Category Archives: Other Media

My observations on Watchmen (the movie)

You know, for what it’s worth. It’s one of those movies where if I hadn’t seen it, I’d have wondered if it was any good. Now I know. I was constantly comparing it to the comic in my head, and therefore didn’t get as far into the movie as perhaps I could have. I had […]

BLDGBLOG, a mind-expanding blog on architecture

I’ve been wanting to write about BLDGBLOG for a long time. This post perhaps explains why I think Geoff Manaugh is one of the most interesting speculative fiction writers today: [You] begin to fast-forward the video at 4x speed, then 8x, then 16x, then 32x – and you realize, with a collective gasp, that that […]

Jordan Mechner has a new website

Jordan Mechner, creator of Prince of Persia and all around nice guy, has a new website with information on all of the projects he has worked on, from Karateka to the Jerry-Bruckheimer-produced Prince of Persia movie. (Via John August.)

A look at Stanley Kubrick’s archives

The Guardian has a great article about Stanley Kubrick and some of the insane things he did when making movies: [Long-time Kubrick assistant Tony Frewin] takes me into a large room painted blue and filled with books. “This used to be the cinema,” he says. “Is it the library now?” I ask. “Look closer at […]

Presto, Pixar’s new short movie – inspired by Portal?

Here you can see an HD version of Presto, Pixar’s new short movie shown before Wall-E. It strongly reminds me of Valve’s Portal. Coincidence? I have no idea how long it took to make this movie, and of course the portal idea isn’t entirely new. (Via Kottke.)

Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky

Here is an interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky from 1999. It’s fascinating – it helps if you like his work I guess. The Incal, written by Jodorowsky and illustrated by Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud is one of my favorite comics. I am sad that I will be in Paris but not at the right time to catch […]

More on Pixar’s Wall-E

Here is an interesting article about Wall-E, Pixar’s next animated movie: Once Stanton began to visualise his low-tech robot – Pixar’s logo of the bouncing anglepoise lamp, Luxo, was another major inspiration – he decided Wall.E wouldn’t work with conventional dialogue. He wanted his film to hark back to the sense of wonder, the epic […]

DreamWorks to make ‘Ghost in The Shell’ / James Cameron on 3D moviemaking

According to Variety, DreamWorks is going to turn ‘Ghost In The Shell’ into a 3-D live-action movie. Steven Spielberg was involved in the deal. Presumably they’re adapting the movie by Mamoru Oshii, not the comic by Masamune Shirow. I am a big GITS fan. I like the comic, the sequel of the comic, the movie, […]

Chef Owners Who Work The Line

First a dance video, now a cooking story? Yes. Here is Shuna Fish Lydon, in her own inimitable style, telling a story about a day at work, ten years ago, cooking at the French Laundry. Finally Eric says something that makes us all look up from our minute, detail oriented tasks. “You heard me, get […]

Today is the Day

Today is the Day. (Via Surfer Girl.)