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Aug 24, 2013

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The weirdest-looking time machines in all Science Fiction
Time machines are not 'weird', only their look can be!

Remember The Project Tic-Toc, a secret experimental time machine of the U.S Army in Time Tunnel? The DeLorean from Back To The Future? The TARDIS Type 40 time travel capsule from Doctor Who? The eight-spoked Frozen Wheel from Lost? Not to mention The Hot Tub Time Machine… They are indeed the weirdest-looking time machines in all Science Fiction and they’re all listed (picture and/or video) in this post on io9.

Aug 20, 2013


Filming on the Fringe
Two female filmmakers from Yemen and Saudi Arabia are using film to fight for change

In the midst of a nascent film industry, a handful of female filmmakers have emerged in the Arabian Peninsula, pioneering film in the region and using it as a tool to fight for change. Saudi Arabia and Yemen both present volatile environments for any director; in the former, cinemas are illegal, and in both, authorization from the government prior to shooting is obligatory. However, in these conservative, patriarchal societies, the challenges for female filmmakers are even greater… Full article on Fair Observer.

Aug 11, 2013


Star Wars Medley by Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens
Skyrim, Game of Thrones and now Star Wars!

Oct 2, 2012


LEGO Dr. Strangelove (video)

I have a special connection with the movie Dr. Strangelove. I explain why on Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned The Power Of Satire. I also use to play a lot with LEGO. So yesterday, when I saw this article on BoingBoing, I had some kind of an epiphany… Using LEGO and pure genius, YouTuber XXxOPRIMExXX created this amazing stop-motion homage to the great Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  The project was originally uploaded in 2010, but YouTube blocked part of it over copyright claims. “I had to take out the famous scene of Slim Pickens riding the bomb and the nuclear holocaust credits to have this video viewable because those scenes were taken directly from the movie,” the auteur laments. “I was hoping to have the Slim Pickens scene done in Lego by now but I just never…Read more

Sep 25, 2012


Fast cars and Hollywood stars

Sometimes you read CNN and an article catches your attention. It happened recently with Fast cars and Hollywood stars. Al Satterwhite is a long-time photographer who has shot for major publications and corporate clients alike. Satterwhite’s latest project, “The Racers” is a limited edition printed edition as well as a digital book stemming from his coverage of endurance racing for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Life magazine between 1963 and 1973, along with personal effects from his career. Satterewhite caught the racing bug early in his career while he was still in high school, he said. “After that I was hooked,” and dabbled in racing himself. Satterwhite captured racing greats like Jacky Ickx, Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney. Television and movie stars such as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Garner were also part of the scene. One of my favorite photography is the one of Bob Holbert driving a…Read more

Feb 29, 2012


da-eYe is The Artist

Jean Dujardin (Best Actor) did it. Michel Hazanavicius (Best Director) did it. And all the crew who worked on the film can be proud (Best Costume Design, Mark Bridges; Best Original Score, Ludovic Bource), they did it too! “The Artist” is the first silent and foreign film that has won the Oscar for Best Picture in more than 80 years… And Dujardin is the first Frenchman ever to win the Oscar for best actor. Far from me the idea of being chauvinistic but at least we can enjoy this great success! Roger Ebert even titled his article “The Artist” and “Hugo”: A very French Oscars (he could have also mentioned Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”), adding ‘It was like an episode from “The Twilight Zone.”‘. Lou Lumenick was being witty when he tweeted: ‘How THE ARTIST won Best Picture — pretty much by default’. On his article published on the New York Post,…Read more

Nov 26, 2011


Hollywood’s Golden Age is back with The Artist

I love Hollywood’s Golden Age, I have wrote several times about this magic era: Scarface: first and second impact, Davis, Flynn, Dietrich… They did it their way, About the Warner Bros and the Roosevelt Administration and I even shared with you: A few pages of my movie script / book, for your eyes only!. The silent movies, the rise of talkies, the life in Hollywoodland… Hollywood’s Golden Age, from the late 1920’s to the mid-1930’s is my favorite movie decade. So when I heard about the movie director Michel Hazanavicius was about to make, needless to say I was very excited about it. The Artist, shot at the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, takes place between 1927 and 1932 in Hollywood: as silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller (Bérénice Béjo), a…Read more

Nov 13, 2011


Scarface, The Twilight Zone and Blade Runner -Again

Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood but when it comes to your favorite movies, you often hope there will be ‘nothing new’, at all. In Scarface: first and second impact, I explained how some movies inspired my creativity and made me write my first short stories; Scarface is definitely one of these great movies that changed my life. In Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Nip/Tuck, House M.D… Addicted!, it was about The Twilight Zone (and The Prisoner) and the way the TV show fulled my imagination when I was a very young teenager. Blade Runner was one of the most important film of my childhood. I could feel the oppressive and stifling atmosphere, it was dark and always raining. The synthesiser-made music and most of all, the dystopian/cyberpunk world really impressed me (and maybe is the reason for my interest in #Steampunk). It’s only years later that I realized Blade Runner was heavily…Read more

Sep 15, 2011


Back To The Future with the 2011 Nike MAG

We all watched Back To The Future movies at least once, and I was among the ones who wished the hover board was real. If it’s still not, the good news is that Michael J. Fox‘s shoes from Back To The Future II are. 1500 pairs of the 2011 Nike MAG are currently auctioned on eBay with all net proceeds going directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each day for the duration of the 10-day auction, 150 of the 2011 Nike MAG shoes will be made available via eBay’s Fashion Vault. The auction starts September 8, 8:30PM PST, and will end September 18. A lucky friend of mine already got his, so if you’re willing to live your dream and wear the shoes of Marty McFly, check this page on Ebay and be ready to spend your savings for the pair!  

Sep 9, 2011


Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Tati, Blake Edwards et Fritz Lang

Quand la Cinémathèque présente mes cinéastes préférés : Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Tati, Blake Edwards et Fritz Lang. Tous ont été ou bien vont l’être prochainement, mis à l’honneur par la Cinémathèque Française. L’occasion donc de revenir sur ces cinéastes emblématiques de leur époque qui tiennent une place toute particulière dans ce qui constitue mon inspiration quotidienne. Il y a un peu plus de quatre ans (diantre, que le temps passe vite…), j’ai publié (en juillet 2007 donc) : Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned The Power Of Satire. J’y exprimais dans la langue de Shakespeare tout mon intérêt de cinéphile pour #Stanley Kubrick. Docteur folamour (qui n’a rien à voir avec le Dr. Dave Bowman, on s’en doute) dans sa traduction française, est un film incontournable pour qui aime la satire, le dédoublement d’acteur avec le non moins incontournable #Peter Sellers, sans oublier l’excellent George C. Scott. Un film qui nourrit mon inspiration, même de…Read more

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