There are many reasons I am glad that Lars Von Trier is out in the world, playing with film, and one is that he actually plays with film. Sometimes that playfulness is also quite perverse — OK, it is often perverse — but that’s still valuable. Dogme was an attempt to set boundaries in which films could be made with an artistic (and consequently a political) freedom from the tropes of Hollywood filmmaking. And The Five Obstructions, in which LVT challenged Jorgen Leth to remake his short The Perfect Human in five ways, with different ‘obstructions’ in his way each time, was another way to play with the creative boundaries of filmmaking.
Over a year ago, a meeting between Lars Von Trier and Martin Scorsese produced the rumor that LVT might remake Taxi Driver, possibly in a framework like The Five Obstructions. That was quickly denied, but that denial said that Lars Von Trier wasn’t going to remake Taxi Driver. What if Martin Scorsese would? Now there is confirmation from their respective production companies that both directors will participate in The Five Obstructions (yep, same title) and the unconfirmed rumor is that Martin Scorsese’s narrative material will indeed be Taxi Driver. Read More »
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Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
A new survey conducted by British video rental service LOVEFiLM affirmed what we already knew, but don’t necessarily like to admit: People lie about having seen films they haven’t. The poll surveyed Brits to find out whether they’d ever lied about seeing movies they hadn’t — and if so, which movies they’d fibbed about watching. 80% of respondents confessed to having fudged the truth about their cinematic knowledge at some point, with Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather topping the list of movies people pretend to have seen. Read more results after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one’s extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, “Gun Fetish.” The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it’s apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he’d go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned — the video is, as Wright puts it, “a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.”
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Thirty-five years have passed since Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese unleashed the classic film Taxi Driver upon the world. With its radical world view, brutal ending, classic quotes and incredibly chilling lead performance by Robert De Niro, the vibrant film quickly became a classic. To this day, the film spawns discussion, imitation and references all across popular culture.
On April 5th, a brand new Blu-ray of the film will be released and in celebration of that, AMC Theaters will be showing a 4K digital print of the film at 8 p.m. March 19 and 22. Hit the jump to check out a special trailer and poster for the event, link to the theater list and more. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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Subtonix decided to create a map of the United States by pinpointing the movies which best represent each of the 50 states. For example, New Jersey is Clerks and Kansas is The Wizard of Oz. There will likely be some debate over some of these choices (is Fast Times at Ridgemont High the ultimate representation of California?) but it is an interesting concept none the less. It’s also interesting to note that more Coen Brothers films appear on the map than any other filmmaker. Hit the jump to see the whole map, and click to enlarge.
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Mondo Tees and the Alamo Drafthouse, who have been making limited edition movie posters together for several years, now have some rising and welcome competition in the custom movie poster game. Tommy Good and the Astor Theater, an Melbourne, Australia based theater, have already produced beautiful posters for their screenings of Predator, Die Hard and Blade Runner and now they’ve got two brand new ones. Methane Studios has designed beautiful prints for the classic ’70s films Taxi Driver and Easy Rider. Check out full versions after the jump as well as purchasing instructions. Read More »
Yesterday, a rumor was quickly making the rounds that Lars von Trier had approached Martin Scorsese at the Berline Film Festival about doing a remake of Taxi Driver, possibly even featuring Robert De Niro, reprising his role as Travis Bickle. The reported plan was to enforce a set of extreme restrictions ala The Five Obstructions. The story sounded crazy… Too crazy. And as expected, it turns out to be also untrue.
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