I haven’t seen every movie this year like I did pre-bebes but my three FAVORITE movies of 2010 are in no particular order:

Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop

The Social Network

I Love My Bicycle - the Story of FBM Bikes 

All Hail The Black Market's @StevilKnevil tweeted this morning:

If you watch two movies this year, make it something with nudity and this. http://vimeo.com/18094237

BMX. Punk Rock. DIY. Creativity. Startup.

What else do you need? It’s dope. Annnnd it’s free online! WATCH IT NOW.

28.12.10
theimpossiblecool:

Fellini.

Federico Felini. Serious Badass. 

theimpossiblecool:

Fellini.

Federico Felini. Serious Badass. 

20.01.11

Via nbclocal:

Kevin Smith Retires From Directing, Wearing Baggy Pants. Kevin Smith, who has spent nearly two decades trying to make a movie better than “Clerks” only to fail, announced his formal retirement from directing last night at the Sundance Film Festival. NO! NO! But who will be left to make mildly raunchy comedies in desperate need of dialogue editing, I ask you? What’s that? Ashton Kutcher? Pfft. He’s no AUTEUR. Anyway, Smith’s next movie, the hockey comedy “Hit Somebody,” will be his last. After that, cinema blend says Smith will “focus on helping other people make movies.” I’d much prefer he focus on telling stories about insane Hollywood people, like the one above. That’s his true calling.

-DM

(NOTE: Video contains some strong language)

Kevin Smith. Serious Badass. 

Much like Ricky Gervais famously did at the Golden Globes, Kevin Smith is giving the middle finger to the Hollywood establishment at the Sundance Film Festival surrounding the release of his new movie “Red State.” The film’s release and Kevin’s smart release business model has the establishment in a state. #Classic Get used to it Hollywood - your traditional TV movie entertainment model is in trouble…think recording industry… ;) 

Meanwhile, here’s a hilarious story for a cold, wintery Monday night. 

(Source: the20s, via brooklynmutt)

24.01.11

via laphamsquarterly:

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Mamet wrote this scene specifically for the movie and specifically for Baldwin. Try watching this right before an episode of 30 Rock. It’s weird!

EDIT: We’ve got the script in our latest issue! Buy a couple and do script readings with your friends! (PRO TIP: Don’t be The Machine)

This is one of the most devastating scenes in late 20th century American cinema.

Yes Alec Baldwin is a force of nature in his one and only scene. He’s such an alpha dog in this scene it’s scary.

But watch Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, and the late, great Jack Lemon. Each of their performances are so incredibly real and nuanced. Pay attention to Jack Lemon, the coffee pot, and his expressions. Watch Ed Harris’ body language transformation from a proud, know-it-all salesman into a hunched over, humiliated nobody who will be lucky to win a set of steak knives. Amazing!

"We’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. As you all know first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired."  

22.03.11

The Great Roger Ebert at TED. Serious Badass.

13.04.11
David Bowie. Serious Badass.
The Museum of Arts & Design in NYC is presenting “David Bowie, Artist:”
"a multi-platform retrospective re-framing Bowie’s daring, multi-discipline career as that of an artist working primarily in performance.  From his roots in such performance-based practices as cabaret, mime, and avant-garde theater, to Ziggy Stardust, his revolutionary tour that synthesized theater, music, and contemporary art into a rock spectacle, as well as his innovative video collaborations, and his work in cinema and theater, David Bowie, Artist presents Bowie as one of the most iconoclastic cultural producers of the 20th century."
And my head exploded! Guess I know where I’ll be spending my June nights this Summer as they’re screening most of the movies he’s appeared in. “The Hunger”, “Basquiat”, and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” are faves. 
Who’s your favorite Bowie? Andro Hippie Bowie? Ziggy Stardust? Aladdin Sane?Diamond Dogs Bowie? Thin White Duke? Berlin Bowie? Scary Monsters Bowie? Let’s Dance Bowie? Tin Machine Bowie?

My personal fave is Berlin Bowie (“Heroes”).
Hat tip to @mikemonello.

David Bowie. Serious Badass.

The Museum of Arts & Design in NYC is presenting “David Bowie, Artist:”

"a multi-platform retrospective re-framing Bowie’s daring, multi-discipline career as that of an artist working primarily in performance.  From his roots in such performance-based practices as cabaret, mime, and avant-garde theater, to Ziggy Stardust, his revolutionary tour that synthesized theater, music, and contemporary art into a rock spectacle, as well as his innovative video collaborations, and his work in cinema and theater, David Bowie, Artist presents Bowie as one of the most iconoclastic cultural producers of the 20th century."

