Posts Tagged ‘movies’

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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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

December 22, 2017

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine for the 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, performed by 21-year-old Judy Garland, who married the film’s director Vincente Minnelli in 1945. The original lyrics were considered depressing by the MGM producers, and Hugh Martin re-wrote them, crafting the poignant perennial enjoyed for seven decades.

More:

“The Story Behind ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’” NPR Music

“The history of a popular holiday song,” Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly

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Christmas Comes But Once a Year

December 10, 2017

“Christmas Comes But Once a Year,” Fleischer Studios, 1936. Voice actors: Jack Mercer and Mae Questel. DirectorDave Fleischer. Animation: William HenningSeymour Kneitel. Music: Bob RothbergTot SeymourSammy Timberg.

Related:

“A Very Fleisher Christmas,” FleischerStudios.com

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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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Hollywood Donald

January 20, 2017

“Every Donald Trump Cameo, Ever.” Three-and-a-half minutes with the Celebrity In Chief.

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Scorsese

November 5, 2016

“Sometimes when it all comes together … you become the film you’re making.” – Martin Scorsese, interviewed by T.J. English in  in 1990. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital).

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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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Chase Scene

September 17, 2016

Chase on a train, from The Wrong Trousers (1993), directed by Nick Park of Aardman Animations.

h/t: Jason Kottke

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