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Aug 6 '11
the rise of a star…the fall of a legend
in 1984, british newspaper reporter arthur stuart is investigating the career of 1970s glam rock star brian slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by american rock singer curt wild, whose show was quite crazy for his time.
dir.: todd haynesdrama / music1998
ewan mcgregor as curt wildjonathan rhys meyers as brian sladechristian bale as arthur stuarttoni collette as mandy slade
some facts:
- jonathan rhys meyers and ewan mcgregor sang their own songs in the movie. (some of rhys meyers’s songs were overdubbed by radiohead lead singer thom yorke.)- much of the dialog comes from oscar wilde’s writings.- osheen jones, who plays jack fairy as a little boy, is the son of howard jones, british pop star of the 1980s.- when brian first sees mandy, he says “do you jive?” that’s what david bowie is supposed to have said when he first saw his first wife, angela bowie.- the david bowie song “velvet goldmine,” though originally recorded for the “hunky dory” album, wasn’t officially released until 1975, being the b-side to the re-issue of the “space oddity” single.- todd haynes originally wanted to cast british pop star jarvis cocker as jack fairy.- the name of brian slade’s rock persona, “maxwell demon,” and that of his band, “the venus in furs”, are references to two of the key artists in the original glam rock movement: maxwell demon was the name of a band in which brian eno performed in england in the mid 60s, and “venus in furs” is the name of a song by lou reed and the velvet underground. songs by both artists are featured on the film’s soundtrack.- during the festival sequence where brian sees curt perform for the first time, ewan mcgregor was only due to moon the disgruntled crowd. but inspired by the antics of iggy pop, he improvised, and ended up gesticulating wildly while flashing the audience, leaping about with his trousers around his ankles.- when christian bale and ewan mcgregor were filming their sex scene, the director cut without letting them know, so the two continued to simulate the act until they realized the trick that had been played on them. - the film was originally supposed to feature some of david bowie’s music, hence the title. however, when bowie learned that the script for the film was partially based on the unauthorized biographies “stardust: the david bowie story”, written by henry edwards and tony zanetta and “backstage passes” written by bowie’s ex-wife angela bowie, he threatened the producers with a lawsuit. hence, no bowie songs were used, and the script was partially re-written to avoid unnecessary resemblance between bowie and the bowie-style character brian slade.- the curt wild character is mainly inspired by david bowie’s relationship with two american 1960’s underground rockers whose careers bowie resurrected, iggy pop and lou reed. iggy pop hailed from michigan and shared wild’s long blond locks, while reed underwent shock therapy for bisexuality as a teen and was rumored to have had an affair with bowie before their falling out after bowie produced reed’s album transformer. much central to the film is fictionalized such as the mythical, mysterious decade-long disappearance of “slade”, although he reincarnated himself as tommy stone, a blonde with a white suit (the ‘thin white duke’). bowie wasn’t as huge of a star as slade is depicted here and never withdrew for so long from the public-eye as did the film’s character. 
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the rise of a star…the fall of a legend

in 1984, british newspaper reporter arthur stuart is investigating the career of 1970s glam rock star brian slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by american rock singer curt wild, whose show was quite crazy for his time.

dir.: todd haynes
drama / music
1998

ewan mcgregor as curt wild
jonathan rhys meyers as brian slade
christian bale as arthur stuart
toni collette as mandy slade

some facts:

