‘Watermark’ is a Documentary Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen Before

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Water. It covers 71% of the Earth’s surface. It’s vital for all known forms of life. It’s pure, it’s beautiful, and it’s awfully artistic, as seen in its leading role within Watermark, a documentary exploring “the extent to which humanity has shaped water, and how it has shaped us.” It’s the result of taking two award-winning documentary directors, Jennifer Bachiwal and Nick de Pencier, and soaking them with renowned Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky. While living beautifully on the big screen, this film can just as easily find a home on a gallery wall. It’s an amazingly produced documentary that’s excels in every category of film making, combining several elements to ultimately transform the way you think about water and your relationship to it.

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Nick Partyka

April 22, 2014 / By

‘Jupiter Ascending’ Trailer, The New Film from The Wachowskis

'Jupiter Ascending' Trailer, The New Film from The Wachowskis

I’m a big fan of the Wachowskis and their work. The Matrix was game-changing, and I was a huge fan of Cloud Atlas, and now it seems like they’ve kept their momentum steady with the upcoming release of Jupiter Ascending.

Set in the future where gods rule over humans, Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine (Channing Tatum), an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe’s next leader.

I feel like good sci-fi (like next level crazy ideas that make your brain hurt) kind of sci-fi is hard to come by, but the Wachowskis are certainly pushing it. The futuristic parts of Cloud Atlas were pretty fantastic and this feels like an extension of that. Sign me up.

Bobby Solomon

April 1, 2014 / By

Laurent Durieux’s Fantastic Retro-Futuristic Movie Posters

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If you’re a fan of pop-culture, movies and retro-tinged illustrations then you’re bound to love the work of Laurent Durieux, a graphic artist and illustrator from Brussels. No matter what the genre, Laurent’s work is beautifully unique, often with a retro-futuristic vibe and plenty of sharp compositions with eye-catching details. His images have the ability to be filled with a wonderful sense of drama and story and his concepts pay great tribute to the films that he loves.

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Philip Kennedy

March 10, 2014 / By

The Radical Psychedelia of “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

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In sci-fi circles, it’s considered a classic. Why it’s not a core book in high school English baffles me. But Dune is probably one of the only modern stories, so intricate and meticulous, that filmmakers have never failed to satiate the ardent fan base. David Lynch’s version seemed to only please Frank Herbert himself, getting eviscerated in the editing booth. The Sci-Fi Channel miniseries in 2000 was remarkable for its visuals (in 2000… who knows what we’d do with modern CGI) yet loses itself in a subplot of woeful trajectory.

Thus comes Jodorowsky’s Dune, a film by Frank Pavich, about one of the (possibly) greatest movies never made. Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean filmmaker / writer / mystic, is most well known for his cult-classics The Holy Mountain and El Topo, but also his amazing graphic novel The Incal. Given the very first chance to adapt Dune to film, Jodorowsky’s legendary imagination was unleashed onto Arrakis. With HR Giger doing stage design before Alien, Dali playing the Emperor, and David Carradine as Leto Atreides, this already sounds like the coolest movie I’ve never seen. In describing his vision Jodorowsky stated about the spice at the center of the story,

In my version, the spice is a blue drug with spongy consistency filled with a vegetable-animal life endowed with consciousness, the highest level of consciousness. It does not stop taking all kinds of forms, while stirring up unceasingly. The spice continuously produces the creation of the innumerable universes.

Just wow. The documentary comes out March 24th. This gonna be good.

Alec Rojas

February 21, 2014 / By

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