Today at Flavorpill, we wondered if offering airline passengers the ability to choose seatmates according to their mood felt like a genius idea or a weird dating service. We watched comedian Mark Malkoff’s unusual Netflix challenge. We found out what Mad Men actor Jared Harris had to say about his… Read More
As anyone who has watched his earlier films like Alien or Thelma and Louise can attest, Ridley Scott is a director who knows what to do with a badass leading lady. That’s why we were excited to hear that in his recent meetings on the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, it was decided that relaunched franchise… Read More
The DVD of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was officially released yesterday, and a lot of people are confused by its unusual cover design, which resembles a bootleg video you might buy on the street. So many people mistook the disc for a pirated copy that the DVD-rental company Redbox has had to put a warning message on all their vending machines. This may well be the most press DVD art has gotten in years — which is too bad, because there are definitely some stranger designs out there than a fake pirated cover. Here are some of our favorites. … Read More
If you’re like us, then you’ve already bought your tickets for The Hunger Games movie, even though it doesn’t open until the 23rd. There’s no shame in that. We’ll also cop to spending a fair of amount of time clicking around on Capitol Couture, a promotional website devoted to the fashion in the film, specifically the sartorial whims of the citizens of District 1. While we all anxiously wait to see if the adaptation of the book lives up to what we had pictured in our heads, how about revisiting some of the most exciting futuristic film fashion that’s already graced the big screen? From Blade Runner to Tank Girl, we’ve rounded up some our personal favorites after the jump; leave yours in the comments. … Read More
Lego wizard Tyler AKA Legohaulic recently posted a commissioned set of Blade Runner figures on his gallery page, which should send you reeling back to the 1982 dystopian sci-fi epic. Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard is transformed into a blocky version of the retired cop. His new, inhuman shape probably won’t help the “Is he really a replicant?” argument, but we forgot all about that when we saw how awesome Rutger Hauer’s Roy Batty looked. (Tears in rain sold separately.) Daryl Hannah’s Pris doesn’t look like your average pleasure model here, and the rest of the Philip K. Dick-inspired characters are equally great. There’s even a miniature version of Deckard’s jet propulsion vehicle, the Spinner, which means someone totally geeked out while crafting this authentic set.
Hopefully looking at these pics will help cheer you up after news hit that Ridley Scott — who is working on the Blade Runner prequel/sequel/we don’t know what yet — is not currently in talks with Harrison Ford to reprise his role. We’ll have to wait and see if Scott thinks Deckard’s part will involve a big enough story point to invite the actor back, but since there’s no script yet let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Check out some Lego porn past the break. … Read More
1. Beyoncé threw on a form-fitting red dress and made her first post-pregnancy public appearance last night at Carnegie Hall, where Jay-Z was performing for the first time. [via Daily News]
2. Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove is “adamantly denying” rumors that Harrison Ford is in talks to join the cast of the Blade… Read More
Chris Marker’s haunting, fractured memory tale La Jetée is getting a Criterion Blu-ray release tomorrow (along with experimental essay Sans Soleil). Dubbed “one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made … ” Marker’s 1962 black and white film is composed almost entirely of still photographs, using voice-over narration to tell the 28 minute-long tale about a man held prisoner after World War III who traverses time, sees the future, and uncovers the secrets of his past.
The film’s themes are palpable in modern science fiction, where the exploration of time travel as an agent of self-discovery, use of looped narrative and multiperiod storytelling, experimental filmmaking, dystopian themes, and more have been carried into the present. Just look at Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, which is directly inspired by Marker’s film.
With that in mind, we wanted to celebrate a few other influential sci-fi movies that have made their mark on filmmakers and cinemagoers throughout history. Check out our picks below, and share yours in the comments section. … Read More
[Editor's note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we'll spend the next two weekends revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published July 20, 2011.] Tiny bathrooms, creepy Craigslist roommates, mice-infestations — typical apartment living is nothing like the movies. Our fifth-story walk-up is a far cry from the spaces we dreamed of when still living with Mom and Dad; there isn’t even one spiral staircase or floor-to-ceiling window. Looking back, we realized that many of our dream apartments were inspired by our favorite films. As a follow up to our list of the best movie bedrooms, we’ve rounded up 15 big-screen flats that are simply too good to be real, from Auntie Mame’s city splendor to Patrick Bateman’s minimalist bachelor pad. Add your suggestions in the comments. … Read More
Polaroids have been immortalizing actors on the sets of their latest project for decades now. The retro form of photography is generally utilized for makeup or continuity purposes, and on occasion, serves as a catalogue for on-set shenanigans. Actors such as Johnny Depp, Audrey Hepburn, and Jason Schwartzman have all mugged for (or in some cases, ignored) the camera in between takes, blurring the line between their fictional characters and reality. We’ve unearthed photographs from a few cinematic gems, both old and new, that provide an intimate glimpse at life on set of projects like Taxi Driver, The Office, and more. Venture behind-the-scenes with a collection of our favorite shots after the jump. … Read More
We hope that you love this time-lapse video of Tokyo set to the Blade Runner soundtrack as much as we do; the French filmmaker behind the project, Samuel Cockedey, shot the footage over the course of a year, mainly in the Shinjuku area, in tribute to two men who have influenced his own work — Ridley Scott and Vangelis.
“One great thing about shooting time lapses is that it forces you to slow down and do something you normally don’t: stop, watch and enjoy,” he recently explained in an interview. “It’s a time for contemplation. Most people have a quick look at a view and then move on to something else. But when you shoot a place for several hours, you can really let the view sink in, get a real sense of the surroundings, the noises, the smells, the small details. I guess you could call that a form of slow tourism.” Such a lovely way of describing it, right? … Read More