Dr. Strangelove

Jack Black and Aasif Mandvi in "The Brink"

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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Artist Credit: Mark Englert

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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Watch a Stop-Motion Lego Homage to ‘Dr. Strangelove’

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If you’re one of the rabid Kubrick fans lurking in our audience, then drop what you’re doing immediately, and watch this stop-motion version of Dr. Strangelove that YouTube user XXxOPRIMExXX lovingly crafted out of Lego pieces. Why the urgency? As Dangerous Minds points out, these videos were first uploaded back in 2010, but were quickly taken down due to copyright issues, so there’s no telling how long they’ll be up. “I had to take out the famous scene of Slim Pickens riding the bomb and the nuclear holocaust credits to have this video viewable because those scenes were taken directly from the movie,” the filmmaker writes. “I was hoping to have the Slim Pickens scene done in Lego by now but I just never had enough time or effort to do it, maybe some time in the future.” While you wait, enjoy the two sequences that we’ve posted after the jump!
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10 of the Greatest ‘Simpsons’ Movie References

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Whether through homage or satire, there’s a rich tradition in cinema — fueled by the likes of cinephile filmmakers such as Godard and Tarantino — of making inside references to other filmmakers. But perhaps even more than the directors enjoy making movie references, audiences love picking up on them. It makes us feel like we have a specialized, albeit useless, expertise. Apparently the writers of The Simpsons have indulged in their share of cinephilia over the years as well, and the Movie Simpsons Tumblr — which launched earlier this year — has been posting animated gifs of famous movie scenes reconstructed, referenced, or otherwise alluded to on the show. We’ve put together ten of our favorites here.
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10 Movies You Didn’t Realize Were Based on Books

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With the reboot of Total Recall hitting theaters this week, and Cloud Atlas on the horizon we’ve been thinking a lot about the way films are adapted from books, and how often people totally miss the books in favor of the movies that spring from them — including us.  With film adaptations of Philip K. Dick stories like Total Recall, which tend to veer so wildly that you might not recognize even if you had read the source material, we understand. But as it turns out, there are a lot more movies that we didn’t realize were based on books — until now. Click through to see our list, and let us know which movies surprised you (or which ones you totally knew about, smarty pantses) in the comments.
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