The Grand Overlook Hotel

When the universe of Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson collide.

Kung Fury – Full version

A year or 2 back there was a trailer for a crazy 80’s influenced kung fu movie circulating social media. They were trying to get crowd funding to get the full movie released. They got some money and the full version was released on youtube the other day. It’s only 30 minutes long but it’s well worth a watch.

Eyes are the window to the soul

Darren Aronofsky proves that eyes are the window to the soul in this supercut of his movies where he seems to have a bit of a fascination with eyes.

Lip syncing comedy gold

My favourite movie moment of the year.

…and a blooper reel

Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

If you like documentaries this is well worth a watch (as are the rest of his documentaries). Amazing archive footage set to an interesting soundtrack. View it on the bbc iplayer

 

Insanely good 3d rendering of Futurama opening credits

Animated 3d rendering of the Futurama opening credits by Alex Zakharov.

Dwayne Johnson is an acting demi-god

Dwayne Johnson Hercules - do I look afraid

Reoccurring themes in movie posters by Christophe Courtois

Christophe Courtois has put together a series of images with some of the most overused movie poster imagery.

Big Eye

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Reflections in Glasses

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Text hiding eyes

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People in bed

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Big red lips

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Red

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Public benches

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Text over faces

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Yellow

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A letter from Kubrick to MGM

Apparently this is a letter than Stanley kubrick sent to MGM on hearing a planned sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. I hope it’s not a fake, either way it is kind of brilliant.

A letter from Stanley Kubrick to MGM

A few of my favourite horror movies

It’s Halloween and I love movies, so what better time than for a list of some of my favourite horror movies and why I like them.

 

The Evil Dead Trilogy
I think the Evil dead needs to be watched as a trilogy to enjoy it to its fullest. It’s a movie that doesn’t take itself to seriously, has lots of over the top gore and even contains a scene with a tree raping someone. There is also a nice homage to the Jason and the Argonauts skeletons scene in The Army Of Darkness.

 

Let The Right One In
This is a beautifully shot vampire movie. It is subtle and atmospheric at the same time with a bit of bloodshed and violence thrown in for good measure. Kids are inherently scary in horror movies (The Omen, The Exorcist, The Children) and rightly so, who expects an innocent kid to kill someone.

 

The Shining
Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece Psychological horror movie is probably the best horror film ever made. Everything about it is just perfect from the breathtaking cinematography, set design, colour pallete and of course Kubrick’s OCD levels of perfection and Jack Nicholson doing crazy so well … Here’s Johny

 

Pans Labyrinth
I don’t usually like fantasy movies, but when they are done this well I couldn’t help but love it. Setting the dark realities of a civil war against a beautifully created fantasy world works real well and leaves you wondering the difference between make believe monsters and mankind at it’s darkest.

 

Audition
I remember first watching this years ago when it was on late at night on Film4. I didn’t know much about it, but had heard it was kind of a crazy film. I wont spoil anything by explaining the plot as it’s best to go into it blind not knowing what happens. I’ll just say it starts of slow and gentle then goes bat shit crazy out of nowhere. I don’t think any other movie has had as much of an effect on me than this, I couldn’t sleep for nights after watching it.

 

Martyrs
This is probably my favourite horror movie of all time, it is insane, relentless and hard to watch at points and leaves you feeling psychologically drained at the end. When it gets about half way through you think you have it figured, then it takes a tangent you were never expecting and totally changes your idea of what you are watching.

 

The Blair Witch Project
A master-class in budget film making showing that if you have the drive and creativity you can make a hit movie with very little money or experience. The ‘hidden tape’ formula works so well and is often copied today, it really draws you in to the movie. The fact that you can’t see anything throughout the film leaves your imagination do the work and that is a powerful thing. The last scene still haunts me to this day. Is it a Witch? Is it some crazy serial killer in the woods?