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  • Hey Man, Nice Shot (2013)

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    Today, we begin wrapping up 2013 by returning to an annual tradition originally posted over at The Matinee. It occurred to me some time ago that when you think back on a film, sometimes you think about one solitary image. When you bring those images together, it turns into a neat little tapestry of the year on the whole.

    The idea started back in 2010, and continued through 2011 and 2012.

    Decide amongst yourselves what it means that I have been choosing more and more images as the years have gone on.

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  • Hey Man, Nice Shot (2012)

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    Thanks to Ryan McNeil and The Matinee for putting these images together and letting us just sit back in the third row and enjoy.

    Sometimes, I think much of what a film wants to say can be embodied in a single image. Other times, I think random individual shots stick in our brain for reasons all our own.

    Both of these ideas got me starting a little tradition here on The Matinee: a tradition of a post dedicated to my favorite shots of the year. The idea started back in 2010, and continued at the end of 2011.

    While there were a few more that I just couldn’t source, below are some of the ones that stuck with me in 2012.

     

     

     

     
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  • New Stills from Ang Lee’s

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    Seems like only yesterday we got our first glimpse at the shiny trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi; but in actuality it was almost four months ago. How time flies. Anyway, despite this looking a bit more like a Zhang Yimou film than an Ang Lee film, we’re pretty big Lee fans in this row of the cinema.

    So as if to try and reinforce the influence, the studio has gotten us a whole bunch of new still to gawk at.

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    This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

  • Yet Another Bond Infographic [this one is worth it]

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    The James Bond infographic has gone crazy over the past couple of weeks to coincide with the release of Skyfall. While most of them have been pretty good to great, I think this is the best one I’ve seen so far… at least in terms of creativity and UI with the help of HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.

    It’s a look at all of the Bond cars over the past 50 years. Many of them not the standard Bondmobiles that you might be expecting (the Citroën 2CV ? really?).

    Anyway, click on the link below. It’s a quick look and a pretty neat design.

    BOND CAR INFOGRAPHIC

  • Bond and the Sweet Moneypenny

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    Normally I’m not much into the dollars and cents game when it comes to art (i.e. movies), but in this case we’ve got a pretty wll laid-out infographic that gives us a few interesting details about each actor’s stint as the James Bond character; including cars, women and yes, gross dollars amount. Looks like Daniel Craig will very likely overtake Brosnan as the most lucrative Bond character once Skyfall makes the final rounds.

    But I gotta say, I like Dalton’s Aston Martin V8 over them all.

     

    Dollars and Bonds

    Special thanks to top10bestonline-casinos for their help in creating this infographic.

  • First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe Lincoln

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    We don’t always post single first look photographs here in the third row, but when we do, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis knocking our socks off with some sort of transformation And here, courtesy of EW, we have our official first look of DDL in full makeup and costume as President Lincoln.

    According to the article, Lincoln will focus on “the last four months of the president’s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed.” Steven Spielberg said of it:

    “Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition … [The film begins with] Lincoln’s realization that the Emancipation Proclamation, the thing he is most known for, was simply a war powers act that would easily be struck down by any number of lawyers after the cessation of hostilities after the Civil War. He needed to abolish slavery by constitutional measure — and that’s where we start.”

    Spielberg also said that while he did refer to DDL as “Mr. President” on set (along with referring to all actors by their character names), a lot of the hooplah about DDL’s immersion into his roles is “more about gossip than it is about [his] technique” and DDL was “always conscious of his contemporary surroundings.” So, sorry for those of you imagining him giving brilliant speeches to cast and crew off-camera as well as on.

    Lincoln opens on November 16, 2012 with a monster supporting cast that includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, James Spader, John Hawkes, Bruce McGill, Walton Goggins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tim Blake Nelson, Gulliver McGrath, David Oyelowo, and Hal Holbrook. I’m sure most of us will be there opening day.

  • Be careful John Woo…Don’t mess with Master Suzuki

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    One of the early announcements out of Cannes was that of a new picture on its way from director John Woo. Known for over the top action scenes, fine cheese and crates of doves, Woo will be looking to remake one of the classic films from Japanese movie studio Nikkatsu as part of its centenary celebration. Entitled Day Of The Beast, the film will be an English language take on Seijun Suzuki’s superb 1963 film Youth Of The Beast. Of its many great scenes, one of my favourites is when Jo Shishido’s main character survives being blown up in a house while he’s hanging upside down, manages to swing himself to a gun, fight off two remaining yakuza and then shoot himself free before finishing them both off. How can Woo top that?

    Of course, I’m kidding when I tell Woo to tread carefully. I’m not one to believe that the original film can be wrecked by any attempt to remake it. In fact, any attention a remake can bring to an earlier film is definitely welcomed – especially when it’s something by one of my favourite directors. Though he was a studio director – in other words, he had to film whatever script they gave him with whatever cast they gave him – Seijun Suzuki figured out early on how to keep things interesting even when the scripts were standard B-movie fare. Akin somewhat to Hitchcock in viewing the role of the director to be more technical in nature (where does the camera sit, when does it move, how do I frame things, etc.), Suzuki was able to play with storytelling conventions a great deal by adding subtext and context via his images and visual style while avoiding exposition like the plague. The classic story is that Nikkatsu fired him upon seeing his 1967 film Branded To Kill after having warned him to play by the rules (his previous film Tokyo Drifter wasn’t exactly a straight line narrative either). His methods of telling his story made generic plots into interesting ones and I’ve never seen a film of his that didn’t make me broadly smile at something totally unexpected, make me think “Whoa, that was cool…” and yet still convey relevant information about the story or character.

    So in anticipation of John Woo’s re-imagining of one of the classic yakuza films, here’s just a few examples of Suzuki’s work:

     

    Youth Of The Beast (1963)

     

    Gate Of Flesh (1964)

     

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  • Hey Man, Nice Shot [2011]

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    Other than year end lists, we’re not much good at recapping the year with images/videos like so many other great sites around the web-o-sphere. Too busy watching movies than to write about them I guess. That’s why we give a huge hero cookie out to our friend Ryan McNeil over at The Matinee for hooking us up with his version of the year in pictures.
    Take it away Ryan…

    As the end of the year approaches, I find myself reflecting on 2011 at the movies. As a guy who sees much of the world through a camera lens – though admittedly not as much as he once did – I find that certain images get burned into my brain. So in no particular order, here are twelve of my favorite shots from the films of 2011…

    What did you think? Please leave comments with your thoughts on some of the best shots of 2011.

  • My Love For Film in a Snapshot #3

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    When it comes to Georges Franju’s brilliant 1960s horror Eyes Without a Face there are literally dozens of images I could have chosen. But in the end I went with the one above of the main character – the daughter of a brilliant surgeon who he tries to “fix” – as she wears the eerily iconic mask to cover up her injury. I love the way the woman is gently tilting up her face to check on her and the way the girl stares blankly back at her wearing that almost inexplicably creepy blank mask. A haunting image from a haunting film.

  • My Love for Film in a Snapshot #2

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    As soon as we started this series, I knew what I wanted to feature. The final shot from Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (sorry for those who haven’t seen it – and please remedy this soon if so) is so haunting and so perfect a way to end the film. It’s always stayed with me years after the first time I saw it. The only thing this still snapshot loses is the steady panning of the camera, emulating a CCTV camera. Perfection.

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