Week In Review

Dr. Easy

It’s the end of June already, and that means us Canadians get an elongated weekend to celebrate the birth of this overwhelmingly large and polite country of ours. In this light, I will be once again postponing my first real Breaking Knowledge post—I’m the worst, I know—in the interest of unplugging for a couple days and maybe even spending a night in nature! On the upside, we’ve got a pretty healthy offering of links after the jump, so no complaining!

Dr. Easy — Creative collective Shynola drop a dazzling short film bomb. Watch it immediately. [via Coudal]

50 Books/50 Covers — Designer Observer has the 2012 winners of the 50 Books/50 Covers competition up, and there’s some awesome book covers to be seen. “It was nice of Design Observer to save this competition from extinction but the presentation of this is so underwhelming.” Agreed Armin, agreed. [via Quipsologies]

Jim Jarmusch’s 5 Non-Rules of Moviemaking — Jim Jarmusch has an awesome head of hair. He also makes some pretty great movies, and has offered up 5 non-rules that he abides by—I think. Anyways, while these are technically movie specific, anyone creative can pull some insight from his list. It’s nothing groundbreaking, really, but more reassuring to see that these same basic guidelines apply for anyone doing good work; rules two and five are my personal favourites.  [via Coudal]

Jacob’s Ladder Remake — No real details, but apparently there’s a remake of Jacob’s Ladder, a film that’s enjoyed somewhat of a cult following, in the works. This film is quite probably responsible for my fascination with fractured narratives—think the work of Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Trilogy excepted, of course) or Shane Carruth as two modern contemporary examples—as it has to be the first example I was exposed to, and by my dad at far too young an age no less—something I think he took pride in on multiple occasions. (I somehow appreciate it now, but am not entirely sure Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula should be seen before you’ve hit your teens, which even then would be early right out of the gate.) [via ComingSoon]

Bert and Ernie — The New Yorker’s upcoming cover celebrates recent decisions by the US Supreme Court with a familiar pair of faces. Well played. [via Coudal]

Six Photographs — René Burri reflects on six of his more recognized photographs. I know, it doesn’t sound terribly interesting, but he’s very charismatic; he recounts a story of being punched in the nose, so he’s got street cred as well. [via Design Info]

Clear History Trailer — Larry David, miserable extraordinaire, continues his solid schtick in this HBO telefilm. Telling the story of a would-be millionaire who dropped his shares in a “bound to fail” electric car company, I’ll have my eye open for it. Oh, it’s got Danny McBride, and I alway seem to enjoy his aggressive, obnoxious style of humour,so there’s that. [via ComingSoon]

 Toby Melville Brown — I’m not afraid to admit that I’m envious of a lot of peoples’ drawing abilities. And then there’s guys like Toby who take that envy to a whole other level; the amount of precise detail and patience involved makes my head spin. His work reminds me quite a bit of autistic savant Gilles Tréhin‘s incredible fictional city drawings. [via The Fox Is Black]

Kit FUI on Noteloop — An excellent repository of fictional user interfaces for a wide variety of films. For anyone who likes information graphics, user interface design, or just plain nerdy stuff, this is a great resource for inspiration and eye candy—a potential hazard during work hours. [via Co.Design]

Museum Hours Trailer — I’m a bit of a sucker for a well done “slice of life” film—one that typically depicts relatively normal events from a portion of a relatively normal person’s relatively normal life—and this looks to be a good one, especially given the heavy art appreciation. (There’s something that can be particularly immersive about the down to earth nature of these films; which, I suppose, is supposed to be the idea behind reality television? I don’t know, I can’t find any reason why most of those programs exist, but there are many things I don’t understand.) [via Coudal]

Movie Destination Posters — Some excellent poster work, created to advertise fictional locations from movies in the classic travel destination poster style. My only wish is that there were more of them. [via Quipsologies]

There it is! Whew; I was starting to think we weren’t going to reach the end, and now I’ve only got a day and half to unplug. (My internet went down and I occupied myself for a few hours, thus a delay.) Until next time.


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