Independent film festivals often see a wide group of styles brought together and none more eclectic than the films being broadcast through the Iconscious Film Festival
- "A diverse audio/visual festival featuring online events and live screenings of work from a selection of artists and film makers.
A lucid optical experience brought electronically to unsuspecting net users and clubgoers worldwide." Pick of the bunch is probably Ben Milner's No Soul Journey
is strangely compelling. Real Player required.
posted by Kiell
on Oct 18, 2003 -
screens different full-length movies every week for broadband users. Showing this week: Airheads
, Live From Baghdad
, Pacific Heights
and Extreme Ops
posted by crunchland
on Sep 10, 2003 -
: "This site is non-profit, based in England, and maintained as a shrine and resource dedicated to the late director."
posted by hama7
on Sep 3, 2003 -
, Tura Satana
, Laura Gemser
. Cult Sirens
is a site dedicated to, you guessed it, the women made famous due to the cult movies they starred in. If you love this kind of stuff, there are links
to more sites having to do with actors, cult movies and horror movies. And there's always this list of cult movies
, complete with reviews.
posted by ashbury
on Aug 25, 2003 -
In the 1980's, Mark "Gator" Rogowski was on par with Tony Hawk at the top of the nascent world of professional skateboarding. Contrasting the path Hawk took in the 90's (video games, ESPN tie-ins), things did not go so well for Gator. After surviving a hideous accident in 1989, Mark turned to Jesus, and then shortly thereafter he brutally raped & murdered
a female friend of his ex-girlfriend's. The documentary
of his rise & amazing fall appears today in limited release.
posted by jonson
on Aug 15, 2003 -
"Movies: They're worth it!"
In a move to educate those darn thieving kids and their evil P2P file-sharing networks which are used to trade ripped movies, the MPAA has launched a public service campaign
to explain, in layman's terms, why violating their copyrights is wrong. …Yes, these are the same people who have just brought us an entire summer of bloated sequels, shameless celebrity vehicles and uninspired hack-work. Respect!
posted by Down10
on Aug 3, 2003 -
If this summer's unending parade of spiritless sequels has you down on that whole film-can-be-art thing, I strongly recommend you rejuvenate your sense of wonder by taking a journey with the Polish Brothers to the Heartland of their America, Northfork
, Montana. It's the third installment of a cinematic trilogy that has taken them to Twin Falls Idaho
, Nevada. You will either love Northfork
: "There has never been a movie quite like "Northfork"") or you'll hate
: "meticulously crafted but frustratingly meaningless"); there seems to be very little in between
. Some background
won't hurt, if you're the literal type; hearing from the filmmakers in their own words
provides some additional perspective. But in the end, all that matters is what you see
... Please. Just go
- it's not very likely you've ever seen much else like it... (Flash-enabled pages at those official film sites, sorry...)
posted by JollyWanker
on Jul 21, 2003 -
An interesting foreign language film about the mechanics of luck as a commodity. I just wanted this film last night and am trying to understand all of the possible permutations of how luck worked in this movie. Anyone interested in discussing it is encouraged to do so.
posted by Wong Fei-hung
on Jul 18, 2003 -
A movie theater in Kansas City, MO now prohibits children under 6,
and requires children between 6 and 16 to be accompanied by an adult. They no longer show movies rated G or PG, instead deciding to go with "adult films, independent films and films geared toward adult audiences." There's even a VIP lounge where adults can sit in recliners and drink alcohol while watching the film. Speaking as someone who actually goes to movies to see the movie, not use it as a place to park brats for two hours, this is a revolution, but I can understand why parents would feel discriminated against.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Jul 6, 2003 -
The Dance of Death.
Die Totentanz: A German-language site
spotlighting, for example, the dance of death in literature
, graphic art
. For those, like me, whose German is not so good, this
page offers an English-language history of the phenomenon, and the Catholic Encyclopedia has an article
too. See also Holbein
's Dance-of-Death; Lübeck
's Dance-of-Death; and umm, this
posted by misteraitch
on Jul 3, 2003 -
The Mullet - Bollywood Style!!
Ah, the mullet. Absolut Films tells of the birth of this maligned sartorial trend in "Mulit", a tongue-in-cheek branded content piece with '70s Bollywood flair. Both a :60 trailer and feature, "Mulit" is a musical love story about a man, a woman and an unfinished haircut that transcends class structures, fashion trends and predilections for bad hair. Without such roots, phrases like the 'short-long', 'hockey hair' and 'work in front, party in back' would be meaningless and '80s rock would still be searching for a signature style.
posted by turbanhead
on Jun 28, 2003 -
Seeing The Matrix yesterday (and just before it, the preview for the third Terminator movie) reminded me of this old David Foster Wallace essay"F/X Porn"
, in which he points out how Hollywood blockbusters have become the equivalent of your average "2 for $10.99!!" XXX rentals. [Google cached version here.]
posted by slipperywhenwet
on Jun 13, 2003 -
Death in the snow - a body is found in the frozen North Dakota woods. The cops say the dead Japanese woman was looking for the $1m she saw buried in the film Fargo. But the story didn't end there
An interesting read via Follow Me Here
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 12, 2003 -
Kodak gives more reason to convert to digital photography.
