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Includes cinema reviews and trailers for upcoming films. A digest of the best and worst interviews on movies and cinema.

The 1982 Blade Runner convention reel

One of the Blade Runner Convention Reels featuring interviews with Ridley Scott, Syd Mead and Douglas Trumbull about making Blade Runner universe. This 16 mm featurette, made by M. K. Productions in 1982, is specifically designed to circulate through the country’s various horror, fantasy and science fiction conventions.

BLADE RUNNER is one of my all-time favourite films. The director’s cut is even better. Future Noir:

One of the Blade Runner Convention Reels featuring interviews with Ridley Scott, Syd Mead and Douglas Trumbull about making Blade Runner universe. This 16 mm featurette, made by M. K. Productions in 1982, is specifically designed to circulate through the country’s various horror, fantasy and science fiction conventions.

Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment


Psycho slashed: Alfred Hitchcock’s classic in 24 seconds, 60 seconds and 11seconds

psycho shower

DOUGLAS Gordon’s version of Psycho last 24 hours. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film also inspired Chris Bors to adapt the movie. He compacted the action into 24 seconds:

24 Second Psycho appropriates the entire Alfred Hitchcock moviePsycho and condenses it into twenty-four seconds. Tweaking the concept of artist Douglas Gordons 24 Hour Psycho, where Hitchcocks masterpiece was slowed-down to a crawl, here the process is reversed to accommodate society’s increasingly short attention span. Seeing Hitchcocks most lasting contribution to cinema flash before your eyes in a matter of seconds represents our new information age where culture is packaged for easy consumption at a breakneck pace.

But could the film be show faster? Yes. All hail Joe Frese’s  Sixty Second Psycho:

Maybe it can all be surmised in an 11-second gif?

psycho gif

 

Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Film | Comment


21 Movie Barcodes – classic films in a single image

MOVIE Barcode compresses all the frames of a movie into a single picture. Can you tell the films apart? Yes. If you look hard enough what at first appeared specious, gets to be intriguing. Those aren’t swatches of 1970s raffia wallpaper. Those are films. 

 

When Harry Met Sally
movie bar codes

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Posted: 29th, June 2013 | In: Film | Comment


Exploding actresses – when actresses in famous films explode – volumes 1, 2 and 3

exploding actresses

WHEN actresses explode, aka Exploding Actresses is brilliant:

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Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment


The most unforgettable corridors in sci-fi – in photos

CORRIDORS. Not just any old creepy, long, silent, anxiety-inducing, lonely, crippling, haunted corridors, but eerie, antiseptic, soulless, menacing, echoey, brooding, lugubrious corridors in sci-fi films. Corridors that when you scream no-one can hear you.

Corridors are the places in film that let the dialogue pause and the tensions build. You’d run along though them. If your legs let you.

These are the best corridors in sci-fi:

Code-46 – Michael-Winterbottom (2003)

Code 46 (2003, Michael Winterbottom)

 

 

The Black-Hole – Gary Nelson (1979)

The Black Hole (1979, Gary Nelson)

 

 

Ikarie XB-1 (1963, Jindřich Polák)

Ikarie XB-1 (1963, Jindřich Polák)

 

 

Star Wars

Star wars

 

 

Ridley Scott’s Alien

Ridley Scott’s Alien

 

 

George Lucas’s THX-1138

George Lucas’s THX 1138

 

 

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965, Gordon Flemyng)

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965, Gordon Flemyng)

 

 

Stereo (1969, David Cronenberg)

Stereo (1969, David Cronenberg)

 

 

Saturn 3 (1980, Stanley Donen)

Saturn 3 (1980, Stanley Donen)

 

 

Outland (1981, Peter Hyams)

Outland (1981, Peter Hyams)

 

 

Equilibrium (2002, Kurt Wimmer)

Equilibrium (2002, Kurt Wimmer)

 

 

Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

Alphaville- Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

 

 

Titan A.E. (2000, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman)

Titan A.E. (2000, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman)

