Dr. Strangelove

HBO’s ‘The Brink’ Is a Slow Boil, But Worth the Wait

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The odd thing about reviewing new television shows — which your film editor is occasionally lucky enough to do — is that you end up binge-watching shows that aren’t intended to be seen that way. Unless you’re reviewing the latest Netflix series, you’re not experiencing a new show the way most hesitant potential viewers will: one episode at a time, once a week, quite possibly resting the program’s DVR-or-not fate on how well its initial outing sits. Yet this massive dump of episodes can have a positive effect, and that’s the case with HBO’s new geopolitical comedy The Brink. It’s a show that starts uncertainly, wearing its influences a bit too starkly, before finding its particular groove and settling in with its characters. It’s a good show, but it takes a minute to get there.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Dr. Strangelove’

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Fifty years ago today, director Stanley Kubrick unleashed upon the world his biting Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. It became a giant hit, nabbing four Academy Award nominations and proving, with each passing year, one of the most durable satires of all time. But as with any Kubrick film, the production was long and complicated, with several strange detours and what-ifs; here are just a few of them.
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10 Movies You’ve Been Watching in Altered Versions

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Some play tennis, some memorize baseball stats, some decorate toilet seat lids. Point is, everyone’s got a hobby, but Christopher Orgeron spent his past two years of free time on a genuinely unusual project: restoring The Dark Crystal to its original, darker version. Wait, you’re thinking. I didn’t know there was an original, darker version of that, especially since the version they released was such hardcore nightmare fuel if you were a small child in the early ‘80s (OK, now I’m just projecting). Well, if you do enough poking around in Hollywood history, you’ll find there was an original, darker version of a whole lot of movies, which studio execs and other muckety-mucks demanded filmmakers brighten up before they saw the light of a projector.
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Amazing Widescreen Art Inspired by the Films of Stanley Kubrick

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Gallery 1988, the West Coast’s finest purveyor of pop culture-inspired art, continues its winning streak this weekend with not one, but two amazing new shows. The first is Directors Series: Kubrick, in which artist Mark Englert turns his distinctive style to the work of the late, great Stanley Kubrick. The wonderful folks at Gallery 1988 were kind enough to share several pieces from the exhibit; check them out after the jump, and click each to see a larger version.
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