Sunday Video Essay: The Darjeeling Ltd.

Everyone has a favorite Wes Anderson movie – or some just don’t like any of them. But for those that love to argue about which is his best, the only way you can be wrong is if you haven’t seen them all at least twice. Almost no other director is as auteur as Wes Anderson in my mind… OK, maybe Almodóvar, Wes Anderson is auteur in not just visuals, tones and style. He auteur in that his films (all of them; yes, even Fantastic Mr. Fox) take at least two viewings to fully take in. Love them or hate them, I insist you give them each a fair shake. And by fair shake I mean watch it again.

This fellow sticks by his Darjeeling Limited love. And I can support that. Even though Tenenbaums is still my personal favorite. Enjoy this defense piece Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson, starring in Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited.


Comic-Con Trailer: Batman v Superman


Well, one of my major complaints about Man of Steel (and many superhero flicks recently) is about to be addressed in Batman v Superman: the seemingly inconsequential destruction of Metropolis.

Because Bruce Wayne happened to be there and see it all go down.

See Wayne Financial crumble to the ground.

And Bruce Wayne… he’s pissed at Superman.

Also… Wonder freaking Woman shows up.

I really disliked Man of Steel… but I remain open-minded. We still have to wait until March 25, 2016 to see how this is going to turn out, but in the meantime, check out the recent trailer from SDCC.

Did you enjoy Man of Steel? What do you think of trailer’s portrayal of Batman and Wonder Woman? Chime in below!

Episode ONE of JG-L’s Project, hitRECord Premieres… Everywhere

So I watched about half of this before I decided it was definitely worth sharing. It’s got some bumps, but I do look forward to the next episodes. To explain what this is all about though, I leave it to JG-L himself:

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am beside myself with joy and anticipation :oD It is my sincere pleasure to present the very first episode of HITRECORD ON TV! Watch the entire first episode here before it premieres on television.

Everything you’re gonna see on this show was made collaboratively on our site — — and the work of 426 Contributing Artists is featured in this particular episode. There’s gonna be 8 episodes this season, each revolving around a different theme, like RE: Space, RE: The Other Side, and RE: Money. And since this is our first ever episode, I figured the theme of this one would be RE: The Number One. HITRECORD ON TV will be coming out on January 18th on a new cable channel called Pivot.

I’m deeply proud of this show, and I think you’re realllllly gonna like it. Honestly, making this thing together with all the artists from around the world in our hitRECord community has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life so far. So, without any further ado, enjoy the show!

Thanks again,

So if you’ve got an extra 22 minutes lying around, take a look at the video below. It’s actually pretty inspiring, creative and above all, fun. Then let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Errol Morris on The Unknown Known

A Q&A I recorded at one of the Toronto International Film Festival screenings of Errol Morris’s new documentary on Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Morris talks a bit about language, and a bit about the contradictions and snowflakes of a political lifer that is still in his bubble of denial. It is a rather excellent 12 minute supplement to the film itself.

Simpsons “Couch Gag” Feat. Guillermo del Toro

Apparently “The Simpsons” are still around and still doing their annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode – which is traditionally some of the better stuff to come out of the Groenig camp. At any rate, as you are I’m sure aware each episode of The Simpsons opens with a different “couch gag” in the opening credits sequence. For this year’s sequence, Guillermo del Toro lent his magic hand and incorporates all sorts of horror/sci-fi/action movie moments from cinema history. He includes Hitchcock stuff, early classic monster movie (i.e. Boris Karloff) stuff, some Cronenberg and of course each of his film’s are referenced as well. Take a look and see how many you can spot!