We’ve all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like “Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces” and “Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead,” never quite finding that perfect piece of cinematography. Defeated by your own streaming service, you haplessly watch another beloved episode of “Twin Peaks” thinking this just can’t last much longer.
While wewon’tdeny the overwhelming allure of David Lynch, wewill give you a list of 25 documentaries every Arts & Culture lover needs to watch. From Dutch prostitution heroines to the man behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse to indie gaming to vintage gig posters, these are the historical gems you should be adding to your queue right now.
Of course if you live in Canada, many of these probably aren’t available. Unless of course you use MediaHint (nudge nudge).
As someone who proudly wears and uses a watch I couldn’t agree more with the headline.
I’m not going to swap out my current watch for some janky, ugly, mostly useless screen that tells me if I have a text. It needs to still look, feel, and work like a watch, but with bonus features “from the future”.
In other words, I want what James Bond has had for almost 50 years.
There’s no shame in not voting for 12 Years A Slave—if you actually watch the movie. (If I had a vote for the Academy Awards, it would not be my first choice for Best Picture.) But voting for any movie without watching it (or not watching it and then not voting for it as a result) out of fear of upsetting your delicate sensibilities is an embarrassment. Granted, this is a small sample size—two votes out of thousands—but who knows how many other Academy members did the same thing and were at least smart enough not to announce their ignorance to the press.
I knew “12 Years…" would win best picture, not because it was the best film of the year, but because of the subject matter.
That’s not to say it’s not a brilliant piece of filmmaking, it very clearly is.
At first sight the album appears to be full length, and even the start of all tracks seem legit. However, those who continue to listen are in for a surprise.
After the first minute or so the music becomes muffled, just as RuPaul breaks in with a message for the downloader.
“Girl, you done stole my album. Uh Uh, you better don’t hookah, you better get your tail on over to iTunes baby, because I want to get some of that,” is how the first track “Freaky Money” goes after a 30 second intro.
Then RuPaul continues with some random conversation, funny skits, as well as some additional pirate-shaming as you can hear below.
This is, of course, not the first time artists have leaked their own material like this. Madonna famously did the same thing with her album “American Life”, however where Madonna took a much more serious approach RuPaul has taken a much more humourous one (while still making it clear to the listener that they broke the law).
Ironically this makes me want to check out the pirated version of the album just to hear what RuPaul has to say to downloaders.
However tough a question may be, it is not an indication of bias, it’s simply the result of a journalist doing their job. In fact, one could well argue that the larger bias comes from those who don’t ask tough questions and fail to offer proper scrutiny to our elected representatives.
If you subscribe to one of the 100 U.S.-based internet service providers that have already had to disseminate settlement requests, you could be facing a fine of $20 per torrented track. A single download won’t break the bank, but all 13 copyrighted tracks would set you back $260. Of course, you could ignore the letter, but considering that pirates “could be liable for up to $150,000 per infringement in civil penalties,” it’s probably worth settling out of court.
$20/track is more reasonable than it has been in the past, but I still don’t understand why the fine isn’t the cost of the track. The song is $0.99 on iTunes the fine should reflect that.
Uber’s surge pricing has been a controversial featureof the company’s business for some time. It uses an algorithm to raise and lower the price based on demand. At extremely busy times, especially holidays, rates can be as many as seven times the normal price. The company’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, has been front and center defending this model.
"Surge pricing only kicks in in order to maximize the number of trips that happen and therefore reduce the number of people that are stranded," he told Wired in an interview. Kalanick has always maintained that Uber is a neutral party, a technology platform that helps to most efficiently connect drivers and riders. “We are not setting the price. The market is setting the price. We have algorithms to determine what that market is.”
And I suspect one other thing. No one said “No.” In this business, we are put in a lot of dangerous situations. A certain amount of risk comes with the job. We regularly shoot in caves, mines, boats, high speed cars, helicopters, and any other dangerous situation a writer can dream up. In these situations we trust that the groundwork has been laid, discussions have been had and meetings held by the higher ups who we often call “the adults” or the “grownups.” We call them that for a reason. We count on them to worry about the details of making us safe while we focus on making the movie. All we ask is that if we are put in a situation, that we know the risks. ALL of them. And sometimes, someone has to say “No.” As a Dolly Grip, the safety of the immediate camera crew on any given shot is my responsibility. I’ve earned that through experience, as has my Key Grip. No one said “No” for this girl and those injured in this senseless tragedy. Instead, corners were cut and permissions were broken and a 27 year-old girl who just wanted to do a good job was put in a position from which there was no escape.
Unfortunately, far too often are risks like this taken.
The Estate is thrilled with the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response and support that has been shown by the MJ fan community for the exposure the world is getting to this great new Michael Jackson track, “Slave To The Rhythm”, in the Sony Mobile campaign. Only the most avid fans have heard the demo for this track before so, for the majority of people, this is the first time they are hearing the track. This is all about Michael’s legacy and spreading Michael’s music to all corners of the globe so let’s all keep showing MJ L.O.V.E.!
In North America new music is released on Tuesdays (it’s a weird reason and not worth getting into). So, considering the ad campaign launched on a Monday one might expect to find a new Michael Jackson digital single in online retailers as of Tuesday.
