10 items from 2014
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details from Kadence and soon-to-be feature length film, Headless, a new Phantasmagoria poster, a teaser video for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, a review of The Well, and more:
First Details on Kadence: “Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin’s  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.
Kadence, a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could »
- Tamika Jones
Just over a week ago, Ok Go premiered the video for their new single “The Writing’s on the Wall”. Appropriately, the Internet responded with the expected “oohs” and “ahhs”. But, of the dozen or so articles I checked out regarding the video, said articles were no longer than a couple hundred word blurbs that briefly mentioned that Ok Go makes cool videos and this was another one of them. I would not call myself a music connoisseur by any means, but I do adore music and I adore music videos. I think we should talk about them with more respect. Let’s talk about their relationship to film, both formally and textually. Let’s talk about how film informed music video aesthetic and how, subsequently, music video informed film aesthetic. Let’s talk about how directors have jumped back and for between the medium and how that’s affected their overall style. »
- Kyle Turner
If you want to see how far the visual effects industry has come in 136 years, look no further than this incredible three-minute video by YouTuber Jim Casey. Also read: ‘Gravity’ Dominates Visual Effects Society Awards “The Evolution of Visual Effects” has been a viral hit since it premiered on the video sharing site May 6. Casey's video features rapid clips of movies starting all the way back in 1878, when the zoetrope first introduced the moving image. Classics like “A Trip to the Moon,” “King Kong,” “Steamboat Willie” and “The Ten Commandments” all make appearances before “Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day,” “Gravity” and. »
- L.A. Ross
Recently, someone on my Twitter feed ruminated that directors used to proudly point out instances of visual effects, where today, they are want to highlight in camera effects. The times they are a changin’. This supercut from Jim Casey neatly considers the evolution of VFX across 136 years, from 1878 to today. With glimpses of Le Voyage dans la Lune and Metropolis to Gravity and Inception, the aesthetic beauty of the films has arguably improved, if at the expense of the overall storytelling. I’m still scratching my head over last year’s rapturous response to Gravity, which merely proved that 3-D could be artful, even if the script was still pedestrian. »
- Sarah Salovaara
The 2014 Le Conversazioni literary festival celebrating the relationship between art, architecture, literature, and film took place at the Morgan Library & Museum on Thursday, May 8 in New York. Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni, Antonio Monda, discussed with Isabella Rossellini and Salman Rushdie films that influenced their lives and work.
Isabella Rossellini chose Charlie Chaplin's The Circus (1928), Roberto Rossellini's Stromboli (1950), A Trip To The Moon (Voyage Dans La Lune,1902) by Georges Méliès and Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959).
Salman Rushdie picked François Truffaut's Jules Et Jim (1962) and three of the most influential science fiction movies from the second half of the 20th century, two of them directed by Stanley Kubrick. Dr Strangelove (1964) and his 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). His fourth selection was Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982).
Dancing In The Dark from The Bandwagon
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- Anne-Katrin Titze
We love a good supercut around these parts and while I won't say that this new one is the end-all-be-all of supercuts, it is one hell of a spectacular watch. 1001 Movie You Must See (Before You Die) is a list based on the book of the same name by Steven Jay Schneider and compiles an outstanding batch of footage from the films in the line-up, which includes films from every genre and time period since the beginning of the medium, from A Trip To The Moon to Skyfall. It's a great »
- Paul Shirey
The latest slice of broody Scandinavian quality drama, Pioneer, is already touted for a Us remake. Like The Abyss without all the bothersome alien space tubes, it tells of a group of civilian divers who encounter the perils of the deep first-hand when they're sent to help construct a new oil pipeline deep below the surface of the North Sea. To add the requisite atmosphere and mood, French band Air have stepped up to deliver a score that is rich in both. There's no official soundtrack per se, but the band has composed a series of unnamed cues for the film and Empire is happy to be able to share six of them with you right here.Air, of course, have a rich film pedigree. They scored Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and supplied tracks for Lost In Translation and Marie Antoinette, and in 2010 composed a new score for Georges Méliès great silent sci-fi, »
Writing in Artforum in 2009 about what he called "the New Real-ness" of digital cinema, critic J. Hoberman identified two basic tendencies present at cinema's inception, contrasting the "undirected" actualities of the Lumiere brothers with the trick films of Georges Melies. In the former, the camera primarily captures recognizable images of the real world. In the latter, camera and editing conspire to produce filmic effects, and to create a reality that we can only experience through film. A trip to the moon, for example. Digital cinema, the argument goes, erased the relationship between the camera and reality inherent in the photographic image. The picture made of pixels is infinitely malleable, and reality can be built from the ground up. But how reliable was the photographic image? Matthew Brady, chronicler of the American Civil War and one of the world's first photojournalists, famously altered elements in the compositions of his photographs, rearranging debris on a battlefield. »
- Paul Dallas
This short video definitely has an affection for Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Steven Spielberg, but I found it to be an entertaining peek through the history of cinema while also managing to include quite a few 2014 features in its running time. Created by Scott Ewing, he posts in the description the following: This montage began as a labor of love and quickly became an obsession of mine. Many days and hours were spent researching clips, downloading and editing. This could not have been possible without the complete and total encouragement from my wife Tiffany ... you rock! The following montage chronicles the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 by Edward J. Muybridge to the Lumiere brothers in 1895. Georges Melies A Trip To The Moon in 1902 was a total game changer and from there we go to the first theatrical releases starting in 1920-2014 ... this portion of the montage is chronological. »
- Brad Brevet
In the Austin Film Society's ongoing Godard vs. Truffaut series, it's time to return to the world of Antoine Doinel this weekend. The 1962 short film Antoine Et Collette will be paired with 1967's Stolen Kisses. Both films will screen in 35mm tonight and again on Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa. On Tuesday night, you can head up to the Afs Screening Room at Austin Studios for an Avant Cinema screening of the 1929 experimental Russian film Man With A Movie Camera.
Make sure you're back at the Marchesa on Wednesday night as Richard Linklater kicks off his new series Jewels In The Wasteland: A Trip Through '80s Cinema with Martin Scorsese's The King Of Comedy screening in a brand new print. This is the first film in the 1980-1983 portion of the 35mm series, which will be programmed through May. Linklater himself will be introducing all the films and hosting post-screening discussions, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
10 items from 2014
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