Category archive: movies

April 11, 2014

'We Are Mint In Box': The A.I. Super Toy Teddy

I was kind of into it at the time, but Stanley Kubrick & Steven Spielberg's A.I. is one of those movies I just can't watch since becoming a parent. [Also on that list: Marc Forster's dystopian suburban stillbirth saga, Everything...
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March 28, 2014

After Effects Animators' Kids Have The NICEST YouTube Videos

DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto started adding CG effects to little videos of his son James playing. He posts them to YouTube as Action Movie Kid. They are pretty awesome, and are getting a lot of media attention starting yesterday...
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March 21, 2014

Baby Trashes Bar: Las Palmas Trailer, By Johannes Nyholm

This is obviously completely perfect. This is why the world needs more paternity leave. Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm was on his family leave, taking care of his 1yo daughter, when he decided to shoot a one-day short film. That...
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March 19, 2014

Did You Take Your Kid To See Nymphomaniac This Morning?

I think the last time we tried to take a newborn kid to see a movie it was Million Dollar Baby. It felt awkward and depressing as hell, and I was only too glad to take the kid out when...
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February 14, 2014

Chestburster Onesie By Mike Dougherty

From writer/director/drawer Mike Dougherty: At my first baby shower. Designing a onesie.— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) February 9, 2014 Kind of think this should've been a maternity t-shirt, though....
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February 7, 2014

Are You The Ciao! Manhattan Baby At Max's Kansas City?

Here is rare footage of Max's Kansas City, the Park Avenue South hangout for the New York art world in the 1960s and 70s. It was shot by David Weisman, probably in 1967, as B-roll for Ciao! Manhattan, which...
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February 3, 2014

10, 7, 5

Those are the ages of Philip Seymour Hoffman's kids, roughly the same age range as mine. Beyond anything else, this is what tears me up about his death: the loss his family is experiencing, and the pain and difficult times...
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January 27, 2014

FYI: The JL421 Badonkadonk Landcruiser Does NOT Have LATCH

The JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank's manufacturers say it fits five, but if you put more than one Jabba-the-Hut-sized passenger in there, I suspect someone's gonna have to walk. What's more interesting, though, is that even with nearly 300 Amazon...
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Rocking Hoth Roundup

These rocking tauntauns have bubbled up from the random picdump sites last week, and are now appearing on more mainstream blogs. There is no information available yet about who made them or where. All we know is the build...
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January 15, 2014

Devil Baby Drives A Bugaboo

Srsly, you can't buy publicity like this. And I don't know that you'd want to anyway. Though I'd pay cash money for a remote control stroller. Nice hack, horror movie viral publicity video hacks. [youtube via dt reader evan]...
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January 4, 2014

Cardboard Box Office: Remake, Recycle, Retweet

The family that makes cardboard re-creations of shots from movies together stays together. If only Lilly and Leon Mackie and their son Orson were in the US, their weekly cheeseball LULZcraft blog would have landed them a guest spot...
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December 27, 2013

Disney Viral Marvel Reboot Plushie Fan Art WTF

By the gleamin' gates of funky Asgard, what the hell. Disney is rebooting/revamping/relaunching all of Marvel's properties? And so they basically plundered DeviantArt for viral clickbait attention-getting ideas, like turning all their properties into animals. Like these X-Men cats....
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December 19, 2013

No Abs > No Cape

I'm willing to cut this cute Batman raincoat some slack on the "No capes!" rule. But it still fails my "No Abs" test. Why do all kids' costumes these days have abs? This is going to lead to crazy...
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July 17, 2013

WTFLOL: The Real Tooth Fairy©

ZOMG, The Real Tooth Fairy© "With a target audience of 10 million US girls ages 6-10, who lose 20 teeth, that translates to 200 million Tooth Fairy Moments! And Biology guarantees that will never stop." I love that when the...
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May 24, 2013

Convos With My 2 Year Old

Here is the debut of Matthew Clarke's short series, "Convos With My 2 Year Old." Clarke plays himself. The part of Coco The 2YO is played by a scruffy dude. [YouTube via gawker and tastefullyoffensive]...
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May 7, 2013

Harrison Ford Will Not Name Your Kid For You

So this just happened at the San Francisco International Film Festival:1st question from the audience was would Harrison [Ford] name their son who is scheduled to arrive in 4 Days.Glad he left it to them! #SFIFF— Ted Hope (@TedHope) May...
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March 29, 2013

Dad Does Laundry

So I guess I am now liveblogging Dave Tatsuno: Movies & Memories. Here is one for the Tide commercial: Tatsuno doing laundry at Topaz Mountain, hanging diapers up do dry....
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Topaz Mountain Sleds By Dave Tatsuno & Bill Fujita

