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The Ghost in the Machine: Famous Celebrities Made from Old Film and Tape

Thursday 07.17.2014 , Posted by
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Erika Simmons is revealing the Ghost in the Machine – that’s the apt title for her unusually creative artwork which uses the relics of the 20th century – namely film reels, music and VHS cassettes – to create portraits of the person the tape may have featured. She unwinds the magnetic tape inside and, carefully cutting and twirling it, arranges it into incredibly perfect portraits. [Read more…]

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Are UK Comedies Smarter Than Hollywood? Edgar Wright’s Masterful Use of Visual Comedy

Thursday 05.29.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve seen movies like “Shaun of the Dead” or “The World’s End”, you already know the work of Edgar Wright… and you also know he’s a master of visual comedy. His films use elements forgotten by much of the comedy genre, not to mention mainstream filmmakers as a whole. Good thing for us Tony Zhou has created a hilarious, and thought provoking critique of Wright’s sight-gags and British visual comedy as a whole, while pointing out the general laziness found in many Hollywood comedies. [Read more…]

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Is This the Future of Movie Posters?

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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What if every advertisement you saw jumped to life and let you interact? That’s certainly not a new idea – and plenty of malls now have large digital screens featuring moving ads – but could that also be the future of the movie poster? These animated examples of famous movie posters were created by an anonymous Imgur user, and capture the futuristic possibilities of cinema advertising while predicting possibilities for an exciting new industry standard. [Read more…]

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The Many Faces of Bill Murray: How Many Do You Know?

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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As far as actors go, you won’t find many more universally loved than Bill Murray. Whether he’s hilariously trying to blow up gophers in Caddyshack or wowing us with subtlety in Lost in Translation, his appearances are almost always memorable – even if they’re just momentary cameos. Now Steve Murray (no relation) has created an fantastic visual compilation for the National Post, capturing The Many Faces of Bill Murray over the years. It starts with The Rutles in 1978, finishes with his recent appearance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and misses very few acts in between (only two early bits of voice work). Can you remember them all? [Read more…]

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Centered: This Supercut Gets to the Heart of Wes Anderson’s Symmetrical Film Styling

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson film, there’s no doubt you’ve noticed his highly stylized version of film making. From quirky characters and theatrical set design, to a heavy use of graphic design and… everything being centered. That’s what a filmmaker who goes by Kogonada noticed, and then made this fantastic supercut of Wes Anderson moments with a dotted line showing their incredible, addictive, immaculate: symmetry. [Read more…]

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Casablanca Isn’t the Same on Your Smart Phone. Franck Bohbot Photographs Classic Cinemas from the Golden Age

Monday 02.24.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s world, watching movies is as easy as streaming or downloading practically any film to your phone or computer. When it’s free, why not… right? With all this modern tech it’s easy to forget that back in the first half of the 20th century going to the cinema was quite the glamorous affair. You got dressed up and attended the same way as one would go to the theater or the symphony. There were intermissions and libations to enhance the overall experience along with music from a wurlitzer before and after the movie. It was an unforgettable moment in cinema history and some of the most beautiful theaters were built during this period. [Read more…]

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Federico Babina Illustrates The Famous Sets of Classic Cinema

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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Federico Babina continues to roll out his architecture inspired interpretations of cinema, this time with a series of set elevations he’s calling ARCHISET. Each examples features a rectangular cutaway of a famous film, often pulling elements from multiple scenes to create one image. They are all entertaining, but like movies themselves, there are a few standouts. [Read more…]

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Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola Reunite on a Brilliant Short Film for Prada

Thursday 11.14.2013 , Posted by

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We found out last month about Wes Anderson’s upcoming film The Grand Budapest Hotel, but it’s not going to be in theaters for what seems like ages. To tide over all those Wes Anderson obsessed, here’s an excellent short film from the legendary director, with production by Roman Coppola. It features long time Anderson go-to Jason Schwartzman as a fast-talking 1950s racing driver who crashes in a small italian village – just remember it’s not his fault! [Read more…]

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Leanne Shapton Recreates Iconic Film Moments with Watercolor in “Sunday Night Movies”

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes learning the back story of a piece of art can be disappointing to the viewer, but Leanne Shapton’s explanation behind her new book “Sunday Night Movies” is completely satisfying.

“Sunday Night Movies” is a compilation of watercolor paintings Shapton created as part of a larger series “A Month of…” back in 2011. In a piece for the New Yorker, Shapton explained how the series only made sense to her really after she stepped back and viewed it after. [Read more…]

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Actors Breaking Character- Laughing Between Takes

Thursday 06.06.2013 , Posted by

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When we watch the final cut of a film, it’s hard to remember that even the best actors slip up sometimes. After months of working together, the actors become close, and even in the most serious cinematic scenes, there is bound to be laughter in between sets. Redditor Join_You_In_The_Sun gathered this awesome collection from some of these funny moments captured on camera. On the set of Kill Bill, Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu take a break from their sword fight to cheese it up. Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy) put aside their “differences” for a good belly laugh for The Dark Knight Rises. Enjoy this collection and if you’re on Reddit, give Join_You_In_The_Sun an upvote! [Read more…]

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