I hope no one takes the political angle of this video (especially the ending) too seriously. I’m not saying whether I agree with it or not. I just think that using Angry Birds to tell the current story of the Middle East is creative and even a bit cathartic.
by Conan O’Brien.
Touch of Evil, Orson Welles’ final Hollywood film he directed, astounded me today. I watched it for the first time tonight after hearing about it from two sources the past few months - first from a random reference online, second by recommendation of a cinematography professor I met a month ago during my visit to AFI Conservatory in LA. From the famous opening shot to the lighting design to the dynamic camera work and on, the level of craft to make a movie like this seriously humbled me as a photographer and aspiring cinematographer.
After I watched it, I discovered online about the controversy surrounding its woefully undermarketed release. Famed editor (and JHU alum!) Walter Murch played an instrumental hand in restoring the movie in 1998 and covers the history and his process here: http://www.reelclassics.com/Articles/Films/touchofevil-article.htm. I guess when poor, short-sighted economic thinking invades movie executive minds, culture stays dumbed down and insipid. Looks like nothing happens differently these days: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201102/the-day-the-movies-died-mark-harris
?uestlove and the Roots backed Bell Biv Devoe for their reunion on Fallon last night. I think my head just exploded.
Ever since I heard the opening synth warbles of “Everything In Its Right Place” during my junior year of college, I’ve been a big Radiohead nut. I loved their sonic landscape, their abstract approach to songwriting, and their innovative live performances.
So, if you haven’t heard, they decided to release their album a day early. I enjoyed this track they posted on youtube, but it also made me wonder if they’ve become set in their ways. It doesn’t offer anything new with respect to their post Kid A/Amnesiac era sound; is it wrong to discredit a historically innovative band for a lack of creative novelty?
Michel Gondry has been an inspiration from me from the first time I watched the Director’s Series DVD that featured his work 8 years ago. Recently he directed one of the most inventive, crazy, confusing pieces of late night TV (or any TV, rather) that I’d ever seen when he helmed the Jimmy Kimmel show to promote The Green Hornet. Check the whole episode out to see all of his hallmarks - perspective shifts, stop motion animation, old school video tricks, idiosyncratic sets, and more.