Monthly Archives: August 2012

How to Write About Hermaphrodite Sex [Video]

You’ve got two life forms who are hermaphrodites, and they’re having sex. But how do you describe it accurately, without calling on human-centric terms like “male” and “female” or “penis” and “vagina”?… Continue reading

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Clint is left in the line of fire

Was he trying out his greenscreen acting? Or channeling his seminal work with silent buddy Clyde? Either way, Clint Eastwood’s Republican convention speech is unlikely to have Hollywood cheeringThe MTV movie awards have a prize for the Best WTF Moment;… Continue reading

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Wadjda director defies Saudi prejudice

Saudi film pioneer Haifaa al-Mansour, who directed Wadjda, sometimes had to hide in van to film on location in RiyadhAs the first Saudi Arabian woman to direct a feature film, Haifaa al-Mansour is either a pioneer or a pariah, depending on your point o… Continue reading

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Bad 25 – review (four stars)

In his warm and affectionate study of Michael Jackson’s Bad, Spike Lee displays an exuberant reverence for the King of PopMichael Jackson revisionism gets a huge boost with Spike Lee’s new film, a terrifically warm, affectionate and celebratory study o… Continue reading

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Even Republicans themselves are struggling to swallow their leaders’ lies | Deborah Orr

From Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney to Clint Eastwood, the time it takes each new GOP ‘star’ to go from hero to zero is getting shorter and shorterIt’s encouraging, really. Republicans in the US are displaying a growing inability to suspend disbelief. They… Continue reading

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This week’s new DVD & Blu-ray

JawsDo you really need another copy of Jaws? It is seen as the film that heralded in the modern blockbuster age, but it wasn’t made with that intention, according to the comprehensive documentary, The Shark Is Still Working, which is included here.Whil… Continue reading

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This week’s new films

The Myth Of The American Sleepover (15) (David Robert Mitchell, 2010, US) Claire Sloma, Amanda Bauer, Marlon Morton, Matt Jacobsen. 96 minsAs low-key as it is low-budget, this is a thing of beauty. The plot is basically Dazed And Confused relocated to … Continue reading

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This week’s new film events

Girl Gang Season, Newcastle upon TyneA new film of Joyce Carol Oates’s girl-gang novel Foxfire, directed by Laurent Cantet (The Class), premieres next month at the Toronto Film Festival, so now’s the ideal time to visit the world of wild young women in… Continue reading

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That’s My Boy – giving gross-out a bad name

With his latest film grasping desperately for paedophilia-based laughs, John Patterson fears the former SNL funnyman’s decline is terminalSomething terrible is happening to Adam Sandler’s already terrible career. When I look back over last two decades’… Continue reading

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Ruth Wilson: acting up

She’s best mates with Lady Mary, but Ruth Wilson reveals why she sidestepped Downton in favour of TolstoyRuth Wilson talks brusquely, in quick, ungainly sentences that take one back to her excellent Jane Eyre and make her seem, oddly, both older a… Continue reading

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The 23 best film directors in the world today

From The Master to Holy Motors, this autumn promises to be a strong season for director-led cinema. But who are the auteurs that are exciting us in 2012?1 – Paul Thomas AndersonThough he’s released only five films over a 16-year career, Paul Thomas And… Continue reading

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Venice film festival: Bad 25 and At Any Price – review

Xan Brooks and Peter Bradshaw review Bad 25 and At Any Price at the Venice film festivalXan BrooksElliot SmithPeter Bradshaw Continue reading

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A new species of bee that survives solely by invading other beehives [Animal Behavior]

It would appear that cuckoo birds are not the only animal that has the nasty habit of laying its eggs in another animal’s nest. A newly discovered species of bee has been observed to invade the nests o… Continue reading

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Pack All Your Pals Around This Beautiful Wooden Dining Table [Daily Desired]

I just moved into a new apartment, and I have no dinner table. We are eating like savages on the couch with plates perched on our laps. So I’ve been scouring the internet for just the right piece, and r… Continue reading

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GIZMODO at 2012 Smart Home—New Gadgets! [Smart Home 2012]

Last year Gizmodo and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago partnered up to curate the technology for the Smart Home: Green + Wired. The exhibit recently re-opened for 2012 with new furnishings an… Continue reading

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Motorola’s Secret Weapon for Its Next Android Phone Is a Complete Edge-to-Edge Screen? [Android]

The Motorola phones that have leaked before its announcement event next week have mostly been varying degrees of meh. Droid Razr somethin’ or another who cares. How are they going to make some noise? Ho… Continue reading

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This Reconfigurable Jacket Is Like 30 Coats In One (And Is Priced Accordingly) [Overkill]

Everyone wants to get bang for their buck, and if you’re on the hunt for a new winter coat, Stone Island’s 30/30 Multi Jacket features a reversible liner and shell that lets you reconfigure it 30 differ… Continue reading

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Watch the drunken, self-destructive voyage of the Starship Artemis [Video]

Artemis is a virtual starship bridge. About six people can play at being different positions on a Star Trek type ship. When the local Star Trek club set up an actual bridge space, I donned Vulcan ear… Continue reading

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The New Essential Apps August 2012 [Apps]

iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone. We’ve updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them … Continue reading

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Would You Buy an Ad-Supported Tablet? [Chatroom]

Amazon is reportedly going to introduce an ad-supported Kindle Fire next week, according to the WSJ. Like its Kindle with Special Offers, the ad-supported Kindle Fire would be cheaper but would also “di… Continue reading

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