Category Archives: Film

Originally released in 2016 to publicise the Shin Godzilla movie (now only available on the secondary market for a 500%+ markup), these Kaiju figurines of monsters with their heads hung solemnly at a press conference are a respectful nod to an important part of Japanese culture: the apology – through which balance and harmony in society are maintained.

From top: Godzilla apologizing for destructive vandalism (破壊行為), Mechagodzilla for imitation and copyright infringement (模倣行為) and King Ghidorah for aggressive invasion (侵略行為). 

That’s Hedorah on the right in the last pic.

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Lessons From The Screenplay explores how the most effective movie scenes often follow the three-act structure of entire movies, books and plays.

A case in point: one chilling exchange between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in Johnathan Demme’s ‘The Silence of The Lambs’.

More (in the form of a more in-depth podcast) here.

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A diverting inisight into the way colour in movie posters is used to communicate with the desired audiences.

James Verdesoto of Indika Entertainment Advertising explains how white backgrounds are used for comedy, blue for action thrillers, shadows indicate secondary characters, yellow is the colour of independent film and so on.

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A short film by Mexican artist Francis Alÿs Barrenderos, shot in 2004, featuring the clean up crews of Mexico City attempting to push rubbish through the streets until they are stopped by the sheer, overwhelming mass of trash.

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Another side-by-side size comparison by Alvaro Gracia Montoya: In this case, elements of the Star Wars universe from a lightsaber handle to the planet Yavin Prime (in whose orbit the original Death Star was destroyed). Sez he:

Only movies from episode I to VIII, Rogue One and Solo. Obviously not everything appears, only the most representative.

Previously: Know Your Monsters

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A really rather excellent mashup of The Blues Brothers and Men In Black (with cameos from Critters, The Thing, Aliens, Guardians Of The Galaxy, E.T. and more) by master video mashup artist and filmmaker Fabrice Mathieu.

More of his work here.

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A New York Times documentary short by Esteban Arrangoiz in which we meet Julio César Cú Cámara – a man who finds Zen-like fulfilment in his job – diving down into the sewers and water treatment plants of Mexico City to clear blockages and reduce the risk of floods.

It’s a s- job but someone’s gotta do it, a flush of pride, career panning out well, regular work and so forth.

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