one) is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. [more inside]
posted by Knigel
on Jan 19, 2011 -
The long take
, an uncut, uninterrupted shot in film, is seen by some as the counter to CGI, the last great field for cinematic art
. The linked page features six clips from 1990 on, plus the opening shot
from Orson Welles' 1958 film, Touch of Evil
. Alfred Hitchcock's film from a decade earlier, Rope
, took the long cut further, with the whole film shot in eight takes of up to 10 minutes each, a decision shaped by the limit of the physical recording media
. With digital media, the long take could be pushed further, as with Russian Ark
, from 2002. The movie was shot in one long take, with the narrative working through the history of Russia, set within The State Hermitage Museum
, and captured in one day on the 4th take. If the long takes are a tad long for you, try the "short" long takes that are one-shot music videos
[videos inside] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 28, 2010 -
was cast to portray Heimdall
in the upcoming Thor
movie. This has got the Council of Conservative Citizens (an American white nationalist group) all in a tizzy
, since traditionally the Norse gods were all white, since Norsemen were, well... just about all white. Gabe raises the point
- can a racist clock be right twice a day? via
posted by FatherDagon
on Dec 21, 2010 -
Streets of Fire (part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable." It is an unusual mix of musical, action, drama, and comedy with elements both of retro-1950s and 1980s. ... The film was promoted as a summer blockbuster but failed critically and commercially, grossing only USD $8 million in North America, well below its $14.5 million budget. Its dynamic musical score by the likes of Jim Steinman, Ry Cooder, and others, as well as the hit Dan Hartman song "I Can Dream About You", however, has helped it attain something of a cult following among fans.
posted by Joe Beese
on Dec 18, 2010 -
Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Dec 14, 2010 -
Unlike many cinematic exports, the Disney canon of films
distinguishes itself with an impressive dedication to dubbing
Through an in-house service called Disney Character Voices International
, not just dialogue but songs, too, are skillfully
re-recorded, echoing the voice acting, rhythm, and rhyme scheme of the original work to an uncanny degree
(while still leaving plenty of room for lyrical reinvention
The breadth of the effort is surprising, as well -- everything from Arabic
gets its own dub, and their latest project, The Princess and the Frog
, debuted in more than forty tongues
Luckily for polyglots everywhere, the exhaustiveness of Disney's translations is thoroughly documented online in multilanguage mixes
and one-line comparisons
, linguistic kaleidoscopes that cast new light on old standards. Highlights:
"One Jump Ahead," "Prince Ali,"
and "A Whole New World"
) - "Circle of Life," "Hakuna Matata,"
(The Lion King
) - "Under the Sea"
and "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
(The Little Mermaid
) - "Belle"
and "Be Our Guest"
(Beauty and the Beast
) - "Just Around the Riverbend"
) - "One Song"
) - "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"
) - Medley
) - "When She Loved Me"
(Toy Story 2
) - Intro
posted by Rhaomi
on Nov 12, 2010 -
(WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW) (trailer
) (prequel comic
) (cast interviews
), the new film about shared dreaming by Christopher Nolan
, has shocked audiences into gasps
of delight and confusion. Two days in, the film, having impressed critics
, is already inspiring elaborate debates about its complex and surreal plotline, with theories and heated discussions here
, and here
posted by shivohum
on Jul 18, 2010 -
First, there was colossal miscalculation
. Something so bad it could make parable a four-letter word
. Didn't faze him. His next was "bizarrely compelling... Slower than watching a train wreck,"
but yet invoking, "that same level of disbelief."
It was also like swallowing spiky clusters of manure
. Maybe he had lost his mind
? But yet he rose again... Or should we say he blew? No really, it was the wind this time . A feeble gust of an environmental horror story. "You feel like you're not watching the end of the world but the end of a career."
Alas, like the undead, you cannot stop him. His latest, sitting at a paltry 0%* on the
, is whitewashed
, and offers an experience that's a headache-inducing
, husk that Roger Ebert called "agonizing... in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented."
It enchantingly makes, "Jake Lloyd’s performance in The Phantom Menace look studied."
And, "the Golden Compass... look like a four-star classic."
With $150 million spent on production, and $130 million on marketing alone
, has this "auteur"
finally created his masterpiece
? Or will it be the Last Straw® (in 3d
!)? [more inside]
posted by PBR
on Jun 30, 2010 -
(safe for work apart from that one bit) - an amusing language centric film trailer made to promote the Scandinavian JavaZone
posted by Artw
on Jun 25, 2010 -