- jonathan rhys meyers and ewan mcgregor sang their own songs in the movie. (some of rhys meyers’s songs were overdubbed by radiohead lead singer thom yorke.)
- much of the dialog comes from oscar wilde’s writings.
- osheen jones, who plays jack fairy as a little boy, is the son of howard jones, british pop star of the 1980s.
- when brian first sees mandy, he says “do you jive?” that’s what david bowie is supposed to have said when he first saw his first wife, angela bowie.
- the david bowie song “velvet goldmine,” though originally recorded for the “hunky dory” album, wasn’t officially released until 1975, being the b-side to the re-issue of the “space oddity” single.
- todd haynes originally wanted to cast british pop star jarvis cocker as jack fairy.
- the name of brian slade’s rock persona, “maxwell demon,” and that of his band, “the venus in furs”, are references to two of the key artists in the original glam rock movement: maxwell demon was the name of a band in which brian eno performed in england in the mid 60s, and “venus in furs” is the name of a song by lou reed and the velvet underground. songs by both artists are featured on the film’s soundtrack.
- during the festival sequence where brian sees curt perform for the first time, ewan mcgregor was only due to moon the disgruntled crowd. but inspired by the antics of iggy pop, he improvised, and ended up gesticulating wildly while flashing the audience, leaping about with his trousers around his ankles.
- when christian bale and ewan mcgregor were filming their sex scene, the director cut without letting them know, so the two continued to simulate the act until they realized the trick that had been played on them.
- the film was originally supposed to feature some of david bowie’s music, hence the title. however, when bowie learned that the script for the film was partially based on the unauthorized biographies “stardust: the david bowie story”, written by henry edwards and tony zanetta and “backstage passes” written by bowie’s ex-wife angela bowie, he threatened the producers with a lawsuit. hence, no bowie songs were used, and the script was partially re-written to avoid unnecessary resemblance between bowie and the bowie-style character brian slade.
- the curt wild character is mainly inspired by david bowie’s relationship with two american 1960’s underground rockers whose careers bowie resurrected, iggy pop and lou reed. iggy pop hailed from michigan and shared wild’s long blond locks, while reed underwent shock therapy for bisexuality as a teen and was rumored to have had an affair with bowie before their falling out after bowie produced reed’s album transformer. much central to the film is fictionalized such as the mythical, mysterious decade-long disappearance of “slade”, although he reincarnated himself as tommy stone, a blonde with a white suit (the ‘thin white duke’). bowie wasn’t as huge of a star as slade is depicted here and never withdrew for so long from the public-eye as did the film’s character. 


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Jul 26 '11
enid and rebecca are social outsiders who, after graduating from high school, play a mean prank on a middle-aged geek.
dir.: terry zwigoffcomedy / drama2001
scarlett johansson as rebecca thora birch as enidsteve buscemi as seymour
facts:- this was the first film to receive an oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay based on a graphic novel or comic book.- when inside “zine-o-phobia”, visible is “pussey” a comic by daniel clowes, who wrote the graphic novel “ghost world” and co-wrote the screenplay. there is also visible “eightball” and “david boring”, also by daniel clowes. the unicorn painting shown in enid’s summer art class was also done by daniel clowes.- the colorful mexican movie posters in seymour’s room are authentic, and are by artist ernesto cabral.- the character of seymour is based in part on director terry zwigoff. like seymour, zwigoff is an avid collector of 1920’s jazz and blues records.- the shirt that enid wears with the smile and tongue is a pbloco shirt.- according to zwigoff, buscemi was so uncomfortable playing the role of seymour that whenever shooting was finished for the day, he would immediately change his clothes so he could look completely different.
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enid and rebecca are social outsiders who, after graduating from high school, play a mean prank on a middle-aged geek.

dir.: terry zwigoff
comedy / drama
2001

scarlett johansson as rebecca 
thora birch as enid
steve buscemi as seymour

facts:

- this was the first film to receive an oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay based on a graphic novel or comic book.
- when inside “zine-o-phobia”, visible is “pussey” a comic by daniel clowes, who wrote the graphic novel “ghost world” and co-wrote the screenplay. there is also visible “eightball” and “david boring”, also by daniel clowes. the unicorn painting shown in enid’s summer art class was also done by daniel clowes.
- the colorful mexican movie posters in seymour’s room are authentic, and are by artist ernesto cabral.
- the character of seymour is based in part on director terry zwigoff. like seymour, zwigoff is an avid collector of 1920’s jazz and blues records.
- the shirt that enid wears with the smile and tongue is a pbloco shirt.
- according to zwigoff, buscemi was so uncomfortable playing the role of seymour that whenever shooting was finished for the day, he would immediately change his clothes so he could look completely different.