And my head exploded! Guess I know where I’ll be spending my June nights this Summer as they’re screening most of the movies he’s appeared in. “The Hunger”, “Basquiat”, and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” are faves. 

Who’s your favorite Bowie? Andro Hippie Bowie? Ziggy Stardust? Aladdin Sane?Diamond Dogs Bowie? Thin White Duke? Berlin Bowie? Scary Monsters Bowie? Let’s Dance Bowie? Tin Machine Bowie?

My personal fave is Berlin Bowie (“Heroes”).

Hat tip to @mikemonello.

13.04.11

The Deer Hunter, 1978.

Last week I watched The Deer Hunter again and it left me in a puddle of tears.

When I first watched it as a kid, it was a heavily edited version on network TV. I thought DeNiro and the Russian Roulette scenes were badass.

Now that I’m old, excluding the Vietnam baggage (two of my Uncles served and had harrowing experiences in country with the Army and Marines and in their lives afterwards), it’s just so poignantly melancholy, tragic, and controversial.  

This last scene, just after Nick’s funeral just kills. The acting is impecable, subtle, and real.  And like a lot of parts of the movie, the scene was/is very controversial. Studio execs hated it for being anti-American when it was first screened.

I’m not patriotic. I’m not religious. And I really dislike the song (it’s borderline fascist and prompted Woody Guthrie to write the superior “This Land Is Your Land”…but that’s a different post). For me, this last scene perfectly captures the characters’ grief for Nick, their patriotism, their innocence lost, their perseverance, and their sad resignation for what their life has in store for them.

Michael Cimino’s one, great movie won five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Film Editing, and Best Sound.  

17.04.11
via joshsternberg:

Via GeeksAreSexy.net:

There was a time when “Jaws” was more popular than “Star Wars”, believe it or not. It wasn’t along time, but it did happen. When the new space opera overtook the world’s most fearsome killer fish in the theaters, director Steven Spielberg published a congratulatory open letter to his long-time pal George Lucas in the December 2nd, 1977 issue of Variety.


While some might say that these two movies drove film making into the pop culture blockbuster ditch that has plagued so much of modern film since they were released (i.e. frenetic, shallow, metered plot twists v. say an iconic 70s John Cassavetes or Peter Bogdanovich film), these are the films of my youth and I LOVE THEM TO DEATH (along with Rocky, All The Presidents Men, The Sting, The Last Picture Show, etc.).
I saw these films in big movie houses & larger than life. I remember the afternoon I saw Star Wars and the night I saw Jaws like it was yesterday. I saw them with family in both cases. We stood in a blocks long line FOREVER downtown to see Jaws at “The Midland.” We saw the first showing of Star Wars at “The Glenwood Theatre” in suburban KC opening day (a day after it opened in NYC & LA). It was an initial limited release and we lucked out. The matinee was empty! Mom promptly fell asleep. 
Jaws scared the holy bejezus out of me. I levitated out of my chair during the scene where the severed head pops out of the boat. Shortly after I saw it the summer of ‘75, I went to Puerto Rico for the Summer. I spent the whole time snorkling with my crazy Uncle Guille & wonderful Aunt Kathy waiting for Jaws to come up and swallow me whole. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
And well Star Wars thrilled me to death as I was mad about space and really loved space themed sci-fi. And now I’ve passed Star Wars on to my kids like any good Geek Dad…
Thank you Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Lucas! 
Sharks and space. Man, sharks and space. 

via joshsternberg:

Via GeeksAreSexy.net:

There was a time when “Jaws” was more popular than “Star Wars”, believe it or not. It wasn’t along time, but it did happen. When the new space opera overtook the world’s most fearsome killer fish in the theaters, director Steven Spielberg published a congratulatory open letter to his long-time pal George Lucas in the December 2nd, 1977 issue of Variety.

While some might say that these two movies drove film making into the pop culture blockbuster ditch that has plagued so much of modern film since they were released (i.e. frenetic, shallow, metered plot twists v. say an iconic 70s John Cassavetes or Peter Bogdanovich film), these are the films of my youth and I LOVE THEM TO DEATH (along with Rocky, All The Presidents Men, The Sting, The Last Picture Show, etc.).

I saw these films in big movie houses & larger than life. I remember the afternoon I saw Star Wars and the night I saw Jaws like it was yesterday. I saw them with family in both cases. We stood in a blocks long line FOREVER downtown to see Jaws at “The Midland.” We saw the first showing of Star Wars at “The Glenwood Theatre” in suburban KC opening day (a day after it opened in NYC & LA). It was an initial limited release and we lucked out. The matinee was empty! Mom promptly fell asleep. 

