As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.
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Lets face it, the MTV Movie Awards is not a real award show. It’s more a piece of badly choreographed television “entertainment” than anything else. I mean, at what other Award show does Twilight: New Moon take home five awards, and the movie Obsessed win… well, anything — EVER?
For those of you who are interested, you can find a list of winners of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards after the jump. Leave your snarky sarcastic-filled responses below.
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UP IN THE AIR
As a drama, Up in the Air offers the best of both cinematic worlds; it contains all the heart and intimacy of a thoughtful indie, and all the pure entertainment value of a mainstream crowd-pleaser. Every scene, every line of dialogue offers either something to laugh at, reflect on, or further engage you in the lives of these characters. It’s one of those movies that’s so immediately watchable, I’m genuinely surprised to find out that there are people who dislike it. It might not be the most daring of cinematic endeavors, but it gets all of the important details right—smart writing, slick filmmaking, tight storytelling, terrific acting, etc.—and explores themes that anybody can relate to, asking the question: Which of these do you want to define your life: your job or your relationships? The answer may seem obvious, but Up in the Air tackles it in a way that refrains from leaving audiences with an easy answer.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Commentary by writer/director Jason Reitman and others, a Shadowplay: Before The Story featurette, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 8 additional deleted scenes, a “Help Yourself” music video by Sad Brad, storyboards, and a American Airlines Prank feature.
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During the filming of Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air, I saw a set photo where George Clooney was dressed in a full-on NASA space suit, walking in an airport. That scene didn’t make the final film, and I’ve always wondered what it was about, and where it fit. Up in the Air hits DVD and Blu-Ray on March 9th (On Amazon: $27 for Blu-ray, $17 on DVD), and we’ve been given a look at the deleted scene in question, in which Ryan Bingham goes about his disconnected routine in a spacesuit. You can watch it now, embedded after the jump. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend watching the clip unless you’ve already seen the film, as the deleted scene in question was to be set late in the film.
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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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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards happened over the weekend, and Brendon filed his report on the site. To promote the award show, the BAFTA commissioned illustrator Tavis Coburn of Dutch Uncle to create a series of posters, one for each of the five Best Film nominees of the year (Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious, and Up in the Air). I absolutely love the retro 1960’s/1970’s style. Check out all five posters after the jump.
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Worth 1000 is famous for their photoshop contests. Their latest, Mate a Movie 15, asks graphic artists to take two or more movies, and combine them to make one much funnier movie. I’ve included some of my favorites after the jump, most of which have some play on Avatar.
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The nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards have been released, and there are a few small and pleasant surprises in the list. The list of ten films nominated for Best Picture is causing some sensation, as District 9 is among the group. Lest that make you too hopeful, The Blind Side also got a Best Picture nod, though after the success of that film in the past two months that isn’t much of a surprise. Audible cheers went up among the media audience when that and Sandra Bullock‘s Best Actress nomination were announced.
There are some good small surprises: Woody Harrelson got a Best Supporting Actor nod for his excellent work in The Messenger; Joel and Ethan Coen got a Best Original Screenplay nod for A Serious Man and their film is up for Best Picture; and Jeremy Renner got a Best Actor nod for The Hurt Locker. As expected, James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow both have Best Director Nominations, and their films Avatar and The Hurt Locker are competing for Best Picture. The full list of noms is after the break. Read More »
I’ve always found the process of interviewing filmmakers on press tours to be a bit strange. It usually happens at some big fancy hotel, in one of the suites, on an entire floor taken over by a press junket for the film release. You often enter a room as the last journalist is finishing up his interview or saying goodbye. The filmmaker sits, ready for another set of questions. A publicist waits in the corner, and gives you the wrap it up signal just as its getting good. Has it really been 15 minutes already? You say goodbye and leave as another journalist walks by and says hello. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t give up doing what I do for anything else in the world — it’s just a very odd process.
I was lucky enough to interview Jason Reitman on September 5th at the Telluride Film Festival, just hours after his film Up in the Air had it’s sneak preview premiere. It was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve conducted, partly because I demanded that it take place “up in the air” in a Gondola over the mountains of Telluride, far away from the normal press junket atmosphere. That was there before there was a pie chart. Oh yeah, for those of you not paying attention, Reitman has been demystifying the filmmaking process though daily updates on Twitter. During his publicity tour, he began taking note of all the questions that journalists would ask him, and kept track of the most popular ones. How many times has Jason been asked what its like to work with George Clooney? There is a big slice of pie, created on an iphone app, for that.
Along the way, Reitman has been documenting his experiences promoting the film. He took photos of everyone who interviewed him, snapped pictures of some of the food and drinks, and recorded videos in each and every city. When the film was released, he asked fans on Twitter to send him photos of their ticket stubs. And for what purpose? Well, Jason is a filmmaker… so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he took all of the photos, videos, twitpics and edited them together into a short film titled “Lost In The Air: The Jason Reitman Press Tour Simulator”. It’s interesting to see a national press tour from the point of view of the filmmaker. I love the shots where the people, journalists, so many people I know or recognize, change in rapid cuts, but the background remains almost static. And yes, if you look quickly, you’ll notice me near the beginning of the interviewee montage. I asked Jason if we could premiere the video on /Film. Watch the video now, embedded after the jump.
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