Tag Archives: film

Unevenly Distributed: What Gremlins Says About The 80s And Its Tech

Even before the viewer catches a glimpse his first Mogwai, Joe Dante's Gremlins establishes the link between the titular goblins and malfunctioning technology by way of Randy Peltzer and his many incompetent inventions. It's a film very much of its time, with many fascinating things to say about the way Reagan-era Americans looked at technology. It's also a movie that would be impossible to remake today, for one big reason: the smartphone is our Bathroom Buddy.

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Retronovation

Old-fashioned telephone handsets and film cameras: gadgets that redeem the present by way of obsolete technology.

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The uncanny GIF

The animated GIF may be little appreciated in the world of Web 2.0but in the right hands, it plays with the unsettling riddle of our mechanical nature.

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Time Traveler Caught Talking on Mobile Phone in 1928 Charlie Chaplin Film

Now THIS is weird. George Clarke from Yellow Fever Productions was watching a documentary clip filmed in 1928 for the Charlie Chaplin film “The Circus” and he saw something that caught his eye. The clip in question recorded attendees of the film’s premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. In one scene, an older woman dressed in black, with ...

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And You Thought Netflix Was Big in the US?

When I heard that Netflix streaming accounted for 20% of all U.S. peak traffic, I was shocked. But just a little shocked. Nothing that was totally impossible to wrap my mind around. But those Canadians? They really, really love their instant streaming. Netflix instant streaming accounts for 95% of all peak evening hours in Canada. 95%! As in only 5% ...

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Star Wars as a Silent Movie

If George Lucas had been born sixty years earlier, the Star Wars trilogy would have had quite a different look. Not surprisingly, it would have been just as awesome. This video illustrates just how one of the most action-packed and dramatic scenes in all six of the Star Wars films might have looked if the films had been made in ...

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