Mad Max: Fury Road
Production Designer Colin Gibson impressive vehicles
Reflecting on the memories of the golden age of Hollywood, it gives the feeling that there is no such place like a movie theater to celebrate the birth of film from an artist. "The greatest emotion I have ever had in my life took place in the dark" and not in front of a smartphone or television. I have decided to spotlight the grandiose movie palaces to the independent movie houses. This is Cinema.
Dinosaurs in the Hood
BY DANEZ SMITH
Let’s make a movie called Dinosaurs in the Hood.
Jurassic Park meets Friday meets The Pursuit of Happyness.
There should be a scene where a little black boy is playing
with a toy dinosaur on the bus, then looks out the window
& sees the T. Rex, because there has to be a T. Rex.
Don’t let Tarantino direct this. In his version, the boy plays
with a gun, the metaphor: black boys toy with their own lives,
the foreshadow to his end, the spitting image of his father.
Fuck that, the kid has a plastic Brontosaurus or Triceratops
& this is his proof of magic or God or Santa. I want a scene
where a cop car gets pooped on by a pterodactyl, a scene
where the corner store turns into a battle ground. Don’t let
the Wayans brothers in this movie. I don’t want any racist shit
about Asian people or overused Latino stereotypes.
This movie is about a neighborhood of royal folks —
children of slaves & immigrants & addicts & exiles — saving their town
from real-ass dinosaurs. I don’t want some cheesy yet progressive
Hmong sexy hot dude hero with a funny yet strong commanding
black girl buddy-cop film. This is not a vehicle for Will Smith
& Sofia Vergara. I want grandmas on the front porch taking out raptors
with guns they hid in walls & under mattresses. I want those little spitty,
screamy dinosaurs. I want Cicely Tyson to make a speech, maybe two.
I want Viola Davis to save the city in the last scene with a black fist afro pick
through the last dinosaur’s long, cold-blood neck. But this can’t be
a black movie. This can’t be a black movie. This movie can’t be dismissed
because of its cast or its audience. This movie can’t be a metaphor
for black people & extinction. This movie can’t be about race.
This movie can’t be about black pain or cause black people pain.
This movie can’t be about a long history of having a long history with hurt.
This movie can’t be about race. Nobody can say nigga in this movie
who can’t say it to my face in public. No chicken jokes in this movie.
No bullets in the heroes. & no one kills the black boy. & no one kills
the black boy. & no one kills the black boy. Besides, the only reason
I want to make this is for that first scene anyway: the little black boy
on the bus with a toy dinosaur, his eyes wide & endless
his dreams possible, pulsing, & right there.
This guest post is by Gabriel Hernandez is photographer, post-production specialist and a sucker for thoughtful things.
"[MovieDNA] is an interesting concept, seeing an entire film as a photograph when usually it's the other way around."
The Kickstarter project just has a few days left as of this post, and already exceed its £350 goal. The video at the end of this post breaks it all down.
FULL LIST OF MOVIES AVAILABLE HERE:http://sleepyskunk.tumblr.com/
1. 'Brooklyn Go Hard (Instrumental)' - Performed by Jay-Z (Roc-A-Fella Records)
2. 'Save The World (Knife Party Remix)' - Performed by Swedish House Mafia (EMI Records)
3. 'The Opening' - Composed by François Paul Aïche (from The Fifth Estate trailer / DreamWorks SKG)
Here is a trailer for what looks like a fascinating exploration of the relationship between urban centers and the rivers that once supported them.
"Once upon a time, in almost every city, many rivers flowed. Why did they disappear? How? And could we see them again? This documentary tries to find answers by meeting visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world."
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Ryan's note: Thanks so much to Celso Bessa for our first my 5 post. How does his list of interesting contemporary directors match to yours? We would love to hear from you in the comments.
I love the movies that surprise and challenge me. Most of film directors don't dare too much these days - maybe it’s their lack talent, maybe it's a market thing or maybe they're lazy, I don't know - but, luckily, there are directors, indie and mainstream, that still try to make things in different ways.
So, here you will find My 5 interesting contemporary directors.
The list is in no specific order.
1 - Danny Boyle
What I like most about Danny Boyle is that he directs what I call disguised-genre movies. He takes a genre, keeps the basic story and genre rules and explores them in creative ways and makes you believe that you are watching a genre X movie, but by the end you notice that you just watched a very different movie.
His signature style is based on unusual angles, agile image editing, eclectic soundtracks and great emotional dynamics between characters - whether they are a tribe of outsiders, 3 orphans living in the streets or a guy alone, stuck to a rock in a Canyon.
2 - Chris Nolan
He's capable of making true what is fantastic in nature. And he does that with such a sense of narrative.In all of his movies, he keeps your attention all the way long and usually deliver us great climax or plot twists, making our jaws dropping. But it happens less by the fact per se, and rather, because of the way you were led and geniously tricked all the way along or how strong is delivered. And yet, you don't think he's cheating you.
- Batman Begins
- The Dark Knight
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Prestige
3 - José Padilha
His storytelling is bold and realistic, and probably this happens because his career balances documentary and fiction. And his fictional movies are strongly based in research and reality, so, you don't know where fiction begins and documentary ends.
He's studiend politics and economics in Brazil and international politics in Oxford, but he's known for directing Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within. Both inteligent and dramatic action movies, with high level of realism of the relationship between criminal, police, violence, political corruption and brazilian society, in all of his levels. It's like blending together Dennis Hopper's Colors (1988), Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001), Martins Scorsese's The Departed (2006) and Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).
And this guy is directing the remake of Robocop. Can you imagine that?
- Bus 174 (Documentary)
- Elite Squad
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
4 - Guillermo Del Toro
You gotta have nerves of steel to see Del Toro's movies. If you a bad ass, you will cry. If you touchy... you gotta drink a lot of water because you will dehydrate crying.
No other director will make you thrilled, touched and nervous like him in movies such as Cronos, The Devil's Backbone (the best ghost movie i've ever seen), Blade II (ok, i give you that: you will not cry, but it's the best of the trilogy), Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth. And he does that with a great aesthetics. Their movies are beautifully photographed and usually his movies won prizes for Art Direction: they are gorgeous. Great movies for you eyes, brains and hearts.
And, take a look at the movies he chose to direct: The Devil's Backbone, Pinocchio, Pacific Rim, 2008 Hellboy II, Pan's Labyrinth, almost directed one of the upcoming The Hobbit and wanted to directed the cancelled In the At the Mountains of Madness.
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
- Pan's Labyrinth
- Blade II
- The Devil's Backbone
5 - Miranda July
She has only directed 2 feature movies. Both of them are strong, and yet, simple movies, about the strong, and yet, simple things of life.
She writes, produces, directs and stars her own movies, movies that could be your life and the life you see when you watch outside your window. Her storytelling style is realistic, but in a more subtle way, with natural performances - including showing mundane and weird things we do in our lives. And by doing that, she shows how great life is: it can be fun, it can be melancholic, it can be sad, it can be boring, it can be fantastic.
- The Future
- Me and You and Everyone We Know
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Besides being a compulsive reader, music listener and movie addict, Celso Bessa is Brazilian and prefers to build bridges than walls. He is a digital entrepreneaur, co-founder and Beer Geek in Chief at www.2aces.com.br.