Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Enough With The Remakes Already!
According to Ain't It Cool News, another one of my favorite movies, John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, is getting a big-budget Hollywood remake. Ugh. Cinescape has more details here, but I warn you, they're not very encouraging.
Monday, March 22, 2004
Cunningham on Blade Runner
The latest in The Telegraph's film-makers on film series: Chris Cunningham on Blade Runner.
Monday, March 15, 2004
"The Revolutionary James Bond Movie"
In the new issue of Bright Lights Film Journal, Robert Castle makes the case that On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the best Bond movie.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Upcoming Warner Films on DVD
Warner Home Video has announced a ton of catalog titles coming to DVD in the next two years. Masters of Cinema has compiled a list of some of the highlights. Some especially notable ones are restored versions of John Ford's The Searchers and Stagecoach, a number of film noir titles coming this July including Out Of The Past (Tourneur, 1947); The Set-Up (Wise, 1949) commentary by Wise and Scorsese (!!!); Asphalt Jungle (Huston. 1950); Gun Crazy (Lewis, 1950); and Murder, My Sweet (Dmytryk, 1944), a box set of classic WB gangster films, Jacques Tourner's Cat People, among many others. Better start saving up now.
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Hysteria on DVD
Jesse Walker reviews Antero Alli's film Hysteria in the new issue of Mindjack.
For over a decade, Antero Alli has been writing and directing deeply personal movies on a shoestring and screening them up and down the West Coast. He's usually unwilling to release his efforts on video or DVD, on the grounds that his art is best realized on a big screen and in a theater, among "a group of virtual strangers gathering in a dark and cavernous space to witness visions through a big window into another time, another place."
Hysteria is an exception. First publicly projected in 2002, the movie was released on DVD in February 2004. "It seems to work on the small screen," Alli explains, "maybe better than the large screen." Furthermore, "I'm acting on a moral impulse to get this vision out there now." Hold that thought.
Saturday, March 06, 2004
Logan's Run Remake
More news from Ain't It Cool: Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, X-Men) will direct a remake of the classic 70s sci-fi film Logan's Run. As much as I generally dislike remakes, I'm willing to give this one a chance. The core themes of the original are still very relevent today but tend to get lost amid all the 70s kitsch.
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Edit your own Shower Scene.
Endlessly imitated, the stabbing of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' has become indelibly stamped on the American Psyche. The 48 second sequence has been studied by thousands of film students of the years, but only now can you cut your own version using the original footage, all online. Storyboarded by Saul Bass and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the original scene was edited by George Tomasini together with Hitchcock. See what you can do and if it compares with the original!
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Rodriguez on Mars
Ain't It Cool News is reporting that Robert Rodriguez has signed on to direct Edgar Rice Burroughs Princess of Mars after he's finished Frank Miller's Sin City. As the article points out there's a long history with this project, dating back to a possible Disney animated feature pre-dating Snow White. Now that would've been something.
I've added some more links to the sidebar. If anyone knows of a good film site that I've missed, please email me.
Monday, March 01, 2004
And of course
Those other awards were last night. For the record, I was 16/24. I knew Lord of the Rings would win a lot, but didn't think it would win everything.
Let Jack Black host next year, I say.
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