This is a diagram of the Cheshire cat experiment. Credit: Vienna University of Technology Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology have performed the first separation of a particle from one of its properties. The study, carried out at the Institute Laue-Langevin (ILL) and published…
If I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
Buster Keaton, 1923
PLAYING GOD IN PSYCHO (1960)
Watching movies through the Almighty perspective.
Bird’s-eye view: When the subject is photographed directly overhead, the angle is disorienting, which perhaps explains its infrequent use. “Bird’s-eye shot” are sometimes employed in films dealing with the theme of fate and destiny, for this angle provides us with a kind of Godlike omniscience, in which the character below can seem insignificance.
The death on Friday of a New York City man after an apparent chokehold on the part of police has prompted an investigation by the Staten Island District Attorney’s office and caused Mayor Bill de Blasio to postpone a vacation while he talks with community leaders.
A passerby captured the interaction between Eric Garner, 43, and police on video, and the tape shows Garner saying at least eight times “I can’t breathe” as police appear to push his head into the ground. Garner, an asthmatic who weighed between 350 and 400 pounds, later died.
Police said Garner was resisting arrest and they suspected him of attempting to sell untaxed cigarettes. Witnesses told the Staten Island Advance that he’d just broken up a fight.
A representative in NYPD’s press room referred all questions to a press conference earlier Friday by de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton.
During the press conference, de Blasio called the death of Garner, a married father of six and grandfather of two, “a terrible tragedy.”
"Chokeholds are prohibited by the New York City Police Department and by most departments," Bratton said during the press conference.
Along with the district attorney, police internal affairs also will investigate, Bratton and de Blasio said.
In the videotape, Garner is seen standing on a sidewalk in front of a store as two undercover officers appear to question him.
"Every time you see me, you’re messing with me – I’m tired of it," Garner says. "I’m minding my business officer, I’m minding my business. Please just leave me alone."
The conversation continues until Garner says, “Don’t touch me,” at which point an officer behind Garner appears to put him in a chokehold. Garner sinks quickly to the ground and four officers are on him, subduing him.
Garner says “I can’t breathe” at least eight times as an officer appears to mash his head into the sidewalk.
Police called paramedics and Garner died of cardiac arrest at Richmond University Medical Center, in Staten Island, the NY Daily News reported.
"When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time," Esaw Garner, Eric Garner’s wife, told the NY Daily News.
Chess - Osman Hamdi
Throughout the film, Martin Scorsese used Xs mostly shown in the background to mark characters for death; examples include shots of Costigan walking through the airport while talking to Sgt. Dignam, Queenan falling to his death (on the building’s glass windows as Queenan falls to the ground), and Sullivan in his office discussing the flow of information with Costello (the X is created by the light shining through the window). This is a homage to Howard Hawks’ classic film Scarface (1932).