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Technology and mythic narrative: The Matrix as technological hero-quest - ProQuest
This inquiry analyzes the narrative structure of the technological hero-quest myth contained within the recent film, The MAtrix, and explicates the implications of this message upon the audience. Joseph Campbell's hero-quest, modified with insights from narrative theory, is applied to the The Matrix in order to highlight its appeal to modern audiences.
technology  mythology  movies 
8 days ago by pierredv
This wild, AI-generated film is the next step in “whole-movie puppetry” | Ars Technica Jun 2018
Via New Scientist, 5 Jan 2019, issue 3211

"Director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin, have returned with another AI-driven experiment that, on its face, looks decidedly worse. Blurry faces, computer-generated dialogue, and awkward scene changes fill out this year's Zone Out, a film created as an entry in the Sci-Fi-London 48-Hour Challenge—meaning, just like last time, it had to be produced in 48 hours and adhere to certain specific prompts.

That 48-hour limit is worth minding, because Sharp and Goodwin went one bigger this time: they let their AI system, which they call Benjamin, handle the film's entire production pipeline."
ArsTechnica  movies  AI 
may 2019 by pierredv
Top 10 Most Watched Movies of All Time
10 Most Watched Movies of all time.

1. Titanic
2. Avatar
3. Star Wars Episode IV – A new hope
4. The Lion King
5. Terminator 2 – Judgment Day
6. ET- the Extra Terrestrial
7. The Lord of the Rings
8. Home Alone
9. The God father
10. Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone
movies  BestOf  list  reviews 
april 2019 by pierredv
Exclusive: Fandango says Millennials' favorite holiday films are ... Nov 2018
"According to 1,000 film fans ages 18-34 surveyed by streaming site FandangoNOW, the holiday movies they are most likely to stream around Thanksgiving and Christmas are "Home Alone," "Elf," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and – despite the fact that Bruce Willis himself doesn't call it a Christmas movie – "Die Hard.""

Here are the top 15 holiday films millennials plan to watch this season:
1. "Home Alone" (1990)
2. "Elf" (2003)
3. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)
4. "Die Hard" (1988)
5. "The Santa Clause" (1994)
6. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)
7. "A Christmas Story" (1983)
8. "Love Actually" (2003)
9. "The Polar Express" (2004)
10. "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946)
11. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)
12. "Gremlins" (1984)
13. "Scrooged" (1988)
14. "The Holiday" (2006)
15. "Bad Santa" (2003)
USAToday  movies  BestOf  reviews 
april 2019 by pierredv
Uncannily real: volumetric video changes everything | New Scientist Dec 2017
Wonderful essay by Simon Ings - neat twist in the tail, I love the open to close:

"<open> OUTSIDE Dimension Studios in Wimbledon, south London, is one of those tiny wood-framed snack bars that served commercial travellers in the days before motorways. The hut is guarded by old shop dummies dressed in fishnet tights and pirate hats. If the UK made its own dilapidated version of Westworld, the cyborg rebellion would surely begin here.
<close> Jelley walks me back to the main road. Neither of us says a word. He knows what he has. He knows what he has done. Outside the snack shack, three shop dummies in pirate gear wobble in the wind."

"Truly immersive media will be achieved not through magic bullets, but through thugging – the application of ever more computer power, and the ever-faster processing of more and more data points. Impressive, but where’s the breakthrough?"

"The cameras shoot between 30 and 60 times a second. “We have a directional map of the configuration of those cameras, and we overlay that with a depth map that we’ve captured from the IR cameras. Then we can do all the pixel interpolation.” This is a big step up from mocap. Volumetric video captures real-time depth information from surfaces themselves: there are no fluorescent sticky dots or sliced-through ping-pong balls attached to actors here."
NewScientist  writing  video  essays  *  FX  movies 
september 2018 by pierredv
Quotes - Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
This line is spoken by Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow, in the film The Wizard of Oz

quotations  movies 
september 2018 by pierredv
Why Do Marvel's Movies Look Kind of Ugly? (video essay) - YouTube
"I really like the movies Marvel Studios makes, but I really wish they would improve their color grading."
cinema  color  movies  Marvel  video  YouTube 
january 2017 by pierredv
Understanding Movement In Composition Through The Work Of Akira Kurosawa -
via Natalia Ilyin "In another episode of "Every Frame A Painting," Tony Zhou dives deep into what makes a Kurosawa a Kurosawa: the movement of objects in the frame."
Kurosawa  movies  art 
january 2016 by pierredv
The way of the dodo - Aeon Video - documentary
"The end of celluloid might be near, but this devoted cinephile keeps the old movie magic alive in his east London shop" -- by Liam Saint-Pierre
film  cinema  movies  documentary  AeonMagazine 
february 2015 by pierredv
Classic Movies in Miniature Style on the Behance Network
The following illustrations form a part of a portfolio I created for my graduation thesis. It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary ‘western’ cinema. After a positive response to "Ottoman Star Wars", I decided to take the theme further, and developed more film posters using the same technique. Combining global with local, traditional with contemporary, and adding a bit of humor made it a fun and rewarding experience for me. According to my marks that I got from the project, the teachers' opinion were the same.
art  miniature  illustration  movies 
july 2012 by pierredv
Mike Kaplan: How Stanley Kubrick Invented the Modern Box-Office Report (By Accident)
Tracing the origins of the box-office report to Stanley Kubrick and “A Clockwork Orange.”
stories  people  movies  via:gmsv 
january 2012 by pierredv
New American film: Dirty Hoover | The Economist
very positive review of Clint Eastwood film about J Edgar Hoover
movies  reviews  TheEconomist 
december 2011 by pierredv
Has Hollywood Lost Its Creativity? | Daily Inspiration
"a collection with movie posters and put them together according to their genre. ... Every genre has the same poster style these days. "
movies  posters  design  advertising  via:gmsv 
november 2011 by pierredv
10 Modern Movies That Are Better in Black and White = Flavorwire
"Soderbergh’s right. Raiders is way better in black and white."
movies  via:gmsv  lists 
may 2011 by pierredv
Airplane Slap
Dont panic scene from airplane
humor  panic  video  youtube  movies 
may 2010 by pierredv
Meryl Streep's got legs -- - rise of Streep as she approaches 60
film historian Jeanine Basinger: "It looks as if she's matured to a point that very few actresses get to, arriving at the 'Hell, I don't really care anymore' place. She's not afraid to be mean or hated. She's not afraid to be unglamorous. She's more at ease with it. It looks like she's over the career part and just having fun with the roles. That energizes everything she's done."
movies  people  x:latimes 
september 2009 by pierredv

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