While Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land wears its fondness for old school Hollywood productions proudly on its sleeve, his portrayal of present-day Los Angeles is hardly unflattering. It’s a movie so appealing to the eye it’s almost impossible to see nothing except beauty in La La Land, but it captures a genuinely lovely part of the city: it’s a place a lot of driven and passionate people move to every day.
After seeing the film a second time, it made me want to revisit a few movies set in Los Angeles, including Boogie Nights, The Graduate, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and a few others, which all feature some commentary tracks worth listening to.
Below, check out this January’s movie commentary recommendations.
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Last month on the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards teased that he had a brief cameo in one of the final scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It has taken fans a couple of weeks to find it, but now the Gareth Edwards Rogue One cameo has been fully revealed. Also, while we’re talking about the filmmaker, Edwards has released a list of his top 10 films of all time. Hit the jump to learn about both.
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Even though many movies end up being shot on the backlots of studios, there are plenty that end up shooting on location in real places around the world. One photographer has decided to visit the real shooting locations of movies like Halloween, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Wayne’s World, Back to the Future and more, but instead of just shooting a photo of the location without any context, he’s been posting them matched up perfectly with the original shots from the movies.
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Filmmaker and actress Elaine May was just cast alongside Miley Cyrus for Woody Allen’s forthcoming series set up at Amazon. But May also had some recent work behind the camera get some attention as well with this year’s debut installment of the long-running PBS documentary series American Masters.
The Graduate director Mike Nichols takes the spotlight for this episode of the series that runs through his life and career. For those who may not know, Nichols and May were actually a Grammy-winning improvisational comedy duo in the 1950s and 1960s, so there’s no better person to provide an intimate profile of the iconic filmmaker. Read More »
Want to see Daniel Day-Lewis beat a man’s head in with a bowling pin? How about Matt Damon kicking some ass as well? Then you better hurry up, because There Will Be Blood and two Bourne films are leaving Netflix next month. But there are also some great titles coming to the streaming service as well.
After the jump, find out what’s coming to and leaving Netflix in January.
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Early on in The Graduate, there’s that iconic moment. Ben Braddock, a recent college grad, is talking with the beautiful older family friend Mrs. Robinson. Ben says, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” It’s iconic thanks to director Mike Nichols’ choice of angle, the delivery of the line by Dustin Hoffman, and the way that one sentence sets the entire story into motion.
At Jason Reitman‘s final live read of the season, actor Jay Baruchel played the role of Ben Braddock. When he got to that line, delivered next to his Mrs. Robinson, Sharon Stone, the 32-year-old actor broke character, cocked his right arm on his side and whispered, “Yes!” He was excited, not just because he nailed the legendary line, but maybe he got the feeling what was to follow was going to go very well. Reitman’s casting of Baruchel as the nervous, unsure, yet charming and likable Ben couldn’t have been more perfect. The same could also be said for Sharon Stone, whose Mrs. Robinson was sexy, confident and cool.
Though both actors were merely sitting in chairs, reading lines of dialogue, their body language created an electric chemistry that turned the combination of a great cast and a flawless script into a memorable event. Below, read more details about the Film Independent at LACMA Live Read of The Graduate. Read More »
These days, animation isn’t as defined by age as it once was. Once upon a time, a Disney movie was only thought to be for kids. But recently, Pixar has tackled mature themes, the humor of South Park has become a cultural institution, Star Wars is an animated TV series, comic book characters have cartoons and thanks to genres like anime, R-rated animation isn’t an oxymoron.
Enter Justin White, an up and coming artist made popular through sites like Threadless. He’s decided to take that thought one step further and turn some of your favorite live action movies and TV shows in to animation. His first solo show is called Rated G and opens at Gallery 1988 Melrose, in Los Angeles on Friday. We’re proud to exclusively the entire show.
White’s familiar yet flithy animated style has reimagined scenes from 30 films and shows never meant for animation. Films like Fight Club, Fargo, Casablanca, The Breakfast Club, Oldboy, Kindergarden Cop, Alien, Reservoir Dogs, There Will Be Blood and a whole lot more have been reimagined as high quality animation cels. He even tackled TV shows like Community, The Office, Breaking Bad and more.
After the jump check out all 30 images from the show and find out when and how you can grab them. Read More »
Rapper DeStorm‘s latest music video recreates 10 famous movies in one-take. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
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Do you remember those Little Golden Books? They were a staple from my childhood. Pixar Animation Story Artist Josh Cooley (Cars, Ratatouille, Up, George & AJ) is working on an awesome “Lil’ Inappropriate Golden Book” titled Movies R Fun.
Cooley has been working on this compilation of movie art for two years and will be publishing the collection in a book which will be available at Comic-Con this year and APE Expo San Francisco in November. And don’t worry, the books and prints will also be available on Cooley’s Blog. High quality, “classy” prints will also be available as well.
Illustrations reference film classics such as The Professional, Terminator 2, Godfather, Goodfellas, Apocalypse Now, Se7en, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Graduate, Terminator, Silence of the Lambs, and The Big Lebowski. Check out some of the art embedded after the jump.
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We love movies with ambiguous endings, but sometimes you just want to see a definite conclusion. The guys at CollegeHumor have decided to resolve some of the biggest movie and television endings in history, including: The Wrestler, Lost in Translation, No Country For Old Men, The Graduate and The Sopranos. Watch the video after the jump.
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