October 20, 1917 — August 2, 1973
I don’t want to situate my heroes in time; I don’t want the action of a film to be recognizable as something that happens in 1968. That’s why in Le samouraï, for example, the women aren’t wearing miniskirts, while the men are wearing hats—something, unfortunately, that no one does anymore. I’m not interested in realism. All my films hinge on the fantastic. I’m not a documentarian; a film is first and foremost a dream, and it’s absurd to copy life in an attempt to produce an exact re-creation of it. Transposition is more or less a reflex with me: I move from realism to fantasy without the spectator ever noticing.”
The film tells of two very different men who share a Brazilian prison cell: Valentin Arregui (Raúl Juliá), who is imprisoned (and has been tortured) due to his activities on behalf of a leftist revolutionary group, and Luis Molina (William Hurt) a homosexual in prison for having sex with an underage boy.
Can you imagine being behind the camera as Rip Torn suddenly attacked Norman Mailer with a hammer? D. A. Pennebaker can.
For more info on this there’s another clip D. A. Pennebaker on the Films of Norman Mailer: Wild 90 and Beyond the Law
While I’m hesitant to watch anything with someone named Jellybean in it, this short film Loom is not bad.
Momentum: Loom was written and directed by Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott and nephew of Tony. It features Giovanni Ribisi and Jellybean Howie. Cinematography by the great Dariusz Wolski, ASC. The gorgeous dark short film is a cooperation of RSA Films and RED.
Loom was shot on RED Epic in 4K 3D in the tone and style of Ridley Scott’s dystopian Blade Runner to showcase the prototype 4K REDray 3D laser cinema projector. The piece was crafted to test the limits of the colour range and exposure, allowing viewers to see fine details even in extremely low light scenes.
RED initially presented Loom at the 2012 NAB Show on April 2012 and recently President Jarred Land released it online via Reduser, the company’s forum.
The film follows a lab tech (Giovanni Ribisi’s character Tommy) who genetically modifies meat and begins a dangerous at-home experiment. Loom ends with a monologue taken from the conclusion of Darwin’s Origin of Species, leaving many of the story’s questions left unanswered.
"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." says Jellybean Howie’s character.
You can download a high-res 1728x720 (1.7GB) version of Loom here.
God Speed You! Black Emperor, by Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 1976
Yanagimachi follows Japanese Motorcycle gang The Black Emperors as they do bikerish teenage things.
I’ll smash your balls!
Lena Dunham’s thoughts about becoming and being a filmmaker today
Watch Pixar’s new short film Partysaurus Rex
In case this version gets removed, click here to see/download it in HD.
(Skip to 20secs in and watch in hd)
And we can flyyy
We are Kiiings
Watch us flyyy
We can spinnn