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PULP FICTION:

20 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE FILM
Twenty years ago, Pulp Fiction premiered in the U.S. To celebrate, here are 20 things you might not have known about the movie that taught Americans that a Quarter Pounder with Cheese is called a Royale with Cheese in Europe.
The narrative structure of the film plays out of sequence, but it’s easy enough to break it down into seven distinct sections (a prologue, an epilogue, two preludes, and three large segments) that can then be re-ordered into a chronological narrative (hint: the first prelude, to the “Gold Watch” section, plays first. If that doesn’t help, here’s an infographic).
For the complete list, visit mental floss here

PULP FICTION:

20 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE FILM

Twenty years ago, Pulp Fiction premiered in the U.S. To celebrate, here are 20 things you might not have known about the movie that taught Americans that a Quarter Pounder with Cheese is called a Royale with Cheese in Europe.

The narrative structure of the film plays out of sequence, but it’s easy enough to break it down into seven distinct sections (a prologue, an epilogue, two preludes, and three large segments) that can then be re-ordered into a chronological narrative (hint: the first prelude, to the “Gold Watch” section, plays first. If that doesn’t help, here’s an infographic).

For the complete list, visit mental floss here

— 2 weeks ago with 496 notes
#pulp fiction  #quentin tarantino  #john travolta  #samuel l jackson  #cult classic  #mental floss  #movie  #trivia  #s13ky  #Film Review 
WHY YOU’RE BIOLOGICALLY INCLINED TO SPILL YOUR COFFEE?

Sometimes it feels like spilling coffee from your mug is inevitable. In fact, it turns out that hunch might be correct: scientists have shown that humans are biologically built to spill.
In what sounds like incredibly frivolous research, a team of mechanical engineers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been investigating why people spill coffee. To do that, they had volunteers carry cups of the stuff whilst walking in a straight line at different speeds. A camera recorded the person’s motion and the mug’s trajectory, and a small sensor on the mug recorded the instant of spillage.
The team hit on a curious finding, which they’ve published in Physical Review E. You see, the back-and-forth motion of the fluid in most conventional-sized mugs shares a natural frequency that just happens to match that of the average person’s leg movements during walking. Basically, the rate at which we move our legs when we walk naturally exacerbates the swilling of coffee in the cups we tend to use, making us more likely to spill.
The researchers also found that small irregularities in a person’s walking can amplify the wilder oscillations which are set up by the naturally-matched step and slosh, further increasing the chances of a spillage.
So what can you do to avoid a spill? The obvious choice is to move mug size: in particular, something much narrower will cause fewer accidents—but to consume the same amount of coffee, you would need a very, very tall mug, Instead, the researchers suggest starting slow and gradually building pace as you walk, to avoid generating oscillations because of a sharp increase in momentum. Or, you could just put less coffee in your cup. With nature already against you, the last thing you need is the jitters.
Notes: I didn’t write this article

WHY YOU’RE BIOLOGICALLY INCLINED TO SPILL YOUR COFFEE?

Sometimes it feels like spilling coffee from your mug is inevitable. In fact, it turns out that hunch might be correct: scientists have shown that humans are biologically built to spill.

In what sounds like incredibly frivolous research, a team of mechanical engineers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been investigating why people spill coffee. To do that, they had volunteers carry cups of the stuff whilst walking in a straight line at different speeds. A camera recorded the person’s motion and the mug’s trajectory, and a small sensor on the mug recorded the instant of spillage.

The team hit on a curious finding, which they’ve published in Physical Review E. You see, the back-and-forth motion of the fluid in most conventional-sized mugs shares a natural frequency that just happens to match that of the average person’s leg movements during walking. Basically, the rate at which we move our legs when we walk naturally exacerbates the swilling of coffee in the cups we tend to use, making us more likely to spill.

The researchers also found that small irregularities in a person’s walking can amplify the wilder oscillations which are set up by the naturally-matched step and slosh, further increasing the chances of a spillage.

So what can you do to avoid a spill? The obvious choice is to move mug size: in particular, something much narrower will cause fewer accidents—but to consume the same amount of coffee, you would need a very, very tall mug, Instead, the researchers suggest starting slow and gradually building pace as you walk, to avoid generating oscillations because of a sharp increase in momentum. Or, you could just put less coffee in your cup. With nature already against you, the last thing you need is the jitters.

Notes: I didn’t write this article

— 1 month ago
#coffee  #morning  #clumsiness  #gizmodo 
HERE ARE ALL 101 OF ROBIN WILLIAMS’ DEFINING ROLES IN ONE CHART

Over the weeks, people can’t seem to get enough of the sad tragedy involving the passing of Robin Williams, the multi-talented actor, the icon of comedy, fantastic actor who, sadly committed suicide. I stumbled upon this great link to an article in TIME magazine and so far this is very informative.
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HERE ARE ALL 101 OF ROBIN WILLIAMS’ DEFINING ROLES IN ONE CHART

Over the weeks, people can’t seem to get enough of the sad tragedy involving the passing of Robin Williams, the multi-talented actor, the icon of comedy, fantastic actor who, sadly committed suicide. I stumbled upon this great link to an article in TIME magazine and so far this is very informative.