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Jul 21 '11
a friendship between two twenty-something men is tested to its very limits when they go on a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.
dir.: gus van santadventure / drama / mystery2002
casey affleck / matt damon
facts:- it is the first film of van sant’s “death trilogy”, three films based on deaths that occurred in real life, and is succeeded by elephant and last days.- the film opens without any company credits, no actor or director credits, and not even the title of the movie, except for the miramax films logo in non-theatrical prints.- this film runs for about 100 minutes, and features exactly 100 shots, resulting in an average shot length of about 60 seconds.- the plot of the film shares some commonalities with the events surrounding the death of david coughlin.- it was shot in a semi-improvised style with a small crew in argentina, death valley, and the utah salt flats.- is dedicated to the memory of ken kesey, author of one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.
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a friendship between two twenty-something men is tested to its very limits when they go on a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.

dir.: gus van sant
adventure / drama / mystery
2002

casey affleck / matt damon

facts:

- it is the first film of van sant’s “death trilogy”, three films based on deaths that occurred in real life, and is succeeded by elephant and last days.
- the film opens without any company credits, no actor or director credits, and not even the title of the movie, except for the miramax films logo in non-theatrical prints.
- this film runs for about 100 minutes, and features exactly 100 shots, resulting in an average shot length of about 60 seconds.
- the plot of the film shares some commonalities with the events surrounding the death of david coughlin.
- it was shot in a semi-improvised style with a small crew in argentina, death valley, and the utah salt flats.
- is dedicated to the memory of ken kesey, author of one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

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Jun 16 '11
a fashionable contemporary art gallerist in chelsea, new york falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic satire of the state of contemporary art.
dir.: jonathan parker & manfred baumanncomedy / drama / music2009
adam goldberg as adrian jacobs, a young bohemian composermarley shelton as madeleine gray, a trendy new york art gallery owner
jonathan parker, a musician in his youth, is also a collector of the san francisco school of abstract expressionism, using many of his experiences in both worlds as a basis for (untitled).+: imdb

a fashionable contemporary art gallerist in chelsea, new york falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic satire of the state of contemporary art.

dir.: jonathan parker & manfred baumann
comedy / drama / music
2009

adam goldberg as adrian jacobs, a young bohemian composer
marley shelton as madeleine gray, a trendy new york art gallery owner

jonathan parker, a musician in his youth, is also a collector of the san francisco school of abstract expressionism, using many of his experiences in both worlds as a basis for (untitled).

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Jun 9 '11
the true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist.film adaptation of street tough jim carroll’s epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.biography / crime / dramadirector: scott kalvert1995leonardo dicaprio as jim carrollmark wahlberg as mickeylorraine bracco as jim’s motherjames madio as pedroernie hudson as reggiebruno kirby as swiftyjuliette lewis as diane moodysome facts:- after being nominated for an oscar for running on empty (1988), mtv asked river phoenix what he wanted to do next. he responded by pulling out a beat up paperback of “the basketball diaries” and stated “i wanted to play jim carroll.” later, the los angeles times declared, “river phoenix may have wanted it too much.” leonardo dicaprio was a fan of phoenix’s.- many links to the sopranos - lorraine bracco (dr melfi) plays jim’s mom. michael imperioli (christopher moltisanti) plays the friend who dies of leukemia. vincent pastore (big pussy) is the guy that gets spat on whilst on the ferry.- stephen lang was offered the role of jim’s basketball coach named swifty in the script. lang declined citing the misrepresentation of the book in the script. the part was subsequently toned down as a result.+: imdb+: jim carroll (wikipedia)

the true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist.
film adaptation of street tough jim carroll’s epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

biography / crime / drama
director: scott kalvert
1995

leonardo dicaprio as jim carroll
mark wahlberg as mickey
lorraine bracco as jim’s mother
james madio as pedro
ernie hudson as reggie
bruno kirby as swifty
juliette lewis as diane moody

some facts:

- after being nominated for an oscar for running on empty (1988), mtv asked river phoenix what he wanted to do next. he responded by pulling out a beat up paperback of “the basketball diaries” and stated “i wanted to play jim carroll.” later, the los angeles times declared, “river phoenix may have wanted it too much.” leonardo dicaprio was a fan of phoenix’s.
- many links to the sopranos - lorraine bracco (dr melfi) plays jim’s mom. michael imperioli (christopher moltisanti) plays the friend who dies of leukemia. vincent pastore (big pussy) is the guy that gets spat on whilst on the ferry.
- stephen lang was offered the role of jim’s basketball coach named swifty in the script. lang declined citing the misrepresentation of the book in the script. the part was subsequently toned down as a result.

