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Best known as Richard Kelly’s go-to cinematographer for Donnie Darko, Southland Tales and The Box, cinematographer Steven Poster will conduct a masterclass on Saturday at the Made in NY Media Center, run by Filmmaker‘s parent organization Ifp. The day begins with a Donnie Darko screening and includes lunch. Curious to know more about Poster’s career beforehand? This half-hour podcast is pretty comprehensive, covering the childhood moment Poster decided he wanted to spend his life working with photography, his learning experiences at his career’s start as part of the second unit on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and, of course, […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Here’s a really cool Batman character design created by artist Po-Yang Liao. One of the things that I like most about it is the concept of Bruce Wayne taking some kind of capsule that organically transforms him into a crazy creepy-looking Batman. It kind of has a Donnie Darko bunny costume feel to it, especially the teeth. I’d like to see more concept designs of this character. »
- Joey Paur
Director: Dan Gilroy
Running Time: 117 minutes
Synopsis: Nightcrawler follows the journey of Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) as he enters the world of after-hours crime scene journalism.
Morning television in Britain is either BBC Breakfast or Good Morning Britain, both feature news but are primarily more like light-hearted magazine style shows. The States early morning shows are vastly different, focussing very much on breaking news from the night before, the more shocking the better. Nightcrawler investigates the world of those that work to bring these hard-hitting stories to the screen. We enter this seedy world, where ratings are key, via Lou Bloom, a drifter searching for a career path.
The success and validity of the film rests solely on the shoulders of Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal burst onto the scene in Richard Kelly’s brilliant Donnie Darko, and Nightcrawler sees him play another socially inept character. »
- Kat Smith
As ever, our friends at ITV have published the list of songs to be performed, as well as the artist who performed the version being covered.
Halloween classics 'Bat Out of Hell' and 'Thriller' are of course present and correct. 'Highway To Hell' is also suitably screamy.
'Relight My Fire' is the Take That/Lulu version rather than the Dan Hartman disco classic. We think it's allowed because Hell is fiery and that.
'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' gets in because of its spooky video, rather than the song itself.
Similarly, we're guessing 'Mad World' gets a pass because of Gary Jules's dark reworking for Richard Kelly's 2001 classic Donnie Darko, but Jay James will apparently be doing the bouncy Tears For Fears original.
'Bleeding Love'? For Halloween? We »
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s most interesting stars. It’s certified A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal, the rare actor who’s only becoming more famous as he pursues more and more interesting fare. In fact, for a true blue A-list actor, he’s only rarely gone the blockbuster route. More often, he chooses unique work that requires him to really go above and beyond. Already an Academy Award nominee, he’s someone who’s due for not just another nomination, but a win as well. I have no doubt that Oscar will come calling soon, perhaps even next year, but when that time comes, he’ll be incredibly deserving of that honor. As such, it’s a pleasure to fete him this week in my Spotlight on the Stars series. Gyllenhaal got his start on screens with a small role in City Slickers, »
- Joey Magidson
Do you remember the first time you saw Jake Gyllenhaal's 2001 film Donnie Darko? That was a great moviegoing experience for me. The movie kind of blew my mind, as I had never seen anything like it before. It was such a great far out concept, and it was so strange, dark, and mysterious. This was one of my favorite movies of that year, and since its release the film has become a cult classic. As a tribute to the movie, Florey created this variant poster that he calls "Going off on a Tangent." If you want to buy yourself a print head on over to Bottleneck Gallery, where it's on sale for $40. »
- Joey Paur
Do you know anyone named Michael Myers? How about Freddy Krueger? If not, you could soon. Directory service Whitepages recently compiled a list of real people who share names with iconic figures from the horror canon. (While they did not do a follow-up and ask those people how they felt about sharing their names, we can surmise "not good" is probably the answer for most of them.) "Many people could say they've been scared by a number of the villains on this list, but until now have probably never thought that one could be living next door!" Whitepages culture and »
While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern exploitative media tactics taken to a new extreme than Dan Gilroy’s viciously adept directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Humanity’s morbid curiosity with the grisly, disturbing, and depraved happenings in the world around us has long tainted the art of journalism and mass media, and has thus been depicted for ages already in the cinema. Gilroy’s film owes as much to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) as it does Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976), upping the action ante with the growing Gilroy stamp (his brother directed Michael Clayton and the last Bourne film). And yet, it’s an excitingly well written dark hearted treatise with a vitriolic little statement all its own, a glorious new love letter to the seedy underside of Los Angeles, »
- Nicholas Bell
It's the time of the year again: Time to curl up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, stock up on Halloween candy, and watch as many scary things as you can. Even though your instinct will tell you to Netflix a horror classic or run to the movies theater to see Annabelle or Ouija, let us suggest another option: music videos. Specifically these 13, the scariest music videos ever made. Needless to say, many of these are extremely Nsfw, as well as Nsfn (not safe for nighttime). 13. Bat for Lashes, "What's a Girl to Do"Nighttime bike-riding on a seemingly endless road. Silent people in animal masks, including a Donnie Darko–esque bunny, who appear and disappear. Two people (children?) standing at the edge of the woods in Halloween costumes. A creepy childlike musical refrain running through the entire thing. Scary! 12. Michael Jackson, "Thriller"You'd think that by now, the effect of »
- Melody Lau
GeekTyrant reader Lizzie Campbell sent in these charming alternative movie posters that she created in homage to several classic horror movies. Those movies are Hellraiser, Donnie Darko, Frankenstein, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, House of a Thousand Corpses, Ichi: The Killer, and Little Shop of Horrors. She recreated the characters of these movies using polymer clay and other mixed media. It's a fun style. Now if someone out there could take it a step further and recreate certain scenes from these films using claymation, that would be great You can see more of Campbell's work on her website Clay Disarray.
