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May 08, 2012

The Avengers and the Dogs That Look Like Them

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I have not seen The Avengers film yet. I probably couldn't even name all of them if I tried. (Thinks about it...) Nope, I can't.

I do, however, think this is very funny.    

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May 08, 2012

Roger Ebert Chooses the 10 Greatest Films of All Time

created at: 05/08/2012

For the past forty years, the U.S.'s most well-known film critic has keep a list of the ten greatest films of all time. Once every ten years (1972, 1982, 1992, 2002), he updates the list to reflect the releases of the last decade. He says, "To add a title, I must remove one. Which film can I do without? Not a single one."    

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Apr 30, 2012

Famous Movie Posters, Viewed from Different Angles

As part of a new ad campaign for LG's new 3D Sound Home Theater system, Brazilian ad agency Y&R Sao Paulo created these new takes on well-known movie posters. In order to evoke the technology's "every side of sound" capability,

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Mar 28, 2012

Where Are They Now? Humorous New Photos of Horror Villains from the 70s and 80s

It's always fun to discover the child actors we knew as kids, and see how they grew up alongside of us. Or perhaps even envision what the characters they portrayed might be doing now. Photographer Federico Chiesa takes a similar route, but explores what might have happened to the bad guys from some classic horror and sci-fi movies. After all, you can't get stabbed and shot and caught on fire over and over again without some consequences.

   

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Mar 22, 2012

"Inception" Explained (by the World's Coolest Website)

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It's been nearly two years since the release of 2010's mindbender Inception, and folks are still trying to navigate exactly what went down among all the shared dream architecture.

Enter: Inception Explained, one of the most clever and attractive combinations of HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The site walks you through each level and key plot point, helping you keep track of what each character was accomplishing at each level, with some supreme programming.  

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Mar 13, 2012

Modern Movie Posters for Classic Cartoons

For the past year, artist Tom Whalen has been working a series of new contemporary posters for some of the classic cartoons throughout the history of animation. Printed and sold by the Austin-based movie poster publisher Mondo, these works, "generally sell out within minutes of being offered online—these guys are literally printing money."

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Feb 22, 2012

6 Rules of Modern Movie Poster Design

Artist Travis Pitts has created a little visual primer for design promo posters for modern Hollywood movies.

Be sure to check out the fine print, which provides helpful suggestions like, "modern children's movies require blue sky, clouds, and the same font treatment as wacky comedy. All that is needed of the character is a peeking tease, and some element to imply that the character is coming "to the big city" or into the real world, and, commonly, in 3-D."  

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Feb 10, 2012

The Best Movie Posters of 2011

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We're already six weeks into 2012, but as we're in the midst of awards season, and many high profile films from 2011 are just now seeing a wide release in the U.S., it's still plenty fun to look at designer Adrian Curry's roundup of the best movie posters of last year.  

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Feb 03, 2012

If Oscar-Nominated Movie Posters Told the Truth

  

The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced going on two weeks now, and the general reaction from the public continues to be sorta...meh.

To address the hype, or lack thereof, TheShiznit has adapted this season's nominated films' posters to, as they say, 'tell the truth.' "In the interests of transparency, we've shopped the posters for this awards season's biggest movies so they're a little more honest about their content."

   

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Feb 02, 2012

The Cartoon Color Wheel

created at: 02/02/2012

Here's a quick mid-day pickmeup that'll make you smile: the clever minds at Slate have organized some classic, interestingly-hued cartoon characters into an interactive color wheel.  

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Feb 02, 2012

"Big Lebowski" Prints that Will 'Really Tie the Room Together'

created at: 02/01/2012

There are few, if any, movies that I have seen more than The Big Lebowski. Seriously, it was basically played on a loop all four years I was in college. For me, it's really the defining film of my generation. Or at least my coming of age years.

Etsy seller Visual Etiquette has created an expansive series of prints based on quotes and scenes from the movie that will "really tie your room together".  

