Weekend Reading #1

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Done with work for the week? Why not sit down, relax and have a poke at some of the cool things I found this week at the deep end of the interwebs. Enjoy your reading and/or watching!

Ranking the 20 greatest long takes – the title is pretty self-explanatory. Have a look and expand your appreciation towards those long and/or tracking shots. If you’re interested, have a look at how Paul Thomas Anderson’s long tracking Steadicam shots are disseminated. By the way, here are my two entries for the long take ranking: 1) the 15-minute conversation between Michael Fassbender’s character and a priest in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger”, 2) 2.5-minute single-take (well, with a bit of cheating, but it looks seamless) orbiting shot of a car chase from Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds”. Continue reading

Trailer: “The Purge: Anarchy”

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The general consensus about James DeMonaco’s “The Purge” seems to reflect my own opinion – it was a case of a short-changed potential that reduced a theoretically very interesting high concept to a home invasion horror with very little to say. It seemed to me that the only reason for developing such an elaborate universe was to explain why the people in the house under attack couldn’t run away, seek help, or even call the police. It would normally be sufficient to just put the house in the middle of nowhere and cut the phone lines, but “The Purge” invented a world where for one night a year everything was legal – a world we didn’t get to see at all…

And here’s our chance, as the sequel – casually titled “The Purge: Anarchy” is going to take us into the very heart on that one night where nobody is safe. Thanks to the full theatrical trailer, we can now have a look at what is to come – and I think that last year’s disappointed is going to be compensated, at least in terms of scale. Continue reading