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A Complete List of the 533 Movies & TV Shows Watched on the International Space Station

in Film, Television | September 30th, 2016

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Image courtesy of NASA

To keep some measure of sanity, the astronauts living aboard the International Space Station (ISS), some 220 miles above our planet Earth, make a point of unwinding. According to NASA, the astronauts get weekends off. And, “on any given day, crew members can watch movies, play music, read books, play cards and talk to their families.” Earlier this year, PaleoFuture gave us a further glimpse into what astronaut downtime looks like, when its editor, Matt Novak, printed a Complete List of Movies and TV Shows On Board the International Space Station. Acquired through a Freedom of Information request, the list is a catalogue of every film and TV show in the ISS media library. As Matt notes, there are many classics (e.g. Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest), “plenty of space-themed and dystopian sci-fi movies” (2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Blade Runner), and a helpful serving of comedy (Airplane). Below, you can find the first 100 items on the list. Get the complete list–all 533 movies and TV shows–at Paleofuture.

  1. 1941
  2. 12 Monkeys
  3. 12 Years a Slave
  4. 2 Fast 2 Furious
  5. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. 21 Jump Street
  8. 24 (Seasons 1-8)
  9. 48 Hours
  10. 8 Mile
  11. A Christmas Carol
  12. A Christmas Story
  13. A Knights Tale
  14. A Man and a Woman
  15. A Night at the Opera
  16. A Night at the Roxbury
  17. A Perfect Murder
  18. A Prairie Home Companion
  19. A Room with a View
  20. Absolutely Fabulous (Series 1-3)
  21. Air Force One
  22. Airplane
  23. Alias Season 1
  24. Alien
  25. Alien 3
  26. Alien Resurrection
  27. Aliens
  28. All Good Things
  29. Along Came Polly
  30. Always
  31. American Gangster
  32. American Sniper
  33. American Wedding
  34. An American in Paris
  35. An Article of Hope
  36. Analyze This
  37. Anchorman
  38. Anchorman 2
  39. Animal House (1978)
  40. Argo
  41. Armageddon
  42. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
  43. Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
  44. Arrow Season 1
  45. Arsenic and Old Lace
  46. As Good as it Gets
  47. Austin Powers International Man of Mystery
  48. Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me
  49. Australia
  50. Avatar
  51. Baby Mama
  52. Back to Bataan
  53. Back to the Future
  54. Back to the Future Part II
  55. Back to the Future Part III
  56. Backdraft
  57. Band of Brothers Season 1
  58. Bataan
  59. Batman Forever
  60. Batman Returns
  61. Battle for the Planet of the Apes
  62. Battle of Britain
  63. Battleship
  64. Beneath the Planet of the Apes
  65. Ben-Hur
  66. Better Call Saul Season 1
  67. Beverly Hills Cop II
  68. Beverly Hills Cop III
  69. Big Bang Theory (Seasons 1-8)
  70. Big Eyes
  71. Big Jake
  72. Billy Jack
  73. Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  74. Black Hawk Down
  75. Black Mask
  76. Black Swan
  77. Blade Runner
  78. Blazing Saddles Blended
  79. Blue Planet Frozen Seas
  80. Blue Planet Ocean World
  81. Blues Brothers
  82. Bob Newhart Button-Down Concert
  83. Body of Lies
  84. Braveheart
  85. Breaking Bad Seasons 1-6
  86. Bridesmaids
  87. Bull Durham
  88. Caddyshack
  89. Cahill United States Marshal
  90. Captain America: The First Avenger
  91. Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain Phillips
  92. Casablanca
  93. Cast Away
  94. Catch-22
  95. Celtic Woman Songs from the Heart
  96. Chance Are
  97. Chariots of Fire
  98. Charlie St Cloud
  99. Children of Men
  100. Chisum

Find the complete list of 533 films and TV shows here.

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Chris Rock Creates a List of His 13 Favorite Standup Comedy Specials

in Comedy | September 30th, 2016

We know Ellen DeGeneres as the superstar host of her own talk show and the voice of cuddly, forgetful fish Dory. No doubt many of her younger fans have no idea she was a standup comic, before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, before even the 90s sitcom Ellen, which mostly gets mentioned for the “coming out” episode that supposedly ended her career almost two decades ago. But even if all the TV and movie stardom had never come her way, comedians like Chris Rock might still remember Ellen as one of their favorite standup comics.

