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On Looking Into Tarkovsky's Mirror. I just watched Tarkovsky's 1975 film The Mirror for the first time as an adult, basically; when I saw it in college, I had no clue and was bored out of my gourd by it. In fact, for a long time, I'd conflated it, burning houses and whatnot, with The Sacrifice. Anyway, the largely plotless, highly autobiographical film is a memory-like collage of documentary footage and vignettes set in disparate time periods.

When I say, plotless, though, I mean it's a movie about a guy who spent ten years trying to make a movie about his childhood purely as an excuse to show the awesome scenes of a Soviet military balloon from the Spanish Civil War. At least that's how it looks to me now. Previously: an image of a guy on a balloon inspecting Echo II at Lakehurst, NJ. Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Sex on the beach: a brief history of Cannes and erotic cinema | Film. The posters, the trailers, the teaser trailers, and the teaser-posters are all emerging. And though it is rash to generalise, there is a certain preponderance of flesh, lust and concupiscence at this year’s Cannes film festival. In Valérie Donzelli’s Marguerite and Julien, there is incest. In Todd Haynes’s Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, there is forbidden love.

In the poster for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, a somewhat haggard Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel appear to be ogling an unclothed young woman from the vantage point of their hot tub. And perhaps most startlingly of all, the great enfant terrible Gaspar Noé has revealed on the web an explicit “poster” for his quaintly titled Love, the 3D sex film that is showing as a midnight screening. Even when there is no actual sex on the screen, there is always a great deal of intensely publicised sexiness at the festival.

But there was also a good deal of scandale up on the screen. 5 horror movies so gruesome, the makers were investigated for cruelty and murder. 7 Movies That Do BDSM Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ The cold-blooded killer kept getting fired, kept threatening coworkers, and kept claiming he was the real victim. Vester Lee Flanagan claimed in a suicide note Wednesday that June’s massacre of black parishioners at a South Carolina church was “the tipping point” that sent him on the path to murdering two journalists on live television Wednesday. But in court papers and interviews with The Daily Beast, former colleagues describe Flanagan as a problematic employee, who was repeatedly reprimanded for his harsh treatment of coworkers, and complained racism was behind harsh evaluations of his work.

“He just had a history of playing the race card,” former WTWC anchor Dave Leval told The Daily Beast. “I know he did that in Tallahassee a couple of times….” The day Flanagan was fired from a Virginia TV station in 2013, his bosses called 911 because of his volatile behavior—an incident captured on camera by Adam Ward, a man who would later become one of his victims. Akira Kurosawa’s 100 Favorite Films. The 20 Movies We'll Wait in the Cold to See at Sundance. The Sundance Film Festival is a wonderful celebration of nearly every kind of film imaginable. It’s also set in Park City, Utah, which—although stunningly beautiful—is really damn cold. When getting into a screening means shuffling through snow and waiting in line outside, only the most devoted film buffs have the constitution to stick it out.

But Sundance—the unofficial kick-off to the film festival year—is worth it. In the last few years it has been the place where future indie darlings like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, and this year’s slow-burn hit Whiplash got their start. That’s OK. Go Back to Top. Drone Captures Breathtaking Footage Inside The Worlds Largest Cave. Alex Garland on Ex Machina: ‘I feel more attached to this film than to anything before’ There is something of the recluse about Alex Garland, even though – objectively – he is prolific, even ubiquitous, if you know where to look. His output since he wrote The Beach in the mid-90s has encompassed another novel, a novella, a handful of film screenplays and shifts on a couple of video games. He has just completed his directorial debut, a sci-fi thriller called Ex Machina. He hasn’t gone anywhere, he’s hidden in plain sight, and yet it’s still a modest surprise that the 44-year-old is sitting opposite me, in the bar of London’s Soho hotel, pretty well unchanged from his dashing, two-decades-old author photograph.

If Garland seems elusive, it is not entirely my imagination. He has admitted that he was freaked out by the success of The Beach, which was published in 1996, when he was 26, and was reprinted 25 times in a one-year period before being made into a film directed by Danny Boyle, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. “Immediately,” he replies, shifting in his seat. Irvine Welsh – American Psycho is a modern classic. American Psycho is one of the greatest novels of our time. Since its publication, its petulant, unerring and uncompromising face-off with this age has the effect of making most serious literary works seem obscured by an unedifying veil of sophistry. It is one of the two zeitgeist pieces of fiction that defined America at the end of the last century and the start of this one, the other being Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club.