Click here for a larger image

— 2 months ago with 225 notes
#Robin Williams  #comedy  #filmmaking  #filmmakers  #holywood  #time magazine 
IN A LOVING MEMORY OF ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTORS

Robin Williams’ Dead Poets Society really inspired me so much; especially, back in my English teaching days. His quite radical teaching methods as well as his attitude as shown in the picture was the reason I got fired..I was too heavy and the desk broke in pieces. Thank you for all the laughter, sir. You are greatly missed O Captain, My Captain
Picture credit: For The Words

IN A LOVING MEMORY OF ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTORS

Robin Williams’ Dead Poets Society really inspired me so much; especially, back in my English teaching days. His quite radical teaching methods as well as his attitude as shown in the picture was the reason I got fired..I was too heavy and the desk broke in pieces. Thank you for all the laughter, sir. You are greatly missed O Captain, My Captain

Picture credit: For The Words

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
#obituary  #robin williams  #dead poets society 
Such a lovely day in Jakarta where the busy traffic is a common sight daily

Such a lovely day in Jakarta where the busy traffic is a common sight daily

— 5 months ago with 1 note
#photography  #streetphotography  #reflection 
GRUDGE MATCH

Peter Segal gives us a hilarious comedy, sometimes even sweet and moving, a film that wins the hearts of the audience, especially those who have witnessed the two actors’ related roles, boxers. The plot is centered on the historic rivalry of the two protagonists Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, played respectively by De Niro and Stallone, retired boxers who are about to have one last epic fight 30 years after their final fight. 
At first I thought that pairing two legendary roles of Jake LaMotta and Rocky Balboa, Raging Bull VS Rocky was disastrous but I was wrong lol. I realize that this film is not the film of the century but it is quite entertaining. The strength of this film lies in its actors, of course, but not only the main actors, this also goes for the supporting ones such as Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart as well as the ever lovely Kim Basinger. Not only that, this film is also packed with humors and the two elements above, in my opinion, help strengthen the simple movie plot. In conclusion, the title says it all, De Niro  and Stallone, two giant moviestars confront each other in the ring and in life. A comedy that gives us a great and really funny entertainment.
The ultimate showdown between Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta….30 years later….

GRUDGE MATCH

Peter Segal gives us a hilarious comedy, sometimes even sweet and moving, a film that wins the hearts of the audience, especially those who have witnessed the two actors’ related roles, boxers. The plot is centered on the historic rivalry of the two protagonists Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, played respectively by De Niro and Stallone, retired boxers who are about to have one last epic fight 30 years after their final fight. 

At first I thought that pairing two legendary roles of Jake LaMotta and Rocky Balboa, Raging Bull VS Rocky was disastrous but I was wrong lol. I realize that this film is not the film of the century but it is quite entertaining. The strength of this film lies in its actors, of course, but not only the main actors, this also goes for the supporting ones such as Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart as well as the ever lovely Kim Basinger. Not only that, this film is also packed with humors and the two elements above, in my opinion, help strengthen the simple movie plot. In conclusion, the title says it all, De Niro  and Stallone, two giant moviestars confront each other in the ring and in life. A comedy that gives us a great and really funny entertainment.

The ultimate showdown between Rocky Balboa and Jake LaMotta….30 years later….

— 6 months ago with 2 notes
#Film Review  #sylvester stallone  #Robert De Niro  #Alan Arkin  #Kevin Hart  #Kim Basinger  #Boxing  #comedy  #grudge match  #Peter Segal 

IN THE BACK OF A TAXI WITH JOHN LENNON AND BOB DYLAN (ON DRUGS)

John Lennon would later tell a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine that he and Dylan had done heroin that day, recalling they were “both in shades, and both on f**king junk, and all these freaks around us […] But it was his scene, that was the problem for me. It was his movie. I was on his territory, that’s why I was so nervous.”

Read on from OpenCulture

— 6 months ago with 31 notes
#vintage photograph  #john lennon  #bob dylan  #Rolling Stone  #drugs  #heroin  #musics  #musicians  #band  #legend 
47 RONIN

By the time I heard that 47 Ronin would be remade, my mind traveled far to the glorious day of Kagemusha or to be fair, to a recent past, when The Last Samurai was just released. 47 Ronin, in my opinion, should have been able to visualize the great experience or at least the visual to one of the most iconic moments in the Japanese history. I finally watched the film last night on DVD, I could see that recreating an epic had been a heavy task, I would say that the storyline on which this film was based on is fantastic, the wardrobe/costumes are also lavish and not to forget the great cinemaphotography. In short, the digital effects (special effects) are very cool, it’s like a full demonstration of modern day cinema, what it is capable of. The story, the actors, costumes, sets, tradition depiction, special effects, music, everything is absolutely perfect. Two hours of pure happiness in 3D.
HOWEVER…..(what follows would be a bit negative)…in my humble opinion, this film lacks the grande elements (my way of saying ‘epic’). The use of special effects is a way too much, I understand the necessary use of CGI but properly. I hate the way this film ‘betrays’ the originality of the historical event by portraying ‘the beast’. The CGI landscape is also annoying, the supposedly-great film felt ‘fake’. Despite the adequate and neat final art direction, ‘47 Ronin’ ends up looking like a B film, destroying the prospect of achieving its blockbuster status. This film should have been more emphasizing the emotional content, the sacred tradition and codes of the bushido where “words are mightier than swords” saying really implemented. Too bad, this film really had great potential but the advancement of technology ruined it all. Forgive me Mister Rinsch : )
Image credit: Matt Needle

