Giz Explains: An Illustrated Guide to Every Stupid... →
It is almost what it says, an illustrated guide to computer cables (but not every one). Since I’m always coming across people who should know the difference between a USB and a Firewire and do not, this might be handy. It’s a shame it’s only about mainstream computer cables - in the title illustration I can see some old style VGA and Parallel cables, as well as BNC video, that...
Cafeína: Enchendo Chouriços →
Is 'The Dark Knight' the best film ever? →
It is, according to the current ranking at the IMDb Top 250. It’s not unusual for a new movie to debut at a rather high standing in the IMDb votes, especially if the movie has plenty of fanboy appeal, and then gradually fade way. Wall-E, for instance, debuted at number 4 a couple of weeks ago, and now dropped to 23rd ‘best movie of all time’. But for The Dark Knight to top The...
Trailer for Zack Snyder's 'Watchmen' →
I’ve got mixed feelings about this. It does look a pretty slick emulation of the graphic novel - and Snyder already proved he is pretty much the right man for this kind of job -, but at the same time I’m pretty skeptical it’ll work as a 2 or 3 hour movie (hell, even as a 6 hour movie!). 300 was a small graphic novel, but Watchmen is just too massive. But if it works, here’s...
Cafeína: Passwords →
From now on I’ll aggregate links to my Cafeína posts [in portuguese] here. This one is about a bad short I watched in a festival last week, and how Fear (of looking stupid) plays a role in allowing Bad Art to vanquish. Previously: Con men and Pyramid schemes, the Social Network nonsense we can’t quit.
The dawn of film criticism →
Jason Kottke did quite a good report on movie reviews during the early years of cinema. Maxim Gorky, for instance, wrote a very lucid review of a few Lumiere films in 1896!
Frank Cottrell Boyce's screenwriting advice →
Thirteen tips from the guy who wrote ‘24 Hour Party People’. An interesting essay because he often recommends the exact opposite of the kind of thing they teach in film school. Fuck characterization, embrace reaction! And love your ‘darlings’! Yeah! (via Kottke)
13 Signs You're A Bad Graphic Designer →
Having done some pagination, I know how hard it is to be good. There’s a lot more to it than just selecting a font, a size, and a weight. And getting every quote right can be a bitch.