Eastman Kodak's "Kodak Park facility" in Rochester, is #1 in New York for releases of suspected toxicants and neurotoxins to endocrine, gastrointestinal, liver, cardiovascular, kidney, respiratory, and reproductive health. Remember dioxin? The stuff of Agent Orange, used in the Vietnam war that caused so much grief to war vets and Vietnamese, well Kodak released more dioxin into New York's environment in 2000 than any other source. In 1996 they were dumping methylene chloride concentrations as high as 3,600,000 parts per billion into area rivers, when the legal level is five parts per billion. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found Kodak guilty of illegal disposal of hazardous wastes, illegal use of incinerators and waste piles, failing to notify the EPA of groundwater contaminations, making undocumented shipments of hazardous wastes, and for 20 years having leaky underground pipes, among other violations.
posted by giantkicks
on Jun 1, 2003 -
Think your job is bad? Film extras (or 'background' as they're commonly referred to) just stand around waiting all day, have to bring their own wardrobe, and must always obey the unspoken rule of not chatting up the real talent. It's the job that's pretty much 'about nothing',
with no guarantees, no glamour, no money.
Yet, with that said, there are already many who do it, and more trying to break in
every day. Are movie extras merely suckers for punishment, or are they hoping to find fame and fortune
posted by debralee
on May 26, 2003 -
De Niro non disputandis est
or, in English, don't fuck with Bobby De Niro
. Which is what the English have been doing recently, naming Al Pacino
as the greatest movie star of all time. Askmen.com
is a little more appreciative but also brackets Pacino with De Niro
. The American Film Institute
] will be giving De Niro their 31st Lifetime Achievement Award on June 12 but - there they go again - he's merely described as "widely regarded as one of the most skillful actors of the last three decades". Is nothing sacred anymore? Who's the man [read "of a certain age, experience and cojones"
], after all? I mean, after Jack Nicholson
, of course. Now I'm all confused!
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on May 8, 2003 -
Is there no spoon?
The Warner Bros Matrix site
is home to a series of scholarly essays inspired by the film (last updated 3/20/03). I mean, sure, the film offers some "whoa dude" moments regarding technology, perception, and vinyl pants, but I was surprised to find it an interesting launching point for discussions about freedom
, and Plato's Cave
as well. Being a philosophy layman, I can't vouch for their quality with any authority, but if you know the movies inside and out, as I apparently do (god help me) you might find the essays interesting.* *for the next 15 agonizing days, anyway
posted by scarabic
on Apr 30, 2003 -
better luck tomorrow goes into wide release today.
an unknown filmmaker funds his project on ten maxed out credits cards. then, it is chosen out of over 1,000 films to be featured at sundance. then, without an agent, it becomes the first *acquisition* ever for mtv films in conjunction with paramount. and it has an entirely asian-american cast who weren't cast into stereotypical roles. today, it goes into wide release. i'm excited to see how this film does.
posted by notoriousbhc
on Apr 25, 2003 -
"Once Upon A Classic."
A Boston Globe article by Ty Burr (reprinted on the PT Anderson website) that lists the new "classic" film canon for the post-MTV generation. Here's the top five: 1. Pulp Fiction, 2. The Godfather, 3. Fight Club, 4. Run Lola Run 5. Amelie. Discuss!
posted by adrober
on Apr 15, 2003 -
is worth watching again once you figure out what is going on [Some language nsfw]
. From the 2002 Chrysler Film Fest, reg. required for the full versions of the 2003 films but you can see clips here
posted by dogwalker
on Apr 12, 2003 -
is an online RPG that's "a simulation of what it is like to be a power player in the movie industry today." Take on the role of studio head, agent, producer, critic, or journalist and make virtual movies
every bit as crappy as the ones that the real Hollywood churns out!
posted by MrBaliHai
on Apr 6, 2003 -
Warner removes peace symbol from What A Girl Wants ad.
Terrified of the "political" content of a young lady flashing the peace symbol, Warner has removed it from their new ads. The movie, incidentally, was hardly agitprop. It was only a teen movie featuring a young lady goofing off on the poster. If this isn't overly cautious, then just how paranoid will movie studios and marketers get?
posted by ed
on Apr 2, 2003 -
I'd like to thank the Academy. And the French.
Film critic Michael Sragow, late of Salon
and currently of The Baltimore Sun
, ruminates on the upcoming Oscar telecast and wonders why such a "lib-rad industry" would sit-out the night and pass on the opportunity to bang us all over the head with soporific political messages. In actual movie talk, he sez of LOTR: "I don't think there has been a fantasy film IN MOVIE HISTORY as faultlessly acted, as magnificent in its scope and invention, and as enthralling in its narrative drive as I'm sure the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy will turn out to be. "
posted by baltimore
on Mar 21, 2003 -
Just how crazy is Kim Jong-Il?
The North Korean dictator is also an uncompromising movie producer whose casting tactics make Bowfinger
look tame. In
In 1978, the North Korean dictator kidnapped his favorite director from South Korea, and forced him to make a terrible, Communist-themed monster movie called "Pulgasari."
Keep in mind, the Bush administration considers this guy saner and more level-headed than Saddam Hussein.(registration req'd)
posted by inksyndicate
on Mar 14, 2003 -
Kodak, in an effort to alienate
move goers everywhere, will introduce technology that could replace pre-movie, slide based still advertisements with full motion video and other digital media ads (and "other entertainment").
posted by alan
on Mar 6, 2003 -