Stanley Kubrick, the director of such beloved films as Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Shining, a man whose name remains, more than fifteen years after his death, almost a byword for the cinematic auteur, got into filmmaking because of a misunderstanding.[...]
Here at Open Culture, when we think of authors who write work made for the movies, we do, of course, think of names like Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, and Robert Ludlum — but even more so of names like Samuel Beckett, whose pushing of aesthetic and intellectual boundaries on the stage we welcome now more than ever on the screen.[...]
Image by Marie Maye, via Wikimedia Commons
If you follow film news—or really, just news—you’re well aware of the controversy surrounding the current crop of Academy Award nominees.
In 1968, Mick Jagger and Michael Lindsay-Hogg—director of the Let It Be film and several promo music videos for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones—sat down to brainstorm ideas for a full-length television production that would be unlike typical concert films.[...]
Belgian DJs Soulwax (aka 2ManyDJs) have been blending rock and dance since 1995. You may have heard some of their mashups or remixes over the years. But in 2012 they created Radio Soulwax, a combination app and live experience, and went big with a series of 24 hour-long mixes, all with accompanying music videos.[...]
You’re at a social gathering, in a classroom, at a weekend getaway. Someone makes a reference and everyone gets it but you. It happens, so what? No one can possibly have seen all the films, read all the books, heard all the albums.[...]
A great film, as we all know, is a great film, no matter the age, nationality, or sex of its director. But as human beings, we also all know how much fun we get out of categorizing and listmaking, especially when it comes to works of art and those who make them.[...]
In 1993, Trey Parker directed, wrote, and co-scored a black comedy musical film, Cannibal! The Musical, while studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The film is loosely based on the true story of Alferd Packer, the only person convicted of cannibalism in America.[...]
Chef turned restaurateur Alain Ducasse has rather a lot to say on the subject of chocolate.
On the website of Le Manufacture, the small-batch chocolate factory he founded in a former Renault Garage, he waxes poetic, sharing wide-eyed childhood memories of the “terribly sensual and bewitching substance.