Archive for December, 2010

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FADE TO BLACK.

12/31/2010

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“THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROAD MOVIES”

12/29/2010

11 classics to kick off 2011…

from LACMA

In conjunction with the exhibition William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, the Film Department will screen eleven classic road movies that typify the nomadic spirit of a rebellious generation. Drop outs, drifters, outlaws, hobos, hippies, and vets, they’re itinerants of all sorts united by a desire to outrun their past and drive their destiny. Launching with Arthur Penn’s groundbreaking Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, in which the archetypal couple-on-the-run is stylishly portrayed by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, cementing its status with Dennis Hopper‘s trippy, counterculture vision quest Easy Rider in 1969, the road movie became a popular genre for the individualistic filmmakers of New Hollywood. This series showcases the work of these filmmakers—Penn, Monte Hellman, Michael Cimino, Jerry Schatzberg—and of their collaborators: exemplary cinematographers (Vilmos Zsigmond, László Kovács, Conrad Hall), iconic stars (Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood, Peter Fonda, Karen Black, Tuesday Weld, Jeff Bridges), cult writers (Joan Didion, Rudolph Wurlitzer, Terry Southern) and musicians making their big screen debuts (James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie, Dennis Wilson).

Seen together as a single body of work, the road movies of 60s and 70s offer a vibrant portrait of a vast, multifaceted country shaped by violence—the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, the Kent state shootings of 1970, the constant carnage of Vietnam, the atrocities at the Munich Olympics—and of a generation haunted by broken dreams—Nixon’s election in 1968, and the acid burnouts that followed the utopian visions of Woodstock and Haight-Ashbury. Road movies also provide a sharp look at the mundane yet colorful details that make up modern life-truckstop diners, stock car raceways, trailer parks, dive bars, oil fields, highway bottlenecks. From inhabited deserts to empty city centers, the American landscape has never been more astutely rendered than in these films.

(LACMA)

“True Grit: The Golden Age of Road Movies” 1.7 -1.21.11 — find the entire schedule here

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WNYU…

12/27/2010

the holiday archives countdown…

from WNYU

We’re counting down to the new year by posting one of our favorite classic archives each day. These are recently digitized tapes that haven’t been released since the day they were broadcasted. Stay tuned!

#1 – The Sugarcubes, 1988, #2 – LL Cool J, 1986, #3 – Morrissey, 1984, #4 – Billy Idol, 1981, #5 – The Dictators, 1981, #6 - Smashing Pumpkins, 1990#7 – Sonic Youth, 1984#8 – Swans, 1989#9 – Ultramagnetic MC’s, 1989#10 – Meat Puppets, 1984#11 – Vernon Reid & Corey Glover, 1988#12 – The Misfits, 1981#13 – The Lemonheads, 1987#14 – Kool Moe Dee, 1987#15 – Jonathan Richman, 1980#16 – Richard Linklater, 1991#17 – Glenn Branca, 1981#18 – J. G. Thirlwell, 1987#19 – Popealopes + Naked Raygun, 1989#20 – The Flaming Lips, 1986#21 – Pylon, 1980, Music View#22 – Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark, 1981#23 – Devo, 1988#24 – The Feelies, 1980#25 – Afrika Bambaataa#26 – Ramones, 1980#27 – Kid Creole, 1980#28 – Lubricated Goat, 1989#29 – White Boys, 1987#30 – Flipper, 1982#31 – ESG, 1987#32 – Reverb Motherfuckers, 1988

(WNYU  12.1.10)

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2010 in photos…

12/25/2010

some big pictures…

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from an Icelandic volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. The volcano spewed ash into the air for weeks, wreaking havoc on flights across Europe. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

by ALAN TAYLOR

As the year 2010 approaches its last few days, it’s time to look back on the previous 12 months. In the first third of 2010, Millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, several massive earthquakes wreaked havoc worldwide, Vancouver hosted a successful Winter Olympics, and so much more. Each photo tells its own tale, weaving together into the larger story of 2010.

