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November 8 at 11:08am

Movies In Another Universe

Okay, sure they will be the same films, but looking at these posters for Hollywood films of 20 & 30 years ago, all redone by Polish artists for then Soviet-controlled Poland, makes me want to see all of them! They look so much better this way. 

How great would it be if our posters could look this good! Wellmedicated has put together a great list of 50 Incredible Film Posters From Poland.
Can you name the film by the poster?  The Hollywood Studios would say it’s a problem if you can’t, but to me that’s the joy.


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October 25 at 9:22am

But What IS Mingering?

If I had to pick one thing and one thing  only that truly moved, inspired me, expanded my mind, and moved my feet,  I would hand that golden stature to the greatest soul superstar you never heard of: Mingering Mike.

How all this incredible work found its way back to this world is pretty great too.  A record collector, Dori Hadar, bought some crates of records sight unseen.  Although Dori knew pretty much all there was to know about soul music, he encountered records he had never seen before.  Upon closer inspection, these sealed and stickered discs were clearly hand-painted.  A full examination revealed a complex world of musicians, producers, and session players, their rise and fall, complete with side explorations into movie soundtracks and benefit albums.  A complete mythology and rockin’ universe.
Although the actual discs in the jackets were often cardboard facsimiles, Mike and his cousin recorded several tracks over the years, singing all the instruments themselves.  ”Coffee Cake” is my number one single of the last three seasons.  Mike’s music is now available for download on eMusic.  The book is must-buy for anyone who has ever danced or sang in their dreams (and Amazon has it bargain priced now).  The Ted Museum would certainly give Mike’s entire collection front hall prominence.  And the movie, well the movie, will change your life and blow your mind (but we have to make it first!).


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October 19 at 10:17am

More Godard Trailers

You have to love the music in the MASCULINE FEMININE trailer:

I know that this film is to blame for my film school laundromat shoots, and those of many others.  And many young women’s hair style and fashions to this day live comfortably in this forty year old footage.
BREATHLESS is responsible for so much, a day doesn’t go by without being chock full of references:


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September 27 at 10:26am

The Land Of 1000 Cereals (this is that free choice you heard so much about?)

Over at BOWL OF NOSES there is a post of Charlie Chaplin’s Eating Machine from Modern Times.  With it’s robotic Rube Goldbergian complication, it delights me in it’s misguided quest for efficiency.

Ryan Alexiev is an artist with complicated relationship to cold cereal, creating elaborate mosaics and more.  He’s made one of my favorite short films I have seen in a while, THE WIZARD OF O’S, and with it brought a nicely streamlined version of Charlie’s machine: The Golden Spoon.  Check it out.


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July 22 at 10:24am

I Want To See This: Fear(s) Of The Dark

Why do Americans think animation is for kids?  Most of my favorite films last year were animations.  Animation works on so many levels and can truly tap into our subconscious.  The freedom of form is exhilarating.  

My daily surfs took me to this trailer for Fear(s) Of The Dark.  I hope the film comes to NYC and soon. — I just got word that IFC is bringing it to NYC in November! (thanks Jim!)

postscript: I saw the film. Charles Burns section is worth twice the price of admission!

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July 1 at 1:14pm

One Of The Top Films Of All Time: Chris Marker’s La Jetee

Chris Marker’s LA JETEE haunts many filmmakers’ work.  When I went to NYU, it was required viewing and I think you can see it’s influence in many grads’ work.  Its marriage of form and content has rarely been equaled.  His film SANS SOLEIL has also forever provoked me to deliver a true Essay Film — and I will one day.  Both are Required Viewing.  

One of the beautiful things about his work is that its effect runs far beyond the work at hand; he changes how we look at things, makes us reflect upon our own choices.  Marker is a true believer in the power of the dialogue between screen and audience. He recognizes how some of the best work is created when our imagination fills in the gaps.  Today far too much is actually shown, preventing us from becoming complicit in the narratives. His great essay on Hitchcock’s VERTIGO makes clear his passion for this process.  If only others could follow this lead…

There’s a lot of great writing on this film out there. Here’s Senses Of Cinema’s

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