Saturday, January 21, 2012

Star Wars Uncut EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE



Star Wars fans Casey Pugh and Jamie Wilkinson have been working on this special version of Episode IV for a while. They have cut the original Star Wars film in 15 second clips and asked the fans to re-make the sequences. Then they have re-joined all together and voila! here the result. To know more visit their site www.starwarsuncut.com 

This week George Lucas said that he is done with blockbusters. Considering that 2012 marks the 35th anniversary of the original Star Wars, during all those 35 years, Star Wars has become the biggest film franchise ever made and a worldwide known cultural phenomenon that still today captures the imagination of young audiences and continues alive in the heart of not so young ones. Maybe because of some fans criticism that accompanied the prequels that were directed by Lucas himself from 1999 to 2005 and the hate that some have shown for the constant tweaks that have been added to the original trilogy throughout  the different releases in home video formats, Lucas seems to have enough and decided to set aside from commercial cinema and focus on arthouse cinema works.

Whatever he does will be welcome but what I really wonder now is, if in 35 years from Ep. I, that will be year 2034, children that have grown up with the new trilogy will be doing what those guys are doing with Ep.IV. Or, however, all this awesome "force" stuff will be forgotten among all the media noise in which we are living now a days. It will be just the pass of time that will show if Lucas has influenced the new generations as much as he did to the ones that lived the Star Wars fury on the eighties. For my part I must say that I started to get interested on Star Wars thanks to the release of Episode I, back in 1999. That is with the prequel trilogy. I was 15 then and it was an inflection point. The new film, the old trilogy that a friend left me on VHS together with all the making off featurettes and printed information I got, awoke on me the interest in cinema that still lives in me today. So I can only thank all those guys that work everyday doing this kind of stuff. I like the old ones, the new ones, the revisions, the tweaks and whatever those guys do. Keep on the good work. Well, I like them all. But I must say that some I like them more than others. Keep on the risky work!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

George Lucas to abandon blockbusters

While we are still expecting for it's last film Red Tails, to be released in just a couple of days and the 3D version of the entire Star Wars saga, starting with episode one next February. Without mentioning the possibility of a fifth chapter in the Indiana Jones saga, George Lucas has said in an interview given to The new York Times that he is retiring from commercial cinema business. Even some sources are sceptical about it, I would like to believe that George has a great plan hidden and he will mesmerise us someday in the near the future. I really look forward to that day.
Read more here

Below a Red Tails making of featurette, the last LucasFilm production financed completely by Lucas and marking the first high-budget all-black cast film ever done.

Monday, January 16, 2012

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO



Last Friday finally The girl with the Dragoon Tattoo was released in Spain. It's a luck to live in Madrid and being able to go to a digitally projected English version presentation of the movie. The movie looks awesome, pure Fincher style. I thought it was going to be harder anyway, maybe is because of everything I have read those past month. Go see it. Rooney Mara rocks.

Here the 8min especial trailer that was released on iTunes when the Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Soundtrack for the movie was released last December.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

DVD - Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge



Yesterday I watched a  1988 Helmut Newton documentary directed by Adrian Maben. Through many interviews and behind the camera featurettes, Maben depicts perfectly the creative process behind Helmut Newtons awesome photographic works. A must see for anyone interested in photography.

Helmut Newton - Frames from the Edge (1988)
Directed by  Adrian Maben
Image Entertainment
95 minutes / Color / DVD / NTSC /  1.33:1 / English
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
re-edited on 2009

Available in Amazon:
US / ES / JP

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

George Lucas on Red Tails



George Lucas is back. Red Tails, the last movie he has written and also financed is about to open this month. Even the Star Wars shadow will follow him forever, it's great to see that he does new things and has such a a good sense of humor.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

BOOK - Starting Point 1979-1996 by Hayao Miyazaki

It's great being at home on Christmas. Being with the family, eating well at home, playing to Nintendo with my brother and seeing old friends back. I also like having a look back to my old stuff, Books and movies mostly. Since I have the Kindle It's a long time I don't read a book on paper but in my last order to amazon I bought three books that have not been released on digital yet and left them at home because I do not like carrying heavy stuff around. One of them it's a collection of Hayao Miyazaki's essays, lectures and comments from 1979 to 1996 that where collected and published under the title 出発点―1979~1996 in Japan on august 1996 and that Viz Media released in USA on August 2009: Starting Point: 1979-1996. It's a unique opportunity to see Miyazakis vision of the relation of manga and animation with the Japanese society and culture and to assist in first person to the thoughts that where boiling in  Miyazaki's head during the first days in the making of Studio Ghibli and the later successful years. I already wait to the english translation of the second part called 折り返し点―1997~2008 and published in japan on July 2008, before a third part comes out. I wish I could read Japanese fluently. I may start training one of this days.











Stating Point: 1979~1996
by Hayao Miyazaki
VIZ Media LLC / 500 pages / English
Release date: 2009.08.04
ISBN-10: 1421505940
ISBN-13: 978-1421505947

Buy the english edition on Amazon:
US / ES / JP


出発点―1979~1996
by Hayao Miyazaki
Studio Ghibli / 580 pages / Japanese
Release Date: 1996/08
ISBN-10: 4198605416
ISBN-13: 978-4198605414

Buy the japanese edition on Amazon
US / ES / JP