Vying for the attention of a foxy film buff? In the Seattle vicinity and searching for something to do? Or are you simply a cinema-appreciating citizen of the world, with a thirst for knowledge about the latest, greatest, weirdest developments in moving pictures?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you should know: The Seattle International Film Festival (aka SIFF)—the largest and most highly attended fest of its kind—is happening now through June 9.
Think film festivals are too artsy-fartsy? Consider this: Alien (yes, that Alien) world-premiered at SIFF in 1979—
Not sure about you, but that’s most definitely our kind of film festival. Planning a special evening tonight (Saturday, May 18)? If your date is the prim and proper type, try ‘Mad Men’ meets ‘I Love Lucy’ French rom-com Populaire:
As if three weeks packed with 447 SIFF films weren’t awesome enough, the festival includes An Evening with Kyle MacLachlan—complete with a Q&A, screening of the ‘Twin Peaks’ pilot, and reception (we hope they serve black coffee and cremated bacon). Check out SIFF’s tribute to one of our generation’s finest, oddest actors below—along with a choice ‘Twin Peaks’ scene:
Thomas Campbell is a soft-spoken guy with larger-than-life ideas. He grew up skating and surfing in California in the ’70s and ’80s, a scene in which, he says, exploring different forms of do-it-yourself creativity was second-nature—be it making music, taking photos, drawing graffiti, or writing a ‘zine.
Campbell parlayed the creative ethos of his youth into a full-time career—or, more accurately, a self-sustaining lifestyle. He lives in Santa Cruz, travels the world, meets interesting people, and “makes stuff.” His artistic output ranges from sculptures to films to paintings—to the the swim trunks and T-shirt below, made in collaboration with California surf and skate brand Element.
Campbell—who was profiled alongside other likeminded, DIY, oddball geniuses like Shepard Fairey and Harmony Korine in the 2008 documentary Beautiful Losers—has also put out three surf films, which are widely revered for their break from the aggro, adrenaline-rush intensity of “extreme sports” in favor of a more meditative, nostalgic homage to surf culture. Beautifully photographed at locations spanning the globe, these excerpts from Thomas Campbell’s Sprout (2004) and The Present (2009) should offer a welcome respite from your Monday-afternoon malaise:
Do your best to ignore the souped-up Rolls Royces, the gyrating flappers, the sinister-sounding Kanye West / Jay-Z / Frank Ocean beat (which would have been infinitely cooler here if a handful of mediocre action flicks didn’t already use it), the hypnotic visual overload director Baz Luhrmann made famous in 1996′s amped-up Romeo & Juliet remix—and even try to look past Carey Mulligan’s beauty mark, if at all humanly possible.
Instead, feast your eyes on the impeccable menswear Great Gatsby costume designer Catherine Martin created in collaboration with 195-year-old American institution Brooks Brothers. Delving into the brand’s archives, Martin nailed every detail—from straw boater to gold collar pin to powder-pink peak lapel.
Watch a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary on the film’s costume design here, and catch The Great Gatsby in theaters May 10.
[Trailer courtesy of Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures. Still images are captures from the Brooks Brothers video about the film's costume design. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]
With baseball season now in full swing, we have a vast selection of MLB snapbacks to choose from. We’re fans of these black-on-black numbers, and these Japanese-inscribed guys have their charm, but our current MVP in the headgear department is the American Needle 400 Series—which takes archival cues from the last 100 years of America’s favorite pastime. Here are a few highlights; click any image to shop the full collection:
New York Yankees, 1922 • Chicago Cubs, 1908 Road Uniform • Pittsburgh Pirates, 1949
LA Dodgers, 1958 • San Francisco Giants, 1972 • Philadelphia Phillies, 1980
Chicago White Sox, 1931 • Boston Red Sox, 1975 • Seattle Mariners, 1977
Beer. Hotdogs. Hats. If, somehow, you still need reasons to get fired up for baseball season, here are a few of our favorite moments in the sport’s storied history:
WhenMad Men creator Matthew Weiner—a bona fide visionary with an armload of Emmys under his belt—has an odd-sounding request, his team at cable-saviors AMC have learned to listen. Such was the case with the extremely specific idea he had for hyping the show’s upcoming sixth season. To quote The New York Times:
“…Inspired by a childhood memory of lush, painterly illustrations on TWA flight menus, [Weiner] decided to turn back the promotional clock. He pored over commercial illustration books from the 1960s and ’70s and sent images to the show’s marketing team, which couldn’t quite recreate the look he was after. ‘Finally,’ [Weiner] said, ‘they just looked up the person who had done all these drawings that I really loved, and they said: Hey, we’ve got the guy who did them. And he’s still working. His name is Brian Sanders.’”
