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Director David Fincher is nabbing all sorts of acclaim for his new film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" –the Daniel Craig-Rooney Mara starrer enjoys an 94 percent "fresh" rating on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The "Social Network" Oscar contender has established an awesome filmography in the last 15 years, including box office hits like "Se7en," cult faves like "Fight Club" and award-nominated behemoths like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." But for those who don't know, he got his start directing music videos for artists like Madonna, Paula Abdul, the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and Aerosmith. Some of the clips he turned out in the late-80s and early-90s, in particular, have become iconic and genre-defining.
Below are, in our estimation, Fincher's five most iconic videos.
- John Mitchell
"Martin Scorsese's Hugo begins with a vertiginous descent that only gains speed as it follows a train and barrels into the station that will be its main setting," writes Phil Coldiron in Slant. "Leaving the tracks, it continues on its path through the concourse, moving past digital extras, the first of many ghostly presences, before seamlessly entering the realm of the real — that is, the soundstage. The worlds of Lumière (the train: the document of reality) and Méliès (the impossible camera: the spectacle of fantasy) come together, the latter used as a tool to try to restore the long-lost thrill of the former. This is the first moment of Scorsese's career that could accurately be described as Cameronian; it's also the first appearance of Hugo's exceptionally personal cinematic gambit."
It was less than a few weeks ago that news broke (ever so softly) that the world’s leading film camera manufacturers, Arri, Panavision, and Aaton, have stopped production on all film cameras. While this news may not be surprising — what with the meteoric rise of digital moviemaking – it is disheartening nonetheless if only for romantics with allegiances to cinema as it once was. And so, it may seem only logical that 35mm projection in movie theaters worldwide is in decline. What’s shocking is that the extinction of 35mm projection could come as soon as 2015.
MSNBC (via Gizmodo) cites a report from Ihs Screen Digest Cinema Intelligence Service that declares digital projection has been catching on in a big way over the past few years, and will surpass 35mm projection in popularity (as in the percentage of theaters using it) by 2012. Specifically the report states:
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Plot: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.
The Buzz: The only drawback to having to choose a movie of the week becomes apparent on weeks such as this one, wherein I have absolutely zero interest in any of the new releases. First of all, I hated what I saw of the first Happy Feet, and the trailer for Happy Feet Two advertises a film which looks to be about as bearable as swallowing a glass full of shards of glass. And so, the »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Everything old is new again as two of the week’s best DVD releases are for films that are decades old including Giorgio Moroder’s 1984 redo of Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis with music by Freddy Mercury, Loverboy and other 80s superstars. But don’t fret, there are also some solid new films to check out this week including Bellflower, Griff the Invisible, The Warring States and more. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Three Colors: Blue White Red (Criterion) Krzysztof Kieslowski’s thematic trilogy looks at France’s motto: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. Blue stars Juliette Binoche as a woman who suffers a terrible loss and attempts to free herself from life and its responsibilities with a kind of slow-motion suicide, but she instead finds true freedom through healing. Red features Irene Jacob as a young woman whose solitude is slowly shattered by unexpected friendships. And »
- Rob Hunter
When composer Giorgio Moroder rereleased Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis in 1984, it was the best the film had looked in years. At Moroder’s instigation, the film had undergone a three-year restoration process that restored whole sequences not seen in years. How it sounded was another matter. In addition to adding color tinting and replacing intertitles with subtitles, Moroder gave Metropolis a soundtrack that mixed his own synth-driven score with songs by Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, and others. If anyone had the right, or at least the power, to do such a thing in 1984 it »
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In this week's "Even More" section there is a link to a Tom Cruise Blu-ray Collection, which includes Collateral, Days of Thunder, Minority Report, Top Gun and War of the Worlds for only $34.99. It's a good price and worth a look either for you or perhaps as a Christmas present for someone else. However, until November 17 you can buy it at Fry's for only $19.99! Get on it!
Also, I have two Criterion titles I'm recommending this week, but instead of using the Buy Now links next to each you may want to head over to Barnes and Noble where their 50% off sale is still on for I believe another week. Unless I am mistaken it ends on November 21. So, get to shopping!
