November 14, 2009
Ingmar Bergman’s lost classic, Field of Dreams
Telly Savalas mumbles "If"
March 01, 2009
My God Its Full Of Stars
Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer presents Lolita
How accurate was 2001: A Space Odyssey about the future?
Bathrooms figure in many Kubrick films, but which films show characters actually in bathtubs? Kubrick Trivia
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A little more than a month after the first family's move to the White House, reports of strange happenings have continued to surface, with Sasha Obama confirming Tuesday that she had once again been visited by the eerie specter of the Bush twins
Sasha, who was playing in the East Wing of the executive mansion so as not to disturb her busy father, reported seeing the former first twins while riding her Big Wheel tricycle down the Cross Hall corridor. The frightening apparitions, the 7-year-old said, emerged out of thin air and were dressed in identical outfits consisting of spaghetti strap tank tops and denim skirts.
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Also, The words of Mickey Rourke, actor
July 30, 2008
Stanley Kubrick's Boxes
Two years after Stanley Kubrick's death, Jon Ronson was invited to the director's estate to explore the hundreds of boxes the legendary film director had collected during his decades at Childwick Manor in Hertfordshire.
He's been returning ever since, and the story of Kubrick and the archive, now housed at University of the Arts London, is revealed in this fascinating documentary.
Ronson asks: is it possible to get to understand such a man – and his extraordinary working methods – by looking through the hundreds of boxes he left behind?
(From Uncertain Times)
April 08, 2008
Re: Terrence Malick
Malick's first film Badlands (1973) is ostensibly a semi-factual account of a mass-murderer and his girlfriend, set in the 1950s. What's immediately unusual about the film is its lack of interest in trying to explain the causes of its protagonists' violent behaviors, and furthermore, its lack of moral judgment of these individuals or the culture that produced them. Instead the film's focus is concentrated on their experience of alienation from the world that they inhabit and its values
Although notoriously withdrawn from public life, friends have always remarked that Terrence Malick is a very warm and humble man who prefers to work without media intrusion. His contracts stipulate that no current photographs of him are to be taken, and he routinely declines requests for interviews. His only known public appearance was in October of 2007 for a conversation with film historians Antonio Monda and Mario Sesti as part of the Rome Film Festival...
January 31, 2008
"Manos" The Hands of Fate
Richard Beymer's Twin Peaks Gallery
"Manos" The Hands of Fate is a 1966 American horror film written, directed and produced by El Paso fertilizer salesman Harold P. Warren. Warren also starred in the film, alongside El Paso theater actors Tom Neyman and John Reynolds. The film is best known for having been featured in a 1993 episode of the television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show based on the premise of mocking B-movies, which gave the film cult status…
Upon its theatrical debut, the film was poorly received, and remained obscure until its Mystery Science Theater appearance. It has since gained infamy as one of the worst films ever made
The seafarers, (1953) Kubrick's first feature made in color
January 24, 2008
A relationship is like a shark
In psychology, anhedonia is an inability to experience pleasure from normally pleasurable life events such as eating, exercise and social or sexual interaction. It was also supposed to be the original title of Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall, but it was considered unmarketable.
(To the doctor)
He's been depressed. All off a sudden,
he can't do anything.
Why are you depressed, Alvy?
Tell Dr. Flicker.
(Young Alvy sits, his head down. His
mother answers for him)
It's something he read.
(Puffing on his cigarette and
Something he read, huh?
(His head still down)
The universe is expanding.
The universe is expanding?
(Looking up at the doctor)
Well, the universe is everything, and if
it's expanding, someday it will break apart
and that would be the end of everything!
Disgusted, his mother looks at him.
What is that your business?
(she turns back to the doctor)
He stopped doing his homework.
What's the point?
(Excited, gesturing with her hands)
What has the universe got to do with it?
You're here in Brooklyn! Brooklyn is not
(Heartily, looking down at Alvy)
It won't be expanding for billions of years
yet, Alvy. And we've gotta try to enjoy
ourselves while we're here. Uh?
