
Early Experimentation with camera feedback and keying.
A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine asked what the big deal was about Watchmen. That, via a lot of detours, led me to this speech where I talk Watchmen, its challenge to us as readers, its autobiographical impact, various bits of geeking out over formalism and everything else full of life and comics.
The Vimeo is linked above. If you prefer Youtube, you can find it here.
I performed it originally at Nine Worlds Geekfest. Due to various requests, I did a second performance a few months later, with some small additions. This time the lovely folks at Tomfoolery Pictures offered to film it for the record. After months of labour, here’s the finished version. Hail them.
Hope you find it interesting.
Thanks to: Tomfoolery generally for the filming and Adam specifically for making the offer, GOSH comics for hosting it, Chrissy Williams for putting on her best received pronunciation for the intro, Jon Browne for inspiring it, Nine Worlds Geekfest for prompting its writing and original 100% adrenaline and nerves airing, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for a comickybook and the Nine Panel Grid for being perfect beyond all human ability to judge.
Girls&WomenToKnow: The 8 year old Chef Taylor Moxey
What began as a way for Taylor to make extra money for a toy has evolved into a successful company out of her parents’ Miami, Florida home kitchen that is earning her big-name clients and her very own billboard. It all started with a Sunday trip to Target when Taylor asked her parents for a toy “I told her, ‘You know what? Find a way to get the money” Vernon Moxey, Taylor’s dad, told TODAY.com. “She asked, ‘Can I sell cookies?’” Moxey, who works as an etiquette consultant but says he was at one point homeless, decided to use this as a life lesson to teach Taylor about being self-sufficient. They wrote out a business agreement on a napkin and Moxey gave Taylor $40 as a loan. Taylor used that money to whip up cookies and brownies, which she then took to church that Sunday to sell after the service.
“Honestly, I didn’t think she would make $40 back,” Moxey said. Taylor ended up making more than enough to pay her dad back and cover the toy. She walked away with $175. Soon after, people from the congregation began calling Taylor asking her to bring her cookies back again. She also entered the KISS Country Midtown Miami Cornbread Competition, where, after competing against adults, she won first place a $250 prize, a billboard and a reputation as one of the town’s top bakers.
“Everything went bonkers,” Moxey said, adding that his daughter’s clients include former Miami Heat player Joel Anthony and HGTV designer Bobby Berk. “Suddenly I’m taking orders for Taylor’s Cookies and Cupcakes.” For Taylor, it seems that the business is more fun than hard work. “I think baking is mostly my passion,” she said. “You get to take your recipe and different people’s recipes and add different things to them.” She’s hoping to host a party this summer serving cupcakes with palm trees on the frosting. Taylor credits Martha Stewart among her inspirations. She not only makes the baked goods out of her parents’ kitchen, but she also creates a custom box for each customer, made with stickers, markers and other handmade decorations.
“It’s almost nostalgic,” Moxey said. “She takes time to color it, put stickers on it. People say they made them feel like a kid again.” Taylor has made nearly $10,000 so far, she donates 30 percent of her proceeds to raise dyslexia awareness, a learning disorder that her own dad has. “If you have a platform and people can hear your voice, it’s important to use it for some good,” Moxey said. Orders continue to pour in for Taylor’s confectioneries, her parents are making a strong effort to keep the business under control so Taylor can focus on being a kid. “I don’t want to take away her childhood,” Moxey said. “Every decision is cleared by us, but we allow her to make the decision.”
THIS IS AMAZING. I LOVE THIS GIRL.
Love working round full moon, so much energy … (at the moon)
The End of Days
It’s official, truth is dead. The end is nigh. Over the weekend, dark cartoon lord David OReilly’s blog of banal photographs masquerading as #HyperRealCG officially suckered Laughing Squid, Gizmodo and The Huffington Post into mildy hysterical clickbait headlines like “I can’t believe these hyper real pictures are completely CG and not real,” and “CGI Faces Are Officially As Real As Actual Human Faces”. Looking at these Images of twee gardens, public sculpture, glossy interiors and bland ephemera, it’s impossible to tell which images are ‘real’ and which are fake.
This is more than just an in-joke for CG artists. It’s not simply another “blue and black or white and gold?” optical illusion: Hyper Real CG marks a shift - a death, almost. If the public believes that CG artists can and do spend weeks of their lives faking boring and impossibly detailed images (like the fire hydrant above) then it makes conspiracy theorists of us all: everything and therefore nothing is true. It’s a sad state of affairs, but the blog isn’t to blame: it simply expresses a latent shift towards a parity between the photograph and the CG image.
In that sense, Hyper Real CG was inevitable, but it’s also a cynical and tragic landmark of visual culture. CGI and reality are now, to all intents and purposes, interchangeable. Despite their difference being legion, those differences officially do not compute in the public domain. When something can be both true and false - like Schrodinger’s cat is both alive and dead - we cease to care: the cat is just a theory, and now the image is all in your mind. Every shade of grey is gone and the joke is on you.
It doesn’t matter that some of these images really might be CGI and some are clearly not. That isn’t the point. The point is that the public believes that anything can - and will - be faked.
Michael Harris — who is now blogging! — points out that Montaigne very crisply got to the point I make in How Not To Be Wrong about survivorship bias, Abraham Wald, and the missing bullet holes:
Here, for example, is how Montaigne explains the errors in reasoning that lead people to believe in the accuracy of divinations: “That explains the reply made by Diagoras, surnamed the Atheist, when he was in Samothrace: he was shown many vows and votive portraits from those who have survived shipwrecks and was then asked, ‘You, there, who think that the gods are indifferent to human affairs, what have you to say about so many men saved by their grace?’— ‘It is like this’, he replied, ‘there are no portraits here of those who stayed and drowned—and they are more numerous!’ ”
The quote is from Jon Elster, Reason and Rationality, p.26.
