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"Are you paying attention?" Time to put your mind to use. One of my favorite films of the year is hitting theaters later this week – The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing who helps break the Enigma code during WWII. The Weinstein Company recently released yet another one-minute trailer/spot for the film (seen below), and hidden in it is an IP URL which links to a viral cryptography/code breaking website. It's actually a Google-made cryptography website with, likely, something cool at the end if you can get all the way in. Anyone want to give this a try? "You are in control of what is about to happen."
"Our new home." Now that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) has been in theaters for over two weeks (which means we hope you've all seen it by now!), some great artwork and explanations are hitting the web. Last week we featured an excellent infographic timeline that nicely laid out the timeline as it intertwined with the plot of the film, following the crew of the Endurance as the embark on a mission to explore another galaxy. This new one, made by digital artist Sivakumar found on deviantArt, includes charming little sketches of the characters and the events that take place, really giving this a fresh, fun feel why making some sense of the plot. I really like this one, take a look. Oh and of course - spoilers!
"Here we go again." We have yet to feature this fan film, so if you haven't seen it yet - here's you chance. Norwegian filmmaker Martin Sofiedal made a live-action short film based on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune the video game, which is already being adapted into a movie as we speak. His version is a live-action take on a cutscene in the game, and features some impressive work for something made on his own time. The 7-min film is called Uncharted: Ambushed starring David Owe as Drake, Caroline Glomnes Johansen as Elena, with a really stunning score by Roy Westad. Sofiedal recently visited Naughty Dog Games, creators of Uncharted, and got a write up in THR. The film is worth a watch, even if you have seen it before. Enjoy!
Just watch this film! If you love cinema, if you love filmmaking, if you love wacky Japanese cinema, if you love Tarantino, if you love supporting foreign films, if you love wacky, fun coming-of-age stories, if you love Japanese culture - don't walk, run to see this film (even if that means just running to your living room). Our latest Monthly Must See feature is one titled Why Don't You Play in Hell?, one of the recent films from Japanese auteur Sion Sono (he also recently made Tokyo Tribe which we flipped over at Fantastic Fest). The concept for this movie is basically: a young, renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud. Or: a bunch of wannabe filmmakers end up filming an actual yakuza war. It's crazy, but so much fun.
Jon Stewart's directorial debut, the feature film Rosewater, is now playing in theaters as of today. To celebrate the film's release, last night's "The Daily Show" hosted by Jon Stewart was an episode dedicated entirely to Rosewater everything. They started by recapping the segment recorded in Iran that first lead to journalist Maziar Bahari's imprisonment in 2009, featuring Jason Jones who made the segment. Then they bring out Maziar Bahari for a discussion, ending with actor Gael García Bernal, who plays Bahari in the film. Stewart, still awkward about hosting a show to promote a movie he made, let John Oliver host while he hid in the background. It's a refreshing, fun recap of the story behind this film and the people who made it.
There used to be a time when we would look up at the stars and dream. We would wonder what it was like out there, what we might find out amongst the endless black of space. But then things changed, we became obsessed with ourselves again, with battling each other for money and power, and we forgot how to dream. Along comes Interstellar, an exhilarating science fiction creation that once again reminds us that we can dream, that we get to breathe this fresh air on this beautiful planet, that we get to smile, cry and laugh. And it's those feelings that matter the most. It reminds us that the desire to connect is one of the most important aspects of humanity and that nothing–whether it be time or space or others–can break those bonds of love.
What does it look like to build the 70mm IMAX print of Interstellar? Find out in this fun video from the AutoNation IMAX Theater in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It's finally time, the week it all goes down, or goes up and away, shall we say – Christopher Nolan's Interstellar arrives in theaters everywhere this week. To kick things off, the sci-fi movie hits 70mm IMAX and 35mm cinemas only starting this Tuesday night. Filmed in the projection booth, this video shows what it's like to build 48 reels into one big print and run it through a state-of-the-art IMAX projection system. There was a similar IMAX projectionist video made for The Dark Knight Rises, another Nolan film of course, but it's always cool to get a look at this side of the movie world.