Dave Masaharu Tatsuno ran the dry goods store at Topaz Mountain, where Japanese Americans from the Bay Area were imprisoned during WWII. And he took a bunch of 8mm home movies, using color film which he'd pick up on...
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Carnie Baby Daddy Ryan Gosling

Hey Girl, Let Me Rob Some Banks To Support You And Our Kid From the NY Times review of The Place Beyond The Pines which will set tumblr afire:Luke (Ryan Gosling), first glimpsed as a tattoo-covered torso striding away...
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February 15, 2013

Sundance Onesies

It's that cold, snowy time of the year when we bring the kids to Sundance for a little skiing/snowboarding/grandparental facetime combo weekend. And whoa, the Sundance store has had a kid-friendly makeover. There is an entire wall of baby...
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February 5, 2013

Diary Of A Pregnant Woman, By Agnes Varda

Agnes Varda is one of my film heroes; her 1999 documentary, The Gleaners And I, was what finally pushed me to start making movies myself back in 2000. Now, amazingly, the Prague-based documentary streaming/subscription site Doc Alliance Films is hosting...
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January 31, 2013

Star Trek Viewing Order, Or The Trouble With Tribbles

It's taken a while, but I think the debate has been won for the optimum viewing order of Star Wars: it's Rod Hilton's "Machete Order", IV, V, II, III [as flashback, explaining Darth's reveal, but also leaving it hanging as...
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January 16, 2013

Star Wars Bedroom Accessories

There is no Star Wars nerd big enough around here to warrant such monoculture, but the Force doesn't have to be that strong with you or your kid to appreciate the bedroom nerdmomblogger Mary Elle made for her Star...
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January 15, 2013

The First Production Baby

It's been a tradition at Pixar since Toy Story to list the "production babies" born to crew, in each film's credits. Other animation houses do it, too, and lately video game designers picked up on the trend. [They're called "development...
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December 24, 2012

The Sprout Snooze-A-Thon Is The Clock For Toddlers

The artist and musician Christian Marclay's epic, 24-hour, real-time film, The Clock, has been playing at museums and galleries around the world or almost two years now. It uses hundreds of film clips showing clocks and watches to mark...
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October 1, 2012

The Pre-School Entered Apprentice

The "blankie" Henry takes w/ him to preschool is a prop towel from Cremaster 3. Fun time explaining the iconography at dropoff this morning.— Brandon Stosuy (@brandonstosuy) October 1, 2012 Yes, I would imagine that depending on what that blankie...
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August 30, 2012

Long Live The Wagon Queen Family Truckster

You weren't supposed to want one in the first place, but after this, it shouldn't have even mattered, right? There just were no Wagon Queen Family Trucksters to be had. No. There is another. Apparently one Truckster survived the...
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August 10, 2012

AT-AT Imperial Walker Made From Diaper Boxes

Kelly, a mom in New Zealand, made an AT-AT walker out of diaper boxes. I count either three or four boxes per AT-AT. So her dozen empty boxes should keep her busy until she finally gets on board with...
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July 30, 2012

Wookie The Chew On A TeeFury T-Shirt

There are no kids' sizes, and the Deathstar-ish landscape, though inventive, kind of underwhelms me, but if you're a Wookie The Chew compleatist, you'd best hurry up, because you only have about 5.5 hours left to order this James...
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June 23, 2012

Luke, I'm Your Involved Father

Jeffrey Brown made this book about Darth Vader taking "an active role in raising his son" that is surely as "sweet" and "hilarious" as its publishers promise. It is non-canonical, but from the title, you can see it has...
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June 19, 2012

Backpacking Dad Reviews Brave

From Backpacking Dad's review, it sounds like Pixar's Brave gives boys the girl treatment. Personally, I'll be satisfied if it imbues K2 with even a bit of curly hair pride; she's been going on about how she wants nothing more...
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June 7, 2012

Basically, You Should Name Your Kid Django

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May 26, 2012


Went into the Disney store today and the display of Brave movie toys spoiled the plot.Bastards!— Shawn Robare (@smurfwreck) May 26, 2012 They will never take our freedom--to shop!...
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May 23, 2012

Sun Ra X Disney: Hallucinogenic Elephants On Parade

I done seen about everything when I seen Walt Disney outfreak Sun Ra. For the late intergalactic Jazz overlord's birthday, Dangerous Minds points to Sun Ra and the Arkestra's rendition of "Pink Elephants on Parade," which is synched up here...
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May 20, 2012

What Do You Expect?

