FOTD: The Right Stuff (1983)

Frame of the Day: The Right Stuff (1983) Written & Directed by Philip Kaufman. Based on the book by Tom Wolfe.
Frame of the Day: The Right Stuff (1983) Written & Directed by Philip Kaufman. Based on the book by Tom Wolfe.

Frame of the Day: The Right Stuff (1983) Written & Directed by Philip Kaufman. Based on the book by Tom Wolfe.

FOTD: Metropolis (1927)

Frame Of The Day: Metropolis (1927) Directed by Fritz Lang and based on the novel by Thea Von Harbou
Frame Of The Day: Metropolis (1927) Directed by Fritz Lang and based on the novel by Thea Von Harbou

Frame Of The Day: Metropolis (1927) Directed by Fritz Lang and based on the novel by Thea Von Harbou

I remember the first time I saw Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. I was in eighth grade in a French Immersion class and for some reason we covered a German silent film. The special effects in my opinion still hold up well to this day.

FOTD: Bronson (2008)

Frame of the Day: Bronson (2008) Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn from a screenplay written by Brock Norman Brock & Nicholas Winding Refn
Frame of the Day: Bronson (2008) Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn from a screenplay written by Brock Norman Brock & Nicholas Winding Refn

If you haven’t seen Tom Hardy’s performance in this biopic by Nicholas Winding Refn on one of England’s most famous criminals I highly suggest you do so at the earliest opportunity.

FOTD: Seven Samurai (1954)

Frame of the Day: Seven Samurai directed by Akira Kurosawa
Frame of the Day: Seven Samurai directed by Akira Kurosawa

I used to do this on one of my very first blogs (long before CMS were commonplace) and I thought it would be a fun exercise to bring back. So every day (hopefully) I will be posting a frame capture from one of my favourite films.

So first up is Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece from 1954… Seven Samurai.

The Inspirations of MR. ROBOT

This a fantastic video in defense of Mr. Robot and the art form known as “collage”.

I just wish it also acknowledged Campbell’s Monomyth as both Fight Club and The Matrix which are huge influences also follow the Hero’s Journey to a T as well as Jung’s archetypes.

I don’t like the term remix. It’s more like cooking.

From the wonderful folks at Wisecrack.

The Highfive

What I love about the highfive is that it is a symbolic gesture of the Buddhist term mudita which means sympathetic joy. Think of it as the opposite of schadenfreude. This is a wonderful documentary from ESPN that focuses on a historic highfive and homosexual baseball great Glenn Burke.

Mikey on ‘Hail, Caesar!’ A Love Letter to Classical Hollywood [Review]

Mikey Reviews Hail, Caesar!

Mikey Reviews Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is a combination of two Coen Brothers movies melding the comedic noirness of The Big Lebowski with the period setting and humour contained in Barton Fink. Capitol Pictures actually makes a reappearance. Josh Brolin portrays Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol. We follow Mannix during the course of a typical day on the job as he attempts to solve the mystery of kidnapped biblical epic star Baird Whitlock played by George Clooney. This is one of those movies that reminded me that I actually like him.

Laughs go hand in hand in this light comedy, an ode to 1950s Hollywood with lavish set designs and rich cinematography as Roger Deakins returns to 35mm (to the request of the Coens). The film is peppered with moments where many talented actors briefly pass through the story for only a scene or two. Scarlett Johansson is the focus of a grande aquatic sequence, and Channing Tatum tap dances across a bar in a loving homage to Gene Kelly in films such as Singing In the Rain. And while Alden Ehrenreich has put in solid performances in the past in films like Stoker and Blue Jasmine, his role as Hobie Doyle may just break him through. Most subjectively memorable though is a scene with Frances McDormand as a chain smoking movie editor. I will not elaborate but it is simply a joy.

Audiences may be off-put by the structure and lack of momentum in its plot but in the film’s defense the Coen Brothers have overtly made that the theme of the story. Like in life things will often sort themselves out as you try to fix them. In the prolific list of Coen Brothers films it is far from the best film they have made but on a list of such phenomenal films it is also far from their worst work.

Hail, Caesar! may seem light and airy but it is a warm comedy that cinephiles and Coen fans will adore.

3 Stars