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+: jim carroll (wikipedia)

May 25 '11
a woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small colorado town. in exchange, she agrees to work for them. as a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. yet her dangerous secret is never far away…drama / mistery / thrillerdirector: lars von trier2003nicole kidman as grace margaret mulliganpaul bettany as tom edisonsome facts:- was a critics’ favorite to win at the 2003 cannes film festival, but received no prizes.- a 15-minute pilot film was made in the pre-production phase to test whether the concept of chalk lines and spare scenery would work. the pilot starred danish actors sidse babett knudsen and nikolaj lie kaas. dogville: the pilot (2003) is featured on the 2nd disc of the dogville (2003) dvd, released in november of 2003.- the famed introductory scene of dogville seen from above was in fact generated by a computer from 156 individual shots. the ceiling of the filming studio was actually not tall enough to make one single, wide shot from above possible.- nicole kidman is said to have communicated very little with the rest of the team, apart from practical issues. however, she did invite the team for champagne and caviar and flew in mexican chefs to cook for everyone.- the pictures shown in the end credits are from jacob holdt’s book/documentary american pictures (1984)- when nicole kidman went to sweden to shoot this movie, it was the 1st time in 15 years that she had flown on a public plane.- jeremy davies originally intended to be von trier’s apprentice, not to act in the film. he wrote a letter to the director stating that he plans on being a filmmaker and wanted to learn from him. von trier invited him to the set, mentored davies, and gave him a small role in the film.- inscribed on the entrance to the old mineshaft is the latin motto “dictum ac factum”, which can be translated as “no sooner said than done”.- paul bettany didn’t want to play tom edison because they were shooting it in sweden. then his friend stellan skarsgård said that lars von trier’s shoots are so funny that “you’ll miss something extraordinary if you turn the part down”. after shooting half the movie bettany asked skarsgård when the fun will start, which skarsgård replied: “i lied. i did it because he is amazing to work with, and you wouldn’t be able to see that before you were actually here yourself. i wanted to give you a chance, and you wouldn’t have shown up if i had been frank with you”+: imdb

a woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small colorado town. in exchange, she agrees to work for them. as a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. yet her dangerous secret is never far away…

drama / mistery / thriller
director: lars von trier
2003

nicole kidman as grace margaret mulligan
paul bettany as tom edison

some facts:

- was a critics’ favorite to win at the 2003 cannes film festival, but received no prizes.
- a 15-minute pilot film was made in the pre-production phase to test whether the concept of chalk lines and spare scenery would work. the pilot starred danish actors sidse babett knudsen and nikolaj lie kaas. dogville: the pilot (2003) is featured on the 2nd disc of the dogville (2003) dvd, released in november of 2003.
- the famed introductory scene of dogville seen from above was in fact generated by a computer from 156 individual shots. the ceiling of the filming studio was actually not tall enough to make one single, wide shot from above possible.
- nicole kidman is said to have communicated very little with the rest of the team, apart from practical issues. however, she did invite the team for champagne and caviar and flew in mexican chefs to cook for everyone.
- the pictures shown in the end credits are from jacob holdt’s book/documentary american pictures (1984)
- when nicole kidman went to sweden to shoot this movie, it was the 1st time in 15 years that she had flown on a public plane.
- jeremy davies originally intended to be von trier’s apprentice, not to act in the film. he wrote a letter to the director stating that he plans on being a filmmaker and wanted to learn from him. von trier invited him to the set, mentored davies, and gave him a small role in the film.
- inscribed on the entrance to the old mineshaft is the latin motto “dictum ac factum”, which can be translated as “no sooner said than done”.
- paul bettany didn’t want to play tom edison because they were shooting it in sweden. then his friend stellan skarsgård said that lars von trier’s shoots are so funny that “you’ll miss something extraordinary if you turn the part down”. after shooting half the movie bettany asked skarsgård when the fun will start, which skarsgård replied: “i lied. i did it because he is amazing to work with, and you wouldn’t be able to see that before you were actually here yourself. i wanted to give you a chance, and you wouldn’t have shown up if i had been frank with you”

