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3 items from 2013

Why I Love … Jon Voight's shifty eyes

19 August 2013 4:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rowan Righelato: Voight's peepers contain an encyclopedia of evil intent. He can make a villain of himself with the slightest of squints

• Why I Love … the pink elephants from Dumbo, the opening titles from Human Traffic, the first fight in Fight Club, non-professional actors and the Jeff Daniels character in The Squid and the Whale

If, as Nic Ray said of cinema, "the melody is in the eyes", then Jon Voight is the Thelonious Monk of actors. Dissonant, off-key, jarring yet mesmeric, his fragmentary gaze is machine-tooled for his roster of late-career villains, as well as current TV series Ray Donovan. His charming psychopath, Mickey Donovan, reveals an encyclopedia of evil intent with the slightest of squints.

As a young man in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Voight's shaky eye contact brilliantly conveyed male prostitute Joe Buck's mix of damaged innocence and youthful bluster. Similiarly, that nervy demeanor nailed the character of »

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Olympic ceremony subject to further claims of design similarities

11 July 2013 9:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Young design practice says it presented glowing duvets and pillows to Danny Boyle back in 2005

It was one of the most memorable moments of the Olympic opening ceremony, as 320 hospital beds were wheeled into the stadium and flickered to life. Aglow with illuminated duvets, the beds were arranged to spell out the logo of the Great Ormond Street hospital and the NHS, whose staff proceeded to burst into an acrobatic jive routine around trampolining children. But for young London design studio Loop.pH, the scene was strangely familiar.

"I designed a glowing duvet 10 years ago, when I was a student at the Royal College of Art," says Rachel Wingfield, co-director of Loop.pH, which specialises in light installations. "Danny Boyle spotted it and invited me in for a meeting in 2005 when he was working on the set design for the film Sunshine. He thought the illuminated bedding would look great »

- Oliver Wainwright

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The Best Movie You Never Saw: Light Sleeper

7 June 2013 3:33 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be examining Light Sleeper, from writer/director Paul Schrader. The Story: 40-year-old drug dealer John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) is struggling with his place in life. A recovering »

- Paul Shirey

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