Persistence of Vision



Persistence of Vision; the retention of a visual image for a short period of time after the removal of the stimulus that produced it: the phenomenon that produces the illusion of movement when viewing motion pictures.

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Point Blank (1967)

"Influenced by the French New Wave’s radical formal innovations, the European ennui of Michelangelo Antonioni’s films, and the genre revisionism of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, Boorman set out to make a thriller that looked and felt like nothing else before it, using widescreen Panavision cinematography, explosive colors, and a multi-layered soundtrack to re-envision the noir picture as highbrow Euro-art film. Whereas noirs generally boast a shadowy, expressionistic interplay between light and dark, Boorman casts most of his film in brilliant daylight and summery colors. Where noir creates a visual and thematic atmosphere of constriction and imprisonment, Boorman shoots everything in expansive widescreen that posits characters in oppressively open spaces and, when more than one person is on screen, at opposite ends of the frame. And instead of noir’s typically convoluted narratives involving plenty of unnecessary exposition, Boorman’s film is a model of silent visual storytelling that broke new ground in non-linear cinematic narrative construction."

Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

(via the-dark-city)

"…but above all I am a man. A hopelessly inquisitive man. Just like you." #RIPPhilipSeymourHoffman

"…but above all I am a man. A hopelessly inquisitive man. Just like you." #RIPPhilipSeymourHoffman

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

A tribute that shows what we just lost. 

If Filmmakers Directed the Super Bowl

Found this over on criterion.com and had to share.   I’d much rather watch some of these than tomorrow’s gamer though David Lynch’s version is a  bit scary.  That part, the Godard one and the Herzog one are the best ones.   enjoy.

Michael Mann’s #neo-noir debut, the #crime #classic  “Thief” , out today on #criterion collection dual-format #bluray / #dvd @criterion

Michael Mann’s #neo-noir debut, the #crime #classic “Thief” , out today on #criterion collection dual-format #bluray / #dvd @criterion

RIP Sir Run Run Shaw; Chinese entertainment mogul & philanthropist who co-founded Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studio and changed the face of the Hong Kong and world film industries forever.  He died today at 107 years old

RIP Sir Run Run Shaw; Chinese entertainment mogul & philanthropist who co-founded Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studio and changed the face of the Hong Kong and world film industries forever. He died today at 107 years old

Got the #Criterion Collection box set of #Zatoichi ; Japan’s longest running series with all 25 films in one of the most beautiful sets imaginable.

Got the #Criterion Collection box set of #Zatoichi ; Japan’s longest running series with all 25 films in one of the most beautiful sets imaginable.

New coffee table book perfect for a film fan: Guillermo Del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities. Filled with pictures from the director’s collections, essays by film makers, discussions of his inspirations and film by film notes & storyboards.

New coffee table book perfect for a film fan: Guillermo Del Toro’s “Cabinet of Curiosities. Filled with pictures from the director’s collections, essays by film makers, discussions of his inspirations and film by film notes & storyboards.

Well worth the wait. A love story ? A coming of age tale? A debate about the importance of authenticity and integrity in a world that demands compromise ? The latest Coen Brothers masterpiece is their most simple, yet most complex. I’ll be humming “Fare Thee Well, My Love ” all day. (at Coolidge Corner Theatre)

Well worth the wait. A love story ? A coming of age tale? A debate about the importance of authenticity and integrity in a world that demands compromise ? The latest Coen Brothers masterpiece is their most simple, yet most complex. I’ll be humming “Fare Thee Well, My Love ” all day. (at Coolidge Corner Theatre)

Top 10 Film Noir

Posted on the Guardian today, this list of the top 10 films in the Film Noir and Neo-Noir genre ( I actually agree with critics such as Paul Schrader who point out that noir is not a genre but an artistic movement specific to a a time period and place providing a tone and style within the crime genre ) as compiled by critics of The Guardian and the Observer.  All in all a pretty spot-on list.  It would be incredibly difficult to say that any of these films don’t belong on the list and you’d better be prepared to make a strong argument if you did.  If you’re feeling a bit dark after spending so much time with with your family and have some extra time on your hands, most of these can be found “on-demand” if you don’t already have them in your DVD/Blu-Ray collection in a “special edition” or “collector’s editon”.

( Note:  check out their other lists such as “horror”, “sci-fi”, and “western” for some other great compilations )