The latter novel looks at disaffection from the perspective of an excluded new underclass of youth, debt-shackled and devoid of opportunity. American Psycho, on the other hand, focuses on the ennui of morally bankrupt extreme privilege. The seismic effect of both books was genuinely felt, yet in the case of American Psycho, there also followed a highly disingenuous outrage. American Psycho holds a hyper-real, satirical mirror up to our faces, and the uncomfortable shock of recognition it produces is that twisted reflection of ourselves, and the world we live in. Dez filmes inspirados no teatro. Na semana de estreia do filme ‘Miss Julie’, adaptação de uma peça de Strindberg, propomos um olhar por dez filmes que tiveram também como ponto de partida um texto criado para o teatro. Texto: JOÃO LOPES A estreia de Miss Julie, o filme de Liv Ullmann que adapta a peça de August Strindberg, relançou a fascinante questão das relações cinema/teatro. Em boa verdade, a categoria “filme-adaptado-de-peça-de-teatro” não é coisa linear — afinal de contas, Casablanca (1942) nasceu de um argumento inspirado numa peça que nunca tinha sido representada em palco… Mas é um facto que há filmes em que a coabitação com o teatro surge como elemento decisivo para a concepção do espaço, a organização narrativa e, no limite, a especificidade dramática da acção.

Eis uma dezena de títulos, por ordem cronológica, que talvez nos ajudem a (re)lembrar que o cinema se pode intensificar e, numa certo sentido, reinventar através de palavras que foram escritas para outro domínio de expressão. Gostar disto: Youtube. Looking back at Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. Across a range of novels and short stories, written at a furious rate before his tragic death in 1982, Philip K Dick effectively created his own literary genre. It was no less than his version of science fiction, full of futuristic drugs, paranoia, technology, hidden planes of existence and enigmatic characters. It was a sad twist of fate that Dick barely got to see the full extent of his fiction's cultural reach.

Ridley Scott was still making Blade Runner when Dick passed away, and that sci-fi touchstone served as an entry point to the author's work for a broader audience, and hastened the adaptation of other PKD stories, including Total Recall and Minority Report. Of the adaptations so far, Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, released in 2006, is arguably the most faithful. Linklater had experimented with animation before in the 2001 film Waking Life. "What does a scanner see? " Along the way, however, A Scanner Darkly revels in its own kind of bleak humour. Linklater: On Cinema and Time – a short film – Aeon Film. Gattaca: Quotes: Vincent. Like Someone in Love (2012) Sundance's Science Fiction Hit The Signal Finally Gets a Trailer.


On the Movie Set of Director Ilya Khrzhanovsky's Dau. The rumors started seeping out of Ukraine about three years ago: A young Russian film director has holed up on the outskirts of Kharkov, a town of 1.4 million in the country's east, making...something. A movie, sure, but not just that. If the gossip was to be believed, this was the most expansive, complicated, all-consuming film project ever attempted. A steady stream of former extras and fired PAs talked of the shoot in terms usually reserved for survivalist camps. The director, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, was a madman who forced the crew to dress in Stalin-era clothes, fed them Soviet food out of cans and tins, and paid them in Soviet money. I have ample time and incentive to rerun these snatches of gossip in my head as my rickety Saab prop plane makes its jittery approach to Kharkov. I'm about to write the rumors off as idle blog chatter when I get to the film's compound itself and, again, find myself ready to believe anything.

One of the twins admiringly touches my head. "Like CGI? " 16 Retro Posters Depict The Interiors Of Classic Films. From Darth Vader’s Death Star to the haunted hotel of The Shining, the interior spaces depicted in films are as important as the characters who inhabit them. In his latest illustration series, “Archiset,” cinephile and architect Federico Babina depicts the interiors of beloved films in his signature retro style. “The idea is to represent a film set as if it were a doll's house where we can start to play with the imagination together with the movie’s characters,” Babina tells Co.Design. The Barcelona-based Babina is the mastermind behind another movie-inspired poster series called Archicine, which depicted the exterior architecture of famous films. Now, his imagination takes him inside James Bond’s swanky bachelor pad in Goldfinger, Holly Golightly's pastel-accented apartment in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the gaudily wallpapered Barcelona home of Almodovar's All About My Mother.

You can purchase Archiset as posters here. An Interview With Bela Tarr: Why He Says 'The Turin Horse' Is His Final Film. Béla Tarr at the New York Film Festival this fall. Film Society of Lincoln Center It might be inaccurate to say the release of Bela Tarr's "The Turin Horse" marks the end the Hungarian director's career. Rather, Tarr has reached the conclusion of one stage and the beginning of another. With the release of his tenth feature, Tarr has made it clear that he's through with making movies; now, he wants to focus his energy on teaching others how to make them.

