This was just absolutely fantastic. The Awl is one of the places I wish I read more but tend to skip over quite a bit. I’m so happy I was able to come across this because there are so many gems.
► DISTANT - Game Trailer
This looks pretty interesting, but I’m not really sure what to take from it. Distant is another game from Built by Snowman but I was much more excited for Where Cards Fall, another upcoming game from them. We saw the first trailer for Where Cards Fall back in August so I’m hoping there won’t be any delays with what I presume is a small team working on two upcoming games1.
They are, however, working with different partners for each game, which I’m sure helps a little bit.↩
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► The One Moment - OK go
Holy crap. This is just incredible. The thought and time that had to go into this 4 seconds and change is just mind blowing.
And a short behind the scenes video where they talk about nailing all of this in a matter of seconds:
► Come Together - a film by Wes Anderson - H&M
“Not now” just feels like a quick, snappy line from a Wes Anderson film, as does everything else that we see throughout this four minute short film. I just wish there were more short films of this high quality out there. As a whole, short films just seem to be a very much under appreciated medium. This definitely takes the cake for the best holiday commercial this year.
As a side note: Apple’s holiday commercial, Frankie’s Holiday, with Brad Garrett was pretty solid too but it still comes nowhere close to Come Together.
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Frank Ocean has been one of the most impressive artists to surface in a long time. Channel Orange was an instant hit and it’s no surprise that people got frustrated for how long it took for the next album to drop. It was well worth the wait, of course, and one of the things that makes him so special. He knows what he excels at and what he has to do to make something that is special to him.
I enjoyed this entire profile on Ocean by Joe Caramanica at the New York Times, but it was the last part that really spoke to me.
Now he’s finished laughing, back in control. “This has always been my life and no one else’s,” he said, “and that’s how it’s always been since the day I came in it.”
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► Trailers Vol. 003
I was a big fan of The Wolverine and thought it was a lot better than the general consensus seemed to be. I couldn’t be more excited for Logan. I never read the comic series Old Man Logan but this seems to be largely based around that and takes an entirely different approach to superhero movies in general.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Teaser
I was a huge fan of the first Guardians film just like everyone else and this teaser trailer seems to hit all the right beats moving. I am worried, however, that they might try to do too much with this one.
I can’t say that I know much about writer/director Jim Jarmusch but from what I have read, it tends to be difficult to instill his films into a two minute trailer. Regardless of that fact, I still think there is a lot in this trailer that looks interesting and it could be a potential hit, at least critically.
Frank & Lola
This appears to be a captivating, and anxiety-filled movie. There is quite a lot going on and it has a thriller sensibility, at least in the way the trailer has portrayed it but I think there is a lot more going on than what is presented here which is always a good thing. This comes from another writer/director, but as opposed to Jim Jarmusch, this will be Matthew Ross’ debut feature film.
This film has a very silimar ascetic to Frank & Lola, at least based on the trailers. Written and directed by Tom Ford, yes, the designer, and apparently this is his second film after A Single Man, which seems like it actually got a fair amount of praise critically. Add in all of the great talent in this film and there might be something here.
Rules Don’t Apply
A movie centered around the eccentricities of Howard Hughes, starring writer/director Warren Beaty, with a star studded cast around him. It feels very much like a mix between Hail! Caesar and Saving Mr. Banks.
It must be a wonderful thing to be a part of the Coppola/Schwartzman family with all they have done in film and music. Dreamland is directed by Robert Schwartzman, and features his brother, Jason Schwartzman as a co-lead in the film. It’s yet another movie focused around relationships with a very old-timey feel. I’m really interested to see how this debut film compares to the rest of the family tree.
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