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”.

A twist-less microbudget horror film could resurrect M. Night Shyamalan – a nice piece about why this former Hollywood prodigy’s career is in the toilet and how he could make his way back to the big boy’s table.

An honest and very informative interview with this year’s Best Director Oscar winner – Alfonso Cuarón about his career and style:


Please critics, write about the filmmaking – Matt Seitz from rogerebert.com points out that film criticism was reduced to discussing plot and acting. I’m no professional nor a critic, but the man has a point.

A fantastic interview with Thelma Schoonmaker about working with Martin Scorsese – The man’s long-time editor discusses the ins and outs of collaborating with one of the greatest directors of our time.

It isn’t just “The Breakfast Club”: Everything good happened in 1984 – Katie Rogers at The Guardian counts down the most important films released 30 years ago. It sure was a good year (I was born in it, so there… cough)

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Wes Anderson takes the 4:3 challenge – David Bordwell takes apart Wes Anderson’s style. (here are some videos) (and here is the review for the film)


Here are the trailers that I didn’t find exciting enough to award them their own place in the spotlight, but which are still worth having a look at:

“Begin Again” (Dir. John Carney, starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley)


“Into The Storm” (Dir. Steven Quale, starring Richard Armitage) – a found footage “Twister”, but on a Roland Emmerich scale.


“Jupiter Ascending” (Dir. The Wachowski siblings, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis) – smells like “The Fifth Element” to me… And I like “The Fifth Element”… A lot…


“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Dir. Jonathan Liebesman, starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner) – prepare to have your childhood memories violated.


“Blue Ruin” (Dir. Jeremy Saulnier, starring Macon Blair), click to see the first trailer

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