I’ve been writing about Autolux for years, and yet they always sound fresh to me
I spoke with Starzak and Kewley about how and why Aardman’s low-budget, big-picture animation continues to compete in our blockbuster marketplace, and why stop-motion can be even more real than hyperreal CGI.
Extraordinary Tales brings Poe’s harrowing stories to the screen for newer generations raised on boundless technologies and influences.
Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are two of the most ambitious and moving animated series of this still-new millennium. Indeed, pound for pound, they can stand alongside most non-animated series and still hold their own.
It doesn’t take long (at all) for the stubborn and refreshingly frank Tartakovsky to hold forth on his frustrations with the way Hotel Transylvania 2 and Popeye were handled.
Whether he’s the destabilizing force of Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes’ glory days, or more centered in contemporary reboots that can’t measure up, Bugs Bunny remains a towering cartoon influence.
“It was created from original drawings by John Lennon and a soundtrack that I also edited together, consisting of snatches of conversation between John and Yoko and song excerpts.”
Ten corporations throwing their clout into solar energy.
If the utilities don’t get on board, then consumers will find someone who will.
There are too many obstacles standing in the way of the inevitable.
Like his Oscar-nominated feature debut The Secret of Kells, his new stunner Song of the Sea is steeped in regional folklore but still a universal wonder. But it is a more personal epic, about the extinction of mythological seal people called Selkies, as explored through a lighthouse family riven by loss and misunderstanding but healed by history and magic.
“gnaw at the very roots of Batman’s being, fuck up the private lives of his friends and relatives, make him doubt his raison d’etre, set his postal district on fire and blow up his cave.”
Cli-fi is the cultural prism through which we monitor and experience ourselves as we bleed our planet dry while trying to become machines.
Now it’s calling for the immediate replacement of obsolete utilities with distributed energy.
We’re in the slow-motion throes of an environmental apocalypse whose existential ravages are terrifyingly “irreversible.” Now is not the time to be arguing over solar cash.
Microgrids make sense for a world where lighter and cleaner is better. Especially if you want to pack an increasingly powerful punch on a destabilized planet with problems.
As the dust of the 20th century the Beatles dominated depixelates into memory, Lennon is quietly hacking their legacies to create lasting multimedia of his own.
“The question is not if or even when the change will come, but rather, how fast.”
“It does not evaluate mitigation technologies or policies or undertake an analysis of the effectiveness of various approaches.”
Pixies are still making great music, and I’m happy to still be listening and interviewing them about it.
“There’s something quaint about these attempts to control us today, in a period where we are boiling with information and complexity, both of which have reached levels that could be called fractal, if that wasn’t a polite way of saying chaotic.“
As I turned my back last year on writing about cultural, environmental, political, economic and other lofty concerns for money — because it wasn’t really paying any — I decided to plot another devious experiment.
Unbowed, the Pixies’ reconstructed band, and brand, now soldiers ahead with street and market cred to spare.
My father’s generation lived through and after the war, and basically had nothing. They forged their paths with their own hands, and created their whole world themselves.
J.R.R. Tolkien legendarily wrote In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, one Oxford summer while “laborious[ly]” grading papers for some always welcome side money. Both of us, he could have added, will be stinking rich someday.