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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Some more exploratory links.

One thing I have been tracking lately is the progress on Ron Howard's 'Rush.' 'Rush' is about the 76? Formula 1 season and the drama between James Hunt and Nicki Lauda. It recently began principal photography and Ron Howard has posted some great photos following the production on his Twitter.

These next couple are links to Youtube. The first is Part 1 of the video blogs for David O. Russel's 'Three Kings.' Just saw it recently and thought it was very good. The next is the link to the audio commentary of 'Boogie Nights' by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Next is an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson about 'There Will Be Blood.'

Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton working on a short film together? Yes.

Great interview with Gary Oldman about Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and other things.

The movie of the week this week is 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' I can't believe I haven't seen a movie with Audrey Hepburn before. She's mesmerizing in this movie.

I recently saw 'The Artist,' and thought that it definitely was a great movie. Wonderfully told story; concept not the most original, but a Hollywood romantic would love this movie. Mostly, my consensus is a solid 'A,' but it's way over hyped. I don't think that creatively it pushed many boundaries, and kept thinking that in no way was this movie better than 'Toy Story 3,' 'The King's Speech' or 'The Social Network' last year. The fact that this movie has enjoyed so much success I think is more a testament to how well the Weinstein Bros bring in audiences and throw the Oscars.

Another great couple of movie posters.

Brave and John Carter.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Week in Review

So I made a point to keep track of all the websites I've been to this past week, but I didn't do it. And as for that film list last week, I couldn't watch a single film. Actually, I did watch A Streetcar Named Desire, but it's one of those films I have to watch again.

Anyways, this is my best recount of the links I've visited throughout the week

David Lynch and Michael Fassbender interview over at Interview magazine

Here's a quote taken from the Fassender interview. Fassbender on McQueen:

"That’s the thing with Steve. He’s kind of like a little boy and an old man at the same time. He’s sort of masculine, and yet he’s also got a very feminine quality. The first thing that struck me when I met him was that he doesn’t pull any punches. There’s no room for bullshit with him. To give an example, on Shame we were doing a scene that was pretty full-on, and he came onto the scene, and I was like, “Yeah, that’s pretty good for a first take. You know, not bad.” Then he said, “Let’s have a chat.” So we went into a separate room, and he was like, “Some actor geezer just came into the room here. That wasn’t Michael Fassbender. I know what you’re doing, but you’ve got to find something different.” [both laugh] I was like, “Oh, shit.” So I went back to the drawing board and tried to pare things down and just make them honest. It’s such a clich├ęd thing to say, but it’s true. His philosophy is to just go for it—go to a place and see what comes of it, because we’re all gonna die one day, so what have you got to lose? If you fall flat on your face, then you fall flat on your face. It makes for a scary environment, but a very exciting one as well . . . And then I see the grip, who’s been in the business for, you know, 35 years, and he’s like, “Show him that you’re brilliant. Don’t let Steve down.” [Brolin laughs] So that feeling he creates is not just between the actors and director but literally throughout the entire crew making the film. You know, if you can keep the crew guessing and interested in what you’re doing, then chances are . . ."

Inside David Lynch's nightclub Silencio in Paris.
He designed all the interiors. (warning) There's not many pictures, which defeats the point of the article. I figure journalists love to talk about what they know and they how they know it and who knew it before them and how that person found out, especially British journalists. Needless to say, there's only about three pictures and about 100 words per picture. Still, it gives a taste of the design language inside the club.

Link to the Moonbot Studios website

Photos of 1950's New York

Link to Ron Howard's Twitter page. He has some cool set photos from Rush.

Oh, and Brad Bird may direct Here They Be Monsters

And...there's more sites I've been to this week, but not many of you will follow the links anyway, sooo, I'm finished (a la Daniel Plainview).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Harley Jessup

Harley Jessup is a production designer at Pixar Animation Studios (dream job). I watched this interview out of chance. In this interview Harley talks about working on a film called 'Twice Upon A Time' by John Korty. It's an animated film that David Fincher also worked on before he moved on to ILM. Both Jessup and Fincher ended up working at ILM doing special effects. I find it incredible how two talented artists, at some point in their careers, especially early on in their careers, were working on the same material at the same time. John Korty had an unusually good eye for finding talent.

Harley Jessup Interview about his career and computer animation.

David Fincher Interview at New York Film Festival after the release of The Social Network and before production on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.