To start you off, here's Hal on NPR's Fresh Air in 2011, then check out his six greatest stunts. "The idea was to create a surreal world based on simple geometric light shapes that seem misplaced, but somehow blend with its surrounding at the same time." Lucid is beautiful. The guys who made the heartbreakingly beautiful spec ad for Johnny Walker last year that I STILL cannot watch without sobbing out loud, Dear Brother , have come out with an infinitely more light-hearted spec ad for Volvo, ABC of Death. Images shot and projected at 120 fps, dual 4K RGB laser projectors that display wide color gamut and high dynamic range, bright Real D 3D, 12-channel audio with overhead speakers plus sub-bass." David Leitner on Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk."But high on anyone's list of associations with this film is the music of Leonard Cohen, which suffuses it in memory, an impression nailed down by "The Stranger Song," which plays over the titles for five leisurely minutes as the protagonist, an affably inscrutable gambler named Mc Cabe (Warren Beatty), rides one horse and leads another up a mountain and across a rude bridge toward the shelter of the local saloon." Robert Christgau on the music of Leonard Cohen in Mc Cabe & Mrs. "Worked as a hand-made collage, it has nothing to do with autogenerated schemes retaining one single color by frame, hence the amount of work it represents.
Scientific man is already on the moon, and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer." —Michelangelo Antonioni. Here's Roger Ebert's 1979 review of Hall Ashby's Being There and the original script by Jerzy Kosinski and Robert C. Michael Dare recounts how the magnificent ending of the film came about. Oh, and of course, please enjoy Peter Sellers and the "Rafael" end credits. "..have captured the current mood of twentysomethings as insightfully—and amusingly—as Samantha Jayne, a freelance art director for Mullen Lowe in Los Angeles." Four fantastic short films promoting Jayne's new book Quarter Life Poetry.Our goal is to effect a greater awareness of the treasures that reside within America's National Parks." More Than Just Parks."His greatest film, hands-down, in nearly every department, but especially formal innovation, humor, icy hepcat style, and characterization as revealed through both dialogue and editing." Matt Zoller writing about Soderbergh's The Limey, which continues to reign supreme as my top pick for "most perfect film yet made." "When they aren't tearing into a cheesecake or playing gin rummy on the lanai, these sultry seniors are out on the town, dating everyone from a clown to a Beatles impersonator to (typical Blanche) multiple sets of twins." A tally of every date and wistful mention of an old flame from all seven seasons of "Apparently this shot, taken from the film un Real was filmed with the GSS C520 Gyro stabilizer system attached to a truck which was driving along a road which was constructed specifically for this shot.Just noticed in the credits this week that Adam Schlesinger is helping write some of the songs, which makes it all the more insanely impressive.An interesting article from the Times about how the whole show came together: "The Great American Musical, Side B." "Human beings are 'meaning-making machines' and their survival is dependent on building meaning from what they can see to tell a story." A great, lengthy interview with Eddie Hamilton, editor of, most recently, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.