 

 

Forbidden Planet (1956, Fred M. Wilcox)

Forbidden Planet (1956, Fred M. Wilcox)

 

 

2010 (1984, Peter Hyams)

2010 (1984, Peter Hyams)

 

 

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

 

 

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope 1 (1977, George Lucas)

 

 

Solyaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)

Solyaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)

 

 

Event Horizon (1997, Paul W. S. Anderson)

Event Horizon (1997, Paul W. S. Anderson)

 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

2001- A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

 

 

Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton)

Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton)

 

 

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991, Nicholas Meyer)

Star Trek VI- The Undiscovered Country (1991, Nicholas Meyer)

 

 

Robocop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)

Robocop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)

 

 

Upside Down (2012, Juan Diego Solanas)

Upside Down (2012, Juan Diego Solanas)

 

 

Species (1995, Roger Donaldson)

Species (1995, Roger Donaldson)

 

 

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956, Fred F. Sears)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956, Fred F. Sears)

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Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


Disney Rotoscopes: animated film stars superimposed with their actors

MANY Disney cartoons  were made by Rotoscoping? What’s that then? Wikipedia tells us:

“Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films.”

Here are classic Disney characters superimposed onto the actors who played them:

disney cartoons 6

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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Film | Comment


Beautiful Polish film posters for banned American films

BEFORE the Wall came down and the EU came knocking, Polish film posters for American film were handmade. Nowadays, Poles are seduced to Americans films with the usual cocktail of edited quotes from critics and airbrushed photography. But when US publicity material was banned, film posters for Yankee movies were created by artists interpreting the film.

There is no proof that they were more effective in getting punters in to watch the film. But the billboards would have been more beautiful:

Gremlins

Gremlins

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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment


Teacher suspended after showing 11 year-olds Saw

saw

REMEMBER the thrill of your teacher telling you that classwork was going to stop in favour of watching a film? Well, one teacher in France decided he’d do that with his class of 11 year-olds and showed them violent horror flick, Saw.

He’s suspended now. Of course he is.

Apparently, Jean-Baptiste Clément told his students: “This will be your first horror film.” It goes without saying that at least one pupil ended up at home looking distinctly unwell.

“He returned from school on Monday evening, visibly in some discomfort, not well,” said the father. “I asked him and he told me his maths teacher had shown them a horror film during class. At the moment the teachers are having staff meetings and parent-teacher meetings, so their classes are cut short and interrupted a bit.”

The father then went to the authorities.

Clement was suspended on Tuesday while the school investigated and will probably face further punishment. “We’re in the process of seeing what sort of legal measures we might be able to take in this case,” said a spokesperson for the school in Hauts-de-Seine.

If you haven’t seen Saw, it involves a masked serial killer who makes people perform gruesome acts on themselves as part of some dreadful sadistic ritual. If you ever went to Cambridge University law school, you’ll know the kind of thing…

Posted: 12th, June 2013 | In: Film, Reviews | Comment


Behold! The honest Disney film posters

ARE Disney film posters realistic? Is a cartoon rendering of a fairy tale truthful? Christine Gritmon has created this set of “honest” Disney movie posters.

I still really like Dina Goldstein’s series on Fallen Princesses, a dystopian, Hollywoodisation of the fairy tale dreamers…

Honest Disney Posters

 

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Posted: 12th, June 2013 | In: Film | Comment


11 pictures of actors laughing between takes

IT’S only make believe. Neatorama points us towards these stills of actors laughing between takes. Can you name all the films?

The more serious the film, the better the laughter appears. If anyone has still of actors giggling between takes on All Quiet on the Western Front or The Elephant Man, please send them over.  It’s tempting to think of everyone acting on comedy films like, say. The Pink Panther being stony faced between takes.

actors laughing between takes 11

 

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Posted: 7th, June 2013 | In: Film | Comment


16 living movie stills – can you name the films?

CAN you name the films these 16 living movie stills have been taken from?

