Archive for the ‘films’ Category

Gimme Some Skin, My Friend

November 9, 2022

“Gimme Some Skin, My Friend,” written by Don Raye, Gene De Paul, and Red Mack, performed by The Andrews Sisters in the 1941 Abbott & Costello film In the Navy. The greeting gesture had been know in African American culture since the 1920s. Even Al Jolson used it in 1927, in The Jazz Singer. These days it’s known as the “low five,” a retronym differentiating it from the “high five.”

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2022: People will do anything to get what they need!

July 12, 2022

“It’s the year 2022… People are still the same. They’ll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN.” 1976 movie trailer.

Soylent Green, MGM’s 1973 science fiction thriller, is set in the distant year 2022, when unchecked population growth, global warming, and infrastucture decay make New York City — and the world — nearly unliveable, except for the wealthy few who monpolize resources. Sound familiar?

The movie is loosely based on Harry Harrison‘s 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room!, set in 1999.

More:

“Soylent Green predicted a grim 2022. What did the dystopian movie get right?” Amanda Kooser, CNET

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When to Cut

April 2, 2018

How Does an Editor Think and Feel? Written & edited by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou.

Every Frame a Painting tumblr

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Francis Ford Coppola on Solitude

March 27, 2018

“Death is on the back of everyone’s minds whether they want to admit it or not.”

Francis Ford Coppola, interviewed by author R.H. Greene when Coppola was promoting his film Jack, starring Robin Williams, 1996. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital). Colorist: Jennifer Yoo. Music by Teddy Lasry and Bernard Grimaldi.

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Godard In Fragments

September 1, 2017

Iconic elements of the 1960s work of Jean-Luc Godard, supercut by Kogonada.

Related:

“Jean-Luc Godard: a beginner’s guide,” John Patterson, The Guardian

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Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans

August 22, 2017

“Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans/With Illicit Help From Your Friends,” a Sgt. Pepper/Star Wars mashup by Palette-Swap Ninja (Daniel Edward Amrich & Jude Aaron Kelley). you can download the entire album here. Don’t bother with downloads if YouTube has taken down the video above, since that will mean Sony and Lucasfilm don’t see “fan art” as “fair use” parody.

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America

July 3, 2017

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side Story. Rita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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‘Hollywood Steve’ Bannon

April 19, 2017

Between working as a Goldman Sachs investment banker and haunting the corridors of the Trump White House, Steve Bannon produced 18 films. Three of them explain his plans for presidential power, says Adam Freelander.

More:

“What I Learned Binge-Watching Steve Bannon’s Documentaries,” Adam Wren, Politico

“How Hollywood Remembers Steve Bannon,” Connie Bruck, The New Yorker

Note: Steve Bannon’s filmmaking idol is Leni Riefenstahl.

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2001: A Picasso Odyssey

March 5, 2017

2001: A Space Odyssey, in the style of Pablo Picasso. A “style transfer” by Bhautik Joshi.

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Trump at the Movies

September 22, 2016

Trump at the Movies
Donald Trump’s favorite movie is Citizen Kane, probably because it’s pretentious and American. He explains the film — and his advice for Charles Foster Kane — in a short film by Errol Morris:

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