Like most of you – hopefully – Garden State was a huge inspiration to me. It helped me deal with some issues in my life and got me interested in filmmaking. After watching Garden State for the first time – Zach Braff became a filmmaker I would look to when creating my own stories or writings. It just spoke to me like no other movie – and he’s finally looking to do it again.
With the help of his brother, Adam, Zach has finally finished a new script entitled “Wish I Was Here” – and after the very successful funding of Veronica Mars – they have turned to Kickstarter for financial help. Even though it would be a lot easier for them to go out and get the money from some big shot banker – Zach want’s to stay true to his vision and keep his creative vision in tact and not lose final cut.
I respect that – and even more was interested in the Soundtrack and Playlist reward ($20 or more) – because the Garden State soundtrack was crucial in me liking the music that I listen to now. It was a huge part of that music discovery stage for me. So – with really no hesitation gave them my money.
However this movie gets made – I’m glad to see that Zach is finally moving forward with another movie. Garden State was too big just to sit on and never make another one again. And I’m also glad that in the video above – he explains it is not a sequel; Garden State is perfect the way it is – it doesn’t need a sequel like so many Hollywood movies today – so instead of a sequel – he’s giving us a brand new story with the same “tone” as the GS. Love that.
Here’s a new trailer for a movie you never heard of. “How To Be A Man” is the story of Mark (played by Gavin McInnes from Vice Magazine) – a soon to be father who finds a lump on his chest and assumes it’s male breast cancer – then hires “Bryan (Liam Aiken), a young, impressionable cameraman to document important video lessons for Mark’s unborn son.” It’s all here in the trailer. I’m guessing the trailer is like a mini version of the film, but with less words and leaves it to you to connect the dots for further story development.
Even though the trailer seems to give a lot away – it seems like a pretty good flick. Almost right up my alley. Funny thing too – apparently Gavin wrote the movie in 3 days, shot the movie in 12, and had the editor piece it together at night – so all in all – the movie was completed in 15 days. Start to finish. That’s crazy talk. Now I gotta see this.
We’re getting so close to the release of the soundtrack for the movie “Oblivion.” Why am I so excited for it? Because my favorite artist M83 is scoring the entire movie, and everything I’ve heard so far from the soundtrack is amazing.
A little while ago I posted about “Starwaves” – the first song we got to hear from M83 since his last album “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” and his first dive into film music. Today they (M83 and Joseph Trapanese) released the title track from the movie featuring Norway singer Susanne Sundfør.
The soundtrack comes out 4/9 while the movie debuts 4/19. I will be enjoying both.
2012 was a great year in cinema. I had a high expectations for a lot of films this year and was not disappointed. Surprisingly though, seeing as I’m not paid to go and write reviews of movies that I’ve seen and don’t get to watch them in advance of the general audience, I haven’t seen them all. What follows is a list of the best films that I’ve seen divided into their respective genres.
My top pick for a drama this year goes to Lincoln. Every aspect of this film floored me. Jaw-dropping performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones were the stand-outs, but the supporting cast deserves many accolades as well. Sally Field gives an extremely emotional performance as Mary Todd Lincoln and Lee Pace, although on the opposing side of congress, is brilliant as he goes toe-to-toe with Tommy Lee Jones on the Congressional floor. The cast are complimented in turn by Spielberg’s methodical direction and Janusz Kaminski’s beautiful cinematography, not to mention the hauntingly patriotic score by the one and only John Williams. Last but not least, Tony Kushner’s screenplay has a language to it that is so beautifully poetic that even listening to this film would have been acceptable. Lincoln is a solid contender for Best Picture and it would be a well deserved win in any category.
Honorable Mention: Life of Pi, Argo
For my money, the best action (non-superhero) movie of the year goes 100% to James Bond’s 23rd, Skyfall. Directed by Sam Mendes and photographed brilliantly by Roger Deakins, Skyfall took a more personal approach to the iconic character of James Bond without depriving viewers in any way of the large scale action we’ve come to expect from the series. Daniel Craig plays Bond in his third film, and has done a superb job of cementing his position as one of the great Bond actors, ranking, in my opinion, second only to Sean Connery. Craig’s portrayal of Bond has made the character something he never was before, vulnerable. Skyfall expands on that characteristic and takes it further than ever before. Skyfall, at the very least, should take home a major award for cinematography.
