Monthly Archives: April 2014

David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” (Trailer)

Is it just me or does this feel like David Cronenberg’s take on David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive? I’ve always felt there was an odd kinship betweens the two directors’ more outlandish works.

Maps to the Stars stars* Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, and even Carrie Fisher as herself.


UPDATE: Check out a Red Band version of the trailer here.


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Creationist Cosmos (video)

It’s no surprise that creationists are up in arms about Cosmos. Among their arguments is the ridiculous demand that a show about science give equal time to creationist dogma.

Funny Or Die has decided to oblige them.


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Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” (Trailer)

One of this year’s most hotly anticipated projects, Gone Girl teams Ben Affleck and director David Fincher. Affleck is in the midst of an impressive career turnaround, leaving the endless cookie-cutter romances for prestige directing (and acting) work in Argo, The Town, and his fantastic 2007 directorial debut Gone Baby Gone (not to be confused with the title of this new film).

Fincher, meanwhile has by now firmly established himself in the “auteur” category with such original visionary classics at Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well his should-have-been-Oscar-winner The Social Network.

With a great casting line-up, including Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and a number of other recognizable character actors, it’s no wonder the movie blogosphere is pitching tents* in anticipation of this film.

Here’s the new poster, released today…


*Figuratively, though to read some of the blogs I wouldn’t be surprised if people were actually camping out in lines 6 months early to get tickets.

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“The Homesman” is Tommy Lee Jones’ Second Feature (Trailer)

Written, directed by, and starring Tommy Lee Jones. If it’s even half as good as the first theatrical feature he directed, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, it’s worth your attention. It seems to have a similar look, judging by the international trailer.

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Tarantino Kill Count (Infograph)

All the kills in Quentin Tarantino’s movies.*

Source: Imgur

Source: Imgur

*Films in which he was principal director – not including True Romance, Four Rooms, From Dust Till Dawn, or any other special projects.


Animusic Is a Reality

Remember Animusic? Here’s a refresher: Animusic was a series of computer animated videos of complex rube goldberg-style robotic machines that played “instrumental” music. (See some of the original videos at the end of this post.)

They were surprisingly hypnotic and enjoyable. And the animation was so good in some cases, that when I first saw it (on a small TV several feet away, near the ceiling in a retail store I used to work at) I thought it might have been real from the start.

Well they weren’t real – just the product of some wonderful imagination and technical skill – but it was only a matter of time. This video is of a real machine, built by Intel, to recreate one of the Animusic contraptions. And it’s fantastic. (If they could only mask the hydraulic noise made by shooting all those pellets, it would be perfect.)

UPDATE: Ok so I realized a bit too late that this video isn’t all that new. It was uploaded in 2011. But it’s news to me, which is enough to make it news for The Screen Life!)

Here’s the original that they referenced…

It turns out Youtube has full versions of both Animusic videos. Here’s Animusic 1

…and Animusic 2


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Philip Seymour Hoffman in “A Most Wanted Man” (Trailer)

It’s no surprise that Philip Seymour Hoffman was working a number of projects when he passed away in February. He’s got a small handful of films on the way even before the next two installments of The Hunger Games.

One of those projects just released its first trailer. A Most Wanted Man is a John le Carré adaptation, so you know there’s lots of spies and international intrigue. Also starring Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Daniel Brühl, and directed by Anton Corbijn (Control, The American).


For those unfamiliar with Anton Corbijn’s work, here’s his video for Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor”…


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GrabBag – Game of Thrones and Animal Interpretations

It’s Friday, Friday!! I’ll spare you the Rebecca Black song. Instead here’s another GrabBag full of internet goodies.

  • This budgie has learned to speak R2D2-ese.
  • I wish I had a Mario Cat.
  • Speaking of Game of Thrones (no spoilers), last Sunday’s Season 4 premier has inspired a couple of awesome mashups. Here’s one with Kick-Ass

GoT Kick-Ass

…and with the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier.




  • And of course, I know I already posted it – in fact it was the ONLY thing I posted during a slow week – but I can’t post all this Game of Thrones stuff without revisiting Game of Goats.


  • Finally (and moving on from GoT), the New York Film Academy has created another infographic, this time on black inequality in film. (AwardsDaily)



That was a long one! Well, that’s all for today. Thanks for reading, and check back next Friday for another GrabBag!


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Game of Goats

No, there’s nothing to say here. No explanation or apology. For whatever it may be worth, here you go…

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True Detective’s AT&T Ad

You know those faux-adorable AT&T ads where the spokesman interviews a table full of kindergarteners? Well, what if that spokesman was Rust Cohle from True Detective

You gotta hand it to the actor – that’s a damn fine Matthew McConaughey impression.


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