Comparing Types Of Time Travel In Fiction

MinutePhysics (which, if haven’t checked out already would be worth spending a little of your time on) and a fun whiteboard explainer on the different types of time-travel in various films and books. Specifically, the video synopses how time travel causally affects the perspective of characters’ timelines (Who has free will? Can you change things by going back to the past?).

I appreciate time travel stories that have a nice logic to them. I have to agree with Henry Reich when he says that, “Logical consistency is a thing that you may have noticed I think lays the foundation for good time travel stories.” Which explains why I didn’t like Star Trek: First Contact or the Original Superman.

The Murmuration Is The Flock Itself, The Susurrus Is The Sound It Produces

Videos of starling murmurations are numerous yet always enchanting. However, but this clip from Jan van IJken’s documentary short film The Art of Flying is exceptional because of the sound. From the video’s youtube page:

We know a lot of factual information about the starling—its size and voice, where it lives, how it breeds and migrates—but what remains a mystery is how it flies in murmurations, or flocks, without colliding. This short film by Jan van IJken was shot in the Netherlands, and it captures the birds gathering at dusk, just about to start their “performance.” Listen well and you’ll be able to hear how this beautiful phenomenon got its name.

Farm To Table

This is a clip from the film Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke (also the director of Baraka and the director of photography for Koyaanisqatsi) packs a real punch, without saying a word. If you are not too squeamish, stick to the end, the last scene is the kicker. This is not comfortable or pleasant viewing. It is dystopian and confronting and robotic. Both tragic and beautiful. And definitely worth a watch.

Don’t let this stop you from watching the entire film though.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

Help Save The Curtis Brothers House

The Delta Bravo Exploration Team has purchased the “Outsiders House” in Tulsa OK. They are raising funds to restore it to its authentic movie condition and turn it into a museum dedicated The Outsiders. The museum would showcase collections of “Outsiders” pop culture and will pay tribute to S.E. Hinton’s novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s film.

Hopefully something gold can stay.

Unedited Footage Of A Bear (Sponsored by Claridryl)

On the heels of “Too Many Cooks”, comes Adult Swim’s horrifying, disturbing and genius “Unedited Footage Of a Bear”. It begins with candid footage of a bear, as promised in the title. The bear footage is interrupted by a fake infomercial for a side-effect-prone nasal spray called Claridryl. It then rapidly devolves into chaotic violence. It aired for the first time on Adult Swim this week in their 4am infomercial slot. It’s dark, uncomfortable and brilliant.

The video’s “Skip Ad” button will take you to the promotional website for Claridryl. Let the website play all the way through or click the house about 10 times. The video was directed by Alan Resnik of Alan Tutorial fame and Memime fame.

Some side effects effects may may occur. If side effects occur occur please form a second opinion. Your inside affects your outside side effects; Claridryl affects your insides effects on your outside. Please choose sides before consulting Claridryl. Claridryl is not responsible for switched sides, insides or out. What were you thinking? Claridryl is not related to that.

A list Of The 100 All-Time Best Film Noir And Neo-Noir Movies

In two months Taschen Books will be releasing a photography book called Film Noir. TASCHEN’s 100 All-Time Favorite Movies. The 688 page book is a film-by-film photography book of the 100 greatest Film Noir movies since 1920. It will contain posters, tons of rare stills, cast/crew details, quotes from the films and from critics, and analyses of the films. The list of the 100 greatest film noir movies in the book is below.



  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


  • The Lodger


  • M<


  • Port of Shadows


  • Rebecca


  • High Sierra
  • The Maltese Falcon


  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Ossessione


  • Phantom Lady
  • Double Indemnity
  • Gaslight
  • Laura
  • The Woman in the Window
  • Murder, My Sweet


  • Hangover Square
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Detour
  • The Lost Weekend
  • The Spiral Staircase
  • Leave Her to Heaven


  • Gilda
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Notorious
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Killers


  • Body and Soul
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Out of the Past
  • T-Men
  • The Lady from Shanghai


  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Call Northside 777
  • They Live by Night
  • Force of Evil


  • Champion
  • The Third Man
  • White Heat


  • Gun Crazy
  • Night and the City
  • In a Lonely Place
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Sunset Boulevard


  • The Thief


  • Poison Ivy
  • Pickup on South Street


  • Rear Window


  • Diabolique
  • The Big Combo
  • Rififi 366
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • The Night of the Hunter


  • The Killing
  • Foreign Intrigue


  • Sweet Smell of Success


  • Elevator to the Scaffold
  • Touch of Evil
  • Vertigo
  • It Happened in Broad Daylight
  • Murder by Contract


  • Odds Against Tomorrow



  • Purple Noon
  • Peeping Tom
  • Psycho
  • Shoot the Piano Player


  • Cape Fear


  • High and Low


  • Blow-Up


  • Point Blank
  • Le Samouraï


  • Get Carter


  • The Getaway


  • The Conversation
  • Chinatown


  • The Passenger


  • Taxi Driver


  • The Driver


  • Diva
  • Blow Out
  • Prince of the City
  • Body Heat
  • Clean Slate


  • Blade Runner


  • To Live and Die in L.A.


  • Blue Velvet


  • House of Games


  • Basic Instinct
  • Bad Lieutenant


  • Pulp Fiction


  • Se7en
  • Heat


  • L.A. Confidential
  • Hana-Bi


  • The Limey


  • Memento


  • Sin City


  • No Country for Old Men


  • The Dark Knight


  • Black Swan


  • Drive

2012: My Year In Movies

I didn’t track my movie watching in 2012 but below is a list of movies that I watched and enjoyed over the past year.

Marley (10/10)
Being Elmo (9/10)
True Grit (8/10)
Toy Story 3 (8/10)
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (8/10)
Adventureland (7/10)
The Descendants (7/10)
The Avengers (7/10)
Rango (6/10)
21 Grams (7/10)
The Joneses (6/10)

Here were my favorites from 2011, 2010, 2008, and 2007 I have done a handful of posts over the past year that have to do with movies. Go explore them under the movies tag.

Total Film’s 50 Most Hated Movies Ever

Below is a list Total Films put out containing of the 50 most hated films of all time today. It’s really just a list a movies that people love to hate. It mostly consists of crappy remakes (Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Psycho) and horrible sequels ( Joel Schumacher’s 1997 “Batman And Robin”). There aren’t really any surprises on the list but I thought it might offer you a little Schadenfreude for your Tuesday evening. The entire list is after the jump and the top ten contain Total Film’s reason for making the list. Enjoy.

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