Grigg explained why she chose to utilize the encapsulated silicone pieces in the makeup. “With each project, you approach it and you wonder what the best material will be,” she said. “The silicone pieces were really soft so that they felt like skin. When you pinched it, it held the pinch. It made them quite difficult to apply, but much more flexible and maneuverable, and they looked more real. Silicone is very durable and a great medium to work in. It requires a lot of attention, so I spent a lot of time throughout the day attending to it. In the past five years, the silicone appliances have become better than anything else to work with.”
I went to high school for a year with Sian. She was a fantastic artist even then.
Dead-on hilarious dissection of The Phantom Menace. Everything that's wrong with it and why. By RedLetterMedia.
The Oatmeal's assessment of the Twilight phenomenon is pretty funny:
Beyond that, it's just a romance novel with the occasional vampire teen drama bullshit peppered here and there. It doesn't really break any new ground in the realm of vampire fiction, other than portraying vampires as a family of uncomfortable retards who prance around the woods eating deer and bunny rabbits.
We went to see New Moon on the Friday after it opened. I thought it would be fun to go with a big crowd (it was) and fun to watch a dumb movie while keeping expectations low (it wasn't). I hated New Moon, mostly because I hated the main character: she's a superficial, empty-headed asshole who shits all over her friends at every opportunity. And teenage girls are meant to identify with her. Yuck. We're supposed to believe that Edward loves her more than death-life itself, but even he can't provide with any specific reasons why he feels this way.
Also the werewolf special effects were lame.
Also the movie would have been 25% shorter if Kristen Stewart could have delivered her lines in anything but a Shatneresque, halting mumble.
Also the wigs. Oh, god, the wigs.
Judging by his choice of screenshots, the author of this post at "Abbracci e pop corn" seems to have an appreciation for the women of "The Big Sleep" similar to mine.
This photo is from one of the best and most inexplicable scenes in the film: Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) strolls into the Acme Book Shop and encounters the incomparable Acme Book Shop Proprietress (Dorothy Malone). He proceeds to ask her some nonsense questions about antique books, which she answers correctly and sexily. Then he tells her he's a "private Dick, on a case," which impresses her so much that she closes up the shop for the afternoon, lowers the blinds and lets down her hair. They drink some whiskey out of paper cups and the scene ends. When the next scene begins he tells her "So long, pal," and walks out of her life forever.
There's an interesting article at Wired about about a competitor for the Netflix algorithm prize who is using behavioral economics techniques instead of mathematics-based techniques. He doesn't reveal many specifics, except that he's using the concept of "anchoring," which is the idea that exposure to numbers will influence how a person makes choices (like whether to buy something, or, in this case, the how to rate a DVD).
The example given in the article is simple: if a person watches three movies in a row and gives them each 4 stars, then watches an even better movie, they would probably give that movie 5 stars, because it's one better, right? But if they watched 1-star movies in a row, then followed them by the same good movie, they would probably give it a lower score, like a 3 or a 4.
(Also worth reading: a recent article at the New Yorker on the subject of anchoring and why we make systematic irrational decisions.)
Tim Burton's movies usually stink. You tend to come away from them feeling cheated. How can someone make the Legend of Sleepy Hollow un-frightening? Ask Tim Burton, he managed it.
So I'm dubious about Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd. It will probably suck, but Depp could make it worth seeing. Maybe.
But here, look for yourself. This is a clip from the 1982 production starring George Hearn and Angela Lansbury, followed by the trailer for Burton's Sweeney. Think Depp can seethe and shout like Hearn? I doubt it. Look at Hearn's hair. Psychopath hair doesn't get any better than that. Depp's hair make him look like a shorter Cruella Deville.
Cristy and I finally got around to watching Children of Men over the weekend. When the film was over, we watched all the extras on the DVD. Then we watched the film again.
It's an incredible film. I couldn't stop thinking about it all the next day. I think I can say that it's the best science fiction film I've ever seen. Yes, even better than Starship Troopers.