"Decisions" is a Slo Rowe Entertainment production presently in post and scheduled for release this summer. Watch for it.
"Decisions" is an independent film shot in Dallas Texas. We were invited on the last shoot -- which was a skeleton crew for a pickup scene which made it more intimate than ever.
"Decisions" is a Slo Rowe Entertainment production presently in post and scheduled for release this summer. Watch for it.
If I were teaching a graduate course on short film, the “Three Fables of Love (1962)” would be required viewing. I mean, this is the best of the early 60′s film scene. Directors Allessandro Blasetti, Herve Bromberger, and Rene Clair using talent such as Monica Vitti, Anna Karina, and Leslie Caron.
The Tortoise & The Hare is the first of the three shorts and I believe you will agree how hard it must have been to be on camera with her: she can upstage you with a smile. And no other film of hers shows this larger-than-life performance as does this short.
The second episode, “The Fox and the Crow,” has Anna Karina as the only woman in a town of men. A very playful, fun, short. The thing to note about Anna’s performance here is how it is as if she has stepped out of a Cecil B. DeMille silent film shot in 1926. It definitely shows her influences from the early greats such as Lilian Gesh and Greta Garbo. Just look at Anna when they are in the canoe dressed in her 1920′s “Flapper” costume and vaudeville makeup. Very well done in portraying a woman who was meant to be seen and not heard.
“Two Pigeons” has Leslie Caron preparing to leave on a vacation when she gets herself locked in her room. Aznavour attempts to help her out but gets himself locked in also, paving the way for a weekend love affair between the two.
Penn & Teller put painter under the lens in Tim's Vermeer February 20, 2014 Linda Barnard
Displayed with permission from Toronto Star Illusionists Penn & Teller, known as devoted debunkers, may have explained in the new documentary Tim’s Vermeer how Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer may have used lenses and related trickery to “paint with light” in the 17th century.
But, as they explained in an interview during the Toronto International Film Festival last September where the Teller-directed documentary premiered, that doesn’t diminish the accomplishments of the painter of Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Tim’s Vermeer follows Texas inventor Tim Jenison, a longtime friend of Penn Jillette and his magician partner, the single-named Teller. Jenison readily admits in the film he’s not an artist but he was inspired by contemporary books that explored the mechanics Vermeer might have used to complete his photorealistic paintings.
To prove the theories, Jenison follows a lengthy, almost tortuous process to replicate Vermeer’s method — right down to building a replica of the painter’s Delft studio. There, he will attempt to paint Vermeer’s The Music Lesson.
Jenison is “95 per cent sure” he is following Vermeer’s technique, but Jillette has no doubt the Dutch painter created his light-filled works by first staging the scene he wanted to paint, then projecting the image onto a canvass using mirrors.
“I didn’t have the urge to share Tim with the world and I didn’t have any sort of urge to do a movie about Vermeer’s technique,” explained Jillette, who co-produced and narrates the film. “But I thought it was too interesting and too important not to be documented.”
Rather than a camera obscura, which requires a dark room to project an image on a wall, Jenison believed Vermeer used something akin to a camera lucida — a light room — to display the scene before him on a canvass.
Jenison calls it “the comparative mirror,” Teller explained, because it allowed him to perfectly match colours, shadows, light and the tiniest detail with true photorealism, nuances the eye can’t perceive.
It took Jenison five years, from the studio build to the final drop of paint.
“On every brush stroke, we had at least two cameras and often four,” said Jillette.
Did they ever worry Jenison would abandon the painting? He’s even asked that at one point in the film when he’s despairing over the tedium of the exercise.
“I have to say frankly, I never entertained that (he would quit),” said Jillette.
Teller, the silent partner when Penn & Teller are onstage, spoke freely during the interview.
“I was very content that Tim was going to be able to do this,” Teller said. “When we first sat at the kitchen table and I also tried the (Vermeer) process, it works fine. It’s dreadfully slow. You become like a machine but it was clear this process was going to work.”
Are they discounting Vermeer’s genius with their film?
