Ray Harryhausen passed away last week. This has been noted by people more qualified than I to discuss the master of stop-motion magic—Rick Baker, Adam Savage, Todd Masters, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and more. The superhuman talent and perseverance evident in a Harryhausen effects sequence can easily be seen in countless visual effects artists since he first brought his creations to frame-by-frame life on the big screen. That makes sense. So how can I really say anything of worth when I say that I was also profoundly influenced by the artistry of Ray Harryhausen? With modesty, and a story about Clash of the Titans. Continue reading…
A gallery of incompetent people from informercials. (via @TarsTarkasnet)
PaikJiyeon’s People Inside features Simon Yam in all his sartorial splendor. “Simple, that is the best.” (First of multipart interview)
“As a Black man in American, I brought something to the screen that hadn’t really been there before.”Jim Brown talks about his film career, making the transition from football to film and producing films in two parts of a documentary by Spike Lee. Here and here.
Mr. White and Mr. St. Mary have an in-depth look at Reservoir Dogs at The Projection Booth podcast. Special Guests: podcaster Jamie Jenkins, Film Threat‘s Paul Zimmerman and Reservoir Dogs executive producer, Monte Hellman. Special features include, Mike White’s video, “Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?” comparing Ringo Lam’s City On Fire and Reservoir Dogs, [...]
3 Black Geeks record actor, comedian and voice actor Phil Lamarr answering questions at Anime USA 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Paul Quinn interviews actor Lee Byung-hun (The Good, The Bad, The Weird; I Saw The Devil) for Hangul Cellulloid. “Every actor, especially the beginners, if they’re asked ‘Do you eventually want to be a star or a real actor?’ will answer that they want to be a real actor and not a star, 100%. However, [...]
BBC Radio 4 presents dramatizations of Frankenstein and Dracula, as well as extras including discussions of the difficulty of performing Frankenstein’s Creature, Vitalism, and who Stoker might’ve based his Count on. Click through to The Gothic Imagination. (via @booksadventures)
Two interviews with Divine from a 1981 documentary and on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
In chanbara, Japanese sword-fighting movies, actor Seizo Fukumoto is a master of the art of dying. Anthony Kuhn interviews him about his life dying on screen. “In a trademark move, Fukumoto is dealt a fatal blow, then bends over backward, seemingly suspended in midair for a moment of final agony before crumpling to the ground. [...]
There’s a fantastic gallery of actresses portraying male characters including four adaptations of Viktor and Victoria at Movie Morlocks. Kimberly Lindbergs writes a little on each performance and film, too.
Vincent price interviewed by Terry Wogan, Johnny Carson (promoting Theatre of Blood) and Elwy Yost with special bonus Roger Corman interview.
Comics Alliance‘s Senior Batmanologist Chris Sims interviews Adam West, who starred in the 1960s tv classic, Batman. Make sure to follow the link through to his earlier interview with voice actor, Kevin Conroy, who has played Batman in animation and videogames since Batman: The Animated Series.
Movies with four or more Harry Potter wizards, or an illustration of how small the British film industry is. (Thanks, James!)
4:14 of Nicolas Cage losing his shit.
Salon has an excellent piece on the death of stunts in Hollywood movies, exploring everything from the history of film stunts, the reliance on CG effects and new-fangled “intensified continuity” editing. The piece also mentions Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, Zoe Bell and Yakima Canutt. (Thanks, Brian from Shelf Life CC).
Mubi has a lovely, thoughtful post on Jean-Claude van Damme in honor of his 50th birthday. ” But what does that make of an action-star-inverse like Van Damme, who’s at his most interesting when he’s at his most vulnerable and who does not, unlike Stallone or Willis, wield that vulnerability as a weapon, but presents [...]
Today is Bela Lugosi’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Bela! J. W. Ocker writes about Bela’s perfection as a vampire and about the sadness of his grave.
In the course of making The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, Werner Herzog seems to have discovered how to save Nicolas Cage: let him drown.
Friends, I wasn’t always the superhero-loving comics reader you see before you. I underwent a tribulation, a trial of faith, wandering in a wilderness without capes. My resistance to superheros and the Justice League of America in particular stemmed from one root: The SuperFriends. I can’t, in general, argue with the idea of super-friendship, but [...]
At the low-key yet awesome See Monkey blog, Marc Hirsh writes about his fear that any moment Ricky Gervais could descend into schtick, becoming a painful parody of himself. But more importantly, he’s got a video of those Ricky Gervais/Elmo interview outtakes with good quality sound.keep looking »