Last week was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Soaked In Bleach is a new film mixing historical footage and interviews with dramatizations that dredges up the tired old conspiracy theory that Cobain didn't kill himself, but was murdered by a hit man. Hired by who? One guess. Of course one of stars, at least of the trailer, is the detective Tom Grant who was retained by Love and later claimed that she had paid a hitman to off her hubby. If all this sounds familiar, you must have seen Nick Broomfield's 1998 documentary "Kurt & Courtney." Read the rest
Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder created the movie Stripped about the past, present, and future of comic strips and their creators. Dave is the creator and cartoonist of two webcomics titles, Sheldon and Drive, and the co-author of How To Make Webcomics. He is one of a small but growing group of webcomics artists who are self-sufficient. Fred is a veteran cinemographer, nominated for Best Cinematography at Sundance for his work on Four Sheets to the Wind. He has been shooting commercials for much of his career.
Together, they matched Fred's filmmaking skills with Dave's personal knowledge of the field and his contacts to create the first feature-length documentary on the topic, funded in part through two Kickstarter campaigns. They don't pull punches about the difficulties of being a comic-strip artist, but they show all the joy and love that goes into the work along with many potential bright lights already illuminating parts of the field and shining on the horizon.
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A new Peanuts movie will come to the big screen on November 6, 2015, produced by Charles Schulz's son Craig Schulz with a screenplay co-written by his son Bryan Schulz.
"It's about a round-headed kid and his dog, and that's about as far as I'm willing to go," Craig Schulz told USA Today. Read the rest
Dogs robbing banks!
Friends never believe me when I tell them The Doberman Gang doesn't just exist but there are two sequels! This film is 100% incredible.
Byron Chudnow, director of some favorite Batman and The Wild Wild West episodes, presents us with period perfect down-on-their-luck 1970's bank robbers who decide to innovate. They pivot their operation and outsource the thievery to a gang of highly skilled, low-wage doberman pinschers. While the work product appears excellent, lots of hurdles have to be jumped and roads crossed as these two very different groups learn to work together. Will it work? Can they do it?
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Those damned dirty apes return to theaters July 11, 2014. Read the rest
More than three decades after Koyaanisqatsi, director Godfrey Reggio has created Visitors, another wordless collaboration with Philip Glass and Jon Kane. It will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
"Presented by Steven Soderbergh in stunning black and white 4K digital projection, "Visitors" reveals humanity's trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, "Visitors" takes viewers on a journey to the moon and back to confront them with themselves."
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Her is Spike Jonez's forthcoming film about a man who falls in love with Siri, played by Scarlett Johansson. It actually looks quite delightful! Read the rest
College Humor's faux movie trailer for a live action Daria film, starring Aubrey Plaza. La la la la la. Daria's High School Reunion
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I'll admit it, as a kid Killer Klowns from Outer Space scared the heck out of me.
Long before ICP comes to earth, this bunch of goofy clowns, with a really great toy-based arsenal, land their space-going big top and get to making mayhem! A really useless cop, his love interest and the heroic Terrenzi brothers are all that stand between us, these man-eating clowns and their terrifying pop-corn. There really isn't much more to this classic terrible scifi horror, there doesn't need to be.
If you missed it when it was released you may have been among the fortunate!
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The official LEGO DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future goes on sale August 1. The kit, containing Minifigs of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmet “Doc” Brown, is based on a design submitted to LEGO by fan builders Masashi Togami and Minifig Builder Sakuretsu. The two are donating their royalties from the product to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. LEGO Back to the Future Read the rest
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is the new documentary about the mythic, incredible, and commercially unsuccessful rock band formed in the early 1970s in Memphis by Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, Chris Bell, and Any Hummel. Their three albums #1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers, influenced everyone from REM and The Replacement to Afghan Whigs and Wilco. The film's companion soundtrack album, out this week, is an excellent compilation of demos, alternate mixes, and rare recordings that will delight both longtime fans and those who are (gasp) new to the overwhelmingly awesome Big Star sound. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me soundtrack (Amazon) Read the rest
SoundWorks Collection interviews Skywalker Sound sound designer Tom Myers about the Sound of Monsters Univeristy. Read the rest
"Eltávozott nap" (The Girl) is a 1968 Hungarian film starring rock singer Kati Kovács. I haven't yet seen the film, about a working class girl's search for her biological mother, but the opening freakbeat credits drive me wild. You can read more about The Girl and other Hungarian, Czech, and Russian films at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive calendar for their ongoing "Treasures of Eastern European and Soviet Cinema" series. (via Toys and Techniques)
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In 2003, the excellent documentary film Capturing the Friedmans
told the story of a family falling apart under a 1980s investigation and subsequent trial of the father, Arnold Friedman, and his son, Jesse Friedman, for child molestation. Both pled guilty but shortly after the trial, Jesse insisted that he was innocent, had been pressured into the guilty plea, and began pushing the courts for a re-investigation. Arnold Friedman committed suicide in prison in 1995. On Monday, the Nassau County District Attorney released a new 160-page-report they say supports their investigation and prosecution of Jesse Friedman.
According to the report, "by any impartial analysis, the re-investigation process prompted by Jesse Friedman, his advocates and the 2nd Circuit, has only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender."
Friedman isn't giving up though.
“Today is not the worst day of my life," he said. “I’ve had many, many worse days than today and I’m standing strong and I’ve got as much fight in me — I’ve got more fight in me — than I’ve ever, ever had before. So, game on.”
Subject of Oscar-nominated ‘Capturing the Friedmans’ vows fight for exoneration will go on (Washington Post)
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Last night, I saw the Bling Ring. My favorite part was the logo motion graphic for A24 Films, the distributor and production company that released the movie. Seriously, it's fantastic! Designed by Grand Army with sound by Felt Not Heard. Below is another terrific version that didn't make the cut. Read the rest
Excellent hand-painted "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie poster from Ghana. Click to see it larger. This style of poster was frequently an advertisement for mobile "cinemas" where the operator traveled around with a VHS machine and TV to screen movies for paying customers. You can see more examples here
. And there are several books documenting this art form: Ghanavision: Hand-Painted Film Posters from Ghana
and two volumes titled Extreme Canvas
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Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (the movie) on speed. Er, even more speed. From 1A4 Studio who have done this with a number of movies, including Star Wars, Back to the Future, and The Matrix. Read the rest