Notes from WonderCon 2011 Although the name "comic-con" is based on the event's origins as a convention for comic book fans, the comic-con has morphed into a broad survey of popular culture. Fans flock to these conventions in San Diego, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere, not just to complete their comic book collections or … Continue reading Movies at Comic-Con: From Tentpole to Shoestring
Category: Movie Commentary
Alex Proyas's 2009 film Knowing is a science fiction thriller wrapped inside a philosophical discourse. But a discourse about what?
'Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles' by Philadelphia filmmaker Jon Foy, is about the kind of people who see signs, who look beyond the everyday surface of things to uncover what lies beneath. People drawn into the mysteries of the world. In this case, the mystery in question is a series of linoleum tiles inscribed with cryptic messages embedded into the asphalt of roadways in Philadelphia and other cities.
Although this has been reported elsewhere, in case you missed it, the University of Pennsylvania's Quad is featured in the new trailer for this summer's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Director Michael Bay along with cast members Shia LaBeouf, Isabel Lucas, and others filmed several scenes on the University of Pennsylvania campus (as well as … Continue reading Penn’s Quad in New ‘Transformers’ Trailer
Despite the annoying packaging (a silly "blade runner" plastic briefcase) and the bundled chotchkies (do I really need a plastic toy version of Gaff's origami unicorn?), I purchased the 5-disc "ultimate collector's edition" of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. I would have preferred to have avoided all the "collectible" junk included in this package, but apparently … Continue reading Multiple Meta-fiction Perspectives and the ‘Blade Runner: Collector’s Edition’
Yahoo! Movies Youtube has the first four minutes of Peter Berg's "The Kingdom" online, which provides a "fly-by" timeline of the U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia. Movie credits have come a long way from simple scrolling lists of creative and production talent. The previous work of graphic designers like Saul Bass and creative agencies like R/GA … Continue reading Great Movie Title Sequence: The First Four Minutes of “The Kingdom”
In the world of David Lynch, there are no coincidences. Or maybe everything is coincidence. But in the Lynchian world, coincidences are full of meaning. Consider, for example, Lynch's explanation of the title of his most recent feature film, INLAND EMPIRE, in his book Catching the Big Fish: THE NAME One day, still very early in … Continue reading Twin Peaks meets INLAND EMPIRE