6 items from 2015
The Criterion Collection has no shortage of great filmmakers in their rolodex (do people use those anymore?), and over the past little while, they've invited great directors, actors, and more to step into their coveted closet and talk about some of the boutique label's great films, and take some of them home. We've seen the likes of William Friedkin, Mike Leigh, and Bong Joon-ho share their passion and love of cinema with Criterion, and Edgar Wright is the latest to smuggle some great DVDs home from the company. In his visit, the director snapped up copies of the cult fave "Eyes Without A Face" (to give to his Dad), cult filmmaker Alex Cox's "Walker" (which Wright hasn't yet seen), Akira Kurosawa's "Throne Of Blood" (which he only recently caught up with on the big screen), and the unassailable "Don't Look Now." Even though he's a bit jet-lagged, once »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Edgar Wright popped into the Criterion Collection closet for a look and to tell some stories about a few of the titles he was picking up and adding to his bag. Over the course of the video's four minutes he chats about Eyes Without a Face (read my review here), Alex Cox's Walker, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (read my review here) and Don't Look Now, which he calls one of his top ten of all time, and you can read my review here, though Wright suggests you see it without reading anything about it. Watch below. yt id="M99gL8IBMZw" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
Another week, another cool collection of magnificent artwork from the collectible arthouse Mondo. This time it's artist Jason Edmiston with his exhibition called "Eyes Without a Face," with about 150 paintings focusing only on the eyes of some famous figures of pop culture. They're all 3:1 aspect ratio inspired by the field of vision of a standard rearview mirror of a car, but the sizes of the paintings themselves vary in size as Edmiston told BuzzFeed, "I’ve got tiny characters that are a half-inch wide all the way up to a seven-and-a-half foot wide painting. It’s quite a range." These are pretty fantastic pieces. Look! Here's just some of the pieces from "Eyes Without a Face" from Mondo (see more at BuzzFeed): Edmiston says movies have a big presence in this show, "“I’d say 75% are movies — that’s the most visually interesting — but I’ve got television, »
- Ethan Anderton
Christian Petzold took a bold step into history with 2012's Barbara, exiling Nina Hoss's heroine into the diaphanous threats and suspicions of a provincial, 1980s East Germany. With Phoenix, his follow-up, Petzold takes this movement into history even further, striking starkly, deeply at questions of identity in a post-war Germany quivering silently with destitution, rage, and willful blindness. In a spectral sequence opening the film directly evoking the eerie clinical imagery of Georges Franju's lyrical horror film Eyes without a Face, Nelly, a concentration camp survivor, returns in quiet to Berlin after having reconstructive surgery following wartime mutilations. The woman who emerges from under the knife cannot be recognized. She emerges as embodied by Nina Hoss—a true queen in today's cinema—and her slender, lean physique becomes that of a post-war zombie, a ghost embodied, tottering and halting, a body not familiar with movements outside the camp, »
- Daniel Kasman
Mondo, the highly coveted boutique art gallery originally formed by the Alamo Drafthouse, and their artists are no strangers to big, ambitious challenges. But even they may have outdone themselves with this next magnificent feat. Artist Jason Edmiston's new gallery, running from March 13 to April 4 at their Austin, Texas gallery, is being dubbed "Eyes Without a Face" and will feature 150 different portraits of iconic eyes from characters in movies, comics, games, toys, music and more. Yes, Edmiston's next gallery will have 150 different pieces of art in it. Just the four below that we're allowed to share with you today already have us drooling. Here's how Edmiston describes the process behind the show: “I had the idea for the...
- Peter Hall
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
6 items from 2015
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