Watch the Kobe Bryant Short Film Dear Basketball

Over the weekend, Los Angeles and the entire world was shaken by the sudden and tragic news that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant had died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Since then, family, friends and fans across the globe have been mourning the passing of the Los Angeles Lakers player who become a force to be reckoned with on the court, earning comparisons to the great Michael Jordan. And now Kobe Bryant’s own production company is honoring him by making their Oscar-winning animated short Dear Basketball available to watch online for free. Read More »

Spike Jonze Commercial

Edgar Wright and Spike Jonze released new projects in the last few days, but not on the big screen. The Baby Driver and Her filmmakers have turned their talents towards commercials, filming ads for Nike and HomePod, respectively. Watch both the Edgar Wright commercial and the Spike Jonze commercial below.

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NBA All Star Weekend has just concluded and besides the All Star Game, 3-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest, one of the biggest happenings in the world of the basketball was a new film by Robert Rodriguez. The director of Sin City and Spy Kids teamed up with Nike and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, along with Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo and Kanye West, for a basketball-influenced grindhouse short action film called The Black Mamba. We showed you the poster and a few trailers for the 6 minute movie earlier this month and now, we’ve got the full film embedded after the jump. Read More »

Director Robert Rodriguez already has a fourth Spy Kids and second Sin City on his plate, but man behind Desperado and Machete works so fast he also had the time to direct Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in a short film for Nike called The Black Mamba. It’ll premiere online February 19, according to its Facebook page, and in anticipation there are two trailers online now. Both are pretty awesome looking and feature cameos by Rodriguez regulars Danny Trejo and Bruce Willis. Check them out, along with the official poster and more, after the jump. Read More »

In the latest edition of TCxBD (Television Commercials by Big Directors), we have an awesome three minute long World Cup spot that two-time Academy Award-nominated writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu directed for Nike. Of course, Iñárritu’s filmography includes Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams and the Cannes Film Festival premiere Biutiful.

The spot is titled “Write the Future,” and takes a Run Lola Run approach to the world cup of soccer. The advertisement features soccer legends Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan, Ronaldinho, Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant, a pingpong-playing Tennis star Roger Federer, actor Gael Garcia Bernal and even Homer Simpson.

It is definitely the most stylized thing I’ve ever seen from Iñárritu, but also features some of the intimate doc-style sometimes-claustrophobic cinematography we’re use to from the filmmaker.

Trust me, watch the spot after the jump.
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Brett Ratner Directs Guitar Hero World Tour

Brett Ratner took yet another paycheck and has filmed a series of advertisements for Guitar Hero World Tour. The first of the advertisements which premiered earlier in the week, features Kobe Bryant rocking the mic, Alex Rodriguez and Michael Phelps “dancing while ripping it up on the exhilarating new guitars, and Tony Hawk sliding in on a skateboard to play the drums.” Talk about lame…

It’s funny that even in a short form medium like television advertisements, the difference between a hack director like Brett Ratner and a master filmmaker like David Fincher (see Fincher’s Nike commercial here) is clear.