Philippe Petit’s high-wire Twin Towers walk reenacted in “The Walk”

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

The Walk, directed by Robert Zemeckis, of Back to the Future fame, is a dramatisation of the death defying 1974 attempt by French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, to walk between the two World Trade Center towers in New York City, on a tightrope slung between both buildings.

The illicit undertaking was also the subject of a documentary, Man on Wire, made in 2008 by James Marsh. Aside from what I imagine will be protracted scenes of Petit making the walk, some six hundred metres above the ground, it’ll be interesting to see what the Zemeckis production, that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, can add to the story.

There is no actual motion footage of Petit’s… walk, the accomplice charged with its filming was too tired to operate the camera, when the time came. Knowing that somehow made “Man on Wire” a little easier to watch, though I’m not sure I could sit through an actual reenactment, something the trailer for “The Walk”, offers a glimpse of.

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The (old school) film projector, quite the feat of engineering really

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

Once upon a time, before movie projectors at cinemas became digital, people called projectionists were required to oversee the entire screening of a film.

Not only did reels have to be changed at various points, depending on the length of the feature, someone probably needed to keep an eye on the actual projector, and the many moving components they consisted of, should something detach or derail unexpectedly. I never realised just how complicated a device a film projector was

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“Sundays”, a short science fiction film by Mischa Rozema

Friday, 10 April, 2015

And to end the week, Sundays, a short science fiction film, written and directed by Mischa Rozema. In a word, amazing.

The end of the world seems like a nightmare to Ben. A memory of a past life that doesn’t belong to him. When Ben starts to remember Isabelle, the only love he’s ever known, he realises she’s missing in his life. An existential descent into confusion and the desperate need to find out the truth begins. This reality depicts a stunning, surprising and dark world. A world that is clearly not his.

Best seen in full screen mode, by the way.

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“Growth Factor”, a short animated film by Ryosuke Oshiro

Friday, 27 March, 2015

A short film, Growth Factor, by Japanese animator Ryosuke Oshiro… a subject matter that seems quite familiar.

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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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