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Apr 26 '11

fear and desire

four soldiers trapped behind enemy lines must confront their fears and desires.

director, producer, cinematographer and editor: stanley kubrick
war / drama
1953

facts:

- kubrick’s 1st feature film.
- an original copy of the film was discovered at the puerto rican film laboratory.
- stanley kubrick got his uncle, a pharmacist, to put up most of the money to finance this film.
- kubrick later denounced this film as amateurish, saying he considered it like a child’s drawing on a fridge.
- stanley kubrick’s father cashed in his life insurance policy to help finance the film.
- stanley kubrick disowned the film soon after it’s release and wanted to make sure it was never seen again by not re-releasing the print. what he didn’t know was that kodak when making the print had a policy of making an extra print for their archives. it is this one that survives and where the dvd-r and vhs bootleg prints come from.

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Apr 15 '11
a poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle, and his love of heroin. hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.director: neil armfielddrama / romance 2006abbie cornish as candyheath ledger as dangeoffrey rush as casperluke davies (one of the writers) based the novel largely on his own life and experience; ledger’s character dan being a semi-autobiograpical creation.+: imdb"when you can stop, you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t."

a poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle, and his love of heroin. hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

director: neil armfield
drama / romance 
2006

abbie cornish as candy
heath ledger as dan
geoffrey rush as casper

luke davies (one of the writers) based the novel largely on his own life and experience; ledger’s character dan being a semi-autobiograpical creation.

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"when you can stop, you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t."

Apr 8 '11
3 teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. the trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. hence ‘the sea’ refers to a large armchair and ‘zombies’ are little yellow flowers. having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the über-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission.dir.: giorgos lanthimosdrama2009in 2011 it became only the 5th ever greek film to be nominated for an oscar. the last film nominated from greece was ifigeneia (1977).+: imdb

3 teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. the trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. any word that comes from beyond their family abode is instantly assigned a new meaning. hence ‘the sea’ refers to a large armchair and ‘zombies’ are little yellow flowers. having invented a brother whom they claim to have ostracized for his disobedience, the über-controlling parents terrorize their offspring into submission.

dir.: giorgos lanthimos
drama
2009

in 2011 it became only the 5th ever greek film to be nominated for an oscar. the last film nominated from greece was ifigeneia (1977).

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Mar 17 '11
a genius con artist put to work by the nazis. a survivor’s tale you’ve never seen before.die fälscher (aka the counterfeiters) is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the nazis in 1936. salomon “sally” sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. he lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in berlin during the nazi-era. suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by superintendent friedrich herzog. immediately thrown into the mauthausen concentration camp, salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of sachsenhausen. upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with herzog, who is there on a secret mission. hand-picked for his unique skill, salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program operation bernhard. the team, which also includes detainee adolf burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance.dir.: stefan ruzowitzkycrime / drama / war2007karl markovics as salomon ‘sally’ sorowitschaugust diehl as adolf burgerdevid striesow as sturmbannführer friedrich herzogfirst austrian film to win an academy award in the best foreign language film category.

a genius con artist put to work by the nazis. a survivor’s tale you’ve never seen before.

die fälscher (aka the counterfeiters) is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the nazis in 1936. salomon “sally” sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. he lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in berlin during the nazi-era. suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by superintendent friedrich herzog. immediately thrown into the mauthausen concentration camp, salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of sachsenhausen. upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with herzog, who is there on a secret mission. hand-picked for his unique skill, salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program operation bernhard. the team, which also includes detainee adolf burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance.


dir.: stefan ruzowitzky
crime / drama / war
2007

karl markovics as salomon ‘sally’ sorowitsch
august diehl as adolf burger
devid striesow as sturmbannführer friedrich herzog

first austrian film to win an academy award in the best foreign language film category.