All posts tagged with movies

Link: New documentary on Brinkley

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A new Kickstarter-funded documentary is coming out about Dr. John Brinkley, the Kansas quack best known for his goat gland operations during the Roaring Twen...

Vermeer obscura

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Fascinating article in the New York Times about a new film illustrating the concept of science in art and art in science: “Engineering His Own Vermeer”.

"Modern man"

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On the subject of Homo erectus reconstructions, here’s a famous clip:

Phrenology, race and history

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The movie Django Unchained includes a scene in which the antagonist (a rich, white, plantation owner) expounds on phrenology as a justification of slavery. J...


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The headline of this Guardian story really says it all: “Priceless Tibetan Buddha statue looted by Nazis was carved from meteorite”.

Cheetah the chimpanzee, RIP

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I’ve been unusually busy this holiday week, and haven’t had much time to sit down and write. A reader sent me this death notice for the longest-lived chimpan...

Special effects

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The day has come when you can raise money for a movie by subscription, and here’s an interesting article profiling a project that’s trying to put old-style F...

Absence of Chauvet

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Some folks have asked me if I would write a review of Werner Herzog’s new Cave of Forgotten Dreams movie. Now that I’m back from Europe I would love to do it...

Naming your fictional species

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How very strange. I was doing a routine Google lookup for “Taung” tonight, and I discovered that the top hit has nothing to do with the Taung fossil specimen...

Tomb raiders

1 minute read features “8 Famous Fictional Archaeologists Who Suck At Their Job”.


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Does this word not sound like the midnight call of the Bird of Death?

"You could blue screen Ardi"

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The Guardian is running an interview with Pauline Fowler, whose company Animated Extras has been involved in many film and television projects where apes and...

Creation review

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John Wilkins saw the film Creation and enters a review, which I link because it’s thoughtful and balanced:


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Ringo Starr turns 70 years old today. Many are reminiscing about some music group he was apparently part of. As for myself, I will forever treasure his geniu...

Mailbag: Quest for Fire

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Night before last I was flipping channels and Quest For Fire was on one of the cable stations. I did not see it when it first came out but vaguely remember ...

Clearing the stack

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Here are some links that have been piling up in my browser tabs this week:

Vampire odontology

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Lawn Chair Anthropology: “Halloween special: Heterotopy, pleiotropy, and the origins of vampires”

Wolfram paleoanthropology

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On the topic of web searching, I just thought I’d point out that when you search for “Homo erectus” on Wolfram Alpha, what you get is stats for the stupid Na...

Distribution rights

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John Scalzi hits on a formula to get wide U.S. distribution for Creation (the producers are complaining that they can’t find a distributor):

"Creation" review

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Eugenie Scott watched the Creation movie with NCSE, and posted a review.

Quote: Missing link, circa 1940

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Some dialogue from “Too Many Husbands”, as Melvyn Douglas and Fred MacMurray get on each others’ nerves:

Flaws from far far away

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John Scalzi snarks out the design flaws of science fiction movies this week. First Star Wars:

Hot Darwin action

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Well, I watched the new trailer for the upcoming Darwin movie, Creation. On the one hand, there’s an awful lot of senseless (and anachronistic-sounding) stuf...

Sci-fi box office

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I liked the short article by sci-fi author John Scalzi, “Scifi movies made money before Star Wars, too”:


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Today’s sketchbook:

Darwin, emotion, and WALL-E

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Jonah Lehrer went in to WALL-E (an enormously entertaining movie) and came out thinking of Darwin’s Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals:

10,000 B[rainless] C[ontent]?

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The movie, 10,000 B.C., blew away the competition last weekend, with an estimated $35.7 million in US box office receipts.