.. "What does a moment look like? Can snapshots freeze a moment in time? In Digital Snapshot, motion fragments were captured and rearranged in a new visual context via unconventional digital manipulations. A long take camera movement cycle generates a unique 'digital painting.' In this case Digital Snapshot enables the viewer to experience a virtual walk through a beautiful park during summertime."
posted by crunchland
on Jun 27, 2004 -
The poet of nightfall
Twentyfive years ago, film
director Nicholas Ray
died in New York. Like Jacques Tati
and Samuel Fuller
, Ray did a lot of living
before he ever got around to filmmaking
: he was of part of Frank Lloyd Wright
Fellowship, a devotee of southern folk music
, an avant-garde theatre director. He had made Rebel Without a Cause
and survived James Dean
, and the title of the film seemed to dramatise his terrible, self-destructive battles with Hollywood. His films (They Live By Night
, In a Lonely Place
, On Dangerous Ground
, Johnny Guitar
, The Savage Innocents
, King of Kings
) were in love with imprisoned life
, but the dark edge of mourning was always there, too. He was idolised by the young Cahiers
critics who would become the directors of the New Wave. François Truffaut
once noted: "There are no Ray films that do not have a scene at the close of day
; he is the poet of nightfall, and of course everything is permitted in Hollywood except poetry." Contrasting Ray and Howard Hawks, he added: "But anyone who rejects either should never go to the movies again, never see any more films". Jean-Luc Godard
offered another sweeping panegyric: "There was theatre (Griffith
), poetry (Murnau
), painting (Rossellini
), dance (Eisenstein
), music (Renoir
). Henceforth there is cinema. And cinema is Nicholas Ray
. These days, lucky Chicagoans
can admire one of Ray's greatest works, Bitter Victory
-- the film about the dangerous games men play with macho self-images... (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Jun 18, 2004 -
that Michael Moore's upcoming film "Fahrenheit 9/11" was given an 'R' rating today by the MPAA. The same MPAA that says violence
is much more acceptable than sex. The same MPAA that has close ties
to the FCC, running roughshod over First Ammendment freedoms. The same MPAA headed by Jack Valenti who played himself in Freakazoid!
a cooky cartoon about superheroes that save Washington D.C. Email him if you disagree at email@example.com or call the MPAA 818-995-6600 x396.
posted by heyadam
on Jun 14, 2004 -
Evil Dead: The Musical
In making your list of should-be musical theater productions, you've likely considered the Evil Dead series
, right? Fortunately for you, Montreal's Just for Laughs
comedy festival has put together just that
, believe it or not, for this year's festival.
A special run will happen in Toronto on the week of June 22nd before moving to Montreal for a full run.
posted by Evstar
on Jun 12, 2004 -
is a documentary about Oscar nominee/animator Ryan Larkin, who now panhandles on the streets of Montreal. A preview clip is at the far right of the photo gallery.
posted by disgruntled
on Jun 4, 2004 -
TCM is playing tribute this month to Archie Leach, better known to the world as Cary Grant
. The range of films, the types of roles, the co-stars. Makes you long for another era of american film-making. Of interest to you architect
types might be Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House
of 1948, with the fabulous Myrna Loy - whose 1947 film The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer partly occupies that special message place on my answering machine. Grant's films with Hitchcock - especially North by Northwest with its great fake FLW house and fantastic Saul Bass titles - Cukor, and Hawks are well worth searching out. Don't miss his final role - Walk Don't Run - a film set at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and itself a remake of The More the Merrier of 1943. Who said that Hollywood couldn't do remakes?
One of the most interesting items to come out of the TCM documentary is Cary's embracing LSD in the early pre-illegal tests of it.
posted by grimley
on Jun 1, 2004 -
These are the first words Charles Bukowski
speaks in John Dullaghan'
about the poet
, famous for his writing
and infamous for his drinking
. The audience member might respond, "To hear your story, Hank
, that's what I want."
The movie opens
with friends (Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton, Bono) and colleagues and lovers and fans recounting the myth
; theirs are stories of blades pulled on the maitre d' of the swanky Polo Lounge
in Beverly Hills, of dangling dicks revealed in public, of a drunk
who'd just as soon crack his bottle over your head than share its contents. (more inside)
posted by matteo
on May 28, 2004 -
Festival de Cannes
The new Michael Moore movie received a 18 minutes long standing ovation
, a couple of days ago, which was already meaningful to him and his film crew.
Tonight Moore also received the prestigious Palme D'Or
prize, making sure the film will receive an adequate distribution in the United States.
His speech was quite powerful, beginning with him visibly stunned, looking at Quentin Tarantino (who was in tears) in disbelief, saying “What have you done? I’m completely overwhelmed by this. Merci”
posted by Sijeka
on May 22, 2004 -
At last, "THX-1138" with green-glowing, computer-generated robot factories!
George Lucas's first movie, the namesake of his sound system
, is coming to a theater near you, with a new 3D effects facelift, and a chilly, incomprehensible Flash site
. Will his "original vision"
of this 1971 dystopia be realized at last, or will his additions clash with the stark San Francisco subway tunnels
, like so much Yes music in a "Metropolis" re-release
posted by inksyndicate
on May 22, 2004 -
Troy (the movie) in 15 minutes.
