THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2013: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN (by david Ehrlich)
David Ehrlich ranking:
My ranking of the movies I’ve already seen from the list:
#ladysnoFIQ - Laerte (by Lady’s Comics)
[…] Cuarón signifies totality as the unrestrained human experience, as an individual, as a companion to others, as a being existing in the beautiful, terrifying, infinite universe.
The epiphany keeps Stone hanging on. There’s no need to pray or wait for the deus ex machina. It won’t come. God won’t provide, “Gravity” tells us, but a human can act as their own maker. Faith can be fuel. So can a fire extinguisher. Stone knows how the extinguisher works, how the pressure could get her to the Chinese space station, but only now with raw, human instincts — spiritually “reborn” — can she cross the way. 2001: A Space Odysseycomparisons become apt; Stone isn’t “Star Child,” but she’s the perfected form of humanity after years of degredation. Fresh faced and ready to live.
When Stone crashes on Earth and emerges from the water, Cuarón earns his right to hit us over the head with iconography. This is a snapshot of evolution, humanity in its purest form. It’s where pantheism leaves the door open to ideas of intelligent design and scientific fact living as one intertwined entity. No matter where the origins of life began, humanity arose from the Earth and their will is entirely in their own hands. Human potential has nothing to do with religious theory, and that’s “Gravity’s” proclamation. Attempting to trounce evolution theory with creationism is pointless. What matters is a human standing on two feet ready to connect with the rest of the world and solve “Godly” problems. “Gravity” shows us anything is possible when science and faith meet — a theme as grand as they come.
Bonus 1: Gravidade, uma metáfora espacial
“You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Your sexual adjustment has presented problems for you. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life.”
In 1948, psychologist Bertram R. Forer gave a personality test to his students. He told his students they were each receiving a unique personality analysis that was based on the test’s results and to rate their analysis on a scale of 0 (very poor) to 5 (excellent) on how well it applied to themselves. In reality, each received the same analysis.
On average, the rating was 4.26.
via Crooked Timber
On a cold, rainy December morning, you get your coffee to go from Vivace, Stumptown, or Starbucks, and then watch out the window for your bus. The bus, you know, might be a minute or two late, and youll have to wait a few minutes. You want to keep your coffee as hot as possible during your wait so that its still piping hot when you step out the door. You grab a lid for your cup, pausing at the cream. Should you add the cream to your coffee now, or will that only cool your drink faster? Maybe you should add your cream at the last minute, before you dash out the door.
The basic physics of heat provides the answer: you should go ahead and add the cream to your coffee now. Coffee with cream cools about 20% slower than black coffee, for three reasons:
1. Black coffee is darker.
2. Stefan-Boltzmann says so.
3. Viscosity versus evaporation.
Richard Linklater has been making Boyhood since 2002. The film isn’t delayed or in trouble or anything like that. Boyhood is designed to chronicle the growth of a boy from age 6 to his last year of high school at 17 or 18. Ellar Salmon plays the boy through the entire film, because Linklater has shot the movie essentially in sequence, creating new scenes each year since ’02 as Salmon grew.
The Joy Formidable - Full Performance (Live on KEXP) (by KEXP)