‘Carmen’ (1985) was Alexander Payne’s first short film, made while he was studying at UCLA Film School. It is a silent comedy, derived from the opera of the same name. In the film a mentally challenged gas station attendant is put in charge of the store, which leads to love and a tragic-comic end. With his films ‘Election,’ ‘About Schmidt,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘The Descendants’ and ‘Nebraska,’ Payne has since become known for his auteur distinctiveness — amplifying the disappointment and regret lurking within the can-do civic culture of middle America, while acknowledging the sweetness and innocence that’s still there. —Cinema 16
At UCLA, Payne’s thesis work, ‘The Passion of Martin,’ received critical praise on the student film circuit and played in Omaha at the old New Cinema Theater. The strength of that film was what attracted Universal’s attention. “I’ve loved film all my life,” Payne said. “I’ve been working and training to be a film director for 10 years, so rather than fear or doubt, I say, ‘Well, here we are.’ I haven’t directed a feature before, but I’ve directed, so I have a hand at what I’m doing.” —Archives: That time Alexander Payne returned to Omaha to make his first movie
Below: a 1996 photo from a private screening of ‘Citizen Ruth.’ From left: writers Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne with the star of the movie, Laura Dern.
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Because Photoshop can do wonderful & terrifying things, here’s Rust and Marty from True Detective…as The Hardy Boys.
Certain plants can purify the air taking out toxins or bad or stale air, these are some wonderful plants to keep around the home.
1. Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
2. Snake Plant: It absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.
3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.
5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.
6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.
Can you really have your cake and eat it? According to Michael Pollan, you can. In this fun RSA Short, Pollan explains how to eat well by following one simpl…
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Last week, Gregory Warner and David Kestenbaum reported on the afterlife of American clothes. Lots of t-shirts from used clothes bin in the U.S. eventually make their way to sub-Saharan Africa.
Including the one above. From Jennifer’s bat-mitzvah from November 20, 1993. We want to find Jennifer.
What we Know: Jennifer’s bat mitzvah was on November 20, 1993. The theme may have been cartoons. And there’s a nametag in the shirt labeled Rachel Williams.
That’s all we know. Which is where you come in.
Do you know Rachel? Do you know Jennifer? Help us solve the mystery. Please email us at email@example.com, and put “that’s my shirt” in the subject line. And please share this as much as you can. It would be really awesome to find Jennifer and talk to her about her bat mitzvah t-shirt’s journey.
Creative typography by Ray Johnson…follow the key to spell out the text. we could assume the writing in pencil to be Johnson’s…another flyer from the mid-1950s.—ds
Ray Johnson created a series of promotional flyers for his design practice, These were created in the mid-1950s when he resided at 2 Dover St. in Manhattan. —ds
Welcome to the New York City Ballet. Ballet Master in Chief, Peter Martins, and NYCBâs company members discuss what it takes to climb through the company ranks.Aol has a new video series about what its like to be a member of the NYC Ballet! I always wonder what its like to be a ballerina! Tights! And tutus! And ballerina hair! Oh my!
I might need to get cable for the first time since moving out of my parents’ house in 2001.