Star Wars jizz

Do you know what form of music was played by the cantina band in Star Wars? It’s called Jizz. No, really. Star Wars jizz was gently established in the Return of the Jedi novelization, which mentioned “jizz-wailers,” and then cemented in an Expanded Universe short story anthology called Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina.

The first story in that book focused on the cantina band (Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, if you want to be precise) and their mastery of jizz. I could tell you more, but there’s a great short documentary that will explain it all. Watch below. Read More »

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Brian Cox movie novelizations

Does anyone read movie novelizations any longer? Before the Internet, before DVD and all the myriad other ways we consume movie stories, film novelizations were the quickest way to take a film home. Many featured extended characterizations and new scenes and concepts, some drawn from the original screenplays, some invented by the authors. At 10 years old, I loved the Poltergeist novelization as it featured scenes with Carole Anne wandering around in the realm of the Beast.

Here, Funny or Die both honors and (mostly) skewers the movie novelization in The Novelizationalist. The short film features Brian Cox as an author who specializes in the unique alchemy that joins film and the printed page. The novelizations for Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T., written by Cox’s character, capture each film’s magic with shocking clarity. Read More »

Glen Keane Short Film The Duet

Glen Keane is a legend in the animation world — notably his time at the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he worked as a key creative on some of your favorite animated feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Tangled. Keane revealed a personal short film he created titled The Duet.

Animated in its entirety and directed by Glen Keane (former Disney animator and creator of such beloved characters as Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Rapunzel), DUET tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet. The unique, interactive nature of the story allows the viewer to seamlessly follow the journey of either of the two characters from birth to adulthood.

The Duet is an amazing movie which you must find the time to watch. Its a short animated film with the epic scope of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and the emotion of a Pixar film. Watch the Glen Keane short film The Duet embedded after the jump, alongside a making of video.

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gunfighter nick offerman

What if voice-over narration and scene-setting music could be heard by the characters in a film?

The split between diegetic and non-diegetic sound (ie, stuff characters can hear vs. stuff only the audience can hear) prevents voice-overs from intruding on the lives of the people in a story. But in The Gunfighter, a lone man walks into an old west saloon, and things get weird when everyone in the joint hears a baritone voice explaining the guy’s thoughts and actions.

And because the narrator is voiced by Nick Offerman, the messed-up situation is also very funny. I laughed more in eight minutes than in all of A Million Ways to Die in the West. Director Eric Kissack and writer Kevin Tenglin really nail the script and tone here, and Offerman’s performance — along with that from everyone else in the cast — is spot-on. Read More »

Lava short film

In keeping with tradition, Pixar’s Inside Out will be preceded by an animated short at the theater. This week, Pixar offered a little more detail about what that short film would be.

The first poster and details for Lava, a musical short directed by Pixar’s head of animation James Ford Murphy, have just hit the web. Get those, plus a high-res look at Inside Out‘s new logo, after the jump.

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Lars von Trier animated short

Back in 1967, when Lars von Trier was just Lars Trier, and only 11 years old, the future director made what he later called his first film. The movie is short, and animated in a crude stop-motion using cut-out paper characters. It is also, as you might expect, more than a bit unusual.

Turen til Squashland… En Super Pølse Film is the title, which translates to Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage Film. What does it all mean? Difficult to say, really, but there are dancing rabbits, and some troll-like creatures which fit right into some Nordic folk tales. There’s no dialogue, only a song. Check out the short below. Read More »

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus image

Spike Lee‘s Oldboy was a big fat flop, but he could be bouncing back in no time. Even before that remake premiered, he was getting the pieces together for his next feature Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Today, we have a first look at the indie horror romcom, which centers around people who are addicted to blood.

And though Da Sweet Blood of Jesus doesn’t yet have a theatrical release date, Lee also has a new project that you can watch right now. This one is The Game, a short film for Pepsi Max’s 2014 World Cup promotional campaign. See the Da Sweet Blood of Jesus image and watch The Game short after the jump.

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Trank Star Wars short film

Josh Trank is best known for directing the sort-of-superhero film Chronicle — or that’s what he has been best known for. He’s also about to direct The Fantastic Four, and after that will make a Star Wars spin-off film. And so now is a good time to revisit his first short film, Stabbing at Leia’s. As the title implies, there’s a Star Wars connection here.

The short went online in 2007, years before Chronicle. I’ve heard that this film helped Trank land the Chronicle directing gig with Fox, and it’s easy to see why. There are a lot of similar ideas at play here in this short, shaky account of a party fight that features some unearthly technology. Think of the show Cops, but in the Star Wars universe. Watch the short below. Read More »

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