The Phantom Limbed
The Phantom Limbed
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fuckyeahbobodenkirk:

"NEBRASKA! SIX NOMINATIONS!!!!!! I woke up this morning to discover NEBRASKA, Alexander Payne’s film, is up for 6 Oscar Statuettes. I had no idea they announced the Oscar nom’s on this day. I didn’t even know they were still HAVING Oscar ceremonies, especially after that fiasco with Marlon Brando and the Indian lady. I figured that would put the kibosh on it. But I guess they resurrected the ceremony just for NEBRASKA. Look, it’s a small film. There are no CGI nothings in it. The performances do not include people screaming, or going from zero-to-emotion in record time. No one “transforms”, although there is a truck in it! A pickup truck! Vroom Vroom!  NOW have I got your attention? Anyway, what there IS is an American story, a story about a broken down Dad and his sons and his suffering wife and a humorously quixotic quest; a tempest in a teapot; a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury (and punches thrown at senior citizens), signifying nothing. Great stuff. A simple, spare, comic tale that resonates with all kinds of people, from all over. I cannot believe I am part of it. Some thoughts on NEBRASKA’S nominees. First off - ALEXANDER PAYNE, I have never worked with a director who is so in touch with what he is after; the tone, the story moment, the image within the frame. Alexander moved calmly, with incredible focus, working with our performances, occasionally tweaking a moment - asking for some emotion, or arranging the image - he builds this story with simple choices, no showboating, trusting the audience to grasp the undercurrents of emotion. A great director.  BRUCE DERN - the man immersed himself in the character. Woody Grant is a shut-down irascible rascal, an alcoholic who is losing his grip on reality. A hard and sour nut. But as his journey unfolds we see there is a full human being in there - hidden under pain. Bruce himself is a delightful man, full of energy, gratitude, enthusiasm, and he doesn’t drink and he has never drunk, but you will believe him through and through in this role. He deserves this nom and I hope he wins. JUNE SQUIBB is amazing, a revelation, and completely surprising as a spitfire of a Mom. She may be suffering with Woody, but she’s not suffering in silence. June herself is a sweet and gentle lady, but the character she plays, Kate Grant, is barely containing her rage. When she softens, only for a second, it’s a huge move, played with total honesty and believability. Yayy, June! PHAEDON PAPAMICHAEL is the cinematographer. The movie is in Black and White, CINEMASCOPE - which means it has a super wide frame like many classic Westerns. This sparse landscape is even sparser in Black and White, but accentuating the outlines of this vast, mostly empty, place, makes it grander and more unforgiving, and powerful. Beautiful, even.  BOB NELSON wrote the screenplay, and it’s about his family, his experience growing up in Nebraska. He told me, last night, that in those scenes where the family are gathered around the TV uttering hilarious go-nowhere conversations, that he was told “That’s not writing, that’s taking dictation”, by one of his cousins. Bob wrote a great story, and all the depth is there in the spaces in between the words. That’s truly great writing.  Who else is there…well, there’s BEST PICTURE. Okay, we got some stiff competition here, in every category. I get that. But, I’ve got to say how amazing is it that NEBRASKA is noticed and appreciated for bringing to the screen a human-sized story set in a real place with recognizable human beings. I am thrilled for this film. SEE IT if you haven’t already!”
- Bob via Facebook
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80s-90s-stuff:

vgjunk:

Speedball

Speedball, 1988
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SK

SK

SK

SK

SK

SK
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senses-working-overtime:

Illustrator Scott McKowen.
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spleenwheel:

2013’s 1994 game of the year: Armored Warriors
also known as Powered Gear - Strategic Variant Armor Equipment
spleenwheel:

2013’s 1994 game of the year: Armored Warriors
also known as Powered Gear - Strategic Variant Armor Equipment
spleenwheel:

2013’s 1994 game of the year: Armored Warriors
also known as Powered Gear - Strategic Variant Armor Equipment
spleenwheel:

2013’s 1994 game of the year: Armored Warriors
also known as Powered Gear - Strategic Variant Armor Equipment
spleenwheel:

2013’s 1994 game of the year: Armored Warriors
also known as Powered Gear - Strategic Variant Armor Equipment
spleenwheel:

2013’s 1994 game of the year: Armored Warriors
also known as Powered Gear - Strategic Variant Armor Equipment
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siasella:
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idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
idlesuperstar:

- Something secretive. And whispery. And indecent.
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vintageblackglamour:

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." ~ Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace, Madiba. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
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s-h-e-e-r:

spaceship architecture by williwieberg on Flickr.
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art-and-fury:
Jan Mankes - Raven on Birch Tree - 
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