ﬁlm & ﬁlmmaking.
Core. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibion
The life and work of the master of cinema
Life of Pi
A quick look at Ang Lee’s new film
The Book of Mormon
The creators of South Park take on Broadway!
Now available on 3D blu-ray
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Jiro dreams of sushi
Documentary about the world’s best sushi chef
The Book of Mormon Musical from the guys who brought you South Park
Life of Pi
A first look at the new Ang Lee film
We tell you about cool trailers! Django Unchained & Hitchcock
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A top 10 of his best work as an actor and director
Cameron’s blockbuster is finally available on 3D blu-ray
A short horror film inspired on “The Tell-Tale Heart”
A Hitchcockian sci-fi thriller
An exhibition about his life and work 3
â€œYou have to fall in love with your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.â€? - Jiro Ono 44
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow. The feature film debut of director David Gelb, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father. 5
The musical by the creators of South Park. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, creators of South Park, have been at it again. Their musical The Book of Mormon has been sold out ever since it hit Broadway in 2011. It won 9 Tony’s at the 2011 Tony Awards. Currently the musical is on a tour in America and in March 2013 it’s coming to London. It’s about two young mormon missionaries who are sent to Ugan-
da. The elders find themselves having a hard time trying to convert the Ugandan people to Mormonism. The people there live a tough life and don’t feel the need to thank God for it. Matt and Trey’s next project will be a Book of Mormon movie. Scheduled to hit theaters somewhere in 2014! 6
No, it’s not a movie yet. The Book of Mormon is the first-ever Broadway musical comedy from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and it should keep audiences in shock and awe for years. They had me at “Hello.” Which is how two Utah teens/Mormon missionaries, Elder Price (megatalented Andrew Rannells) and Elder Cunningham (megafunny Josh Gad), greet potential converts in Uganda. Fed up with poverty, AIDS and an epidemic of baby-raping, the Ugandans sing, “Fuck you, God,” and and comic bliss breaks loose in ways you couldn’t imagine!
“Gods favorite musical!”
Parker and Stone, collaborating with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, make sure the laughs come big, long and uncut. No joke goes out without a sting. That makes it the new gold standard for rowdy fun on Broadway. But Parker and Stone also show an un-ironic compassion for the fallible humans caught in the web of religious hypocrisy. The score, a diabolically melodic and merry blend of Monty Python and Rodgers and Hammerstein, is on its march into legend (get the cast album).
Stone and Parker in front of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York.
Parker’s mad-gifted work as director (he shared duties with showstopping choreographer Casey Nicholaw) will only come as a revelation to Oscar-voting dickheads who don’t know that 1999’s South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was the best movie musical in decades. Fuck Chicago! A better heaven would shower this show with Tonys and insure that Justin Bieber doesn’t star in the movie version (on second thought, hmmm). For hilarity you can hum, The Book of Mormon is as good as it gets. You’ll laugh till it hurts, which is just the way Parker and Stone like it. Come on Mormons, go into your dance.
Now playing on Broadway and coming to London next march...
Life of Pi “I read the book when it first came out and I was fascinated, but never thought a movie could be made.” says Ang Lee, director of Life of Pi. The movie is based upon an award winning novel by writer Yann Mertel and is about an Indian boy that’s stranded at sea with four wild animals.
