Our Ramin Setoodeh and Peter Travers aren’t so hot on Woody Allen’s latest, ‘To Rome With Love.’
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” Opened On This Date In 1981
It’s the movie Hollywood was born to make, and was born making. It has buried treasures and Nazi villains, poison darts and mystical wraiths, damsels in distress and Arabian swordsmen, snake pits, submarines, booby-trapped jungle caverns, Himalayan taverns, Egyptian bazaars and an archaeologist hero with the grit of Bogart, the dash of Gable and the fearlessness of Superman. It’s called “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and it’s about as pure an example of the Hollywood summer movie as anything since “Jaws” and “Star Wars.”
Newsweek June 15, 1981
Tim Hetherington, Diary, 2010.
The year since the tragic death of Tim Hetherington has been a mix of mourning and celebration, for the loss of a young artist with incredible potential, yet one who made a great deal of powerful work within his lifetime. Though the exhibition of his work at Yossi Milo Gallery ended a month ago, one of the most remarkable works from the show is continually available online.
Diary is Hetherington’s stream of consciousness—a nonlinear sequence blurring the boundaries between foreign battlegrounds and the bucolic pastures of home. Yet the terms of war and peace are superseded by the internal struggle for meaning in the face of alienation—a battle fought both in times of conflict and comfort. Altogether this composition of cross-fading associations dramatically presents the way Hetherington sensed space, movement, and emotion.
His description of the work, as quoted from the Vimeo host page:
‘Diary’ is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.
Camera + Directed by Tim Hetherington
Edit + Sound design by Magali Charrier
19’ 08 / 2010
This is wild.
Remembering “Alien” And Anticipating “Prometheus”
Sprung from the gelatinous innards of an obscene egg on some far-off planet, a hideous, squidlike thing leaps onto the startled face of a hapless astronaut. Yuck! What could be more basic than “Alien”? A crew of space travelers on a commercial mission picks up a strange organism on a remote planet and brings it aboard ship, where it disappears, metamorphoses and proceeds to eat our heroes one by one.
Newsweek June 18, 1979
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Head spinning! But let’s look on the bright side— a new director for the trilogy’s sequel, Catching Fire, could be interesting.
Vanity Fair reports that the series had some high-profile directorial suitors in the past, including Sam Mendes (Away We Go, Revolutionary Road, Jarhead, Road to Perdition, American Beauty), Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), and Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I Am Legend, and… wati for it… Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” music video). Of course we can dream beyond this interesting trio as well.
Who would you pick to direct the rest of the series?
How did you end up writing a sequel to Drive?
One day my agent Vicky Bijur called. The producers were asking if there’d be a sequel to Drive. Of course not, I harrumphed—being an artiste and all. I hung up the phone and sat there with the image of a woman leaning against a wall, bleeding out. I wrote the first page and was hooked.
Apparently James Sallis, author of the book ‘Drive,’ has written a sequel.
Meanwhile, Ryan Gosling totes saved a woman from being hit by a taxi Tuesday evening. (Related: Ryan Gosling memes)