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GP tallies the hits and misses of the season

The 2013 Comprehensive Summer Movie Guide

Nowadays, no summer preview would be complete without a mention of the movies. Mother nature’s decision to crank up the thermostat and the possibility of BBQ ribs for lunch provide all the natural motivation society needs to bunker down in a cool dark room to watch Megan Fox sweat on cars 120 minutes of explosions. We love a good superhero flick as much as the next guy, but massive marketing budgets shouldn’t be the only thing coaxing you into a theater seat this summer. This season has its fair share of CGI orgies and deep think pieces that don’t rhyme with “fan of seal” — and none of them should be missed.

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Teton Gravity Research's Aerial Reel

The Bay Area in 4K

There is so much epic mega-ness in Teton Gravity Research’s aerial reel that it’s difficult to contain our bladders (too much information? Too much information): cornea-melting 4K ultra-HD footage, shot using a RED Epic-equipped gyro-stabilized camera platform mounted on a helicopter that is most surely badass; a grandiose soundtrack that seems right out of the latest action-thriller; oh, and then there’s the Bay Area.

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A time-stopping piece of automotive history: '74 E-Type

The Last of the Breed

Only 59 more E-Types were made after Dave Paddison’s V12 Series 3 convertible rolled off the Coventry assembly line in 1974. “Last of the Breed”, indeed — nearly the last entirely. And what a specimen for a guy like Dave to own.

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J. Crew on Film – “Holy Jackets”

In Biella, Italy, is situated a textile mill that first opened in 1663, where 3 generations of workers still strive to make the best fabrics in the world. It’s fitting (tailoring pun!) then that J. Crew sources material for its Ludlow suits from Vitale Barberis Cononico, where 7 million meters of hand-inspected fabric are produced each year.

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1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona

Poor Bill Hammerstein. He and his wife had so few guests coming by his SoCal home that he knocked down the guest house out back entirely. In its place, he built a three-stall garage that houses a red Shelby Cobra, a red Mercedes 300 SL convertible and a — you guessed it — red V12 1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona coupe. Yeah, that Daytona.

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Battleship Island via Sony Action Cam

We want to hate this Sony Action cam mounted on an RC multi-copter. It’s a drone. Those are the scary things that the government uses to spy on you as you go about your vital covert actions (picking your toenails, or watching Bravo channel). But this Sony creation — it’s kind of… cute. And also freaking awesome, mind you. This little bugger zooms around Battleship Island (you know it from Skyfall).

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The Art of the Steadicam

You’re following Tom Cruise through a hotel room, or better yet, Brad Pitt through a shoddy, packed bar. You are carrying a very large video camera, attached to a huge counterbalanced device (which happens to be attached to you), and you have to carefully move in a choreographed path around the actor as he delivers his lines. You have one, two, maybe three takes to nail the shot. Feeling the pressure yet? These are just the topical difficulties of the steadicam shot, a gem of the Hollywood industry that produces some of the most spectacular scenes in some of your favorite movies.

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X Games Detroit Trailer

Detroit is trashed worse than Ke$ha on a Tuesday morning. Everybody knows it, and that’s why we love that the city’s in the hunt to host the X Games for the next three years. If you’re going to have a rundown slum of wasted buildings, why not use said buildings as dramatic backdrop for awesome 360s and Fakie kick flips?

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Click, Print, Gun

We’re far from ready to step into the ring on gun control. Still, like any national issue, we hope to stay informed. Vice’s Click, Print, Gun is a 25-minute documentary on how 3D printing — an amazing and highly useful technology — is affecting the gun control debate.

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Viewfinder: Bottled History

Ships in a bottle have all the wonder of a parlor trick without the gimmickry. Modeling combines with magic to turn wood and glass into a beautifully crafted enigma. Somewhere around the 1:10 minute mark, when Ray Gascoigne discusses switching from American Yellow Pine to Western Red Cedar, you’ll realize that you want to take the time to meet this man, see him work his craft, listen to him tell his time-worn stories.

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Tellason Stories: Meet Todd

Rather than creating maudlin product spots to peddle their premium jeans, Tellason decided to document the stories and lifestyles of their clientele. Their first film highlights the work of Todd Blubaugh, a Seattle-based artist who spends his time both behind a lens and fabricating one of our favorite forms of functional art: custom motorcycles.

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Building the World’s Largest Ship (In 76 Seconds)

This video sets the prestige of shipbuilding back at least a decade. “That’s not so bad!” says pretty much every single viewer as the Maersk Line’s Triple-E Vessel is lego-blocked into existence in just over a minute. You’re right. It’s really not that hard. What’s 1,304 feet, anyways? Just 150 feet shy of the Empire State Building, you say? Oh. And it actually took three months? Maybe you won’t be enrolling in that online shipyard mastery class after all.

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How Ink is Made

We really wanted to hate these ink makers. Their product is outrageously priced, a vital part of enraging machines that jam, make annoying noises and refuse to connect wirelessly to our computers. But set to classical music, the Charlie-and-the-Chocolate-Factory setting (complete with huge drums of slowly drooling colors, giant rollers and careful craftsmen blending every shade under the rainbow) actually reveals an impressive show of passionate craftsmanship. That and lots of glooping. We’ll still curse your name when we have to buy toner, ink makers. But maybe with a few less F-bombs.

