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November 17, 2009

L’Âge d’Or

Filed under: Movies — Rafael Minuesa @ 1:47 AM
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This is one of a series of articles I posted for Guy.com.
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* # http://www.guy.com/2009/11/14/movie-of-the-week-lage-dor/

L’Âge d’Or is a surrealist film from 1930 directed by Luis Buñuel and written by him and Salvador Dalí, following their classic experimental and surrealist short film, Un chien andalou (1929).

A deliriously surreal, provocative, and blasphemous take on l’amour fou and the constraints of a stultifying, oppressive society.

It begins as a documentary about the poisonous power of scorpions and irrationally moves towards a peasant revolution (led by famed surrealist painter Max Ernst).

Preview what it was considered to be a highly pornographic scene from the film below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5pTjZ2ld5o

The film consists of a series of tightly interlinked vignettes, the most sustained of which details the story of a man and a woman who are passionately in love. Their attempts to consummate their passion are constantly thwarted, by their families, by the Church and bourgeois society in general.

Watch the full movie below:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7633509394552540790#

L’Âge d’Or was Buñuel’s first feature film and it was banned from public exhibition in his native country, Spain, almost immediately from the moment of its 1930 premiere. Its principal opponents were high-ranking members of the Catholic church, who condemned the film as savagely sacrilegious.

November 7, 2009

The Last Man on Earth

Filed under: Movies — Rafael Minuesa @ 3:14 AM
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This is one of a series of articles I posted for Guy.com.
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The Last Man on Earth was filmed in Rome and stars film legend Vincent Price.

The film is available for viewing in its entirety right here.

Watch the trailer below:

The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow. Vincent Price stars as Morgan, a scientist who is the only survivor of a devastating world-wide pandemic that has transformed humanity into a race of bloodthirsty vampires that cannot stand sunlight. At night, Morgan locks himself inside his house; during the day, he kills as many zombies as he can, burning the bodies …

Watch the full movie below:

Sounds familiar? That’s because it is a movie based on the Richard Matheson science fiction novel “I am Legend” which was recently adapted  in 2007, directed by Francis Lawrence and starred by Will Smith.

Watch the 2007 trailer below:

November 4, 2009

Practical Advice to make it past 2012

Filed under: Movies — Rafael Minuesa @ 3:43 AM
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This is one of a series of articles I posted for Guy.com.
You can view the original version at:
* http://dev.guy.com/2009/11/04/practical-advice-to-make-it-past-2012/

The 2012 phenomenon is a range of beliefs and proposals positing that cataclysmic or transformative events will occur in the year 2012. The forecast is based primarily on what is claimed to be the end-date of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is presented as lasting 5,125 years and as terminating on December 21 or 23, 2012. Arguments supporting this dating are drawn from a mixture of amateur archaeoastronomy, alternative interpretations of mythology, numerological constructions, and alleged prophecies from extraterrestrial beings.

First the facts:

Hummmm … None really.

It is true though that the Maya based their calendar on observations of the Great Rift, a band of dark dust clouds in the Milky Way to which the Sun will align with at the winter solstice of 2012 (December 21).

Just as astrology uses the positions of stars and planets to make claims of future events, the Mayans believed that accurate observation of the stars and planets would allow them to predict the future and plotted their calendars with the objective of preparing for significant world events.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aPNcUJuiLY

Followed by the predictions:

Nostradamus predicted that around 2012 there would be political turmoils followed by great wars and natural disasters leading up to total destruction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5cI7qUBo4s

Illustrated by a movie :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz86TsGx3fc

And finishing it all with some practical advice :

Just in case …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqg5nG0nvqs

More Info:

Debunking the “2012 Doomsday”

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