(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 -
If you look at that video of Mohammad Sidique Khan
[one of the 7/7 bombers] recording a video for his nine-month-old daughter, when he thought he was going to fight and die in Afghanistan, he was saying, ‘You and your mum are the best thing in my life, and I’d love to watch you growing up and learning to speak.’ And you realise that he’s making a pretty soppy speech from a middle-of-the-road Hollywood movie. He’s the ‘good dad’. And in his head he is. And that doesn’t preclude him going out and doing something violent. You do bad things not because you think they’re bad, but because you think they’re good — unless you’re a nihilist. British satirist Chris Morris discusses his first feature film Four Lions
, which is a comedy about Islamist suicide bombers. Trailer
. Clip, concerning peroxide
. Audio interview with Morris about the film, Part 1
and Part 2
posted by Sticherbeast
on Apr 6, 2010 -
Curious about the Average Shot Length of a movie? Wondering how the ASL has changed over time? The Cinemetrics database
comes to the rescue with statistical data on shot length!
posted by burnfirewalls
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Despite my absolute fidelity to Sade's text, I have however introduced an absolutely new element: the action instead of taking place in eighteenth-century France, takes place practically in our own time, in Salò, around 1944, to be exact. (some links extremely NSFW)
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 14, 2010 -
He invented or popularized
a startling array of the fundamental elements of film: the dissolve, the fade-in and fade-out, slow motion, fast motion, stop motion, double exposures and multiple exposures, miniatures, the in-camera matte, time-lapse photography, color film (albeit hand-painted), artificial film lighting, production sketches and storyboards, and the whole idea of narrative film.
By 1897, in a studio of his own design and construction – the first complete movie studio – his hand forged virtually everything on his screen. Norman McLaren writes, "He was not only his own producer, ideas man, script writer, but he was his own set-builder, scene painter, choreographer, deviser of mechanical contrivances, special effects man, costume designer, model maker, actor, multiple actor, editor and distributor." Also, his own cinematographer, and the inventor of cameras to suit his special conceptions. Not even auteur directors such as Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, John Cassavetes, and Stanley Kubrick would personally author so many aspects of their films."
Inside: 57 films by Georges Méliès, the Grandfather of Visual Effects
. [more inside]
posted by Paragon
on Feb 3, 2010 -
Slate's interactive guide to the critically recognized best movies of the decade, aggregating the results from several "best of the decade" lists. It's still in the process of being updated.
posted by Sticherbeast
on Dec 17, 2009 -
Ya'll remember Johnathan "The Impaler" Sharkey, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate for the Vampires, Witches, and Pagans Party? Of course you do
. But have you seen Impaler
, the documentary about him? hulu
posted by Pope Guilty
on Nov 3, 2009 -
55 years ago, Brown v. Board of Education
was decided, which lead to the controversial court-ordered school integrations in the South. Four years later, the prolific Charles Beaumont
wrote his only solo novel
, The Intruder
, based on a true story but set in a fictitious small southern town of Caxton that is riled up by a mysterious man from out-of-town who wants to halt the school integration. The novel was turned into a movie by the same name
in 1962, produced, directed and financed by Roger Corman
, starring a charismatic William Shatner
as the mysterious intruder, some 4 years before the start of his iconic role in Star Trek. Shot on location
, using locals who were not fully aware of the plot of the movie
, the whole film was made for $80-$90,000, and was Corman's only film to lose money at the box offices. The production was banned in some Missouri cities
because the local people objected to the film's portrayal racism and segregation. The film finally saw a profit after its re-release on DVD in recent years. (Previously discussed as part of this 1970s Shatner post
; video links inside) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 7, 2009 -
A Horror Film that will Stiffen You with Laughter!
The jungle is jumping, with gals, gags, and goofs! And a gorilla! It's not the set-up for an awkward joke, but an honest
motion picture, starring Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist, and nightclub comedians Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo as themselves, though in roles approximating Martin and Lewis
. It was the comedy duo's only movie (possibly due to the cease and desist request
to Sammy Petrillo
from Jerry Lewis), and was one of Bela Lugosi's last movies. Some classify this movie as a z-grade budget film
, while others claim it to be staggeringly unfunny
. But don't take their word for it. You can watch it all online
, or download it from the Internet Archive
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 12, 2009 -
In 1978, William Peter Blatty published The Ninth Configuration
- his first novel since the blockbuster success of The Exorcist
. A reworking of his earlier Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane
, it told the story of a Marine psychiatrist providing unorthodox treatment to mentally wounded Vietnam veterans at a facility located in a castle in the Pacific Northwest. Two years later, Blatty's film
adaptation received Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama and Screenplay - winning the latter. Critic Mark Kermode described it as "a breathtaking cocktail of philosophy, eye-popping visuals, jaw-dropping pretentiousness, rib-tickling humour and heart-stopping action
. ... Blatty directs like a man with no understanding of, or interest in, the supposed limits of mainstream movie-making. The result is a work of matchless madness which divides audiences as spectacularly as the waves of the Red Sea, a cult classic that continues to provoke either apostolic devotion or baffled dismissal." (previously)
posted by Joe Beese
on May 27, 2009 -
One for the fans. [A]t the Fantastic Fest Star Trek event at the Alamo Draughthouse Theater in Austin, Texas on Monday night. Star Trek filmmakers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof kicked things off by telling the crowd of around 200, that they would be seeing the Star Trek preview after Wrath of Khan. Two minutes in to the showing of TWOK, the film appeared to have ‘melted’ and the guys came back out on the stage and appeared to be stalling for time while the film was fixed…and then, wearing a ball cap, Leonard Nimoy came out in front of the audience holding a film can.
Nimoy noted to the crowd that it just didn’t seem fair that people in Australia were the fist to see the film and asked them "wouldn’t you rather see the new movie?"
posted by caddis
on Apr 7, 2009 -
"To make off with hubby's fortune, yea, I think I heard of that happenin' once or twice around L.A. And… you want me to do what exactly?" He found the paper bag he'd brought his supper home in and got busy pretending to scribble notes on it, because straight-chick uniform, makeup supposed to look like no makeup or whatever, here came that old well-known hard-on Shasta was always good for sooner or later. Does it ever end, he wondered. Of course it does. It did. Thomas Pynchon
's next novel, the 416-page Inherent Vice
, is described by Penguin Press
as "part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon — private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog." While we wait for its August 4 publication, we can read an essay on the dystopian musical he co-wrote at Cornell
or watch a clip of that movie they made of Gravity's Rainbow
. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 6, 2009 -
Here's to Ray Dennis Steckler
, the independent filmmaker who wrote, starred (as Cash Flagg) and directed
influential films including The Thrill Killers
, Rat Pfink a Boo Boo
, and his masterpice The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies
. A visionary artist whose influnce is clearly seen in contemporary cinema, Steckler was prolific (producing movies from 1963 until last year), economical (his films were self-produced, shot on 16mm film and later Hi-8 video), and brilliant (as clearly evidenced in this dance sequence from Creatures, "The First Monster Musical"
). It hasn't been widely reported yet, but fans are mourning his passing. He died in his sleep yesterday, January 7th, aged 70. [more inside]
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Jan 8, 2009 -
is a continually-updated collection of movie reviews based around one very interesting concept -- how accessible they are to the visually impaired. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi
on Nov 22, 2008 -
Make this Christmas special. Spend it in Ralphie's house
! Bunny suit and Lifebuoy soap included. For an extra fee, the owner will convince you to lick a metal pole and then shoot your eye out. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster
on Nov 17, 2008 -