Friday, November 12, 2010

A mixed bag of movie stuff

Now that things are finally starting to slow down around these parts we can focus on what's truly important: Writing about movies. To start off with, I thought I'd throw out some interesting stuff that's floating around the internet movie sites these days. Many of you may already have seen most of this stuff but if not you should definitely check it out.


TERRY GILLIAM AND DAVID ARQUETTE AT TALLADEGA... WITH GHOSTS!


Terry Gilliam and the Pepsi corporation: A match made in heaven, right? Well, perhaps not, but the good folks at Pepsi were good enough to offer Terry some dough to make a funny short film to promote a Talladega Superspeedway race on Halloween night. He came up with this loopy, off the cuff short film starring David Arquette, Justin Kirk and a bunch of colorful locals. It's very loose and funny, an example of a great filmmaker just having some fun and trying out some silly visual ideas. I must say, I liked this film a lot better than The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. And that had Tom Waits in it!
You can see Terry at his caffeinated best here: http://www.legendofhallowdega.com/

AINT-IT-COOL BEHIND THE SCENES?

Aint-it-cool head-honcho Harry Knowles

The old war-horse of internet geekdom, Aint-it-cool, simply refuse to become completely obsolete and die off, thanks in part by surprisingly good writing from regular contributors (especially "Quint") and some very impressive Hollywood connections. AICN has been around for a long while and now carries enough clout to match some of the print publications. One wonderful way in which they have utilized these connections is a recurring series (called "AICN Legends," I believe) where they interview classic Hollywood stars about both their current and past experiences. Recent interviewees have included Angie Dickinson and Ernest Borgnine. The best thing about AICN these days, though, is the "Behind The Scenes Pic of the Day." Some of the pictures are simply amazing and the feature has once again made AICN a must-see on the film geek's internet browser. The focus is on behind the scenes pictures from classic films and the images range from the goofy to the iconic. Highly recommended.

CHESS GAME WITH DEATH? GENITAL MUTILATION? SUICIDE? IT'S ALL HERE


If you live in the Milwaukee area and are in the mood for some existential angst there is a Nordic film festival playing at UW Milwaukee from November 12th through the 19th. The selection includes films from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greenland and my native Iceland. All the films are free and shown with subtitles in the original language. The program includes such classics of Nordic filmmaking as Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night and the (in)famous Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Age. 

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