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How does a ‘terrible’ movie make $300 million in three days?

From one of the worst reviewed films of the year to one of the biggest financial successes, Chris Plante and Ben Kuchera discuss how Michael Bay continues to pack them in. Transformers: Age of Extinction made $300 million in its first weekend of release. That number is insane, even by the standards of a Hollywood blockbuster, Read MoreRead More

Baseball, White House & War Photography with David Hume Kennerly

David Hume Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for six decades. He has covered wars and the people who started them, major sporting events including the 1969 Miracle Mets-winning World Series, and every other kind of story imaginable. He has done portrait sessions with kings, queens, presidents, soldiers in the field, Read MoreRead More

Satoshi Kon – Editing Space & Time

Four years after his passing, we still haven’t quite caught up to Satoshi Kon, one of the great visionaries of modern film. In just four features and one TV series, he developed a unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time. Join me in honoring the greatest Japanese animator not named Miyazaki.Read More

Why You Clicked on That Tweet: The Psychology of Twitter Engagement

Lanya Olmsted outlines 4 pscyhological theories behind why people clicked on that tweet. Via Raindance What does the academic field that has brought us Freudian theories have to do with the social network that popularized hashtags and play-by-play updates of Sunday brunches? More than you would think. We want to know what will motivate our followers Read MoreRead More

Bechdel-sploitation: Erotic Films That Pass the Test

Dig deeper than ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ when it comes to the Bechdel Test, and you’ll find there’s a lot to learn. The Fandor website has a page that lists all of its films that have passed the Bechdel Test, a widely referenced set of three simple questions to assess how a film represents its female Read MoreRead More

WOODY ALLEN ON WRITING: 5 Quotes from the Prolific Screenwriter

Ty Budde collects 5 quotes from Woody Allen on the subject of writing from writing from the subconscious to stealing. 1. On writing from the subconscious: “What people who don’t write don’t understand is that they think you make up the line consciously — but you don’t. It proceeds from your unconscious. So it’s the Read MoreRead More

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