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It’s only been two weeks since the last time I shared a video from Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting, but his latest episode covers a favorite director of both mine and Colin’s, Satoshi Kon, so I’m kind of obligated to transmit this one too.

Several years ago, when I was crashing at Colin’s place for a week, we rented all four of Kon’s feature films—Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprika—and watched them over the span of a day or two. This was back in the 2000s, when going to a video store and renting movies was still a thing people did.

Watching movies together is something that Colin and I have been doing since grade school, and whenever one of us is visiting the other, we inevitably end up going to a theater or putting something amazing on. Watching those four excellent films was one of the highlights of my trip, and whenever I think of Kon, feelings of friendship and reminiscence inevitably rush forth.

A.I.P. (animate in peace), Satoshi Kon.

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How Nicole Perlman Became the First Woman to Write a Marvel Movie

Lily Rothman, Time:

Nicole Perlman’s interest in space started early — and with the help of real-life rocket scientists. When she was growing up in Boulder, Colo., in what she calls “a very nerdy family,” her father would host a science-fiction book club that counted among its members many employees of the aeronautics companies based in the area. The rocket scientists would come to her house and discuss their favorite books; noticing her interest, her father bought the 15-year-old Perlman copies of physicist Richard Feynman’s two autobiographies.

That fateful gift started Perlman, now 33, on a path that led to her writing Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters Aug. 1. The movie is Marvel’s big leap away from its more established superhero properties into the depths of outer space. It’s also the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a woman as a credited writer — but getting there wasn’t exactly easy.

Neat.

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As part of his Every Frame a Painting show, Tony Zhou has analyzed Michael Bay’s filmmaking style in “Michael Bay - What is Bayhem?”

Yes, this is really happening.

No, it’s not a fluff piece. And it’s actually fascinating.

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"Internet's Own Boy" explores hacker Aaron Swartz's life, death

Susan King, Los Angeles Times:

On Jan. 12, 2013, [Aaron] Swartz, a developer of Reddit who had become an Internet folk hero with his commitment to make online content free to the public, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He was 26.

Swartz had been embroiled in a two-year legal battle with the federal government, which had brought multiple felony charges against him for allegedly hacking into computer systems.

Just a year after his death, writer Brian Knappenberger (“We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists”) premiered his documentary, “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. The film opens Friday in theaters and is available on video-on-demand and iTunes.

I had somehow never heard of this film until right now and I feel really, really bad about it.

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You know what never gets old? This clip of Neil deGrasse Tyson telling the story of how he tussled with director James Cameron over an incorrect view of the night sky in the film Titanic.

Stephen Colbert hosted this interview with Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy in 2010.

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Ben Solovey introducing a documentary video produced for the Manos in HD project:

It wasn’t until the day I interviewed Jackey Neyman Jones and Tom Neyman in Oregon that I flipped over one of the few surviving set photographs and saw the name “Anselm Spring” stamped on the back. Despite the number of names (both real and fake) used to pad out the credits, his does not appear on the film. Just who was this person, and how’d he end up being the unknown set photographer on Manos: The Hands of Fate?

This guy is great.

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Steven Spielberg to Produce 'Halo' TV Series

Kory Grow, Rolling Stone:

Steven Spielberg will begin producing a live-action television series based on the military-themed sci-fi video game Halo in the fall of 2015, which coincides with the release of the sequel Halo 5: Guardians. The show, which will live on the Xbox Live network, will build on the success of the digital series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which debuted alongside the game Halo 4.

A WHAT, BY WHO

Microsoft previously announced that Alien director Ridley Scott was working on a multi-part Halo film, according to the Associated Press.

A WHAT, BY WHO

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Short compilation by kogonada showing Wes Anderson’s penchant for centered subjects and otherwise symmetrical shots in his films.

I really need to see The Grand Budapest Hotel at some point.

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George Gene Gustines on The New York Times's ArtsBeat blog:

In putting together “Stripped,” a documentary exploring the art and evolution of newspaper comic strips, Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder, the co-directors, interviewed more than 70 cartoonists. One of the biggest gets was Bill Watterson, the reclusive creator of “Calvin and Hobbes,” the beloved newspaper strip about a mischievous boy and his stuffed tiger, which ran from 1985 to 1995.

Watterson even drew them some poster art, which is pretty neato.

George Gene Gustines on The New York Times's ArtsBeat blog:

In putting together “Stripped,” a documentary exploring the art and evolution of newspaper comic strips, Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder, the co-directors, interviewed more than 70 cartoonists. One of the biggest gets was Bill Watterson, the reclusive creator of “Calvin and Hobbes,” the beloved newspaper strip about a mischievous boy and his stuffed tiger, which ran from 1985 to 1995.

Watterson even drew them some poster art, which is pretty neato.

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(Video content warning: blood and violence)

One of Colin’s and my favorite films of 2012 was The Raid: Redemption. Somehow I failed to notice that a trailer for the sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, has been around since last year. Looks like it’s going to be intense.

I love the way this trailer is structured, by the way. Builds up to something fierce, yet doesn’t really give away any part of the plot.