Anyone familiar with Tarr's work since the early 1980s, from the revisionist noir "Damnation" to the legendary seven-plus hour small-town chronicle "Satantango" will feel right at home with "The Turin Horse," which bears all the trademarks of his style: Pensive camerawork, stark black-and-white photography and experimental tangents from any semblance of a straightforward narrative. While your work stretches across over 30 years, you've only made a handful of features, and you remain a critical darling. You're right. Yes. I hate it. No! 95. Algol (1920) To be honest, I never dared to imagine there would come a day when I would get to see Sebastian Droste in actual motion...

Let alone dance! He captured my heart several years ago, back when I first laid my little peepers on him. It was some photograph of Anita Berber posing together with this enigmatic young buck, a true dancer with wildly painted eyes and painted on curls. His limbs and poise and nose and uhhh just about every other thing made my soul quiver. I've had Algol on my "wanted" film list since the very beginning of this blog and now I'm super glad to announce that the film is available to you and me, on YouTube. I am not very fluent at German, so I've stolen the synopsis from Wikipedia : "The film was directed by Hans Werckmeister and stars Emil Jannings and John Gottowt. The story centers on a human who is given a machine by an alien spirit which, if used, would allow him to rule the world. Down on earth, on the left, Robert Herne (Emil Jannings, 36) he works at the mines. Watch SubUrbia (1996. The new Doctor Who’s Oscar-winning short film: ‘Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life’

Adrian Steirn Fine Art | FILM. Is the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending the Space Opera of our Dreams? How Ridley Scott Turned Footage From the Beginning of The Shining Into the End of Blade Runner. Watch an Animated Version of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner Made of 12,597 Watercolor Paintings. The Swedish artist Anders Ramsell spent the better part of the last year and a half working on a tribute to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and now it’s ready for the world to see.

Running 35 minutes, Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition follows the original movie’s general storyline while taking certain liberties. (Ramsell calls it a “paraphrase” of the original film.) Rather amazingly, the animated film consists of 12,597 handmade aquarelle/watercolor paintings, each about 1.5-x-3 centimeters in size. As Mike Krumboltz rightly observes, the “result is like a Monet painting come to dystopian life.” Follow Open Culture on Facebook and Twitter and share intelligent media with your friends. Related Content: The Blade Runner Sketchbook Features The Original Art of Syd Mead & Ridley Scott (1982) Blade Runner is a Waste of Time: Siskel & Ebert in 1982 Watch Piotr Dumala’s Wonderful Animations of Literary Works by Kafka and Dostoevsky Hemingway’s The Old Man & The Sea Animated.


Triptych Trailer - with English subtitles. DANSE MACABRE Is Morbid And Beautiful [Full Short] Marina Antunes [Celluloid 10.22.13] arthouse A few years ago I caught Pedro Pires' debut short film Danse Macabre which preceded a Canadian feature at VIFF. I can't recall anything about the feature but I've never forgotten Pires' short. I looked up everything I could on the director and have been tracking his career since (his feature film debut Triptyque premiered at TIFF and was co-directed with Canadian legend Robert Lepage). I'm thrilled that everyone can now take in Pires' glorious short.

PHI Centre, who a few weeks ago released Denis Villeneuve's Next Floor, have released Pires' morbidly gorgeous short for free viewing. Watching this again, I'm stunned at how much of it I remember. Via Twitch. Watch Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006. Top 10 horror movies | Film. Peter Bradshaw on horror Horror crashes through boundaries and challenges the prohibitions of taste and thinkability in a way few other genres can match. Classics of the genre were produced in cinema's very earliest days – the vampire nightmare Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari from the world of German Expressionism. Later, Universal Pictures had smash hits with iconic versions of Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein. Roger Corman's movies would demonstrate the sheer trashy power of horror, and Hitchcock tapped into this B-picture aesthetic with his own low-budget masterpiece, Psycho, which popularised the psychological horror film, taking the genre away from its supernatural roots – although William Friedkin's masterpiece, The Exorcist, took it right back there again.

Horror has potently mixed with other genres and Halloween and Nightmare On Elm Street showed how horror can be a cash-cow franchise, a lesson demonstrated once again by the stomach-turning Saw series. 10. 9. 8. 7. Top 10 crime movies | Film. An Astronaut Fact-checks Gravity. Star Wars Origins - Frank Herbert's Dune. Io9. Kael Daily. Letter from ‘Manhattan’ by Joan Didion. Watch Detroit Metal City Online.