The rare cross-over episode that looks at what Willy Wonka was, and is, and how it's basically the start of the Survival Horror genre!
If it's an Art Film, then this is the review!
Tim Burton is an amazingly stylish filmmaker, and there are several films of his that I could see on the National Film Registry, and chief among them is Ed Wood!
My e-d-c typing finger hurts, so I've recorded the first of TWO reviews of Alex & Jaime! It looks at it as a romance film, and talks a bit about audience expectations vs. presentation, and about how many awesome actors are here!
The second review will talk about it as a piece of Avant Garde Art Filmmaking, and what the collision of both ideas means to a film!
We interviewed the legendary Sally Cruikshank last year (klausatgunpoint.weebly.com/klaus-at-gunpoint---the-blog/registry-interview-sally-cruikshank-of-quasi-at-the-quackadero) and now that I'm beginning to work on a book-length piece on 1980s animation, I have returned to her work. Specifically, her opening titles work.
Ruthless People, in essence a music video for the Mick Jagger song, is the most 1980s animation I have ever seen. It presents a series of phenomenal images as the set-up for the film. The look is that of hand-drawn animation, which gives it a different feel from the 1990s titles work when even the hand-drawn stuff had that computer-animated feel to it. The credits move with MTV speed, and the lettering in particular screams of the typography of the day.
It's a kinda limited sub-genre (and no, I don't talk about Like Water for Chocolate!) but two of the more adorable films of the early 2000s are about magical and cooking and love and so forth...
A look at Albert Einstein (you might know him as Albert Brooks) and his masterful film Defending Your Life!
Go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitgeneration/firing-steve-jobs and read look it over.
Now that you've done that, let me tell you a story.
I met Steve Jobs many, many times. I know a lot of folks who knew Jobs, and a couple of people who were at the famous 25 hour meeting where Jobs was fired. The story of Apple at a turning point is fascinating, and the film that Junk Food Films, who did the fantastic Easy to Learn, Hard to Master documentary, is trying to get funded, is going to tell that story in a way that examines the single most important people to that moment... well, except for the late Steve Jobs.
The fact is, Apple is a company that has struggled at times, and then rose up to the pinnacle of American (and world-wide) business. The moment that Jobs was fired was a huge moment, as it represented the transistion from Apple being the home-spun, still somewhat fan-run company, to an American Business, with an American Business CEO. It was the loss of an identity that tied it to the days of the Homebrew. That represneted the end of that era as the dominant phase of Silicon Valley microcomputing. Most of the CP/M S-100-based computer companies were either dead or slowly dying, and the ones like Atari were so far removed from what they had been.
Go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitgeneration/firing-steve-jobs and think about supporting them bringing their vision to the screen!
One of the most important avant garde feature films of the last fifty years, David Lynch's Eraserhead is on the Registry and for very good reasons.
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