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  • Sequels We'll Never See

    These Posters for Sequels We'll Never See are a bit of a mixed bag.

    I know that Jack Burton was really just a brave but clueless sidekick in his own film first time round, but I think he's one of those sidekicks who ended up making such a huge contribution on their debut that he just has to come back for the sequel if it's to make sense. I can seem that they'd have to cook up what might seem a bit of a convoluted plotline to steer Kurt Russell's Jack Burton back into Chinatown, but I think they'd have to find a way to do it.

    As for Porco Rosso 2: The Last Sortie, I'd like that to happen on the general principle that a world with more Hayao Miyazaki-directed films in it is automatically a brighter, more joyful place so why the hell not?

    Son of Scissorhands could be a nightmare depending upon which Johnny Depp shows up.

    On the other hand, there's Imperator Furiosa returning to the screen under George Miller's direction, 1 to which the only proper response is "Here, take my money!"

    1. I'm lukewarm about the imagined poster in this case, but the idea of the film is another matter.

  • Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

    Stephen Wolfram was asked to contribute some realistic-looking screen displays for Arrival 1 and, being Stephen Wolfram, couldn't help but muse about an awful lot more than just the visuals he'd been asked for.

    [Via Extenuating Circumstances]

    1. I haven't seen the film yet, but given that it's inspired by one of the best, most moving science fiction stories of the last twenty years it's safe to say that I'll be getting to it some time this week.

  • People are unpredictable, and democracy is insane

    A letter to America from Leslie Knope, regarding Donald Trump:

    Dear America,

    Amidst the confusion, and despair, and disbelief, it was suggested to me by a very close friend of mine (I won't say her name to protect her identity) (Ann. It was Ann) that perhaps a few people would enjoy hearing my thoughts on this election. So I sat down at my computer, cleared my head, and opened a document.

    Then I started crying. So I had some hot chocolate, and my close friend (Ann) rubbed my back for a while, and I got myself together, and sat down. And started crying. Then more Ann comforting me, and more hot chocolate, and back and forth like that for about six hours or so, the chain of hot chocolate and back rubs only interrupted briefly when I had to run to the store for more hot chocolate packets ("Just give me all of them, all the boxes," I remember saying, through tears, to a very scared stockroom boy), and now I am ready to go. […]

    [Via Pajiba]

  • Real life meets Studio Ghibli

    Studio Ghibli in Real Life mostly gave me urge to rewatch a classic or two (or three.) My Neighbor Totoro never fails to put me in a good mood.

    [Via Little White Lies]

  • Never Happened

    I watched Never Happened a few days ago when I spotted it on Vimeo, but I forgot 1 to post here about it until it got a mention on MetaFilter.

    I'm not the first to note how much this feels like a Black Mirror story. Very nice work.

    1. Yes, really.

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