The Crazy Never Die: Hunter S. Thompson in Rare 1988 Documentary (NSFW)

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What should we make of Hunter S. Thompson today? Only a hardened contrarian could downplay his importance as a chronicler of the collapse of sixties-style utopianism in America.

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Wes Anderson from Above. Quentin Tarantino From Below.

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When you watch a director’s work long enough, you pick up on his/her signature tricks — the themes and camera work that appear again and again.

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The Power of Silent Movies, with The Artist Director Michel Hazanavicius

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When The Artist won the top Oscar on Sunday night, critic Roger Ebert compared it to an episode of The Twilight Zone. “The Academy Award for best picture went to a silent film in black and white,” he wrote. “Its victory will send Hollywood back to its think tanks.

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Neil Young Busking in Glasgow, 1976: The Story Behind the Footage

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The day was April 2, 1976. Neil Young was flying into Glasgow, and a local camera crew was waiting at the airport to meet him. Director Murray Grigor and cinematographer David Peat had been hired by Young through his record company. As they waited there, at the airport, they had no idea what to expect.

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil, 17 Years Old, Appears on “I’ve Got a Secret” (1965)

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Ray Kurzweil — he’s the futurist of our time, a prophet of technology who foresees a day when we will achieve Singularity, a moment when humans will enjoy superintelligence and longer life expectancies (perhaps even immortality) thanks to rapid technological advances.

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Errol Morris Captures Competitive Eating Champion “El Wingador”

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You might know Errol Morris from his documentaries like Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control, on emergent systems in topiary gardens and naked mole-rat colonies; The Fog of War, on the shadowy career of Robert McNamara; and Gates of Heaven, on competing pet cemeteries (which no less a critical authority than Roger Ebert has called one of the greatest f

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John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech

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Today is the 110th birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to the dispossessed. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.

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Watch Francois Truffaut’s Short Film, Les Mistons, Or What He Called “My First Real Film”

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By the French New Wave’s standards, François Truffaut made films with a startling straightforwardness. Yet something about the man’s entire body of work feeds the sneaking suspicion that, no matter how many times you’ve watched everything in it, you’ve never gazed upon its depths.

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Earth-Size Tornadoes On The Sun

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What a sight to behold. Earlier this month, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) beamed back stunning images of the sun’s plasma moving violently around the star’s magnetic field for 30 some hours, creating a tornado as large as the Earth itself, with gusts reaching up to 300,000 miles per hour.

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36 Free Oscar Winning Films Available on the Web

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How about some hors d’oeuvres meant to accompany the main course, the 2014 Academy Awards? We scouted around the web and found 36 Oscar-winning (or nominated) films from previous years. The list includes many short films, but also some long ones, like Sergei Bondarchuk’s epic version of War & Peace.

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