January 19, 2008
Grand Hotel, Rimini
A series of (mostly obscure) photographs of 50 great directors at work. (Among the other miniseries at the wonderful Charlie Parker / Gunslinger – The Post-War Paradise of William Gottlieb (Episode One: Love, Order and Consumption)
He directed that? Out of character movies by 14 directors known for a different style & themes
How 3 graphic designers created D-Day on a shoe string budget for the TV program "Bloody Omaha". (Why do people think that a distracting & loud music track is always necessary? YT)
(Photo above from David Bordwell)
October 22, 2007
The fool looks at a finger that points at the sky
“On September 3rd 1973, at 6:28pm and 32 seconds, a bluebottle fly capable of 14,670 wing beats a minute landed on Rue St Vincent, Montmartre. At the same moment, on a restaurant terrace nearby, the wind magically made two glasses dance unseen on a tablecloth. Meanwhile, in a 5th-floor flat, 28 Avenue Trudaine, Paris 9, returning from his best friend's funeral, Eugène Colère erased his name from his address book. At the same moment, a sperm with one X chromosome, belonging to Raphaël Poulain, made a dash for an egg in his wife Amandine. Nine months later, Amélie Poulain was born…”
This weekend I was watching Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain again. I enjoyed it a lot, again.
The story behind Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party
Re-post: An earlier short by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & also with Dominique Pinon - “Things I like, things I hate”
More YouTube by Jeunet: Trailer for Delicatessen
Elsewhere: My Gollum
September 01, 2007
I remember Fellini
I just saw again one of my favorite films of all time, Fellini’s Amarcord. The clip above is of poor quality, and doesn’t do justice to the poetics & drama of this flawless masterpiece
The Turkish Exorcist
Star Wars silk screen by Eelus
Red is the color of doomed comedy
August 20, 2007
Dali on "What's My Line?"
A big collection of Two O’clock Trailers at Cynical-C
July 03, 2007
He ain't pretty no more
(From The art of Scorsese)
April 03, 2007
"...At the age of seventy-six, I feel that I'm much too old to lie to myself..."
February 17, 2007
Bill Murray stepped here
John Waters announces: No smoking is allowed in this theatre
A collection of monthly calendars. Each calendar contains visual elements sourced from and inspired by the work of Wong Kar-Wai
…As an homage to Howard Hawks' Scarface, Scorsese scattered Xs throughout “The Departed”, using them as a symbol of impending doom…
Terry Gilliam’s installation Past People of Potsdamer Platz
“If you turn on a Nicolas Cage movie and you notice Rosie Perez’s name is in the credits, you should probably watch something else. Otherwise you’re just gonna sit through a bad Nicolas Cage movie.” Other Signs Indicating That You Are Watching A Bad Nicolas Cage Movie
“I find your lack of pants disturbing” and 2656 other Star Wars Lines Improved By Replacing A Word With "Pants"
Star Wars in ASCIImation. This movie may be rated PG-45
Don’t fool around with recombinant DNA technology unless you’re sure you know what you are doing. How To Survive a Horror Movie
June 29, 2006
Treehouse of Horror V, The Simpsons spoof of The Shining
Elsewhere: A public service commercial to "clean up new york", directed by David Lynch and photographed by Frederick Elmes
A difficult Opening Shots Quiz. How many can you guess?
“Not worth the crayons it took to write the script". 4 years worth of Defective Yeti’s Bad Review Revue
Tupac Shakur in Forrest Gump? Top 25 Rejected Movie Roles
Woodenhead, the movie
How to Write Screenplays. Badly
“Simply Scripts” - Read scripts online
I viddied it on the screen, Alex Jack’s in-depth reviews of films he likes
March 05, 2006
How can I get in touch with John Waters? You can write the indie bookstore Atomic Books in Baltimore. They collect snail mail for him. (No emails. From ‘Dreamland’, the ultimate online guide to John Waters)
The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace
What's the longest time separating a movie from its sequel? (A Metafilter thread)
6 Degrees of Samuel L. Jackson
Welcome to the first and only website dedicated exclusively to old movie star trading cards. This site contains illustrated checklists and sales lists for thousands of movie star cigarette cards and other movie star trading cards from about 1910-1965
FW Murnau’s classic movie Nosferatu (1922) as seen in its entirety on Google Video
1-World Festival of Foreign Films on video & DVD. (Thank you, C.)
Update: Academy Awards Preview with Melissa Rivers & what's is name
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