Honorable Mention: The Raid: Redemption
Read the rest of my list after the jump.
I have been following Stones Throw Records for some time now, and dig a lot of the artists they have signed to their roster. Mayer Hawthorne – I honestly think – was my first dive into the Stones Throw world. I loved how it was reminiscent of old-school music, but at the same time had features of modern hip hop and R&B. Stones Throw has a rich history and has tons of eclectic artists from electronic to funk to rap. “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” would be a glimpse into the making of the record label based off of archival footage, live-concert videos, and in-depth interviews with artists and label founder, Peanut Butter Wolf.
As of this moment they have a Kickstarter to help with editing and production costs. Watch the trailer below.
In light of the Avengers movie coming out last weekend, I thought I’d share the pop culture inspired artwork of Eos Vector. Really digging the colors and detail he puts into the work. I really want a print of that Captain America one for my apartment.
If you haven’t read Rick’s review of The Avengers…you can check that out here.
You can check out more of his work at his Facebook.
I’ve been stuck in my room for the past couple of days thanks to the winter sickness – so I’ve been filling my time with Netflix. Lots of it. Probably a little too much. In my search for some good movies that I’ve never heard of – I found Max Manus.
Max Manus is the story of the man who was a famous Norwegian Saboteur / resistance fighter during the second World War that helped in the collapse of the Nazi party.
The movie starts in 1940, Max is 20 something in a German occupied Oslo, and will do anything to regain his country back. He has a go-get-em attitude in the beginning of the film. Writing propaganda with his buddies to keep the resistance spirit alive, getting careless and “immortal” and ends up being chased by the Nazi’s. Through this he retreats to Sweden where he trains and becomes a leader of his own team. He leads them all over Norway completing sabotage missions that he and his best friend Gregers devised against the Germans.
He and his team played a big role in bringing down the Nazi regime to end World War II, and this movie is very accurate on how they did it.
Read the rest of the review and see a trailer after the break
Most of you might know The Art Of The Title Sequence, where they showcase the best of movie’s and TV show’s title sequences and interview the creator or director. It’s an addicting site…Mostly because you don’t really think about how cool the movie titles are when you’re watching it – you’re more focused on the actual movie.
But there are people out there that love good movie titles. One of them is Travis Hopkins from Buckshot Design.
He recently just made 60 fictional movie title cards inspired by the lyrics of the track “Superstars Don’t Love” off Buck 65‘s 2011 release “20 Odd Years”.
I added some of my favorite screen shots and the video below…
Came by these today over at /film.
They’re infographics from European film distributor Canal+, comically detailing how to make horror, action, and animated movies.
Find out how to make horror and action films after the break. (more…)
This is a pretty epic idea.
“End of Line is an original re-score of the movie Tron (1981), created by Ann Arbor native French / Disco House antihero Mogi Grumbles. End of Line is a 100% independent composition that lives wholly outside the original film score by Wendy Carlos and Annemarie Franklin.
The result of a live collaboration between Alex Taam and video editor Christian Silbereis, a re-cut of the film featuring the Mogi Grumbles re-score has been released as a companion piece for your viewing pleasure. End of Line is being released digitally as a name-your-price offering, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the artist.”
It’s kind of cool to see this movie with new music. I mean…if you haven’t seen it yet…you need to. It’s super weird to watch at first (since we’re so used to modern special effects…but its worth seeing before TRON: LEGACY.
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We posted the first of these videos on our Facebook page earlier today, but I couldn’t resist posting them on here, especially in light of the new Muppet movie coming out, which I’m pretty excited for to be honest.
Featuring Kermit, Fozzie, Ms. Piggy, and Sweetums before their big break.
Here’s part 1.
Watch part 2 after the jump. (more…)
If you saw the movie “I Love You, Man” and liked it as much as I did. Then you should really enjoy the “sequel” where the main characters (played by Jason Segel and Paul Rudd) go backstage and meet Rush.
On a side note, I think the official sequel (if there is one) should be called “I Love You 2, Man”…just tossing that one in the ring.