Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
Patton Oswalt’s multi-franchise super-movie described in his Star Wars filibuster from Parks and Recreation, animated.
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Scientists hooked a squid up to an iPod. This is what happened.
Jane Austen responds to Michael Chwe naming her a master of Game Theory.
Jim Emerson collects and breaks down the criticisms of Room 237, a documentary of people who obsess over Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. And Drew Morton created a visual essay in response to the film.
Black Lodge Singers perform the theme from The Flintstones pow-wow style (via @WFMU).
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Gutter friend and Coach House Press publicist Evan Munday is in ongoing Canadian book publishing Twitter rap battle with Found Press/Cormorant Books’ Bryan Jay Ibeas.
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The Detroit Free Press has news about Robocop’s return to Detroit–in statue form.
Doctor Who in the style of Edward Gorey. (Boo, Adric! Yay, Wirrn!)
Linda Holmes shares 50 wonderful things at NPR’s Monkey See blog.
Wired digs deeper into the mysterious journal sent to Henry Walton Jones, Jr., aka, Indiana Jones, at the University of Chicago.
Make yourself two little Krampusse just in time for Krampusnacht! Krampus 1 and Krampus 2.
Nicolas Cage performs John Cage’s, “4’33″.”
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