Slow TV, for those who like to sit and watch the world go by

Friday, 24 January, 2014

Go ahead, click the play button, if you have a lazy three, that’s right, three hours to spare, watching a tropical beach vista, that is. Maybe you’ll see a bird fly past or something.

This is but one of the offerings available for your extended viewing pleasure on Reddit’s Slow TV, a selection of videos often filmed with fixed position cameras, especially for those who like to sit and watch the world go by. Select from multi-hour long clips of train rides, sunsets, motorcycle trips, thunderstorms, and much more.

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London now, and in 1927… things change, or things stay the same?

Monday, 20 January, 2014

Colour film footage of London, that was recorded in the late 1920s by British cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene, was floating around online last year. Now London based filmmaker Simon Smith has revisited the locations Friese-Greene filmed, and cut the works together, producing a then and now comparison video.

(Thanks Chloe)

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The Oscar nominations are in, whose game to choose the winners?

Monday, 20 January, 2014

The nominations for the eighty-sixth Oscars, or Academy Awards, were unveiled last week. I don’t envy those charged with the task of selecting the winners this year.

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Behind the scenes “Star Wars” photos as taken by Chewbacca

Monday, 13 January, 2014

Star Wars, behind the scenes, photo by Peter Mayhew

British actor Peter Mayhew, who hails from none other than Barnes in south-west London, and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, last week uploaded a stack of photos taken during filming of the sci-fi saga, to his Twitter account.

If you’re only finding out about this now, what can I say, the news is bound to make a “Star Wars” fan’s Monday morning.

Via io9.

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Woody Allen’s ascendancy charted by way of a family tree

Monday, 13 January, 2014

An illustrated genealogy, or family tree, that maps, or attempts to map, both the people who have influenced US film director Woody Allen, and in turn, those who have felt his influence.

(Thanks Kate)

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The cardboard cut-out T-Rex that watches your every move…

Thursday, 9 January, 2014

There are many images and videos of the optical illusion variety floating around, but this T-Rex clip isn’t too bad at all… watch through to the end for the reveal.

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August: Osage County

Wednesday, 11 December, 2013

3 stars
August: Osage County still

Directed by John Wells (“The Company Men”), and based on the play of the same name written by US playwright Tracy Letts, August: Osage County, trailer, depicts the uneasy reunion of the dysfunctional Weston family, as they gather in their Oklahoma hometown, following the disappearance of patriarch, Beverly (Sam Shepard).

While sisters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis), and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), are initially happy to see each other, and to a lesser extent, their abrasive mother Violet (Meryl Streep), deep seated tensions quickly surface, and mother and daughters, who all have their own issues, are soon sparring with each other.

No family is perfect, every family has its problems, some just more so than others, and that’s the message “August: Osage County” will spend two hours hammering out, relentlessly at times. Little can ease the pain of this often bleak experience, sadly not even some sharp acting from this stellar ensemble cast. Misery loves family indeed.

“August: Osage County” opens in Australian cinemas on 1 January, 2014.

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Could 2013 be the best year for movies since “Gone with the Wind”?

Tuesday, 10 December, 2013

It seems like a big call but Bruce Handy, writing for Vanity Fair, thinks 2013 has been the best year for movies since the days of Gone with the Wind.

Meanwhile, independent filmmakers have released Mud, The Place Beyond the Pines, Side Effects, Before Midnight, Fruitvale Station, Blue Jasmine, Blue Caprice, Europa Report, The Spectacular Now, Lee Daniels, The Butler, Enough Said, and Don Jon. Between those films and the bigger-budget fare I called out in the previous paragraph, you could fill a perfectly respectable roster of Oscar nominees.

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Stabilised, panoramic, HD footage of Kennedy’s assassination

Monday, 25 November, 2013

Stabilised, panoramic, High Definition footage of Abraham Zapruder’s film of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, by Antony Davison.

I also found this article last week about Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, who it is said, as a teenager, used to fire rounds from the apartment block where he lived in the Bronx, in New York City, at neighbouring buildings, with a low-powered air gun.

An interesting addition, to say the least, to what is known about Oswald.

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Trailer for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, the new Wes Anderson film

Thursday, 24 October, 2013

It seems like it was only a couple of months ago that Moonrise Kingdom was showing in cinemas, in-fact it was well over a year ago.

Still with The Grand Budapest Hotel slated for release in early March of next year, there hasn’t exactly been much time for US film director Wes Anderson for sit back and take things easy.

Going by the trailer though, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” looks a little more like, say, The Darjeeling Limited, that Anderson made in 2007, than “Moonrise Kingdom”, in that travel, of some sort, looks to be part of the story.

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