May 25th, 2017

Ten illustrators who should get a call from Hollywood

Movie posters – like hand-painted billboards – are in danger of becoming a lost art. From Reynold Brown and Saul Bass through to Richard Amsel, Bill Gold, Drew Struzan and John Alvin, some of the world’s most celebrated visual artists have worked in the medium of commercial film posters, but the ever-increasing commoditisation of movie […]

NYTimes: Movie Posters are the Business of Mondo

The New York Times has posted a wonderful profile of the famed Mondo movie poster store: As wild as the company is about movies, Mondo is serious about its posters, and it is not alone in this sentiment. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has an archive of more than 38,000 movie […]

Review: Project Nim

★★★☆ From Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire) comes Project Nim, the sympathetic account of a chimp called Nim Chimpsky, taken from his mother at two weeks old and placed into the care of Professor Herbert S. Terrace of Columbia University, an expert in the field of primate cognition, in 1973.

When astro-turfing goes wrong: Surviving Georgia

Fantastic detective work from Glenn Dunks, who discovered the new (and poorly-received) Australian film Surviving Georgia quotes “TheGuardian.co.uk” as giving the film four stars, when in reality that rating came from a user who posted a comment to The Guardian‘s landing page for the film: “How do they get away with it? The same star […]

Edgar Wright’s favourite Criterion films

Speaking of the Criterion Collection, the wonderful Edgar Wright recently became the latest in a long line of filmmakers to list his ten favourite films in the collection for the Criterion website. But the famous cinephile also posted an extended list to his personal blog, full of gems he couldn’t squeeze into his top ten […]

Eric Skillman’s ATP postcards

Eric Skillman has posted some retro-inspired postcard designs to promote a series of Criterion Collection film screenings at the All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey: Also interesting to note is that these screenings give us a glimpse of what to expect from the Criterion Collection in the future: some of the […]

Charlie Kaufman on Frank or Francis

Charlie Kaufman’s next project as writer/director tackles an interesting subject: “In the broadest possible sense, it’s about online film criticism, but as usual, the world that I’m writing about is not necessarily the world that I’m writing about,” Kaufman tried to explain. “It’s just a place to set it. There’s a lot in there about […]

Review: The Whistleblower

★★ With the U.S. – and, by extension, Australia – currently contracting private firms for all manner of logistical services in two ugly foreign wars, the timing of The Whistleblower’s release could barely have been more appropriate.