Are we in the middle of Mondo’s busiest week ever? It’s certainly starting to feel that way. For the past 24 hours, new announcements have dropped with clockwork regularity, revealing new prints from Limited Paper-favored artists like Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, and JC Richards, and most of that is on top of the heavily-hyped, sure-to-be-awesome, in-all-likelihood-record-selling Stout & Taylor show opening at the Mondo Gallery on Friday evening. What do these prints look like, when can you get ‘em, and what can you expect in the way of coverage from Limited Paper over the next few days? Find out after the jump, folks.
In case you hadn’t heard, we now have a new “Greatest Film of All Time.” Every 10 years, BFI’s Sight & Sound magazine polls a number of film experts to come up with a definitive list of the greatest films of all time. These experts include critics, academics, writers, and programmers, and this year 846 such people participated in the poll. Citizen Kane has topped the list every time since 1962, but this year Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful Vertigo overtook Orson Wells’ opus to be named the new “Greatest Film of All Time.”
Sight & Sound also conducts a poll of filmmakers, and this year 358 directors (including the likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Edgar Wright) yielded a significantly different Top 10 list with Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 pic Tokyo Story taking the top spot. Though lists of this sort are by definition subjective, these Top 10s are worth perusing and act as a great guide for film fans looking to deepen their cinematic palate. Hit the jump to take a look at both lists.
I’m a big fan of David O’Daniel‘s movie posters. I dig the designs and the metallic and iridescent inks really make the image pop. He also takes on popular movies as well as art house fare. This time he’s got new posters for The Birds (edition of 250), The Exorcist (edition of 200), The Shining (edition of 200), Metropolis (edition of 300), Repulsion (edition of 200), The Third Man (edition of 150 and each Third Man poster comes with a free poster for Brighton Rock), Rosemary’s Baby (edition of 200) Taxi Driver (edition of 200), and Shoot the Piano Player (edition of 150). All posters are 18×24, cost $40 plus $9 domestic shipping or $15 international shipping. Hit the jump to check out the posters and the purchase link.
When you think of Albert Brooks, most don’t think “tough guy.” But after his stellar performance as Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, I think Brooks might have a lot of casting directors calling. At least I hope they do. Because I’d love to see Brooks take on more movie roles as he’s been very selective over the past decade.
Anyway, the other day I spoke to Brooks and we talked about a wide variety of subjects. We discussed why he agreed to take on Drive and his response to the critical success. We talked about just how much he improvised in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, the possibility of Defending Your Life coming to Blu-ray, his thoughts on Finding Nemo getting a 3D re-release, and the roles he turned down that he still thinks about. Finally, I asked if he plans to direct another movie. Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.
Director Martin Scorcese’s 1976 film Taxi Driver is beyond iconic: its groundbreaking visuals are instantly recognizable by anyone, even those who haven’t seen the film. Later this month, publisher Taschen is scheduled to release a collection of stills from the film snapped by set photographer Steven Shapiro, touted as ‘previously unseen.’ The book is edited by Paul Duncan, and Scorcese himself penned the forward. Judging by the preview photos, the book looks gorgeous, even by Taschen standards. The Deluxe Edition, including a protective case, is limited to 1,000 copies. If you’d like this tome to adorn your coffee table, Amazon has it up for pre-order now for a hefty $700 (link here: Steve Schapiro, Taxi Driver). Hit the jump for some images from the book and more info:
Having a nice Monday morning? Yeah, that’s about to end because your head exploding will really ruin your day. While this is just a rumor, EarthTimes reports [via the Copenhagen Film Magazine Ekko] that director Lars von Trier (Antichrist) spoke with Martin Scorsese at the Berlin Film Festival about remaking his classic 1976 film, Taxi Driver. With the blood now oozing out of your ears, here’s the best part: Robert De Niro should reprise his role as Travis Bickle.
Even if this is 100% bullshit, it has a delightful hint of possibility. The project sounds reminiscent of von Trier’s The Five Obstructions (where he challenged Jørgen Leth to remake his short The Perfect Human five times, each time with more restrictive conditions on how he could shoot or edit the film) and perhaps Scorsese and De Niro would find a Taxi Driver remake fascinating. But while this gimmick is an interesting starting point, von Trier and Scorsese would have to find a way to twist the story that makes it worth telling again.
Oh, conjecture and wild speculation. You are my true valentines.