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May 06, 2011

Retro Revival: Vintage Posters for Modern Movies

Brain Pickings has assembled a killer collection of vintage-styled movie posters for contemporary films. As Maria Popova remarks, they explore "Helvetica, Hitchcock and what Saul Bass can teach J.J. Abrams about mystery."

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Apr 26, 2011

Movie Parts Posters

Canadian graphic designer and artist Emma Butler created her Movie Parts poster series as a response to reductive representation of pop culture pieces craze. She says, "This poster series was inspired as an alternative to the ever-popular "minimalist movie poster" trend currently floating about on the web. On the opposite end of the spectrum, these posters are made up of all the memorable parts, pieces & props that feature in some of my favourite movies."

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Apr 14, 2011

The Ferris Bueller's Day Off Board Game (+ a New Angsty Trailer)

I never skipped school. Not one time. Lame, I know.

I was either legitimately sick, or had a darn good excuse. Heck, I only missed, like, three classes in college, and they were all because I was out of town.

But I wanted to. I was too afraid, but, boy, did I wish I could give myself permisson to pull it off. Put the thermometer under the lamp. Sneak a hot water bottle under the covers. Perfect the raspy voice and fake cough. Like my man, Ferris Bueller.

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Apr 04, 2011

De-3D Glasses

 

I just thought back, and I'm blown away by home many 3D movies I've seen over the last 18 monthes. Granted, most of them were animated features that I saw at the dollar theatre, and all of them were because 3D was the only way I could see them at all. Since the trend doesn't seem like it's dying anytime soon, it's likely time that someone came up with a solution to de-3D 3D projections so that they appear just like normal films.

ThinkGeek has done just that.

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Apr 01, 2011

12 Awesome "Back to the Future" Posters

Yes, Marty McFly staring at his watch surrounded by flaming tire tracks and the DeLorean was awesome...in the 80s.

But, it's 2011, and while the film still hits the spot as well as it ever did, I'm always a fan of a contemporary makeover. Especially when it's this Saul Bass-alike:

  

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Mar 16, 2011

If You Watch It Backwards...

If You Watch It Backwards is the latest single-subject Tumblr blog which details the plot lines of movies and television shows in reverse.

Such as these gems:

If you watch The Exorcist backwards it’s about a girl who’s very sick until she eats some pea soup and finally gets better.

If you watch Toy Story 3 backwards, it’s a tragedy about a gang of toys who go through hell just so they can wind up in a home where they are neglected.

If you watch Harry Potter backwards, it’s about a young wizard who gets sent into witness protection after a violent altercation.

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Mar 02, 2011

Famous Objects from Classic Movies

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Famous Objects from Classic Movies is graphic quiz game that evokes, well, famous objects from classic movies. The play is a bit like hangman, in which you guess the letters of the movie title, so if you don't immediately recognize an item's relevance, you can get there with a bit of trial and error.  

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Feb 28, 2011

Getting at the Truth of "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

I don't care what happened at the Oscars last night, Exit Through the Gift Shop was among the most engaging and well-crafted films of 2010. Straight up. (Also, Winter's Bone, Please Give, and Another Year deserve more credit...)

But, Oscar or not, the question still remains. Is Mr. Brainwash an actual, self-sustaining artist, or an elaborate, decades-long project by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, or somewhere in between?

The L.A. Times reports, "The movie is anchored by two of the least reliable narrators in memory: Banksy, the anonymous British street artist; and Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French émigré to Los Angeles whose obsessive

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Jan 31, 2011

The Best Picture Oscar Nominees...In LEGO

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The King's Speech

LEGO pro and film fan Alex Eylar has combined his love to recreate scenes from each of the 2011 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.

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127 Hours  

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Jan 28, 2011

The Coenfographic

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I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?

Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.created at: 01/28/2011 

  

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Jan 14, 2011

Jeff Bridges visits the Little Lebowski Store

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On Wednesday night, I caught the last 3/4s or so of a new American Masters on PBS on Jeff Bridges, entitled Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

It was actually pretty fascinating, and the highlight includes the actor's visit to the Little Lebowski Shop in Greenwich Village.

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Click play to watch the video:  

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Jan 06, 2011

Typography and the World of the Royal Tenenbaums

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Over the holiday break, I spent most of my free time in my basement workshop, learning to use my new planer, and raiding my DVD library. (I hardly buy them anymore, but have a hefty collection from my days of working of the video store in college). One afternoon, I put in The Royal Tenenbaums, and saw something I'd never spied before: the abundance of the typeface Futura. It's on the poster, sure, and in the credits, but there it was on the school bus:

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And at the hospital:

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Jan 04, 2011

The Greatest Film Scenes of 2010

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I'm thinking this is my favorite 2010 top ten roundup of the season. I love that they don't make any claims about the most successful films, but delve into the DNA of what great filmmaking can be. Plus, they actually provide the scenes within the article itself, so you can remind yourself of the ones you've seen, and learn new things about those you haven't yet.

