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The Beastie Boys & Rick Rubin Reunite and Revisit Their Formative Time Together in 1980s NYC

The Beastie Boys’ record-shattering Licensed to Ill is thirty-four years old. This fact might mean nothing to you, or it might mean that you are thirty-four years older than the moment the album came out in November of 1986, and suburban parents around the country, maybe even your parents, freaked out in unison. The album was a stroke of genius from producer Rick Rubin, delivering hip-hop safe for white kids while also giving them permission to be as obnoxious as possible. Ostensibly a r...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Brooklyn, Slayer, Ill, Spike Jonze, Nme, Nyu, Kerry King, PAUL, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Perry, Rick Rubin, Josh Jones


Watch 36 Beastie Boys Videos Now Remastered in HD

The Beastie Boys are still the only group to have their music videos receive a Criterion Collection release, having delivered a steady stream of hilarious and fun promo spots since “She’s on It” in 1985. As the documentary Beastie Boys Story recently dropped on AppleTV, the remaining B-Boys and their record label remastered 36 of their videos, now re-uploaded to YouTube in HD. And now’s as good a time as any to restock and rethink their impact on the art form of music video. ...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, Youtube, College, Los Angeles, Missy Elliot, Jean Cocteau, Pompeii, Spike Jonze, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, MCA, KCRW, Ted Mills, Hype Williams


The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912): The Truly Weird Origin of Modern Stop-Motion Animation

These days, ever more ambitions computer-animated spectacles seem to arrive in theaters every few weeks. But how many of them capture our imaginations as fully as works of the thoroughly analog art of stop-motion animation? The uncanny effect (and immediately visible labor-intensiveness) of real, physical puppets and objects made to move as if by themselves still captivates viewers young and old: just watch how the Wallace and Gromit series, Terry Gilliam's Monty Python shorts, The Night...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, College, France, History, Fox, Animation, Wes Anderson, Terry Gilliam, Seoul, Jason, Anderson, Spike Jonze, Facebook Twitter, Edwards


The New Normal: Spike Jonze Creates a Very Short Film About America’s Complex History with Cannabis

In two short minutes, director Spike Jonze takes you from the hemp farms of George Washington to Reefer Madness and America's long, costly prohibition against cannabis--a prohibition that's now getting dismantled state by state. Narrated by actor Jesse Williams, the short was made for MedMen, an American publicly traded company that provides "a wide range of ... high quality cannabis products." Welcome to the new normal.... Related Content: Spike Jonze’s Stop Motion Film Hauntingly Anima...
Tags: Google, Film, College, America, Carl Sagan, Reefer Madness, Spike Jonze, George Washington, Facebook Twitter, Jesse Williams


How Charlie Kaufman Goes Deep into the Human Condition in Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Other Movies

We all remember our early encounters with the work of Charlie Kaufman, though few of us knew at the time — or even know now — that it was the work of Charlie Kaufman. Now acclaimed as a screenwriter and the director of the films Synecdoche, New York and Anomalisa, he brought his penchant for the intersection of the philosophical and surreal even to the first projects he worked on. These include episodes of television shows like Get a Life, the early-1990s sitcom known primarily for its w...
Tags: Google, New York, Hollywood, Film, College, John Malkovich, Seoul, David Lynch, Bond, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Anomalisa, Stacey, Facebook Twitter, Kaufman, Ned


Style and Art Direction: Her

Outfits inspired by the colorful yet melancholy setting of the 2013 film "Her."Over the years, we've covered so many films with stylish characters and great costumes. But have you ever paid attention to the production design of these amazing films? In the new column Style and Art Direction, I will create outfits inspired by a film's art direction and visual feeling. This means I will take inspiration not from a film's costumes, but rather from the overall aesthetic of the film itself.Today, I'm ...
Tags: Movies, College, Inspiration, Los Angeles, Siri, Rain, Scarlett Johansson, Samantha, Joaquin Phoenix, Spike Jonze, Don, Theodore, Style And Art Direction, Theodore Twombly, Taylor Skirt Nordstrom, Taylor Clutch Kohl


25 Animations of Great Literary Works: From Plato, Dostoevsky & Dickinson, to Kafka, Hemingway & Bradbury

Over the years, we’ve featured a large number of literary works that have been wonderfully re-imagined by animators. Rather than leaving these works buried in the archives, we’re bringing them back and putting them all on display. And what better place to start than with a foundational text — Plato’s Republic. We were tempted to show you a claymation version of the seminal philosophical work (watch here), but we decided to go instead with Orson Welles’ 1973 narration of The Cave Allegory...
Tags: Google, College, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Orson Welles, Beijing, Animation, New York Times, Italy, Literature, Spike Lee, Pbs, Shakespeare, Kafka, Emily Dickinson, Sophocles


Spike Jonze’s Stop Motion Film Hauntingly Animates Paris’ Famed Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Since his breakout early days directing and music videos for the likes of Fatboy Slim, Weezer, Daft Punk, and the Breeders, Spike Jonze has honed a quirky visual sensibility that translated almost seamlessly to feature film. But even at his quirkiest, Jonze hasn’t been about quirk for quirk’s sake. His characters—highly emotional robots, dog-headed men with broken legs, tormented puppeteers, enthusiastic amateur dance troops—are underdogs, weirdos, figures on the fringes who make us qu...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Atlantic, Animation, Paris, Shakespeare, Spike Jonze, Olympia, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova, Olympia Le Tan, Jonze


Watch John Malkovich Portray David Lynch and Lynch’s Famous Characters from Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks & More

John Malkovich’s filmography includes not Wild at Heart but Places in the Heart, not Inland Empire but Empire of the Sun, not Mulholland Drive but Mulholland Falls. This respected actor, in short, has never appeared in a David Lynch film, but he recently demonstrated that he could have starred in all of them — and can even portray the director himself. In Psychogenic Fugue, Malkovich slips into a variety of Lynchian personas, from heroes like Eraserhead‘s iconically pillar-haired Henry Spen...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Los Angeles, John Malkovich, Seoul, David Lynch, Spike Jonze, Kurt Vonnegut, Facebook Twitter, Lynch, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mulholland Drive, David Lynch Foundation, Dale Cooper, Malkovich


The History of Stop-Motion Films: 39 Films, Spanning 116 Years, Revisited in a 3-Minute Video

With the release of Kubo and the Two Strings, Vugar Efendi, a filmmaker in the UK, created The Evolution of Stop-Motion, a montage that brings together scenes from 39 stop-motion films, spanning 116 years. Although some trace the beginnings of stop-motion animation back to the 1898 film, The Humpty Dumpty Circus, Efendi’s montage takes The Enchanted Drawing (1900) as its starting point. Soon enough, we encounter Ladislas Starevich’s insect-filled film, The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912). And th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, College, Animation, Jason, James, Spike Jonze, Mary, Facebook Twitter, Wallace, Kubo, Facebook and Twitter, Vugar Efendi


7 Tips for Reading More Books in a Year

On Twitter, Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative has served up 7 tips for achieving the seemingly impossible–getting more books read in this age of constant distraction. The tips are simple and effective–effective enough to help Austin read 70+ books during a year, a new personal record. No doubt, you have your own strategies for spending more time with books (and not just watching them pile up, unread, on your shelves. There’s a word for ...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Austin, Spike Jonze, Facebook Twitter, Twitter Austin Kleon



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