A US army soldier with the 101st Airborne Division Alpha Battery 1-320th fires an AT-4 as Combat Outpost Nolen on the outskirts of the village of Jellawar in the Arghandab Valley came under Taliban attack on September 11, 2010. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A tremendous sinkhole caused by the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala City was estimated to be 30 meters wide and over 60 meters deep. As the sinkhole formed, it swallowed a clothing factory about three miles from the site of a similar sinkhole three years earlier. The clothing factory had closed only an hour before it plunged into the Earth. (REUTERS/Casa Presidencial)

After a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Yushu, Qinghai, China on April 14, 2010, killing over 2,500 residents, praying Tibetan monks are seen through flames, distorted by the heat shimmer above the mass cremation of victims of the earthquake on April 17, 2010. (AP Photo)

The collapsed Borde Rio apartment building is seen in Concepcion, Chile, Thursday, March 4, 2010. On February 27th, a devastating magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. (AP Photo/ Natacha Pisarenko)

The Guizer Jarl or Chief of the Jarl viking squad stands before the burning viking longship during Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Scotland on January 26, 2010. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korean Marine Corps’ amphibious vehicles and the Navy’s Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) ship “Dokdo” (background) take part in a mock landing operation in the sea off Incheon, west of Seoul, September 15, 2010. The operation marked the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-led United Nations troops’ Incheon Landing Operations during the 1950-1953 Korean War. (REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak)

(BOSTON.COM  12.14.10)

find all 120 photos in 3 parts — part 1, part 2, part 3
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“BORN TO RAGE?”

12/24/2010

an exploration into the Warrior Gene…

by HENRY ROLLINS

When I was first made aware of the Monoamine oxidase A gene, also known as the “Warrior Gene,” and that it potentially pre-determines aggressive or violent behavior in 30% of males, I became very interested in learning more.

My questions were many. Were there any studies being done to generate a better awareness and understanding of symptoms to create preventative measures? What about young males and school, socialization and all that comes with living amongst other people in a society? What would the courts make of this gene? Would the justice system tolerate more science coming into their longstanding institution of moral constructs like the law and the Constitution?

On a personal level, could this gene perhaps be the thing that makes me prone to anger and aggressive behavior? Since the age of ten at least, I have had a constant level of anger and continually have to monitor myself to retain my composure. Could I have this gene? Could that explain why I am the way I am?

One is tested for the gene by an examination of their DNA. As part of the Born To Rage special, I submitted samples of my DNA, gathered by scraping the inside of my cheek with a stick, inserting it into a tube and sending it in.

Over the period of two weeks, we interviewed men in our test group who had submitted their DNA to be checked. We asked them about their levels of aggression, how they resolved conflict, if they thought they had the gene, did they want to have it, and would they be disappointed to find out that they didn’t.

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Almost every one of the men we asked thought they had the gene and hoped they had the gene. That said to me that this thing needs some re-branding. What man doesn’t want to be considered a warrior? Obviously there are some but if given the choice between the warrior gene and the flouncing nellie gene, I think most men would chose the former.

What does it mean to you if you have this gene? Does it mean that your aggressive behavior is excusable? Is it a hassle, like your trick knee or your shoulder that aches before it rains? ‘The warrior gene ate my homework’ won’t cut it in major markets. You are responsible for your actions, warrior gene or not.

So, what is society supposed to make of the fact that there are potentially millions of men all over the world who are predisposed to aggressive and violent behavior? It’s not as if it’s a new gene and, therefore, neither are its symptoms. Perhaps we have unwittingly sought to deal with this occurrence. Perhaps that’s why football stadiums are built to accommodate so many people, guns are so easy to shoot, and beer is so readily available.

I think it’s a good thing that we as a species have been given more information as to how we tick. We are, ultimately, social creatures. You will have to deal with a human eventually — if you have noticed, they are all over the place. For the good of our bright future, we should know all we can about ourselves.

I am a tattooed man of middle age who often raises his voice. Do I carry the Warrior Gene? There’s one sure way to find out. I hope you enjoy the show.

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

“BORN TO RAGE?” with Henry Rollins is part of the National Geographic Explorer series…

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best films of 2010…

12/23/2010

the Village Voice/L.A. Weekly film critics poll…

by J. HOBERMAN

And the winner of the 2010 Village Voice/L.A. Weekly Film Critics Poll is… The Ghost WriterBlack Swan, Greenberg, Bluebeard, Mother, Exit Through the Gift Shop and Enter the Void.

Just kidding. There’s only one movie of the moment: The Social Network.

Listed on 52 of 85 ballots cast (the largest percentage of any poll-topping movie since Todd Haynes‘ Far From Heaven won in 2002), David Fincher‘s Birth of a Cyber Nation, directed from Aaron Sorkin‘s script, took the 11th annual Voicepoll, just as it captured critics’ awards in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. Old media acknowledges new. The last time a newly anointed Time “Person of the Year” like Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg got the simultaneous Hollywood treatment was back in 1943 (Joe Stalin, Mission to Moscow).

