I’m a big fan of the Wachowskis and their work. The Matrix was game-changing, and I was a huge fan of Cloud Atlas, and now it seems like they’ve kept their momentum steady with the upcoming release of Jupiter Ascending.
Set in the future where gods rule over humans, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine (Channing Tatum), an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe’s next leader.
I feel like good sci-fi (like next level crazy ideas that make your brain hurt) kind of sci-fi is hard to come by, but the Wachowskis are certainly pushing it. The futuristic parts of Cloud Atlas were pretty fantastic and this feels like an extension of that. Sign me up.
Since the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel there’s been a streak of interesting stories around Wes Anderson and the way he creates his films. The first interesting site was the color palettes of Wes Anderson, a Tumblr that takes key scenes from his films and defines a perfect palette inspired by it. As you can see above the results are quite fantastic.
If you’re a fan of pop-culture, movies and retro-tinged illustrations then you’re bound to love the work of Laurent Durieux, a graphic artist and illustrator from Brussels. No matter what the genre, Laurent’s work is beautifully unique, often with a retro-futuristic vibe and plenty of sharp compositions with eye-catching details. His images have the ability to be filled with a wonderful sense of drama and story and his concepts pay great tribute to the films that he loves.
In sci-fi circles, it’s considered a classic. Why it’s not a core book in high school English baffles me. But Dune is probably one of the only modern stories, so intricate and meticulous, that filmmakers have never failed to satiate the ardent fan base. David Lynch’s version seemed to only please Frank Herbert himself, getting eviscerated in the editing booth. The Sci-Fi Channel miniseries in 2000 was remarkable for its visuals (in 2000… who knows what we’d do with modern CGI) yet loses itself in a subplot of woeful trajectory.
Thus comes Jodorowsky’s Dune, a film by Frank Pavich, about one of the (possibly) greatest movies never made. Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean filmmaker / writer / mystic, is most well known for his cult-classics The Holy Mountain and El Topo, but also his amazing graphic novel The Incal. Given the very first chance to adapt Dune to film, Jodorowsky’s legendary imagination was unleashed onto Arrakis. With HR Giger doing stage design before Alien, Dali playing the Emperor, and David Carradine as Leto Atreides, this already sounds like the coolest movie I’ve never seen. In describing his vision Jodorowsky stated about the spice at the center of the story,
In my version, the spice is a blue drug with spongy consistency filled with a vegetable-animal life endowed with consciousness, the highest level of consciousness. It does not stop taking all kinds of forms, while stirring up unceasingly. The spice continuously produces the creation of the innumerable universes.
Just wow. The documentary comes out March 24th. This gonna be good.
When it comes to the design of film posters there’s really only one person leading the way, and that’s Neil Kellerhouse. We’ve talked about his work many times before on the site and he’s honestly one of the most innovative designers out there, breaking the norms and clichés of major box office films.
His most recent work is for Jonathan Glazer’s new film Under The Skin, which features Scarlett Johansson who’s stalking and killing men. I won’t give anymore away, though the poster above does give you a hint of what she’s about. I think he’s done an amazing job on the colors of this piece, which to me feel referential to 2001. From what I’ve read the movie is supposed to be amazing, and I’m personally quite excited to see. You can see the full trailer below and judge for yourself.
If there’s one video you watch today, you best make it “Notes on Blindness.” A beautiful short documentary by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, which captures the thoughts of a blind man trying to grasp a world without vision. It utilizes the actual audio recordings of writer and theologian, John Hull, aforementioned blind man, and couples them with dramatization. “Notes on Blindness” artfully documents the assimilation of grief, yet eventual insight, in what Hull describes as a “world beyond sight.” It’s an uplifting tale that’s sure to leave a lasting impression and open your eyes to the world that surrounds you. Continue reading
With the Oscars around the corner, a new identity for the Academy that’s behind it all couldn’t have come at a better time. While the Academy might be synonymous with the film industry, they seriously lack a visual representation and often get lumped in with their iconic effigy. California based agency, 180LA, set about bringing the Academy from the shadows and literally into the spotlight, introducing a modern identity of pure class. A rebranding that manages to reach for the future without forgoing the decades of history under the Academy’s wings. Continue reading
Interested in Street Art? How about art in general? Maybe politics is more your thing? Or perhaps you’re just curious about Brazil? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Grey City (Cidade Cinza) is a documentary you should go out of your way to see. Weaving together an entertaining storyline, through the voices of famed artists (Os Gêmeos, Nina, and Nunca, just to name a few), the film uses street art as a platform to portray a variety of interesting topics: art philosophy, political corruptness, and how a behemoth city can be full of peculiar charm.