“Well yes,” said Jillette. “Discounting that supernatural genius that he could just walk in and out of his imagination and paint it, but bringing in a much stronger genius, a genius that’s real of someone who can play out what they picture should look like and make that beautiful.”
As for Jenison, “I don’t think he’ll do another Vermeer,” said Jillette. “He’s talking about (Italian painter) Caravaggio.”
More important than what lies ahead for Jenison is the artistic gift he’s given the world with his painterly research, Jillette pointed out.
“What’s not talked about and what I always think we should talk about more is the device now goes back into the world,” he said. “When Vermeer developed this device … it was meant to be kept secret. We’re doing everything we can to get this out. Within six months worldwide, thousands of people will be creating art with this device.”
Bollywood is India’s most remarkable industry. There are other budding Industries as well, but it is Bollywood which attracts most of the Indians, due to the fact that all the Bollywood movies are made in Hindi -- which is a national language of India. Weather it is a rich businessman or a poor worker, Bollywood delivers entertainment to all of them, it does not recognize caste or creed. A typical Bollywood movie is packed with romance stories, song and dance, daring actions and most of all, family values which can be watched by purchasing a small ticket.
Bollywood was not always known by this name. Formerly known as Bombay film Industry, it was given this name because it was an Indian version of Hollywood. By uniting Hollywood and Bombay came out Bollywood, a new symbol of growing film industry. It was later that Bombay became Mumbai, but the name Bollywood stayed in the hearts of Indians and is the same ever since. The establishment of the Indian cinema has given Mumbai an enormous credibility, Hindi movies were always a matter of pride and efforts.
The influence of Bollywood is present every where in India and abroad. Movie posters and posters of products endorsed by stars can be seen in every lane, intersection, empty walls or roads. The love of Bollywood echoes everywhere in the form of music of ringtones, blaring car horns, wedding celebrations, etc. One of arenas where Bollywood has made complete impact is fashion industry. People like the way actors dress and often try to imitate them with certain clothes. As a result, a teeming Fashion industry has emerged at Mumbai and has given fame to all the Indian traditional clothes worldwide as Saari.
While Bollywood films have universal appeal, it serves a bigger purpose! Bollywood gives rise to thousands of jobs for Mumbaikars in every segment. From Movie production to set design, music creation to action stunts, film promotions to multiplexes, Bollywood produces substantial work and opportunities to succeed. Every newbie who is dedicated to Bollywood is rewarded with fame and riches. Bollywood has created many success stories, several stars as Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar started out here as nobody. While there are sacrifices, it is much easier to taste fame.
As the choices and preferences of movie goers change, it opens new avenues for Bollywood. Young producers implement new ideas and concepts to draw fans in the theatres. Bold topics are being embarked upon and realistic value of Bollywood movies is considered very important. In a way Bollywood is changing its face for a newer generation, as it has done for centuries. The establishment of Bollywood industry has proved to be the strongest influence in our level of thinking as Bollywood movies deliver a chance for cine fans to step out of their own routine lives and step into the lives of other, usually colorful people. In short, we may love it or we may criticize it, but Bollywood is an eternal part of every Indian's life.
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Page also shared that she had been feeling inner turmoil since her success in 2007 for her role in the film “Juno.”
“"It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing -- at least in some sense -- an industry that places crushing standards on all of us," Page said. "Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me."
"You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard," she admitted.
Human Rights Campaign wrote on their Twitter account shortly after Page revealed her sexual orientation: “Congratulations, @EllenPage for taking the steps to live openly and come out as lesbian. #comingout #timetoTHRIVE.”
Page wrote on her Twitter account on Friday: “Thank you @HRC and everyone for all the love and support.”
Page will appear soon in the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" which is slated for a May 2014 release.
Check out Page’s speech here:
There were entries from 76 countries and the ones to make the list of five nominees are decided through screenings by committees set up by the academy. Then, when it comes to deciding which nominee gets the Oscar, voting is restricted to academy members who have seen all five. So it seems likely that a huge number of the 6,000 members of the academy won’t be voting in this category.