Sony, once again, is completely missing the mark. You’re creating buzz, so don’t let the momentum die. This would have been the perfect opportunity for a new single that would have sold lots of copies right out of the gate, even if it wasn’t from any specific upcoming album (like in the old days). They’ve already got a great partnership with iTunes, with exclusive collections and special “Mastered for iTunes” digital versions. Instead they use it to sell a new phone (something I can’t help but think Jackson himself wouldn’t have been a fan of), and they’ll probably opt to include the song on a new greatest hits compilation or some other sort of bullshit.
Seriously, I can’t tell if these guys are just stupid, or straight up don’t care. Or both.
I gotta give some serious credit where it is do to Columbia Records for their handling of the whole Daft Punk/Random Access Memories album. Clearly these guys get it.
Rather than wait for fans to upload crappy videos with either speed changes or pitch shifts to avoid being busted they themselves have uploaded every track off the album with a beautiful simple video of the song being played on a elegant minimalist turntable (complete with fingerprints on the label, and yes the location of the tone-arm corresponds with the actual location of the track on the record).
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Epic Records are very excited about the partnership with Sony Mobile announced this morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We are thrilled with the use of the new solo Michael Jackson recording, “Slave To The Rhythm,” which is featured in the 90 second online spot for the new Xperia Z2 phone. For those of you not lucky enough to be in the room for the premiere of the spot, look for it online!
So the “big” announcement is that Sony is using a new (crappy) remix of an unreleased song to promote a new cell-phone? Really?
Big news would be a new album (perhaps that’s on the way), though if this version of “Slave…” is any indication I may not want to hear it.
In typical Sony fashion the whole thing makes no real sense; sure it’s great to feature a Michael Jackson song, but now you’ve created buzz about a song that cannot be purchased by people who want to hear it. In fact, if they seek it out what they’ll find are the leaked demos of the song, not the official thing. If Sony were smart they’d have launched the ad with a link to the iTunes store where you can get the digital copy of the complete song right now.
Seriously, these guys are stuck in the dark ages and it’s just sad.
Spike Lee gives a fantastic interview about his documentary Bad 25 about Michael Jackson’s hit album “Bad”.
If you haven’t seen the film you owe it to yourself to do so. Unlike most documentaries about Jackson it doesn’t focus on just the positive, or just the negative. Instead it focuses on the artistry, and how a true genius follows up the biggest selling album in history.
According to video game developer Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine, the studio is laying off all but around 15 employees, and will shift to focus on smaller narrative games for the “core gamer” that are available digitally. The BioShock franchise will be handed off to video game publisher Take-Two Interactive, of which Irrational has been part. BioShock, developed by Irrational Games, was released in August 2007, and the latest video game in the series, BioShock Infinite, was released in March 2013.
Igniting his fury by citing the Kardashians as the biggest culprit, he sighs, “Yeah you look at these people. My dog has more dignity than those f***ers. Really. You look at the manners of people, there’s no grace any more, there’s no respect. The way they talk about people is shocking. I don’t know where we’re heading.”
The singer is scornful of those who see selfie-snapping as a sign of narcissism. “There’s all this bullshit about ‘the younger kids today are more self-absorbed,’” he says. “It’s like, give me a fucking break! I’ve been in nursing homes, where my grandma is. I’ve seen some of the most selfish people on the planet in there… And the world that these kids are born into literally could not get more selfish. The world is so fucked-up and unequal and full of assholes. You can’t blame it on the younger generation.”
And with that, he turned an article about selfies into a commentary on the blame game older generations love to play.
He just did one literally last week. I got these giant fruit baskets in the mail from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They had just made jokes at everyone’s expense at the Golden Globes that were really funny. George made up stationary with my name on it, and sent a really wounded letter to Tina and Amy saying my feelings were really hurt, how could they do this, etc. So they sent two fruit baskets. One had a letter with an apology. Another said “If this is part of some Clooney prank, please know that we’re grown-ass comedians, and you have to do a little better to fool us.” So I photographed the letters and emailed them to George with a caption that said “Go fuck yourself.” He’s honestly a child. I can just see his shoulders shaking when he laughs alone in his house.
We have reached a point in which mobile games couldn’t even be said to be a game anymore. Playing a game means that you have fun. It doesn’t mean that you sit around and wait for the game to annoy you for so long that you decide to pay credits to speed it up. And for an old geezer like me who remember the glory days of gaming back in the 1990s, it’s just unbearable to watch.
A perfect example of this is Mega Jump 2. The original was a brilliantly simple concept that kept me amused on many a 1-hour subway commute to University.
The new version is so utterly frustrating, that in order to get enough coins to upgrade your skills you’d either need to play the same first 2 minutes for days on end, or just buy a coin pack. Which I almost did. Until I stopped myself and deleted the piece of shit from my phone.
The paleo diet is hot. Those who follow it are attempting, they say, to mimic our ancient ancestors — minus the animal-skin fashions and the total lack of technology, of course. The adherents eschew what they believe comes from modern agriculture (wheat, dairy, legumes, for instance) and rely instead on meals full of meat, nuts, and vegetables — foods they claim are closer to what hunter-gatherers ate.
The trouble with that view, however, is that what they’re eating is probably nothing like the diet of hunter-gatherers, says Michael Pollan, author of a number of best-selling books on food and agriculture, including Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. “I don’t think we really understand … well the proportions in the ancient diet,” argues Pollan on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast (stream below). “Most people who tell you with great confidence that this is what our ancestors ate — I think they’re kind of blowing smoke.”
Been reading more and more from Pollan lately. Smart dude. Be sure to check out the full article.
Number one take away: just cook. The best thing you can do for your body is to cook your food yourself.