Natasha von Braun, Moscow based sculptor and artist

Thursday, 27 July, 2017

Artwork by Natasha von Braun

Natasha von Braun is a Moscow based sculptor and artist who also has an interest in cinema, and film production.

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Marko Randelovic, Bali based filmmaker and documentary photographer

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017

Photo by Marko Randelovic

Take a moment out to enjoy the work of Bali based filmmaker and documentary photographer Marko Randelovic. How good is this sunrise photo taken at Angkor Wat, in Cambodia?

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Bryen Desjardin, Connecticut based visual artist

Tuesday, 2 May, 2017

Artwork by Bryen Desjardin

Bryen Desjardin is a Connecticut based visual artist, whose work is inspired by the natural world. And the realm of fiction and film, as this work of Logan, aka Wolverine, demonstrates.

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The real hero of the Back to the Future films? The DeLorean of course

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Because I love my Back to the Future theories and ideas. US entertainment and culture magazine UPROXX contends that the DeLorean, the time machine itself, is the main hero of the trilogy.

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.

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Applying some Samurai film styling to the Star Wars saga

Friday, 21 April, 2017

The Star Wars saga reimagined as an old school Samurai film, by Portland Penrose.

Looks good, doesn’t it?

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Before 8, a look at the past Fast & Furious films

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.

To mark this day then, a retrospective, or review, of the Fast & Furious movies to date, put together by the people at Burger Fiction.

And on that note, I’m outta here for the next few days, being (almost) the long Easter weekend. Back next week.

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Are these the most beautiful black and white shots in movie history?

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.

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Jack Toohey, Sydney based photographer and filmmaker

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017

Photo by Jack Toohey

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.

It was taken at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and features Australian musician Vera Blue. I linked to her single Settle about a year ago. Incredible how everything is all interlinked, isn’t it?

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Destino, a Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí film, 60 years in the making

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.

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Five Came Back, a story of film and World War II, by Steven Spielberg

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.

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