Monthly Archives: January 2011

Best Picture + Legos = Awesome

I’m stealing this link from the front page because it’s the kind of idea that is so great and easy to do that I wish I’d thought of it.  The pictures are from Alex Eylar’s Flickr page (which not only features tons of Lego scenes, but also is named after a Professor Frink quote [which itself is a parody of Jerry Lewis, but I digress]).  Here’s a few.  I can’t encourage you enough to check out more.

And The Nominees Are

True Grit -- Photo by Alex Eylar

And The Nominees Are

Black Swan -- Photo by Alex Eylar

And The Nominees Are

Inception -- Photo by Alex Eylar


Movie Poster Cliches

I’m a huge fan of movie posters and can be frequently heard bemoaning the fact that, with all the money pumped into advertising campaigns, the majority of the posters are horrendously uninteresting.  Given how many of the posters on this 7 Romantic Comedy Cliches list from Empire are for pretty awful films, you’d think they’d at least try to make the most interesting poster possible to hook some people (like a lot of B-movie and Grindhouse promoters did).  It’s especially dispiriting when there are people like Olly Moss and a million other people coming up with cool posters for movies just for fun (granted, some of the posters require some foreknowledge of the film).

Anyway, here’s just some of what you’ll see.  It’s especially fun to see which actors recur in the most posters.

How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days (2003) Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Trailer Wednesday

If I’m not careful, this feature will end up posting trailers the day of their Hollywood release.  But fear not.  I won’t let that happen.  For your sake.  Onto the new films!

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster

My Dog Tulip

Casino Jack

Slappy New Year!

So it’s a little late for that post title, but “Slapsgiving” was already taken.  And if there’s one thing I know in this world, it’s that people love seeing people getting slapped by people (may need to substitute species for some clips).  I only wish the following wasn’t movies only so the “Glove Slap” episode of the Simpsons and the aforementioned How I Met Your Mother could be included.  Enjoy!

Lance Bangs and The Hollywood Theatre! (Update)

Update — In addition to everything below, Mister Heavenly will be playing featuring members of Man Man, Islands, Modest Mouse and Michael Cera (the person, as far as I know, there is no band named Michael Cera) to “A Few of My Favorite Things”!

We’ve got two super special events coming up with Lance Bangs, who is pretty much affiliated with everything awesome ever (or at least in the last 20 years).  You can click the title of the programs for tickets.

This first, Lance Bangs presents “A Few of My Favorite Things” is Thursday, February 3 at 8 PM at the Holocene.  He’ll be…

…assembling the best of what I admire in contemporary artwork, Super 8mm films, comedians, music, storytelling, and conceptual presentations from across the US and flying them into Portland for one special evening. Proceeds are going to the non-profit Hollywood Theatre, and we need you to buy tickets and come out and experience it all.

In addition to this event, on Friday, February 4 at 7:30 PM Lance Bangs will present Laughter in the Breeze 1990-2010: A Selection of Films by Lance Bangs at the Hollywood Theatre.  He will introduce each selection there will be a Q&A moderated by Sarah Mirk.

Filmmaker Lance Bangs will present rare work from over the past 20 years.

Early Super 8mm films, short documentaries, tour projections, music videos, personal films, and stray television transmissions.

Subjects include female motorcycle clubs, Belle & Sebastian, parking lots, The Black Keys, skateboarding, Dave Chappelle, R.E.M., Jackass, trampolines,  laundromats, David Cross, Will Oldham, Maurice Sendak, and Neutral Milk Hotel.

Web Piracy

This blog post is pretty old (June 2010, so old in internet time), but it just came to my attention care of John August.  It’s an incredibly interesting exchange between a teenage girl and Jason Robert Brown (who I’m not familiar with, but who is a very accomplished songwriter) on sharing copyrighted material on the internet.  It’s pretty obvious who will take which side and I’ve got to say, as someone who still buys albums and movies, I side with Mr. Brown (I also have a lot of thoughts on the subject, but this isn’t the place to share them).  Here’s a few quotes to intrigue:

Eleanor — If you’re really who you claim to be, then I assume you know that Parade, Last Five Years, 13 The Musical, etc. are all genius pieces of work and that a lot of people who would love to have that sheet music can’t afford it. Thus the term “starving artist.” Performers really need quick and easy ways to attain good sheet music and you’re stopping a lot of people from getting what they need. It matters a great deal to them that they can get it for free. Why does it matter so much to you that they don’t?

JRB — You assume that because a good thing comes from an illegal act, it’s therefore mitigated. That’s nonsense. I’m glad people want to sing my songs, and I’m glad that when other people hear them, they enjoy them – that doesn’t mean I surrender my right to get paid for providing the sheet music.

Anyway, click the link above.  It’s always interesting hearing the creator’s perspective on the issue (see Gary Larson for another example).  And definitely follow the link provided in the “All Right, One Last Thing” post-script.

Grindhouse at the NWFC

Just going to reprint the press release for you all, but add some trailers.

Starting this Saturday at the Northwest Film Center, I’m proud to present SHAOLIN CINEMA: HONG KONG FILMS OF THE LATE 70’s AND EARLY 80’s.  By the late 1970’s, fight choreographers-turned-

directors such as Lau Kar Leung, Tang Chia, and Yuen Woo Ping were bringing martial arts cinema to it’s apex, delivering bone-crushing films about martial arts masters blending Buddhist teachings with deadly fighting styles.  I’m programming this series from extremely rare 35mm prints that I’ve unearthed over the past few years.  All screenings take place at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located at 1219 SW Park Ave.  Film descriptions and all information on the website:

Saturday January 22nd at 9pm
36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) Gordon Liu enters the 36 chambers.  This is one of the greatest movies ever made, hands down.  Don’t miss it!

Friday January 28th at 9pm
AVENGING EAGLE (1978) Ti Lung and Fu Sheng combat a wide array of savage martial arts weaponry!  This is the only known 35mm print of this film.

Saturday January 29th at 7pm
OPIUM AND THE KUNG FU MASTER (1984) A martial arts master becomes a drug addict, and must first learn to defeat his inner demons before he can crush the skulls of his enemies.

Friday February 4th at 9pm
BASTARD SWORDSMAN (1983) Wu-Tang forever.

Saturday February 5th at 7pm
SNAKE IN THE EAGLES SHADOW (1978) Jackie Chan’s breakthrough role, an evil high-kicking eagle claw master, a kung fu Jesus, and a death-match between a cat and a cobra.  This is one of the greatest kung fu movies of all time.