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A Poignant "PowerPoint Culture" Video

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If you weren't reading the Mental Floss blog in 2007, you may have missed this one. I figured it's time to bring it back.

Le Grand Content is a short film that beautifully explores "PowerPoint Culture," the diagramming and charting of our lives. Made by Clemens Kogler and Karo Szmit, the film is funny, smart, and touching. It's also full of curiously perverse truths, like the notion that Santa Claus is often the first experience of religious doubt for children. Anyway, spare a moment to enjoy this:

"Feeling, mistakes, and butts -- these are things we dare not bare in public. That's life." Sing it, brother.

There's a nice review of the film on Kogler's website. Here's a snippet:

Le Grand Content is a subversive undertaking: It demonstrates how systematically disorientation can take place, how logical nonsense can seem. The well-organized presentation, despite its authoritative appearance, does not at all ensure that it should be taken seriously. The persuasive power of the graphic deductions is precisely equal to their absurdity. The gently ringing music which plays throughout the film subtly emphasizes its underlying principle: the melancholy nature of the apparatus. Le Grand Content is a rare kind of work, brimming with dry humor, esthetic confidence and terse precision. For these reasons it has become a surprise hit on YouTube.com, the Web site for digital clips. With nearly half a million viewers, Le Grand Content could well be one of the most-watched Austrian films of the past few decades.

Read the rest for a smart analysis of why this is so good. See also: Jessica Hagy's site Indexed, an inspiration for the film.

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Take a Look at What Studio Ghibli's Theme Park Will Look Like When It Opens in 2022
A recreation of the house in My Neighbor Totoro built for the 2005 World's Fair.
A recreation of the house in My Neighbor Totoro built for the 2005 World's Fair.
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Miyazaki mega-fans may want to start planning their next trip to Japan. The much-anticipated Studio Ghibli theme park is now set to open in 2022, The Japan Times reports. The animated film studio just released several new images that show what the park (originally projected to open in 2020) will look like.

Ghibli Park will be built on the site of the 2005 World's Fair in Nagakute, a city about 90 miles east of Kyoto in central Japan. The park's creators envision it as a place where the fantastical films of director Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, are brought to life. The mysterious forest in My Neighbor Totoro—one of Miyazaki’s most iconic films—will be reimagined in an area of the park called Dondoko Forest. The park property already features a recreation of the house from that same film, originally built there for the World’s Fair.

Other famous films by Studio Ghibli will be represented in the park as well. There will be a Princess Mononoke Village and antique shops modeled after the one in Whisper of the Heart. The main gate to the park will be built in a 19th-century style reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle.

Witch Valley will feature attractions inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service, and the Big Ghibli Warehouse will contain exhibition areas, a theater, and play spaces. The Japan Times reports that the park will also have giant installations of spiders and “boar-shaped spirits”—recurring motifs in Miyazaki’s movies. And if the concept art is anything to go by, Ghibli Park will be filled with beautiful walking paths surrounded by lush greenery.

Miyazaki fans have more of the legendary director's work to look forward to in the next few years. He recently came out of retirement to make one last film, which will be released by 2020, Forbes reports. The 77-year-old filmmaker said he wanted to leave something for his grandson to remember him by after he dies.

[h/t The Japan Times]

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

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