The Laid-Back World of ‘Big Lebowski’ Worship

From The Atlantic:

A decade and a half after its initial release in cinemas, the Coen brothers’ strange cult comedy often gets mined for—and sometimes creates—spiritual meaning.

And there is this from Ann Althouse: If you had to invent a religion based on a movie, what movie would you choose?

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The Blues Brothers

From Vanity Fair, Soul Men: The Making of the Blues Brothers:

The pitch was simple: “John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Blues Brothers, how about it?” But the film The Blues Brothers became a nightmare for Universal Pictures, wildly off schedule and over budget, its fate hanging on the amount of cocaine Belushi consumed. From the 1973 meeting of two young comic geniuses in a Toronto bar through the careening, madcap production of John Landis’s 1980 movie, Ned Zeman chronicles the triumph of an obsession.


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12 Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story (Even Though You’ve Seen It 90 Times)

From mental_floss

Well, I haven’t seen it ninety times, but I’ve seen it more than ten times and have always enjoyed the film.

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“The White Shadow”—Hitchcock’s First Film


It’s a 1924 English silent film, “The White Shadow,” which was long thought lost. More accurately, it’s the film’s three first reels, lasting a little more than 40 minutes (the remainder of the film remains missing). The footage was found last year at the New Zealand Film Archive in canisters marked “(Twin Sisters) with Betty Compson.”


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You Missed It: Most Unfairly Overlooked Movies Of The Decade

From Cinema Blend:

When people look back on the early years of the new millennium they’ll remember it for movies like The Dark Knight and Lord of the Rings. Or they’ll geek out with their friends about the cult classics they discovered together, rewatching copies of the original version of Donnie Darko or spreading around copies of Idiocracy and laughing at its accuracy. Or we’ll remember the prestige movies, the big Oscar winners like No Country For Old Men and Chicago.

But in a better world, maybe we’d remember these movies…Unique and strange, funny and weird, challenging and sexy; they’re the most unfairly overlooked movies of the past decade.


I’ve only seen three of the them, all on cable television; but then, I don’t go to the movie theater very much. And yes, all three were quite good, in their own unique way.

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Ayn Rand on Johnny Carson—1967

Love her or hate her, these are nonetheless interesting:

Part 1 and Part 2

Plus Cathy Young at Reason MagazineAugust 23, 2012.

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Five Science Videos You Must See

From Big Think:

What is the meaning of infinity? How can the Higgs boson be explained in a way that is clear and accessible? The answers to these questions and many others can be found in five videos that theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku says you cannot afford to miss.

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