Poster for a Wordless Music performance of Moonlight. Design by Midnight Marauder.
The Academy Awards on Sunday were mostly a by-the-books affair—notably with an increase in the number of black artists being recognized and awarded—...that is, until the ending when La La Land was mistakenly awarded Best Picture when in fact the far more deserving Moonlight actually won.
American actor Bill Paxton, whose career ranged from beloved character (Aliens) actor to terrific lead (Big Love), died during complications due to heart surgery. Keyframe has gathered remembrances.
The influence of "high art" filmmakers like Stan Brakhage on popular culture is something few acknowledge, so it's particularly interesting to see this perfume ad starring Angelina Jolie that was directed by Terrence Malick. It feels at once utterly of the filmmaker's past work, but also almost entirely in the language of modern advertising. Which leads us to wonder the full extend of Malick's influence on mainstream imagemaking.
A very teasing teaser for Okja, Bong Joon-ho's eagerly awaited follow-up to Snowpiercer.
Speaking of teasers of Netflix productions, David Fincher's new show Mindhunter looks predictably sleek, dark and tantalizing.
And now that we've successfully segued into the mainstream, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant also looks darn good—and hopefully the final film will be better than Prometheus.
In the 1980s, Cher staged a dazzling coup, leaping successfully from the world of music to cinema, inspiring both professional reverence and audience affection. She made six films that decade, working with a cabal of cool kid male auteurs, from Robert Altman to Peter Bogdonavich to Mike Nichols, and amassed a coterie of awards for them: an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and a Cannes Best Actress award, perhaps the most coveted award an actress could receive.
Though the Harry Potter series isn't normally something that swings into our view, smart design in cinema always piques our interest. Khoi Vinh has pointed us to an exhibition showcasing the sharp thinking behind "hundreds of seen and unseen props from the Harry Potter series, including packaging for potions and poisons, newspapers, magazines, adverts, posters and letters."
The Barbican has generously hosted the audio recordings from its series "The Craft of Film", including talks with the production designer of Lavs von Trier's Melancholia, Béla Tarr's cinematographer Fred Keleman, Pedro Costa on directing, and Anamaria Marinca on acting in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days.
Haitian director Raoul Peck, whose recent documentary on James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, has been a critical hit, and whose latest film, The Young Karl Marx, premiered earlier this month at the Berlinale, is on Marc Maron's WTF podcast.
In this poster-filled Rushes, one to more to round us out and to honor one of Bill Paxton's greatest films, Near Dark.
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