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Quentin Tarantino / Re: #9
« Last post by Reelist on March 13, 2018, 08:46:10 PM »
I’ve had an image in my head of Leo casually strolling down the road and there seems to be a big calamity going on in the house, but knowing their antics as neighbors he assumes it’s a rollicking party that’s just gotten a wee bit out of control..
Quentin Tarantino / Re: #9
« Last post by Drenk on March 13, 2018, 07:21:42 PM »
From what I understand, it will be in the background. I can imagine the main characters going to a Sharon Tate party, really excited about it, etc.
The Director's Chair / Re: Andrei Zvyagintsev
« Last post by wilder on March 13, 2018, 06:56:55 PM »
Also coming from Zeitgeist in the US, eventually

Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Return (2003) on blu-ray from Artificial Eye (UK)

Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Banishment (2007) on blu-ray from Artificial Eye (UK)

Coming from Kino, instead, on June 26th
The Director's Chair / Re: Paolo Sorrentino
« Last post by wilder on March 13, 2018, 06:48:17 PM »

About controversial Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi. Sorrentino's regular collaborator Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) plays the sleazy billionaire and media mogul-turned-Prime Minister.


Berlusconi was also the subject of 2009's Videocracy:

How can you explain what's happened to Italy in the age of its current prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi? Videocracy is director Erik Gandini's critically-acclaimed inquiry into the mercenary underbelly of the high-glitz, low-politics, skin-baring media culture promulgated by Berlusconi's ownership of the majority of the country's television stations — a powerful tool in shaping public opinion to his financial and political benefit. Approaching the material as both insider and outsider, Gandini (Gitmo: The New Rule of War) gains remarkable access to the opulent world of Berlusconi's associates and the armies of willing wannabes that swarm around them, examining the key players (and their conflicted interests) and unveiling a modern Italy as both comedy and tragedy.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - Interviews
« Last post by wilder on March 13, 2018, 06:18:58 PM »
page 8's got you covered
The Small Screen / Re: Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror"
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on March 13, 2018, 06:17:24 PM »
CC: The Future Is Now

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal”

Nectome will preserve your brain, but you have to be euthanized first.

The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp.

There’s never been anything quite like Nectome, though.

Next week, at YC’s “demo days,” Nectome’s cofounder, Robert McIntyre, is going to describe his technology for exquisitely preserving brains in microscopic detail using a high-tech embalming process. Then the MIT graduate will make his business pitch. As it says on his website: “What if we told you we could back up your mind?”

So yeah. Nectome is a preserve-your-brain-and-upload-it company. Its chemical solution can keep a body intact for hundreds of years, maybe thousands, as a statue of frozen glass. The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation. That way, someone a lot like you, though not exactly you, will smell the flowers again in a data server somewhere.

This story has a grisly twist, though. For Nectome’s procedure to work, it’s essential that the brain be fresh. The company says its plan is to connect people with terminal illnesses to a heart-lung machine in order to pump its mix of scientific embalming chemicals into the big carotid arteries in their necks while they are still alive (though under general anesthesia).

The company has consulted with lawyers familiar with California’s two-year-old End of Life Option Act, which permits doctor-assisted suicide for terminal patients, and believes its service will be legal. The product is “100 percent fatal,” says McIntyre. “That is why we are uniquely situated among the Y Combinator companies.”

Brain uploading will be familiar to readers of Ray Kurzweil’s books or other futurist literature. You may already be convinced that immortality as a computer program is definitely going to be a thing. Or you may think transhumanism, the umbrella term for such ideas, is just high-tech religion preying on people’s fear of death.

Either way, you should pay attention to Nectome. The company has won a large federal grant and is collaborating with Edward Boyden, a top neuroscientist at MIT, and its technique just claimed an $80,000 science prize for preserving a pig’s brain so well that every synapse inside it could be seen with an electron microscope.

McIntyre, a computer scientist, and his cofounder Michael McCanna have been following the tech entrepreneur’s handbook with ghoulish alacrity. “The user experience will be identical to physician-assisted suicide,” he says. “Product-market fit is people believing that it works.”

Nectome’s storage service is not yet for sale and may not be for several years. Also still lacking is evidence that memories can be found in dead tissue. But the company has found a way to test the market. Following the example of electric-vehicle maker Tesla, it is sizing up demand by inviting prospective customers to join a waiting list for a deposit of $10,000, fully refundable if you change your mind.

So far, 25 people have done so. One of them is Sam Altman, a 32-year-old investor who is one of the creators of the Y Combinator program. Altman tells MIT Technology Review he’s pretty sure minds will be digitized in his lifetime. “I assume my brain will be uploaded to the cloud,” he says.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - Interviews
« Last post by greenberryhill on March 13, 2018, 06:04:18 PM »
Quentin Tarantino / Re: #9
« Last post by eward on March 13, 2018, 06:03:38 PM »
I wonder if the actual murders will be depicted. I kind of hope not. I’ve gotten to know the case pretty intimately as of the last year or so and shudder at the thought of a typically Tarantinoan depiction of these sad, unspeakably horrifying crimes. I somehow doubt he’d get too revisionist with it, though, a la Basterds. We’ll see.
Quentin Tarantino / Re: #9
« Last post by WorldForgot on March 13, 2018, 06:00:27 PM »
Roman Dies and Sharon Lives
Quentin Tarantino / Re: #9
« Last post by Drenk on March 13, 2018, 04:05:00 PM »
What if it does his old trick again and she is saved by the power of cinema...I really dislike this aspect of Basterds.
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