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08.21.13 Andy Cush

Peter Mayhew, the 7’3″ man behind the Chewbacca mask, isn’t in the best shape. Chronic knee issues due to his gigantism have forced him into a wheelchair much of the time, and he’s regularly in intense pain because of it. Fortunately, double knee replacement surgery may restore him to his towering height and allow him […]

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07.08.13 Andy Cush

Defenders of the old copyright order say it’s all about protecting content creators–if you download an album or movie for free, the logic goes, you’re depriving an artist of the income he or she deserves and disincentivizing them to continue making art. While that’s usually true to some degree, it leaves out something important out; […]

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07.02.13 Andy Cush

The New York State Pavilion, a vestige of the 1964 World’s Fair, looks like a dying spaceship sitting in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, or maybe an airport left behind by some forgotten civilization. Once a a vibrant attraction that hosted tourists from all over, the pavilion has been mostly forgotten, unused since the 1970s. One New Yorker, a […]

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06.20.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Lone cowboy with wanderlust embarks on soul-searching adventure, meets girl who wants to settle down, gets torn between love and the open road… It’s a story we’ve heard before, but somehow, Janapar manages to come off as fresh and original. Maybe it’s the gorgeous shots of the exotic, off-the-beaten-path landscapes that protagonist Tom Allen bikes […]

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06.11.13 Andy Cush

Depending on your neighborhood, you may have come across people who pick up your recyclable garbage as soon as you put it on the curb, and if you’re smart, you probably realized they’re doing so because they can turn the bottles, cans, and various other scraps in for cash. What you may not know is […]

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06.03.13 Andy Cush

In Alamogordo, New Mexico, there’s a landfill stuffed with 14 truckloads of Atari games, consoles and other hardware. The company dumped the stuff–mostly unpopular or defective games–in 1983, and it’s been sitting there ever since. Apparently, there are literally millions of copies of 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which, as you can see from the screenshot above, was not […]

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05.16.13 Andy Cush

Tonight marks the premiere of If These Knishes Could Talk, a documentary exploring the New York accent in all its colors and flavors. In the trailer above, everyone from Italian Brooklynites to Asian Staten Islanders weigh in on how their speech does or doesn’t define them, and discuss the history and future of the venerable squawk. “It’s […]

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05.08.13 Andy Cush

This is what a documentary about DFA should look like: good-natured, energetic, no portentous interviews about meaning and “lasting significance.” 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic qucikly chronicles the history and current affairs of the stupidly consistent NYC label founded on the principles of  having a good time, touching […]

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04.26.13 Andy Cush

No, not that Death. This Death. The seminal pre-punk punk band from Detroit, formed in 1971, didn’t receive proper recognition until the 2000s, and now, they’re getting a fantastic looking documentary tribute. Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins both show up to pay tribute in the trailer, but the most magical moment comes when the son […]

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03.22.13 Andy Cush

British television network ITV recently commissioned a documentary about Now That’s What I Call Music, the second-most iconic popular music compilation of all time (behind only Pure Moods, of course). Produced by Reef Television, the house behind such masterpieces as The Grape Escape, Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses, and Britain’s First Photo Album Presented by John Seargant, the film will presumably tell […]

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