"I wanted to make the ski trip to hell!" That's exactly what he has made. I really, really love Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure, it's one of my favorite films this year and if you're looking for something fun and original to watch give this one a look. I've been pushing this film and highlighting it as much as possible because it's not easy to get Marvel audiences interested in Swedish films about a family on a "ski trip to hell". But this is one of those great films that stands out in a crowd, and you will probably want to visit the Alps after. While traveling to promote the release, I met up with Swedish writer and director Ruben Östlund (of the films Play, Involuntary and Gitarrmongot previously) to talk about Force Majeure. Watch the full video below.
Who would've thought it would be Best Buy bringing us awesome DVD covers? It is our general policy to skip most DVD/Blu-ray news, however this time I'm making an exception because this artwork is fantastic and I need to pay some compliments to whoever came up with this. A new promo called Project Pop Art has been announced involving Sony re-releasing 16 cult movie hits on Blu-ray this November. Each Steelbook Blu-ray is wrapped in gorgeous pop art from designers all over the world curated by Gallery 1988. They've chosen a handful of bestseller hits including The Fifth Element, Superbad, District 9, Snatch, Taxi Driver, Das Boot, Stripes, even The Who movie Tommy. All of them turned out great - see below.
It has been a while. So, how are things? Over the many years I've been running this website I've had a few amazing chats with Jason Reitman. I first met Jason way back in 2007, interviewing him for his second film Juno at the Toronto Film Festival. That was followed up with the legendary gondola interview from the Telluride Film Festival, where Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I talked with Jason about making Up in the Air as we slowly rode a gondola up the mountain and back down. It has been five years since I've sat down for a formal interview with Jason, despite meeting up at film festivals for Labor Day last year and Men, Women & Children this year, but as always it's so much fun to talk with him. Here's our latest chat.
One of my favorite documentaries, in fact one of the very best documentaries this year, is one called The Overnighters from director Jesse Moss. The film follows a wild, almost unbelievable story set in North Dakota about a local Pastor named Jay Reinke who risks everything to help his new neighbors. It won over crowds at the Sundance Film Festival this year, picked up a Special Jury Prize, before going on to play at the Tribeca, Sheffield, Montclair, Sydney and New Zealand Film Festivals, winning awards at Full Frame, Miami and San Francisco, too. Drafthouse Films bravely picked up the doc and it's now playing in select theaters. I was lucky enough to meet up with Jesse Moss for an interview in New York last week and it was wonderful.
We're only a few weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will be opening four days early in film only (35mm/70mm projection). The announcement caused quite a stir in the cinema community, as the response from some movie theater chains was not unexpected. Many of them got upset, many of them were pissed off that they weren't a part of this deal, the big reason being that they just gave up their 35mm projectors to transform to digital and now they're missing out on some of the best money of the year. So they blame the studios, and the filmmakers, but never themselves. In response to all of this, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League (who owns a handful of theaters himself) wrote a passionate essay/response and published it on Deadline. It's brilliant, it gets everything right, and at the end of it all, it's inspiring too.
Now that fall is upon us, it's starting to get a little chilly out (at least if you live somewhere with all four seasons), and that means it's time for warmer clothes. Thankfully, if you're a cinephile who just always has to represent what you love with what you wear, then the folks at Mondo have you covered. After unveiling their 237 Collection inspired by The Shining, the collectible arthouse has now released two knit sweaters that will be perfect for fans of the cult classic holiday film Gremlins from director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg and Joel & Ethan Coen's Fargo (though it's more of a tribute to the TV series). Look now!
"A journey should always be mysterious..." One of the best films of 2014 is Birdman, the fifth feature from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, following up Biutiful four years ago. Birdman premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festivals, and will also play at the New York Film Festival before landing in theaters this October. After catching the premiere up in the mountains in Telluride (my review), I met up with Iñárritu for a 15 minute chat about all things: from life to filmmaking to laughter to turning 50 and the lessons he has learned. It happens to be one of the best chats I've had with a filmmaker, and it's rejuvenating to listen to him talk. "If you don't do something that does not terrify you, why do it?"