Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wiseman gets conserved.

Frederick Wiseman's documentary film classics, TITICUT FOLLIES, HIGH SCHOOL and HOSPITAL have all been preserved the past year in 35mm by The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, from original camera negatives in the Zipporah Films Collection. 

The Oxberry machine.


The Oxberry instructional manual (the days before Adobe AfterFX).

p.s. This pizza was not created using an Oxberry machine, but before Adobe was invented it would have been.. ..


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The desire for more cows.

'Arrival' deserves Oscar's Best Picture award this year, just finished watching it. Strong mood movie that effectively is about the universal need for communicative relationships between all existing things- and that means for every single thing in our known universe. The film is about being a proactive listener to others. 'Promethius' meets 'Gravity' meets 'Contact', but with a 'Love Story' result without having Ryan O'Neil make any cameo appearance. 'Arrival' deserves the award, although they're probably gonna give it to that happy-go-lucky musical 'La La Land' - Sucks. Well like 'Arrival' suggests, life sucks and then you die. bye.

Her voice and that Hurt.

Portman's vocal performance is exceptional in 'Jackie.' Her voice and the wig deserve mutual awards. So great to see actor John Hurt in this acting appearance before his departure, as a priest (oddly plays a priest who buries the deceased president's body). This film leaves behind a scent of dutiful mourning. bye.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wow! - this popped outta left field (on the BQE)


Crazy cool and hopefully positive stuff like this will pop up more often around the world. 

R.I.P. Emmanuelle Riva.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Rest In Peace, John Hurt. Just got the news. 
You were so great. 

TGI F(fly)


Dan Rather's 'Blood and Guts' & the Doomsday Clock


The Doomsday Clock link:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Eddie V Halen !

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

r.i.p. Mary Tyler Moore


Pacific Northwest Film Camp.

                  A week-long intensive on Orcas Island, Washington

Spend a week on beautiful Orcas Island, WA investigating celluloid film as a physical medium, learning to make your own emulsion, exploring various hand-processing techniques, and pushing the creative and aesthetic limits of the   handmade filmmaking process from start to finish. This place is located right at the water's edge - and whether you choose to camp in the great outdoors or take advantage of limited indoor accommodations indoors, the setting is an inspirational backdrop for an intensive immersion in all aspects of filmmaking. The week will also include a filmmaking excursion to uninhabited Sucia Island, designated as a Washington State Park. All materials are provided, and participants will have access to conventional and underwater filmmaking equipment, as well as darkroom and printing facilities.

Orca Island 
Camp: http://www.handmadefilm.org/classes/orcas/

The Wilderness Camp: http://www.handmadefilm.org/wildernessFilmmaking/

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Walken's Bakery trivia (but you won't win a donut).

Actor Christopher Walken (now 73!) was raised in Astoria, Queens and primarily at his father's local bakery joint called Walken's Bakery which is now converted into a local hardware store ...


Good to know so if you're ever asked about any facts about this childhood Walken matter, you'll 'nail it.' bye...

Hey, this is a library.

copyright, 2017.

NYSCA, 2017.

"The focus now is on risk-taking imagination." - NYSCA

89th Annual Oscar Nominations, 2017.

Best Picture:
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Manchester by the Sea”

Best Actor:

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Best Actress:

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”  (fingers crossed)
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”  (my 2nd choice)
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”(fingers crossed)

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Director:

“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay:

“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan (fingers crossed!)
“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Hidden Figures”

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Land of Mine”
“A Man Called Ove”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

Best Cinematography: 

“Arrival” (fingers crossed)
“La La Land”

Best Costume Design:

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Florence Foster Jenkins” (Hope it wins, but prob won't)
“La La Land”

Best Original Score:

”Jackie,” Mica Levi
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
“Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell
“Passengers,” Thomas Newman

Best Animated Feature Film:

“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“The Red Turtle”

Best Documentary Feature: 

“Fire at Sea” (a totally worthy win, but OJ was far greater in scale)
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Life Animated”
“O.J.: Made in America” (Fingers crossed!)

Best Documentary Short Subject: 

“4.1 Miles”
“Joe’s Violin”
“Watani: My Homeland”
“The White Helmets”

Best Film Editing:

“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“La La Land”

p.s. 'Manchester By The Sea' now places Amazon.com on the map with this Oscar nomination and changes the game as far as streaming sites like Amazon and Netflix are concerned, regarding the future of our film production industry. We officially live in a streaming cloud virtual world. wow. and nuts.

Monday, January 23, 2017

New poster released with a December 2017 release date !

Lalo Schifrin's 'The Osterman Weekend'

Such a great and original film with such an odd happy-go-lucky film score by the brilliant, Lalo Schifrin. It's just really clear here that he desperately tried to do something different than his usual sound compositional work and but failed to hit a mark. In a way the soundtrack's failure (in my opinion) counterbalances the film's conspiratorial story plot underbelly perfectly...but I don't suspect Lalo meant for it to work out that way. Whether you enjoy this jolly score or not, the cover art alone makes this one worth its listen. bye.



Oklahoma City.

 PBS/Sundance screening of new doc OKLAHOMA CITY by ole pal, Barak Goodman

Sunday, January 22, 2017

If anyone wants to see a really scary movie narrated by clean cut Matt Damon, watch the documentary 'INSIDE JOB' about the 2008 real-life corruption and subsequent collapse of our banking global financial industry. It's now on NETFLIX and it is one scary horrifying true story. Hubris, at its very best. Disgusting. bye.

Freedom by definitions.

p.s. Barbara Kopple's new documentary 'GiGi Gorgeous' at Sundance Film Fest screening premiere ...

On-Location: Shipwreck shoot (int/exteriors)

Copyright, 2017.

Link to ship's backstory of fraud, murder and clam chowder: