Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wonders of Cinema

Beeban Kidron shows us why it is important for all of us and especially the young to watch the great movies.
This one got me emotionally...

Here's the list of the movies that were shown in this TEDTalk:

- Miracle in Milan, Vittorio de Sica (1951)
- Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle (2008)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Frank Capra (1939)
- Hotel Rwanda, Terry George (2004)
- Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg (1993)
- To Sir, with Love, James Clavell (1967)
- Persepolis, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi (2007)
- Jaws, Steven Spielberg (1975)
- The Diary of Anne Frank, George Stevens (1959)
- The Great Escape, John Sturgese (1963)
- Shoah, Claude Lanzmann (1985)
- Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl (1935)
- The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming (1939)
- Citizen Kane, Orson Welles (1941)
- Boyz n the Hood, John Singleton (1991)
- Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, Ron Howard (1995)
- Ben Kingsley as Gandhi in Gandhi, Richard Attenborough (1982)
- Eve Harrington from All About Eve, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950)
- Howard Beale from Network, Sidney Lumet (1976)
- Mildred Pierce, Michael Curtiz (1945)
- Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock (1954)

Monday, June 04, 2012

What movie made you cry?

Lynn Hirschberg interviews actors from the "Best Performances" portfolio asking the question: What Movie Made You Cry? There are several movies that made me cry or had me on the brink of tears (maybe not initially but in later years after rewatching them as an adult): Bambi, La Dolca Vita, E.T., La Strada, Cinema Paradiso, The Road...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Starship Troopers Film Analysis by Rob Ager

I like the film analyses by Rob Ager. He does very throrough explanations of themes, subtext and symbols in many great movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Shining. This time he went to analyse Starship Troopers, which has over the years since its release garnered a big cult following where people admire the movie for its intelligent und subtle messages next to the more obvious bug slaughterfest that it was marketed as.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Steven Spielberg Watches the Oscar Nominations in 1976

This ia cool behind the scenes footage of Steven Spielberg as a young director watching in anticipation of his nomination for his directing on Jaws.

"... commercial blacklash" - Steven Spielberg.

Andrew Stanton on What Great Stories Are About

Andrew Stanton tells us the story on how he became a storyteller. He talks in front of the TED Audience and delievers a great on great storytelling and how he sees the important parts of it. One of the remarkable things he talks about is how they challenged the notion of what elements Cartoons/Animations had to have as an ingredient to be successful before Pixar came to the scene. It's a must see for everyone working on storytelling! Stanton is, as you know, a longtime succesful Pixar Animation writer and director, with credits such as Finding Nemo or Toy Story.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Coolest Celebrity Photo Ever!

And it's just because of Robert Redford and Paul Newman stand there playing ping pong. Enjoy!

It doesn't get any cooler. I think Redford stands out in this picture a little more because of the sunglasses and the mustache, waiting for his turn of the game, chilling, but still observing the game. But without Paul Newman in action to serve back the return, this wouldn't be as cool as it is now and ever!

Liam Neeson and his first ever Fan!

There are not many times you see an international superstar like Liam Neeson to have a fan prove she/he is the first and oldest fan! And of course as cool as Liam Neeson is, he made her a voice message nobody wants to delete but nobody wants to "hear".

Monday, January 16, 2012

3 Minutes

This is another great short movie with a kind of intriguing premise. I don't know how I missed this one. The upload time is just a little over a year ago. Anyway, enjoy this three minute short by Ross Ching!

I know those lightsaber fights in videos are getting old, but nevertheless when it's well done, you can't really complain. I liked how they managed the reflections on the marmor stones during the fight scene. A nice little touch, which shows that little details like that can up the quality of a scene or movie immensily for the audience.

And the best comment on this video goes to this person:

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Lion King Rises - Trailer

This trailer is a must see for anybody, especially for the ones who have watched The Dark Knight Rises.

The lip sync is so well cut to both the audio of The Dark Knight Rises and the footage of The Lion King, it makes me want to watch both movies again now!

Monday, January 02, 2012

December 31, 1941 - 5 Second Film

You just have to have a very dark humor and some history knowledge. Especially the expression of the little girl at the end makes it so funny!

New Alien Teaser Trailer - Prometheus Style

Several days ago I posted the Prometheus Teaser, which made me and many of us very excited for the new "alien-movie". Now Joel Walden has released a Teaser Trailer for the original Alien movie from 1979 with the same style as the Prometheus trailer and it looks and feels fantastic!

It makes you want to watch the movie again, as if it would come out this year. And it should come out as a re-release this year 2012. It would make a lot of money and it would make sense to get people excited about the alien franchise again, especially with prometheus having the same director and style as the original.