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Let the Right One In – Pool Scene

As promised in a previous post, here’s the pool scene from Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008). For me, this scene exemplifies one of the greatest explorations of mise en scène that I’ve seen in cinema in the last five years. The clip below is a tad long but if you toggle between the 5:30 – 5:40 mark, you will not be disappointed!

I highly recommend you see this gem of a film and even the recent American remake by Cloverfield director, Matt Reeves’ Let Me In (2010). Enjoy! Oh did I mention that the scene below is a bit graphic…just a little FYI.

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Ridley Scott meet TED

I like viral video campaigns as much as the next person, but really enjoy the cleverness of this teaser for the much anticipated ‘unofficial’ Alien prequel, Prometheus. Watch this video and you’ll realize that the connection of this film to the Alien series is much clearer than what has been previously disclosed. The last moments should spell it out for you.

I think the constant need to remind people that this isn’t an Alien movie has worked in their favour of creating a lot of buzz around its release. However, what the trailers and this video are really saying is that, “Okay, you got us! It’s definitely an Alien movie”.

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One Generic Movie Poster Coming Right Up!

so you want to be a modern poster designer?

Came across this very telling piece of imagejournalism (has that term been used before? meh I’m using it anyways!). I’m always fascinated by poster designs in general and this image says it like it is. Look at each one independently and think to yourself, “what movie poster does this remind me of?” What’s the first title that pops in your brain?

I’d love to hear what others have to say. Here’s mine:

Wacky Comedy -> Wedding Crashers

Romantic Comedy -> How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days

Dramatic Suspense -> Double Jeopardy

Action -> The Bourne Identity

Powerfist -> Green Lantern, Superman Returns, Batman (Tim Burton’s, and definite textbook example) – Can’t help it, all 3 came to me at once.

Children’s Movie in 3-D -> Garfield (*this one’s uncanny)

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Coming to a Theatre Near You: YouTube

“Suddenly one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart… and make a beautiful film with her father’s little camera-corder, and for once this whole professionalism about movies will be destroyed forever and it will become an art form.” – Francis Ford Coppola

Alright, YouTube isn’t actually coming to a silver screen near you, but a video that has gone viral via YouTube is!

According to Variety, Paramount has recently recruited some writers of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame to help pen a script for a feature-length big screen adaptation of a YouTube viral sensation.The lucky video to be given the silver screen treatment is “Ultimate Dog Tease”, a video just shy of one in a half minutes featuring a comedic (I don’t know, didn’t think it was that funny) voice over actor uttering lines as if he were narrating the thoughts and ideas of his German Sheppard (Look Who’s Talking Now anyone?). I’m sure this wasn’t the direction Mr. Coppola had in mind for his “art form”.

I know, sounds like a train wreck right. Obviously, not the first time Hollywood has chosen to adapt the strangest of pop culture fodder i.e. Battleship (I didn’t realize gigantic alien ships were hidden beneath the transparent blue plastic surfaces of the board game, huh?!), Julie and Julia (I know the film was adapted from some books, but inspiration was derived from a blog), and apparently the gel-filled action hero, Stretch Armstrong (I’m pretty sure this is already the title for some porn flick).

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“Lights, Camera, Dujardin?”

What can’t The Artist star, Jean Dujardin do?! In this clip from Funny or Die, Dujardin struts his acting abilities for what is likely to be an onslaught of movie offers when he wins Best Actor later this month at the Academy Awards. And of course he’ll be a villian. As he demonstrates here, there really is no action movie villian too evil or too complex for this charming French gentleman to play. And I love the opening credits for this clip à la Jean-Luc Godard, Une Femme est une Femme (1961). It is how they say, “fantastique”!

“Lights, Camera, Action!”

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Spider-Man Begins? Maybe

Well what do you think? I am actually quite impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Definitely appears to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan’s Batman reboot with it’s much darker and unschlocky tone demonstrated in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy – which I don’t believe was that bad. Sometimes wish that Spider Man 3 had never been made. I mean really, the whole constant reminder that “Hey Topher Grace is Venom!” was ridiculous. At the end of the day, if any stunt people seriously injure themselves, at least it’ll end up on the cutting room floor.

"Hey kids, remember me from That 70s Show - don't do drugs, look what happened to me."

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Interesting post on the so-called Blade Runner sequel in the works. I’m on the fence on this one. You don’t mess with a classic. That said, I’m more inclined to be more accepting of a prequel than a sequel. Something about the history of replicants before they went amuck intrigues me. Are you for or against a Blade Runner sequel/prequel?

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Sa-weet Credit Sequence: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

I know I said that I’d post something on A Dangerous Method, Steve Jobs’ Biography, and Radiohead’s latest remix album – and I will – but had to write something about one of the coolest opening credit sequences I’ve seen in cinema in the past 10 years or so. I believe that Hitchcock and Bond films hold much of a ‘popular opening credit sequence consciousness’ for many cinephiles (any of Saul Bass’ design work on Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960) come to mind), but David Fincher’s opening to his recent remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo really exploits the artistry of the opening credit sequence with one heck of a score and mind-bending surreal imagery to match. It’s a definite assault on the senses and I love it!

I wasn’t oozing praise for the film shortly after seeing it. I mean, it’s good, but so was the original Swedish version and found the two to be very very similar. That comparison may be worth another post, but if you haven’t seen the film, at least watch the opening credits below. Enjoy!

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