Fine, here's a quote from AO Scott's review of What To Expect When You're Expecting:Food trucks, by the way, seem to have replaced yoga classes as an easy, quasi-hip contemporary reference to be exploited in romantic comedies. Enough already. On...
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April 20, 2012

Cardboard Arcade Kid Kicks Your Ass For 2nd Week In Row

In the last week, Caine's Arcade has raked in another $80,000, bringing the total for the kid's scholarship fund to over $170,000, which it sounds like his parents are hoping to tap into starting at Catholic high school, and maybe...
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April 18, 2012

Days Of Volvo Heaven

Bwahaha, screw the animated gif; the Volvo wagon getting air shot you want to watch is this here YouTube video, in which a 1991 740 practically dances across the plains at magic hour. I do believe this was taken...
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April 11, 2012

Caine's Arcade, Directed By Nirvan Mullick

You know, I spent yesterday wondering about the mechanics of flashmobs, and how maybe a little less reality-TV-stagier might be better, like when Improv Anywhere showed up and freaked that one band out by singing along to all their...
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April 2, 2012

I'm So Happy The Carbonite Is Gone. I'm Movin' On.

You know what, the Episode IV or Episode I debate is over. The Jar-Jar dilemma, the Young Anakin annoyance? Over. Clone Wars TV vs. movie? Irrelevant. There is now only one Star Wars movie your kids need to see...
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March 29, 2012

Lactivist Tintype

Not sure what's up with that kid's hair, but here is a c.1866 tintype photograph of a woman breastfeeding, from the collection of the late filmmaker Gary Winick. I am sure it's just a coincidence that Winick was a...
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March 13, 2012

Disney Has Us By The Nostalgic Short Hairs

In Disney's Most Notorious Film / Race, Convergence and the Hidden Histories of Song of the South, his forthcoming study of the zip-a-dee-doo-dah racist classic, film historian Jason Sperb has a fascinating discussion of nostalgia, and how it shapes our...
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March 8, 2012

I Have No Idea What To Expect From What To Expect

Good gravy, I've been at this thing for years now, and for the life of me, I can't figure out what the hell is going on in the trailer for What To Expect When You're Expecting: The Movie. A...
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March 2, 2012

My Name Is The Truax, I Speak For The National Wood Flooring Association

While visiting a 4-H camp once, Terri Birkett, an employee at the Stuart Flooring Corporation ["A Berkshire Hathaway Company"] saw "some college students were using The Lorax to preach a liberal environmental message to children," and knew she had...
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March 1, 2012

My Name Is The Lorax, I Speak For My 70 Marketing Partners

As if the only reason all the other Dr. Seuss-based movies were so shitty was because they didn't have enough product tie-in "launch partners." Movies That Are Destroying America - The Lorax []...
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February 29, 2012

These Are Not The Star Wars Pancake Molds You Are Looking For.

Seriously? Is it a coincidence that Boing Boing points to the Williams-Sonoma Star Wars™ Vehicles Pancake Molds just days after Jason Geyer revealed another epic collection of horrible-but-failed Star Wars product licensing ideas? Because I am really not seeing...
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February 24, 2012

The Children's Literary Group

Wow, This glimpse at ur-Yuppie parenting is only one of the many gems in Maria Bustillos' piece on 1970s child publishing prodigy Alexandra SheedyIn June of 1977, when Sheedy was fifteen, a piece on "A Young Writers Salon" appeared in...
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February 22, 2012

Gooood Evening, J.F.! Pixar Alums Making AI Toys

ToyTalk is a startup working on web- and mobile-enabled, AI-powered toys. A Huggable Siri. 2017 cannot get here fast enough. Ex-Pixar Geeks building Siri-style Line of Toys [readwriteweb]...
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February 14, 2012

Requiem For A Dream With Puppets

Skelemo's 60-second remake of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem For A Dream is probably the greatest video misuse of puppets since SadKermit's cover version of NIN's "Hurt" Fake Film Fest - Requiem for a Dream (in 60 seconds...with puppets) [youtube via...
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January 29, 2012

The Subconscious Art Of Shirt Removal

Matt Connors' photo of a dad pushing a Mamas & Papas Sola stroller down the street on the east side of LA somewhere reminded me of two things: Matt McCormick's awesome 2001 short film, The Subconscious Art of graffiti...
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January 24, 2012

Tilda Swinton On How To Not Raise A Murderous Sociopath

In an interview with the SF Chronicle about playing the mother of a school massacrer in Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton makes some sober observations about pregnancy and parenting:Q: It's...
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