Film cameos featuring the rich and the famous

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Setting up a cameo appearance in a film is probably no small task, especially when it comes to the higher profile actors. It must take a miracle of scheduling to have such people in the right place, at the right time. Still, it happens, and seems to happen often, so that means that someone is pretty good at scheduling.

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Spike Jonze made a perfume ad. What, can’t you tell?

Monday, 5 September, 2016

US filmmaker Spike Jonze, who directed the likes of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Her, has made a perfume advert, that features model and actress, Margaret Qualley.

Rest assured, this is not your typical sort of perfume advert. As quickly becomes apparent. That could be why some refer to it as a short film instead.

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Your photo as a movie poster. Seriously

Thursday, 1 September, 2016

Movie poster photo

This is cool. A Reddit member, known aptly as Your_Post_As_A_Movie, will convert images that other members send in, into a poster for a fictitious movie.

You can first look at the original, or source photo, and then see the movie poster version.

As I have to duck out for the rest of the day, this is today’s last post. Back tomorrow. In the meantime check out the disassociated.com Instagram page, for more art and design-ery stuff.

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The top one hundred films of the twenty-first century

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

David Lynch’s 2001 feature Mulholland Drive, has taken out the number one spot in a poll of film critics, conducted by the BBC, of films made in the twenty-first century. In the Mood for Love, made a year earlier by Kar-Wai Wong, came in second place. I can’t argue with that.

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A trailer for Kenobi: A Star Wars Story. Wait, is that even a thing?

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

Even though it was introduced as a fan-made clip, as I watched I thought, no, this must be an official trailer, for a Star Wars Anthology, or spin-off, film about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, no, it is not official, it is a labour of love by Canadian filmmaker Rich Williamson, for a would-be film that might be titled Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this went on to spawn an actual film. Or trilogy of films, a prospect that has been on the cards for sometime, from what I can gather. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy films, is said to be interested in reprising his role, if production were to proceed.

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Silence in movies, sometimes effective, sometimes not

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

When Words Fail in Movies, a short documentary that looks at the effectiveness, and – in some case – otherwise of silence, or an absence of words, in film scenes.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. An official trailer

Monday, 15 August, 2016

I was lurking on Twitter at just the right time last Friday afternoon, to catch word that the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had dropped.

Up until now we’ve only been treated to a couple of teasers. This is a more substantial outline of the story, and there’s even a glimpse of Darth Vader. Rogue One opens in cinemas on 16 December. Not long to go now.

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Photos of films in a single long exposure image by Jason Shulman

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

Photo by Jason Shulman

Is it an abstract? Is it a watercolour? No, it’s a photo of a film. An entire film. A film called A Trip to the Moon, in this case, that was made in 1902.

Photo by Jason Shulman

It’s part of a project, the aptly named Photographs of Films, by London based sculptor and photographer Jason Shulman. Curious as to what might result if he took a long exposure photo of a film as it played, Shulman decided to find out.

Photo by Jason Shulman

Aren’t the final images intriguing though? The second/middle image here is of 1968’s, Yellow Submarine, while the third, that I recognised immediately, is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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The Suicide Squad comics may be better than the movie…

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016

If the recently released film adaptation of Suicide Squad left you feeling a little underwhelmed, you could try reading the comic books that the film was based on. Graeme McMillan, writing for Wired, suggests five titles, published between 1986 and this year, that you may find to be a little more substantial, and enjoyable.

These are the bad guys who end up working for the greater good, even though they don’t really want to. The Joker also shows up. But the movie’s story originated in a comic book series from the 1980s that went to places – social, superheroic, and political – that few other comics at the time went, and influenced a whole lot of books that followed.

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Stand by Me, it’s been thirty years since that fateful summer

Monday, 1 August, 2016

And it’s been thirty years since Stand by Me, directed by Rob Reiner, was released. It seems hard to believe, but the film may never have been made, as Stephen King, who wrote the short novel that the screenplay was based on, wasn’t, at first, willing to be involved.

After convincing a reluctant Stephen King to allow them to adapt his novella, “The Body,” for the screen, writers Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon brought the project to AVCO Embassy Pictures, a production and distribution company owned by Norman Lear. For King, who based the story on his own childhood, it was a leap of faith. The horror writer had bad experiences with Hollywood and was unhappy with adaptations of his books “The Shining” and “Christine.”

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