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Distilled Movie Magic

Distillations of movie magic… the best new thing I saw this week [they’re animated gifs, but they don’t “run” in every browser setup—try opening the images in their own window, or downloading them; they’re worth it]:

“Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ … i have seen the light!”

Blues Brothers (1980)

“It’s better to help people than garden gnomes.”

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)

“You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

“Whenever I hear the word ‘culture’, I bring out my checkbook.”

Le mépris (1963)

Wonderful animated GIFs from the Tumblr blog, If we don’t, remember me. At their best, and particularly with more meditative moments and more powerful characters, they manage to condense what we remember – and love – about a particular movie into one crystalline moment.

Animated GIFs have been around since the early days of the web, used mostly for ads, and more recently for cute avatars on various forums and bulletin boards. But recently they have developed real reach and inventiveness in the hands of the bloggers on Tumblr.

During my “research” into the “pornification of Amy Pond,” I stumbled across some wonderful Doctor Who-themed animated GIFs, some done in a humorous mode, others more tender or poignant:

These don’t match the artistry of the ones by If we don’t, remember me, but are interesting as fan expressions, capturing particularly significant moments or issues in Doctor Who. (Unfortunately, I’ve lost track of where these originated – somewhere amongst the Tumblr Doctor Who blogs about which I wrote earlier.)

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

The 400 Blows


is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.



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