“…this essay subjects a single film to a series of deformations: the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain. Accompanying more than twenty original audiovisual deformations in still image, GIF, and video formats, the essay considers both what each new version reveals about the film (and cinema more broadly) and how we might engage with the emergent derivative aesthetic object created by algorithmic practice as a product of the deformed humanities.”—Jason Mittell, “Deformin’ in the Rain: How (and Why) to Break a Classic Film.” Digital Humanities Quarterly. 2021. Vol. 15. No. 1.
I thought this approach of altering a film to better understand aspects of it is a pretty interesting technique that could be applied to a wide variety of artistic media. Film is perhaps more interesting because it can incorporate many different elements.
“Starting back in 2007, when we favored a more conventional top 10 list, this playlist celebrates ALL the winners of our ‘Short of the Year’ prize – if you ever wondered what are the best short films ever featured on S/W, this playlist is a good place to start.”—Rob Munday, “Short of the Year Playlist.” shortoftheweek.com. February 9, 202
“Making a list of movies that seem underrated or underappreciated is one thing; accounting for the ones that generate religious fervor is another,” Adam Nayman writes in this history of the cult movie. “Cult films come in all varieties—and sometimes with vigorous debate about their status attached—but genuine, possessive devotion is the baseline.”-The Ringer Staff, “The 50 Best Cult Movies.” TheRinger.com. January 25, 2021
Uncle Frank is a wonderful movie. I don’t want to review it or summarize it. I just want to recommend it. The rest I leave to you.
Puzzle is a movie about the transformation of a mousey, suburban mom into a real person, complex and willing to stand up for herself. I love coming-of-age movies, but one featuring a woman in her 40s with grown children, was so much better for reasons I cannot quite put my finger on. Kelly Macdonald’s performance is inspired. Highly recommended.
“Kevin Senzaki, confirmed sound wizard and also storyboard artist for VGHS and other RocketJump projects, covers the basics of what storyboards are used for and why. He also covers who typically creates them, what formats they come in, and the different styles and elements that are most often used to create clear and informative boards. If you are totally averse to drawing of any kind, you’re in luck– Kevin also shows you some alternatives to storyboards that can help you achieve the same goals in planning out your film.”
“Cinetrii analyses reviews to infer possible inspirations behind a film. Enter a title to find other works that may have inspired (or been inspired by) it, along with the quotes that determine the connection.”—https://cinetrii.com/