A 16-year-old indian boy (Suraj Sharma) of a wealthy family that is orphaned is on his way to a new life in America but ends up in a shipwreck in the Pacific. He is left on a little raft with an injured zebra, oranutan, hyena and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. It seems
very hard to make that work for a feature length film. “Even halfway through shooting I still wasn’t sure it was a good idea!” says director Lee. It really seems to be a very special effects heavy movie. Kind of like James Cameron’s Avatar and early footage already got some Oscar-buzz. “It’s Hollywood values but we’re also kind of doing guerilla filmmaking - everybody chips in! I dont’s think filmmaking gets any better than this!”. The trailer for Life of Pi is availeble now on the internet, we recommend you check it out! In theaters: December 20, 2012
Django Unchained Django Unchained, the new Quentin Tarantino film, is a western starring German Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx. It’s heavily inspired on Sergio Corbucci’s Django and Sergio Leone’s Dollar Trilogy from the sixties. With the help of his mentor, Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), a slave-turned-bounty hunter, Django (Foxx), sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). The second trailer was just released and it looks very spectacular. It has shooting, it has slaves, it has anger, it has revenge, it has everything a film needs! I’ve been waiting for a good western for years and with Django Unchained it looks like we’re getting the first good western since Unforgiven (1992). In theaters: December 21, 2012
Hitchcock Hitchcock, directed by Sasha Gervasi, is the love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins), and his wife Alma Reville (Helen MIrren) during the filming of Psycho, one of the most influential and best horrorfilms ever made, in 1959. The trailer shows that Hitchcock was a man with balls. He wanted to adapt a novel and no studio wanted to help him realize this vision. The book was way too brutal.In the end Hitchcock financed the film with his own money, essentially creating what we now know as ‘indy filmmaking’. In theaters: Febuary 7, 2013
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition The life and work of Stanley Kubrick.
A few weeks back I visited Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. An exhibition about the life and work of one of the best directors that ever lived. People of the Frankfurt Film museum sorted out all the material they found at Kubrick’s mansion in London. Thousands of boxes were found. Out of everything that was found they put together an exhibition that is now traveling around the world. The exhibition takes place in one big room, split up in multiple ‘blocks’ with thin walls and curtains. In the first block we get some basic information about Kubrick. Who he was, where he was born, his passion for chess and that he sold his first photograph to the magazine ‘Look’ at the age of 16. A lot of Kubrick’s early photographs are shown, sometimes complete with articles from Look. We move along to the next part of the exhibition, this block is about ‘Killer’s Kiss’ (1955). Apparently we’ve skipped Kubrick’s ‘lost’ film ‘Fear and Desire’ (1953). Probably because Kubrick hated it and bought every print he could get his hands on, just so he could destroy it. Iconic moments of the film are being played on a big screen. Other than that there are a lot of papers. Snippets of screenplay with Kubrick’s notes on them and original posters that were still in great condition.
The entire exhibition is in chronological order in wich the films were released, so our next film is ‘The Killing’ (1956). Again there’s a big screen playing the best moments of the film. There are some lenses that Kubrick used for shooting The Killing. I already took a brief look at was ahead and saw that the really cool stuff started a few blocks ahead, so let’s go! We’ve arrived at ‘Paths of Glory’ (1957). I can see Kirk Douglas walking through the trenches in France. Many consider Paths of Glory as a film that displays WWI very objectively yet Kubrick saw it as an ‘anti-war film’. During the shooting of Paths of Glory Kubrick met his wife. She played a German captive that had to sing for the French soldiers in the last scene of the film.
Then it’s on to ‘Spartacus’ (1960), Kubrick’s first film in color. The project was originally directed by someone else and produced by Kirk Douglas. After the first week of shooting Douglas was not satisfied and fired the director. He then asked Kubrick to take over and he did. In the room are two costumes that are worn by Douglas in the film. A very nice storyboard catches my attention, it’s like a comic, in full-color! The note next to it says that Kubrick liked a certain artist that made comic books and hired him to do the storyboards for Spartacus. Also on display is a lot of personal correspondence between Kubrick and Douglas. Over the years, during the making of Paths of Glory and Spartacus, the two of them became quite close.
