Nice to see Ms. Chastain having a little fun in this piece that tries to defuse the tensions of social media and celebrity these days. Albeit the most shocking thing is to see someone actually reading a newspaper on a park bench these days.
This is a follow on by Errol Morris’ to “The Umbrella Man” short film commissioned for the New York Times last year (we featured it here.) In part 2 “November 22, 1963” Morris continues his conversation with Josiah “Tink” Thompson regarding all things JFK.
Maybe I am hijacking my own column here, as the One Sheet on display this week is merely a well posed frame from the film with a red and yellow checkered flag along the top. But it it is a well posed frame from a Wes Anderson short film that popped up online this week, made with two of his usual collaborators, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, along with funding from Prada of all companies. Oh, and that checkered motif of course matches the uniform of the driver of the smashed sports car that happens to be on fire.
You can also watch the 8 minute short, as it is tucked under the seat.
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Just because you weren’t in Toronto the last couple of weeks doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little of what TIFF has to offer. For example, I stumbled across this short film entitled Noah which takes place entirely on a computer screen (including the closing credits). It’s an interesting look at relationships in the digital age.
It’s only a few minutes long but I actually felt a little anxious for the protagonist while watching. So for me it was what I like to call “quietly intense.” Take a look below and see what you think.
**Today is the last day the video will be available for viewing on YouTube**
A few weeks ago Vanity Fair announced “The Decades Series” to celebrate the magazine’s 100th anniversary. The series consists of ten shorts, each with a different director or team of directors, capturing a decade beginning with 1910. It doesn’t look like the videos are being released in any sort of order as the 1960s was posted earlier this week (a fun video of talking heads directed by Bryce Dallas Howard) followed today by the 80s but but today’s video is a little extra special.
Titled “H8DES,” this marks the directorial debut of none other than the great Don Cheadle and from the opening moments it perfectly captures the 80s, the laugh track accompanied opening scene feels like it could have been lifted from “The Cosby Show,” but the short manages to cover every major event and feeling of the decade, from Reaganomics to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s really fantastic and well worth five minutes.
So, a bunch of writers in Portland, Oregon decided to get together, get drunk, and write a script for an epic sci-fi short film. While I think all of us wannabe writers have done this at one point (hey, Steinbeck, Kerouac, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Bukowski were all raging alcoholics, were they not?), these guys didn’t regret their decisions the next morning. Instead, they decided to take it a step further and they hired actors who would act out their film while equally as drunk as the writers had been while writing it.
The result is Star Drunk. And it’s as ridiculous as you’d expect – sort of like a sci-fi version of Drunk History meets Battlestar Galactica. It hilarious, especially if you’re a sci-fi nerd such as myself. Or maybe it’s stupid, but I also spend hours each week watching cat videos on YouTube, so I suppose it’s all relative.
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to see more of these. Perhaps with some drunk editing thrown in for good measure.