Despite her varied accomplishments, it seems Nelly Kaplan
remains largely unknown outside of France.
The only female filmaker linked
with surrealism; she is known for films
that utilize her unique combination of gentleness, grotesquerie, vulgarity, boldness, and contradiction.
La Fiancee du Pirate (1969) is online
(Also known as "A Very Curious Girl" and "Dirty Mary") .
It was praised by one of greatest fans Pablo Picasso as insolence raised to the status of a fine art
(Her 1967 documentary Le Regard Picasso
won a Golden Lion at Venice but seems to have practically disappeared).
posted by adamvasco
on Apr 25, 2013 -
Top dog comedian, Louis C.K., has picked up a number of industry nods
for the talented writing, acting, editing, and directing he does for his show Louie
on FX. The highbrow aesthetics of the show might come as a surprise to anyone that remembers his Hollywood flop, Pootie Tang
, but C.K. also created a number of indie comedy shorts during the 90s and 00s that may now merit closer attention: Ice Cream (1993)
, The Letter V (1998)
, The Legend of Willie Brown (1998)
, Ugly Revenge (??)
, Hijacker (1998)
, Hello There (1998)
, Brunch (1998)
, Searching for Nixon (2006)
, Persona Ne'll Aqua (1999)
. [more inside]
posted by dgaicun
on Apr 18, 2013 -
In the spirit of Danny Peary's definitive Cult Movies
books, Scott Tobias's New Cult Canon
sought to compile and review a grand roll of the offbeat oddities, midnight wonders, overlooked influencers, and otherwise cultish flicks of the last 20 odd years. The series began in 2008 with a retrospective
of Donny Darko
and ended today with a look
at Michael Tolkin's The Rapture
and the announcement of Tobias' resignation from the A.V. Club. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Apr 11, 2013 -
The actors would shove each day's new pages aside unread. Hoskins and Leguizamo swilled scotch together between takes, leading to an on-set accident in which Leguizamo drunkenly crashed a truck and Hoskins broke his hand... When Stayton told Hopper the directors declined to speak to him for the story, the actor responded, "That's the only intelligent thing I've heard that they've really actually done."
Hollywood Archaeology: The Super Mario Bros. Movie [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Apr 5, 2013 -
RT @bijli Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born screenwriter and novelist who, as the writing member of the Merchant Ivory filmmaking team, won two Academy Awards for adaptations of genteel, class-conscious E. M. Forster novels, died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 85. Her 1975 novel, “Heat and Dust,” about an Englishwoman exploring a family scandal in India, received the Man Booker Prize, Britain’s highest literary honor. She wrote the screenplay for the Merchant Ivory version in 1983 as well. New York Times obit
posted by infini
on Apr 3, 2013 -
The stewardess who retrieved a sleeping passenger's floating pen. The man in the ape suit who howled at the monolith. Arthur C. Clarke, recalling how he thought Stanley Kubrick was wrong, back in the day, about HAL being able to read lips, but later, aware that computers were developing such ability, admitting that he had been wrong. This and much more in The Making of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
. Meanwhile, from Douglas Trumbull, here's Creating Special Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey
. And here, full to bursting with interesting info, is the IMDb trivia page for 2001: A Space Odyssey
. Why all this? Well, it's in honor of the 45th anniversary of the film's world premiere. Thank you for the masterpiece
, Mr. Kubrick.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Suffice it to say, Persepolis is quite a work. It’s a testament to the power of the graphic novel. The art’s simple linework helps the story feel unpretentious and direct. Persepolis was adapted as a 2007 French animated film, written and directed by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Among other honors, it was nominated for an Academy Award. Why would someone want to ban such a book?
posted by Artw
on Mar 16, 2013 -
The Chopsticks Brothers (筷子兄弟)
[Google translated bio
] are Xiao Yang and Wang Taili,
Chinese indie musician/filmmakers making internet short films which generally function as extended music videos for their original songs.
(42 min, english sub) October 2010
] - over 52 million views
on YouTube, english subtitles [more inside]
posted by ctmf
on Mar 10, 2013 -
Jon Brion gets around. As a composer, he scored some of the best movies of last decade and change – Punch-Drunk Love
, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
, Synecdoche, New York
, and I ♥ Huckabees
. As a producer, he's worked with Fiona Apple
, Kanye West
, Aimee Mann
, and the excellent bluegrass outfit Punch Brothers
. He writes pop music like the best of them – witness Meaningless
, Knock Yourself Out
, Here We Go
, or Didn't Think It Would Turn Out Bad
for a nice sampler of his style and range. His live shows are notoriously whimsical and eccentric – he's apt to perform Radiohead's "Creep" in the style of Tom Waits
, or cover Stairway to Heaven as a one-man band
, recreating all the parts to its climax on the fly.
posted by Rory Marinich
on Mar 9, 2013 -
"Oh, Anne! With your small head and pert nose and oversized, ready smile and glossy pixie cut and squeakily tuneful speaking voice, uttering lines like “It came true!” as you gaze at your newly won Oscar with moistened doe-eyes, wearing a powder-pink Prada gown adorned with diamonds and bows: Why are you so annoying?
posted by vidur
on Feb 28, 2013 -