This film easily affirmed Tomas Alfredson as one of the most assured stylists in modern cinema. And like neo-noir peers David Fincher and Park Chan-Wook, Alfredson uses VFX as an expressive yet often imperceptible tool.
This video reveals how he and the VFX team at The Chimney Pot utilized animation to subtly enhance the film’s visual scope.
Michael Herr, who co-wrote Full Metal Jacket, wrote this humorous, sometimes revealing, Vanity Fair article about his experiences with Kubrick. It’s a great read, often detailing how funny the director was in person:
Kubrick, during a conversation on Hemingway: “Do you think it was true that he was drunk all the time, even when he wrote? Yeah? Well, I’ll have to find out what he was drinking and send a case to all my writers”
On the topic of another writer, Kerr relates: I once told Stanley William Burroughs’s line “A paranoid-schizophrenic is a guy who just found out what’s going on,” and he took it to his heart. “Wait a minute, wait a minute. I’ve gotta write that down.”
On the film side, several of my friends have feature projects playing at SXSW next week. I’m really looking forward to checking out both films.
Eric Koretz, cinematographer on Iditarod, shot this superb-looking doc, Dragonslayer, executive produced by Christine Vachon.
My friend and fellow AFI classmate, director Zal Batmanglij is screening his film Sound of My Voice. It was shot by another good friend, and my cinematographer/co-writer on Redemption Maddie, Rachel Morrison. It debuted at Sundance to very positive notices.
Here’s a brief synopsis: Peter and Lorna, a young Silver Lake couple, delve into the underworld of a cult that meets in the San Fernando valley.
My old friend Zac and his stellar bandmates, Pete and Tommy, comprise the portland-based trio Wax Fingers and they just released their self-titled debut. Their influences are diverse, but suffice to say, if you’re a fan of Animal Collective or Battles, you will find something to appreciate. They just make spellbinding experimental rock that’s tethered by a gift for melody and subversive mood-spinning.
Check out one of my favorite tracks “Fasten the Hook”:
You can grab a copy of the album at CDBaby, Itunes or Amazon. Or if you’re in the Northwest check out one of their killer live shows.
Ethan and I have run across each other in several different circles over the years. We reconnected a while ago, and he was on the eve of releasing his debut as a singer-songwriter: Songs from a Toxic Apartment. It’s out now and I just had the pleasure of seeing him play at Hotel Cafe and the set, much like the album, was sincere and unnerving. Plus Toxic Apartment is thankfully, an ALBUM, intelligently produced and conceived with a thematic concept as the guiding structure.
An acoustic cut of “Why Don’t You Sleep”:
The album just received a strong review from Pitchfork and you can grab a copy on Itunes, Amazon, or directly at Ethan’s website.
My short film, Redemption Maddie, has been distributed through Reframe and Amazon. The film ended it’s run on the festival circuit over a year ago, but I’m still very proud of the short. So if you haven’t seen it…