Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, opens this week. It's set in a rough-and-tumble Irish neighborhood in Boston -? the same setting as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River and Martin Scorsese's The Departed. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky looks into why his hometown of Boston (and specifically the areas of Southie and Dorchester) keeps getting treated to these class-centered cinematic portraits.
Tendues and Torque
Ken Laws was in his early 40s when he decided he wanted to study ballet. Laws taught college physics, and when he had to shift his center of gravity to perform a simple pose at the barre, he immediately connected the dots between physical principles and dance movements. Produced by Hillary Frank.
The 99 are Muslim kids with superpowers trying to protect the world (a critic calls them "X-Men in Middle Eastern drag"). They're the stars of a comic book that arrives in America this month. Brooke Darrah Shuman talked to creator Naif Al-Mutawa.
Director Mira Nair's films take place all over the Indian diaspora ?- from the rough city streets of Salaam Bombay to the American Deep South in Mississippi Masala. Her most recent film spans the distance from Calcutta to New York:
The Namesake is about a young Indian couple who makes a life together in the US, and the struggles of their American-born son. Nair tells Kurt why unconventional love stories have inspired so many of her films.
American Icons: Kind of Blue
Even if you've never bought a jazz album in your life, you've heard Miles Davis' masterpiece, Kind of Blue -- at a party, in a movie, or in a restaurant. As part of Studio 360's award-winning series on American Icons, Ave Carrillo tries to figure out what it is that makes Kind of Blue so extraordinary.
Design for the Real World: Sticky Fingers
Stefan Sagmeister is an award-winning graphic designer who grew up in Austria and has designed album covers for the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads. When we asked him about his favorite album cover of all time, Sagmeister picked a notorious design by Andy Warhol: The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers. Produced by Derek John.
If you haven't played a video game since Ms. Pac-Man, you probably have some catching up to do. Kurt has this quick guided tour of the state of the art.
Special Guest: Clive Thompson
Clive Thompson was ten years old when Pong was unleashed in "rec rooms" across America, and he has been a passionate gamer ever since. Thompson writes about technology and culture, and contributes regularly to Wired and New York Magazine.
Iraq and the XBOX
In the mid-90s, the U.S. military discovered that Marines were customizing the videogame Doom to practice warfare, which prompted the Marine Corps to develop its own version of the game as an actual training tool. Now they've added another level of realism for a videogame that helps soldiers navigate the complexity of real urban warfare -- it's called Full Spectrum Warrior.
Super Mario Clouds
Imagine walking through an art gallery and finding a single wall of digital clouds lifted from the classic 80s Nintendo game Super Mario Brothers. The artist Cory Arcangel tells Rebecca Cascade why reprogramming video game software comes as naturally to him as wielding a paintbrush.
Your Brain on Videogames
American kids spend an average of seven hours a week gaming. But what about the grown-ups inside the industry, who play eight to ten hours -? and then leave the office and go home to play some more? Jonathan Mitchell asked game producer Marc Nesbitt about living almost full-time in the simulated world.