For you cinephiles out there The Auteurs is a website that brings together film criticism, festival coverage and hi-def streaming. I stumbled onto it recently and it reminds me of UK’s film magazine Sight & Sound, with a dash of Netflix and social networking. Its seems pretty cool…I hope.
From the site…
What is The Auteurs?
The Auteurs is where film viewing, culture, and discussion finally meet in a single venue. At its core, The Auteurs is a web site making great films from prominent festivals around the world accessible to anyone through high-definition video streaming. Together with online film viewing, we bring together the most original coverage of festivals, filmmaking, and cinema culture in the form of an online film magazine. Finally, we unite film watching and film criticism with film discussion by allowing users to rate and review films, as well as discuss cinema in our forums.
Control is about the band Joy Division, and more specifically, a character study of its lead singer, Ian Curtis. The story is simple, sad, and poetic. The acting is penetrating. The photography is fantastic. Anton Corbjn one of the premiere rock photographers also in the Directors Label series for his music video work is visual master at making art out of the mundane. I suppose I am on a run of visually striking UK indies.
From Wiki: Control is a 2007 black-and-white biopic film about Ian Curtis (1956–1980), lead singer of post-punk band Joy Division. The screenplay written by Matt Greenhalgh is based on the book Touching from a Distance, by Curtis’s widow, Deborah, who is also a co-producer of the film. The film was directed by Dutch director Anton Corbijn. In the film, Ian Curtis is played by previously little-known actor Sam Riley. Samantha Morton plays Deborah, while Alexandra Maria Lara plays Annik, the woman with whom Curtis had an extramarital affair. The film details the life of the troubled young musician, who forged a new kind of music out of the punk rock scene of the United Kingdom in the 1970s, and the band Joy Division, which he headed from 1977 to 1980. It also deals with his rocky marriage and extramarital affairs, as well as his increasingly frequent seizures, which were thought to contribute to the circumstances leading to his suicide on the eve of Joy Division’s first U.S. tour. The title is a reference to the Joy Division song, “She’s Lost Control”—believed to be a reference to an epileptic client befriended by Curtis while employed at a Job Centre in Macclesfield, who later died during a seizure. The film covers some of the same time as the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, which is a biopic about Tony Wilson, the founder of the band’s record label, Factory Records.
Posted: February 6th, 2010 at 9:02pm by jessestudio
I just watched this over the weekend. Definitely worth a gander, Moon is a contained psychological story, with nuanced performance from Rockwell, subtle visual design, and rhythm which plays as a one act one man show. The movie’s set up borrows heavily from Kubrick’s 2001 (and Tarkovsky’s Solaris) but it builds its own premise around the AI principle that is quite unique.
It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earths primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Taped messages are all Sam can send and receive. Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife, Tess, and their three-year-old daughter, Eve, in only a few short weeks. Finally, he will leave the isolation of Sarang, the moon base that has been his home for so long, and he will finally have someone to talk to beyond Gerty, the bases well-intentioned, but rather uncomplicated computer.
Starring Sam Rockwell, Matt Berry, Robin Chalk, Dominique McElligott and Kevin Spacey as the robot.
Duncan Jones (original story), Nathan Parker (screenplay), Directed by Duncan Jones.
Posted: January 26th, 2010 at 12:00pm by jessestudio
In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, No Mas and artist James Blagden proudly present the animated tale of Dock Ellis’ legendary LSD no-hitter. In the past few years weve heard all too much about performance enhancing drugs from greenies to tetrahydrogestrinone, and not enough about performance inhibiting drugs. If our evaluation of the records of athletes like Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Marion Jones, and Barry Bonds needs to be revised downwards with an asterisk, we submit that that Dock Ellis record deserves a giant exclamation point. Of the 263 no-hitters ever thrown in the Big Leagues, we can only guess how many were aided by steroids, but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid.
Sadly, the great Dock Ellis died last December at 63. A year before, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, had recorded an interview with Ellis in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres. Alexander and Ilels original four minute piece appeared March 29, 2008 on NPRs Weekend America. When we stumbled across that piece this past June, Blagden and Isenberg were inspired to create a short animated film around the original audio.
Mindbender is a collection of surreal, absurd, and amusing works.
I am a director and designer working in commercials, music videos and broadcast design. This blog was a way for me to share short form content that I find compelling in addition to occasionally showcasing some of my own work.