South by Southwest begins next week in Austin, Texas and besides incredible music and awesome films, the festival also has great art. Not only do they host a Flatstock, which is basically screenprint Comic Con, it’s in Mondo‘s hometown, so they get in on the festivities. They’ve commissioned a whole bunch of posters exclusively for SXSW screenings and today we’re got the first batch (with more coming next week). There’s one for the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost sci-fi comedy Paul, by Tom Whalen, and a pair based on the mind-bending work of Duncan Jones, Source Code and Moon, by fan favorite Olly Moss. The latter two also qualify as the next entry in Mondo’s Director’s Series, which previously featured Guillermo del Toro. Check out all of the posters, read a quote from Jones and more about after the break. Read More »
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Hip hop has appropriated a lot of stuff from movies over the years: score samples, sound effects, dialogue. It’s all fodder. (RZA and The Wu Tang Clan are the most obvious examples, thanks to RZA’s heavy reliance on martial arts films.)
Now Richard Rich and Max Tannone have created Selene, an EP that is heavily derived from Duncan Jones‘ film Moon and the wonderful score to the film by Clint Mansell. Check it out after the break. Read More »
Kevin Tong’s “redrawn” poster for Duncan Jones‘ Moon will go on sale today (9/9/10) at a random time after 12 pm PST on Kevin Tong’s online store. The poster is screen printed with three colors, one of which is a metallic blue, on 24 x 36 inch white 100 lb cover stock paper. They are all signed and numbered and the edition is 100. The price is $45 each. Shipping costs on this specific poster will be $10 domestic, $15 international. Hit the jump to see more images of the poster.
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Duncan Jones became a name to watch thanks to his excellent directorial debut Moon. He’s been shooting his follow-up film, Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and the film is now in the editing room. Now we’ve got an update on that film’s progress, as well as some thoughts about the success of Moon and the new movie version of Judge Dredd, which Jones decided not to direct. Read More »
The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again. Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.
And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
THE HURT LOCKER
There’s a compelling character moment toward the end of The Hurt Locker that takes place in a supermarket, which is startlingly effective in its contrast to prior events. Much of that, I suppose, is due to it being one of the few scenes in the film where somebody’s limbs aren’t as risk of being blown off their torso. This film isn’t attempting to offer any political insights into the Iraq War, or even realistically examine what it is that soldiers stationed out in Iraq go through every day (if that’s what you’re after, I recommend checking out The Wire-creator David Simon’s most recent televised opus, Generation Kill). This film, like District 9, is an action film. It’s less an intricately structured narrative than it is a series of loosely-fitted action set pieces, directed with such precise pacing and weight that the intensity of them literally left me with a migraine upon my initial viewing. Given the predictability of movies nowadays, I found this forgoing of traditional plotting to be a refreshing change of pace. People don’t see war-based action movies to be lectured; they see them because the subject matter lends itself to terrifyingly believable life-or-death scenarios. The Hurt Locker knows that this is the case, and embraces it. It is easily one of the most thrilling movie-going experiences I’ve ever had, and a definite highlight of ’09.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – An audio commentary by director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, and a “Hurt Locker: Behind the Scenes” featurette.
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In the past couple months there has been a groundswell of support for Moon, Duncan Jones‘ great debut film, as an Oscar contender. Sam Rockwell’s bravura performance is the aspect frequently cited. But a real Oscar campaign has to go directly to voters, many of whom haven’t seen the full field of possible films. Hence, the Oscar screener. Yet the likelihood of Sony Classics putting a full Oscar push behind a niche film, no matter how good, always seemed low.
Over Christmas week a small storm of questions erupted when Duncan Jones asked via Twitter why Sony hadn’t been sending out screeners of his film. THR picked up the story, and it echoed around the movie corners of the internet. Pixar director Lee Unkrich was among the many who expressed disappointment with the lack of any award strategy. Now Sony says that it’s not a lack of love for the film or a budget issue, but fears of piracy that prevented screeners from going out. Read More »
I usually loathe Top lists.
As the adage says, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I have been starting to get highway hypnosis with the sameness of a lot of these Best Of lists for films in 2009, so I was emboldened when asked to come up with a Top 10 Trailers list for 2009 as I haven’t seen a lot of people devoting time to stacking which of them they thought performed their duty exceptionally well.
When I cobbled this list together I essentially, and unscientifically, used some of the same criteria that I use every week for my This Week In Trailers column. I wanted to include a wide swath of various genres (foreign, kids, drama, comedy, action) to show representative samples of what can be done within those arenas; thus, a few solid trailers just couldn’t make the cut.
Because these trailers are usually entry points for the films listed below, some of the challenge of this exercise is trying to “unexperience” watching the eventual film and judge these things based on why they moved me to begin with. It was tough separating what I know now versus what I knew then but, as you will see as my #3 choice, they don’t always have to result in great films. Trailers are always trying to separate you with your money or trying to make the best case why they deserve to be experienced so I hope you enjoy the ones I selected below and leave a comment or two for any trailers you think deserve a special mention.
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