Trailer: Resurrect Dead – The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles


There is nothing I like more than a good science fiction conspiracy. I could read the article on Stanley Kubrick’s implicit guilt for faking the moon landing embedded in The Shining (here) over and over again. And I have. But wait. There is a real bonafide conspiracy out there involving Street Art, David Mamet, Short Wave Radio, Pigeon husbandry, raising the dead, Railroads, metahistory massive telescopes and our friendly cinematic auteur Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sign me up! Actually, there is decades worth of evidence gathered by various folks of mysterious tiles embedded in the road way by someone. Jon Foy puts on his best Errol Morris hat and makes a great talking-head / archival footage / re-enactment documentary. I just watched it, and it is still buzzing in my head. Apparently the folks at Sundance a couple months ago also like it and award it a directors prize.

The trailer is tucked under the seat.

Filmmaker Jon Foy and Philadelphia-based artist and musician Justin Duerr began planning a documentary film about the Toynbee Tiles in 2000. Five years later, they began filming their investigation of these strange street plaques embedded in the asphalt of major U.S. and South American urban intersections that had held Duerr’s fascination for over a decade. Having appeared on hundreds of reported examples from the mid-1980s to present, the cryptic four-line message of the Toynbee Tiles read: “Toynbee Idea / In Kubrick’s 2001 / Resurrect Dead / On Planet Jupiter”. While the text on the plaques was clear enough, neither Duerr nor the numerous media outlets that had documented the phenomenon knew what these tiles meant, how or why they were installed, or who was responsible for them.

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Cinecast Episode 208 – It’s Gonna Be Ass-Tastic!

Welcome to another edition of the Cinecast, wherein the boys talk a little Joe Wright and Super-Spy-Assassins with the weekend release of Hanna. There is no Gamble on the show today, but in order to properly plumb the depth and nuance of Your Highness, we bring in a mystery guest. Then it is on to Kurt’s 3 days in Asheville, NC watching action films and stunt folks from around the world ply their trade at ActionFest. A recap of some of the highlight titles (from Bangkok stunt-reel filmmaking to white knuckle mountain climbing thrillers and Mixed Martial Arts Kumite) along with plans to revisit next year. DVD and netflix picks round out a show that is on-target and efficient, but a tad on the foul-tongued side. Fair warning.

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Screen Shot Quiz #220

The goal of the screen shot quiz it not to just guess what the movie is that the screen shot is from but to encourage discussion on the film. Feel free to shout out in the comments what the movie is and then provide an opinion or some thoughts on the movie. Oh and the first person who gets the movie right wins our respect.

P.T. Anderson’s The Master has resumed Production!


Hell yea, folks! P.T. Anderson’s L. Ron Hubbard sort-of-biopic (As Orson Welles Citizen Kane was to William Hearst) has come out of its financial paralysis and is back on track. Philip Seymour Hoffman is still in the lead role, but it appears that Jeremy Renner, is going to be replaced with a returning-to-acting Joaquin Pheonix. If you recall, the project was stalled either for creative issues or financial, it was never clear. But it appears that things are moving forward. Now Anderson doesn’t exactly work fast these days, but the end films seem to be consistently worth the wait. I’ll try to have patience, and enjoy the fact that The Tree of Life is coming out next month.

DVD Review: A Summer in Genoa

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Director: Michael Winterbottom (The Killer Inside Me, The Shock Doctrine, A Mighty Heart)
Screenplay: Michael Winterbottom, Laurence Coriat
Producers: Andrew Eaton, Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 94 min.

I’ve never quite understood the deal with Michael Winterbottom. He has a fantastic filmography though whenever I hear mention of the director, it’s usually in speaking of one or two films. It’s a little disheartening considering how many great films he has to offer not to mention that the lack of attention usually means a few of his films get lost in the shuffle. I remember my surprise when, nearly ten years after its release, I stumbled onto The Claim and it looks like a similar fate was going to be dealt to A Summer in Genoa.

Originally known as simply Genova, this 2008 film is only know seeing life on DVD in North America. In this case, the lag has nothing to do with film quality because the film features Winterbottom at his best.

A Summer in Genoa Movie StillA Summer in Genoa stars Colin Firth (pre-Oscar win) as Joe, a professor who after the tragic death of his wife (Hope Davis), moves with his two daughters to Genoa where Barbara (Catherine Keener), a long time friend, has helped him with a job placement teaching English Literature at the university. With only a few months separating their mother’s death and the move to a new city, the girls are still emotionally raw. They are children dealing with the trauma by simply moving away from it but it’s not enough and their arrival in a new, unfamiliar place makes a significant impact on their lives. Mary, the youngest of the two girls, feels responsible for her mother’s death and begins to see her mother’s ghost while Kelly rebels by discover and exercising her sexuality. As the summer progresses, the girls, particularly Kelly, become more difficult to manage until a series of events culminates in the coming together of the family and a sort of awakening and reconnection with each other.

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DVD Triage: Week of April 12

A fairly slim week this week, for which I’m a bit grateful after last week! Still, there are some things I’m very much looking forward to seeing, like Claire Denis’ latest film White Material, which gets a Criterion DVD and blu-ray as well as an Instant Watch debut. Not too many other new Instant Watches debuting this week, but there are a bunch of expirations coming up on the 21st, so check those out if there’s anything you haven’t seen yet. Do note there are bunch of releases from the Warner Archive out this week; I put all of them under “More Movies” simply because I don’t know much about a lot of them and couldn’t write anything decent about them, plus they won’t be available to rent because they’re only burned on-demand. But check out the titles down there and see if there’s anything you’ve been waiting for – I’ve got to admit I’m pretty interested in seeing Bogart and Stanwyck in their only film together, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, but not sure I’m willing to pay DVD-R on-demand prices for it right now. I’m pretty sure TCM plays it occasionally.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Okay, I guess this is a conditional buy based on whether you intend on collecting all the Harry Potter movies or not. That said, the series as a whole is very solid, and this one, though it’s only half a book, does a lot more with the arguably boring half of Book 7 than I feared it might. Steve’s HP retrospective
2010 USA/UK. Director: David Yates. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray (includes DVD and digital copy) | Netflix (5/10)

Le cercle rouge Criterion Blu-ray
This has been out on Criterion DVD and on Instant Watch for a little while, but I’m perfectly willing to consider splurging sight unseen on a Blu-ray edition. Everything I’ve seen so far from Melville has been fantastic, and this promises to be also fantastic, but in color! And the screenshots I’ve seen suggest it may have been a bit influence on Miller’s Crossing, so I’m totally down for that.
1970 France. Director: Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring: Alain Delon, Andre Bourvil.
Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix (DVD and streaming)


White Material Criterion
I skipped a chance to see Claire Denis’ latest at the LA Film Festival last year, but I’m still very interested in checking out her post-colonial take on Europeans in Africa. The fact that Criterion is putting their weight behind it only ups the ante. Also on Instant Watch.
2009 France. Director: Claire Denis. Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert.
Amazon DVD | Amazon Blu-ray | Netflix

The poster for this one is pretty disturbing – which I suppose is appropriate for a film about a guy dealing with some pretty severe demons, which may not be so inner. I quite like Jim Sturgess, and sounds like the supporting cast here is pretty spot-on, too. Kurt’s Review Also on Instant Watch.
2009 USA. Director: Philip Ridley. Starring: Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke, Clémence Poésy, Eddie Marsan.
Amazon DVD | Netflix

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