I was listening to Filmspotting SVU yesterday and heard mention of a new movie produced by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, the directors of the documentary Leviathan. It seems like Castaing-Taylor and Paravel are really marrying themselves to the same style of documentary as Leviathan, this observational, non-narrative style that affords the viewer a fly-on-the-wall look into unusual places and lives. Manakamana is, quite literally, eleven trips up a mountain to a temple by way of cable car with eleven different groups of people. Obviously this won’t be for everyone – even I will probably struggle to watch the whole thing – but it’s certainly an interesting experiment, and makes me question my preconceived notions of what makes a documentary.

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Find yourself another Mockingjay

I’ve never been a die-hard fan of the Hunger Games franchise, but I do recognize that Catching Fire was a lot better than the first movie. Now the series is going to start wrapping up with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and while this looks like a fine movie, I really wish they hadn’t divided it into two parts. That division feels like nothing more than a moneygrab to me, as I can’t really imagine this war being worthy of more than two hours of screen time.

On another note, it’s just a little bit haunting to see the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in this trailer.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 comes out November 21, 2014. Here’s a trailer mashup, just for kicks.


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Before They Were Stars: Rose McGowan as an Extra in “Class of 1999″

1982 saw the release of Class of 1984, a Canadian thriller about gang violence at an inner city school and it became an unexpected cult hit. Eight years later, they decided to go all-out when they made a sequel, Class of 1999, which tackled the same problem of violence at inner city schools… only this time it took place in a future where teachers have been replaced by robots! Even though it was technically the third entry in the series, another sequel was made with an incredibly awkward title: Class of 1999 II: The Substitute. Anyway, Class of 1999 features the screen debut of Rose McGowan, who has a brief appearance as an extra sitting outside Malcolm McDowell’s office in this scene.

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Last Link of the Day: Dramatic Cat


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A Kickstarter Video

The internet’s greatest animator Harry Partridge has made a parody of Kickstarter pitch videos that nails the style and tone perfectly. I think this video is doubly great because it also proves that Kickstarter has succeeded well enough to be parodied, which is usually a good sign.

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Where is my mind?

I find Fight Club to be this wonderful cinematic anomaly in that the people who have seen it fall into three camps: those who dislike the film, those who like the film, and those who like the film for the wrong reasons. Having spent quite a bit of time in a university film department, I’d estimate that at least 50% of all film students list Fight Club as their favourite movie. I really enjoy it, myself, but too often I find that when I’m talking to someone about why the movie is great, I realize that they’ve missed the point entirely. Fight Club is not supposed to make you want to worship Tyler Durden, guys.

Oh, and although I love this remix and the video that accompanies it…4:3 aspect ratio? Come on, now.

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Before They Were Stars: Johnny Knoxville as a Little League Umpire

It’s always fascinating when someone who knew a celebrity before they were famous decides to post old homemade footage of them on Youtube. Apparently, this video was uploaded by a former girlfriend of Johnny Knoxville. Back in 1992, Knoxville was just a normal guy named PJ Clapp and was umpiring little league softball, so he decided to screw around and have some fun by putting together this amateur homemade commercial about the rigors of his profession.

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The DuckTales Theme Sung by the Movies!

In case you’re wondering why there’s a distinct lack of posts today, well, it’s because I was working all day. All right? Get off my back! Anyway, for a bit of fun, I recommend watching this supercut version of the DuckTales theme song, created by The Unusual Suspect. Woo-oo!

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Before They Were Stars: 11-Year Old Taylor Swift Sings the National Anthem at an NBA Playoff Game

The next time you see a kid singing the national anthem at a sporting event, just remember: they could be a huge star someday. Much like when 11-year old Christina Aguilera sang the “Star Spangled Banner” at the 1992 Stanley Cup finals, Taylor Swift did the same thing at the same age before an NBA playoff game in Philadelphia in 2002.

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Last Link of the Day: Don’t Do That

I present the most easily scared woman on the planet.

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