Ennealogic: September 20, 2013

1. Adam Lefkoe, of Lousiville’s WHAS-11 News, shows us exactly how local sports coverage should be done. And, rightfully so, he literally drops the mic.

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2. This stunning photograph from November 1936 at the LaSalle Street train station. It’s the essence of Chicago gangsterdom.

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3. Room 666, a 1982 documentary film by Wim Wenders, is an odd and brilliant bit of cinema history. At the ’82 Cannes Film Festival, Wenders set up a camera in room 666 of Hotel Martinez and asked several film directors one central question: “Is cinema a language about to get lost, an art about to die?”

The documentary can be found here on Vimeo.

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4. The creation of a Terminator polymer, a self-healing material, marks another step toward Skynet.

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5. The Chicago International Film Festival has released their full schedule. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. Cheap Thrills, which sounds like a twisted mix of Funny Games and mumblecore gem Hump Day, has piqued my interest:

When down-on-their-luck buddies Craig and Vince are propositioned by insouciant wealthy couple Colin and Violet to perform increasingly risky dares, the cash strapped duo agrees. Craig and Vince soon find themselves in the strangers’ living room, progressively degrading and debasing themselves and each other as the stakes get higher and higher.

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6. Showtime’s new series, Masters of Sex, the Kinsey-esque new show starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, premieres next Sunday, but you can watch the uncensored first episode on youtube.

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7. Just when you thought Nic Cage couldn’t get any weirder, he agrees to star in the film reboot of the Left Behind series—that’s right, those Christian (propaganda) apocalypse tales starring fellow batshit celebrity Kirk Cameron.

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8. The Humping Pack is “a suspended act of simulated stimulation towards the environment.” Yes, it’s as weird as it sounds.

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9. Friday Distraction: Translation Party is a site that translates any English phrase into Japanese, then back again until an equilibrium is reached. You’ll find that quite a bit is lost in translation.

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