Just a couple weeks ago we highlighted a video essay taking a look at the importance of opening shots of movies and how they convey the theme of the movie and introduce us to the story we’re about to see unfold. And now a new video supercut takes a look at some of the best opening shots from the history of cinema.
From 2001: A Space Odyssey to Star Wars to The Matrix to Lost in Translation, there’s quite a variety in this selection of 35 different opening shots from movies spanning decades. The oldest comes from 1915 while the most recent comes from 2013. Check out the video below! Read More »
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Even though it may be forgotten by the time you’re done watching a movie for the first time, the opening shot of any movie is integral to introducing the audience to the world and/or characters they’re about to watch for a little while.
It may not seem like a single shot can do much to accurately prepare viewers for the movie they’re about to see, but a new video essay from Now You See It explains how opening shots in movies can tell you a lot about the story you’re about to see unfold. Read More »
You probably know Matt Ferguson‘s work. He did the popular Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Wars mashup. He did these beautiful Star Wars and Lord of the Rings prints. He’s got an great eye for pop culture but, more important, the space a pop culture character inhabits. That’ll be the focus of his first solo show, Distant Lands, which opens Friday March 27 at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
Ferguson has created 10 new screenprints and 24 original pieces all showing pop culture characters in various, vast environments. Some of these – like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings – you’ve probably already seen. However, /Film is happy to exclusively reveal the bulk of the show including pieces for The Fifth Element, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Superman, The Hobbit, The Neverending Story, Forbidden Planet and Silent Running.
See the Matt Ferguson Bottleneck Gallery solo exhibit below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Oscars inevitably bring a lot of grumbling about which films the Academy has overlooked. But if one of your favorites is among them, perhaps you can at least take heart in the fact that it’s in great company. The Oscars have a very long history of backing the wrong horse. Some of what we now view as unimpeachable classics weren’t even seen as Best Picture nomination-worthy at the time.
Hit the jump for a list of films never nominated for Best Picture.
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The music of Richard Strauss and Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey are all but inseparable at this point, as the fanfare from Strauss’ composition ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ became the unforgettable sonic accompaniment to the opening of Kubrick’s film. But the movie was originally going to be scored by Alex North. In fact, North composed an entire score for the film, which Kubrick ultimately discarded. If you haven’t seen it before, below you can watch a clip of the opening featuring the original 2001 score by Alex North score intact. Read More »
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The films of Edgar Wright are known for their eclectic musical choices, but it’s the pop song choices that are typically revered. The scores are highly underrated, to the extent the score for Wright’s first film, Shaun of the Dead, has never been available anywhere in any format.
That changes this weekend at MondoCon in Austin, TX. Mondo will release the Shaun of the Dead score by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead on vinyl as part of a carnival style, record-tossing booth. There are two editions, too, both with cover art by Jock.
But that’s not all. Previously announced, Mondo will release LPs of Nathan Johnson‘s score to Rian Johnson‘s Looper and Alex North‘s abandoned score for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Both have art by Jay Shaw.
Below, check out looks of all the LPs and read more information about them. Read More »
Over the course of 45 years, Stanley Kubrick made only 13 films. It’s a staggering number because his work is so influential, so revered and still so incredibly powerful, each one might as well count for 100. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and his films continue to inspire artists young and old.
Many of those artists are part of a new exhibit at Spoke Art in San Francisco. Simply titled “Kubrick,” the show consists of over 60 artists making art based on the films of the director in all kind of mediums. Everything from limited edition screenprints all the way up to one of a kind sculptures, there’s a huge array of beautiful work paying homage to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, Paths of Glory and others. Below see just a few of the pieces in the Stanley Kubrick art show, which opens Friday September 6 through 27. Read More »
Movie heaven comes to Austin, Texas during the third week of September. Not only is that when Fantastic Fest is happening (much more on that in the coming days) but the fine folks at Mondo are simultaneously hosting their first convention, MondoCon. But no, this isn’t going to be just a place to buy posters. As discussed a few months back, MondoCon will be a gathering for everything a movie fan or collector could desire.
Mondo has just released the full programming line-up, as well as a few small glimpses at the goodies. Among the highlights? A mini-gallery exhibition of work based on The Iron Giant, including that film’s score available on vinyl. The lost score to 2001: A Space Odyssey will be on sale along with a panel discussion. A never-made 1983 U.S. Godzilla film will be revealed through storyboards and concept images. Plus a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with live score, the world premiere of a documentary on the 2000AD comic brand and much more.
And that’s just part of it. Will there be posters? You bet. Lots of surprise posters along with the first Alex Ross Mondo poster. Will there be guests? Tons, including newly annoucned names like Bryan Lee O’Malley, JC Richard and William Stout.
The event takes place September 20-21 in Austin and tickets are still on sale. Below, read the full programming press release. Read More »
Dave and Devindra bring you a lengthy, rambling After Dark episode featuring thoughts on 2001: A Space Odyssey, 24: Live Another Day, and the new Star Wars casting news. Mike Ryan joins us from Screencrush, then Peter Sciretta joins David to chat about his Zac Efron obsession and the economics of running a film website. Be sure to read up on where the hell are all the women in Star Wars, why film critics should write about filmmaking, and Dave’s first GIF essay about Louie.
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