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 -
Out of the shadows.
John Cassavetes' dumped and reshot much of the first version of his film 'Shadows'. Critics who were able to compare it to the second 'more Hollywood' version thought it was a very bad mistake, that by censoring the original he was depriving the world of the modern classic and something which could have influenced film makers for years. It disappeared into legend. There was only one surviving print and Cassavetes himself didn't even know where that went. Ray Carney spent decades obessively searching for it, even though he suspected it to be an impossible task. Then he heard that someone might have left it in a box in a subway in the 60s because it wasn't the porn film they had been expecting ...
posted by feelinglistless
on Feb 21, 2004 -
Have a region free DVD player? Just love movies? DVD Beaver
reviews DVDs and compares releases from different countries so you can be sure you're getting the best print/audio available.
posted by dobbs
on Feb 8, 2004 -
An interesting documentary
I stumbled across about international banking's rise to power through history. It features poor quality video with not-quite-synced audio, yet it kept me riveted. Part two
goes on to explain how the country will never be able to escape debt under the current monetary system.
posted by timb
on Jan 24, 2004 -
To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health. "It was really crazy - my body basically fell apart". Spurlock charted his journey from fit to flab in a tongue-in-cheek documentary which he has taken to the Sundance Film Festival.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 23, 2004 -
Hollywood? Old. Bollywood? That's soooo 2003. Make room for Nollywood
, Nigeria's own film industry which is growing by leaps and bounds every year, and is currently worth about $45 million dollars
. About 400 Nollywood films are produced every year many on a budget of around $15000 and are distributed almost entirely by VHS and VCD. The stories are very much simplistic
and pulpy (check out 419 Stalk Exchange. Yes, 419 as in the email scam) but are much preferred
by local residents and emigre's than the usual arthouse fair one often thinks of when talking about African cinema. Now if you'll excuse me there's a bucket of popcorn and a copy of GSM Connection
waiting for me in the living room.
posted by PenDevil
on Jan 19, 2004 -
is a site that has been around for some time now, but one which I don't think has received enough attention. There is a new theme every week and if you have a digital video camera, some editing software, and a couple hours of free time, you too can participate.
posted by sean17
on Jan 12, 2004 -
Broog: Alien Film Critic
"Broog will not seek to interpret this film on your behalf, but he will come round to your feeble dwelling and sow your fields with salt, stampede your tiny offspring, and wear your housepets as slippers if you do not avail yourself of the opportunity to see the movie."
Dislikes: Matrix Revolutions
"By the same point in “Revolutions”, Broog was designing a new annex to the Chamber of Oiled Hedgehogs for the special use of Andy and Larry when Broog is able to get his grasping organs on them.
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Jan 3, 2004 -