(Kenya, 2011; 07:46), The Day They Came
(Nigeria, 2013; 03:59), The Tale of How
(South Africa, 2006; 04:28; previously
), Alive in Joburg
(South Africa, 2006; 06:22; previously
(South Africa, 2010; 30:34; trailer
alt. link), Evolve
(Egypt, 2014; 24:17), Mwansa the Great
(Zambia, 2011; 23:11; two trailers
as alt. links), and Pumzi
(Kenya, 2009; 21:51): eight short works of SF/fantasy via The Skiffy and Fanty Show
Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga discuss
writing the Star Trek: The Next Generation
series finale. [more inside]
Essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider is no stranger to film criticism ( previously
) but his thoughtful, surprising, detailed analysis of Lynch's The Straight Story
and Spielberg/Kubrick's AI
deserve special attention.
Stanley Kubrick didn’t like giving long interviews, but he loved playing chess. So when the physicist and writer Jeremy Bernstein paid him a visit to gather material for a piece for The New Yorker about a new film project he was writing with Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick was intrigued to learn that Bernstein was a fairly serious chess player. The result was an unusually long and candid recorded interview for the New Yorker.
Beanplating on The Fifth Element
from architecture students at the University of Waterloo. [more inside]
The extended trailer
for David Cronenberg'
s adaptation of Don DeLillo
's Cosmopolis has hit the internet.
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]
have offocially announced
that Ridley Scott has officially signed
on to direct the new 'Alien' prequel. He certainly did a great job on the original
but can he match his previous truimph? Given the number of projects
he has in gestation (heh) maybe any celebration is premature...
Paramount does Neil: Gaiman's book
by Charles Vess
) is being made into a film called Stardust
. You can watch the trailer
or read the first chapter online
. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn
, who doesn't exactly have a strong fantasy background
. Cross your fingers, Gaimanites.
The Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Documentary
is going to be an interesting project. Filmmaker Eric Steel applied for a permit to film the Golden Gate Bridge
in San Francisco for a year, saying he was trying to "capture the grandeur" of the bridge. But what he actually ended up doing was capture 19 suicides and many attempts. He is now working on a feature-length documentary about these suicides, and has 100 hours of interviews with family members, psychiatrists, and some of the people who attempted suicide but didn't follow through. Now that he's revealed what his documentary is and what it will be about, a lot of people are pretty ticked off.
Dark Angel is a rip-off of Heinlein's Friday,
which I completely agree with. Cameron has been successfully sued by Harlon Ellison before for blatantly ripping off his ideas. Then again the sci-fi word is a static world of either super-humans/machines/aliens/time-trave/alternate dimensions.