Mamoru Oshii and The Sky Crawlers

Mamoru Oshii and The Sky Crawlers

Iconic master of animation, Mamoru Oshii discusses his 2008 existential science fiction movie about the lives of clones, and war for entertainment. This is coupled with Kurt’s original review of the film.

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The Director’s Club: SAM FULLER

The Director’s Club:  SAM FULLER

Kurt joins Patrick Ripoll over at the Director’s Club to talk about the great, rip-roaring force of cinema that was Sam Fuller.

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Help Build a Time Machine!

Jay Cheel from the documentary blog and director of Genie Nominated Beauty Day is gearing up to complete his next full length feature documentary, How to Build a Time Machine. As Jay puts it, HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE will be a genre-bending, true life sci fi mystery that will tell John Titor’s story through interviews with the incredible web of people who...

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Lars von Trier: Discuss

With Melancholia opening this Friday in select cities, and a lot of Lars von Trier films showing in Toronto, the folks at the Substream with Mamo!‘s Matt Price have a new episode of Very Important Dudes and Dudettes in Film History (VIDADIFH), which brings out all the interesting contradictions and misconceptions of the worlds most famous Danish...

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115 Years of Color and the First Color Films

Well not really, but this is a wonderfully preserved look at some of Kodak’s first experiments into the newly colorized medium. Kodak began working to improve on existing color photography that already existed at the time and from what I can see here truly succeeded. The hues and contrasts in this short experimental footage look absolutely fantastic...

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Rogue Film School II: Jersey Edition

Yes, Werner Herzog may read Curious George for you in New Jersey if he manages to track it down on You Tube. With the first edition of Rogue Film School (a crash course in filmmaking for people not afraid to forge permits in a military dictatorship and steal cameras from college campuses) already complete in Los Angeles (read this report of someone who...

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Ana’s Playground

Always proud when a worthwhile film, no matter how short or small, makes its way out of the frozen tundra of Minneapolis. Especially when said film is not only a magnificent watch, but also supports a good cause and delivers a message without being ham fisted. Quite the opposite actually. Ana’s Playground is a 20 minute short, sculpted so carefully that...

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Soderbergh and Crew Talk About “The Red” and The Digital Revolution

Steven Soderbergh talks about “The Red” and digital technology in regards to his film Che (recently released under the wonderful Criterion label for both standard and Blu-Ray). I have yet to pick up this astonishingly overlooked, under-appreciated and unfairly shit upon (by audiences and the studio) DVD version of the film, but as I understand it,...

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First Movie Shot on Canon 7D

Yes, more frakking zombies. I love the sub-genre, but enough is enough. The point of this post isn’t about zombies though; or even this particular movie. What is significant here is the look of this “film” shot on a $1700 camera. Almost anyone can now make a movie that looks good – or at least they can afford to make one. The camera...

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New Trek Props

So I can admit it: I like Star Trek. I’m certainly not a “Trekkie,” but I do find most of the stories and characters interesting and fun to think about. The creators of the various series usually came up with something interesting to deal with in terms of discussion, examination and exploration. Part of what is cool about the Star Trek...

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