Finger of Doom (1972)
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Inside these boxes are enough videotapes to fill a Blockbuster. What’s on these tapes? Well, about 35 years of local and national news, recorded by Marion Stokes, a woman who spent nearly half her life recording the news in the belief that someday it would be useful. It probably isn’t very useful, but it was a pretty epic hobby.
These tapes will actually be incredibly useful. They contain hours of history that can be re-lived, instead of re-imagined, when viewed.
The San Francisco-based Internet Archive plans to digitize the tapes and make them available on their website for searching and viewing. Someday, in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be able to watch ABC News segments on the Iran hostage crisis — the event that launched Nightline. The live CNN video on the Challenger disaster. Little Jessica being rescued from the well. Nightly news segments on the fall of the Berlin wall.
The first Gulf War. The war in Bosnia. TWA 800. Clinton’s impeachment. The Florida “hanging chad” scandal. Hours of videotape on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The entire war in Iraq as it played out on cable news. The start — and end — of the housing crisis that crippled economy. The election of the first black president.
Marion Stokes might have had an unusual hobby, but her hobby bore a priceless gift that now millions connected to the internet will be able to enjoy. I guess I’d expect nothing less from someone who was once a former librarian.
this is actually really cool.
Kaufman files a reel from the 35mm print of the 1987 film Troma’s War in the archives at Troma’s offices.
“A three second exposure meant that subjects had to stand very still to avoid being blurred, and holding a smile for that period was tricky. As a result, we have a tendency to see our Victorian ancestors as even more formal and stern than they might have been.”
The monster strikes back against his maker! Well, sort of… This is Boris Karloff goofing around with legendary makeup artist Jack Pierce, who created the iconic grotesque looks of Frankenstein’s monster, his bride, Imhotep the mummy, and Gwynplaine (from The Man Who Laughs, the inspiration for The Joker), among others.
Also note that this footage was not colorized; the makeup for Frankenstein’s monster, though photographed in black-and-white, really was this shade of green.
Michelle Yeoh and Ang Lee on-set of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
French lobby card set for Jackie Chan’s 80’s classic, “Project A.”
Alfie Says, “Relax.”
Liu Shi Shi as Sanniang in Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei.
Brigitte Lin’s lethal stare.
Akiko (author/interviewer): I like the expression of your eyes. I call it the lethal stare. You can kill people with your stare. How did you prepare for this role [Dongfang Bubai/Asia the Invincible]?
Brigitte: I learned a little bit about Chinese Opera. Before the shooting, I found a teacher to teach me a little about Chinese Opera.
Akiko: I saw the picture in Oriental Sunday that the Chinese Opera teacher, Yip Shiu Lan, trained you to do about three eye expressions before the shooting of The East is Red.
Brigitte: Right. It’s very important to Chinese Opera, the eye expressions. Also, probably Japanese Kabuki. I think even in a movie, it’s very important to use your eyes to show your emotion. And I don’t do martial arts very well, right? To tell you the truth, I don’t do martial arts at all. They have a stuntman for me, so the only thing I have to do is to look really powerful through my eyes and through my body expression. I act powerfully, and then the stuntman does the rest. People will be convinced that I’m a really strong person. So, I try my best to use the eye expressions in the action scenes.
—Excerpt from “The Last Star of The East: Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia and Her Films” by Akiko Tetsuya, p.36
28 JULY 1936 - 25 JUNE 2013
Martial arts legend LAU Kar-leung,the fourth-generation disciple of Huang Feihong,kung-fu star,great film directer,and action choreographer.
Your films will live on forever. RIP
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