Three Colors Trilogy (Criterion Collection) I received Criterion's Blu-ray edition of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Troi couleurs (Three »
- Brad Brevet
Late last year, Shock Till You Drop had the opportunity to visit the Moscow set of the upcoming alien invasion film, The Darkest Hour . In August, we brought you the first part of the set visit, interviewing producers Timur Bekmambetov and Tom Jacobson, which you can check out by clicking here . Glimpsing the headquarters of the Russian Academy of Sciences is to feel doubly removed from reality. Like something out of Fritz Lang's Metropolis , the architecture belongs not only to another time but seemingly to a whole other world. Two conjoined white towers are topped by enormous golden cuboids that themselves appear as if alien vessels have landed and overtaken the institution. Just down the street, a towering statue is dedicated to the first man in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri »
We hold in our hands the covers for DC Comics this February. As a child of four can plainly see, these comics have been hermetically sealed in a Cgc 9.9 slab, and they’ve been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar under a giant stack of returned copies of Holy Terror since noon today.
What do we have worth noting? The new look of Darkseid, and we’re far enough into the new 52 books that it’s time for Batman to start crossing over in all of them. Plus Mara Jade, the red-haired assassin who fell in love with her blond-haired man she was sent to kill– oh, I’m sorry, that’s from Star Wars. This is Mera in a jade outfit. Our mistake.
Shall we? Surely!
As usual, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.
Written by Geoff Johns
- Glenn Hauman
Fritz Lang's Metropolis has undergone a huge resurgence in the last 3 years. Ever since the discovery of more than twenty minutes of lost footage was discovered in South America, interest in the film has skyrocketed. What was once a film mainly adored by film geeks has now become the universally acclaimed and recognized masterpiece that it should always have been. The staggering amount of press surrounding the rediscovery has led to repertory screenings around the world and interest in all things Metropolis. One of those things is the avant garde interpretation made by composer Giorgio Moroder in the early '80s. This version of the film has long been unavailable on legitimate home video, but Kino Lorber have managed to wrangle the surely sticky rights »
Chloe (Allison Mack) reads a comic to her son about the Blur and the boy who will become Superman. Seven years earlier: A fiery plant approaches Earth. Clark (Tom Welling) tells Lois (Erica Durance) that some people take time off for their wedding. Lois reminds him there won't be a wedding. He didn't want to crowd her since she usually figures things out for herself when she 's left alone. She wants to ring and cancel and he whooshes the guest list and her phone from her. Lois is adamant he needs to save the day but Clark just doesn't see it, "You're a hero, that's how it should be." There are some things he can't fix. Every minute he spends arguing with her, he could be saving someone, she said that already last episode. Lois is his future and that's what he wants. She'll get in his way but he tells her, »
- email@example.com (Mila Hasan)
The Shining's Overlook hotel remains one of the most disturbing locations in horror. Ryan looks over its history, and how it tells Kubrick's story...
Cinema is full of set designs so beautiful, you almost wish you they were real. Fritz Lang had vast chunks of city built for Metropolis. Joseph Mankiewicz nearly brought 20th Century Fox to its knees, so huge and sumptuous were his sets for 1963’s Cleopatra.
Thinking back over the course of movie history, how many films can you think of where the set itself is as big a star as the actors that emote within it? In Alien or Blade Runner, perhaps. The impossibly creepy motel and Victorian house of horrors in Psycho, maybe. The set in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, I’d argue, towers over all these.
In no other film has an interior felt so mundane and yet so palpably evil – Jack Nicholson »
A must-have reader!
Glenn Erickson’s masterful and insightful criticism over at DVD Savant is a regular stop for many of us here at Trailers From Hell, so it excites us to no end that he’s finally released another compendium of reviews in book form. This time focusing on a genre near-and-dear to our hearts: sci-fi films. Erickson’ aptly titled Sci-Fi Savant features over 100 bits of criticism spanning the history of science fiction on film.
From the publicist:
Sci-fi Savant‘s 116 separate title entries are in chronological order starting with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and ending with James Cameron’s Avatar. Many are exclusive to this book. In addition to representing all of the key classics of the 1950s, the selection gives full coverage to more arcane but equally significant titles.
