This is mainly on account of the occasions it breaks down, or more to point, the times it “chooses” to not work, or even go to unplanned destinations.
Wednesday, 26 April, 2017
Friday, 21 April, 2017
The Star Wars saga reimagined as an old school Samurai film, by Portland Penrose.
Looks good, doesn’t it?
Wednesday, 12 April, 2017
The Fate of the Furious, or Fast & Furious 8, opens in Australian cinemas today. It took me a while to get into the franchise, fast car films aren’t usually my thing, but it has an appeal. Maybe the same sort of appeal that the James Bond films used to have.
And on that note, I’m outta here for the next few days, being (almost) the long Easter weekend. Back next week.
Wednesday, 29 March, 2017
The Solomon Society, who I can’t locate much information about, but I’m guessing they’re fans of film, have put together a collection what they believe to be the most beautiful black and white shots in movie history.
That’s sure a big call, so take a look at their selections, and see if you agree.
Wednesday, 8 March, 2017
It’s been a while since I last looked in on the work of Sydney based photographer and filmmaker Jack Toohey. Well over six years, as it happens. These days he can also be found on Instagram, where the above photo comes from.
Tuesday, 7 March, 2017
Destino, an animated collaboration between US film producer Walt Disney, and Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film award in 2003. Yet the film almost never saw the light of day, after spending over fifty years sitting in a vault.
Although work on the production had started in earnest in 1945, eight months in, the Walt Disney Company ran into financial problems. It wasn’t until 1999, when Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, was working on Fantasia 2000, that the project was rediscovered.
I know films can take a long time to make, but a lead time of nearly sixty years must be a record. A story about a young girl in search of true love, you can watch Destino here. It makes me wonder how many other part completed film projects there are, started by well known filmmakers, that sit, forgotten, in cupboards somewhere.
Monday, 6 March, 2017
Directors Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, and Lawrence Kasdan, examine the impact World War II had on cinema, and the effect cinema had on the conflict, in Five Came Back, a three part documentary produced by Netflix.
Based on the book of the same name, the series will focus on the experiences of filmmakers John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens, who ceased working to serve in the conflict.
Going by the trailer, Five Came Back promises to be a treat for those who are interested in the Second World War, and film, and will available for viewing by Netflix members from 31 March.
Thursday, 23 February, 2017
Not long until the Oscars now, this weekend in fact. Last week I posted a supercut of the winners of the Best Visual Effects award since 1927, and now here is one for all the Best Cinematography winners since 1927, again put together by Burger Fiction.
By the way, the nominees for this year’s Best Cinematography award are Arrival, La La Land, Lion, Moonlight, and Silence.
Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
Catching the last train of the day is a world removed from travelling during the day, or the morning and evening commuter peaks. The silence of the almost deserted platforms is eerie. The fluorescent lights of the trains and stations seem harsher, to the point they’re bleaching.
But there can also be a certain camaraderie amongst last train of the night travellers, an experience that’s elegantly captured here.
Friday, 17 February, 2017
Late US film director Stanley Kubrick was said to be a fan of the Futura typeface. Christian Annyas, a web designer, decided to find out how often, if at all, that Kubrick used Futura, by analysing the typefaces he used in his films, trailers, and posters.