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The Cult of the Imperfect
Umberto Eco: on the way imperfect and ramshackle texts build cults, whilst perfection does not. Also, Casablanca and Westerns. And: a brilliant first sentence.
umbertoeco  writing  prose  films 
5 weeks ago by infovore
Kindergarten Cop (1990) - The Criterion Collection
If you're going to do an April Fool, this is how. (Those special features are pretty good, though).
aprilfools  kindergartencop  films  movies  criterion 
april 2012 by infovore
Why John Carter has to be seen to be believed | Film |
"John Carter is the kind of movie no studio bigwig in their right mind ought ever to have greenlit: a space fantasy based on a genre – "planetary romance" – that hasn't been popular for well over half a century, populated by bizarre creatures from the mind of a writer apparently endowed with the ungrounded imagination of a small child. This is exactly why you should be checking it out. The film is out next weekend and I've posted the final trailer above. What a glorious enterprise Disney have wasted all their money on. God bless Hollywood!" I too am annoyed they lopped the suffix from the title. Otherwise, this has actually managed to spur interest in a film I'd written off.
films  johncarterofmars 
march 2012 by infovore
Song And Vision No. 2: "The Power Of Love" and Back To The Future | The A.V. Club
" I think Zemeckis and Gale knew all the timely accoutrements signifying "the present" in Back To The Future would inevitably look like 1985 within just a couple of years; in fact, they were banking on it. Zemeckis and Gale were trying to create an archetypical representation of 1985 just like they did for 1955, with its soda fountains, social repression, and subjugated black people. In this way, Back To The Future only gets better the further we get from the '80s. Everything that defines Marty McFly—how he walks, talks, acts, and dresses—acts as instantly recognizable shorthand for the year he comes from." This is great.
films  movies  backtothefuture  culture  period 
may 2011 by infovore
The Day the Movies Died: Movies + TV: GQ
"At this moment of awards-giving and back-patting, however, we can all agree to love movies again, for a little while, because we're living within a mirage that exists for only about six or eight weeks around the end of each year. Right now, we can argue that any system that allows David Fincher to plumb the invention of Facebook and the Coen brothers to visit the old West, that lets us spend the holidays gorging on new work by Darren Aronofsky and David O. Russell, has got to mean that American filmmaking is in reasonably good health. But the truth is that we'll be back to summer—which seems to come sooner every year—in a heartbeat. And it's hard to hold out much hope when you hear the words that one studio executive, who could have been speaking for all her kin, is ready to chisel onto Hollywood's tombstone: "We don't tell stories anymore."" This is good, and sad.
movies  films  hollywood  sequels  creativity  risk 
march 2011 by infovore
Kill Screen - The Game-Film
"No longer does the virtual simply enslave and deceive. Instead, it filters into the real—blurring any obvious, hierarchal distinction between the two worlds. The virtual in these films resembles more so the surreal life of our subconscious drives and desires, a mysterious source of power and revelation, than the programmed realm of illusion concocted by The Matrix. Perhaps we have come to spend more time on the computer than communicating face-to-face with other flesh-and-bone creatures, or smartphones have practically bent our bodies into question marks. But what I would argue has really shaped the virtual dimension in these films is the videogame, which has now come to nearly permeate our everyday imagination."
imagination  games  films  virtual  metaphor 
january 2011 by infovore
Licence to Generate | Five Players
"I’m basically the James Cameron of PowerPoint 97." Making short films in Powerpoint because it's the only tool you've got. Brilliant.
animation  films  powerpoint  constraint 
september 2010 by infovore
Never Let Me Go - Movie Trailers - iTunes
Mark Romanek's film of the Ishiguro. I am hoping this might be good and, syrupy (perhaps temporary) soundtrack aside, it's looking that way.
markromanek  trailer  films  neverletmego 
june 2010 by infovore
Let's Enhance
"Zoom in on that spot there." Blade Runner has a lot to answer for; notably, this.
video  films  movies  technology  enhance  processing  tvtropes  grr 
january 2010 by infovore
Project 880: The Avatar That Almost Was
Vast, detailed CHUD article on an older treatment Cameron wrote for Avatar, which does sound more interesting than the version we got; sadly, it also sounds very sprawling - there's even more world-building going on. Still, some elements cut from it - notably, Hegner - seem like a real shame to have lost.
alternateversions  avatar  movies  jamescameron  script  films 
january 2010 by infovore
Design With A Purpose, An Interview With Ralph Eggleston
Wonderful, wonderful interview with Eggleston. So much care and attention in the work and the way he describes it; so many lovely illustrations. The "color scripts" alone are great, but really, it's all worth your time.
pixar  design  illustration  art  animation  films  walle  interview  colour  ralpheggleston 
november 2009 by infovore - Ironman book
I love Jeff Bridges as a photographer, and his pictures from the Iron Man set are no exception.
jeffbridges  ironman  photography  films  movies  behindthescenes  blackandwhite  panoramic 
november 2008 by infovore
Just What is Innovation Really Worth?
"The point in pointing out these numbers, since we’re throwing out analogies to films and videogame innovation, is that it seems that no matter how well a movie is interpreted as “innovative” by a reviewer, the truest mark of success lies in its ability to inure itself with the consumer." No. Commercial success is just one kind of success, and films like Eraserhead have had a far greater impact on young filmmakers than any amount of box-office smashes. The real rarities are films such as the Godfather or Citizen Kane, which manage to be box-office smashes and innovative masterpiece.
wrong  criticism  innovation  success  games  films  movies  reviews 
november 2008 by infovore
Scott To Pass Go For Monopoly Movie
"Director Ridley Scott will helm the bizarre big screen adaptation of popular boardgame Monopoly... According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ridley will give the Monopoly movie a futuristic edge akin to his 1982 epic Blade Runner... The unlikely subject matter is just one in a line of Hasbro games to get big screen makeovers as part of an exclusive pairing with Universal Studios... Transformers filmmaker Michael Bay is producing a Ouija Board feature, while a film version of beloved classic Battleship is also in development." I know what "development" means, but still, this is the craziest games-to-film news I've seen for quite some time. Hollywood is strange.
boardgames  hasbro  ridleyscott  movies  films  hollywood  crazy  monopoly  battleship  adaptation 
november 2008 by infovore

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