The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
dir. David Fincher
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
dir. David Fincher
Indiana Jones Mystery Package
We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member— we get the wrong mail a lot.
Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.
What we know: The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.
What we don’t know: Why this came to us. The package does not actually have real stamps on it— the outside of the package was crinkly and dirty as if it came through the mail, but the stamps themselves are pasted on and look like they have been photocopied. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall, which has a distinctly different address from any other buildings where it might be appropriate to send it (Haskell Hall or the Oriental Institute Museum). However, although now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall used to be the home to our departments of geology and geography.
If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome? If you’re a member of the University community and this belongs to you or you’ve gotten one like it before, PLEASE tell us how you acquired it, and whether or not yours came with a description— or if we’re making a big deal out of the fact that you accidentally slipped a gift for a friend in to the inter-university mail system. If you are an Indiana Jones enthusiast and have any idea who may have sent this to us or who made it, let us know that, too.
We know this sounds like a joke/hoax… it’s not (at least, from our end). Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated. We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.
Internet: help us out. If you’re on Reddit (we’re not) or any other nerdly social media sites where we might get information about this, feel free to post far and wide and e-mail any answers, clues, ideas, thoughts, or musings to firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, we did set up an email account just to deal with this thing).
This belongs in a museum.
Whoever this person it, I’m quite certain they’re my soulmate. I hope they find out who this person was, and if they’re an applicant, that they’re granted a full ride. The amount of time that went into making this gorgeous film replication of a prop! Be still my art-directing-for-film heart!!!
Saw this tonight. One of my favorite books is now one of my favorite movies.
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
Everybody giggles, and Mark knights Ben and Giovanni, when the 3 sit together for Cinemax Doubletake.
Why have I not seen this yet? They had me at Foster and Ribisi…. le sigh…
Anatomy Of An Icon
Cary Grant/George Clooney
Marilyn Monroe/Scarlett Johansson3
James Dean/Robert Pattinson4
Audrey Hepburn/Natalie Portman5
Elizabeth Taylor/Angelina Jolie
But for all the focus on locations, the film’s dominant mode is motion; cars, ultimately, are its spiritual center. “It’s one of those things you do and then you don’t remember doing it,” Gosling said of driving. “We wanted to capture that feeling that always seems to slip away.”
When Gosling and Refn first met to discuss how to bring Sallis’ novel to the screen, things came into focus when the actor was driving the director back to his hotel. REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” came on the radio and the two began belting out verses. They decided to depart significantly from the book, which has few actual driving sequences in it, instead creating a music-oriented movie about a man who drives around Los Angeles.
Ironically, Refn notes, he doesn’t drive himself and doesn’t even have a license. But true to his persona, there’s a rich and geeky explanation for that. “I’ll never get a license,” he said. “Like [J.G.] Ballard in ‘Crash,’ I find driving so sexual and exciting, and I’m very much aroused by speed. So I will never control a machine.”
Gosling, looking increasingly disturbed as Refn offers this thought, is asked if he likes when his collaborator gets esoteric. “Not,” he said, “after that.”
Date night with myself (and Ryan Gosling) tonight. Also, I’ll go see anything related to Kavinsky. This one’s for you, Camille. Miss you and your pretty face, dear!
Child labor laws prevented 12-year-old Jodie Foster from taking part in some of the film’s most uncomfortable sexual scenarios. Luckily, her 19-year-old sister Constance “Connie” Foster stood in.
Photo credit: Steve Schapiro, Courtesy of A.Galerie
Blockbuster on Forest Drive is going out of business. I picked up Taxi Driver for $3.99 the other night.
TESTING… let’s see Hesher get viral, um er, go viral, cause they don’t have any kind of PR budget to let people know about this movie. So this is a test to see if “cyberspace” or “new media” or “social networking” can take take over the old way it’s always been done, by the folks with the bucks. Read Joe’s description below:
HESHER is coming out May 13! I loved making this movie, and I love how it turned out. It’s hilarious, but it’s not just funny, it’s smart, it’s sad, it’s hopeful, it’s heartfelt, and it fuckin rocks. Natalie decided to produce Spencer’s script for a reason, and by the way her character’s nothing like you’ve seen her. Devin, the protagonist, is a truly talented young actor. Rainn gave a legit no-joke badass dramatic performance. And, I’m humbled to say, Metallica themselves liked it so much they gave us their music, they never give their stuff to movies!
Now this really is an “indie” film, meaning it’s being independently released without any huge corporations behind the marketing and advertising and all that jazz. 500 Days of Summer had that “indie” spirit, but it was put out by Fox Searchlight who has tons of resources to spread the word. HESHER’s just got us. So pass it around!
the inner monologue of the Tree of Life poster is speaking to me right now.
And, in case you’ve been hiding under rocks, watch the gorgeous trailer. The harrowing film directed by Terrence Malick (Thin Red Line, The New World, Badlands, et cetera) will be debuted at Cannes on May 18th, with a limited US release beginning May 27th. Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt (sporting a 50’s high and tight), Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain.
