May 25th, 2017

Behind the scenes

Angus R. Shamal has collected some great behind-the-scenes pictures from iconic films: “A selection of some of the most awesome Behind-the-scenes shots I’ve seen from some famous movies. Back when set designs were huge and hand made, when special effects where mechanical and photographic and film stars were risking their lives on the set.”

Charlie Kaufman on storytelling and Being John Malkovich

The brilliant Charlie Kaufman appears on The Guardian‘s website writing about how he got Being John Malkovich made, and offers a glimpse into his attitude towards writing: Storytelling is inherently dangerous. Consider a traumatic event in your life. Think about how you experienced it. Now think about how you told it to someone a year […]

R.I.P. the movie camera: 1888–2011

Matt Zoller Seitz comments on reports that the three major manufacturers of cinematic film cameras have all, within the last year, ceased production in favour of digital: What this means is that, even though purists may continue to shoot movies on film, film itself will may become increasingly hard to come by, use, develop and […]

Surviving Georgia’s producer responds to astro-turfing allegations

The producer of the Australian film Surviving Georgia – which has attracted heat over the weekend for attempting to pass off an anonymous comment on The Guardian‘s website as coming from The Guardian itself – has told Encore that the incident was a mistake on the part of the film’s marketers: When Encore suggested that […]

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 […]

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 […]