Why Limitless is About Cyborgs and Magic

Limitless poster

So, UnknownBinaries & I recently saw Limitless. Now the film’s animating premise is an old one, and you hear it in nearly every piece of science fiction concerned with human enhancement: we only use ten or fifteen or

[insert number] percent of our brain or brain power or potential…or whatever. The science behind this trope isn’t strictly correct, mind you, but it’s not completely false either. It’s hard to talk about the operations of the brain without falling into the heavily loaded language of “efficiency,” “carrying capacity,” “throughput,” “processing power,” etc. The problem with all of that talk is that it’s directly tied to the ideas of production and consumption, which are values that come directly out of the mass-production developments of the techno-industrial revolution–and I don’t just mean the musical style. What I’m saying is these words taint and colour everything we do and every way we talk nowadays, and the reason I bring this up is so we can try to talk about the brain.

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Win Righteous Kill on DVD!

Righteous Kill DVD cover art

Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino sport badges and guns in Righteous Kill. I’m not sure what else you need to know, but I’ll tell you more anyway: John Leguizamo, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Donnie Wahlberg are also along for the ride. The DVD, out from Anchor Bay on the 6th, comes with two featurettes and a director’s commentary. We’ve got a spare copy here that you can win if you wanna win it. Well, you have to do more than want it–you need to enter with the entry form below. But you can do that once a day, so that helps. You can enter all of our contests once a day, in fact. And if we draw your name from the entries–you win. Good luck!

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Stuff: Russell Brand’s Hair To Be More Convincing CG Than Yogi Bear

Russell Brand
  • Russell Brand has been signed by Comedy Central to do a one-hour stand-up special. It will be taped in NYC in November and air on the network in 2009. Brand’s comment: “Comedy Central is the home of ‘South Park,’ ‘The Daily Show,’ and ‘The Sarah Silverman Program.’ I am thrilled to have such esteemed neighbours — particularly Sarah whom I shall be constantly troubling for cups of sugar and milk, breast milk.” Nice.
  • Amazon is selling the two-disc Pride & Prejudice from A&E Home Video with Colin Firth for 60% off, i.e. $16. Just today or while stocks last, whichever ends first. Grab yours here.
  • Battle: Los Angeles is “‘Black Hawk Down’ meets ‘Independence Day.'” It’s about a marine taking on an alien invasion in the streets of Los Angeles. Scribe is Chris Bertolini (General’s Daughter). The director on board is Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning). Pic is still in pre-production. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:08+00:00 October 2nd, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|2 Comments

    Please Go See “Righteous Kill” This Weekend

    DeNiro and Pacino in Righteous Kill

    Because if you don’t, then Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino would have made this incredibly unfunny/nearly embarrassing appearance on Letterman in vain. And really, they’ve given us so much good cinema over the years, a sympathy ticket purchase seems in order–even if you don’t want to see the movie at all. I’m just saying.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:06+00:00 September 12th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Win Righteous Kill Swag!

    Righteous Kill poster

    Righteous Kill is coming, and for once we’ve got Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro appearing on screen together and on the same side of the law. It sounds good to me: Pacino, DeNiro, badges and guns vs. a vigilante. And it should sound good to you too, since we’ve been handed a prize pack based around the movie and its cast.

    You can win the theatrical poster. Plus–you can win three DVDs all featuring the stars of the film: The Godfather, Heat and Scarface.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:13:59+00:00 August 14th, 2008|Contests|1 Comment

    The Godfather, Part II (1974) – DVD Review

    The Godfather Part II DVD

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo, based on the novel by Puzo
    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary by director Coppola
    • Theatrical trailer

    Released by: Paramount.
    Rating: R.
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Nice, but just buy the bigass boxed set instead.

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