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Movie Poster on Wry iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, October 10th, 2016.

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Uncle Monty & the Housing Benefit Manual iPhone 6S Tuesday, May 9th, 2017.

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Minion If You Lose iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

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Drunk on Media iPhone 6S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, September 12th, 2016.

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Movies

Briefs

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Another Tim Ferriss Show link, this time a joyful 2-hour interview with Terry Crews, artist, athlete, movie actor, taboo-dispeller, celebrity, self-help book aficionado.

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Mark Hamill on The Last Jedi: He’s not my Luke Skywalker. My prediction: this movie will be what elevates the reputations of the prequels. And Poe Dameron that of Jar Jar Binks.

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Drew Pierce, Iron Man 3 co-screenwriter with director Shane Black, discusses the writing of the Trevor Slattery reveal in this Vulture article. There’s also a jpg of the screenplay! This is one of my favorite Marvel movie scenes. And jeez, I just discovered All Hail the King — where have I been?

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Reflections on Tarantino by Tom Shone, film critic and author of a new book about the director.

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

According to this meretriciously entitled New York Post article “Millennials don’t really care about classic movies”, the only 4 overlapping movies among the top 10 most common movies that both millennials and over-50’s have seen are: 1) Forrest Gump, 2) Back to the Future, 3) The Silence of the Lambs, and 4) The Godfather. That’s Zemeckis in 1994 and 1985, Demme in 1991, and Coppola in 1972. No Spielberg, Hitchcock, not even James Cameron. Interesting.

 

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Slant Magazine is once again in Jerusalem, this time for Jerusalem Film Festival 2017. By Greg Cwik.

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Now this you should see. Via Andy Serkis the motion capture king, Gollum reads a couple of Trump tweets as his own. Ah, excellence. [via motherjones.com]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

David Arnold speaks to collaborating with Chris Cornell on “You Know My Name”, the theme song for the James Bond movie Casino Royale: “We needed someone who could sing the way Daniel acted…” This has become my #3 favorite, after Carly Simon’s Marvin Hamlish number and Nancy Sinatra’s John Barry one.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“Yesterday we had a fight about whether I’d been dismissive about him saying his feelings had been hurt by my dismissing his feelings during a previous fight…” From the amusing but very dark Narcissism: a reflection by Laura Kipnis in Spiked.

Monday, January 30th, 2017

It seems to be a deceptively hard song to cover, but here’s a good one with a man, a woman and a ukulele on a living-room sofa, deceptively casual, deceptively perfect. Nobody’s done it better, not even Radiohead. And for something completely different: a great ‘Nobody Does it Better’ series montage by Rik Moran.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

David Cripps, the London Symphony Orchestra’s horn soloist, on playing the Star Wars music, and particularly “Leia’s Theme”. Seems clear from this and an interview I read on “Rey’s Theme” that John Williams is inspired by charismatic actors.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Slate’s Black Film Canon. I’m going to take this in. [via Subtraction.com]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

It’s only worth watching if it’s worth watching again.

ASK

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Slant Magazine attends the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival, witnessing the audience versus Miri Regev, Minister of Culture & Sport.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

(All YouTube links…) You’ve heard the accordion, now hear:

And in the LA Times, an interview with John Williams about the soundtrack.

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

So the neighbor Brian is playing his and I thought, you know what, John Williams’ “Rey’s Theme” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens kind of lends itself to the accordion. And here it is on YouTube, very nicely done by Adam Matlock in his bedroom. Commendations to you, sir.

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A romp through the current state of thespian-American affairs with fear and loathing of the English invasion, particular emphasis on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a conclusory celebration of Jake Gyllenhaal.

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Martin Scorsese remembers shooting Taxi Driver. Do you see the woman in the window? Someone else was supposed to do that bit.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Both Hitchcock and Dickens were “fantasists who insisted upon meticulous detail in the unravelling of their plots; they were both poised between art and commerce, with a keen taste for the making of money.” An obvious yet hitherto unmade comparison of two master contemporary English storytellers.

Friday, December 26th, 2014

A little treat: David on David, Foster Wallace on Lynch.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Everybody, everybody, you’re gonna love this account of the making of Boogie Nights, long enough to read like a small book. My only qualm is that they totally should have put Michael Penn’s final comment at the end.

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The New Yorker review of Zero Motivation wherein the writer, herself a deeply unimpressed Bogeret Tzahal, notes the film’s homage to The Breakfast Club.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

A good time, as we await Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to review the rather horrible Continuity of the Planet of the Apes.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

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Simplistic, kind of repetitive, engrossing, not too much I didn’t already know I don’t think, but necessary reading. Nice last paragraph even if redundant last chapter.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Why, by the William Shatner School of Toupological Studies.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Happy 2013! A look back at 2012 with WhatCulture’s Top 12 Of Everything film wise including top 20 movie posters.

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

The best piece of James Bond movie criticism I’ve read: “My favourite Bond film: You Only Live Twice” by Phelim O’Neill, at The Guardian film blog. Muscular, yet pitch-perfect, and deft with what to throw in from the film(s) to illustrate his compelling argument.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Finally, a clear-headed review of Skyfall over at FT: “New director Sam Mendes wants to combine a Bourne-like lack of quips and frippery with Christopher Nolan-ish solemnity and gigantism.” Why eschew what you view as your own franchise’s banalities only to take others’?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Andy Ihnatko, MacTech Conference attendee, on the group tour of Disney Animation, an advance screening of Wreck-It Ralph, and John Lasseter’s desk. [via TidBits]

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Making of The Spy Who Loved Me by the BBC for the Open University, 1977. Episode #1: Cubby Brocolli, Producer. #2: Ken Adam, Production Designer (“not indispensible”, “preferable”, “unique”, “important”). #3, Barbara Bach, Bond Girl.

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

The Business of Bond. More interesting if you adjust for inflation; Thunderball was the most profitable, then Goldfinger, then Live and Let Die. Great little logos per film as well.

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

It was one of the few times in my life that I realized that the artist is much ahead of me.

Woody Allen, on finally liking Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey the third time around

Monday, June 18th, 2012

An interview at frocktalk.com with Being There costume designer May Routh. “Rene Magritte: I think that this came after shooting of the film and can be seen in the advertising and posters, but I never heard it discussed.”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Monday, May 21st, 2012

 
 

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