What better way to prepare for Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards than by seeing the 84 incarnations that have come before it? Nelson Carvajal compiled excerpts from every Best Picture winner, opening with William A. Wellman’s “Wings” in 1927 and ending with Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” in 2012. Nothing like opening and closing with black & white movies. I think it perfectly illustrates… Read more →
Did you know that the most popular videos on YouTube for 2012 were made by professionals, not users? The crappy, weird and funny videos uploaded by typical users that once made the site famous aren’t as popular as they once were. Is power of the user over? Has the “democratization” of content creation ended? This ad campaign for the Cape Times takes… Read more →
I love this Wes Anderson super cut of over head shots! It really makes a difference in the point-of-view of the story. Such beautiful imagery – I don’t usually care for his story lines but I think they look great!
Here are four shows I’m really excited to see (their descriptions via the NY Times since I haven’t seen them yet) and, of course, when their admissions’ are free if you can’t make it this week. ★ Whitney Museum of American Art: ‘Wade Guyton: OS’ (through Jan. 13) Something of a rarity this fall season, a beautiful, thoughtfully staged show makes… Read more →
Finally, a viral meme based on a woman who does her job really well, who’s able to express what we’re all thinking but not able to put into words. Lydia Callis, Mayor Bloomberg’s expressive interpreter during Hurricane Superstorm Sandy, broke through the media clutter and became a viral sensation last week. And not for her clothes. Or her looks. Or who… Read more →
My contribution to the Binders Full of Women meme, millennial style.
Remember renting movies on a Friday night? Driving to the overly air conditioned movie store to pick out a DVD or OMG, a VHS, from the racks and racks of rentals? The best part was the over-priced candy and instant popcorn at the checkout counter where you had to convince them you were a member, you just forgot your card. That all… Read more →
How I would love to see an itemized bill for certain expenses. Like where tax dollars go. How much celebrities spend on trainers. And what kind of math the girl on the subway used to buy a $4,000 Celine bag but wasn’t able to come up with “some ways to start saving money”. I’ve always wondered how much logo and… Read more →
The word “mash-up” is an official member of the English language! Yesterday, Merriam-Webster’s Fall 2012 collection of “new” words you-probably-already-know-the-meaning-of were released. The new words include: aha moment bucket list cloud computing copernicium earworm energy drink f-bomb game changer gassed gastropub man cave mash-up sexting systematic risk underwater Hey, everybody’s gotta make a living – back-to-school must be Merriam-Webster’s Black Friday. The company… Read more →
Two of my favorite things came back together this week: the TV comedy Seinfeld and The New Yorker magazine. In the final season of Seinfeld, Elaine can’t figure out why a certain New Yorker cartoon is funny. She gets a meeting with an editor and asks him directly. He admits that even he doesn’t understand some of the stuff they publish…. Read more →