Taking a closer look at the first and final frames of well known films

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

Filmmaker Jacob Swinney takes fifty-five well known movies, and juxtaposes their first and last frames, or scenes. Aren’t the Birdman scenes interesting. As are Somewhere, and of course 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I think I’m going to start paying a lot more attention to these particular frames from now on.

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I’ve been back in time with you and didn’t it change my life or what

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015

Back in Time is a documentary that takes stock of the not insignificant cultural impact of the Back to the Future films. This I am waiting for. In the meantime, here’s the trailer.

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Heard, but unheard of, that’s film sound effect the Wilhelm Scream

Monday, 23 March, 2015

This is what I love about the interwebs, you learn at least one new something every day… for instance, a sound effect called the Wilhelm Scream, a kind of comedic shriek, is practically a stock standard sound effect, that has been used in numerous movies and TV shows, including the “Star Wars” films:

The Wilhelm Scream has made an appearance in more than 300 films, television shows, and video games, and has cemented itself as the inside joke of the industry’s best sound editors. Most frequently used when someone falls to his death, is shot, or is thrown aside by an explosion, the Wilhelm is often cited as cinema’s most-used sound clip.

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Houses and buildings that are literally UP in the air

Thursday, 12 March, 2015

Image by Laurent Chehere

This collection of images by French photographer Laurent Chehere, reminds me of at least one relatively recent film, but how could they not?

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“Mr Holmes”, a sequel of sorts to the story of Sherlock Holmes

Tuesday, 10 March, 2015

Mr. Holmes, trailer, sounds like the sort of Sherlock Holmes movie I could enjoy. Starring Ian McKellen in the lead role, and set in 1947, years into the renown detective’s retirement, the story centres around an unsolved case from fifty years earlier.

The premise, in that it is a sequel of sorts, brings to mind a prequel, an eight part TV series, Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House, set in 1871, while Holmes was still at high school, or in this case, home for the holidays, from high school.

It was made in 1982, but I saw it, on video I think, about fifteen years ago. Here’s the opening nine minutes. It looks like the whole series might be on YouTube now, if you’re interested in seeing it.

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RIP Mr Spock

Monday, 2 March, 2015

Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock

Sad news this, the passing of Leonard Nimoy, or Mr Spock, of the popular “Star Trek” TV show and movie series, last Friday.

I’ve always been inspired by some of the show’s best known phrases, “to boldly go where no one has gone before”, even if I haven’t really gone anywhere at all, and “live long and prosper”. The galaxy is an emptier place without you Spock.

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Was Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack from “Titanic” a time traveller?

Monday, 2 March, 2015

Last week I linked to a theory that popular TV show character Homer Simpson has been in a coma for decades, this week comes an idea, by way of a fan, that Jack, who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, in James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic, was a time traveller, on a mission to help Rose (Kate Winslet).

He mentions fishing at Lake Wissota – a man-made lake that was built in 1917, five years after the Titanic sank.

What can I say? You’ll never see the story the same way again…

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It’s all about shades of grey, even if we can’t see all of them

Friday, 27 February, 2015

Obligatory Fifty Shades of Grey mention, since everyone seems to talking about it… there might be a million shades of grey, or fifty come to that, but seemingly the human eye can only discern about thirty shades of grey:

Of course, that’s a rough estimate. Depending on the lighting conditions, surface texture, and background color, people may be able to distinguish a few more or a few less shades.

While fifty sounds like more fun, thirty is probably better than nothing…

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Films adapted from magazine articles

Thursday, 26 February, 2015

Argo, Ben Affleck’s 2012 film about the efforts of Tony Mendez, a CIA agent, to try and smuggle a group US embassy workers out Tehran during the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis, may be the best known film of recent times to be based on a magazine article, but it’s by no means the only one.

Saturday Night Fever, The Bling Ring, The Insider, and Coyote Ugly, are among a number of features based on magazine write-ups. And a question for bonus points, how faithful do you think these adaptations are?

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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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