Time to close some tabs. Time to point you to some interesting stuff I’ve run across on the interwebs the past week or so. Yep, it’s time for another trip to the Link-Dump bin.
1) Let’s start today with a short film sci-fi film which asks some interesting questions about life, existence, and memory, HENRI. Starring Kier Dukkea and Margot Kidder, here’s the plot description from the website:
Hundreds of years in the future, a derelict spacecraft, controlled and powered by a human brain, floats aimlessly in the outer reaches of space. HENRI, the name of the ship’s power system, is an acronym which stands for Hybrid Electronic / Neuron Responsive Intelligence, and was the first of Earth’s Neuro-Tech space exploration research vessels. Trapped in the cold, mechanical prison of the vessel, the “brain,” which has no recollection or concept of self, gradually begins to experience disjointed images of its former life—images it cannot understand. Carrying the remains of a crew long dead, and becoming increasingly self-aware, HENRI experiences the instinctual desire to be free. Yearning for freedom and yet unable to move, the brain devises a plan to build itself a mechanical body from parts of the ship. Maybe then it will understand the images it is seeing—maybe then it will feel alive.
The trailer for the movie is below, and more info can be found at the website here.
2) Over at Movie Morlocks, Richard Harlan Smith has a great post outlining things he loves about older movies posted as a series of questions (with accompanying pictures) he says he’d like to ask in response to people who ask him if he’s seen a movie that’s currently in theaters. While I don’t reject newer movies in the way he does, it seems we both share a lot of reasons for wanting to spend more time with movies from the past and the things that make them great.
3) Speaking of new and/or upcoming movies, here’s a look at a very interesting immersive promotional experience for Sam Raimi‘s upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful. Unfortunately, you’ll have to plan a trip to London to see it.
4) Bleeding Cool reports that the next Paranormal Activity movie may be taking a page from the William Castle playbook. I have no idea how this would work, but I do miss this kind of showmanship.
5) Noah Smith on his noahpinion blog chimes in on why Django Unchained is actually a white instead of black revenge fantasy. It’s a very interesting take.
6) There is a Bride of Frankenstein Study Guide available for free download or viewing on iTunes.
8) Finally, “demolition by neglect” – that’s a phrase you will hear in this traiker for a new documentary project currently in pre-production from Sterling Rock Productions entitled The Cost of History. Here’s a description from the website for the project:
What if America’s treasured historic buildings were actually costing the community?
Movie Palaces and theaters, Institutions like hospitals, schools, rehabilitation and asylum facilities; shipyards, libraries, colleges, glorious buildings built by legendary architects are falling into disrepair and ruin and while we argue to “save” history, we have to ask ourselves what is it really costing the community?
When these mammoth buildings fall into abandonment we see poverty, crime, and abuse quickly following in their footsteps, and when these buildings are cost prohibitive to tear down, communities must redefine “Preservation of History” in order to kick start a starving economy suffer the consequences.
With expert opinions, heartfelt stories of the building’s history and a little creative thinking, thanks to the beauty of computer graphics, The Cost of History will reveal these buildings present conditions and explore how they can have a second life and drive the local economy forward, or come to terms with their date for demolition.
Here’s the trailer:
Okay, that’s it for the Dump Bin this week, and just a taste of some of the interesting links I’ve been running across. Let me know what you think about them, and share your own interesting finds either in the comments, by email, or on the Durnmoose Movie Musings Facebook page (and hey, while you’re there, why not go ahead and give us a like? It’s one of the easiest ways to keep up with everything Durnmoose).
Thanks as always for reading, and until next time, Happy Viewing!
- The Dump Bin: A Few Movie-Related Links (durnmoosemovies.wordpress.com)
- Why Bride of Frankenstein is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Movie for the Bitter and Lonely (spoilers abound) (ccoleman3.wordpress.com)
- More ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies on the way? (marquee.blogs.cnn.com)