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"Sweet Summer Rain: Like God's Own Mercy."

Character actor Daniel Von Bargen ("Seinfeld", "Lord of Illusions", "Super Troopers") has died at the age of 64. One tragic footnote is his 2012 suicide attempt that led to his long illness. Here are some facts about Diabetes and Depression and, as always, there is help for those who need it. (Post Title Quote here)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 comments

The Uncanny X-Men

What if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie?
posted by Artw on Mar 4, 2015 - 25 comments

"This movie was made in 1986. It invented all the cliches."

Matt Zoller Seitz hosted a sleepover for his 11 year old son and his son's friends. Soon it came time to watch a movie, which produced: Notes on watching "Aliens" for the first time again, with a bunch of kids .
posted by Pope Guilty on Mar 1, 2015 - 159 comments

TL;DR Minorities in Hollywood are underrepresented on every front

"We don't want them to see diversity as a burden or a moral obligation. We want them to see it as a business imperative."
UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies has released its 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report: Flipping The Script [PDF]. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive story (with lots of sidebars.)
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 26, 2015 - 3 comments

How to Save Us

How to Save Us (trailer) is a low-budget horror film made by Jason Trost, creator of the cult hit The FP (previously). Jason Trost is a young filmmaker who continually puts out unique, sometimes satirical, but always creative films across all genres, pulling them together despite shoestring budgets derived mostly from crowdfunding that he manages himself. Jason Trost's films often draw negative reviews mostly centered around their lack of budget, however they are unique and odd enough that he has accumulated his fair share of loyal fans and supporters.
posted by Librarypt on Feb 25, 2015 - 9 comments

I turn my back on you: black movie poster art

"Foregrounding the back of Martin Luther King’s head, Selma’s poster is an act of protest in itself. But as a recent book on black movie poster art shows, many past poster designs have obscured, caricatured or edited out black actors altogether." Isabel Stevens writes on black movie poster art at the British Film Institute (BFI).
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 24, 2015 - 9 comments

The grim nightmare of successfully banning booze

Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald recently did an AMA on Citizenfour, their Oscar winning documentary about Snowden and the NSA scandal. Among the highlights is Snowden discussing the relationship between people and their governments and how enforcing the law too well actually can have severe drawbacks.
posted by Drinky Die on Feb 24, 2015 - 22 comments

The 87th Academy Awards, also booze

The Oscars 2015: What They Tell Us. Watch out for these 5 types of upsets. It's National Margarita Day, why not drink along to the show with a George Clooney margarita?
posted by Artw on Feb 22, 2015 - 319 comments

A sweet, young woman’s voice narrates.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Screenplay [.pdf] Warner Bros. has made the For Your Consideration draft of the full screenplay available for download via: indiewire.com.
posted by Fizz on Feb 22, 2015 - 44 comments

They used to kill that dog. In the original version, they ate him.

"You need to know who Billy Wilder was. You need to know the names of people who are no longer alive. Because it’s very important—it’s what our history is made of. You need to see the movies the way they were—with the racism, the violence, and the censorship. All the things that let you see what the movie past had been so you understand where we are! But really nobody’s interested in that right now. Their interests are so bifurcated." - An interview with Joe Dante (Part 1, Part 2)
posted by brundlefly on Feb 19, 2015 - 18 comments

No, "Twilight" doesn't count...

Inspired by the recent release of What We Do In The Shadows, the staff over at The Dissolve take a look at one of the more unusual movie sub-genres: Vampire comedies.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 18, 2015 - 62 comments

Where’s the new TALES FROM THE HOOD?

Horror’s scariest trend is the nonexistent black filmmaker. Via Joe Dante.
posted by brundlefly on Feb 13, 2015 - 33 comments

A brief discussion about the Oscars

A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis talk about what the Oscars mean today and how they paradoxically reach more people than the movies they celebrate. [SLNYT]
posted by wyndham on Feb 12, 2015 - 7 comments

Single? Drown yourself in ice cream, gin & tonics, & these movies Feb 14

Here Is Your Glorious Hour-By-Hour Guide to Netflix on Valentine’s Day [SLMic] by Kinsey Lane Sullivan.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 11, 2015 - 29 comments

So, um... Happy Valentines Day, I guess...

Put down the boom box: 28 romantic gestures from Film, Television and Music that are actually creepy (SingleLinkAVClub)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Feb 11, 2015 - 105 comments

Minimalist movie posters

Minimalist movie posters using only circles, created by designer Nick Barclay. [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 10, 2015 - 72 comments

You Have Your Mother's Eyes

Moviepilot puts together a chronological sequence of (selected) scenes from Severus Snape's arc throughout the Harry Potter film series.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 9, 2015 - 33 comments

75 Best Edited Films of All Time

According to Editors Guild Magazine. [scroll down to see the article; just the list here; via Hitfix]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 3, 2015 - 71 comments

this movie isn't just about one man's struggle with a black child's hair

This movie is two hours of black people walking up to white people and yelling "BLACK" and white people yelling "WHY YOU GOTTA MAKE IT ABOUT RACE" over and over again.
Ijeoma Oluo (previously) has written a handy guide to writer/director Mike Bender's recently-released "dramedy" for The Stranger: Boobs, Booze, and Black People Hair: A Very Thorough Review of Black or White. More under the fold! [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Feb 3, 2015 - 56 comments

My Gravity lawsuit & how it affects every writer who sells to Hollywood

Tess Gerritsen, author of the 1999 book "Gravity", on the dismissal of her lawsuit against Warner Bros., in which she claimed that “Gravity” is based on her novel of the same name, and that she should receive screen credit and a percentage of the profits. She will have 20 days to file an Amended Complaint. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 1, 2015 - 32 comments

“That must have been rough.”

