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Up in the Air Trailer

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Objectified

Objectified is the new documentary from Gary Hustwit, the man behind last year’s font-tastic (so so sorry), Helvetica.  This movie explores industrial design as a world that most of us never stop and consider, yet one that surrounds and continuously influences us.  As Hustwit describes it:

Objectified is a documentary about industrial design; it’s about the manufactured objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them. On an average day, each of us uses hundreds of objects. (Don’t believe it? Start counting: alarm clock, light switch, faucet, shampoo bottle, toothbrush, razor…) Who makes all these things, and why do they look and feel the way they do? All of these objects are “designed,” but how can good design make them, and our lives, better?

For more info on the movie and a screening schedule be sure to check out the official Objectified site.

Take a look at the Objectified poster after the jump!

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“Observe & Report” Trailer

Wow.  Just … Wow.

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Charlie Rose + A.O. Scott + David Denby

Confession.  I haven’t seen four of the five best picture nominees.  So sue me.  This accounts for our serious lack of movie coverage on the blog.  But for those of us who are shallow and who merely want to sound like we’ve seen each of these movies, the video below provides some serious discussion about the best films of the year with two of the best critical gangsters out there, David Denby of the New Yorker and A.O. Scott of the New York Times.  Take notes.

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Crips And Bloods: Made In America

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Two pieces of good news for those of us who have been willing to step on our mothers necks waiting for Stacy Peralta and Baron Davis’ “Crips And Bloods: Made In America.”  The film has been shortlisted for the the Best Documentary Oscar (no surprise considering the critical reception for the doc thus far) and will finally be getting a proper theatrical release.  Fans can catch the movie at the IFC Theatre in New York starting this Friday, January 23 before it heads west to L.A. for a run at the Laemmle Sunset 5 on February 6.

Check the trailer below and peep the flier with extra info on upcoming screenings after the jump. 

***Update*** NYT has a collection of clips and the original trailer with “Good Vibrations” playing in the background here.

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Where The Wild Things Are + Girl Skateboards

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Spike Jonze has gone and given his skate company — not Ain’t It Cool or any of those other fanboy losers — the first look at the beasts from his highly, highly, highly anticipated adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s “Where The Wild Things Are.”

Girl Skateboards will be releasing the decks in a limited-edition run along with t-shirts.  Click through the catalogue for a brief interview with Jonze too.

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The 8 Best Things of 2008

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2008 was a pretty awful year all around.  Economic distress, blah blah blah.  However, there were a few things worth cheering and we thought we’d recount them here in our inaugural list of the best things of 2008.  You’ll note that there’s not a lot connecting the items on this list other than the fact that A) They happened in 2008 and B) They’re quality.  We’re sure we’ve overlooked some of the people and work that made 2008 stand out so feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section!

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8. Milk – Sean Penn never struck us as the type of actor who could do restraint.  He seemed to embody everything bad about Hollywood overacting — don’t get us wrong, he’s great — but when it came to yelling and shouting we thought he was a bit of a one-trick pony.  We were wrong.  The thing that people keep overlooking about this movie is how funny it is.  I mean, who else expected James Franco to drop the line “I peed in the pool” into a movie not titled Pineapple Express?

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7. Bill Murray, 58-year-old party boy – Okay, a recently divorced actor starts carousing around New York, bar-hopping and making cameo appearances at Halloween keggers for the 20-something set.  After taking a few minutes to display his dance moves in the living room the courteous guest helps clean up before vanishing into the night.  The story is weird and a little sad, like a Wes Anderson screenplay waiting to be written for the man whose career he helped introduce to the same crowds whose parties he now frequents.  I love the idea of Bill Murray showing up at my place randomly but I’m a little worried for the guy at the same time.  Let’s hope this is all part of some kind of preparation for a movie or at least a cameo on 30 Rock.

alwayssunny6. The Nightman Cometh – If you say “Boy’s Soul” enough, pretty soon it starts to sound like “Boy’s Hole.” If you think that’s funny, then you’ll love the breakout episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and it’s “classy” rape scene.  Watch it at Hulu.

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5. Bottle Rocket Criterion Edition – Before Wes Anderson learned how to stick his head up his own butt (he must have studied Yoga while filming The Darjeeling Limited in India), there was Bottle Rocket.  His scrappy debut with the Wilson brothers, Bottle Rocket hit all the right notes of whimsy and melancholy that made his early career so revered and later became his trademarks in films like Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums.  The Criterion folks have repackaged the previously-bare-bones DVD with extensive notes on the film’s creation, a making-of documentary and the original short that inspired the full-length version of the film.  It almost makes you forget about that stupid animatronic tiger at the end of The Darjeeling Limited.

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4. Air Yeezy’s – They haunt us.  But word is they’re finally, finally coming out this March so hopefully the long distance relaysh we’ve been having with them will come to an end then.

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