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Renan Ozturk’s 2013 Reel

Renan Ozturk of Camp 4 Collective is (just like everyone involved in Camp 4 Collective) a beast. What’s he a beast at? Adventure, for one, but mainly in capturing the epic: The epic actions — rock climbing without ropes, skiing mountains that should definitely not be skied, flying over ice fields so large they seem to defy the horizon — that his team undertakes; The epic and often terrifying extreme landscapes they explore; The epic people they meet. All together, the highlights make for a pretty stunning three minutes of footage. Stop reading this and watch it.

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Never Enough Alfa

The automotive video wunderkind Petrolicious have struck auto nostalgia gold once again with their latest short dubbed Never Enough Alfa. As a few of you sleuths might have inferred, the video centers on a brand that’s close to more than a few team members’ hearts: Alfa Romeo. But any soft spot we have for the brand pales in comparison to collector Manuel Leon Minassian, who eventually started buying rides like people “buy tacos”. Though he’s got more vintage whips than he cares to share, one car in particular holds a special place in his heart — a customized 1972 Alfa Romeo Berlina.

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For the love of the grill

American Craftsmanship from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

What separates the store bought grill in your backyard from the $10,000+ meatcraft carriers made by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet? The fine folks at Gizmodo brought this video to our attention that addresses this exact question. Watch, drool and learn the key points well — because you’ll need some help convincing your better half to unlock the door after blowing junior’s first semester tuition on 500+ glorious square inches of meat-searing goodness.

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Lock, Stock and Barrel

The Birth of a Barrel

Building a barrel? Sounds lame, especially when there’s a million more K-Pop stars waiting to be discovered singing about their hood. Wrong. Hold off on “Gangham Style Dubstep remix” for a few minutes and watch something that really matters for once, you sap. You owe these barrels. After all, this special breed made at Jack…

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Discovering local frontiers

Drafting It | Abe Burmeister of Outlier

How far are you willing to go to get something you want? Abe Burmeister’s search for the perfect pair of pants led him to start a new breed of clothing company, despite having no experience in the fashion world. In our final Drafting It interview, we sat down with the Outlier co-founder to talk about…

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It's still not safe to go in the water

Jaws Blu-Ray Edition

Real, life-affirming creations of art that come along at the right place at the right time to transform culture as we know it are… well, rare. Jaws is such a masterpiece, and one that has captivated audiences for nearly forty years. The film struck a chord through cutting edge effects, a genius score, and of…

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24 Hours on a Navy Supercarrier

Even if you aren’t up to date on your Navy knowledge, you may recognize the USS Carl Vinson Nimitz-class nuclear supercarrier as the ship that played host to the Michigan State and North Carolina basketball game last Friday. It was also tasked more formally with escorting Osama’s body out to sea six months earlier. As…

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Pacific Pirates

When murmurs started to circulate that Fiji was set to receive some of the biggest swells the island had seen in 20 years, Billabong organized a crew of top surfers including Dean Bowen, Scardy, Nick Vasicek, and Mikey Brennan to capitalize on the rare opportunity. The entire trip was captured in this short film. Filled…

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Everything is a Remix Part III

Everything is a Remix is a fascinating video series made by New York-based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. In the series, Ferguson shares a persuasive case that connects our ephemeral notion of creativity with something far more concrete a.k.a copying. Whether you feel this posit is bollocks or not, we certainly tip our hat to Ferguson’s engaging…

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Avalanche Cliff Jump in the French Alps

Many downhill lovers have dreamt of whizzing through the ungroomed powder troves of the backcountry. Skiing off of an enormous cliff face while triggering an avalanche probably isn’t part of those dreams — well at least for you saner readers. That’s exactly what happened though to extreme french skiers Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude in…

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From Sweden with Speed

Behind the Wheel: 2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Engine noted as V6 instead of inline-six.

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Watch This: Toronto Life Cycle in 60 Seconds

Winter 2008 – Summer 2009 on the corner of Yonge and Dundas in Toronto – from one of my favorite photobloggers, Sam Javanrouh and his famous photoblog, Daily Dose of Imagery. Shot using the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF 17-40mm L. Who’s ready for winter?

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It's Electric, Boogie Woogie

Behind the Wheel: Nissan Leaf

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Watch This: Surfing Bullet Time by Rip Curl & Timeslice Films

World surfing champions Mick Fanning and Steph Gilmore filmed by Timeslice (the team behind the Matrix bullet time) for Rip Curl at Sunway Lagoon Wavepool in Malaysia. Achieved using 52 Canon DSLR’s, 3 waterlogged Mac’s, and a dozen destroyed hard drives. Your Monday morning video-caffeine.

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It's Like Watching Wood Being Chopped

Watch This: CHOP by Best Made Company

It’s hard to go far in a conversation about axes (you do have conversation about axes, right?) and not hear the name Best Made Company dropped a few times. Well, everyone’s favorite axe company has a new series of short films coming this Fall entitled CHOP. Succinctly described as “celebrating the collision between a Best…