Just in case you didn't feel like sitting through the whole
two hours 43 minutes. via BoingBoing
Bedroom of Helen of
PARIS: Hey, baby, I brought you a pearl necklace.
HELEN [weepy]: I can’t wear it because I’m sort of already married to that other guy but we’ve been doing the royal nasty for a week already anyway and you’re going to leave tomorrow and WAHHHHH.
PARIS: You could stow away and come with me and start a war that will end up killing 90% of the cast and totally be the downfall of my people and my kingdom!
HELEN: *sniff* I think… that’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
posted by gottabefunky
on May 20, 2004 -
Michael Moore Hates America
is a new documentary looking to discredit filmmaker Michael Moore
. Moore's new film, Fahrenheit 9/11
is causing quite a stir at the Cannes Film Festival, where it has been met with rave reviews
, and standing ovations
lasting upwards of 20 minutes. With Moore's recent distribution problems
with the film, a new project
seeks to challenge Moore to distribute his film for free via the internet to prove that "the message is more important than the money," and to silence his critics, who contend that with the immense profits his controversial film is sure to garner, he is a "war profiteer" just like Halliburton.
posted by banished
on May 19, 2004 -
features rare stills and artwork for viewing, with a healthy (but not exclusive) emphasis on cult cinema, and only occasional reviews and comments to compete with the goodness and/or bad-assedness
. A movie fan shares his wealth with the world.
posted by LinusMines
on May 3, 2004 -
Done Deal: Script and Pitch Sales.
Find out which scripts are being scooped up these days. Read the site and anxiosly await Krakatoa
During the 1883 volcanic explosion off the coast of Java, social, political and cultural orders were also in major turmoil. But during all this turbulence, a romance is able to develop.
It's like Pearl Harbor
, but with a twist!
posted by jonah
on Apr 9, 2004 -
"What did you think of Seabiscuit?" the young man added helpfully.
Even the deadpan Jarmusch laughed.
's new movie (the first feature-lenght after 1999's Ghost Dog
, is "a droll, ironic look at two of our favorite addictions"
. The black and white movie (trailer here
) has a strange (or Stranger than Paradise
?) cast: Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Cate Blanchett, Meg White, Jack White, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan, GZA, RZA, Bill Murray, ... Jarmusch's philosophy: "When you're watching movies, the guy's girlfriend calls him, she's having something bad happening, and he says, 'I'll take a cab. I'll be right over.' Cut to him getting out of the cab. And my brain always says, what about the cab ride? The incidental thing, the thing that's not the destination?
". (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Mar 28, 2004 -
Still looking for Rosebud.
Nine Years after sending a copy of a radio programme he made to Stanley Kubrick, Jon Ronson, is invited to the late Kubrick's "secret lair". You drive through rural Hertfordshire, passing ordinary-sized postwar houses and opticians and vets. Then you turn right at an electric gate with a "Do Not Trespass" sign. Drive through that, and through some woods, and past a long, white fence with the paint peeling off, and then another electric gate, and then another electric gate, and then another electric gate, and you're in the middle of an estate full of boxes. [...] Tony takes me into a large room painted blue and filled with books. "This used to be the cinema," he says. "Is it the library now?" I ask. "Look closer at the books," says Tony. I do. "Bloody hell," I say.
posted by Blue Stone
on Mar 27, 2004 -
creates a single, complete image of a film, second by second, minute for minute, producing a "fingerprint" or a "sort of movie DNA
showing the colour hues as well as the rhythm of the editing process."
posted by steef
on Mar 21, 2004 -
Masters of Cinema
is a film blog 'for discerning cineastes the world over,' with news on directors, films, dvd releases, aspect ratio controversies, and many links to director tribute sites. They also have sites dedicated to Robert Bresson
, Carl Dreyer
, Ozu Yasujiro
, and Andrei Tarkovsky
. (The last two previously posted by hama7 and I, but it's nice to see everything together)
posted by carter
on Mar 8, 2004 -
From the Liberation Journal
, Gregory Flanagan's "Libercratic" [?]
Misogyny on TV; Feminazi Propaganda:
Portrayals of amazon freaks denigrate and pervert females, attack feminine identity and incite in men a lust for sexual violence...
#4. Charlie's Angels (80s) ... Among the many barbaric and obscene shows, one featured women playing tackle football.
#18. Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (90s) ... the idiotic vampires are just the excuse--their real enemy is femininity.
#25. Xena: Warrior Princess (90s) ... Extreme, obscene violence that provokes in men an overwhelming, obsessive lust to rape and slaughter these bitches.
See also: Misogyny in the Movies
, etc etc.
They're out there
, folks. This man needs his ass kicked by a "girly girl" martial artist. Or maybe that's secretly what he wants?(Site hosted and LOTSA POPUPS by directNIC.com. For shame, dierctNIC!)
posted by Shane
on Feb 26, 2004 -
Birth of a Nation:
one of the most controversial films in american history
The film "...was banned in more than a dozen localities (and furthermore has been the most banned film in American history) because of its white supremacist sympathies, racist stereotypes, and glorification of the Ku Klux Klan..." Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy
Given the recent controversy over Gibson's film, where do we draw the line between freedom of expression
? when are these debates influenced by politcal agenda rather than sincere concern?
posted by poopy
on Feb 25, 2004 -