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The Substance of Style – Wes Anderson’s influences
April 14, 2009, 4:59 am
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If you haven’t been following this 5 part series by the Matt Zoller Seitz or have been anticipating the conclusion – the final part is now out.

(Check the right side panel on each article’s page for the video versions.)

a five-part series of video essays analyzing the key influences on Wes Anderson’s style… Part 1 covers Bill Melendez, Orson Welles, and François Truffaut… Part 2 covers Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols. Part 3 covers Hal Ashby. Part 4 covers J.D. Salinger. Part 5 is an annotated version of the prologue to The Royal Tenenbaums.

It is a shame that the some of the parts examine some of Anderson’s influences too quickly, as i found to be the case with the examination of French New Wave in part one. I bring this up having watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou about a month or two ago and thinking that Godard’s use of colours and visual aesthetics would most definetly have been a significant influence on Anderson.But over all the videos are very well put together and offer a great insight into Wes’ mind and work.


List love – Movies and Music
April 11, 2009, 3:56 pm
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People on the internet love lists, i think its probably due to a change in how we receive media. Not wanting to read a whole article, the internet has changed our viewing patterns. We quickly scan pages for things of interest, lists are great for this. Blah Blah Blah. You probably Haven’t even read this far…

So here is a small list of recent(ish) lists:

• 10 Most Controversial Sex Scenes.

• 10 Greatest Mall Set Action Scenes.

• 5 Least Convincing Scenes in Sports movies.

• 25 great albums that work best when listened to from start to finish.

• 5 Tips For Surviving The Worldwide Economic Collapse I Picked Up Rewatching The Road Warrior.

• 6 Movie Remakes That Missed the Point.

• 6 Evil Henchmen Who Sucked at Their Jobs.

• 20 shots to be henceforth retired from film vocabulary.

Movie Post – Moon and Solaris Posters, and trailer
April 11, 2009, 7:54 am
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Sam Rockwell is one of those actors who really catches my eye when ever i see him on screen.

He doesnt get too many leading roles, but has stood out enough within his supporting roles to have made me look forward to his upcoming film “Moon” for quite a while now. The trailer is out and, looks quite promising.

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The poster reminds me of one for Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris from 1972, who’s themes are quite similar to that of Moon’s.


Hit the jump for a second, earlier Moon poster.

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Lets talk mosaics. Zagar & Gaudi.
April 9, 2009, 11:49 am
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Over the past four decades, Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. In A Dream is a documentary feature film that chronicles his work and his tumultuous relationship with his wife, Julia. It follows the Zagars as their marriage implodes and a harrowing new chapter in their life unfolds.

After watching this trailer for the upcoming documentary In A Dream, and seeing some of Isaiah Zagar’s work I was compelled to have a look at more of his art. My knowledge of mosaic work is fairly limited, as it would be with most I’d imagine, but his work looks quite interesting.

some of Zangars work (click for a larger view)

some of Zangar's work (please click for a larger view)

I have been to Barcelona and visited the work of Antoni Gaudi, who not only created some of the most interesting and beautiful architecture on the planet during the late 19th century, but encorporated alot of mosaic work into his structures and art. Zagar’s work is comparable to Gaudi’s in this sense, but it is interesting to see the mosaics within an urban setting such as Philadelphia, and at such similar grand scales as well.

Gaudis Lizard

Gaudi's Lizard

I hope I get a chance to see this film once it is out, though the distribution would be very limited.

Hit the jump for a bunch of pictures of Zagar and Gaudi’s work.

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Where the Wild Things Are. Early Versions 1973 & 1983 animations- video
April 7, 2009, 1:58 pm
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If you thought that Film the blanks poster of Where the Wild Things Are was cool, and you are as excited as me to watch Spike Jonze’s latest effort- then the following animated adaptation from 1973 of the book might be of interest.

According to wikipedia Disney and pixar were set to make a CGI version in 1983, however it fell through. looking on youtube i found the following video, which details the process of how they were set to make the film. Its not all that interesting, however the last 35 seconds is of test footage and though the film looked like it would have been shit, its interesting how this technology was being thought of so early.

after the jump is a claymation version of the story, and the trailer for Spike Jonze’s Film

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Film posters, re-designed.
April 7, 2009, 10:15 am
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Film the Blanks is “An ongoing experiment to abstract and/or reduce film posters. Some famous, some not so famous but all cool in their own way.”

A lot of these look really cool, you can contact them if you would like to buy a screened print.

Check out the site at: http://www.filmtheblanks.com/ and try and guess the movies.

Some of my favourites after the jump.

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