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Pioneering feminist answers questions

Pioneering feminist answers questions

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Ratatoing is a Brazilian computer graphics cartoon film from Vídeo Brinquedo and distributed in North America by Branscome International. The film is similar to the 2007 Pixar film Ratatouille. The 44 minute-long film, originally produced in Portuguese, involves Marcell Toing, a mouse who is the most gifted chef in Rio de Janeiro. He owns the famed restaurant “Ratatoing” along with his crew, consisting of fellow mice Carol and Greg. They plan out weekly raids on human kitchens to acquire fresh ingredients for use in their dishes. However, rivaling restaurant owners are desperate to discover Marcell’s secrets and are willing to risk putting their own restaurants out of business to unearth them. (Wikipedia)

Here is the trailer for this, let’s go with “thing.” I would have embedded it instead of the cover, but Vídeo Brinquedo disallowed embedding for some reason or another. Pro tip fellows: this doesn’t make you immune to mockery.

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One of the most brilliant trailers ever made. “Lucky Star”, directed by Michael Mann, starring Benicio del Toro.

You may be wondering: Why haven’t I heard of this movie? Well that’s because the movie never existed. And it never was intended to exist. The whole thing is, in fact, a very clever ad for Mercedes. This sort of “viral marketing” is pretty common nowadays but in 2002 it was unheard of.

Enjoy.

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Last week Monday would have been Andrei Tarkovsky’s 79th birthday, so in belated celebration check this shit out:

It appears that in the late 70’s, Michelangelo Antonioni gave Tarkovsky a Polariod camera and Tarkovsky went nuts over the thing, taking hundreds and hundreds of photos. Unsurprisingly, they’re gorgeous. I really recommend taking a look through the galleries linked below.

(Imagine what Tarkovsky would have done on Instagram.)

Poemas del río Wang’s gallery from June 2010 is the biggest cache I could find. Also has some nice anecdotes.
The website of the book Bright, bright day, about Tarkovsky’s photography, has a small gallery.
All of this via Toxico Cultura which has a few more photographs as well.

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(poster image from JoBlo’s Pimpin’ Poster Palace)

Chuck Norris wearing a sweater woven from the universe? Check. A woman with a giant gun leaning through an interdimensional portal? Check. The bust of a ninja with no skin, with a hand that can’t possibly be his brandishing a sai in front of him? Check and check.

And that tagline: “In a world of choices, for one man there is no choice….” Which world is this? Are there worlds without choices? The poster doesn’t appear to be depicting Earth, is ours one of those worlds? Is this subtle social commentary?

An alternate poster for the same movie has a different and yet still amazing tagline, “The Ninja, unholy masters of terror. No one will admit they still exist,” but this one is the complete package. I’m just going to go ahead and call this the greatest movie poster from 1980.

Here’s the film’s trailer:

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New documentary about Bill Hicks comes out this weekend. Another trailer.

This one looks like a must see, folks.

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