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New Feature: A cinematic history of the future

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Handshake charts the future as told through film with a timeline, a video and an in-depth feature. Read on to see what wonders.

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Cinematic History of the Future

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There lies our future, sprawled out before us. Ready for mindless ingestion. There are redundancies and plot holes, recurring characters and regurgitated plot lines. History, though, does repeat itself, they say. The future of man has already been told on magic celluloid strips. Our destiny, of course, begins with apes. It starts 43 years ago. Charlton Heston is there. Go.

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The Year of Living Beardedly

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Grow beard. Take picture. Repeat.

YouTube user cofauver’s documentary of a man who refuses to shave for an entire year is a brief glimpse into a person’s life. The changing scenery, the passing seasons, the questionable wardrobe choices: everything building until the viewers feel as if they’ve lived the year in three minutes. The idea isn’t unique. There is Noah Kalina’s Everyday project. In Almost Every Picture #7. Even Homer Simpson got in on the action.

Others might have done it before and with better execution, but this video must be commended for the dedication and persistence it takes to pull off such a project. Plus, it has Yeasayer.

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Anatomy of a cult film: Merc Force

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With Netflix, Hulu, and other endless streaming options, a world of cinematic pleasures is at our fingertips. The ability to stop and start thousands of films at our leisure allows for a certain pickiness that normally makes it all the easier to separate the proverbial cream from the figurative tripe. Some front-runners may prefer to dote on the cream—we’re looking at you, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—but, we at Handshake are more enamored with the crappiest of the crap.

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Stephen King’s The Stand heads to the cinema

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen King’s The Stand is finally getting the big-screen treatment. A film adaption of the widely popular, post-apocalyptic novel has been in various stages of development for years, and the book has already been adapted as a miniseries [featured video] and a Marvel comic book.

The miniseries featured a decent cast: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Jamey Sheridan, and with a 6-hour running time it stayed fairly faithful, albeit toned-down for TV, to the sprawling, epic source material. A film adaptation will have to unfold across multiple films or be highly condensed. The project will take a strong cast, a top-notch scriptwriter, and a masterful director at the helm — maybe seasoned Stephen-King-adapter Frank Darabont will throw his hat into the ring.

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2010 film mash-up

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G-Whiz Productions has taken more than 250 films and edited together a 6 minute video that is sure to make you remember the great movies that have come out this year and to ponder those gems you might have missed. Luckily, there’s already a list of the films so you can track down those that pique your interest from these brief samples.

The video re-mix is reminiscent of the Oscar’s clip reels that playing during the Academy Awards. Though I doubt Legion will make the cut this year, even though Paul Bettany is an ass-kicking, stud-machine.

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Inception in (near) real-time

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If you haven’t seen Christopher Nolan’s brilliant film Inception, don’t watch the above video — It’s a film that is better unspoiled. But if you did see it and you came away a little confused, this video might help. YouTuber Weikang Sun has edited the film so that each level plays at roughly the speed of the corresponding levels. The resulting re-edit shows just what a braided, twisting masterpiece Nolan and company created.

Inception is out on DVD now. And while we’re talking Inception, check our own Fernando Alfonso III’s take on the film.

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Sunday Web Short: “ARK” by Grzegorz Jonkajtys

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Grzegorz Jonkajtys is an immensely talented animator and director. The above short film, ARK, is not perfect, but it is certainly gorgeous.

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An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus, led by one man …

I’d love to see more of the pre-twist ending part of this story — and less of the twist. In fact, I’d be fine with no twist.

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Sunday Web Short: Salesman Pete and the Amazing Stone

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You’ve got to love a story that centers around a green ball that turns cockroaches into delicious shrimp and includes a giant talking steak as a sidekick.

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A life told through Facebook

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It’s strange to think how much of our lives will be archived through Facebook. This little film by Maxime Luère demonstrates just how available the history of our relationships will be to the next generation.

Today the letters of famous people are collected into books to provide an insight into their personal lives. Will future generations collect the Facebook posts of their icons? Will we read how our great leader’s ethos can best be illustrated by this post she made as a young teenager, “Robot revolution in HerpDerpistan, lol, that’s nuts! and Bolts! Viva la Tin Men!”

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