In case you missed it, click here now. The New York Times Magazine produced a gorgeous classically shot black and while short film (almost demo-reel style) featuring fourteen incredible actors, silently acting and directed by photographer Solve Sundsbo with some seriously dramatic accompanying strings by Owen Pallett.
If you click on Jarvier Bardem, the reel will begin progressing from actor to actor showing little snips from each session. It should be noted Sundsbo photographed fifteen actors, but Annette Benning didn’t make the NYTM reel for some reason unbeknownst to me. I highly recommend you check out Sundsbo’s website (linked above) to see more photos of the scenes which didn’t make the reel.
Here are some Daniel Day-Lewis is batshit but brilliant facts for you:
The Boxer: Trained for 18 months with former world champion Barry Mcguigan who later said that Day Lewis could have easily been a professional afterward.
The Crucible: Etched actual tattoos onto his own body. He is well known for going to extremes in preparation for his roles. For this film he lived in the wilderness where his character might have lived, hunting and fishing and living off the land for several months prior to shooting.
Gangs of New York: In preparation for his role as Bill the Butcher, Daniel Day Lewis actually took up an apprenticeship as a butcher; he would sharpen his knives during breaks in filming. He was also diagnosed with pneumonia on set, after continuously refusing to wear warmer modern coats as they ‘wouldn’t have existed in the 19th century’. (He also fell out with co-stars Liam Neeson due to the fact that he refused to not call him by his characters name he also refused to acknowledge Leonardo Dicaprio who broke his nose on film.)
My Left Foot: During filming as paralytic Christie Brown, Lewis refused to leave his wheelchair between scenes, so he could truly experience the problems associated with the condition. His constant refusal to break from character also earned him 2 broken ribs, from his continually hunched position in the wheelchair. He somehow sat still so hard that he broke his own ribs, and still didn’t move. (He made the crew wheel him around and feed him).
Last of the Mohicans: Lived in the wild for 6 months, surviving only on necessities. No word if he ate a mountain lion whole and took a grizzly bear as his “Woods Wife,” so we are forced to assume he did.
In the Name of the Father: For the part of a prisoner, Lewis lived in solitary confinement at an abandoned prison. The only reason he was not dragged away by the furious ghosts of long dead prisoners was the vast weight of his balls rooting him to the spot.
There will be Blood: He made co-star Paul Dano feel uncomfortable around him because Day-Lewis threw actual bowling balls at him during There Will Be Blood. (And Dano wasn’t even the first actor to play the priest in that movie; the original quit because Day-Lewis was too crazy.)
BECAUSE IT’S MY NAAAAAAAAAAME
LCD Soundsystem, Pow Pow
Yes, yes, Anna Kendrick. But is that first guy she zaps Francis Capra from Veronica Mars? I can’t tell with the hat.
Everytime I hear “Pow Pow” I think it was a very fortunate accident. How else can you explain the highly detailed lyrical nature and the spoken word tendency running throughout the song?
To me it sounds like Murphy was sitting in the studio late one night. There he was tweaking some of the material on This Is Happening, maybe drinking or smoking some weed, and gently talking to someone. Who that person is remains to be seen, it could be anyone really; a band mate, a lover, a journalist, anyone whom he felt comfortable enough with to speak on the way things have become.
As luck would have it everything in the room was being recorded and somehow Murphy stumbled upon the playback button. His voice wafts out of the speakers warbling on and on about this and that, while in his headphones the tribal rhythms play behind it.
Suddenly “Pow Pow” is born and because one of those songs that defies convention. It is nearly impossible to classify or single out and yet people do. The song becomes popular with fans and all of sudden there’s a video for it starring Anne Kendrick. It makes even less sense than the song does, yet is just as impossible to skip past or move away from.
Here we have the stunning Kendrick and the magnetic Murphy working their charms over our brains to with remarkable ease. This isn’t the best LCD Soundsystem song, just the most hypnotic. Kendrick isn’t the most notable star to appear in a music video, but she fits this one perfectly.
It may seem weird and odd, but deep down there is probably a higher power at work here. Or maybe I’m reading into things a bit much.
Johnny Depp (in character as Captain Jack Sparrow) makes a surprise school visit in London to 9 year old girl who writes to him asking for he and his crew to lead a mutiny against her school teachers.
Now Showing: I’m Still Here
Playing at The Nickelodeon beginning Friday October 8th through Thursday October 15th. Directed by Casey Affleck!!!
Synopsis via Netflix:
In 2008, Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix walked away from acting to pursue a rap career, an inexplicably bizarre detour captured in stunning detail in this documentary directed by Phoenix’s brother-in-law, Casey Affleck. Some speculated Phoenix’s behavior was part of a well-orchestrated hoax — or, even worse, a mental breakdown. But some of the film’s graphic footage suggests it could have been a little of both.