Cineminutiae 105: Prometheus a Prequel!!

Another even more lively discussion about what is sure to become the most talked about film this if year, if not this decade and maybe this generation. We go into a lot of details as we analyze the latest trailer from director Ridley Scott‘s epic Prometheus. Turn off the lights, put on some headphones and try to keep up.

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Solid Potato Salad. ‘Nuff Said.

I’m not really sure what it is that’s so fascinating about this short clip from the 1944 filmBroadway Rhythm.’  Maybe it’s the incredibly clean barn that hides a theater or the way the Ross Sisters suddenly burst in ready to perform like they’re at Carnegie Hall or the fantastic ways they’re able to twist their bodies like incredibly flexible, fleshy, firm pretzels.  And just what the hell is “solid” potato salad?  And why the hell are they singing about potato salad?  Is it some kind of communist code designed to activate sleeper agents?

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Janice Looks Like Steve

There was a time, many hundreds of years ago when the term “supermodel” wasn’t thrown around as loosely as it is today.  Then Janice Dickinson came around, the term came in to vogue and tall, skinny women were rushing to be called “supermodels” even though it had no real meaning except for a select few; Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour … and then there’s Janice Dickinson.  Many decades later, most of these women have fallen into relative obscurity and are most likely raising families and doing some productive with their lives… and then there’s Janice Dickinson.

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Cineminutiae 104: Prometheus a Prequel?

A lively discussion about the upcoming Ridley Scott epic science fiction (potential) juggernaut known as Prometheus.  Rumors and whispers are swirling around the netwebtubes about whether or not Prometheus is a prequel to Scott’s 1978 Horror – Sci Fi groundbreaking classic Alien.  At this point, there seems to be enough evidence to suggest it is in fact a prequel, while not enough evidence to indicate that it’s a direct prequel with clear story ties.  We attempt to hash it out.

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CineMinutiae 103: Back to the Future Analyzed

William, Henry & Walter discuss the pros and cons of the timeless Michael J Fox / Christopher Lloyd classic “Back to the Future.”  Everybody just LOVES this move (and so do we) but there are so many annoyances contained in those 6 or so hours that we just had to talk about it.  Remember: it’s done with love so don’t hate us.

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RIP Ralph McQuarrie (Gallery)

In the late 70s and early 80s one of the most influential artists on me (before I discovered Picasso, Dali and Vallejo) was a man named Ralph McQuarrie.  Most people have heard of George Lucas and have the false belief that he had the “vision” to create the look and feel of the Star Wars Universe.  George wrote the stories, but left the look and feel of practically the entire thing to a true visionary named Ralph.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man,” George Lucas said in a statement. “Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph’s fabulous illustrations and say, ‘Do it like this.'”

“In many ways, he was a generous father to a conceptual art revolution that was born of his artwork, and which seized the imaginations of thousands and propelled them into the film industry. In that way, we will all be benefiting from his oeuvre for generations to come,” Lucas said.

“Beyond that, I will always remember him as a kind and patient, and wonderfully talented, friend and collaborator.” -George Lucas

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Buscemi Goggles

I can’t look at this (obviously manipulated) photo of Steve Buscemi without vigorously rubbing my eyes, blinking and squinting because it makes me feel like I’m looking at him through a glass shower door or maybe I just got punched in the face with a  Mack truck and my vision is a little skewed.  Whatever effect it has on me, it doesn’t deter me from staring (which is the opposite reaction I have when I look at a normal, unaltered photo of the Pulp Fiction bit player.)

What does it do to your brain?  Does it make you go cross-eyed?  I bet it does.

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NY Times Lively Morgue Tumblr

The New York Times is releasing some pretty incredible photos from their art department archive known as “The Lively Morgue.” The unique aspect of this particular collection is that each image is presented front and back, giving the viewer insight into the history of each image.

The Times’s picture library was originally part of the art department, not the news department. Once it was consolidated with the newsroom clipping file, however, it came to be called the morgue. Explanations differ as to the origins of that name, but it’s safe to say that the clippings were originally biographical and kept close at hand in case a subject dropped dead around deadline, requiring an instant obituary. Whatever the case, any morgue that includes a bus-sized, helium-filled Bullwinkle hovering over Times Square is a very lively morgue indeed.  –LivelyMorgue.Tumblr

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1973 Oil / Gas Crisis

What with our current situation in the Middle East with all the wars (Iraq, Afghanistan) and embargoes (Iran) and dictators being overthrown (Gaddafi) and revolution (Egypt, Syria) this seems like a good time to remind everyone of what happens when their addiction is ripped from their hot, sweaty hands.  Back in 1973, there was a CRAZY gas shortage!  According to our super secret top stealthy sources at Wikipedia:

The 1973 oil crisis started in October 1973, when the members of Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries or the OAPEC (consisting of the Arab members of OPEC, plus Egypt, Syria and Tunisia) proclaimed an oil embargo. This was “in response to the U.S. decision to re-supply the Israeli military” during the Yom Kippur war.

Luckily, the embargo ended in March of the following year and Americans were free to suck on the petroleum crack pipe once again.  We’ve had it pretty good ever since (aside from a mild crisis here and there.)  But now, the prices are rising as are the tensions and it looks like scenes like this might be right around the corner.  A hearty and heartfelt Thank Ya! to Retronaut for running this story and reminding us of the crazy that was and that might be again.

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