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Thoroughly hilarious, surprisingly poignant portrait of fandom, friendship, and the filmmaking odyssey that consumed the teenage years of three movie lovers. I’m “biast” (pro): Raiders of the Lost Ark is my most favorite movie ever
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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In 1982, three friends in Mississippi — Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb — set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. You know, just for fun. They were 11 years old, and it took them seven years before they were done with the project… although they were never able to fully finish: they were missing one key scene. I won’t tell you which scene that is, because you can see them go through the adventure and the torment of finally shooting it now, as adults, in the thoroughly hilarious and surprisingly poignant Raiders!: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
As his Noam Chomsky animation proves, nobody does freewheeling movie-making like the French director
Today’s film-makers are a navel-gazing bunch. Often, they seem less concerned with each project’s individual worth than with its place along some grand career trajectory, or “umbilical cord” as Quentin Tarantino refers to the connecting thread of his mighty canon. It’s a mindset that says every film must represent a step forward from the last or else be stricken from the record like so many formative Jj Abrams projects (remember Filofax with Jim Belushi?) Still, if there’s one director you can’t accuse of such preciousness, it’s Michel Gondry.
Since his 2004 breakthrough film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Gondry has made nine entirely dissimilar features, among them a French surrealist comedy, a concert film in collaboration with Dave Chappelle, a $120m superhero movie, a documentary about his aunt, and an animated conversation with Noam Chomsky, »
- Charlie Lyne
A work of documentation, as opposed to a pure documentary, A Space Program offers a vision of what The Martian might look like as directed by the heroes of Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind. Directed by Van Neistat and inspired by Tom Sachs’ large-scale installation simulating a Nasa mission to Mars in an art gallery, the film is a gleeful exploration in Diy. Sachs’ space program, first launched in 2007 in Los Angeles, was a simple mission to the moon before debuting at New York City’s Armory show in 2012. The installation is immersive, requiring audiences to move from room to room, simulating cross-cutting as the locations change from a control room to the actual mission This filmed version is a hybrid of performance documentation and narrative filmmaking, reflecting the inherent drama of the space program.
Exploring the expertise of each team member and their material of interest, we learn »
- John Fink
3 items from 2016
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