Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Retro Whale has created a series of art based on the favorite filmmakers of film geeks. She has created quirky little portraits of 20 great filmmakers, which you can purchase as art prints, magnets, or 4×4 clapboard coasters (which are wall mountable).
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Director Jim Jarmusch loves Neil Young. The venerable singer/songwriter masterfully scored Jarmusch’s Dead Man and with the band Crazy Horse was the object of the filmmaker’s follow-up, the tour documentary Year of the Horse.
Jarmusch also seems to love the New York edition of the All Tomorrows Parties music festival which, for the past couple years, has taken place in the Catskills each September. In 2008 as friends and I strolled around ATP one of them said, “hey, there’s Jim Jarmusch having a picnic.” Evidently the director returned to the scene of his lunch again this year. How do we know? Because there’s a video of him singing Neil Young’s classic ‘Cortez the Killer’ in a hotel room at the fest. Read More »
Holy beautiful. It doesn’t take much to hook me on a poster that represents Jim Jarmusch‘s Dead Man, one of my very favorite films. But to make a poster this elaborate for a film so austere takes some guts, and the design is so over the top that I can’t help loving it. I’ve seen some of artist Aaron Horkey‘s work before, but in compsition, color and the letterpress accents, this one goes far beyond the other work I’ve noticed.
The image was created to celebrate the presentation of Dead Man at the Alamo Drafthouse earlier this month and will be for sale at Dead Arts Publishing. 175 have been printed and the 7″x16.5″ prints, giclee with letterpress accents, don’t come cheap: for a rather small poster they run a whopping $145. If that isn’t too rich for you (or if you’re just a Jim Jarmusch fan who has much more disposable income than I do) keep an eye on Dead Arts today, as the posters go on sale at 2pm PST. At that price they may not go fast, but one never knows. Read More »
As you probably know by now, Gallery 1988 will be holding their third annual pop culture art show Crazy4Cult 3D from July 16th (TONIGHT!!!) to August 8th in Los Angeles. Gallery1988 has given us permission to run an exclusive preview of some of the cool artwork which hasn’t been seen yet, that will be available at the show. After the jump we’ve included over 30 pieces of the awesome art you’ll see at the show. If you’re interested in buying any of the original art — make sure you’re there! If you want to order any of the prints, you can email Gallery 1988 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 323 937 7088.
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The stylish trailer for The Limits of Control, the latest directorial effort from silverfox indie kingpin Jim Jarmusch, premiered last week to great reception. Today brings the official one-sheet and its retro, Euro-sploitation design is just as appealing; in fact it might even get you laid. Co-starring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Gael Garcia Bernal, the film follows a mysterious criminal type (Isaach De Bankolé in the lead) “completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged.” Opens this May. View the poster in full after the jump…
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When iconic New York director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Down By Law) and cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Ashes of Time, Paranoid Park) collaborate to immaculately fetishize guns, Spain, babes, and concentration, take a second to enjoy what’s in store. The first trailer for The Limits of Control has arrived, and is available after the jump.
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Though the trailer goes out of its way to convince me that Explicit Ills is another stereotypical indie exploring unity and humanity through melodramatic penitence, the film continues to be passionately endorsed by the it-scene players involved. In fact, when Peter viewed the film at last year’s SXSW, where it won an audience award, it was humorously noted that the film’s sizable entourage filled out the theater and the majority of voter ballots. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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The 2005 Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers is now available for free to American web surfers on Hulu. The film stars a post-Lost in Translation Bill Murray as a man named Don who is dumped by his latest girlfriend and receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son. Don must examine his past relationships and goes on a cross-country search to try to figure out which of his old flames might be the mother. I haven’t watched this indie since it was in theaters a few years ago, but I remember enjoying it a bunch. Fans of Murray’s more dry sense of humor will probably enjoy this flick. Video embedded after the jump.
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While watching There Will Be Blood, I found that I was drawing thematic, musical and enigmatic comparisons to Jim Jarmusch‘s American study Dead Man. It would make for an interesting essay. Jarmusch’s films are always unpredictable meditations and the director’s next movie, The Limits of Control, due in 2009, doesn’t look to break the mold. Bill Murray has signed on to star, marking his third film with the New York visionary, after Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers, which I found to be so-so efforts from both talents. Actress Tilda Swinton, hot off Michael Clayton and a Broken Flowers co-star, is also on board alongside Gael Garcia Bernal (The Science of Sleep). Their roles have not been identified as of yet, and a few star cameos are said to be expected.
The film is set in Spain and follows “a mysterious loner as he attempts to complete a criminal job.” Memorable actor Isaach De Bankole, who played the French ice cream man in the director’s classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, will play the loner.
Murray will next be seen in this summer’s Get Smart, followed by October’s ambitious fantasy City of Ember, which we haven’t seen much from as of yet. He’s also doing voice work for Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I have incredible hopes for. As for a Ghostbusters 3, animated or otherwise, Ivan Reitman was recently quoted as saying “don’t bet on it.”
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