Rock adds DeGeneres to his list of “Favorite Standup Specials” for her 2003 HBO performance Here and Now, which you can see in part above. “Most comics just talk about what they see,” he writes, “This is the first time I heard somebody talk about what they felt.” Ellen works clean, and in that respect she’s in a minority on Rock’s list (she’s also the only woman). Even the comedian Rock compares to Andy Griffith— “Blue Collar” comic Ron White—gets a raunchy asterisk next to that reference. And indeed, he’s both down home and dirty. So what connects the comedians on Rock’s list?

Aside from the fact that they’re all big names, not much, it seems. In choosing these 13 specials, Rock seems drawn not to a particular genre or brand of humor, but to the skillful, moving performance of comedy: dirty, clean, political, topical, observational—it’s all good as long as it’s funny. A good comic can make ‘em laugh by riffing on the mundane annoyances of daily life, or by telling uncomfortable truths with a smile like Dave Chappelle, above, whose special Killin’ Them Softly also appears on Rock’s list of favorites.

Like Rock, Chappelle knows his comedy history, and fans of The Chappelle Show know too—at least when it comes to the legendary Paul Mooney, a comedian’s comedian and onetime writer for Richard Pryor. Mooney’s special Jesus is Black. So Was Cleopatra. Know Your History makes the list for “more edge than anything you are ever going to see.” And his onetime boss Pryor gets top billing for the “perfect” Live in Concert 1979—“what every comic is striving for,” says Rock, “and we all fall very short.”

Speaking of truth-tellers, the great George Carlin makes the list for his special Jammin’ in New York. Carlin spared no one, and comedians love him for it, even if few people have the courage or the wit to do what he did. Rock has come close, with routines that make people laugh as they squirm in their seats. His delivery is all his own, but we can see Carlin’s bristling social critique in his act as much as Richard Pryor’s riffs on race and sex.

Other big names on the list include Steve Harvey, Eddie Murphy, the-once-beloved Bill Cosby, George Lopez (“the Mexican Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby at the same time”), and even Andrew Dice Clay for his The Day the Laughter Died, “a comedy album only a comedian could love.”

But it isn’t solely about laughter or candor for Rock; as he noted in his Ellen pick, it’s also about feeling, and in the case of one special, Billy Crystal’s one-man-show 700 Sundays, the comedy sits side-by-side with pathos. Drawn from a bittersweet autobiography of the same title, Crystal’s show premiered in 2004 and was revived in 2013 and filmed by HBO (trailer above). “Brilliant, touching and f*cking funny,” says Rock, “First time in my life I cried at a comedy show.”

Rounding out the list is Sam Kinison, whose unforgettably unhinged role in Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School brought thousands of curious new fans to his classic album Louder than Hell. “The last original comic,” says Rock. “Most comics are derivatives of Pryor, Cosby, or Seinfeld. Sam reminded you of Billy Graham.” I’d say he was more Jimmy Swaggart, if Jimmy Swaggart screamed obscenities at starving children. See Rock’s full list below.

  1. Richard Pryor Live In Concert 1979
  2. Paul Mooney: Jesus Is Black. So Was Cleopatra
  3. Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly
  4. Eddie Murphy: Delirious
  5. Bill Cosby: Himself
  6. George Carlin: Jammin’ in New York
  7. George Lopez: America’s Mexican
  8. Steve Harvey: One Man
  9. Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
  10. Andrew Dice Clay: The Day the Laughter Died
  11. Ron White: They Call Me Tater Salad
  12. Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now
  13. Sam Kinison: Louder Than Hell

via Austin Kleon

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How the Coen Brothers Storyboarded Blood Simple Down to a Tee (1984)

in Film | September 30th, 2016

Seldom, in the films of the Joel and Ethan Coen, do characters’ schemes go according to plan. You can watch it happen all across their filmography: the baby theft in Raising Arizona, the own-wife kidnapping and ransom in Fargo, the casino-vault tunnel heist in The Ladykillers, the Communist conversion of a screen idol in Hail, Caesar! But they’ve earned their enormous cinematic reputation not just for their themes, but for the precision with which they construct movies around them; it sometimes seems that the more dissolute the characters and ultimately disastrous the plot they fall into, the more carefully-made the picture.

