Apparently people are losing their shit over “District 9.” Deservedly so. I caught it last night and it’s got to be one of the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen, and probably the best movie I’ve seen this year, too.
The big hype this weekend was for “Inglourious Basterds,” which was good (well-made, though rather questionable revenge pornography… like a big-screen version of “Wolfenstein 3D”), which I saw, and then decided to go see “District 9” the next day because it’s hot as hell in LA and why not. And oh my dear lord. You cannot be prepared for this movie. I won’t say too much about it?
Rare color photograph of Charlie Chaplin standing outside his studio on La Brea Ave in Los Angeles, circa 1917-18. From the George Eastman House Collection in Rochester, NY.
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If you hate druggies, you’ll love NARC. It’s about the best 8-bit Nintendo game ever, and when it came out in 1988, I bet Nancy Reagan was so happy she had a twinkling tear in her left eye and ate a cream puff as a little self-reward for the day. In this awesome game, you can team up with a friend to portray two narcotics officers who “take it to the streets” and kill the shit out of every drug user and drug dealer they can get their hands on. It’s gritty, real-life, practically the 8-bit “The Wire.” Its villains are ultra-realistic portrayals of the heartbreak of urban living, as if they could be taken straight from the blood-splashed newspaper headlines of today. Among the “people” you eliminate for their wretched, spineless crimes against society are fiends such as:
Dan Roam is an author and graphic designer living in San Francisco. His book is called The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures and this is how Dan (with Dr. Tony Jones, MD) visualizes the health care debate in terms simple enough for Republicans, Fox News viewers and even your crazy tea baggin’ birther uncle in Kentucky to understand it. First, he rightly characterizes the debate as one over insurance reform—what it really is—and not health care reform. Obama administration TAKE NOTE!
TV show A Current Affair has landed itself in hot water with the broadcasting regulator for trying to hypnotise viewers.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that ACA breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice by “broadcasting a program that was likely, in all the circumstances, to be designed to induce a hypnotic state in viewers”.
The segment, titled Think Slim, was broadcast on Channel Nine in October 2008.
The program’s host, the reporter and the man who conducted the hypnotherapy all told viewers the segment would contain hypnotherapy which ended up lasting about a minute.
ACMA said through a press release that Nine had breached the code.
“The remarks made throughout the segment, in addition to the actual short hypnotherapy session that concluded the segment, clearly indicate that the segment was intended to induce a hypnotic state in viewers and help them lose weight,” the statement read.
Nine also breached the code by not responding to a written complaint by a viewer.
Nine has told ACMA has circulated the findings to all relevant staff and will reference in training sessions scheduled for September.
ACMA is satisfied with the response and will continue to monitor Nine.
Update: Here’s a link to the video: Hypnotise your way to weight loss (Thanks nekospecial!)
(via Steve Silberman)