Jaws scared the holy bejezus out of me. I levitated out of my chair during the scene where the severed head pops out of the boat. Shortly after I saw it the summer of ‘75, I went to Puerto Rico for the Summer. I spent the whole time snorkling with my crazy Uncle Guille & wonderful Aunt Kathy waiting for Jaws to come up and swallow me whole. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

And well Star Wars thrilled me to death as I was mad about space and really loved space themed sci-fi. And now I’ve passed Star Wars on to my kids like any good Geek Dad…

Thank you Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Lucas! 

Sharks and space. Man, sharks and space. 

(Source: joshsternberg)

05.05.11
Bicycle Film Festival New York 2011.
This is happening in NYC. Can’t wait! #Dope.

Bicycle Film Festival New York 2011.

This is happening in NYC. Can’t wait! #Dope.

07.06.11

While Roger Ebert is probably correct that Peter Falk’s best film role was in Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence,” I absolutely love him playing “himself”…a former angel in 80s Cold War Berlin in the great Wim Winders’ “Der Himmel Uber Berlin” (Wings of Desire).  

And of course he was tremendous in the Columbo TV series. 

RIP Peter Falk. 

24.06.11
Shoeless Joe Jackson: “Hey! Is this heaven?” Ray: “No. It’s Iowa.” One of my fave movie dialogues #movies #cinema #baseball #life #sentimentality #FieldOfDreams (Taken with instagram)

Shoeless Joe Jackson: “Hey! Is this heaven?” Ray: “No. It’s Iowa.” One of my fave movie dialogues #movies #cinema #baseball #life #sentimentality #FieldOfDreams (Taken with instagram)

06.08.11
Well I always thought that the non-digitally savvy still purchased CDs or DVDs in the US. Guess I was wrong… 
via theeconomist:

File-sharing rates vary hugely from country to country. Piracy is far more widespread in the Mediterranean than it is in northern Europe, including Britain, and America may be the least piratical country of all. Media firms are taking note.

Well I always thought that the non-digitally savvy still purchased CDs or DVDs in the US. Guess I was wrong… 

via theeconomist:

File-sharing rates vary hugely from country to country. Piracy is far more widespread in the Mediterranean than it is in northern Europe, including Britain, and America may be the least piratical country of all. Media firms are taking note.

23.08.11
nprmusic:

It’s finally here. 11/11/11. Nigel Tufnel Day. The only day of  the century that rocks hard enough to be turned all the way up to 11.
We asked NPR listeners for the songs you crank to 11 and we got a few undeniable eardrum busters.
We also made a Spotify playlist of 550 songs compiled from your nominations, just in case you want to crank the volume all day.

"These go to 11." http://bit.ly/ruRHd5

nprmusic:

It’s finally here. 11/11/11. Nigel Tufnel Day. The only day of the century that rocks hard enough to be turned all the way up to 11.

We asked NPR listeners for the songs you crank to 11 and we got a few undeniable eardrum busters.

We also made a Spotify playlist of 550 songs compiled from your nominations, just in case you want to crank the volume all day.

"These go to 11." http://bit.ly/ruRHd5

11.11.11
#Pacino ~ This pickup truck kicks your pickup truck’s ass full stop. Seen at the beginning of today’s 26 mile climby #ATX ride w/@apexhunter - #Serpico is in the top 3 of all-time great Pacino roles along w/Michael in #TheGodfather & Sonny in #DogDayAfternoon ~ I must get my car “Pacino’d” ASAP! #KeepAustinWeird #78704 #dope #BikeATX #cycling #Film #Movies #70s  (Taken with instagram)

#Pacino ~ This pickup truck kicks your pickup truck’s ass full stop. Seen at the beginning of today’s 26 mile climby #ATX ride w/@apexhunter - #Serpico is in the top 3 of all-time great Pacino roles along w/Michael in #TheGodfather & Sonny in #DogDayAfternoon ~ I must get my car “Pacino’d” ASAP! #KeepAustinWeird #78704 #dope #BikeATX #cycling #Film #Movies #70s (Taken with instagram)

16.01.12

starwarsuncut:

Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut

Finally, the crowd-sourced project has been stitched together and put online for your streaming pleasure. The Director’s Cut is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire StarWarsUncut.com collection.

Many thanks to Aaron Valdez (video editor) and Bryan Pugh (sound design/mixing) for the countless hours they put into this masterpiece.

The Story:

In 2009, thousands of Internet users were asked to remake “Star Wars: A New Hope” into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

SWU has been featured in documentaries, news features and conferences around the world for its unique appeal. In 2010 we won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media.

We can’t thank everyone enough for making this such a special project.

Watch it now.

Do this. NOW! #FridayProductivityShot

20.01.12