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Dec 02, 2010

The Ultimate Guide to the 2010 Holiday TV Schedule!

Only during the holiday season do we allow ourselves to consume things we never would otherwise: namely, too many calories and terribly cheesy television and movies.

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But when its Christmas, that's okay. Normally, most of us wouldn't watch the same programs, intended for children, year after year, but buddy, when the Grinch is on, I'm watching.

And in 2010, no one needs to spend hours in front of the television, waiting for that magic moment when Home Alone comes on (Kevin, you're such a disease). Take a minute to look at these great schedules, then set your DVRs or other recorders, and have them available for whenever you get around to wrapping those gifts!   

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Nov 02, 2010

Cinematic Topography: States Represented by Films

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Redditor subtonix made a map of the United States, describing each state by a film he thought best fit.

Fantastic idea, but some of the choices are likely to offend film fans and citizens alike. It seems the creator made some pretty intentional choices to poke fun at some states. Wayne's World for Delaware? The use of Jesus Camp, twice?! And for my own home state of Ohio...I've seen Gummo, and have been to Xenia. Not even close.

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Sep 27, 2010

Memorable Movie Quotes Organized as Memorable Typographical Posters

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Movie quote quiz: name the film. First one to get all five right in the comments wins a free copy of Make It! Hardware Store Decor. No Googling.

1. "Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead."

2. "I'm not even supposed to be here today."

3. "Down here, it's our time."

4. "Donny, you're out of your element."

5. "The power of voodoo." "Who do?" "You do." "Do what?" "Remind me of the babe."

If you got even one of those, you'll definitely want to check out Jerod Gibson's new series of movie quote posters, artfully arranged in the shape of an iconic image from that film.

 


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Sep 08, 2010

Revenge of This Nerd: Movie Character T-Shirts from Found Item Clothing

 

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If you haven't noticed already, I'm a bit of a movie freak. And my taste is not high-brow. Which is why I love the t-shirts from Found Item Clothing. These guys founded their business on this very simple idea: Why can't I have a shirt like that one guy in the movie? 

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Through utterly thorough re-watchings of fine films such as Revenge of the Nerds, What About Bob, and Real Genius, they've been able to re-create perfect replicas of shirts worn by characters in movies.

The world is on ironic t-shirt overload these days, but I think it takes a devoted fan to get super excited about wearing a shirt someone wore for just a few brief

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Sep 07, 2010

Going Back to Flynn's Arcade: Tron Sock Pattern for Superfan Superknitters

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

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Even though the release of the Tron sequel is months away, I can feel the mania beginning already! Knitter Chris Wass has taken it to the next level with this pattern for a beautifully detailed pair of socks.

Making these would be a grand gesture for the Tron freak in your life, as they're a bit on the tricky side. But you've got until December to whip these babies up in time for the return of still-rockin' Jeff Bridges as our beloved Flynn. If you're unfamiliar with this 80's video game/sci-fi classic, here's a little taste:

 

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Jun 08, 2010

How To: Make a Laptop Riser for Watching Movies and TV in Bed

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In the era of streaming videos, Hulu, Netflix, and the like, folks are cancelling their cable packages left and right and opting to recieve all of their television and watch many of their movies on computers. Our old CRT televisions are dying, and instead of replacing them, we just head to the computer instead.

And it's great...except watching films and engaging television is supposed to be about relaxing, and that can be difficult to do when you're trying to consume a feature length film at your desk. Many of us have wi-fi connected devices on our TVs, or even connected whole computers to televisions in our living and family rooms, both

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May 19, 2010

Superhero Lifestyle: The Space Age Mansion of Iron Man

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There's been a trend in home blogs lately to show the large modern mansions in Hollywood films - the Cullens' home in Twilight, the actual Amityville Horror House , so this recent article about the multi-billion dollar home of Tony Stark.

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'Cept, the house doesn't really exist. "The film’s director Jon Favreau explains that the exterior shots of the house are keyed in on, 'a bluff called Point Dume in Malibu that is a National Park, so people in Los Angeles will recognize it. It’s sort of like the best spot and nobody is allowed to build there, but we put a digital house there.' "

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