Andrei Tarkovsky is one of my go-to “favorite directors” when asked. I stumbled upon this video when browsing The Criterion Collection’s YouTube videos. It’s worth a watch.
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I’m not sure if we’ll ever see this level of intensity again. Though, The Blair Witch Project created quite a stir, albeit for different reasons.
via The Film Stage:
Thanks to inflation, box-office records seem to get broken every few weeks, but looking at the adjusted highest-grossing films list, one of the top ten features sticks out more than any other: William Friedkin‘s 1973 horror The Exorcist, considered by many to be the scariest film of all time. Besting even Avatar when it comes to adjusted domestic grosses, the film racked up $232 million in the U.S., which is over $900 million by today’s standards.
There is no other place in the world that can ease my anxiety or release my troubled mind than the cinema. There’s something special about watching a film on a large screen with like minded movie-goers surrounding you. And while I doubt this newfangled idea will catch-on, it’s still irritating to think about. Though, and I have to admit, that I’m often more annoyed by the loud popcorn crunchers and rustling wrappers than I am by someone looking at their phone.
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Theaters in major Chinese cities have starting experimenting with “bullet screens” on which audiences can send text messages commenting on the film, which are then projected directly onto the screen.
If you’re sensitive to people using their cellphones during a movie, then going to the movie theater in China would be far from relaxing experience.
Probably one of the more captivating films I’ve chosen to showcase. Not a lot of dialogue, but powerful nonetheless.
From the Vimeo page:
This is my graduate project in ‘Graphic Design’ at the HIT college in Israel.
My thesis is that nothing is original, therefore, none of the materials presented in the project were made by me.
All of the 469 photos used in this video were taken out of Google’s image bank.
“Endless Love” is actually a submission from a Disinfo reader. The short film was created last year as a part of the 48 Hour Film Project in Los Angeles. Each crew is given a genre and must complete the film within 48 hours. The #2NightStand crew was given horror and thus “Endless Love” was born.
Prop: a bottle
Character: David (or Denise) Stott, Athletic Coach
Line of Dialogue: “Why did you do that?”
WINNER – Best Score
WINNER – Best Use of Line
NOMINATED – Sound Design
Maybe film does have a fighting chance in this digital era?
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Eastman Kodak Co., one of the world’s most recognizable film suppliers, is finalizing agreements with industry leaders to keep celluloid in the future of film.
“After extensive discussions with filmmakers, leading studios and others who recognize the unique artistic and archival qualities of film, we intend to continue production,” Kodak Chief Executive Jeff Clarke said in a statement Wednesday. “Kodak thanks these industry leaders for their support and ingenuity in finding a way to extend the life of film.”
Kodak’s sales of motion picture film have declined 96% in the last 10 years because of a widespread conversion to digital displays of movies worldwide, according to data provided by the company.
The company is one of the last film suppliers of significant size left. In 2011, there were 260 motion picture processing labs operating worldwide, according to Kodak data.
All of the controversy only makes me want to watch Invisible Threat more.
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Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program.
Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams to nearby wildfires, delivered by a teenage staff that typically goofs around until the cameras roll and professionalism descends.
Carlsbad High has come to expect a lot from CHSTV, a “signature program,” according to schools Supt. Suzette Lovely.
But no one expected the kind of attention that has lately muzzled one of its most acclaimed works — a short documentary produced by an extracurricular offshoot of the program.
The movie, “Invisible Threat,” bills itself as a report on “the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated.”
As the students and their advisors prepared to debut it, they found themselves cast as foot soldiers in a long-running immunization war between a small group of activists who argue that vaccines cause autism and the vast majority of physicians and scientists who say they don’t.
The Mouth of the Lion (La Boca Del Léon) is an interesting answer to the over-saturation of the “found footage” films that we’ve had to endure the past few years. It has that found footage feel, but is rendered in a relatively new way. The film also raises compelling questions about the whole “Skype exorcism” fad, you may or may not have heard about.
Personally, I’m still partial to widescreen films seen in the cinema. But, I always appreciate innovation and am a sucker for the horror genre. Enjoy.
NOTE: The film is roughly 5 minutes long.
via the Press Release:
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“The Mouth of the Lion” (La Boca Del Léon) is a story directed by Alfonso García López Madrid and written by Vincent Blonde Catalan under the production of the pop producer GEOFILMS ENTERTAINMENT. Inspired by the real exorcisms of Manual Vatican, the film tells the harrowing story of a father who is obsessed with the world of the dead. One of his macabre games has gone too far, so he decides to make one last call for help.
If you’ve ever wondered how David Cronenberg and his team managed to create that infamous head explosion in Scanners, you’re in luck. The new Criterion release of Cronenberg’s classic (which is on sale now at Barnes and Noble) contains interviews with the Scanners team who explain how they designed such a realistic portrayal of an exploding head on a limited budget.
The interview was uploaded to YouTube courtesy of the Criterion Collection: