Fresh off the international success of his play Waiting For Godot, Samuel Beckett made a film, called aptly enough Film. It came out in 1965 and proved to be the only motion picture the soon-to-be Nobel Prize winner would ever make. As you might expect, it is enigmatic, bleakly funny and very, very odd. You can check it out above.[...]
A straight shooting sex ed film from 1955? That’s hard to imagine. In my experience, the films of that period tend to beat around the bush.
The reticence of those sharing its playing field makes Your Body During Adolescence all the more remarkable. It doesn’t seem so at first.
Hunter S. Thompson was a literary icon – a moralist, a gun nut, and the original gonzo journalist. He was the inventor of the true breakfast of champions and author of the most hilariously profane presidential obituary ever.[...]
The very title of Richard Dawkins’ 2006 book The God Delusion was intended to provoke, and the Oxford evolutionary biologist has seemingly done nothing but, since taking his stand against religions of all kinds, particularly the big monotheisms that claim most of the world’s inhabitants.[...]
Web series might have a reputation for being amateurish, but that’s not entirely fair. High Maintenance, created by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, for instance, is a highly polished web series, featuring subtle characterizations, wry humor and some of the tightest writing this side of Louis C.K.’s series Louie.[...]
Yesterday we featured a trailer for Citizen Kane narrated by its director, a certain Orson Welles. Today we give you footage of another film that needs no introduction spoken over by another filmmaker who doesn’t need one, either: Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.[...]
Over the years, the movie trailer has evolved from being a long baggy commercial for an upcoming feature to a visually striking mini-gem of filmmaking that sometimes overshadows the film it advertises. Pretty much every trailer from a movie by Zack Snyder, for instance, is exponentially better than the actual film.[...]
Dizzy Gillespie was one of the best jazz trumpet players of all time. His virtuosic playing, along with his tricked out trumpet and his freakishly elastic cheeks, turned him into a musical icon of the 20th century.[...]
The Austrian director Michael Haneke is best known for his films Caché, Funny Games, The White Ribbon and Amour. The latter two won the Palme d’Or for best film at the 2009 and 2012 Cannes Film Festivals, respectively.[...]
Back during the waning years of the Soviet Union, animator Aleksandr Tatarsky left the state-run studio Écran to form his own animation company called Studio Pilot, the first privately owned company of its kind in Russia. The studio quickly made a name for itself by turning out bizarre, surreal and, at times, downright disturbing animated shorts.[...]