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Jan 26, 2012

Patton Oswalt Snubbed for Oscar Nomination, Responds with Hilarity on Twitter

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On Tuesday morning, Patton Oswalt awoke to learn that, despite the potential buzz, he had not been nominated for his solid performance in Young Adult. 

So, he did the next best thing: he hit up Twitter, and imagined a scenario in which he and other performers snubbed for the awards, such as Tilda Swinton, Albert Brooks, Ryan Gosling, Kirstin Dunst, and Leonardo DiCaprio rent out Legoland for an alternative soiree.  

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Jan 16, 2012

Test Your Movie Knowledge with Film Alphabet Posters

British designer and artist Stephen Wildish has created these great and challenging movie alphabets, organized by decade. You'll certainly recognize some, but the task is surprisingly hard.

How many can you guess?

My scores:      

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Jan 10, 2012

Infographic: Batman and the History of the Bat-Suit

created at: 01/10/2012With the possible exception of Superman's Crayola-colored S-on-the-chest and simple cape/brief strongman combo, the Bat-suit is the most iconic superhero outfit of all time. The mask, the gloves, and most importantly, the utility belt, it walks the line of generically comic book-y and perfectly customized to the Caped Crusader.

Of course, since Batman's first appearance in 1939, there have been more than thirty-five incarnations of the Bat-suit, from the classic blue-and-grey to the black-and-molded-muscle-vinyl...er, -y.  

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Dec 22, 2011

I Went to the Christmas Story House! Check Out My Photos :)

created at: 12/21/2011

Last March, while visiting friends in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, my friend casually remarked, under his breath, with a bit of scorn, "Oh, and there's the A Christmas Story house." 

"Excuse me? Did you say the Christmas Story house?"

"Yeah," he replied, "people actually line up to go there."

"You mean, you can actually line up to go there? And see it?" 

People have different priorities, I guess. But I knew my gift to myself (well, to my relationship) come December was determined, and last weekend I went. And it was incredible. 

Couple that with some very freshly fallen snow, and a very, very good meal at a Michael Symon restaurant, and a Christmas day in Cleveland is about as festive as it gets.

Wanna see what it looks like? Good deal. Take a peak:

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Nov 28, 2011

Incredible Collages of Movie Poster Cliches

French pop culture blogger Christophe Courtois has seen a lot of movie posters. So many, in fact, that he began to notice a few trends.

No, not just the over use of Trajan, but the fact that a lot of them are, well, exactly the same...

Most interesting, Courtois notes the similiarities in types of movies, like the abundance of yellow in art house cinema:            

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Nov 23, 2011

Pop Culture-Inspired Pencil Sets

created at: 11/22/2011

(Classic Rap pencil set - $6.00)

These playful pencil sets created by One Up Designs made me laugh. The sayings on the side of each pencil, which are inspired by popular culture, are actually quite subtle. But those who spot "The Dude abides"on the side of your pencil will definitely get a kick out of it.  

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Nov 08, 2011

The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters

created at: 11/08/2011

Pop Chart Labs, the great design firm/culture scholars that brought us The Many Varieties of Beer and The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools, have released their latest intensely researched poster - The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters.

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Nov 04, 2011

Michael Bayhem: The Correlation Between Explosions and Moneymaking

created at: 11/04/2011

Every summer, Michael Bay makes a new incredibly expensive movie, full of fire and always terribly reviewed. And yet, the studios still let the guy keep making them, 'cause apparently folks still go see 'em, and their, despite their $200,000,000 budgets (yes, that's two hundred million dollars), they still make money. Lots of money.

And, interestingly enough, it seems that their profit continues to be related to, well, how many explosions there are.

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Oct 27, 2011

Tim Burton Designs New Balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though Tim Burton's creations usually find their annual heydays during the Halloween season, this year, the filmmaker's dark, macabre aesthetic will be sticking around for another few weeks. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature B.Boy, a Burton-designed balloon, mixing it up with Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and the Keith Haring guy that started showing up a few years ago.

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