Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Top 10 Most Beautiful Movies of All Time,” by CineFix. Interesting roundup. I will admit to not having seen number one. Will have to change that. *Though many more than ten are featured. (Via Kottke.)
Embedded above and on YouTube here: a new trailer for “Tomorrowland,” a cool-looking film directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney. Due to be released May 22.
The latest in a series of posts about sci-fi and post-apocalyptic movies, which I love: I’m late in noting this, as it was released several weeks ago, but: Go see “Interstellar.” While it’s in the theater. In IMAX,* if possible. Gorgeous cinematography. Powerful music — and use of silence. Conceptually daring. Hugely ambitious in its […]
File under: Newley.com posts about sci-fi thrillers… Here’s the trailer for “Short Circuit,” “Chappie,” a movie due out in March by “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp. Yes, it features Hugh Jackman with what appears to be a mullet haircut. Yes, the film also features the members of Die Antwoord.
“Snowpiercer” — a 2013 sci-fi film, directed by South Korean Bong Joon-ho, about people stuck aboard a train circling a frozen-over earth — is just as good as Kottke says. Embedded above and on YouTube here: the trailer. More from Grantland here. If, like me, you enjoy post-apocalyptic thrillers, you should most certainly watch it.
Here’s a look back at some of my favorites from last year. Albums My pick: “Modern Vampires of the City,” by Vampire Weekend. Here’s “Obvious Bicycle“: And “Diane Young“: Runner-up album: “Beta Love,” by Ra Ra Riot. Here’s the title track. Honorable mentions: Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time,” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” and […]
Update: Bill Clinton is said to have visited the set, but apparently did not film a scene. So scratch the bit about that portion being edited out. Just briefly, here are eight tweets I recently wrote containing a few observations about “The Hangover Part II,” which I saw last night. The film, as you may […]
Some links that have caught my eye of late: In Lawmaker’s Outburst, a Rare Breach of Protocol [NYTimes.com] — About S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst. "What is aim of Thailand's 'red shirts' movement?" [Reuters] — Q&A-style analysis from Reuters. "List of inventors killed by their own inventions" [Wikipedia] — "This is a list […]
Thai 101 has an amusing collection of (mostly) literal Thai translations of 2008 Oscar-winning films: Thai titles for western films are sometimes corny, sometimes spoilery, and always entertaining. Especially when you translate them back into English. They have a style of their own. Most typically, a subtitle is added to give local viewers a better […]
indieWIRE has a list of the International Documentary Association’s 25 best documentaries. I’ve seen many of these films, but am glad to have this list on hand for future reference. Do you have any personal faves that aren’t represented on this list? Please share in the comments. And yes, I’m aware that the wonderful “Trekkies” […]