12 items from 2013
Much has been made of Jay-z’s involvement with Baz Lurhmann’s epic adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The music mogul has never before lent his name or his talents to a project in this way before (we’re not counting his “inspired by” American Gangster album). Despite the hype, this soundtrack collaboration is fundamentally safe (if seemingly off to a fast start on the charts.). Not only is The Great Gatsby a tent-pole blockbuster with an above-the-title director and major A-list talent, it’s a grandiose celebration of New York jazz age glamour and excess — which in some ways, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Google is known for their creative "Doodles" on special days throughout the year. May 8 was no different as the company celebrated renowned graphic designer Saul Bass' 93rd birthday. Bass passed away in 1996, but his impact is long-lasting.
Bass created some of the world's most iconic brand logos, including At&T, Quaker Oats, Dixie and the Girl Scouts of America. He was also responsible for many legendary movie posters, including "The Shining," "Vertigo," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "Anatomy of a Murder."
However, the Google Doodle pays tribute to Saul through something else he was known for, movie title sequences. The video features the word "Google," as written in many of Bass' better-known title sequences. Movies like "Spartacus," "Ocean's 11," "Around the World in Eighty Days" and "Psycho" are represented in the video. Saul's last credited work is the 1998 shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho," which utilized a title »
Today would have been the 93rd birthday of the incredible artist Saul Bass. Bass designed some of cinema's most beloved posters and opening titles, and you know his work even if you may not have known his name. He also won an Oscar in 1969 for his documentary short, "Why Man Creates". And as we saw by the poster for Django Unchained, his style continues to be emulated. In honor of Bass' birthday, today's Google Doodle mimics some of Bass' most famous opening titles including Spartacus, Anatomy of a Murder, Psycho, and North by Northwest. Hit the jump to check out the sequence, and if you like Bass' work, you should pick up Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design. Via Google. »
- Matt Goldberg
Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 93rd birthday of famed graphic designer Saul Bass and the 81-second video, which you can watch in full directly above, pays tribute to Bass's legacy of film title sequence and poster work all set to the tune of "Unsquare Dance" by Dave Brubeck. Below I have included the films referenced in the video and they include Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest and another two films from Otto Preminger in The Man With the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. Also included is a tribute to the poster art for Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus as well as tributes to West Side Story and Around the World in 80 Days. The work done here was completed by Matt Cruickshank, an artist who worked on the upcoming Golden Book for Pixar's Monsters University and it was created entirely in Adobe's Illustrator and After Effects programs. »
- Brad Brevet
Saul Bass trained as a graphic designer, and was commissioned by director Otto Preminger to put together a poster for his 1954 opera/musical Carmen Jones. Preminger was so impressed he asked him to create a title sequence too, and Bass went on to specialise in the area, resulting in memorable collaborations with Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
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Bass made a splash with the 1955 Preminger study of heroin addiction, moving paper cutouts around to suggest needles, veins and arms. The stonking theme, composed by Elmer Bernstein, helped.
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- Andrew Pulver
Ohh, I'm sure Art of the Title is going to flip over this. Today's Google Doodle (for May 8th, 2013) on the Google homepage marks the 93rd birthday of the beloved Oscar winning graphic artist/title designer Saul Bass. Bass passed away in 1996, but would've been 93 today. The Doodle features an 80-second video with the Google logo recreated as various famous Bass' title designs, covering classics like Man with the Golden Arm, Anatomy of a Murder, Spartacus, Vertigo and North by Northwest. It's a smartly crafted, beautifully executed tribute to one of the greatest designers in cinema. Just visit Google.com or watch the video below. Saul Bass was born in the Bronx, New York on May 8th, 1920 and died in April of 1996. He first got noticed in Hollywood designing the titles for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and later went on to work with filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, »
- Alex Billington
While not a universally loved horror flick, The Taint got a nice little push from our own Rob Hunter last month when it hit DVD. Now I’d like to extend the support for one of its directors, Drew Bolduc. I don’t know him, I haven’t seen any of his films, but something tells me he could very well be the next guy associated with Troma Entertainment to wind up a big deal. Just don’t be surprised if he directs Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or anything. He’s already working with aliens in his next feature, Science Team, which is currently raising money by crowdfunding via Indiegogo. And the promo video Bolduc sent us this morning makes me think its not just “a bastard child of science fiction and horror” but also the illegitimate offspring of James Gunn and Wes Anderson. But I don’t have any idea what the end result will be »
- Christopher Campbell
We've all got to do our part to help with the Scotus situation today, kids. I know I'm doing mine: Here are eight fabulous female performanes in courtroom movies to inspire you for the day ahead. Even if they drive younuts, you still qualify to look glamorously insane like Frances Farmer.
Joanna Kramer ditched her family not because she was bored of parenting (which I would've completely understood), but because her despair was so significant that she felt it best to remove herself from the home she shared with her obnoxious husband and tolerable son. Later, when she wanted custody of the scamp, she delivered a tearful monologue about painting clouds on bedroom walls and the misery of the Kramer household, concluding with the defiant line, "I am his mother." Meryl famously wrote most of this great soliloquy, and knowing Meryl's talents, she probably also sewed her own costume, »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Article by Dan Clark
We all have our good years and we all have our bad years. The same can be said for the Oscars. There are certain years that you look at the films chosen for Best Picture and wonder if they should have just cancelled the show. Then there are the years that are so jam packed with all time greats it’s nearly impossible to go wrong when choosing the winner. Those are the years that this blog will focus on. I looked through all the Best Picture Classes to determine the Best of the Best. Overall quality, influence, and longevity were all taken into account when constructing this list of the Top 10 Best Picture Classes of All Time.
10. Class of 1959
Best Picture Winner: Ben Hur »
We're sad to report that actor Ben Gazzara has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 81. Over Gazzara's nearly-sixty year career, his greatest screen moments occurred in collaboration with close friend John Cassavetes, along with actors Peter Falk, Seymour Cassel, and Cassavetes' wife Gena Rowlands. With Falk's passing last year and now with Gazzara's, it seems an opportune time to revisit a 2004 chat I had for Venice Magazine with the surviving members of the Cassavetes "company" that coincided with Criterion's release of their "John Cassavetes: Five Films" collection. Cassel was the only member not present during the conversations, which took place in the home that John and Gena shared from 1962 until his death, and which served as a location for many of their films together.
The Legacy of America’s Most Important Indie Film Pioneer Is Preserved in the Criterion Collection’s New Release John Cassavetes: »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
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King: A Filmed Record…from Montgomery to Memphis is the landmark 1970 documentary film that chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery to the triumph on the Lincoln Memorial steps to King’s tragic assassination in Memphis in 1968.
Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970, the three-hour King: A Filmed Record has occasionally been circulated since then in a version that was shortened by an hour. The complete version has been newly restored by the Library of Congress in association with Richard Kaplan and utilizes elements from New York’s Museum of Modern. It’s been mastered in HD from the 35mm preservation negative.
12 items from 2013
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