10-things-i-hate-about-you

Picture 1 of 16

 

Posted: 4th, June 2013 | In: Film | Comment


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the World War Z Premiere – 27 photos

TO the World War Z Premiere at the Empire Leicester Square, London. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were there. It was Jolie’s first public appearance since her double mastectomy. The mega-budget film ($200m) stars a lank Pitt as a United Nations employee battling to save the world from a zombie apocalypse. The zombies are very fast. It can’t fail. Can it? It’s got Brad Pitt in it. And… did we mention Brad Pitt?

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Posted: 3rd, June 2013 | In: Film | Comment


Disney give Brave’s Merida the make-over – let’s pull her to pieces

disney merida princess

ALL hail the new Disney Princess, a fairy-nosed, thick-haired, thin – THIN! – big-eyed cartoon of dreamy perfection. VitaminW notes how Disney have worked their magic on Merida, break-out star of the 2012 cartoon film Brave.

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Posted: 14th, May 2013 | In: Film | Comment


Great car driving music with a film car chase montage (video)

car chase montage

CAR driving music with a film car chase montage. Can you name the films?

Posted: 14th, May 2013 | In: Film | Comment


RIP Ray Harryhausen: photos and memories of the man who made skeletons even more terrifying

Ray Harryhausen Empire Film Awards

RIP Ray Harryhausen, the wizard of stop-motion, who created the special effect in such films as It Came From Beneath the Sea, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans. You were 92. And your work was terrifying . In the pre-computer age, the monsters in your films looked hideously real. They were the stuff of childhood nightmares.

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Posted: 7th, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Film | Comment


Star Wars: The 1970s French disco dance-off between Darth Vader and C-3PO

darth vader dance

STAR Wars: the 1970s French disco dance-off between Darth Vader and C3PO:

Posted: 4th, May 2013 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment


In 1977 Stars Wars characters and Vogue magazine models advertised the wonder of fur coats

IN 1977. Vogue magazine hooked onto the Star Wars craze with a feature called THE FORCE OF FUR: Vogue fashion spread from 1977. Jerry Hall, Darth Vader, C3PO, Stormtroopers and Jawas real;sied that with fur comes intergalactic harmony.

In the first picture, Hall is wearing a Wookie:

 

star war vogue 1977

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Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Fashion, Film, Flashback | Comment (1)


The 10 worst Star Wars adverts of all time

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY - 27/12/1977

HAPPY Star Wars Day! In honour of May the Fourth, we’ve got a Star Wars tattoo, sent out Star Wars cards, created some homemade outfits, mashed-up Withnail & I, remembered Bob Anderson, checked out the working of George Lucas’s robots, mashed-up Disney, flicked through the great Japanese movie posters, rolled a joint with Darth, rocked out to the Droids, gone looking for work with an Ewok, dressed in a saucy R2D2 outfit, got a glow-in-the-dark Yoda tattootriggered a race war, bought the 1977 empty box and watched the Stars Wars crew flog us all manner of crap:

 

Chewbacca goes nutzoid for chicken of the sea

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Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment


Bad Lip reading presents The Walking (And Talking) Dead

bad lip reading

BAD Lip reading presents “The Walking (And Talking) Dead” — A Bad Lip Reading of The Walking Dead:

Posted: 3rd, May 2013 | In: Film | Comment


B-Movie Watch: Malibu Express and Hard Ticket To Hawaii

andy sidaris

MALIBU Express (1985) is the first firm in Andy Sidaris’s series Bullets, Bombs and Babes. Wooden actors and top-shelf Pets played out scenes featuring beaches, bikini, wood-hewed hunks in trunks and imaginative ways to die.

Look out for such titles as: The Dallas Connection, Day of the Warrior, Do or Die, Enemy Gold, Fit to Kill, Guns, Hard Hunted, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Malibu Express, Picasso Trigger, Savage Beach and Return to Savage Beach.