- Joey Paur
Cinematically Insane #DontTouchTCM when it comes to Turner Broadcasting layoffs
Mnpp gives Quote of the Day to Michael B Jordan on his costumes for Fantastic Four. "snug"
Antagony & Ecstacy on The Boxtrolls. Glad Tim loved it
Boston Globe Mark Wahlberg's compound is finished. Holy third nipple, is he planning to house everyone who has ever appeared in any of his movies? »
- NATHANIEL R
"It all started with an Aerosmith video." As we head further into the awards season this year, we start to see the more challenging and thought-provoking films emerge. David Fincher's latest film Gone Girl, which just hit theaters this past weekend, is evoking some of the best writing about filmmaking, and about society, in a long time. It's starting a discussion that we've been afraid to have and yet the commentary so far has been invigorating. The latest must read discussion comes from fellow filmmaker Richard Kelly (of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, The Box) who wrote a massive essay for Talkhouse Film analyizing Gone Girl and comparing it to Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final film which is beloved by critics as well. Kelly's essay, subtitled "A Study of Psychopathy in the Heteronormative Patriarchal Occult" found in full on Tumblr, is a fascinating and apt analysis of »
- Alex Billington
The past year has seen James Franco play film critic, reviewing movies like “The Great Gatsby” and “Man Of Steel.” At the same time, The Talkhouse has made a name for itself by providing a space for artists to write about other artists, which is how the late great Lou Reed came to write about Kanye West’s Yeezus and how “Donnie Darko” director Richard Kelly has ended up writing about David Fincher’s much-discussed “Gone Girl.” Simultaneously posted on Tumblr, Kelly’s review of “Gone Girl” instead plays out as a sort of dissertation wherein Fincher’s examination (via Gillian Flynn’s amazing novel and screenplay) of a doomed marriage between incredibly flawed people is compared to another film dealing with a crumbling marriage, Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” In Kelly’s own words, his piece is “an epic three-part spoiler-filled 4741 word essay” and dissects everything from what Kelly sees as the common. »
- Cain Rodriguez
I’ve always loved hearing filmmakers discuss movies. We’ve often printed interviews where we ask filmmakers about their favorite films and the /Filmcast has tried to bring on directors to review the latest big screen movies. That hasn’t been as constant of a feature as David Chen and I originally planned, because as it turns out, […]
- Peter Sciretta
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
Director: Brian McGuire
Synopsis: WiNdOw LiCkEr, the journey of Ben Wild, into a new form of insanity, that no man has ever experienced before. Through addiction to prescription drugs, reality television, video games, & cam girls, can Ben Wild get to the root of himself?
Ever watched a film so bizarre that you thought you might have been on drugs while watching it? That’s how you feel when watching Brian McGuire’s latest Window Licker, but don’t worry, if you do not feel like that by the end then you really did not get the film at all.
Even though McGuire’s films don’t take on traditional narrative anyway, Window Licker breaks down the narrative as more of a spiral rather than an easy step-by-step look. In the film we »
- Lucy Cave
This site is gonna be changing soon, getting a whole new look. It’s a big deal, as it hasn’t done so since I first started reading it two years ago, probably more than that though. But Comic Execution won’t change. I like this format too much. While I’d certainly like to expand my coverage of comics at Destroy The Brain, I think we’re lacking in general coverage as is, so until we have a bit more in the way of contributors, don’t expect much else besides the column and the occasional interview. I’d love to offer things like previews or contests but it’s proving difficult to get publishers to play ball. I really wanted to do a feature on the Alien/Prometheus/Predator crossover but Dark Horse never responded so instead I’m just doing basic reviews. Which is kind of nice »
- Chris Melkus
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