Comedians Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman sit down with the NYT at Sundance for a long conversation about their upcoming films (Tig and I Smile Back, respectively) and end up giving us a peek into their wonderful friendship. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 31, 2015 - 9 comments

"It’s a scary a movie. I was not allowed to watch it."

Nightmares in the Horror Aisle: Exploring the Movie Art That Traumatized You as a Child
posted by brundlefly on Jan 30, 2015 - 72 comments

End of an era: iconic L.A. video store Vidiots closing after 30 years


posted by Room 641-A on Jan 30, 2015 - 37 comments

Head-butt Victims: 2 Goblins (Pig Men?)

The Head-butts Of Our Lives: The Filmography Of Jason Statham
posted by brundlefly on Jan 29, 2015 - 19 comments

I ain't afraid of no ghost

Last October, director Paul Feig announced he was working on Ghostbusters 3 along with the writer of The Heat, Katie Dippold, and said it "will star hilarious women". Today, the all-female cast of the Ghostbusters reboot was announced: SNL alum (and star of Bridesmaids) Kristen Wiig, two current SNL performers Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, and star of The Heat & Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy. The movie starts shooting this Summer.
posted by mathowie on Jan 27, 2015 - 188 comments

En garde!

Sword Fights Movie Montage (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 27, 2015 - 21 comments

Of course I’m a classics teacher. There’s a Parthenon behind my head.

The Jennifer Lopez vehicle "The Boy Next Door" opened this past weekend and earned a paltry 12% on the Tomatometer. There's nothing terribly unique about this number deep in the cinematic dumping ground that is January, but people are quickly taking notice on how absolutely bonkers the film really is. This starts with the trailer and then moves on to the film itself, which is that rare beast in this era of boring SyFy Channel schlock: A bad movie that never stops being fun. If you need further convincing, witness one moment from the film that was recently singled out by Slate. It's a thing of beauty.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 26, 2015 - 117 comments

The Wolfpack

‘The Wolfpack’ Tells of One New York Apartment With Seven Children Locked Inside (NYT). Crystal Moselle's documentary "The Wolfpack," premieres this Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. A video interview with Crystal Moselle. [more inside]
posted by cwest on Jan 24, 2015 - 13 comments

no such thing as a cinema audience... It is a television audience

Ten o’clock on a grey, wintry morning and Mr David Niven marched up a deserted Champs-Elysées, some of the insolence of his erect Sandhurst carriage slightly curbed by a blinding hangover. 23 January 1965: David Niven on the golden days of Hollywood
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 23, 2015 - 8 comments

Legolas and Tauriel kept bursting in with their gymnastics routine

I Have Recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy Into A Single 4-Hour Film
Back in 2012, I had high hopes of adding The Hobbit to my annual Lord of the Rings marathon, but in its current bloated format, I simply cannot see that happening. So, over the weekend, I decided to condense all three installments... into a single 4-hour feature that more closely resembled Tolkien’s original novel. Well, okay, it’s closer to 4.5 hours, but those are some long-ass credits!
[more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Jan 21, 2015 - 112 comments

Alt Animation

From The Adventures of Prince Achmed to The Lego Movie, check out this list of Non-Disney, Non-Pixar and Non-Studio Ghibli Animated Films. [more inside]
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Jan 17, 2015 - 37 comments

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?

From guilty pleasure to Emmy Awards: The delightfully weird history of Lifetime movies
posted by almostmanda on Jan 16, 2015 - 64 comments

The future was then

HAL, Mother, and Father Watching the sixties and seventies through 2001 and Alien.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 12, 2015 - 34 comments

Two NYRB essays on recent biopics and their issues with history

Christian Caryl on The Imitation Game: "Either you embrace the richness of Turing as a character and trust the audience to follow you there, or you simply capitulate, by reducing him to a caricature of the tortured genius. The latter, I’m afraid, is the path chosen by director Morten Tyldum and screenwriter Graham Moore[.]"
Elizabeth Drew on Selma: "[T]hough Johnson was an extraordinarily dramatic figure in real life, dramatists don’t seem to be able to settle for that. In fact, Selma is a reverse twist on the portrait of LBJ in last year’s Broadway hit All the Way, in which Johnson’s role in winning passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, while crucial, was way overblown." (Drew's essay on the show.)
posted by Going To Maine on Jan 11, 2015 - 86 comments

