Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Reader: 5 December

The big news locally is that the Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards happened last night. Congratulations to THE ORATOR for taking home 8 Moas, as well as Auckland Cinephile favorites THE RED HOUSE and HOW FAR IS HEAVEN for pulling in awards of their own.

An excellent Quentin Tarantino interview for Playboy by Michael Fleming, on the eve of DJANGO UNCHAINED's world premiere.

If you saw SKYFALL, you know that Roger Deakins deserves every cinematography award this year, but did you know he also hosts his own web discussion forum where you can ask him questions about cinematography? Awesome.

Sundance has announced its new lineup. The biggest news is that UPSTREAM COLOR, the second film by PRIMER director Shane Carruth will be playing. If you haven't seen PRIMER, it's available by HD download at that link. Or watch the trailer for UPSTREAM COLOR here.

Of course, if you didn't get in, you can react with grace and tact … or you can do what this guy did. (Danger: that link will take you down the rabbit hole.)

Even if you realized FUNNY GAMES USA was quite similar to the original, you might not have realized HOW similar. Sixteen animated GIFs compare the two; spoilers, of course, abound.

There's a major Kubrick retrospective going on at LACMA in Los Angeles; but if you can't go, you can at least download the app!

Speaking of apps: RunPee may very well change your life, if you have a small bladder and love movies.

The New York Film Critics Circle start the awards-season tsunami by honoring Kathryn Bigelow's ZERO DARK THIRTY; more interesting than choosing one of the eight names that will pop up over and over on lists for the next month is J. Hoberman's breakdown of the process.

Larry Rohter writes for the New York Times about shifting political sands in Romania and its effects on international film festivals.

Speaking of the New York Times, they did this very good profile on filmmaking in New Zealand not too long ago.

And not related to film at all, but hey: I edited this music video for the song "Pretty Much" by Gatherer. The heavy lifting was done by director Alastair Tye Samson and motion graphics designer Lucas Brooking.

Gatherer - Pretty Much from Alastair Tye Samson on Vimeo.

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