Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lost and Found


Check out the trailer for the short film based on this book. It was shown in the UK on Christmas Eve and will be released in the US later this year.

Here's a description of the book from Oliver Jeffers's fantastic website:

What is a boy to do when a penguin turns up at his door?

Find out where it came from, of course, and return it. Even if it means rowing to the South Pole.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"Revolutionary Road" trailer



Whatever I think about suburban suicide movies (especially doggerel ones by Sam Mendes), trailers are more about form than content, and this one is very moving. (Again, I'm a sucker for montages.)

I love near the end when you see Kate Winslet screaming and Leonardo DiCaprio covering his ears. And that voice! Nina Simone's creepy, androgynous voice. I wish I could have seen her live.

One comment about the content: I feel like the situation that the couple is in is hard to believe. Who would buy that house and expect it to be temporary? It makes no sense!

Also, check out the hilarious quote on the cover of the novel.

Monday, December 22, 2008

"Would Like to Nurture Elephants"


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For me, it's not puppies or kittens - it's elephants. For my journal at school, we had to fill out surveys that asked us our favorite books, favorite movies, etc. One of the questions was what kind of animal we would be. I was going to put down elephant but I thought it would be really conceited of me, since they're almost perfect. So I put down hippopotamus instead. Which was probably more appropriate anyway, since hippos spend so much time in the water. (Though I like to think I'm not as violent when I deal with humans.)

The quote above is what my friend Amshula thought after seeing this. I would too.

More great videos: International Laundry Day!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cuba






These images are from a slideshow on the NY Times' site. I just wanted to see them all lined up together.

Also, watch this tremendous interview with Diana Vreeland on my friend's site. I sometimes get obsessed with the way people talk -- in this case, how she's obviously old-money but without sounding even a little bit snooty.

Finally, check out the Life Magazine photography archives on Google. The first two things I thought to type in were "Madonna" and "Palestine," and the results were incredible.