Friday, October 21, 2016

NOBORU HONMA Japanese wood craftsman


2016-III-10 | 4 min 8s | Directed by Koji Hagiuda

Noboru Honma perfoming a traditional Japanese Hakone Marquetry.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Engines That Came in from the Cold



2001-III-1 | Channel 4 | 50 min | Written and directed by Dan Clifton


The first of a new run of Channel 4's science documentary strand, this film tells the story of how the Russians, at the height of the Cold War space race, developed a very remarkable kind of rocket engine. Not only was the technology different from that used by the Americans, it was actually better. When half a dozen of these engines were rediscovered 20 years after they were built, they were found - to the amazement of the American rocket design establishment - to be superior in power to anything NASA had come up with in the intervening decades. What's more, they worked. Now, incredibly, Russian engines are being used to launch American rockets. 
via: dailymail 




Monday, October 17, 2016

TAMPOPO in 4K



1985-XI-23 | Color | Japanese | 115 min | Directed by Juzo Itami

Janus films has restored in 4K Juzo Itami's (伊丹十三) classic film TAMPOPO (タンポポ). The movie will be released by Criterion Collection in the US. It is already  available in Japan in Bluray and DVD

   

US poster  | Japanese Poster  

Friday, October 07, 2016

Jodorowsky's Dune


2013-V-18 | Color | Spanish, french & english | 90 min | Directed by Frank Pavich

SYNOPSIS 
This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema's greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's (EL TOPO) adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his art-house freak-outs EL TOPO and HOLY MOUNTAIN, Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights to Frank Herbert's Dune - and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game-changer, a sci-fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen. 
Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (DARK STAR, ALIEN); artist H.R. Giger (ALIEN); and sci-fi paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. Unfortunately, the film was never made. 
Director Frank Pavich tackles one of cinema's most enthralling "what could have been" stories, weaving interviews with the charismatic Jodorowsky, his collaborators, and supporters (including DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn), together with animation to bring Moebius' storyboards to life. Even though the project exists only in the imaginations of its creators, and as the hundreds of illustrations they left behind, Pavich's documentary chooses not to dwell on failure, but rather celebrates the ways in which the creative dreams of Dune planted seeds for many other iconic films that came after it, from STAR WARS to ALIEN to countless more. This is an inspirational story about the power of the creative spirit, one that establishes Jodorowsky as a master of cinema and a true visionary of our time. 
COLIN GEDDES, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL



Friday, October 07, 2016

Fragmentos de Amor


2016-VIII-18 | Color | Spanish | 100 min | Directed by Fernando Vallejo

The recently released Fragmetos de Amor is the debut film of director Fernando Vallejo with whom I had the honor to work this week, together with Jochi Melero in a Coors beer commercial in Puerto Rico.

Fragmentos de Amor (Fragments of love) was awarded with the Glauber Rocha award for the best film from latin America in the last Montreal Film Festival last September.  Check he making of featurette here.


Saturday, October 01, 2016

Sneakerheadz Documentary


2015-VIII-7 | Color | 73 min| Directed by David T. Friendly & Mick Partridge


To Rock or Stock? Sneakerheads will do almost anything to get their hands on a unique pair of kicks, going to such extreme lengths as hiding in trash cans to score a pair of Retro Jordan 11s to camping for days in sub zero temperatures for the latest Nike Foamposites. How did sneakers become as prized as collectable art? From the shores of Cali to the congested streets of Tokyo, Sneakerheadz examines the cultural influence of sneaker collecting around the world and delves into a subculture whose proud members don’t just want to admire art, they want to wear it.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CARTEL LAND documentary



2015-VII-3 | Color | English | 100 min | Directed by Matthew Heineman


Summary:
With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley - a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley - Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico's drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.

via: imdb 


Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Sur les traces de Tintin - Los Viajes de Tintin



Sur les traces de Tintin | 5 episodes | 2010 | France


Épisode 1
Égypte :  Les Cigares du Pharaon
Réalisé par Marc Temmerman

Épisode 2
Chine : Le Lotus bleu
Réalisé par Marc Temmerman

Épisode 3
Maroc : Le Crabe aux pinces d’or
Réalisé par Laurent Joffrion

Épisode 4
Pérou : Le Temple du Soleil
Réalisé par Henri de Gerlache

Épisode 5
Népal : Tintin au Tibet
Réalisé par Florence Tran

En association avec Moulinsart, la société en charge de l’oeuvre d’Hergé, «Sur les traces de Tintin» nous invite à un voyage inédit : Entrer dans les albums retraçant les aventures du célèbre reporter et leur donner vie ! Une manière originale de découvrir ou redécouvrir Tintin et son auteur, Hergé.