A brief list of notable rarities:
French artist Greg Guillemin has a penchant for minimalism and clean design — this time inspired by the Art Deco period and other early 20th century art movements to transform superhero characters into unique works of art. The Silver Surfer under Guillemin's hand looks more like the iconic "false Maria" from Fritz Lang's Metropolis instead of the Jack Kirby creation. Batman is perhaps the best looking of the bunch, thanks to his sleek costume. (A Bauhaus Batman!? Amazing!) Hellboy and others make appearances, with Tony Stark's Iron Man resembling the awesome designs of early propaganda art. Check out a few of the images below ... [via Geekologie]
- Alison Nastasi
There's nothing quite like a silent film with live musical accompaniment. Earlier this year, I got to see the Alloy Orchestra perform the score they wrote for Fritz Lang's "The Complete Metropolis" at Ebertfest and it blew my mind; the night easily ranks amongst the coolest experiences I've ever had in a movie theater. When a talented composer actually writes the music for the film you're watching, like Alloy did for that version of "Metropolis," that's an even rarer and greater treat.
Folks in Austin, Texas will have a chance to tap into that silent-movie-live-score magic this Halloween weekend, with a special screening of F.W. Murnau's 1922 vampire masterpiece "Nosferatu." On Sunday, October 30, the film will play the Alamo South Lamar accompanied by a live performance by Graham Reynolds and the Golden Arm Trio. Reynolds, the composer of Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly," wrote the score especially for the film. »
- Matt Singer
In all the current furore about the rising public consciousness of what this article at the BBC refers to as 'Corporate Greed and Inequality', and considering that the issues involved encompass the likes of rising energy prices, major issues of public policy, political accountability and diminishing faith in an economic system that seems riddled with self-serving cabals, cartels and the kind of 'discreet' agreements in the corridors of power that have all but absolved the world's banking powers from the effects of a recession that has cut deep into most of our lives in the last few years...well, maybe it puts the issue of your next choice of movie rental, ticket or disc purchase into an insignificant perspective.
But it worries me. As a veteran of video stores in the UK and Europe, I live near one of the best in London. The expertise of the team of owners »
Alexandre Desplat has been named film composer of the year at the World Soundtrack Awards 2011.
He has now won the top trophy for three years in a row.
Prior to that, he worked on films such as The King's Speech, for which he won a BAFTA (pictured right).
Best Original Song Written for Film was announced as Randy Newman's We Belong Together from Toy Story 3; Alex Heffes received the Discovery of the Year Award for The First Grader and The Rite; the Public Choice Award went to A.R. Rahman for the movie 127 Hours; and the Sabam Award for Best Young »
- David Bentley
Release Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Kino Lorber
Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis is a 1984 edition of Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 science fiction epic Metropolis supervised by Academy Award-winning composer Moroder (Midnight Express, Flashdance) that made some some notable noise when it was issued theatrically back in the Eighties.
Working in collaboration with film archives around the world, Moroder supervised a special reconstruction of the silent movie featuring color tinting, fewer inter-titles, newly restored footage and a lively new score punctuated with Eighties-era pop songs by such artists as Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler and Loverboy.
Rather than substitute the digitally enhanced footage from one of the restorations that have occurred in the 27 years since the release of Moroder’s effort (restorations that can be seen in editions of Metropolis that Kino has issued prior to this release), Kino has chosen to present the film exactly as »
Because you demanded it, true beli– no wait, that’s the other guys.
But we’re here with the solicitations for DC Comics for Novemeber, coming soon to a Previews catalog near you. The New 52 keep rolling along, and we have the Sergio Aragones version of Batman immortalized in a statue.
So let’s take a look!
Details? Yes, we have details…
Written by Geoff Johns
1:25 Variant cover by Eric Basaldua
1:200 B&W Variant cover by Jim Lee
On sale January 18 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us • Rated T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 Us
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Now, with the teenaged powerhouse Cyborg at their side, this group of individual heroes must somehow put their differences aside to face the terror of Darkseid!
This issue is also offered »
- Glenn Hauman
I’m not a big fan of the horror genre. I don’t care for horror films, TV shows, novels or anything like that. But I do have an understanding of the genre and the roots that it has in something I really do enjoy: German expressionist cinema.
German expressionist cinema is a type of film that highlights bizarre sets, unusual angles, dark shadows, strange people and strange places. Mental illness was often a feature of the stories in one form or another. Expressionism got its start in Germany in 1913 with The Student of Prague, but it didn’t really take off and come into its own until after World War I. Though the Expressionist movement was largely dead after 1933 (not coincidentally the year that the Nazis came to power in Germany), it nevertheless created vibe that resonates throughout film today, inspiring, in whole or in part, such genres as »
- Chris Swanson
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