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08.07.14 Marina Galperina

Grantland just published “Fifteen Years Later: Tom Cruise and Magnolia,” an excerpt from Amy Nicholson’s book Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor. It’s fascinating. Here’s a bit about Paul Thomas Anderson, Tom Cruise and Tom Cruise’s giant commitment. Cruise gives the role a fascinating combination of confidence and insecurity. He comes on like a gorilla — literally […]

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08.04.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, we’re excited to premiere the trailer for “Pig Movie” by sound artist Kate Levitt and video artist Miles Pflanz. The film was written by the prisoners of the Lincoln Correctional Facility.  In spring of 2014, we were […]

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05.16.14 ANIMAL

Here’s some art, film, music and other stuff happening in NYC so you can Have a Good Weekend. Drop your suggestions in the comments or to tips@animalnewyork.com. FRIDAY 66° F NIGHT 56° F Best film to see this weekend: Nabil Ayouch’s Horses of God at Film Forum — a character study of young men growing up without hope, who would […]

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02.13.14 Marina Galperina

Here are some 8-bit style animated GIFs of famous movie moments by Slovakia-based artist Dusan Cezek. For kitsch, “Pixelwood” series is really outstanding, with perfect color schemes (that very Wes Anderson orange in Cezek’s The Life Aquatic tho!)  and narrative humor (Hulk mad!!!… Hulk brb). And how about that expressive versatility of Cezek’s single “pixel” blocks! The blinking eyes […]

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01.14.14 Marina Galperina

It’s not a secret that film critic Armond White — known for “provocative and idiosyncratic film criticism” (and terrible taste) — not liked. But during last week’s New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony, he went a bit too far, allegedly heckling 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. “You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man!” he shouted from […]

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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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08.12.13 Andy Cush

Willy Hartland is an animator who worked on both Beavis & Butthead and Daria. For his latest project, he’s creating what he calls an “Animated Documentary” of NYC. What does that mean? It’s a ten-minute film depicting “the everyday challenges that urbanites meet in public spaces,” using Hartland’s drawings of real-life New Yorkers and their situations as source material. […]

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08.02.13 Marina Galperina

In anticipation of International Cassette Store Day (September 7th), here’s a short documentary about a man named Micke from Stockholm-based collective Filibuster. This is The Magnetist.  Most of Micke’s time is spent on varius tape-related projects; he blogs about them, he makes music with them and he got a monthly tape club in his hometown Stockholm. Sometimes it’s a struggle. Here […]

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07.01.13 Andy Cush

It’s only a matter of time before Hollywood makes the Edward Snowden movie; people have been comparing the instantly notorious NSA leaker to Jason Bourne since the story initially broke. And while we don’t have that big-budget blockbuster quite yet (Who would play Snowden? My money’s on Tobey Maguire), there is this sorta-charming, sorta-terrible five-minute short from […]

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Andy Cush

Zoom in! Facial recognition! Enhance, enhance, enhance! Much like hackers in movies are always outfitted with ridiculously sophisticated (or just ridiculous) fantasy-world computers, the “good guys” usually get some pretty high-tech equipment as well. How else would they pick out a suspect wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses in a crowd of thousands from an […]

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