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The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke (2012)

Still from The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke.

Still from The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke.

“A modern Miami adaptation of Chris Marker’s 1962 meditation on time travel, love and mortality, La Jetée”, according to Filmmaker Magazine‘s profile of the filmmakers, but I think that somehow underplays the cracktastic hip-hop nuclear apocalypse gore-and-acid angle.  This is the short film that launched Mayer and Levya onto Filmmaker‘s 25 New Faces list.

(NSFW.  Strobe effect alert for the photosensitive.)


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Spielberg: “There’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.”

Lucas: “I think eventually the ‘Lincoln’s will go away and they’re going to be on television.”

Spielberg: “As mine almost was… This close — ask HBO — this close.”

Lucas: “We’re talking ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Red Tails’ — we barely got them into theaters. You’re talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can’t get their movie into a theater… The pathway to get into theaters is really getting smaller and smaller.”

(From Indiewire)

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Ben & Jerry’s crowdsources you, your subway, your cabs, your bikes…


This is nominally about cities.  But really it’s about ice cream.  Sweet, sweet ice cream.  (Oh, wait.  Ice cream really is sweet.  Never mind.)  Ben & Jerry’s is devising city-specific flavors, and to determine the ingredients they’re polling you, the number of subways running on time, the cloud cover in the Pacific Northwest, the number of startups and food trucks in San Francisco, whether the cabs are going uptown or downtown, visitors to the Washington monument, and which water bowl your dog prefers.

This is demographic brilliance: survey a bizarre segment of quality-of-life and local identity issues in cities across the country, and display the results in ice cream. What mad genius thought of this, and why hasn’t Gallup joined up?

The money quote for me: “The result of all this is likely to be some civic hodgepodge of ice cream.” (Thanks, Atlantic: Cities!  Happy Friday.)