who is checking?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #50 Who is checking the time on his fob watch?     Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be held, but published immediately by the system.] UPDATE and solution (21 November 2012): The day will come … Continue reading

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deus ex movie

The day before yesterday ↑CBS Films ↑announced that ↑Scott Derrickson, who directed e.g. ‘↑The Day the Earth Stood Still‘ (2008) [the remake, obviously], will direct a movie based on the ↑‘Deus Ex’ series of computer games, the latest installment, ‘↑Deus Ex: Human Revolution‘ (Eidos Montreal & Nixxes Software 2011) in particular. EIDOS MONTREAL AND NIXXES SOFTWARE. 2011. Deus Ex: Human Revolution [computer game]. Shibuya: Square Enix. DERRICKSON, SCOTT. 2008. The day the Earth stood still [motion picture]. Century City: 20th Century Fox. DERRICKSON, SCOTT. 2014. Deus ex [motion picture]. Brentwood: CBS Films. via ↑HP at fb—tnx! … Continue reading

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what is said?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #49 We are in an officers’ mess. Two senior members of the flight personnel are having a conversation while playing pool. What is said in this conversation?     Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be … Continue reading

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anthropology and cinema

For many people the words “anthropology” and “cinema” go together like bread and gasoline. This is unfortunate as they have a substantial amount to offer one another. (Gray 2010: x) … tell me about it. GRAY, GORDON. 2010. Cinema: A visual anthropology. Oxford, New York: Berg. … Continue reading

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early near futures

Many of the films discussed so far [films made from 1895 to 1910 and featuring science-fictional elements or qualities] could be said to be cinematic predictions of the future: from future warfare and advanced automatons to trips to the moon and visitors from another planet. Yet most of these narratives (or the film’s mise en scène more generally) suggested that events were taking place in an undefined present, the result of a recent technological breakthrough. This initial absence of futurity can also be found in much of the literature from which these early film narratives were drawing inspiration: Frankenstein, Twenty … Continue reading

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digital cybernator prophet

The infamous ↑Troma Entertainment, Inc. (‘almost 40 years of reel independence’) has uploaded a ton of full-length feature movies to ↑its YouTube channel. Among those are the glorious cyberpunkish b-pictures ‘↓Digital Prophet‘ (Romero 1996), ‘↓Cybernator‘ (Rundle 1991), and ‘↓New Gladiators‘ (Fulci 1984). But there’s also e.g. the horror classic ‘↓White Zombie‘ (Halperin 1932), starring Bela Lugosi. And much, much more … FULCI, LUCIO. 1984. The new gladiators [motion picture]. Rome: Regency Productions. HALPERIN, VICTOR. 1932. White zombie [motion picture]. Los Angeles: United Artists. ROMERO, CHRISTOPHER. 1996. Cyberstalker (aka The digital prophet) [motion picture]. Long Island City: Troma Entertainment. RUNDLE, ROBERT. … Continue reading

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who is emerging?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #48 Who is emerging from that door? And where is he headed to?     Just leave a comment with your educated guess—you can ask for additional hints, too. [Leaving a comment is easy; just click the ‘Leave a comment’ at the end of the post and fill in the form. If it’s the first time you post a comment, it will be held for moderation. But I am constantly checking, and once I’ve approved a comment, your next ones won’t be held, but published immediately by the system.] UPDATE and solution (11 November 2011): And … Continue reading

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o’bannon and lovecraft

Over at ↑Strange Shapes they have a fine article on ‘↑The Engineer Mythos.’ Here’s the opening paragraph: When ↑Dan O’Bannon was twelve years old he stumbled across an old anthology of stories in a book store. He paid the nickel and took it home. Inside was a story titled The Colour Out of Space, by ↑HP Lovecraft. “I stayed up all night reading the thing, and it just knocked my socks off,” O’Bannon said. In Lovecraft’s fiction the universe is a source of both awe and terror. Humanity’s dominion over the world is illusory. Revelation is destructive and victory is … Continue reading

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