Friday, August 14, 2009

But that's my name, now I have to see it

Horror's Not Dead alerted me to this upcoming Swiss film called Cargo. From the Quiet Earth website:

The story of CARGO takes place on rusty space-freighter KASSANDRA on its way to Station 42. The young medic Laura is the only one awake while the rest of the crew lies frozen in hibernation sleep. In 4 months Laura's shift be over.

During her daily patrols, through the eerily empty ship, Laura begins to get the feeling that she is not alone on-board. A discovery mission in the dark and ice-cold cargo hold ends in catastrophe. The remainder of the crew is awakened. A cat and mouse game begins in which nothing is what it seems. What lies hidden in the strange freight containers and who, or what, is also on-board?

And because Arbogast showed us some windows yesterday, here's a window from the official Cargo website

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

10 Film Books

Two posts in one day after weeks of nothing, it can only mean that I am avoiding doing something else I should be doing, in this case my homework (Jess is going to yell at me).

In May a meme went out from The Dancing Image to list the 10 film books that had the greatest impact on you and your film viewing/views of film. It was open to all that read the post and I have spent the last months reading the responses and buying books because of it. Because although I stopped collecting dvds with the advent of Netflix, libraries just don't do enough for me and I simply MUST BUY MORE BOOKS. To get to the point, growing up my film reading consisted of biographies: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Gene Tierney, Louise Brooks and on and on. Other than reading From Reverence to Rape and The Genius of the System, I did not read books to learn about film, I read to learn about the actors. Now having grown up a bit, I am worshiping at the feet of sooo many film bloggers who all know far more than I and are able to write about film very eloquently. (see sidebar which is woefully inadequate, there are many more I need to add). So without any further ado, here is my list of 10 books I have purchased after reading what others have read or because of some other film blog influence:

  • A History of the French New Wave Cinema, Richard Neupert
  • American Movie Critics, ed. by Philip Lopate
  • Trash Cinephile, Blake Ryan
  • Ozu, Donald Richie
  • Essential Cinema, Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • 10,000 Ways to Die, Alex Cox
  • Godard on Godard
  • How to Read a Film, James Monaco
  • Asia Shock, Patrick Galloway
  • Surrealism and Cinema, Michael Richardson

Does a subscription to Cinema Retro count as well?

I'm not going to tag anyone because I'm pretty sure everyone has already been tagged. And now all I need is time to read them all.

Today in Movie History

Instead of getting ready for work I thought I'd google and see what happened today in movie history. The first thing I discovered is that it is the 15th anniversary of Peter Cushing's death. That's sad, I'm quite fond of him. Being a Hammer fan, He was in a lot of my favorite films.

I re-googled to find some happier news and discovered that on this day way back in 1963, Matango opened. Last summer when we took Professor Fred's film class which, was a survey of incredibly B movies, we watched Matango but it was called Attack of the Mushroom People for American audiences. I should have reviewed it for Greg's ode to Ed Wood. Matango is laughably horrible but entertaining and is the movie I remember most from the film class.

The movie is from Toho Studios, home of Godzilla, Mothra, et al. A small yacht carrying 5 people is blown off course to an island where the only food they can find is roots and turtle eggs until the mushrooms are discovered. They take shelter in a much larger shipwreck on the island and set about trying to stay alive and repair their boat so they can leave the island. You can pretty much guess what happens once the mushrooms are eaten.