Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

A documentary about the rise and fall of Cannon Films.   Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globuswho sought to challenge the Hollywood mainstream with their own brand of low-budget exploitation films during the 1970s and 1980s.

Stone Faces Stand Guard Over Milwaukee’s Bay View High School

Stone faces line the exterior of Bay View High School.

Stone faces line the exterior of Bay View High School.

With the start of the new school year, WUWM’s Bubbler Talk probes a school-related question. Asker Mike Osowski wants to know the story behind Bay View High School’s many stone faces.

More than 160 of them adorn the building, with most along its upper edge, but others around the doorways.

There may be even more concrete faces, those were just the ones we were able to count. Others may be hidden, due to the addition MPS tacked onto the school in the mid-1970s.

“They all have very animated, human-like faces, and some have props with them like scrolls or musical instruments,” Osowski says.

But, why are they there?

Source: WUWM Radio

Preparing for Rosetta’s grand finale

Rosetta’s planned impact site

Rosetta’s planned impact site

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft is destined to make a controlled impact into the Ma’at region of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016, targeting a point within a 700 x 500 m ellipse (a very approximate outline is marked on the image).

The target area is home to several active pits measuring over 100 m across and 60 m deep, from which a number of the comet’s dust jets originate. Some of the pit walls also exhibit intriguing metre-sized lumpy structures called ‘goosebumps’, which could be the signatures of early cometesimals that agglomerated to create the comet in the early phases of Solar System formation.

Rosetta’s final descent may afford detailed close-up views of these features.

Source: ESA

The Monkees broke the fourth wall of 1960s TV

Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith (Photo: NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith (Photo: NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

The Monkees TV show debuted almost 50 years ago, on September 12, 1966. While some of the show’s antics may appear pretty tame by today’s standards, at the time, it was a groundbreaker. Created to capitalize on Beatlemania by creating an American version of the Fab Four, on The Monkees, a group of four strangers somehow managed to have instant, off-the-wall chemistry, making it an immediate hit and eventual Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series.

Source: AV Club

OSIRIS-REx Departs for Bennu

NASA’s first asteroid sampling mission launched into space at 7:05 p.m. EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is designed to rendezvous with, study, and return a sample of the asteroid Bennu to Earth. Asteroids like Bennu are remnants from the formation of our solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists suspect that asteroids may have been a source of the water and organic molecules for the early Earth and other planetary bodies. An uncontaminated asteroid sample from a known source would enable precise analyses, providing results far beyond what can be achieved by spacecraft-based instruments or by studying meteorites.

OSIRIS-REx separated from its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 8:04 p.m. The solar arrays deployed and are now powering the spacecraft.

A camera on the Centaur upper stage captured the moment of first stage separation as NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx spacecraft leaves Earth. The first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid, OSIRIS-REx is designed to retrieve at least two ounces of surface material and return it to Earth for study. Photo credit: NASA

A camera on the Centaur upper stage captured the moment of first stage separation as NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx spacecraft leaves Earth. The first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid, OSIRIS-REx is designed to retrieve at least two ounces of surface material and return it to Earth for study.
Photo credit: NASA

Source: NASA

 

Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari 1920

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari 1920

Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, features set designs, drawings, photographs, posters, and more from masterworks of German Expressionist cinema. Influenced by the highly charged emotionalism of the Expressionist movement, German filmmakers employed geometrically distorted set designs, dramatic lighting, off-kilter framing, strong shadows and distorted perspectives to express a sense of uneasiness and discomfort. These films reflected the mood of Germany during the postwar Weimar period, when Germans were reeling from the death and destruction of WWI.  These works served as a catalyst for science fiction and horror and continue to inspire contemporary filmmakers, including Tim Burton and Martin Scorsese.

Organized by La Cinémathèque française, in Paris, this exhibition includes film clips from more than 20 films, offering a window to an exceptionally groundbreaking period in German film history.

Milwaukee Art Museum
October 21, 2016–January 22, 2017
Baker/Rowland Galleries

Happy 50th, Star Trek!

Happy 50th, Star Trek!

Happy 50th, Star Trek!

Star Trek premiered today 09/08/1966

In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution

In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution was the first music video for the band Devo, directed by Chuck Statler. Filmed in May 1976, it contains two separate songs: “Secret Agent Man” and “Jocko Homo”. It won First Prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1977.

Juno Makes First Science Pass at Jupiter

A composite Juno image of Jupiter's north pole, as assembled by S&T Imaging Editor Sean Walker. He writes, "Junocam uses a drift-scan camera, and the images come down in strips that have to be assembled per color. There's additional smear due to the planet’s rapid rotation, which I corrected using distortion tools in Photoshop." NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / S. Walker

A composite Juno image of Jupiter’s north pole, as assembled by S&T Imaging Editor Sean Walker. He writes, “Junocam uses a drift-scan camera, and the images come down in strips that have to be assembled per color. There’s additional smear due to the planet’s rapid rotation, which I corrected using distortion tools in Photoshop.”
NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / S. Walker

NASA’s latest mission to the outer solar system treated us to some amazing images this past week, as Juno swept just 2,600 miles (4,200 km) above the Jovian cloud tops.

“Early post-flyby telemetry indicates that everything worked as planned and Juno is firing on all cylinders,” says project manager Rick Nybakken (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in a recent NASA press release.

Source: Sky and Telescope

David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch: The Art Life, a documentary about the acclaimed director’s childhood up through his early films, is among the movies debuting this weekend at the Venice Film Festival. Ahead of its premiere, the film has unfurled its first trailer, packed with striking archival footage, Lynch’s own paintings and the director’s trademark lilt serving as narrator.

Source: Rolling Stone