Julius writes, "With people like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales backing them up, the Blender Foundation's first full feature length film looks like one of those things that's just bound to happen by itself. Except right now it isn't. Having successfully collected over $630 000 in funding from over 3500 individual pledgers (setting a new world record for animated film), Project Gooseberry needs more to become what it promises to be -- a historic open content film production."
Jamie from Vodo writes, "We've launched Otherworlds, our first indie
sci-fi bundle! This pay-what-you-want, crossmedia collection includes the
graphic novel collecting Cory's own 'Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now',
Jim Munroe's micro-budget sci-fi satire 'Ghosts With Shit Jobs',
Robert Venditti's New York
Times Bestselling graphic novel 'The Surrogates', and Amber Benson/Adam Busch's
alien office farce, 'Drones'. Check out the whole bundle and choose your own price 5%
of earnings go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation!"
Roger Ebert's number one film of 1987, David Mamet's House of Games is about a psychiatrist coming to the aid of a compulsive gambler and being led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.
A nice movie list from mgolf on Reddit. I've seen Shattered Glass (2003), The Player (1992), and House of Games (1987) and liked all three, so I've added the other 12 he mentions here on my list of movies to watch.
Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. They also talk about movies, TV, science fiction, fantasy, and lots of other things. NSFW.
With the long awaited Season 4 Premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is upon us, Ivan and Red cut deep into “Two Swords.” They’re joined by third chair Kelly Anneken, and the three of them discuss molten ice, the sequel to Ser Captain America - The Winter is Coming Soldier, Tall Joffrey, the introduction of Prince Oberyn (AKA “The Red Viper”), mc’ing weddings for cake, the newer/higher mountain, Assassin Kenny Rogers, Jaime going full Buster Bluth, The Cannibal Borg, Joffrey’s Saxophone statue, the abbreviated "Ser Duncan the Tall", and the beautiful reunion of a girl and her named sword!
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Alex writes, "This is a very good example of copyright abuse. The official Blender Foundation copy of Sintel on Youtube is currently blocked because Sony apparently claimed copyright over it.
This is particularly distressing because Sintel is one of the precious few open-source movies in existence. Made with open-source tools, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, with the source files from the movie free to download, Sintel represents the diametric opposite of this type of ownership. "
If Her was all about Scarlett Johansson's off-screen presence–the vagaries of her voice, and what meaning might be read into its inflections–Under the Skin is all about Johansson's looks. And her looking. At you. It's about skin, and bodies, and silent facades. Johansson plays her extraterrestrial invader practically as a mute.
The script for Under the Skin, which opens today in New York City and Los Angeles, and April 11 in select U.S. cities, probably contains a few thousand words of dialogue, max. What conversation there is bridges long silences. Viewers will find no traditional alien versus human action. No chases, or gun battles, or heads exploding with green goo. No little green men or tattooed Klingon wannabes hatching plans to destroy the earth, either.
Likewise, fanboys (and girls) drooling over Johansson won't be treated to some mindless sexcapade. As a nameless woman, Johansson cruises the streets of Glasgow, using her newfound wiles to seduce men for her nefarious purposes. She's an alien femme fatale, and once she's snared you in her spell, gentlemen, her sultry face clicks back to its poker-faced, robotic demeanor. Look out.
Nicholas sends us, "A crowd funding campaign to create a short film
adaptation of Poe's 'The Tell Tale Heart' set on space
station orbiting a mysterious planet. The short, ORBIT, has
an emphasis on practical special effects and old in-camera
techniques as a celebration of some of the classic sci-fi
films it was directly inspired by."
The production team is very accomplished and this looks very beautiful, and they've brought down their reward pricing: $13 gets you a digital DRM-free download of the movie.
Here's a clip from The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (a movie directed by Myst co-creator Robyn Miller and presented by Boing Boing), which shows people on the streets of Portland explaining what happens after we die.
