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JFK: What the Zapruder film really means

It used to be said that every American could remember where he or she was when they heard the news that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Today, it’s official that no one under 50 can, or ever will, remember that moment. But I bet a great many people who are too young to have experienced the cataclysm of JFK’s murder can remember where they were the first time they saw the Zapruder film. Because for anyone too young to remember the assassination, that 26-second, 486-frame little home movie — the film that has been viewed more than any other film since the medium of film was invented — isn’t just the looking glass we pass through each time we think about the JFK assassination; it’s not just how the assassination lives inside our minds. The Zapruder film expresses the meaning that the killing of JFK has acquired. As shocking a tragedy as it was, tearing a black hole in the nation’s psyche, the assassination would have been, without the Zapruder film, an event that belonged to the past. Over time, however, the killing of JFK became more than the savage murder of a leader: It became, through conspiracy theory, a metaphor for the larger breakdown of our world. And it’s the images from that film that have kept JFK’s assassination alive as a bad dream we’re still trying to wake up from. READ FULL STORY

Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, Oliver Stone, and more tell NSA to 'Stop Watching Us' -- VIDEO


South Park made fun of it in its season premiere last month, but now the NSA has some less animated voices to deal with.

In a video released by the coalition group “Stop Watching Us,” Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, and Oliver Stone are among the actors, activists, and politicians addressing their right to privacy. The video was released in anticipation of a Washington, D.C., rally sponsored by the group on Saturday, the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act being signed.

Founded in June 2013, “Stop Watching Us” is made up of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum coming together to demand the U.S. Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.

Watch the video below:

Classic film posters, 'Toy Story'-style

You’re a film buff, right? Of course you are. But come on, you liked Toy Story. In fact, you loved it. Well, now there’s a chance for your childlike sense of wonder to bump shoulders with your cinephilia.

Graphic designer Jim Tuckwell, who lovingly calls himself a “whore of the arts and digital mercenary,” is the brains behind these pop culture gems. The posters take three classic movies – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Oliver Stone’s Platoon, and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs – and give them a Toy Story spin. Now, Keir Dullea’s look of numinous awe from the cover of 2001 is transposed to Buzz Lightyear. Who would have thought that an action figure was capable of such fear and reverence? See the poster below!


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