Category Archives: film

Gary Hustwit’s Urbanized

Documentarian and director Gary Hustwit has just released a trailer for the upcoming film Urbanized, his third “design” related film after Helvetica and Objectified. If the previous films are anything to go by, this surely won’t disappoint.

Learn more about the film at it’s website here.

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Fauxgo (faux-logo) tumbler

The Fauxgo tumbler, curated and run by the very talented designer and illustrator Tymn Armstrong, focuses solely on “symbols or other small design created to represent a fictional company that exists only on film.” Pop culture nerds (me included) will definitely recognize Monsters Inc., Buy N Large from Wall-E, and other great celluloid corporate design. And best of all, Tymn assures me via Twitter, that one of my favorite faux-corporations, the evil quasi governing empire, Weyland-Yutani from the Alien films, will be added very soon!

Visit Fauxgo here.

Woodkid – “Iron” music video

Director Yoann Lemoine has crafted a fantastic four minute visual feast for the song “Iron” by Woodkid. Salivating wolves, hypnotic owls, high contrast, slow motion fight scenes and a post apocalyptic Agyness Deyn. The visuals sit somewhere between Hedi Slimane and “300” director Zack Snyder, with hi rez CGI blending seamlessly into conventionally shot portraits and running scenes. It’s a buildup to some epic battle, hopefully a sequel is in the works?

Film – Nobuhiko Obayashi’s “House” (1977)

A witch cat, a murderous spirit of a deceased Aunt, her possessed house of horrors and group of young girls led by sisters named Gorgeous and Fantasy make up the main characters in the recently re-released Criterion Collection pressing of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 horror film, House. But what I found even more remarkable and was, evidently, unprepared for, were the pure pop fantasy and surreal directing and cinematography. Cartoonish animation, symbolic rivers of blood, mountains of severed body parts, and tons of demonic glowing eyes often inhabit the same scenes and even the same shot. Quick flashes and strobe-light editing along with bold uses of color also create a nightmarish mirage of kaleidoscopic experiences as you watch these young heroines fight for their lives within this crazy fever dream of sequences.

I highly recommend sitting back, ignoring any pretense of narrative or story arc you may attempt to form and simply allow the visuals to wash over you. They may be bizarre, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious, but they are always well crafted and come from a highly creative place.

Check of some screen grabs and the trailer after the jump!

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TRON Legacy – “making of” video

Fantastic behind the scenes making-of video showing how a lot of the stunts and CGI wizardry was done for the TRON Legacy. Nice to see some good ole’ fashioned acrobatics and acting were at the core of a majority of the film. The video does contain some spoilers, so for those of you who haven’t seen it yet (and you should), be prepared.

Update: Looks like Disney keeps taking this video down all over YouTube, hopefully the new link works. If not, do a search for “making of TRON” at YouTube. God forbid Disney has some content that promotes a popular movie up on the internet for free.

NYT Magazine – 14 Actors Acting

To celebrate the New York Times’ newest edition, entitled “The Hollywood Issue”, NYT Mag enlisted a bevy of A-List talent including Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, James Franco and more to be shot vignette-style by director Solve Sundsbo. 14 Actors Acting is a video gallery of classic screen types, dramatically scored by Owen Pallett.

Watch “14 Actors Acting” here.

Flying Lotus / Beeple – “Kill Your Co-workers” video

A love parade of sorts goes terribly, terribly wrong in the adorably violent new video for Flying Lotus‘ single “Kill Your Co-Workers”, produced and directed by Beeple.

Luckily all is forgiven in the end.