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The Death of Adulthood in American Culture

I do feel the loss of something here, but bemoaning the general immaturity of contemporary culture would be as obtuse as declaring it the coolest thing ever. A crisis of authority is not for the faint of heart. It can be scary and weird and ambiguous. But it can be a lot of fun, too. The best and most authentic cultural products of our time manage to be all of those things. They imagine a world where no one is in charge and no one necessarily knows what’s going on, where identities are in perpetual flux. Mothers and fathers act like teenagers; little children are wise beyond their years. Girls light out for the territory and boys cloister themselves in secret gardens. We have more stories, pictures and arguments than we know what to do with, and each one of them presses on our attention with a claim of uniqueness, a demand to be recognized as special. The world is our playground, without a dad or a mom in sight.

more on nytimes.com.

Unfortunately, this fantastic essay ends here. It doesn’t attempt to confront the fact that the world keeps presenting us with problems requiring much bigger shoes than the overgrown kids are willing to wear.

The Oscar protest that you didn’t know happened

So let’s view the reality of the situation. Even if these 2 incidents were unrelated to the protest, it still seems like the Academy handled this situation poorly. The speech being cut off could have been purely about Westenhofer going over his time limit. And Ang Lee may have honestly just forgotten to mention them in all his excitement. But the damage has been done. People are angry, and the events from tonight are only fueling that anger further.

Here’s why Facebook profile pictures of your artist friends all turned green in the last days.

The Wachowskis’ World beyond “The Matrix”

In the Wachowskis’ work, the forces of evil are often overwhelmingly powerful, inflicting misery on humans, who maintain their faith until they’re saved by an unexpected miracle. The story of the making of “Cloud Atlas” fits this narrative trajectory pretty well.

The making of Cloud Atlas, with lots of information about The Wachowskis. (via helen)

Joaquin Phoenix Says Goodbye To Oscar Chances, Calls Awards “Total Utter Bullshit”

I’m just saying that I think it’s bullshit. I think it’s total, utter bullshit, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other…It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world,” he says.

Joaquin Phoenix can’t be bothered to attend the Oscars gala.

Hollywood Accounting: How A $19 Million Movie Makes $150 Million… And Still Isn’t Profitable

A studio funds A Movie with a production budget of $100 million. It sets up AMovieCo Inc. and gives it the production budget money. The studio then spends another $50 million on marketing and puts that down as an expense as well — though, with some of the big studios, some of this money involves paying itself for advertising on its own properties. Still, even if we assume that’s real money spent, you might think that AMovieCo now needs to make back $150 million to be profitable. But… the studio (which, again, controls AMovieCo completely) then tacks onto all of that, say, a $250 million “distribution fee.” Now, while there may be some money spent on actually distributing the film, the number is almost completely bogus, and much higher than the actual expense for the studio. Very little actual money needs to change hands here — it’s just a fee on the books (a fee they are effectively charging to themselves). And it’s not just “distribution” but a variety of additional charges. On top of that, the studio may then charge “interest” on that money, even though it’s really just lending money to itself. What it all means is that rather than becoming profitable at ~$150 million (the actual money spent), AMovieCo now needs to earn over $400 million before anyone with a cut of the profits sees an additional dime from the movie, thanks to completely imaginary accounting entries on the books.
more on techdirt.com

Interesting story of how Hollywood studios make sure that they’re the only ones making real money from movies, at the expense of other stakeholders, like directors.

Mindy Kaling: “Flick Chicks”

I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from “Alien” and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. They’re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it.

The gallery of female stereotypes from romantic comedies.

Here’s Why the Banksy Movie Is a Banksy Prank

The whole thing, it’s clear now, was an intricate prank being pulled on all of us by Banksy, who has never publicly revealed his identity, with Fairey as his accomplice.

An attempt to explain the story of Mr. Brainwash, the main character of Banksy: Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Regardless whether it was a prank indeed or not, it was one of the best movies of last year anyway.

Interview: GMUNK (TRON: Legacy)

We never saw anything with sound design or music, so we couldn’t really animate anything to a specified beat or audio hits… I’m a really big audio guy, I have been editing and animating to pre-design tracks for over a decade, so to not have that audio direction from the get-go proved challenging. To compensate, we put in a bunch of animation cues assuming that they’d nail the sound design later on… And hearing the sound design that they came up with for some of our sequences was such a treat, it completely changed some of our stuff from where we were taking it… For instance, when Clu takes Sam’s disc and he looks through the clips from Sam’s past, the sound design that they did for that was suuper awesome — what a treat. Thank you, Skywalker Sound.

More on Tron: Legacy’s visual effects.

jtnimoy – Tron Legacy (2010)

In Tron, the hacker was not supposed to be snooping around on a network; he was supposed to kill a process. So we went with posix kill and also had him pipe ps into grep. I also ended up using emacs eshell to make the terminal more l33t. The team was delighted to see my emacs performance — splitting the editor into nested panes and running different modes. I was tickled that I got emacs into a block buster movie. I actually do use emacs irl, and although I do not subscribe to alt.religion.emacs, I think that’s all incredibly relevant to the world of Tron.
more on jtnimoy.net

Behind the scenes of some visual effects from Tron: Legacy. I loved new Tron for its stunning visuals and fantastic soundtrack. So I was even more delighted to learn that one of my favourite motion graphic artists, Bradley “GMUNK” Munkowitz was involved in the production of the movie.