47 RONIN

By the time I heard that 47 Ronin would be remade, my mind traveled far to the glorious day of Kagemusha or to be fair, to a recent past, when The Last Samurai was just released. 47 Ronin, in my opinion, should have been able to visualize the great experience or at least the visual to one of the most iconic moments in the Japanese history. I finally watched the film last night on DVD, I could see that recreating an epic had been a heavy task, I would say that the storyline on which this film was based on is fantastic, the wardrobe/costumes are also lavish and not to forget the great cinemaphotography. In short, the digital effects (special effects) are very cool, it’s like a full demonstration of modern day cinema, what it is capable of. The story, the actors, costumes, sets, tradition depiction, special effects, music, everything is absolutely perfect. Two hours of pure happiness in 3D.

HOWEVER…..(what follows would be a bit negative)…in my humble opinion, this film lacks the grande elements (my way of saying ‘epic’). The use of special effects is a way too much, I understand the necessary use of CGI but properly. I hate the way this film ‘betrays’ the originality of the historical event by portraying ‘the beast’. The CGI landscape is also annoying, the supposedly-great film felt ‘fake’. Despite the adequate and neat final art direction, ‘47 Ronin’ ends up looking like a B film, destroying the prospect of achieving its blockbuster status. This film should have been more emphasizing the emotional content, the sacred tradition and codes of the bushido where “words are mightier than swords” saying really implemented. Too bad, this film really had great potential but the advancement of technology ruined it all. Forgive me Mister Rinsch : )

Image credit: Matt Needle

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#Film Review  #Keanu Reeves  #47 Ronin  #Bushido  #Samurai  #Hiroyuki Sanada  #cary hiroyuki tagawa  #history  #feudal japan  #carl rinsch 
ARGO

Released in November 2012, directed by Ben Affleck, Argo was quite well-acknowledged as successful by many critics and the public, it gained several prestigious awards, from the Oscar for Best Film to the Golden Globes for Best Drama and Best Director for Ben Affleck and the César for Best Foreign Film. It is simply a great movie. In fact for me it is a masterpiece and unforgettable cult now. Argo is inspired by a true story of how six Americans managed to escape from Iran through a crazy exfiltration operation conducted by the CIA, through the well-written scenario, Ben Affleck really made way to the glorious path as a director, following his previous highly acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The storytelling technique is gripping, I would say, it carefully maintains the suspense from the beginning to the end. It is just beautifully executed with an impressive realism and tension in a somewhat balanced necessity.
Argo also showcases neat photography too, I could almost say that Affleck really masters all the film elements the way great filmmakers do. Argo has a suspense that could be described as an amazing, stunning and terribly stressful. This feeling of anxiety is present at every stage and film shots as the interface is neat and well mastered by a great filmmaker now. Argo is definitely one of those films that have made me more anxious or afraid of what I’ve seen so far! The storyline of this movie is brilliantly executed and has a breathtaking suspense. With all those glorious beauty and also the devastating political intrigues, Argo does not just talk about a desperate rescue, it tells an amazing true story with a suspense that will haunt you after seeing it.

ARGO

Released in November 2012, directed by Ben Affleck, Argo was quite well-acknowledged as successful by many critics and the public, it gained several prestigious awards, from the Oscar for Best Film to the Golden Globes for Best Drama and Best Director for Ben Affleck and the César for Best Foreign Film. It is simply a great movie. In fact for me it is a masterpiece and unforgettable cult now. Argo is inspired by a true story of how six Americans managed to escape from Iran through a crazy exfiltration operation conducted by the CIA, through the well-written scenario, Ben Affleck really made way to the glorious path as a director, following his previous highly acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The storytelling technique is gripping, I would say, it carefully maintains the suspense from the beginning to the end. It is just beautifully executed with an impressive realism and tension in a somewhat balanced necessity.

Argo also showcases neat photography too, I could almost say that Affleck really masters all the film elements the way great filmmakers do. Argo has a suspense that could be described as an amazing, stunning and terribly stressful. This feeling of anxiety is present at every stage and film shots as the interface is neat and well mastered by a great filmmaker now. Argo is definitely one of those films that have made me more anxious or afraid of what I’ve seen so far! The storyline of this movie is brilliantly executed and has a breathtaking suspense. With all those glorious beauty and also the devastating political intrigues, Argo does not just talk about a desperate rescue, it tells an amazing true story with a suspense that will haunt you after seeing it.

— 7 months ago with 8 notes
#Argo  #ben affleck  #Film Review  #suspense  #politics  #s13ky