Category Archives: Movies

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s production of The Revenant labeled “A Living Hell” to work on by some of the crew

 

It’s nothing new that making movies is a complicated, sometimes difficult and not always straight forward process. However Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s, The Revenant, his followup to the highly-acclaimed Birdman, was apparently really difficult. Shot in the Canadian wilderness of Albeta, the film was plagued with issues ranging from conflicts between the director and producer that led to communication breakdowns and wasted time, to the project going significantly over schedule and over budget.

 

Most worrying are the reports that upwards of 20 crew members quit the production on the spot, or were fired. One anonymous crew member even went so far as to call their experience on the production “a living hell.”

 

The Revenant

 

The Revenant, set in 1820 tells the story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman played by DiCaprio as he sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

 

Even with all the drama on set, this is definitely a film to look forward to. Not only for the performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter in this epic revenge adaptation, but also the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki’s (Gravity, The Tree of Life, Burn After Reading, Children of Men to name but a few) and his work shooting on the new Alexa 65 camera system.

 

Check out the breathtaking trailer below.

 

Werckmeister Harmonies

 

This monochrome, dream-like film by Hungarian director Bela Tar is pure poetry and has stuck in my mind since it first came out in 2001.

Based on László Krasznahorkai’s novel “The Melancholy of Resistance,”  Werckmeister Harmonies is about powerlessness and tyranny.

It is a unique film, beautifully shot with long long takes. A true masterpiece that leaves you wondering what you have just witnessed on the screen.

 

“Mysterious, poetic and allusive…” Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times

 

Take a look at the trailer and opening scene below.

 

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Posted by Chris

Movie Title Sequences

 

An important part of any film is often it’s title sequence. Setting the tone, atmosphere and mood for the first scene and the rest of the feature.

Some of our favourite movie title sequences are from the legendary Saul Bass; Anatomy of a Murder, Vertigo, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Seven Year Itch etc…

There are too many to list them all so we have put together a small selection that we think should get a mention. These movie and television show title sequences are from the past and some are more recent ones. Let us know if there are any that we have missed that you think should be included. Enjoy!

 

Saul Bass – Anatomy of a Murder

 

 

Simon Clowes – X-Men: First Class

 

 

Kuntzel & Deygas – Catch Me If You Can

 

 

Digital Kitchen – True Blood

 

 

Bob Greenberg – Se7en

 

 

Angus Wall –  Game of Thrones

 

 

William Lebeda – Panic Room

 

 

Shynola – Scott Pilgrim VS The World

 

 

Paul McDonnell – Any Human Heart

 

 

Pablo Ferro – Dr Strangelove

 

 

Aaron Ruell – Napoleon Dynamite