Synchronize Your Dogmas #1

After 15 months and 48 posts, I’m revisiting the Five Things format because it’s starting to feel like a bit of a chore. The problem is that my rate of online reading can be quite variable and I sometimes find that, by the time I’ve readched the fifth interesting thing, the first one feels a tad stale. I still like posting lists of links but, instead of tying myself to a number, I’m going to do it weekly and allow the number of links to go up or down depending on how much time I had.

As ever, I make no commitments whatsoever, but here goes with the first edition of Synchronize Your Dogmas.

First up, Airplane a parody of 1970s disaster movies that remains funny today. The film recently turned 40 and darknite125 at Funk’s House of Geekery gives us a 40th Anniversary Retrospective of the Zucker-Abrams-Zucker classic.

“A decade of data shows that giving people cash instead of food or other in-kind aid empowers recipients, is harder to steal, and pumps money into local economies.” Jina Moore explains why the World Food Program is one of many agencies that has come to the conclusion that it’s better to just give poor people money.

“Fans of Japanese cinema will no doubt be familiar with the iconic Takeshi name. Sometimes billed by nickname as Beat Takeshi, or more retrospectively now as Takeshi Kitano, this actor and comedian… would make a quite triumphant turn to directing. Tom Jolliffe considers the defining works of Takeshi Kitano.

While I enjoyed Warcraft, the film, it’s true that it didn’t go down too well and the poor box office returns quikly killed off all talk of a sequel. Martin Shore writes a few words in defence of the Warcraft movie.

Kevin Lyons looks back at Escape from New York.

And finally, novelist Peter Watts notes that, after four years, some forty people scattered around the world have put together a short film inspired by his novel Blindsight. Go explore, it’s stunning. (Side note: I had no problem watching it in Firefox on Linux).

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