Taschen books has created a useful iPad ebook that serves as a companion to its excellent 100 All–Time Favorite Movies book set (a whopping 800-page two-volume softcover book set that comes in a slipcase.) It has a neat feature - if a movie is available for rental or purchase on iTunes, you can get it right from the ebook.
The 100 All-Time Favorite Movies ebook is 671 pages long and features movie trailers and soundtracks for featured films, and interactive images and galleries.
From horror to romance, noir to slapstick, adventure to tragedy, western to new wave, all genres are represented in this compendium of celluloid excellence. Metropolis? Check. Citizen Kane? Of course. La dolce vita, Psycho, A Clockwork Orange? You bet.... and so many more, including lesser-known masterpieces like Buñuel’s The Young and the Damned. And for a first sample of each of these gathered greats, simply tap through with a wifi connection, watch the trailer, or tune into the movie soundtrack.
Each chronologically arranged film entry also includes a synopsis, cast/crew listings, technical information, actor/director bios, trivia, original poster, production photos, and a list of awards. Decade-by-decade introductions, meanwhile, explore the particular context of each era, setting the historical and social scene for each of these silver screen triumphs.
It's only $10. I bought it earlier today and I love it.
A reader writes, "Lewis Carroll's Alice takes an eventful trip on a streetcar in contemporary Toronto in this short stop-motion animated video.
The character of Alice from Lewis Carroll's famous children's novels is transported to contemporary Toronto where, like many native Torontonians, she takes a ride on the streetcar. As with many trips on the public transit, she encounters a succession of strange characters who engage her in (equally strange) conversations. The dialogue is borrowed directly from Through the Looking-Glass, but given a fresh & funny new twist in this stop-motion animation.
Jennifer Linton is trying to raise funds for sound recording to an already visually complete project."
Linton's work is very beautiful, and she's looking to raise a very modest sum to finish a movie that looks just great. It's a pity that there isn't a low reward level that gets you online access to the finished short, though -- this would be a cheap reward for Linton to deliver and would let the movie's patrons see what they've funded ($25 gets you a Blu-Ray disc of all of Linton's work).
Update: She's added a private Vimeo link to watch the movie as a $10 perk!
A problem crops up when filmmakers try to adapt epic fantasy worlds to the big screen—particularly beloved, richly-imagined literary ones. Sacrifices must be made. Characters are cut, and plotlines are re-routed. Scenes and places don’t match what readers have pictured with their minds. Fans of the original book cry foul.
In the case of director Alejandro Jodorowsky, his vision for Frank Herbert’s masterwork Dune was so over the top, so surreal (and, at times, so absurd), it probably would have blown the minds of critics before they had a chance to grumble.
That is, if Jodorowsky’s translation and transmogrification of Dune had ever been made. It never was.
Carla and I saw Cheap Thrills on Saturday at Cinefamily in LA, and we loved every minute of this black suspense movie, directed by E.L. Katz. (It has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer.)
Failed writer Craig has a wife, a baby, and an eviction notice taped to the front of his apartment. If he doesn't pay $4500 in back rent, his family will be on the street. Later that day his boss at the oil changing station informs him that he is being laid off, effective immediately.
Sitting in a local dive bar, contemplating his bad luck, Craig bumps into Vince, a high school skateboarding buddy he hasn't seen in five years. Vince is a loser (he collects loan shark payments from deadbeat clients), and Craig wants to leave the bar and go home just minutes after reuniting with Vince. Vince convinces him to have a drink with him. A few minutes later, they get invited by a loud man to join him and his beautiful much-younger wife at their table.
Colin explains that it's his wife Violet's birthday and he'd like them to have some drinks with with them to celebrate. Colin orders the most expensive bottle of tequila in the bar and tells Vince and Craig that he will give $50 to the first person to drink a shot. Before Craig realizes what's happening, Vince gulps his drink, and Colin hands him a $50 bill.