Rob Morgan might be an under appreciated genius when it comes to horror and stop-motion. Sicker than Tim Burton, more juvenile than The Brothers Quay, Morgan stands apart as a director who, first and foremost, wants to confuse and disturb his viewers.
If any of you have seen my first feature film “The Garden’s Keeper” you should have noticed that it’s very low-budget, as in 750 dollars total budget. It's crazy, I know, but failing to secure funds taught me more than I would have learned if I had more money. I’m not saying more money is bad, but your first film is a learning experience and the less money you have the more creative you get and the more you learn.
How to become a Film Director
A politically conservative street artist that goes by the pseudonym Sabo has now taken aim at Caitlyn Jenner.
Narrative art is unique in its method of conveying a story by not being necessarily reliant on text. Ask any comic book artist, art instructor or publisher, and they'll tell you that a good comic should be able to visually tell its story without the need of text. The flow of the narrative must work even before the words and balloons are added in. But what if you take this philosophy to its most extreme lengths? You end up with a little manga series that transcends both language and culture called
Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven has long been a film-maker I admire; I first saw Robocop (1987) at about 10 years old, having previously only seen family/children's fare, and it kick-started my true love affair with movies. It's outrageous violence and bitingly satirical humour, combined with a surprising humanism in dealing with Murphy's fate, made an unmistakable impression on me. 30 years after Robocop's release and I'm blown away by the maturity and evolution of Verhoeven's style in his latest film, the intoxicating Elle. The black humour is still there, but it's punchlines are now people and their behaviours, not society; the violence is still intense, but more considered and impactful, and a damn sight less gory. Stronger than ever though is the humanism; Verhoeven appears a man that believes in the importance of freewill, of agency, in our lives. You're only truly alive when you own all of your decisions and their consequences.
The 1999 acclaimed film American Beauty depicts what "should" exemplify a typical, well-to-do American family. In a struggle to conform to societal standards of a respectable lifestyle, dysfunction only ensues. Simply witnessing the angst and struggles experienced by the characters of American Beauty, viewers gather that the film is a satire of American culture. But by paying closer attention to the dynamic use of the color red and the red rose, viewers will better appreciate the film's criticism of American standards of beauty.
Fittingly enough, this title is also perfect.
Title: Exit Through the Gift ShopMPAA Rating: RDirector: BanksyStarring: Banksy, Rys Ifans, Thierry GuettaRuntime: 1 hr 26 mins
Blacksad is the award winning series of Spanish/French graphic novels by artist Juanjo Guarnido and writer Juan Díaz Canales of a 1950's America where anthropomorphic animals take the place of humanity, starring the perpetually unemployed Private-eye and black cat named Blacksad and his weasel sidekick Weekly. Despite this major difference, the world has mostly followed a similar path to ours. WW2, the Manhattan Project, the Red Scare, the Civil Rights movement, the rise of the Klu Klux Klan, and the Beat Poet movement all occur as they did in our world, only with animals standing in for historical figures or certain social-political groups.
In 1985, Italian comic book artist Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri made a splash with “Morbus Gravis”, a science fiction graphic novel and the first in what would be known as the “Druuna” series of erotic comics, named after its eponymous hero. Said series became a (notorious) example of well drawn European comic books, especially regarding its anatomy in the human characters, after which Serpieri was granted the unofficial title of “The Master of Ass” by his fans.