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FILM MIKE LEE Mr. Turner [2014]

W M Turner The Blue Rigi, Sunrise [1842]

W M Turner: The Blue Rigi Sunrise [1842]

The Painter Was a Piece of Work, Too

‘Mr. Turner,’ About the Life of the Artist J. M. W. Turner

A O Scott, NYT, 18 Dec 2014

Sometimes it’s impossible to read about a film [apart from sneaking a Rotten Tomatoes %] before seeing it through a quite justified fear of spoiling the experience of watching it, but for me in this case, it’s o.k. I like Mike Lee’s work, and am confident from one frequently aired taster that it will be good. And more importantly, love Turner and have read about him so often. So it’s [1] the story is familiar right down to Ruskin [2] based on previous experience of Leigh I’m sure I won’t be let down cinematographically. Missed a recent showing at the local flick house, so it looks like a DVD. So it goes.

When I do see it, I will be concentrating on the ins and outs of bringing a life to film/adaptation, though Mr. Turner is not an adaptation. A post to come on The Imitation Game, which was.

The Rigi above seems as if digitisation has played a role in brightening the colours too much. Prefer the Tate’s version. Looking forward to seeing which painting have been included in the film. As yet can’t find a list.

December 22, 2014 Posted by | Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner [2014], W M Turner | , | Leave a comment


FILM DIRECTOR Mike Nichols [ behind camera]

For Mike Nichols (1931-2014): A Video Essay

Video essay + essay two-for-one from Nelson Carvajal

December 18, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

FILM Jean-Luc Godard’s favourite films 1956-65

Jean-Luc Godard, Berlin 1961. Photo by F.C. Gundlach

Jean-Luc Godard, Berlin 1961. Photo by F.C. Gundlach

Jean-Luc Godard’s favourite films 1956-65

Hillary Weston, Black Book Nov 2014

Top quote:

I write essays in the form of novels, or novels in the form of essays. I’m still as much of a critic as I ever was during the time of ‘Cahiers du Cinema.’ The only difference is that instead of writing criticism, I now film it.

December 14, 2014 Posted by | Godard, Jean-Luc Godard | | Leave a comment

FILM SCRIPT The Imitation Game [2014]


The Imitation Game

Screenplay by Graham Moore

pp. 118 / pdf

December 13, 2014 Posted by | The Imitation Game [2014] | , , | Leave a comment


FILM WES ANDERSON The Grand Budapest hotel

At the Movies – Michael Wood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

LRB, Vol. 36 No. 8, 17 April 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Screenplay by Wes Anderson

pdf/ pp. 122

December 13, 2014 Posted by | film directors, screenplay, script, The Grand Budapest Hotel | , , | Leave a comment

TV NORWAY The world’s most boring television

TV NORWAY Thomas Hellum 1

TV NORWAY Thomas Hellum 2

Thomas Hellum: The world’s most boring television … and why it’s hilariously addictive

The world – or at least the Norwegians – must now be ready for Bela’s Tarr’s Satantango.

[1] Béla Tarr’s Long Takes (an education in film)

[2] FILM Satantango (Sátántangó) by Béla Tarr {2}

Bela Tarr Satantango [bar boy] 1

Bela Tarr Satantango cows [3]

December 11, 2014 Posted by | slow t.v. | , , , | Leave a comment

FILM subtitles

BOOK Subtitles in Film

Subtitles: on the Foreignness of Film

Chris drake, Vertigo Magazine

December 1, 2014 Posted by | subtitles | | Leave a comment