Trailer for ‘Chappie,’ New Film by ‘District 9’ Director

File under: Newley.com posts about sci-fi thrillers… Here’s the trailer for “Short Circuit,” “Chappie,” a movie due out in March by “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp. Yes, it features Hugh Jackman with what appears to be a mullet haircut. Yes, the film also features the members of Die Antwoord.

An Excellent New Post-Apocalypic Thriller: ‘Snowpiercer’

“Snowpiercer” — a 2013 sci-fi film, directed by South Korean Bong Joon-ho, about people stuck aboard a train circling a frozen-over earth — is just as good as Kottke says. Embedded above and on YouTube here: the trailer. More from Grantland here. If, like me, you enjoy post-apocalyptic thrillers, you should most certainly watch it.

Some favorite albums, books, TV shows, movies, and in-depth stories from 2013

Here’s a look back at some of my favorites from last year. Albums My pick: “Modern Vampires of the City,” by Vampire Weekend. Here’s “Obvious Bicycle“: And “Diane Young“: Runner-up album: “Beta Love,” by Ra Ra Riot. Here’s the title track. Honorable mentions: Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time,” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” and […]

Around the Web: improving college rankings, Federer’s footwork, inventors killed by their own inventions, and more

Some links that have caught my eye of late: In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol [NYTimes.com] — About S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst. "What is aim of Thailand's 'red shirts' movement?" [Reuters] — Q&A-style analysis from Reuters. "List of inventors killed by their own inventions" [Wikipedia] — "This is a list […]

Thai translations of Oscar-winning movie titles

Thai 101 has an amusing collection of (mostly) literal Thai translations of 2008 Oscar-winning films: Thai titles for western films are sometimes corny, sometimes spoilery, and always entertaining. Especially when you translate them back into English. They have a style of their own. Most typically, a subtitle is added to give local viewers a better […]