Even if taken yesterday, there’s a certain something about polaroid photos that evokes a sense of stillness—a frozen in time quality with the warm sense of memory. And when it comes to film sets, polaroids run rampant for the sake of continuity with make up and such, but also provide a candid look behind-the-scenes at the making of a moment and what was like to truly inhabit it. There’s simply something lingering in the instant held image that you’re not going to gain so easily from snapping a few shots with your iPhone—or at least, that’s how it feels to me.
But from back in the days of Blade Runner to the most recent of film sets, it’s a pleasure to peruse the polaroids found floating around the feature, giving us insight into the on-set life and providing our favorite actors and scenes with even more character and charm. And thanks to the good folks over at Flavorwire, who have unearthed some of the best polaroid shots from your favorite films, you can get a closer glimpse at a young Johnny Depp, a demure Audrey Hepburn, a resting Gillian Anderson and many more. Take a look at some of our favorites below and see the rest HERE.
The X-Files, Gillian Anderson
Blade Runner, Harrison Ford and Sean Young
Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Where The Buffalo Roam, Bill Murray and Hunter S. Thompson
Winona Ryder, Girl, Interuppted
New York, New York, Liza Minnelli and Martin Scorsese
Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an indie rock frontman with significant cred must be in want of a side project. This is what gave us Lovestreams, a solo effort from Will Sheff, best known as the man behind the bracing, chilly folk of Okkervil River. But you won’t find any comforting twang in Lovestreams’s paranoid visions. Here’s an exclusive first look at the video for the aptly named “There’s Video.”
Soulless, icy, an homage to The X-Files—and that’s just the synthesizers. The sleazy digital footage looks to date back at least fifteen years, and is spliced together with weird in-camera effects. David Lynch’s Inland Empire would be a reference point, it’s safe to say.
But the track itself doesn’t stay a coldwave brooder for the duration: a few minutes in, it escalates to the fraught pitches Sheff tends to reach with Okkervil River. By the end, it’s nearly a gospel piece. Then, at last, you’re left alone on the beach with driftwood and garbage, just one more miserable thing that washed ashore.
I know I may have caught onto The X-Files late in life but that doesn’t mean I did not spend the majority of my summer watching its entirety in my basement—as one should. And as I was absorbing the show during the July and August months, it just so happened to coincide with Breaking Bad’s gut-punching season—to which I noticed many a Vince Gilligan crossover moment, sending me into a lunatic happiness. So even though we successfully survived December 2012 without a proper colonization—I mean, hopefully, we can never be too sure—there’s still relevance and need for Mulder and Scully. And now, oh Mulder, is it true? Yes, the series will be coming back; The X-Files: Season 10 is returing…in the form of canonical comics executive produced by Chris Carter himself from IDW.
Written by Joe Harris and illustrated by Michael Walsh the storyline goes as follows:
In the opening story arc, “Believers,” readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in THE X-FILES. Prepare to revisit familiar faces—some very unexpected, threats old and new, and an intriguing mystery designed to return the beloved franchise to its former glory!
IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall says:
"What do THE X-FILES look like in this increasingly paranoid and untrusting post-Wikileaks era? Well, they look like canon to me… and come June, the rest of the world will be able to see it for themselves, too."
Well, we’ll see how this goes! And because the entirety of the show is still streaming on Netflix, here’s a list of favorite episodes in case you want to find the nearest dark room and sink into the best television show ever—save Twin Peaks.
In some of the more terrifying news you’ll read today, American health officials have dropped a line to 39 other countries just to mention that they uncovered a pulmonary virus with a 40% fatality rate at some visitor cabins at Yosemite. You have permission to freak out.
Okay, now relax. The hantavirus, which honestly is something I had only heard about on TheX-Files before today, may be a nasty lung disease, but it can’t be transmitted from person to person. That leaves just 10,000 people or so who might have contracted it, now spread to the four corners of the earth! It’s just like Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, only the Chief is the head of the CDC, and the final round is death.