Powers of Ten is a 1977 IBM-commissioned film taking us on a journey out to the edge of the observable universe before returning to an atom’s nucleus in the hand of a man picnicing in a Chicago parkâ€¦ all within 9 minutes.
Depicting the relative scale of the universe in factors of ten, the film moves by one factor of ten every ten seconds: a great way to look at the power of the log scale and the universe itself.
Mike Laurie analyses and classifies classic viral videos.
There are exactly one hundred million billion new viral marketing campaigns seeded every 10 minutes – the vast majority are completely dire and destined to fail. So what separates success from failure? Well, the best appear to exhibit similar patterns and by using these patterns in your own campaigns you could be on your way to a free buffet and a drunken snog at next Summer’s Revolution Awards.
via Seth Godin
Peter Bradshaw on The Hulk (in Hulk-speak, no less)
“Hulk. Smash!” Yes. Hulk. Smash. Yes. Smash. Big Hulk smash. Smash cars. Buildings. Army tanks. Hulk smash all hope of interesting time in cinema. Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment.
Christopher Orr’s review of The Happening (a list of spoilers so that you can mock the film without having seen it.)
The Happening is not merely bad. […] It’s the kind of movie you want to laugh about with friends, swapping favorite moments of inanity: “Do you remember the part when Mark Wahlberg … ?” “God, yes. And what about that scene where the wind … ?”
The problem, of course, is that to have such a conversation, you’d normally have to see the movie, which I believe is an unreasonably high price to pay just to make fun of it. So rather than write a conventional review explaining why you should or shouldn’t see The Happening (trust me, you shouldn’t), I’m offering an alternative: A dozen and a half of the most mind-bendingly ridiculous elements of the film, which will enable you to marvel at its anti-genius without sacrificing (and I don’t use that term lightly) 90 minutes of your life.
Mark Kermode on Pirates of the Caribbean 3
No words can prepare you for this priceless 10-minute rant by Kermode. My favourite review ever, given the accolade due to Kermode’s renaming of two of the stars: Ikea Shitely and Orloondo Bland.
The Hulk and The Happening reviews, via kottke (twice)
‘The Suicide of Genius: Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson in Life and Art‘ is an article pointing out the similarities between the troubling events in Owen Wilson’s troubled life and his on-screen roles in Anderson’s films.
Owen Wilson, the eponymous free spirit and troubled hero of Wes Andersonâ€™s films, has struggled with what appears to be typical celebrity depression. According to gossip magazines and the industry of celebrity buzz, the blond Wilson brother is recovering from not just another fictional blunder, but a real-life suicide attempt. In this sense, our image of Owen Wilson has tangled itself with pop psychological discourse and celebrity persona: the man behind the characters has become increasingly enmeshed with his emerging popular fiction.