Despite an off-putting title, The Film Snob*s Dictionary is an informative and hilarious read. A CliffsNotes of film for those looking to deepen their movie related conversations or get a quick refresher course. Chock full of directors and actors from Kenneth Anger to Steve Zahn, behind the scenes factoids, terms, and etiquette every “snob” should know. Did you know that Martin Scorcese has used a female editor, Thelma Schoonmaker for every film since Raging Bull in 1980? They met as film students at NYU. Or that true film geeks consider the third row to be the perfect viewing experience? Filmmaker Peter Kubelka took this ideal to a ridiculous level when he created The Invisble Cinema within New York’s Anthology Film Archives during the 70s. A place where the viewer could sit in a little pod, and have no interaction with other viewers around them (see: here). I’m just happy to get a seat in the back and some nachos.
I have this book. I recommend it.
As you guys might have guessed from the photo above, it was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo that we got to see. IN 3D. Not a big fan of 3D, but Martin Scorsese was less than three feet away from me, guys. I almost died. Details about the film as well as thoughts on the festival are forthcoming!
Next up is seeing Wes Anderson at the 10th Anniversary showing of The Royal Tenenbaums on Thursday.
Director Pete Travis forced off Dredd
Director Pete Travis has been forced off Dredd - the latest film adaptation about the 2000AD lawman Judge Dredd - according to reports in the US press.
The Los Angeles Times claims that scriptwriter and producer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) has taken over the post-production process and may seek a co-director credit.
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Translation: Dredd is going to suck again.
Beautiful Girl With The Dragon Tattoo images online
A bunch of arty Girl With The Dragon Tattoo images have been released and we absolutely love them.
Despite the fact they don’t really look like stills from the movie - especially the above image, unless Fincher’s boldly experimenting with Hipstamatic video cameras - they still increase our anticipation levels by highlighting just how much Rooney Mara’s getting into character.
Check ‘em out below and tell us what you think.
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Films Seen in 2011:
291. The Howling (1981, Dante)
If they only made werewolf films like this still. Hell, if Joe Dante only made films like this still …
Great B grade horror: cheesy gore, bad acting, gratuitous sex.
Matthew Vaughn adapting Mark Millar’s Superior comic
Director Matthew Vaughn has bought the rights to Mark Millar’s comic book Superior, about the first superhero ever to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
“Basically, my Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn has bought the movie rights to Superior from me and Leinil Yu. And Leinil and I am also teaming up with the MS Society, who want to use the character as it’s the first superhero with multiple sclerosis,” Millar told Comic Book Movie News.
“Vaughn and I have hinted at this for about 18 months but this is the first time we’ve ever confirmed he’s bought the rights.”
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I don’t keep up much on comics these days, but this is a joke, right? Why does every creation by Millar come off as derivative (nearly plagiarisitc) or movie of the week cliched or both?
It’s like Millar decided to redo Captain Marvel and then gave him a condition he drew out of a fishbowl.
Tengoku to jigoku 1963 - Director: Akira Kurosawa
Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi
Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a diabolical treatise on contemporary Japanese society.
I would disagree completely with the above blurb. Yeah, there is some social commentary on the division between social and economic classes. Yeah, Mifune is compelling in the first act—but when is Mifune boring?
Ok, maybe Red Sun.
But I have always considered High and Low one of the worst films Kurosawa made. It’s tedious and thoroughly unexciting.