The Act of Killing is the latest release from Drafthouse Films, Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary that made huge waves at Toronto and Telluride this year. It's a bold move from Drafthouse Films to release such a powerfully vexing film, but the doc - that asks former Indonesian death squad leaders to recreate their mass killings in the vein of different cinematic genres, including musical numbers and crime dramas - is a challenging and significant story that deserves to be told.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Penny Arcade has a lengthy article about Obsidian concept artist Brian Menze. Here's part of what he had to say about this painting:
This is a cover to Tips &Tricks magazine when it was still published monthly and done in promotion for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords . . . . Setting this piece up (I thought) would be a breeze. I was wrong. None of the KOTOR2 elements worked as well as they do with the original Star Wars characters . . . .
Whoever it was I corresponding with at the magazine was extremely happy though and even mentioned that he felt it was one of the better covers they’ve ever received. I felt on top of the world. Imagine how disappointed I was after seeing it printed to find they had placed text everywhere on the cover except where the two central characters are. Less than 25% of my work is seen on the cover. It was a little heartbreaking. Internally, I took the image and made it into an actual movie poster complete with a title and credits which was later printed, framed and hung in multiple parts of the building.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
China doesn't like Barbie:
Last March, American toy maker Mattel closed its first flagship Barbie store – the House of Barbie – in Shanghai after two years struggling since opening in 2009. Mattel invested over $30 million in the House of Barbie in celebration of the American iconic doll’s 50th anniversary.Why?
Second, Mattel didn’t quite understand what Chinese girls and young women want. The Chinese concept of “femininity” is very different from that of American. In China, “feminine” is more about sweet and soft rather than smart and strong, more about gentle and loving rather than dazzling and fashion-forward. Although it has created a Chinese Barbie Ling with black hair who wears Chinese attire, Mattel failed to understand what Ling would represent in order to appeal to Chinese girls.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Video games from the parody Peter Molyneux Twitter account, some of which were turned into actual games:
Imagine carrying a radioactive baby in a pitch black environment, your baby would act as a torch. Rocking the baby intensifies the glow etc.
How about a game where you get to be a mother-in-law who bullies your son’s young wife? The aim is to have her thrown out within x months.
Online sidescrolling co-op 8 player game where each person controls a leg of an octopus. Each leg can attach guns which the player can fire.
War game where at the end you walk through a graveyard looking at each and every headstone of those you killed followed with 1 minute of silence.
3D adventure game where you have amnesia and wake up in a gigantic museum where every room is devoted to a year of your life.
Survey.What if there was a free game where your avatar is always crying. It doesn't affect the game but you could stop it for $2. Would you?
Simply reversing game ideas can create new experiences. Imagine a driving game where you have to avoid frogs crossing the road?
If I made a zombie game it would feature just one dangerous zombie, your child. You must sneak out avoiding society, trying to find help.
Social experiment. Game in which the high score is based on the distance you drop your Smart Phone without it breaking.
Game where you can only ever fire 1 bullet. Then the game is slowed down and you direct/maintain it through the entire game with powerups
How about an escort mission where YOU play as the escort for a horrible agent. Give them a mental breakdown by repeatably getting in the way
I'd like to see a war game in which you come in after the war to clean up debris, as you do you see ghosts of those fighting around you
Romantic parkour game in which you and the love of your life must hold hands and jump around a city evading death and injury
noPhoto, a license frame designed to detect red light cameras and emit a flash that prevents the cameras from taking a clear photo of your plates.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Horatio Greenough was commissioned by the US Congress to create a statue of George Washington for display at the U.S. Capitol. Greenough based "Enthroned Washington" on Phidias' statue of Zeus Olympios, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The statue is posed to symbolize Washington turning over power to the people at the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War.
few on Capitol Hill seemed ready for a half-naked father-of-the-country with well-developed and fully exposed shoulder muscles. His upraised right arm, draped with what appeared to be a towel across his biceps, gave the impression that he was preparing for a bath. Within weeks, incensed members of Congress demanded the work’s removal.After being mistreated for several years, the statue was eventually moved to its current home at the National Museum of American History. Via.