My brief description:
As students and teachers, we spend a lot of time in the classroom. It witnesses moments of exhilaration, boredom, discovery and hilarity, and the dynamics of conversation in the classroom occupy a good deal of our attention. But most of the great canonical novels we read are more interested in domestic scenes - husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings and friends - than in school ones. An exploration of literary classrooms - the humiliations and torment, for students and teachers, depicted by Dickens in Nicholas Nickeby and David Copperfield and by Charlotte Bronte in Villette; the small-group dynamics of Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; the classrooms of contemporary children's literature from Harriet the Spy to J. K. Rowling. What are the risks and rewards of setting fictional scenes in classrooms? And what is the relationship between the dreams of reading and writing and dreams of teaching and learning?More information here.
My host Dorian Stuber has lined up a couple other really wonderful things for me to do while I'm on campus (and I am promised swimming-pool access too): namely, visiting a class that's reading Clarissa and running a student discussion on the topic of light reading by way of Ben Aaronovitch's Midnight Riot, which I now have a good excuse to reread on my flights tomorrow morning!
(6:20am departure from JFK: just trying to figure out how early I really should leave for that....)
(Just the thought of it makes me think that I might have to lie down right now for a short nap - napped so long yesterday afternoon that I slept very badly last night and am now feeling on the verge of collapse!)
Jayadev Athreya was here last week and reminded me about this notion of “winning sets,” which I learned about from Howie Masur — originally, one of the many contributions of Wolfgang Schmidt.
Here’s a paper by Curt McMullen introducing a somewhat stronger notion, “absolute winning.”
Anyway: a winning set (or an absolute winning set) in R^n is “big” in some sense. In particular, it has to have full Hausdorff dimension, but it doesn’t have to have positive measure.
Kakeya sets (subsets of R^n containing a unit line segment in every direction) can have measure zero, by the Besicovitch construction, and are conjectured (when n=2, known) to have Hausdorff dimension n. So should we expect these sets to be winning? Are Besicovitch sets winning?
I have no reason to need to know. I just think these refined classifications of sets which are measure 0 yet still “large” are very interesting. And for all I know, maybe there are sets where the easiest way to prove they have full Hausdorff dimension is to prove they’re winning!
Kristen Mcmenamy at the finale of McQ Fall 2012
An Embroidery of Voids
Moving video collage by New Zealand artist Daniel Crooks features first person footage segments of various alleyways which are placed together.
The GIFs above don’t do the actual video justice (it is far slower paced and richer in detail), and sadly cannot embed the video, but you can see it for yourself here
Live long and prosper. — Leonard Nimoy (March 26 1931 – February 27 2015)
I was working in Memorial Library yesterday. Whenever I’m over there, I like to pull a book off the shelf and look at it. (E.G.) I feel I have some kind of duty to the books — there are so many which will never be taken off the shelf again!
Anyway, there has never been an easier choice than Flugblatt-Propaganda Im 2.Weltkrieg: Erotische Flugblätter. How was I not supposed to look at that! And I was richly rewarded. The Nazi propagandists knew their business; the leaflets are written in perfect colloquial English, assuring American troops that the US government is purposely prolonging the war to keep unemployment low at home, that their kids and wives are pleading for them to come home alive by any means necessary (especially: surrendering and riding out the rest of the war in a comfy German POW camp, with movies, sports, and the same food the German soldiers get) and, most of all, that their girlfriends back home, tired of waiting, are taking up with draft-dodgers and war-profiteers (especially the ruthless “Sam Levy.”) UK troops got their own version: their girlfriends weren’t making time with shifty Jews, but with US soldiers, who were “training” in England while the British men died at the front.
Disney Alphabet - I for Iridessa
I started this Tumblr when a friend and I were discussing the new book, The Twee Tribe. She commented that she could not imagine a subset made up of people of African descent. So I made this Tumblr to post things to show her what African American Twee Tribe members would like. I don’t claim to know what every twee person of color would like, but I do know that I enjoy the “twee” now and again and I’m African American.
Emilio de la Morena Fall 2015
Is there a Goth Talbot’s? i’d wear this
Would someone please make a reedit of gifs from FSOG and insert shots of barely clothed Charlie Hunnam?
"Man in the Hand of Nature" Taken by the Luxembourg Gallery.
Rose O’Neill’s Sculptured Drawings: The woman who made funny Kewpies astonished Paris with her powerful Symbolism
Edythe H. Brown
New York: The John Lane Co., 1922.
"yow," says Zippie!
"L’offrande", by Malvina Hoffman.
Gertrude Nason Carver
New York: The John Lane Co., 1922.
Look, it’s Fifty Shades of Marble…
La Hoffman studied with Rodin in Paris. She based this sculpture on a Tom Verlaine poem called “Offrande,” giving visual manifestation to the poem’s first sentence: “Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches et puis voici mon coeur qui ne bat que pour vous.”
Lire la suite: http://www.greatsong.net/PAROLES-MARIE-NICOLE-LEMIEUX,OFFRANDE-POEME-DE-PAUL-VERLAINE,101004816.html The Getty Institute has Hoffman’s archives! Everything lives in Los Angeles!
Carnival. Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.
Postcard, British West Indies.
Sharing itself becomes personhood, with activities taking on meaning not for their basic content but for the way they are turned into content, disseminated through the digital network, and responded to.
[cf An Elixir of Reminding: “Nostalgia is the negation of death, it proves we are still living even without an identifiable future. Instagram is a machine for producing instant nostalgia, a ward against death.”]
Tamara and the Demon (1917) ~ by Nikolai Kalmakov…