We’ve arrived at the adaptation of Vladimir Nakobov’s controversial book ‘Lolita’ (1962). There’s a letter on the wall, it’s from a church. It’s a lot of text but what it basically said is that the church doesn’t approve of what Kubrick is doing and they threaten to boycott the release of Lolita. In the end this didn’t really happen. Another letter from Sue Lyon in on display, the 15-year-old star of the film. It says that she had given up acting and Hollywood and that she’s now married. “I hope this letter reaches you Stanley.” There’s a picture next to the letter, it’s Lyon with her husband. ‘Dr. Strangelove: or how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb’ (1964), Kubrick’s only comedy. There’s a scale model of ‘the war room’, the room where most of the film takes place. There are multiple photos of Peter Sellers on set. He was three characters in the film. Kubrick liked to just aim some cameras at Sellers and just let do his thing. Kubrick would pick out the useful parts l ater. ‘We’ll meet again’ by Vera Lynn echoes through the room, the closing scene is playing on the big screen. The next room is one of Kubrick’s biggest films, a film that permanently put science fiction on the map, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968). Kubrick worked with famous sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke to write a screenplay. There’s a poster on the wall: “The ultimate trip.”, which is of course thanks to the gigantic masses of hippies that came to see the film under the influence of drugs. This mainly due to the famous Stargate sequence. There are lots and lots of props here. David’s helmet, the Moonwalker costume and on the ceiling there a model of the Discovery and of the Starchild. As I walk out I notice the HAL 9000 replica that’s mounted on the wall. Awesome! Want to read this article in it’s entirety? Go to: www.sschekman.wordpress.com
films directed by Clint Eastwood
performances by Clint Eastwood
1. A Perfect World (1993)
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
2. Sudden Impact (1983)
2. Dirty Harry (1971-88)
3. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
3. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
4. Mystic River (2003)
4. In the Line of Fire (1993)
5. Bronco Billy (1980)
5. Unforgiven (1992)
6. Unforgiven (1992)
6. Million Dollar baby (2004)
7. The Gauntlet (1977)
7. Rawhide (1959-65)
8. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
8. A Perfect World (1993)
9. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
9. Play Misty for Me (1971)
10. White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
10. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
James Cameron’s blockbuster arrived on 3D blu-ray! Two and a half years after it first hit theaters the 3D blu-ray of Avatar is finally here. Previous blu-ray releases of the film looked abslutely stunning, so how does this one hold up? Does it look even better? Let’s face it James Cameron knows how to create a motion picture that seems to truly represent his vision as a filmmaker. I am probably one of the only few reading this that didn’t see Avatar in the theater. My kids saw it but my wife and I just never got around to it. I am a fan of Cameron’s and have been for years but this is a film that deep down I felt I wanted to experience for the first time in my own theater room. I wasn’t disappointed. Avatar is the name given the biologically engineered, genetically matched and remotely controlled suits created so that humans could interact with the indigenous humanoid Na’vi of the distant planet of Pandora. A fertile and lush world inhabited by a host of alien species and a precious material known as unobtainium, a room temperature, super-conductor for energy, which makes it very valuable. A joint military/civilian scientist outpost has been established on Pandora for the purposes of mining it however the Na’vi are not open to intruding outsiders and their colony rests on the area where the highest concentration of unobtainium is located. Jake Sully is a former marine and paraplegic whose recently deceased twin brother was slated for the Avatar program. Because Jake is a genetic match for his brother he has been brought to Pandora to take his place. He meets with both the military and civilian personnel who both have completely different agendas. The military is employed by a corporation seeking the unobtainium and the scientists, holding the key through the Avatar program, seek to study the planet and its
inhabitants. Jake is brought into the fold and quickly learns how the corporation/military want there agenda met when they instruct him to use his recently acquired relationship with Neytiri, a female of the Na’vi to gather intelligence to help supplant the tribe. After living among the Na’vi and being instructed in their customs through Neytiri Jake begins to lose focus on the mission. He becomes enamored by their world and finds himself falling for Neytiri. Once this becomes evident the corporation instructs the military to move in forcibly which results in a standoff that leaves Jake right smack in the middle. Does he assist in the destruction of the Na’vi and the world he has grown to love or does he stand with them in defense of their home against a mightier and better prepared army? Avatar’s premise about an undercover that becomes seduced by the world which he is infiltrating is certainly nothing new. Formulaic or not this story strikes all the requisite chords and has enough substance to keep interest from waning. Quite honestly I think that for me the real attraction here is found both in the combination of the story’s elements and the visual stimulation contained in the imaginary world created by James Cameron. I am a sucker for the good versus evil, little guy taking on the giant concept so this one lured me in early on. Being a fan of Cameron’s past works this felt like slipping on a brand new pair of shoes and already having them broken in. I can’t say that everyone will feel the same but I found Avatar to be highly entertaining and well worth an evening spent.
