antipaucity

fighting the lack of good ideas

6 movies

I want you to watch these 6 movies (in this order):

Watch them with a notebook and pen or pencil handy (yes: use physical writing and recording tools; don’t use your laptop, tablet, or phone).

Write things you see that jump out at you about the story – how it is told, what is explicitly stated, what is implicitly hinted-at, what is alluded-to, etc.

Start with the very first thing you see after the title credits finish.

I’ll give you a hint, and highlight a small handful of items from the first ~15 minutes of The Wizard of Oz:

  1. Everything is gray (well, sepia)
  2. Dorothy is whiny
  3. Dorothy is obsessed with her dog
    • Why is Toto going anywhere with Dorothy off the farm grounds?
    • Especially, why is Dorothy taking Toto near Ms Gulch’s cats?
  4. Dorothy is an orphan
    • Auntie Em & and Uncle Henry are on the farm, but
    • no parents anywhere in sight
  5. When Dorothy wakes up in Oz, everything is in eye-popping, brilliant Technicolor

Tell me what you find – I’m intensely intrigued to see how your lists compare to mine.

a history of hollywood and hacking

As shared in the most recent Crypto-Gram, Bruce Schneier’s monthly newsletter.

  • 1980s – kid hackers, nerds and Richard Pryor
  • 1990s – Techno, virtual reality and Steven Seagal’s Apple Newton
  • 2000s – Real life hackers, computer punks and Hugh Jackman dancing