Minimalism, not a perfect or easy life, but a simple one

Thursday, 26 June, 2014

Needless to say Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, trailer, a documentary by New York City based filmmaker Matt D’Avella, is a title I’ll be keeping a look out for, once it is released.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. From minimalist architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and minimalist families, this film explores various recipes for how to live a more meaningful, deliberate life. Not a perfect life, not even an easy life, but a simple one.

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We’re sending you back to the future, no time machine needed

Friday, 13 June, 2014

Secret Cinema screenings of 1985 time travel classic Back to the Future are taking place in London this summer, but movie-goers will be treated to far more than a film, they will very much be immersed in what is happening on the big screen:

Organisers of the next production in the Secret Cinema presents… brand will build the entire town of Hill Valley, California, where teenager Marty McFly, as originally played by Michael J Fox, embarked on his dramatic journey from 1985 back 30 years to when his parents were young. A time machine modelled – like that in the film – on a DeLorean DMC-12 will be on hand to help transport audiences between the different time zones through secret alleys and entrances to the town. And the Enchantment under the Sea Prom dance, where Marty’s parents, George and Lorraine fell in love after their first kiss, will take place in an after-party in a venue near the secret location.

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The time Andy Warhol interviewed Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, 6 June, 2014

US artist Andy Warhol interviewed British film director Alfred Hitchcock in 1974, for a piece that was published in Interview Magazine. Warhol claimed the prospect of meeting Hitchcock made him nervous, so maybe that’s why they only talked about murder….

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May the fifth be with you, new “Star Wars” film cast named

Monday, 5 May, 2014

The cast of the upcoming Star Wars movie has been officially announced. Those expecting the actors who originally played Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, to return for the new film, er, like worst kept secret ever, will not be surprised.

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Timeout’s Top 100 animated movies

Thursday, 24 April, 2014

Timeout has put together a list of the Top 100 animated film features. I have to say I was surprised by the title that took out the top spot… though not by its overall inclusion of course.

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Conspicuous by absence, women not in film

Thursday, 27 March, 2014

An under representation of women in movies, be they characters or producers, was something I thought I was noticing by way of my film writing work, but now this article appears to support that line of thinking:

It seems that everyone but those at the top of the Hollywood hierarchy has gotten the memo that the big-budget film world remains desperately behind the curve on gender diversity. In 2013, female characters comprised only 15% of all protagonists and just 30% of all speaking characters in the top-grossing 100 films, according to a study released last week by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (see Variety.com for more on the study). Women of color were even less visible. Behind the scenes, women accounted for 6% of directors and 10% of writers working on the top-grossing 250 films in 2013. These percentages are actually lower than those recorded in 1998. For all of the talk about gender diversity on various blogs and industry panels, little has changed in more than a decade. How can this be?

(Thanks Ashleigh)

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It started with a kiss, that’s what happens when strangers snog

Thursday, 20 March, 2014

Because making-out is fun… Los Angeles based filmmaker Tatia Pilieva asked twenty people, all complete strangers, to be filmed kissing each other.

It would appear that everyone agreed to do so.

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Sharm el-Sheikh’s desert cinema… there’s outdoor cinema for you

Monday, 17 March, 2014

End of the World Cinema, photo by Kaupo Kikkas

If I’d have known about this place, the End of the World Cinema, or, the cinema situated in the Egyptian Sinai desert, some ten kilometres from Sharm el-Sheikh, I’d have surely gone along.

Having travelled to the coastal resort village in the Sinai from Israel, I met friends there before we crossed the Red Sea to Hurghada, en-route to Luxor. Taking in a couple of films here though would have just made the trip.

(Photo by Kaupo Kikkas)

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Restoring Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film “Foreign Correspondent”

Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Thanks to the efforts of film restorers, such as New York City based Criterion Collection, older, or classic, movies will continue to be available for decades to come. For an idea of how they work, watch their technicians remaster Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film, Foreign Correspondent.

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Scenes from cult movies rendered as 8 bit animated GIFs

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014

Shaun of the Dead scene by Dusan Cezek

Slovakian art director Dusan Cezek has rendered scenes from cult movies such as “Fight Club”, “Pulp Fiction”, and “Shaun of the Dead”, as eight-bit GIF animations. Why? I don’t know, but why should that matter?

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