The Dump Bin: 14 Links To Help You Pass Your Sunday

It’s Sunday again, which means it’s time to close some tabs. Time to point you to some interesting stuff I’ve run across on the interwebs the past week or so. Yep, it’s time for another trip to the Link-Dump bin.

1) Let’s get things started this morning by breaking the fourth wall. Here’s a great compilation of scenes from 54 different movies that in various ways acknowledge the fact that they are actually in a movie or otherwise acknowledge that there is an audience “out there” watching their actions:

2) From Cinephilia and Beyond – a roundup of free and open-source software for aspiring film makers that includes things to take you all the way from screenwriting through editing, working on sound, to distributing your final product.

3) Film School Rejects has a new podcast up discussing exactly what is going on with SFX houses – more specifically why, when movies seem to be becoming more-and-more dependent on them, so many seem to be failing and/or filing for bankruptcy.

4) Want another look at the upcoming Star Trek movie? Ok, here’s the latest teaser trailer. just for you:

5) Speaking of upcoming movies, one of the ones I’m most looking forward to is the new Evil Dead remake. It premiered this past weekend at SXSW in Austin, and the early reviews are starting to come in, which means it’s time for me to stop reading about it, because I want to go into it relatively cold. I will, however, go ahead and point you to this one from the guys over at Criterioncast. The bottom line? “…this film will be just what the doctor ordered for a generation of horror fans who have become fed up with CGI blood and those looking for something that is simply genuinely frightening. Aggressive, brutally unflinching, and with a mix of fan service and a fresh tone, Evil Dead is simply the horror film that we have all been waiting for.” Yeah, that’s all I need to know.

film-twilight-zone6) Dangerous Minds presents this “lost” interview with television pioneer, screenwriter, and Twilight Zone creator and host Rod Serling.

7) Here’s a red-band trailer for those of you who don’t think vampires should sparkle in the sun or spend their time pining over barely legal high schoolers. Kiss of the Damned is supposed to hit theaters in early May of this year, but I suspect you’ll probably have to search it out, as it probably won’t hit many screens.

ap_edward_burns_tyler_perry_jp_121017_wblog8) In the guise of a review of Tyler Perry’s 2012 movie Alex Cross, Daily Grindhouse’s jonnyabomb takes a look at the phenomenon that IS Tyler Perry and asks a question that only his fans can really answer: why and how does he keep “crapping out” 2-3 movies a year, and why can theaters expect full houses for them? I don’t know the answers, but I do know it’s true.

9) All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is actually a pretty good slasher film with a neat little twist or two in the post-Scream tradition. At least it was when it was first made seven years ago, and when I first saw it about five years or so ago. Here’s a look at the trailer for it that was made “way back when”:

So why is it only now getting a US release? Bleeding Cool has the skinny.

10) San Diego’s KPBS has a report on what sounds like a very interesting experiment: Drive-By-Cinema.

11) For sale: one slightly-used, but VERY special lion costume.

12) For your amusement, here’s a “Bad Lip Reading” cut featuring Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy from last year’s Amazing Spider-Man:

goreywaroftheworlds113) 20th Century Fox is prepping a new version of Frankenstein which will apparently be told from the perspective of the hunchbacked Igor. No word yet on who’s playing the doctor or the monster, but according to Geek Tyrant, a certain wizard has been lined up to put on the hump.

14)  Finally, why am I including this link to Brain Pickings’ article on Edward Gorey’s illustrations for H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds? First, because I find the concept fascinating, and second, because of my love for this:

The Dump Bin: Some Links For Your Sunday Afternoon

Time to close some tabs. Time to point you to some interesting stuff I’ve run across on the interwebs the past week or so. Yep, it’s time for another trip to the Link-Dump bin.

1) Let’s start today with a short film sci-fi film which asks some interesting questions about life, existence, and memory, HENRI. Starring Kier Dukkea and Margot Kidder, here’s the plot description from the website:

Hundreds of years in the future, a derelict spacecraft, controlled and powered by a human brain, floats aimlessly in the outer reaches of space. HENRI, the name of the ship’s power system, is an acronym which stands for Hybrid Electronic / Neuron Responsive Intelligence, and was the first of Earth’s Neuro-Tech space exploration research vessels. Trapped in the cold, mechanical prison of the vessel, the “brain,” which has no recollection or concept of self, gradually begins to experience disjointed images of its former life—images it cannot understand. Carrying the remains of a crew long dead, and becoming increasingly self-aware, HENRI experiences the instinctual desire to be free. Yearning for freedom and yet unable to move, the brain devises a plan to build itself a mechanical body from parts of the ship. Maybe then it will understand the images it is seeing—maybe then it will feel alive.

The trailer for the movie is below, and more info can be found at the website here.

Doin' it Bogie style.
Doin’ it Bogie style.

2) Over at Movie Morlocks, Richard Harlan Smith has a great post outlining things he loves about older movies posted as a series of questions (with accompanying pictures) he says he’d like to ask in response to people who ask him if he’s seen a movie that’s currently in theaters. While I don’t reject newer movies in the way he does, it seems we both share a lot of reasons for wanting to spend more time with movies from the past and the things that make them great.

3) Speaking of new and/or upcoming movies, here’s a look at a very interesting immersive promotional experience for Sam Raimi‘s upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful. Unfortunately, you’ll have to plan a trip to London to see it.

How could you NOT want to head to the drive-in to see this flick?
How could you NOT want to head to the drive-in to see this flick?

4) Bleeding Cool reports that the next Paranormal Activity movie may be taking a page from the William Castle playbook. I have no idea how this would work, but I do miss this kind of showmanship.

5) Noah Smith on his noahpinion blog chimes in on why Django Unchained is actually a white instead of black revenge fantasy. It’s a very interesting take.

6) There is a Bride of Frankenstein Study Guide available for free download or viewing on iTunes.

Dig it!
Dig it!

7) Cult Cinema Sunday shares some great prints that are available for sale, including the terrific one for Evil Dead II you can see at the right.

8) Finally, “demolition by neglect” – that’s a phrase you will hear in this traiker for a new documentary project currently in pre-production from Sterling Rock Productions entitled The Cost of History. Here’s a description from the website for the project:

What if America’s treasured historic buildings were actually costing the community?

Movie Palaces and theaters, Institutions like hospitals, schools, rehabilitation and asylum facilities; shipyards, libraries, colleges, glorious buildings built by legendary architects are falling into disrepair and ruin and while we argue to “save” history, we have to ask ourselves what is it really costing the community?

When these mammoth buildings fall into abandonment we see poverty, crime, and abuse quickly following in their footsteps, and when these buildings are cost prohibitive to tear down, communities must redefine “Preservation of History” in order to kick start a starving economy suffer the consequences.

With expert opinions, heartfelt stories of the building’s history and a little creative thinking, thanks to the beauty of computer graphics, The Cost of History will reveal these buildings present conditions and explore how they can have a second life and drive the local economy forward, or come to terms with their date for demolition.

Here’s the trailer:

Okay, that’s it for the Dump Bin this week, and just a taste of some of the interesting links I’ve been running across. Let me know what you think about them, and share your own interesting finds either in the comments, by email, or on the Durnmoose Movie Musings Facebook page (and hey, while you’re there, why not go ahead and give us a like? It’s one of the easiest ways to keep up with everything Durnmoose).

Thanks as always for reading, and until next time, Happy Viewing!