Sunday, November 24, 2013

ABCs of Death 2 - Search for the 26th Director

The competition to find the 26th horror short to be included in ABCs of Death 2 produced a few gems, proving cinema is alive and well, thank you very much. 

M is for Masticate
M is for Masticate (Robert Boocheck, 2013)

M is for Meat
M is for Meat (Wolfgang Matzl, 2013)

M is for Meat
M is for Middle (Soichi Umezawa, 2013)

M is for Middle was not selected to be in the final 12, and as such, it won't be included in the collective film, but that's ok, because Soichi Umezawa has the brightest future of them all. What a doozy!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kick-heart (Masaaki Yuasa, 2013)

At the age of 48, Masaaki Yuasa creates with the unfettered imagination of a 5-year-old.

Bless him.

Masked Man M wrestler

Wrestling in Kick-heart

Lady S. in Kickheart

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki

"Airplanes are the most beautiful when they are in the air. I wanted to see a Zero flown by a Japanese aviator, not an American. My fantasy was to see it flown under high-voltage power transmission cables next to Studio Ghibli in western Tokyo. But my wife told me to stop being such an idiot, and that was that."

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman in Comedians in Cars Getting Cofffee
David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee 2.2 (2013)

Images of shoes in film are a rare thing. Feet rarely get a close-up of their own, and since the current aspect ratios are not made to accommodate the whole of the human figure, and the feet are the farthest away from the face (the part of the human body most closely associated with personal identity, and as such, the most prevalent in narrative filmmaking), it's unlikely that they will show in the frame accidentally.

Once in a while, however, feet do get a close-up of their own. That choice is worth noting.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Johnnie To

"Most of the films are made for the industry, and to sustain my company. I can count on one hand the films I really enjoyed making:  The Mission, PTU, Exiled, Sparrow and Life Without Principle. That’s  just five! And the rest are, shall I say, business projects."

— Johnnie To

via The Hollywood Reporter

Sunday, June 16, 2013

La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser (Davide Manuli, 2012)

Silvia Calderoni in La leggenda di Kasper Hauser

Silvia Calderoni cuts an astonishing figure in Davide Manuli's La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser, her body constantly bouncing to a silent beat, as if her heart was a drum machine, a kinetic energy that is both awkward and awe-inspiring. A true messiah.