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A Life Amongst Art

For over 50 years, Los Angeles resident Enrique Serrato has been building an impressive collection of American, Chicano and Mexican art that now exceeds 6000 pieces covering ceramics, paintings, sculpture and outsider art. Unlike the Vogels, Mr. Serrato kept his collection private for more than 35 years, and only recently opened his collection to a small group of Los Angeleno artists and collectors. Mr. Serrato lives in a two-bedroom apartment and surrounds himself with his ever-growing collection which has been called Los Angeles’ best kept secret. Filmed by Patrick Kennedy.

Watch part one of this fascinating documentary here:

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Cinemasters: Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier is one of my favorite directors working today. When I first started getting into film, a friend recommended Breaking the Waves (he also recommended Come and See, but that has its own backstory). I must have been a sophomore in high school and I distinctly remember renting the flick from my local library and watching it alone in the middle of a summer afternoon. What a jarring, devastating, and yet beautiful film. I sat, sobbing in my dark bedroom for a good twenty minutes. Then I immediately started the film over and watched it again.

I was hooked. Von Trier has a sensibility that’s at once repelling and captivating. I now make it a point to see all of his new releases in the theater. I actually took a guy on our first date to see Antichrist. How’s that for a good time? (In case you’re curious, we’re still friends and we joke about that experience to this day.)

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Four B-Grade Science Fiction Films in the Public Domain

Inspired by Open Culture’s new post, “The 5 Best Noir Films in the Public Domain,” I did a brief search to see which other films reside in the public domain.

Behold the wonder that is b-grade, public domain sci-fi.

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die

The Brain that Wouldn’t Die entered the public domain after American-International Pictures failed to add copyright information to the new title card.

Completed in 1959, the film was officially released in 1962. Directed by Joseph Green with an estimated budget of $62,000, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die follows a grief-stricken doctor who keeps his decapitated girlfriend’s head alive while he searches for a replacement body. The girlfriend, Jan Compton (Virginia Leith), is understandably pissed that the doctor won’t let her die. So, she communicates telepathically with a mutant locked in the laboratory, willing it to kill the doctor.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 covered The Brain That Wouldn’t Die in episode 513 and was the first film watched by Mike Nelson after he replaced Joel Robinson.… Read the rest

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Blue Shining — If David Lynch Directed The Shining


Blue Shining from Richard Vezina on Vimeo.

This mashup is more or less David Lynch films intercut with The Shining, though creator Richard Vezina uses ominous effects to give The Shining scenes that Lynchian feel. While some of the intercuts are questionable, the mashup is mostly seamless. It’s a good time for fans of both Lynch and Kubrick.

Richard Vezina’s statement:

What would The Shining look like had it been directed by David Lynch? Would it be a dream or a nightmare? Blue Shining combines both worlds in a playful manner by integrating elements from Lynch’s films into Kubrick’s movie to give the Stephen King classic a Lynchian atmosphere. Can you find all the hidden items, including the blue key from Mulholland Dr.?… Enjoy!

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