MUTO – A wall-painted animation by BLU

Posted: March 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Films | Tags: | Comments Off on MUTO – A wall-painted animation by BLU

Evolution through art?


MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.


PGA – Monsters vs Aliens Screening

Posted: March 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – Monsters vs Aliens Screening
PGA Screening Committee & DreamWorks Animation presents
Monsters vs. Aliens
Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm
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Produced by Lisa Stewart
Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Story by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
Screenplay by Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky and Rob Letterman and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Starring Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd and Stephen Colbert
When California girl Susan Murphy (REESE WITHERSPOON) is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall.  The military jumps into action and Susan is captured and put into a secret government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and held along with a ragtag group of Monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D. (HUGH LAURIE); the macho half-ape, half-fish, The Missing Link (WILL ARNETT); the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B. (SETH ROGEN); and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, The President (STEPHEN COLBERT) is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the alien robot and save the world from imminent destruction.

Running time: 94 minutes, Release date: March 27, 2009
Rated PG for sci-fi action, some crude humor and mild language.

Duplicity

Posted: March 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Duplicity

Tonight was the New York premiere of Duplicity, the new film by Tony Gilroy and staring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. It was an entertaining film, with enough twists to provide surprises and avoid predictability. The premiere was at the veritable Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street.

Tony, a PGA member, gave a few quick words, thanked the stars and people who worked on the film, we all cheered and applauded and then he showed off his latest film. The post premiere party was held in the Ziegfelds party room downstairs.


World Builder

Posted: March 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, IA & UX, Transmedia | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on World Builder

Bruce Branit has been fortunate to enjoy two viral videos.

His first one, perhaps the first real “web short” was 405 The Movie, which depicts a 757 landing on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. At the time of its release in June 2000, it was an amazing production.

The latest short film he has made, which has also gone viral, is “World Builder”. The “official” description says “A strange man uses holographic tools to build a world for the woman he loves.”

Bruce presents a very interesting “holodeck” and the way the environments user interface is depicted is very well conceived.


Neo’s birthday was September 11, 2001…

Posted: August 21st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Films | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

What an awesome find. Here is a picture of Thomas Anderson, a.k.a. Neo, passport and his birthday is September 11, 2001…

Neo's passport with 911 birthday


Horton Hears a Who

Posted: March 23rd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Entertainment, Films, PGA | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

The PGA hosted “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who” this Saturday (March 22, 2008) at the Scandinavia House Screening Room. This is part of a series of age (and time appropriate) screeners that Mitzie and I are working on with the Screening Committee to bring these films to our members kids. We have some excellent films in the pipeline this year for this series.
Horton is an enjoyable film and the best adaptation of a Dr. Seuss story on film yet (in my opinion). Our members kids had a great time and we gave out Horton Ears after the film. Many thanks to Blue Sky and Twentieth Century Fox.



WALL-E

Posted: March 20th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Entertainment, Films, Robots, Video | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

700 Years into the future, mankind leaves our planet.
Leaving Earth’s cleanup in the hands of one incredible machine.

His name is WALL-E…

WALL-E is going to be the best Pixar film yet. The story is incredible and the animation work and direction continues the tradition of pushing the envelope at Pixar.


Sir Arthur C. Clarke, RIP

Posted: March 19th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Entertainment, Films, Music, WGA | Tags: | Comments Off on Sir Arthur C. Clarke, RIP

The first film I remember seeing was 2001 РA Space Odyssey based on the story by Arthur C. Clarke and directed by Stanley Kubrick. My dad took me to see it in CinemaScope (sort of like IMAX today) and it had a profound effect on my young mind. To this day, my favorite film sequence is the Space Waltz docking of the Pan Am Clipper and the Torus Space Station beautifully set to Johann Strauss II, An der sch̦nen blauen Donau.

Over the years I have read many of Sir Clarke’s books, stories and articles. It always impressed me how much of a visionary he was, and often how correct his stories and predictions were when that future he wrote about became part of our reality.