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May 21, 2010

Paul Verhoeven thinks Robocop is Jesus

Paul Verhoeven: ‘Robocop was a Jesus metaphor’
How you do [a remake] now, you’d have to go into all of the digital world, and I’m not sure that would improve the soul of the movie, you know? The point of Robocop, of course, it is a Christ story. It is about a guy who gets crucified in the first 50 minutes, and then is resurrected in the next 50 minutes, and then is like the supercop of the world, but is also a Jesus figure as he walks over water at the end. Walking over water was in the steel factory in Pittsburgh, and there was water there, and I put something just underneath the water so he could walk over the water and say that wonderful line, “I am not arresting you anymore.” Meaning, I’m going to shoot you. And that is of course the American Jesus.

Lando and Han

Lando Calrissian & Han Solo Reunited | TMZ.com lando-han-2010-100003991-credit.jpg
Thirty years after first starring as Lando Calrissian and Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back," Billy Dee Williams, 73, and Harrison Ford, 67, reunited at an anniversary screening of the classic film in Hollywood last night.

May 19, 2010

mc chris - Twin Peaks (Fan Video, 2010)

YouTube - Twin Peaks - MC Chris

The Hollywood scourge of teal & orange

Into The Abyss: Teal and Orange - Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness This is a fascinating--and nerdy--examination of the overuse of color grading a film digitally to be more teal & orange. Look, the guy below explains it better. I'd recommend clicking on the link.
The Cohen brothers ushered in the new era of digital color grading with their excellent 2000 film, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou." This was the first feature film to be entirely scanned into a computer, a process known as "Digital Intermediary", or DI. Once inside the computer, the colorist now had unheard of control over every element of the image. Imagine tweaking an entire movie with the tools and precision that one has with their still images using Photoshop, and you get some idea of what power was unleashed. But was that power used for good... Nooooooooooooooo, or course it wasn't! . . . This screenshot from the excellent color theory and exploration site, kuler, shows what happens when you apply complementary color theory to flesh tones. You see, flesh tones exist mostly in the orange range and when you look to the opposite end of the color wheel from that, where does one land? Why looky here, we have our old friend Mr. Teal. And anyone who has ever taken color theory 101 knows that if you take two complementary colors and put them next to each other, they will "pop", and sometimes even vibrate. So, since people (flesh-tones) exist in almost every frame of every movie ever made, what could be better than applying complementary color theory to make people seem to "pop" from the background. I mean, people are really important, aren't they?

Was Iron Man 2 originally a retelling of the Fisher King myth?

Movies | Fixing Iron Man 2 | Overthinking It The gents at "Overthinking It" make a pretty damn compelling argument for it.
I am willing to bet you my entire share of this year’s profits from Overthinking It that before the script got focus-grouped to death, the two plots did connect, and as a result the ending felt a lot less tacked on. How do I know? Because I’ve seen it before. Iron Man 2 is a corrupted version of a very ancient story, that’s been told in one form or another for something like a thousand years. And although this story is almost unrecognizable in the version of the movie made it to the theaters, you can still see traces left behind from an earlier draft. So let’s put on our private eye hats, and do that trick where you take a pencil and lightly shade in the blank sheet of paper left on the top of the memo pad, so you can see the impression left by whatever was written on top of that. Of course, this kind of speculation always runs the risk of being completely off-base: there’s a chance that I’m wrong, that we’ll just wind up uncovering a picture of a giant erection, like Jeff Bridges did in The Big Lebowski. But if I’m right, we will end up with…