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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Meets The Artist in This Trailer

The trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation doesn't exactly fill me with joy, but I suppose a G.I. Joe movie is better than no G.I. Joe movie. To make the world a better place to live in, if only for three minutes, YouTube user Kidd Jahmann recut the trailer to make it look like Retaliation is more like The Artist than the first G.I. Joe movie. It probably won't help the final product any, but at least it makes the trailer watchable.

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Things We Saw Today: Brave’s Princess vs. Classic Disney Princesses

Things We Saw Today

One of Amy Mebberson's Pocket Princesses series. We like this because we adore quirky princesses and illustrations of quirky princess. (via Carnival of the Random) What on else did we see today? 

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Best Picture Winner The Artist Sets New Oscar Records

As most of you probably know, the black and white silent film The Artist won the Academy Award for best picture last night. In case you haven't seen it (I haven't, and have been itching to for weeks), The Artist is a mostly silent, black and white film about silent black and white film. With its win last night, this delightfully anachronistic movie has reset the clock on some remarkable Oscar records.

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Monday Cute: The Dog Who Won a Golden Globe

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

The Artist, the romantic French silent film about the decline of silent film that is expected to tickle the nostalgia and ego of Hollywood for most of the awards season, took home six Golden Globes last night. Some argued that the Awards show gave The Artist an unfair advantage... by inviting its canine costar.

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Cinema Scope: A Short History of the End of Silent Film


The Artist is receiving many an accolade for its ambitious take on that peculiar episode of American cinema, the passing of the silent film to make way for "talkies". It’s a beautiful effort and a challenging watch, and it addresses that most artistic question of all artistic questions, that being: What is it to be an artist when it becomes impossible to practice that art? To the silent film actors at the end of the ‘20s, that question was a near constant concern, with varying opinions addressing philosophical and practical worries. The Artist barely addresses any of the milestone events during this transformation, choosing instead to focus on the acutely personal angle. The struggles that George Valentin faces in The Artist were echoed by many of our most popular film stars of the era.

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