This pattern began in 1984 with their first feature, the Texas neo-noir Blood Simple. Despite its relatively small-scale production (especially by the standards of their period piece-heavy recent work), it showcases every element their fans love: the sense of place, the sharp dialogue, the fascination with “low” life, the dark humor, the attention to detail. No wonder, then, that it has now arrived in the Criterion Collection, in an edition which includes supplementary materials like the comparison between the storyboard and finished scene above, featuring commentary from the Coens Joel and Ethan both, as well as director of photography Barry Sonnenfeld and actor Frances McDormand.

“There are directors who are completely comfortable extemporizing on the set, and others who are not,” say Joel and Ethan, trading off observations. “Some directors want to throw everything up in the air and just see where it lands; that’s really how they work, fundamentally, and get great results. We’re kind of the… other end of the spectrum. We’re more comfortable if we have a plan, even if we stray quite a distance from that plan while we’re shooting.” They seem not to have strayed at all in the particular scene in this video, but their filmography boasts more than enough vitality to rule out the possibility of complete, control-freakish rigidity. All of it shows us how the best-laid plans of mice and men go awry — but only because the Coen Brothers lay even better plans first.

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When an Octopus Caused the Great Staten Island Ferry Disaster (November 22, 1963)

in Art, Comedy, History, Life | September 30th, 2016

Where were you on November 22, 1963?

I had yet to be born, but am given to understand that the events of that day helped shape a generation.

Documentarian Melanie Juliano knows this too, though she’s still a few months shy of the legal drinking age. The 2014 recipient of the New Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Festival’s James Gandolfini Best of Fest Award uses primary sources and archival footage to bring an immediacy to this dark day in American history, the day a giant octopus—“a giant fuckin’ octopus” in the words of maritime expert Joey Fazzino—took down the Cornelius G. Kolff and all 400 hundred souls aboard.

What did you think I was talking about, the Kennedy assassination?

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Image via the Facebook page of the Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster Memorial Museum

Those who would question this tragedy’s authenticity need look no further than a recently dedicated bronze memorial in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park. To require more proof than that is unseemly, nay, cruel. If an estimated 90% of tourists stumbling across the site are willing to believe that a giant octopus laid waste to a Manhattan-bound Staten Island ferry several hours before John F. Kennedy was shot, who are you to question?

The memorial’s artist, Joe Reginella, of the Staten Island-based Super Fun Company, is finding it hard to disengage from a disaster of this magnitude. Instead the craftsman, whose previous work includes a JAWS tribute infant crib, lingers nearby, noting visitors’ reactions and handing out literature for the (non-existent) Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum.

(New York 1 reports that an actual museum across the street from the address listed on Reginella’s brochures is not amused, though attendance is up.)

A Staten Island Octopus Disaster website is there for the edification of those unable to visit in person. Spend time contemplating this horrific event and you may come away inspired to learn more about the General Slocum disaster of 1904, a real life New York City ferry boat tragedy, that time has virtually erased from the public consciousness.

(The memorial for that one is located in an out of the way section of Tompkins Square Park.)

H/T to reader Scott Hermes/via Colossal

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Sing Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” with David Gilmour Live on Stage

in Music | September 29th, 2016

Around here, when we talk about Benedict Cumberbatch, we usually talk about his knack for reading classic texts–Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Melville’s Moby-Dick, a poignant letter by Alan Turing, even passages from a Guantánamo prisoner’s diary. But today we’re putting another one of his talents on display.

Above, watch Cumberbatch join David Gilmour live on stage to perform Pink Floyd’s 1979 song, “Comfortably Numb.” The performance took place last night at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Enjoy.

Note: You can download free audiobooks read by Benedict Cumberbatch if you sign up for a 30-Day Free Trial with Audible.com.  That includes readings of Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen and Neil Gaiman. Find more information on Audible’s Free Trial program here.

via Rolling Stone

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