http://quizible.com/quiz/movie-posters-101/2921 Fun – and not easy – movie poster recognition test. 74 was my final tally (of which I’ve seen 31). I’m surprised at how effective some of these posters were at sticking in my head. I’ll blame them for causing me to forget things like my 11-times-tables and all those piano lessons I had […]
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http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2010/08/16/100816crci_cinema_lane Anthony Lane’s movie reviews are few and far between, compared to newspaper scribes like AO Scott and Roger Ebert, but I’m convinced this is because he requires time to build up for the explosion of wit that infuses his reviews. That simplicity carries over into Richet’s film, which performs the unlikely trick of being […]
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-willman/one-last-strange-night-wi_b_211492.html I only recognise David Carradine from dreck like Kung Fu, so wasn’t too broken up to hear of his suspicious death yesterday. After reading this account of his “strange” behaviour, however, I’m mourning a little. Sounds like a guy with interesting opinions and an unwillingness to compromise, artistically. (And then I remember, y’know, Kung […]
http://www.avclub.com/articles/xmen-origins-wolverine,27393 One of the things I most enjoy about the AV Club is how the readers are often just as knowledgeable and funny as the writers. Here, they’ve hijacked the comments section of the Wolverine review to trade famous movie yells. As an old AV Clubber once commented, “Can opened. Worms everywhere.”
http://www.postmodernbarney.com/2009/04/uncomfortable-plot-summaries/ A refreshing dose of cynicism to clear away the bitter aftertaste of withered optimism. These “uncomfortable plot summaries” cheered me up. Thanks, man! # CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Deranged pedophile big-business industrialist tortures and mutilates young children. # KARATE KID: Boy gains acceptance through violence. # SCHINDLER’S LIST: Wealthy industrialist expands not-for-profit ventures. […]
http://www.liquidgeneration.com/Media/Videos/LG_Originals/Top_10_Lists/100_Best_Movie_Lines_in_200_Seconds/ Cute concept, but in the first 17 seconds I saw Adam Sandler, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Mel Brooks and Chris Farley, amongst other regrettable “stars”. Their idea of best movie lines does not match my idea of best movie lines.
http://www.flixxy.com/polar-bears-eskimo-dogs.htm “Polar bears and Eskimo* dogs become friends” Cuteness of the clip undercut – as usual – by my tremendous cynicism. I have visions of this guy’s dog team happily hauling him straight to the “friends” with whom he allows them to consort. *For the love of God, people, stop using the term Eskimo. Even […]
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/ap_en_ot/oscar_nominations_31 The romantic fantasy “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” led Academy Awards contenders Thursday with 13 nominations, among them best picture and acting honors for Brad Pitt and Taraji P. Henson, and a directing slot for David Fincher. Other best-picture nominees are “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “The Reader” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” WALL-E snubbed by the Academy […]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_angle On yet another The Third Man kick: The preponderance of Dutch angle shots got me wondering about the origin of the phrase. Go figure, the Wikipedia page includes this little gem about my fave movie of the moment: The 1949 film The Third Man makes extensive use of Dutch angle shots, to emphasize the […]
http://www.neatorama.com/2008/12/03/the-story-behind-hollywood-studio-logos/ One aspect of movie culture that I’ve never previously thought to study: The studio logos. This is pretty neat, actually.