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by Oliver Ho

27 May 2010

A playfully weird take on classic tarot images, this project reinvents divination cards with such images as “The Molar Beetle” and the “Znakir of Thrax”.
“I describe my pictures as key frames or storyboards for some sort of bizarre movie,” says artist Ellis Nadler. “Or perhaps as stage sets for an opera I shall write some day.” I would love to see a full deck of these evocative cards in real-life. Imagine the strange fortunes people would tell. [via A Journey Round My Skull]

by Jonathan Simrin

27 May 2010

Rachel McAdams stars as a young woman whose new job in New York could be the chance of a lifetime. The new gig quickly becomes more taxing than she anticipated, though, as it wreaks havoc on her personal life. Will she make it? Who knows, but chances are she’ll encounter some entertaining big shot New York-types along the way. If this sounds like familiar turf that’s already been traversed by Anne Hathaway, it should. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna has takes us away from Runway magazine to Day Break, a morning news show. McAdams stars as the hopeful producer trying to keep control over the star hosts (played by Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford), while juggling a personal life. It might be tempting to write Morning Glory off, but its slew of co-stars is nothing to shake a stick at (Ty Burrell, 50 Cent, and Jeff Goldblum, to name a few).

by David Reyneke

27 May 2010

How do you do? With the help of Kia and Adult Swim, Madvillain finally unleash some long-awaited new music to get excited about. According to Stones Throw, not only will this song be included on the Adult Swim compilation, but it also serves as the first single for the upcoming Madvillain album. I don’t know about you, but I am officially pumped. But, of course, anything that involved DOOM or Madlib is going to have some strings attached, which appears to be the case as the album is also said to still be a “work-in-progress”. Regardless, news is better than no news in this case, so check out the single.

by Henry Guyer

27 May 2010

Directed by the fantastically named Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Known to the rest of the film industry merely as Joe (to get around the challenge of pronouncing his name), Weerasethakul’s films have already taken home prizes from Cannes in the past. This is, however, the first time he or any Thai director has won the coveted main prize.

Set amongst the otherworldly landscape of the Thai jungle and using elements of oneiric cinema, Weerasethakul expamines the themes of life, death and, ultimately, reincarnation in a culture where the existence of supernatural apparitions such as ghosts and demons are accepted as part of daily life. The perfectly executed trailer displays a breathtaking yet eerie backdrop, where something ominous and mysterious seems to be lurking below the surface.

by Jessy Krupa

27 May 2010

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Oddly, a lot of things that happened 20 years ago this week are either similar to or have connections to current events.

On TV, Newhart aired one of the most memorable series finales, a fact that many publications have mentioned this week. Airing their series finales this week were Ghost Whisperer, Melrose Place, and Lost, among others. Family dramedy Life Goes On was renewed for a second season, just as current family dramedy Parenthood has.

At the movies this week is MacGruber, based on Saturday Night Live’s parody of the MacGyverTV series. In 1990, it was in its fifth season.

The #1 song was “Vogue” from Madonna’s Like a Prayer album. Not only was its music video recently parodied on FOX’s Glee, but the cast’s album of Madonna covers is currently selling well.

This is probably just a coincidence, but it is still a little eerie. Are there any more connections to 1990 going on this week that I missed? If so, comment about it below!

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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