Awesome short film inspired on “The Tell-Tale Heart”.
About the film
About the filmmaker
One night Taylor is having a fight with his grilfriend. It’s not the first time. “Why do you have to act like a child all the time?!” she screams. Taylor loses it and tells her to stop. She doesn’t listen and just continues screaming at Taylor. He storms out of the house and tries to get a grip. Something snapped. He takes a hammer from his car and gives his girlfriend a smash to the head.
Ryan Connolly is kind of a celebrity in the world of indy filmmaking. He is owner of Triune Films and the host/producer of Film Riot and Film State. Two very popular shows on YouTube related to film(making). In addition to this he also wrote, directed, produced and edited Tell.
Gripped by the fear of possible repercussions and tortured by the guilt of his violent actions, Taylor seeks to hide his sins in hopes that they will go unnoticed and become no more than a dirty little secret... However, his plan quickly falls apart when he begins to see menacing visions and the line between reality and paranoia becomes blurred... Is it all in his head or can the dead truly take revenge?
After graduating from prestigious film school Full Sail University he went straight to work refining his craft. In the past five years he has written/directed several short film, commercials and music videos; including work with DELL, AMD, Ford and Alienware. In the show Film Riot he shows the viewers how to pull off amazing Hollywood style effects on the cheap. This is how he gained a hug audience of filmmakers/filmlovers. A while later Film State was added, where he and his team keep you up to date with the latest film related news. His production company produces another online show called Variant, wich is about comic books. Ryan is currently in pre-production on a mini-series and is developing his very first feature film!
Tell is now available for free on YouTube and on DVD/Blu-ray with tons of extras at doyoufeelguilty.com
A very clever sci-fi film by the son on David Bowie, Duncan Jones 18 18
More tender and transcendent than Terminator Salvation, more scruffy than Star Trek, Moon is a nearone-hander, shot in 33 days and stressing conceptual sci-fi preferences over conspicuous cash-flinging. With Silent Running’s sadness and Alien’s craggy conviction as precedents, its scale is small but its ideas – about being human, essentially – are big. The slippery focus is Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a near-future astronaut reaching the end of a threeyear contract to facilitate mining energy sources on the glum side of the moon.
Sam is eager to go home to his family; who wouldn’t be if they only had Kevin Spacey’s insin uating voice for company in the shape of a proto-HAL ro bo-pal called GERTY? No wonder Sam’s psyche starts splintering. Headaches and hallucinations cause him to crash his space rover during a lunar jaunt. In sick bay, his visions intensify…
What follows doesn’t just probe what’s up with Sam. It asks who he is, why he’s here, anatomising identity on exis- tential lines. This gives Rockwell much to rise to, and he does so with grace, depth and range enough to draw empathy and suggest a troubled past simultaneously. Old-school model-work effects and limited-scale set designs are deployed to similar ends: rugged-metal reality is matched to a more abstract, claustrophobic kind of head-space, fusing allegory with interior psychodrama. Subterranean thrills and chills are provided in a “something in the cellar” fashion, but the nature of what’s down there is properly complex. Moon is tense but it also expertly wrong-foots us, dodging potential clichés in favour of emotive, intelligent revelations.
It’d be wrong to say “twists”, because Nathan Parker’s script drip-feeds Hitchcockian suspense instead of delivering fastforgotten shocks. The reveals do satisfy, though, so dodge those spoilers. We’ll see and enjoy bigger films this summer, but Jones’ psychological space odyssey hardly puts a moon boot wrong.
sander Schekman presents core films & filmmaking created for Branddesign at Han in Arnhem Coverphotoâ€™s jack torrence in the shining, walter white in breaking bad, clint eastwood in the good, the bad and the ugly and Dr. strangelove in dr. strangelove