We decided to look up Sanders for ourselves. Amidst a long and illustrious career in England, the work that most caught our eye on the illustrator’s curriculum vitae comes from the 1960s, when Sanders convinced Stanley Kubrick to allow him to document the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sanders observed and sketched on-set twice a week for over a year, later working on larger paintings in his studio. An excerpt of this amazing record appears below. See more of Sanders’s artwork here.
Here’s a look at how that little project turned out:
…And in case you need a reminder of why to watch Mad Men (besides the impeccable style inspiration), here’s one of our favorite quotes—Don Draper explaining why he seldom says ‘Thank you’ to his valued employees:
The 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony airs this Sunday evening at 4pm Pacific on ABC. Have you seen all the films yet? With nine nominees crowding the Best Picture category alone, we won’t blame you if you haven’t. However, these things are always more interesting when you have a dog in the fight (and something to talk about at Oscar parties come Sunday)—so if your Friday and Saturday plans permit, consider taking in a last-minute film or two.
We’re honored to have five original, exclusive poster designs below, created just for us by LA-based graphic artist (and film buff) Midnight Marauder, representing five of his favorite Best Picture nominees. Read his crib notes, watch the trailers, and then hit up Fandango to find a screening near you, pre-Oscar night.
ARGO - Directed by Ben Affleck. “I went a little Syriana on this design. I guess the film struck me as CIA on a mission. George Clooney produced the film, so it has that vibe to it.”
LINCOLN – Directed by Steven Spielberg. “I’m a big Civil War buff. I ritually watch Civil War by [documentary filmmaker] Ken Burns a few times a year. So the entire Lincoln story is something I’m deeply passionate about. Only a true maverick like Daniel Day-Lewis could bring Lincoln’s last few months to the screen with such vigor. For the design, I wanted something simple and nostalgic.”
DJANGO UNCHAINED – Directed by Quentin Tarantino. “QT is a marvelous writer. I can imagine him giddy with excitement when he called Christoph Waltz over to read his part. I loved the energy of each character—but when Waltz and DiCaprio left the film, it lost me a little.”
AMOUR – Directed by Michael Haneke. “Haneke has crafted quite a love story, with devastating effects. This one will really get to you if you let it. I couldn’t help bringing a Polish touch to such a depressing and beautiful film.” [Ed. note: Artists in Poland have been particularly renowned in the realm of poster art for decades.]
ZERO DARK THIRTY – Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. “Female directors are a bit rare in the industry, but I love Bigelow’s films. She’s right up there with action guys like Paul Greengrass and Guy Ritchie. Again, I was feeling inspired by Polish poster design.”
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The Real Winner: As many critics might attest, the year’s truly best movies don’t always win awards—or even get nominated. In Mr. Marauder’s opinion: “Honestly, the best picture this year is The Master. It’s a shame that Paul Thomas Anderson [director of There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights, among others] hasn’t yet gotten the recognition he rightly deserves.”
More Midnight Marauder: The grid above contains just a few of our latest favorites from Marauder’s vast archive of hundreds of eye-widening poster designs, spanning from celluloid classics to upcoming releases. We chose these based solely on aesthetics—but given the designer’s taste level, you can bet money each is worth adding to your Netflix queue as well. [Click images to enlarge. Ryan Gosling's The Place Beyond the Pines, bottom left, is due in theaters late March.]
Marauder’s latest limited-edition print—created for a recent ‘Oscar Legends’ exhibit at Hero Complex Gallery in San Francisco—is still available for sale (framed if you so desire). It depicts 1978 Best-Picture winner The Deer Hunter, about which Marauder had the following to say: “One of my favorite films of all time…it encapsulates everything that I adore in cinema. Director Michael Cimino’s intimate epic about family, brotherhood and war is the ultimate ’70s film. The Russian roulette scene is one of the greatest gifts to cinema ever realized.”
