Monday, February 23, 2009

Please Stand By

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Bravest Warriors

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kim's Video

Kim's Video was the most amazing video store ever. When I was at NYU, it was the only place you wanted to go to rent movies because they had the sickest collection.

And then, videotape died.
Over the years, Mr. Kim, now in his late 40s, built a staff that traveled the world scouring for additional titles — the only way to find obscure films in the pre-Internet age. By 2008, the collection had swelled to 55,000 eclectic works, many impossible to find anywhere else.

Then the world changed.

The Internet had spawned Netflix, the elimination of late fees and no-effort rentals. The Internet also distracted consumers, stealing hours they might once have spent reveling in movies...

At the store’s peak in the 1990s, more than 200,000 people were listed in Kim’s database, but by the end of last year, only about 1,500 of them were considered active members...

“Kim’s was the cutting-edge; that was always the business concept,” Mr. Kim said the other day in one of a series of conversations about the fate of his video collection. “But ironically, I didn’t prepare.”

Last September, in a move that swept through the Internet at viral speed, he issued a public challenge. In a notice pasted on a wall inside the front door, he wrote, “We hope to find a sponsor who can make this collection available to those who have loved Kim’s over the past two decades.” He promised to donate all the films without charge to anyone who would meet three conditions: Keep the collection intact, continue to update it and make it accessible to Kim’s members and others...
Time to renew your passports.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Battlestar Revolution

I'm getting into the "reimagined" Battlestar Galactica very late into the game, thankyouverymuch, trying to catch up in time to watch the final episodes on air.

Back in 2005, John Hodgman wrote this fascinating article tracing the journey of reviving Battlestar, including original star Richard Hatch's long and expensive campaign to revive it himself. With all the acclaim the new series has received during its run, it's interesting to see how much "fan-controversy" it generated during its original production.

If you know the show, of course, you know that Richard Hatch was eventually persuaded to accept a recurring character role.
He said it was sort of like falling in love with another man's wife. ''Eventually you had to realize she's married. And not to me.''
That's got to hurt. Hatch worked so hard and sunk so much of his own money into trying to get a new series off the ground... it's sad to think about. It's a rough business. The development process can be so convoluted, I think it's amazing anything gets into production.

Since Hatch has been on the new show, I was curious why the original "Starbuck" hasn't been on. The Internet has now clarified that.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Damage Control

Christian Bale expresses his remorse.

Parodies, remixes, mashups, a full course of media circus analysis. And now, it's over. These stories get processed so quickly these days.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Colbert as Batman

This is better'n anything on Steve Martin's recent SNL show.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

British Psycho

I could listen to this for days.