Archive for June, 2008
Wall-E? Ain’t that like a kid’s sci-fi film from Pixar? Why am I reading about it here on You Know, For Kids!? I hear you ask. Well, my excitement for this movie just got turned up from 10 to 11! The frankly awesome (that is no bias at all- it’s just plain fact) Roger Deakins, long-time Coen conspirator, has worked on Wall-E in the capacity of Visual Consultant. They were looking for a live action cinematographer to help with the look of the movie and who better to choose than the best? You can watch a little making of featurette type thing here which includes some snippets of Deakins in action.
Terrific stuff. I cannot wait for this movie. Everything I’ve seen so far makes me think it could well be the best Pixar movie yet. Wall-E as a character is amazing. He’s just a metal box with two cameras for eyes and the geniuses at Pixar have managed to bestow him with such an expressive and emotional face. I don’t think many of us will get through the film without, you know, ”getting something in our eyes”.
Thanks to long time YKFK reader, JD for mailing it in.
During one of my random, Coen brothers-based web searches I stumbled upon something amazing. Available for purchase from many places, though I found it at the largest online retailer in the cosmos- Amazon, is Special Blend’s Big Lebowski hooded zip-top for the quite reasonable sum of $69.95. It’s made to look like the Dude’s heavy knit cardigan, you can compare the two below. Alright so the pattern is not an exact match but it still far out man. Who can refuse?
According to the Minnesota Film and TV Board the Coens are due to start shooing A Serious Man on 9th September, and they should know since the Coens (and Focus Features) have agreed to shoot in their home state rather than in Milwaukee. The $500,000 sweetener from the Minnsesota Legislature might have helped this decision. Bear in mind also that only THREE DAYS later Burn After Reading opens in the US. They certainly are in the midst of a prolific period.
After the awesome “red band” trailer for Burn After Reading comes the regular, for all audiences trailer. Do we call these “green band”? Who knows? Anyway here it is. It has quite a few shots that weren’t in the original trailer and some ridiculous examples of cuss words being edited out. Pitt calling Malkovich a “dick wad” is now merely a silence and ”secret CIA stuff” isn’t near as funny as “secret CIA shit“. Pah! Anyway, it’s a good laugh, especially McDormand’s reaction to Clooney’s invention which, if you don’t know what it is you will crease up when you find out (I won’t spoil it). Enjoy.
In addition there’s the International Teaser Trailer which you can watch here. Again this has one or two brief new shots.
Thanks to Blake for mailing me the links.
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Cinematical.com has been fortunate enough to exclusively reveal the poster for the Coen brother’s forthcoming spy comedy, Burn After Reading. Obviously that exclusivity ended the second they published it as it spread like wild fire across the many pages of the internet and blogosphere. Enough with the preamble, here it is (click for full size image)…
I like it. Reminds me of a Saul Bass credit sequence or poster (most notably this one for Hitchcock’s Vertigo) and the intros to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Catch Me If You Can. I also like the fact that it isn’t just a collection of big, floating faces of it’s stars.
Carter Burwell, long time Coen composor, has updated the Burn After Reading section of his site and included two tracks from the score for free download. The tracks are called “Earth Zoom In” and “How Is This Possible?”, go check them out here. God bless him.
In his synopsis of the movie he intriguingly refers to the movie as a “sex comedy of errors” and he has included an image with the file name “BAR_title_card” and, along with one of the tracks being called “Earth Zoom In” I’m guessing this is how the movie starts…
Enjoy- and thanks for sharing Mr. Burwell!
Thanks to Bunnie who commented on an earlier story about the forthcoming Big Lebowski 10th Anniversary Edition DVD, here are a couple of links that relate to the mysterious doc appearing on disc 2, The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story. Check out the main site here and the myspace.com page here. Looks like cracking fun and I can’t wait to see it and, hopefully, one day make it to a Lebowski Fest.
Thanks again to Bunnie for taking the time to comment.