Star Wars feat. The Joker and Bane

The Emperor Voiced by Mark Hamill's Joker * Darth Vader with Bane's Voice - Luke vs Vader * Mark Hamill's Emperor takes down Jar-Jar Binks
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 10, 2015 - 9 comments

It's difficult to improve upon perfection

It may have taken him over ten years to do it, but Tommy Wiseau has finally followed up on his cult hit "The Room" (previously). "The Neighbors" originally existed as some rarely seen footage Wiseau shot in 2004 (only the wacky trailer was ever released to the public). Cut to ten years later when a newly shot pilot for a "Neighbors" TV series (Official website and trailer) has been making the rounds in big cities across the country to give Wiseau fans the follow up they have been craving. Both the Gothamist and the AV Club weigh in on the show (with a bonus AV Club interview with Wiseau).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 8, 2015 - 35 comments

She Looks Like Sunday Comics: Watching The Brenda Starr movie (1989)

She Looks Like Sunday Comics: Watching The Brenda Starr movie (1989) (The Toast) Mefi's own The Whelk (John Leavitt) and Josh Fruhlinger of The Comics Curmudgeon [previously] discuss a glorious 80s flop-turned-cult-movie. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 6, 2015 - 33 comments

Magicians of the Miniature

Matte Shot (previously) presents: Magicians of the Miniature, an overview and image gallery of miniature effects work.
posted by brundlefly on Jan 3, 2015 - 13 comments

Radioactive blood

Nerdist talks to Sam Raimi about fruit, his career in retail sales, how he got started making movies, the links between comedy and horror, the Evil Dead TV show and of course why Spider-Man 3 was "awful".
posted by Artw on Jan 3, 2015 - 41 comments

R.I.P. Edward Herrmann

Tony and Emmy winning actor Edward Herrmann, who is perhaps best known for his role as Lorelai's father in "Gilmore Girls", has passed away from brain cancer at the age of 71. His recent role as the voice of Franklin Roosevelt in Ken Burns' documentary "The Roosevelts" ironically brought him full circle to his breakout portrayal of FDR in the miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin" nearly forty years ago.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Dec 31, 2014 - 57 comments

Master of Men In Suits

King Kong vs Godzilla vs Metallica (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 30, 2014 - 3 comments

It's a White Industry

It's a white industry, writes Chris Rock on show biz, from the lowliest focus-group testing gig to being a film executive. [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Dec 26, 2014 - 220 comments

"It revels in reminding you of the confined space you're in."

"[Director John] Moore is taking on what is, from a creative perspective, an awfully daunting task. What makes the Die Hard franchise practically tragic is that it's become so stupefyingly ordinary after bowing in 1988 as a remarkably taut, funny, exquisitely crafted action film that — but for the appearance of late-'80s computer and phone technology — has not aged a day. As explosively entertaining as it was the first time I saw it on the big screen 23 years ago, it was just as good two weeks ago..." MetaFilter's own Linda Holmes analyzes the original Die Hard movie, and the failure of a film franchise, on NPR's pop-culture and entertainment blog, Monkey See: Take THIS Under Advisement: Hey, 'Die Hard 5,' Don't Drag Down A Classic. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Dec 23, 2014 - 39 comments

A cat is objectively valuable

Ayn Rand reviews children's movies. By Mallory Ortberg.
posted by Mchelly on Dec 18, 2014 - 49 comments

Jackie chan gets hurt. A lot.

1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE
2. Use the ENVIRONMENT
3. Be CLEAR in your shots
4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame
5. Do as many TAKES as necessary
6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM
7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit
8. PAIN is humanizing
9. Earn your FINISH
The 9 Principles of Action Comedy: what makes Jackie Chan's action scenes work, by Tony Zhou. (Previously.)
posted by MartinWisse on Dec 17, 2014 - 81 comments

A dark reimagining of a Hollywood list

The 2014 Black List Has been announced - the top unproduced scripts of the year, according to Hollywood insiders. Excited film buffs will be scouring the list for overlooked gems and masterpieces that might have been, but why not go a different route? The Ten Worst Sounding Black List Scripts.
posted by Artw on Dec 16, 2014 - 136 comments

I am a big bright shining star.

Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of ‘Boogie Nights’
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse on Dec 10, 2014 - 16 comments

There Will Be Tracking Shots

Given that Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" opens in two days, what a great time to explore... "The Career of Paul Thomas Anderson in Five Shots"
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Dec 10, 2014 - 36 comments

The best new Strong Female Characters are the weak ones

The freedom to let characters expose themselves without judgment, in ways that feed a story’s drama. It’s important to remember that “Strong Female Character” doesn’t necessarily refer to someone with an impressive bench-press stat—the “strong” refers to the quality of character development and plot importance, whether a given character has an inner life of her own, and a story worth telling. By Tasha Robinson (previously).
posted by valkane on Dec 8, 2014 - 17 comments

One Does Not Simply Assume Sean Bean Always Dies

Does Sean Bean really die more than other actors?
posted by Sara C. on Dec 6, 2014 - 44 comments

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