Canada has been lucky in recent times. Denys Arcand was the only winner, for The Barbarian Invasions, but there were nominations for several other French-language movies from Quebec (including War Witch, Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar), and one for a movie that was made in Hindi: Deepa Mehta’s Water.
But this year Canada’s entry, Gabrielle, did not make the cut.
The five nominees are Belgium’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, Cambodia’s The Missing Picture, Denmark’s The Hunt, Italy’s The Great Beauty and the Palestinian film Omar.
As for Godard, his great period ended with Weekend. He went on making movies for many years, but many of his admirers, me included, found them not just disappointing but unwatchable.
“The whole movie conveys a thrilling sense of burning itself out along with world it shows,” I wrote at the conclusion of my review for the Star. “ Weekend really could be, as Godard calls it, ‘a film found on the scrapheap, a film gone astray in the cosmos.’ The end of the film, he tells us, is also the end of cinema. And where is there to go after this?”
Now we can ignore the academy’s lapses, skip Godard’s later movies and relive his glorious achievements in eight astonishing years half a century ago.
Review January 9, 2014 Peter Howell
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana and Ali Suliman. Written and directed by Peter Berg. Opens Jan. 10 at Toronto theatres. 122 minutes. 14A
Lone Survivor comes on like a raised fist.
Peter Berg’s Afghanistan War drama opens with scenes of Navy SEALs undergoing brutal training. Drill sergeants bark orders that leave no room for doubt, or subtlety: “Turn it into aggression! Whatever you have to do, just find an excuse to win!” Above all, SEALs must band together.
It seems like another exercise in empty jingoism for Berg, whose last directorial exertion saved the Earth from rampaging aliens in the summer 2012 bomb Battleship. He’s no stranger to wartime situations or rhetoric, amplified over the past decade in such rumblers as The Kingdom and Lions for Lambs.
Yet Lone Survivor represents a significant change for him, perhaps because it’s based on the thoughtful memoirs of now-retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the sole man left breathing out of 20 U.S. soldiers caught in a 2005 firefight in the mountains of Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
Luttrell’s first-person writing doesn’t hesitate to wave the stars and stripes, but it isn’t the work of a man with delusions of grandeur. It’s the hard-earned account of someone who knows that on the battlefield, the best of intentions often fall before unforeseen circumstances. Morality is always a moving target in war, and frequently its first casualty.
For all of its macho intensity, visceral imagery and realistically booming bullets, chopper blades and falling bodies — the film deserves awards consideration for sound design and editing, if nothing else — Lone Survivor isn’t just another war movie. The title may seem like a video game challenge (or a plot spoiler), but there’s a lot more going on here than that, and considerably more nuance.
We see the conflict from both sides, although the American one gets the most screen time and our immediate sympathies.
Kevin Smith plans movie pitting humanity and Satan vs. giant raging Jesus December 31, 2013 Douglas Ernst
Displayed with permission from The Washington Times Director Kevin Smith targeted the Catholic Church in "Dogma" and fundamentalist Christians in "Red State." One of his upcoming movies will apparently pit humanity and Satan against a giant rampaging Jesus, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Possible titles for the movie included "Christzilla" and "Holy Christ!", but Mr. Smith settled on "Helena Handbag," according to his official Facebook page.
The director, who at one point considered retirement, plans to film "Clerks III" before moving on to "Helena Handbag."
"As for the title: If you heard the podcast, you know Scott [Moser] suggested CHRISTZILLA in place of HOLY CHRIST! - the title of the fake movie in [an] original podcast. I asked the audience to offer up their suggestions at #BeatChristzilla and they were all really fun!," Mr. Smith wrote on Facebook. "But I'm going with the title HELENA HANDBAG - which comes directly from the plot of the flick (it's kind of a nod to David Lynch's unproduced ONE SALIVA BUBBLE screenplay, too - which was also about the end of the world and also carried a title that didn't really prepare you for what the movie was about)."
Kevin Smith is also the director of Hollywood films such as "Jersey Girl," "Cop Out," and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."