If you find yourself in the Portland, Oregon, area this Sunday—see the Deer Hunter print in person, along with Oscar Legends as depicted by many other artists, at Hero Complex’s pop-up gallery at the Hollywood Theatre.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards—you know, the ones between the Golden Globes and the Oscars?—aired Sunday night. In case you missed it, here are the highlights. (Clockwise from top left: Sofia Vergara, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Claire Danes, Kerry Washington, Tina Fey.) Hugh Jackman and Daniel Day-Lewis killed it as well—on screen and off—but we’ll let our friends at GQ tell you more about that.
We’re no Fashion Police, but we might have to take issue with red-carpet critics The Fug Girls. While they gave props to our favorite Mad Men madwoman (Elizabeth Moss, center) and French export (Marion Cotillard, right), they put Morena Baccarin of Homeland (left) at the top of their worst-dressed list. Maybe we’re blinded by clavicles, but we’re not seeing a lot to complain about. (Click to enlarge—if you must.)
Did you realize it’s almost Valentine’s Day? Get something good for the leading lady in your life.
[Instagram photos courtesy of the SAG Awards Instagram feed—except top left, courtesy of Instagram user SofiaVergara. Bottom three red-carpet images by Frazer Harrison/2013 Getty Images, via NYMag.com.]
We tend to gloss over at the sight of red carpets, but these candid, backstage polaroids—shot by photographer Lucas Michael at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, using a Warhol-era instant camera—capture stars looking like real people. Well-dressed, attractive, hilarious real people, but still.
While Paul Rudd, above left, definitely took home the night’s prize for best botched dialog, his bow tie comes off as a little stiff. We’ll award best-dressed to the incomparable Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, whose floppy bow carries far more character—and gives an appropriate nod to 19th-century presidential style.
Check out more of our favorites below (click images to enlarge)—and view the rest at New York Magazine’s Vulture.com.
Christoph Waltz. Buzz cut x thick rims—digging the Trainspotting vibe. Julianne Moore. What can we say, we’re suckers for freckles. Ben Affleck. Brash peak lapels are befitting an actor turned very serious director.
Adam Driver. Went from clearly psychotic to strangely sane on HBO’s Girls. Morena Baccarin & Morgan Saylor. Damian Lewis’ TV fam deserves props for putting up with him. Sacha Baron Cohen. Polka dots and a 4 o’clock (not 5 o’clock) shadow add chutzpah to his tux.
Bryan Cranston. Killer goatee. But what, no Pinkman? Jennifer Lawrence. Date-night alert: Silver Linings Playbook is a rom-com you won’t hate. Quentin Tarantino. The man still has a way with words—and a knack for memorable soundtracks.
The internet (yes, pretty much all of it) is wigging out over the February magazine cover above, which GQ revealed for the first time yesterday. Below are a couple more images from the shoot—see the rest here, and read the GQ interview with Mrs.Knowles-Carter here.
We get it. The Feb cover has its charm. However, we’re still hung up on last month’s magazine, fronted by the illustrious Bill Murray. (Extra points for the improvised pocket square.)
Here are some classic Murray moments—to tide you over ’til Beyoncé lands in your mailbox:
From R. Kelly to The Princess Bride, Seattle residents can always count on our friends at the Seattle International Film Festival—aka SIFF—to serve up something unexpected. (Besides organizing the US’s largest film festival each year, SIFF also hosts film events year-round.)
To celebrate December 12, 2012 (12/12/12—get it?), and count down with a signature dark sense of humor to midnight, December 21 (a dire date according to certain interpretations of the Mayan calendar), SIFF is screening a series of apocalyptic films.
It all starts tonight with Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi mind-bender 12 Monkeys (trailer above), and culminates 12/21 with a scientific debunking of the movie 2012 (starring John Cusack) by Neutrino Astrophysicist Jason Detwiler, PhD—followed by a 21+ party with post-apocalypse-themed music videos as the backdrop. Other highlights in the series include Dawn of the Dead (destroyed by zombies!), Planet of the Apes (destroyed by primates!) and Children of Men (destroyed by infertility!). What a way to go.
[Clockwise from top left: Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, Matthew Broderick in WarGames, Clive Owen in Children of Men, and Britney Spears—a featured artist along with Duran Duran, Billy Idol, 2Pac, the Scorpions and more—in SIFF's Post-Apocalypse Music Video Bash.]