There’s the Oscars, then there’s the Oscars of everything else

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015

Perhaps the scope of the Oscars, or Academy Awards, ought to be expanded. We’re talking categories such as most kissing, most death, most time, most music, most running, most cast, most crew, among many other items.

While it is unlikely such awards will be incorporated into this year’s event, The Wall Street Journal has prepared a list of winners nonetheless.

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The VCR glitch and the art that it inspired

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

Artwork by Corey Johnson

Video, or VCR tapes, may have been cumbersome, and prone to what seemed like all to frequent failure, possibly by way of jamming up, but some of the images, of a movie or recorded TV show, in stalled playback, could sometimes be possessed of a certain intrigue.

These errors, or erratic irregularities, have gone on to inspire Corey Johnson to create a series of eerie yet alluring artworks, some static, some animated, that he calls Art of the Glitch.

Via Kill Screen.

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Some stand out example of film editing in films

Friday, 13 February, 2015

Psycho, JFK, Jaws, Lawrence of Arabia, Bonnie and Clyde, and Apocalypse Now, are among features that top a list of the seventy-five best edited films, as put together by the Motion Picture Editors Guild.

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A trailer, but for what?

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

What does this… trailer, that was cut together with excerpts from three hundred films, tell us about contemporary film production? Are movies, especially action titles, becoming increasingly homogeneous, or are trailers?

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For best results see films that suit your personality

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

We all know that when it comes to film, everyone’s tastes, or preferences, vary. Different strokes for different folks, and the like.

Might it be useful then to assign a personality category to movies, such as say, activist, technophile, contrarian, or fashionista, as the New York Times has to some Oscar nominations, to help film-goers choose a feature they are more likely to enjoy?

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The Rescued Film Project, recovering photos once lost in time

Monday, 26 January, 2015

In earlier days I used to take photos on film. As opposed to digitally, in case, somehow, you weren’t aware there was once another way to do so. You’d buy a roll of film that usually permitted to you shoot thirty-six photos, though if your camera film winding skills were top-notch, you might’ve been able to squeeze in one or two more.

There have been occasions when I’ve used a full roll of film, and then somehow misplaced said roll. Never to be seen again. Or so I’ve always thought. I’ve often wondered though what might happen if someone, years later, chanced upon one of these lost film rolls, and went ahead and had it developed.

I’ve taken my share of goofy party type pictures in my time, plus any number of plain bad photos. What if some of these long forgotten images ever surfaced, and were put on show for all to see? I like to believe that camera film deteriorates over a relatively short period of time, but that isn’t always the case.

Here then is the story of some rolls of film dating back to the World War II, that were recently found, and developed, through the efforts of the Rescued Film Project. The photographer in question need not have any of the qualms I would though, these photos are incredible.

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Tetris… you’ve played the game, now see the movie

Thursday, 9 October, 2014

You’ve played the game, you’ve whiled away more work hours than you care to admit, now you have the chance to see the movie… yes, that’s right, Tetris is going to be adapted – somehow – for the big screen.

Threshold Entertainment has teamed up with the Tetris Company to develop a live-action film based on the game. While no directors or cast are attached to the film yet, there is a story in place. “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

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One hundred iconic movie scenes

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014

One hundred of the best, or most memorable, scenes from films of the last one hundred years or so. In case you don’t recognise everything, here is a list of each scene.

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A look at entries in Antarctica’s “48 Hour Films” for 2014

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

As I’ve said before, filmmaking is alive and thriving in Antarctica by way of 48 Hour Films, an annual film production challenge where participants have, as the name suggests, forty eight hours to produce their entry… a selection of titles from this year’s event have been posted by Anthony Powell.

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For your viewing pleasure, five of North Korea’s best films

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

Film is probably not one thing too many people think of when North Korea comes to mind, but just because your local cinema may not feature a great many productions from the Hermit Kingdom, doesn’t mean the country is without a film industry.

Far from it, and anyone who cares to trawl about online will likely unearth numerous North Korean produced titles. Simon Fowler, a film critic, and author of North Korean Films, recently compiled a list of what he considers to be the country’s five best movies.

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