Truly, 2010 was the year of the globalistic rogue — runner-up to the Zuckerberg story was Carlos, Olivier Assayas‘ five-and-a-half-hour saga of the most notorious international terrorist of the 1970s, while Exit Through the Gift Shop, by art-world mystery man/prankster Banksy, handily won both Best Documentary (or “documentary”) and Best First Film.

Jesse Eisenberg‘s Zuckerberg defeated Édgar Ramirez‘s Carlos for Best Actor (although in the real world, both their Google numbers combined — plus Banksy’s — are but a ridiculous fraction of the 131 million citations for global rogue Julian Assange, whose biopic is surely to come).

The poll’s top three movies all but swept the table. Sorkin overwhelmingly won for Best Screenplay; Assayas edged Fincher for Best Director. Meanwhile, third-place Winter’s BoneDebra Granik‘s indie backwoods thriller, collected a pair of awards: Feisty teenager Jennifer Lawrence pirouetted past Black Swan’s Natalie Portman for Best Actress and John Hawkes out-blustered The Fighter‘s Christian Bale for Best Supporting Actor, although in the battle for Best Supporting (lowlife) Actress, Bone’s Dale Dickey lost to Animal Kingdom‘s Jacki Weaver.

The rest of the Top 10 are a decidedly mixed bag: Roman Polanski‘s absurdist political thriller The Ghost Writer finished fourth, followed by a couple of surprise foreign films, Maren Ade‘s acerbic relationship comedy Everyone Else and Giorgios Lanthimos’ allegorical family drama Dogtooth. Darren Aronofsky‘s madcap Black Swan came in seventh, just ahead of Alain Resnais‘ even madder Wild Grass, tied with Bong Joon-ho‘s Hitchcockian murder mystery Mother and followed by the year’s top-grossing movie, Toy Story 3.

The poll has a few anomalies. Three critics named movies as the year’s best that figured on no one else’s ballots: the Nicholas Winding Refn viking fest Valhalla Rising, documentary The Tillman Story and Rodrigo García‘s adoption drama Mother and Child. But these are proudly declared individual statements. Movies are more generally a collective art and social phenomenon.

As box office receipts measure popularity, polls manifest consensus. What’s really fascinating is intensity of feeling. Each poll has a hidden story, revealing those movies that are not only liked butreally liked or even passionately lurved. Carlos may have appeared on significantly fewer ballots than The Social Network, but it garnered more first-place votes and had a higher average score. To quantify this sort of intensity, we’ve derived a primitive algorithm (factoring a movie’s average score with the percentage of voters listing it first or second) known as the Passiondex™.

Application of the Passiondex™ to movies listed by at least three critics yields a somewhat different list of winners, headed by the bleak, violent Red Riding Trilogy (No. 26). Substantially trailing that critical cult winner are Manoel de Oliveira‘s blandly eccentric Strange Case of Angelica (No. 29); Carlos; Chang-dong Lee‘s epic crime drama Secret Sunshine (No. 16); Todd Solondz‘s dark comedy Life During Wartime (No. 35); Jessica Hausner‘s deadpan religious satire Lourdes (No. 24); Miguel Gomes‘ not-quite music doc Our Beloved Month of August (No. 20); Toy Story 3; and Dogtooth. (That Lourdes, Dogtooth and Life During Wartime all received votes as the year’s worst film just enhances their cult status.) Tied with Dogtooth, and just ahead of Greenberg (No. 18) on the pash list: The Social Network.

(LA WEEKLY  12.23.10)

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308,745,538…

12/21/2010

the U.S. has the world’s third largest populationChina is the most populated at a little over 1.3 billion, India comes in second with about 1.2 billion…  an updated daily estimation by the U.S. Census Bureauputs the world population at approximately 6,903,700,000 — and counting..!

from U.S. CENSUS

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538.

The resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the 2000 U.S. resident population of 281,421,906. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Acting Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and Census Bureau Director Robert Groves unveiled the official counts at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. resident population represents the total number of people in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The most populous state was California (37,253,956); the least populous, Wyoming (563,626). The state that gained the most numerically since the 2000 Census was Texas (up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561) and the state that gained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was Nevada (up 35.1% to 2,700,551).

Regionally, the South and the West picked up the bulk of the population increase, 14,318,924 and 8,747,621, respectively. But the Northeast and the Midwest also grew: 1,722,862 and 2,534,225.

Additionally, Puerto Rico’s resident population was 3,725,789, a 2.2 percent decrease over the number counted a decade earlier.

(U.S. CENSUS  2010)

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