7 items from 2013
December 22, 2012 has come and gone, but the clamour for a new X-Files movie is gathering serious pace.
Chris Carter has whispered about "putting the band back together" and has promised to "go back to the mythology", and what better way to celebrate than a Friday Fiver rounding up our top five episodes of the classic sci-fi series?
The opening double-header promised aliens and government conspiracy, but the moment we realised The X-Files was really something special came with the introduction of Eugene Victor Tooms (Doug Hutchison) as the stretchy, liver-quaffing, bad guy. With its Hannibal Lecter-leanings and nods to Stephen King's It, 'Squeeze' had us looking uneasily at every vent, pipe and crawlspace for the rest of our lives and earned a return for the character later that series in 'Tooms'.
Anasazi/ The Blessing Way/ Paper Clip
Into the mythology, then. The hints at The Truth in the »
Joost Schmidt poster designed for 1923 Bauhuas exhibition in Weimar among 100 for sale from Dutch collector
A poster made for an exhibition that was a landmark in design and art history, and which a collector spent a quarter of a century trying to track down, is coming up for auction with a top sale estimate of £200,000.
The poster was designed by the typographer and graphic designer Joost Schmidt for the 1923 Bauhaus exhibition in Weimar, which publicised Walter Gropius' Bauhaus movement, whose influence survives today in minimalism.
The house specially built for the exhibition is now a World Heritage Site but almost all the posters for the show disintegrated, printed on atrocious quality paper at the height of German inflation.
The Bauhaus poster, which bears the words Staatliches Bauhaus, is the rarest in a collection of more than 100 to be auctioned in London by Christie's this October.
The posters in the auction »
- Maev Kennedy
There is an exhibition of the great German graphic designer Hans Hillmann currently running at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Devoted entirely to Hillmann’s film posters from 1952 to 1974, the show, called The Title is Continued in the Picture, runs through the 1st of September and I’m sorry that I didn’t know about it sooner. But for those of us who can’t make it to the Ruhr in the next three weeks, the website Kunst + Film has posted a wonderful, almost-as-good-as-being-there video of the show.
The revelation of the video for me is the size of that Seven Samurai poster. Where most of Hillmann’s film posters are 33" x 23" (slightly smaller than a Us one-sheet), and the Cassavetes above is only 16.5" x 23", that glorious Seven Samurai is 93" x 132", or 11 feet wide.
While many of Hillmann’s witty, »
- Adrian Curry
Directed & Written by Gerald Potterton
Tsff festivities came to a comedic crescendo at the Revue Cinema on Tuesday night with a pair of locomotive laugh-getters starring “The Great Stone Face”, Buster Keaton. First on the program was a throwback silent short made by the National Film Board of Canada in 1965, just a year before the comedian’s death. The film was introduced by International Buster Keaton Society “Porkpie” Scholarship recipient R. Edwin Barnett, whose current research project aims to reintegrate The Railrodder into the main body of Keaton criticism (most books/essays on the actor/auteur simply name-check the movie as one of his “industrial” films during the rush to ring down the curtain on Keaton’s career). After seeing the film, Barnett’s point seems manifest. The Railrodder may not be a great film, »
- David Fiore
The 2013 L.A. Times Hero Complex Film Festival is not to be missed! It's got a great line-up of films and guests that fanboys and fangirls will love to see! Check out who and what films will be there this year!
John Carpenter will be showing and discussing They Live and Halloween; Frank Darabont is bringing along The Mist; Guillermo del Toro will be screening Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone; Roland Emmerich will screen Independence Day; and then there's Chris Carter who will be presenting an X-Files marathon!
The festival takes place May 10th-12th at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Here's the full press release:
April 8, 2013 – Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival will delve into its darker side in its fourth year with a frighteningly stellar line-up of fan favorites. The screenings and live Q&As with their creators will be hosted by The Times »
- Joey Paur
The Hero Complex Film Festival always manages to put together a great line-up with fantastic speakers, and 2013 is going to be no different. The L.A. Times has sent out a press release announcing that this year's Hero Complex Film Festival will celebrate horror and sci-fi by screening films from and talking to John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Chris Carter, Roland Emmerich, and Guillermo del Toro. There will be showings of Halloween, They Live, The Mist, Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, and Independence Day. Also, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the X-Files, the film festival will show three of the series' best episodes uncut: "Pilot", "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", and "Jose Chung's from Outer Space". Hit the jump for the full press release. The 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival runs from May 10 – 12th. Here's the press release: Hero Complex Film Festival Unmasks Nine Genre-Defining Favorites John Carpenter, Chris Carter, Frank Darabont, »
- Matt Goldberg
It’s now been over 10 years since agents Mulder and Scully last graced our screens in their search for the truth. With a show spanning 202 episodes (that’s 55 discs if you’re lucky enough to have the box set), we were invited to join Mulder’s investigation into his sister’s disappearance and Scully’s journey from sceptic to believer. With episodes covering aliens, vampires, parasites and the occult, we would be introduced to enough conspiracy theories and unbalanced characters to give Fox News a run for their money.
As with many TV shows of our youth, the nostalgic enjoyment that comes with re-experiencing something you grew up with now includes the added spotter’s-badge bonus of a casual, fresh faced appearance by someone who would later hit the big time. You’d be casually following the story as it unfolds . . . then you see Dave Grohl checking his watch in the background:
Strictly speaking, »
- Richard Cracknell
7 items from 2013
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