Posted on October 10, 2016
Probably the first time I saw Clive Owen, it was in a film commissioned by BMW to advertise its cars. At the time, I didnt really care all that much about cars (I had one, and it was fine, and that was all I needed to know about that) but these short movies still had a considerable impact on me, mostly because they were so well-made.
The original series starred Owen as the The Driver, an otherwise unnamed protagonist with a flare for fine wheel work. They also starred BMW cars, which were very capable co-stars when paired with Owens keen ability to whip vehicles around in ways that frustrate opponents and get hard jobs done with a maximum of cool. The originals also featured a steady stream of star directors and on-screen talent, including then-power couple Madonna and Guy Ritchie.
Owens stoic Driver makes a return these many years later, having aged better than myself, and hes going on adventures with a new cast that includes standouts like Jon Bernthal (The Punisher from Netflixs Daredevil), Dakota Fanning and Vera Farmiga. The Escape isdirected by Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame, which means itll probably be better than most of the things youd pay $10 or more to go see in theaters today.
The Escapes inaugural episode (assuming there are more than one) will debut on October 23, which is just over a month away. If you didnt catch the original and are wondering what all the fuss is about, or you just want to relive the magic,check out this full playlistof The Hire on YouTube.
Updated on September 29, 2016
Before the first strains of Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra echoed in movie theaters (and the public consciousness for decades to come), 2001: A Space Odyssey was a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Stanley Kubrick made a lot of adjustments in his adaptation, and well give you the full tour.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a landmark in visual and cinematic storytelling, but it was a book first or not first, or simultaneously? We’re not sure. So, how did the story get from the stage to the screen? There were a lot of changes involved.
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Posted on September 23, 2016
For those of us who like to refurbish or repurpose old furniture, it can be like a treasure hunt when trying to find the perfect source material.
But once you do find it either on Craigslist, at a local flea market, or even sitting on the side of the road the DIY possibilities can be seemingly endless.
In the case of Instructables user AnitaH25, she found what she thought was the perfect old desk online for only $20. Thinking she would refurbish it for her home, she made the bargain purchase.
But once she saw it up close, she realized that “it had been given a very deep, shabby chic look. There was no way [she] could restore it without spending many hours sanding.” That’s when inspiration struck.
Scroll through below to see how this clever DIY-er turned her $20 find into the perfect sandpit play area for her niece.
Would you want a piece like this in your home or your backyard? Let us know in the comments!
Updated on September 16, 2016
Using ‘teleporting tunnels’ and creative editing, this POV Hot Wheels ride combines 8 different track sections into one epic joyride. In the video description, the team at 5MadMovieMakers add:
Each section worked on its own from tunnel to tunnel. The cart is powered entirely by gravity at all times. In total there are 11 cuts in the video, 7 between locations and 4 for slow motion footage.
The jump section and the loop section were filmed twice, once in 30 fps and again in 120 fps, and the final video cuts from the normal speed footage to the slow motion footage for the duration of both the jump and the loop.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Jennifer Pierre is flipping the notion that dolls are only for girls upside down with her new line, Melanites.
Pierre, who works closely with young boys of color, created Melanites to destroy stereotypes that constrict what masculinity can and cannot be while uplifting black and brown boyhood with her new line of dolls.
“When we stereotype toys into [the] girl category and boy category, it’s very problematic,” Pierre told The Huffington Post in the video above. “And that polarizing effect really doesn’t allow young children to use their imagination to create different spaces based on their personality instead of their gender.”
Melanites come in four different characters with a varying range of skin tones, facial features and hair types to represent different young boys of color. Pierre told HuffPost that she hopes the doll line will help young boys see the values of themselves and everyone around them.
“I’m creating dolls for boys because I want them to have a space that’s free of the pressures of hyper-masculinity and any other stereotype that tells them that they have to be this way or they have to express
themselves that way,” she said.
“You can’t be what you can’t see and our stories, our lives, our history everything that encompasses who we are it needs to be accurate,
it needs to be out there, that’s why I decided to do Melanites.”
This video was produced by Felicia Kelley.