Hard Ticket to Hawaii was better still. The Frisbee scene being memorable:

 

Posted: 15th, April 2013 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment


The Red Chapel: learning to laugh at North Korea

TheRedChapel

THE Red Chapel is a feature documentary shot in North Korea and edited. It was awarded the judges special prize in world documentary cinema at the Sundance Film Festival 2010.

A journalist with no scruples, a spastic, and a comedian travel to North Korea with a mission – to challenge the conditions of the smile in one of the world’s most notorious regimes. The Red Chapel chronicles the amusing and often bizarre encounters between this Danish theatre troupe and their North Korean hosts in a one of a kind, East-meets-West-meets-East look at cultural exchange in the modern world’s last anti-globalist bastion.

Mads Brügger is accompanied by Jacob Nossell and Simon Jul. He says:

“If the North Koreans ever were able to understand the Danish language, they would never be able to understand spastic Danish.”

Cinematical:

The most fascinating character in the film may be Mrs. Pak, the motherly, slightly creepy government functionary assigned to be the caretaker for Brügger and the two young Danish-Koreans who make up the “comedy troupe” that Brügger “directs.” There is nothing to suggest that she is a bad or malevolent person. Her belief in the fundamental greatness of her country and her government, and in the “values” of unity and togetherness used to keep North Koreans in line, is wholehearted and pure. She can’t talk about the Dear Leader without being emotionally overcome. Aside from the mentally ill, I’ve never seen a human being who exists so completely in an alternate universe. It’s terrifying.

And odd:

Mads convinces their escort, Mrs. Pak, to allow him to read a poem in front of the statue of Kim Il-Sung, to which all visiting foreigners are required to pay homage. He claims it’s by a famous Danish worker’s rights writer. It’s not. It goes as follows: “Love is like a pineapple / Sweet and undefinable.”

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To view films, pleaseDirector: Mads BrüggerDP / Editor: René Sascha JohannsenProducer: Peter Engel,Ex Prod: Peter ÅlbækZentropa 2009

Posted: 12th, April 2013 | In: Film | Comment


The greatest most terrifying buried alive moments in film history

buried alive

BEING buried alive is right up there in the list of things you fear most.

YOUTUBER jethack shows us the Mysterious Swaying Plant. He says it’s creepy. It is. But when I saw it I stated to think of The Vanishing, the Dutch film in which a man is buried alive. Jewthack walks off with his video to post on YouTube. He never digs beneath the wavering plant. And in a box beneath the soil a man with only a stem to breath through, screams…

Presenting the Best Buried Alive Scenes in Film.

The Vanishing

The Screaming Woman

The Candy Snatchers

Superman

Gunmen

Patrick Stewart played his drug lord role with relish, especially since it is such a change for him recently. From the press packet: With his role as the captain of the starship Enterprise, “I became everything synonymous with honor, intelligence, and rectitude,” he says. “Loomis is a delightful and refreshing alternative to that.” Indeed. In his very first appearance, we see him sitting at an open grave, where he calmly has his wife buried alive.

The Big Carnival

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Blood Simple

White Zombie

Tales of Terror

Kill Bill (Vol 2)

Casino

Creepshow

Premature Burial

Posted: 12th, April 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment


Selected short film of the day: Let It Rain

let it rain

SHORT film of the day is Let It Rain. The tagline is When it rains, he pours. It’s like an Australian version of Stick Guns, the British films about fighting in the woods.

And more of it, we say. Going to the cinema used to be a chance to see a selected short before the main show. Now you get the ads, the warnings to turn your phone off and threats about recording the film you’ve paid to see lest you, erm, see it again (one viewing is all you get, folks) and cinemas turn to dust. You used to get that great adverts for Tia Maria, Kia-Ora, Lyons Maid ices, Frankie’s hotdogs, a smoking section, ushers with neck-strap trays and Pearl and Dean titles. And then you got to watch a short film.

Time to bring the selected short back:

Ok. Have an other one:

Posted: 3rd, April 2013 | In: Film | Comment