Bonus Mamo! Price has finally seen Captain America and reviewed the relevant documentation, and has determined that there’s nothing wrong with DC/Warner Brothers’ franchise development strategy after all. Brown, as you can imagine, is firmly Team Marvel/Disney. Conversation ensues. Join us!
I love the Toronto Kiss Map, and cheers to vasta for pointing it out to me. Sameer is the sort of fellow who knows the value of a good map, and moreover (like me) the value of a good kiss, and I thus naturally find our conflux of interest on the matter heartwarming. And he’s right, it’s fun. It’s fun sticking a little push-pin into the spot in Toronto where, for a moment, the world cracked open and all its thermonuclear energy poured out. Thank goodness the movies weren’t lying to us on this point: one good kiss really does change everything.Read more
‘H. R. Giger’s Necronomicon and the making of Alien’ is the rare documentary on the artist H. R. Giger that was directed by J. J. Wittmer and H. R. Giger himself. It was filmed in 1975-78 and had a very limited release overseas on VHS and LaserDisc. You are taken inside his studio to watch him create one of his famous pieces, carving a mountain of clay into the famous Alien from the movie of the same name. You will also see him designing the Alien Eggs and the Derelict ship and interior use in the movie, as well as rare deleted scenes from the movie itself.
Starlog Magazine Issue 26: ‘H. R. Giger: Behind the Alien Forms.’
- ‘Alien’ home movies from 1978-79
- Starlog Magazine Issue 26
- Making of Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’
- Audio commentary by Ridley Scott, Sigourney Weaver, Dan O’Bannon, Ron Shusett, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, and Harry Dean Stanton
- Out-of-print number 1 edition of Cinefex from March 1980
- ‘Alien’ editing script, owned by Terry Rawlings
- How H.R. Giger’s brilliant madness helped make Alien ‘erotic’
- Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film (Amazon)
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Finally, I understand the geography of this scene
One of the funniest conversations I ever had in my life was back in film school when Mike Greenspan and I tried to figure out exactly how in the fuck that gigantic pit - down which Dr. Grant and Lex rappel, and over which Tim’s car is thrown - suddenly appears in the Tyrannosaur paddock, which had previously demonstrated itself to be flush with the road. I guess this means there was an answer. AND YET
1. Two Evil Eyes “The Black Cat” segment (1990), dir. Dario Argento
2. Hot Fuzz (2007), dir. Edgar Wright
Latter is still maybe the hardest I’ve ever laughed in a movie theatre. Former was ok I guess.
ICYMI: it’s your Saturday content recap! Have you ever noticed what the words you put after “I am” do to you and your life? #deepthoughts
Column: I had a bash at trying to sort out our recent fascination with "solving" mythology shows before they end.
Blogging the Next Generation: little blonde girls are creepy in “Imaginary Friend”
Podcast: Dan Gorman joined us to talk about plastic surgery and beauty standards in Hollywood!
All this and more can be found at tederick.com.
Ingrid Bergman's first technicolour screen test in 1938.
It’s really a shame Ingrid Bergman was so ridiculously unappealing [falls to the ground dead]
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Frozen. Gravity. Three of last year’s top 10 grossing films were led by female protagonists, making 2013 a banner year for women in film, right?
Not quite. Women accounted for less than a third of all speaking roles in the year’s 100 top-grossing domestic films. And just 15 percent of those films had women in leading roles.”