Monday, 21st October 2019

Tell Me About John: Tribute to John Candy

Posted on 26. Oct, 2014 by in Actors, Rediscover

Tell Me About John: Tribute to John Candy

In the 1980s and early ‘90s, John Candy appeared in some of the most beloved comedies of all time. He played the bumbling-but-lovable Del Griffith in Planes Trains and Automobiles, the gruff but, once again, lovable Irv in Cool Runnings, and the hilarious half-man, half-dog, Barf (his “own best friend”) in Spaceballs. Though Candy passed […]

“Everything is dead but the motor still turns”

Posted on 27. Sep, 2014 by in Movies

“Everything is dead but the motor still turns”

It was with some trepidation that I watched Catalonian director Albert Serra’s Historia de la meva mort (The Story of My Death) at this year’s Viennale. After quickly gaining notoriety as an enfant terrible of the festival circuit in the wake of his first two films – Honor de cavalleria (2006) and El cant des […]

Scenes You’ve Seen: In Stock footage

Posted on 27. Sep, 2014 by in Movies, Rediscover

Scenes You’ve Seen: In Stock footage

Scenes you’ve seen … or have you? Using Dissolve stock footage – and the magic of editing – we’ve created this impressionistic homage to some classic movies. Can you name all 14 films? See and license the clips used at http://www.dissolve.com/scenes. But first, let’s get educated. Quick definition. What is stock footage? Stock footage, and similarly, […]

Stanley Kubrick’s Voice

Posted on 08. Dec, 2013 by in Directors, Rediscover

Stanley Kubrick’s Voice

“People react primarily to direct experience and not to abstractions; it is very rare to find anyone who can become emotionally involved with an abstraction.” In the spring of 1965, the physicist and prolific author Jeremy Bernstein wrote a short piece for The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” about of 37-year-old director Stanley Kubrick, who was accelerating towards the […]

Faking It: A Visual History of Images

Posted on 16. Dec, 2012 by in Rediscover

Faking It: A Visual History of Images

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses,” Susan Sontag famously asserted in On Photography. But in the quarter century since, the rise of digital photography and image manipulation software has increasingly transmogrified the photographer into a constructor of reality, a reality in which believing is seeing. Still, image manipulation dates much further back — in fact, to the dawn of photography […]

The Distance of the Moon: Short Film

Posted on 22. Oct, 2012 by in Movies, Rediscover

The Distance of the Moon: Short Film

Beloved Italian writer Italo Calvino (1923-1985) — who originated these 14 timeless definitions of what makes a classic — would’ve celebrated his 89th birthday today. To mark the occasion, here is an exquisite animated short film by Israeli children’s book author, and illustrator Shulamit Serafy, based on Calvino’s short story The Distance of the Moon. [vsw id=”EZ9cEZhiGPw” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] The story […]

Among the Philistines: From the Trilogy to Comrades

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by in Movies, Rediscover

Among the Philistines: From the Trilogy to Comrades

Until recently, the only way viewers in the U.K. could see Bill Douglas’s 1987 film, Comrades, was by stumbling across it during one of Film4’s rare, late-night broadcasts. American moviegoers were even less lucky, since the film was never released here. Thankfully, in 2009 the British Film Institute (BFI) released it on DVD, marking the first […]

Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by in Music

Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration

“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” I recently stumbled upon a recurring theme articulated by both Jack White and Nick Cave, a concept that flies in the face of our cultural mythology about how creativity works — the idea that just showing up and doing the work, or what […]

Twilight Zone Creator Rod Serling on Where Good Ideas Come From

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by in The Biz

Twilight Zone Creator Rod Serling on Where Good Ideas Come From

“Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized.” The questions of where good ideas come from,what inspiration is made of, why some people are more creative than others, and how we can optimize ourselves for creativity are perhaps as enduring as the act of creation itself. In this short clip from the vintage TV specialWriting […]

I Am Science: Short Film

Posted on 28. May, 2012 by in Movies

I Am Science: Short Film

By: Maria Popova The road to science is paved with failed intentions. To celebrate their second birthday, my friends at The Story Collider, the finest science storytelling show around, teamed up with American Museum of Natural History media writer and producer Mindy Weisberger to bring to life the recent#IAmScience meme — real-life stories about the unconventional, unexpected ways in which […]

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