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Five in Focus: Irvine Welsh

Updated August 31, 2009

Irvine Welsh, the author of the seminal Trainspotting, is the penultimate novelist to contribute his five favorite drug movies.

Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

 

 

 

At Point Blank Range

Updated August 31, 2009

Faber & Faber Walter Donohue marks the release of Point Blank 42 years ago by running an extract from director John Boorman’s recollections of making the film.

Lee Marvin Point Blank
Director John Boorman.
Lee Marvin Point Blank

Lee Marvin Point Blank

Lee Marvin in Point Blank

 

 

 

The Morning After

Updated August 28, 2009

In another article from the Filmmaker archives, Godfrey Cheshire talks with The Ice Storm’s Ang Lee and James Schamus.

Christina Ricci
Sigourney Weaver
Ang Lee Ice Storm
Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci in The Ice Storm.

 

 

 

Ride The High Country

Updated August 28, 2009

In an article from the Filmmaker magazine archives, Peter Bowen talks to Ang Lee about Brokeback Mountain.

Ang Lee Brokeback
Ennis and Alma
Ennis and Jack
Ang Lee Brokeback

Ang Lee Brokeback

Ang Lee on the set of Brokeback Mountain

 

 

 

Preston Sturges: The King of Comedy

Updated August 28, 2009

Faber & Faber’s Walter Donohue marks the anniversary of the great Preston Sturges’ birth by running an extract from Sturges’ autobiography.

Preston Sturges books
The Palm Beach Story
Preston Sturges books

Preston Sturges books

Preston Sturges among his books

 

 

 

Training Like Tatum

Updated August 27, 2009

In an exclusive from the set of The Eagle of the Ninth, FilmInFocus publishes the training schedule of the movie’s star, Channing Tatum.

Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

 

 

 

Five In Focus: Norman Spinrad

Updated August 27, 2009

In the next Five In Focus installment, science fiction novelist Norman Spinrad offers up his top five drug movies.

Norman Spinrad
Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad

 

 

 

Movie City: Hudson Valley

Updated August 26, 2009

To coincide with the release of Taking Woodstock, FilmInFocus puts the Hudson Valley under the movie microscope.

Hudson River Valley
Hudson River Valley

Hudson River Valley

Hudson River Valley

 

 

 

Steampunk: An Overview

Updated August 26, 2009

In anticipation of the release of Shane Acker’s steampunk-influenced animation 9, Jeff Vandermeer presents a primer on the fantasy subgenre.

Slide 1: An Introduction
Slide 2: Jules Verne
Slide 3: The American "Edisonade"
Slide 4: The Rise of Modern Steampunk
Slide 5: The Role of
Slide 6: The Aesthetic Influence on Movies
Slide 7: The Role of DIY Fashion
Slide 8: Steampunk Art
Slide 9: Reimagining Technology Through the Maker Movement
Slide 10: The Future of Steampunk
Slide 1: An Introduction

Slide 1: An Introduction

My Steampunk equation pictured above, in a lovely design by John Coulthart, was meant to describe Steampunk literature, but it does point to a few facts about Steampunk generally. First, it’s both retro- and forward-looking in nature. Second, it evokes a sense of adventure and of discovery. Third, it embraces divergent and extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future.

Over the past decade, Steampunk has gone from being a literary movement to a way of life, a part of pop culture, and a mechanism to look at the idea of “progress.” Steampunk has gained strength and momentum as it has transitioned from a “movement” to an “aesthetic.” A Steampunk aesthetic now permeates movies, comics, fashion, art, and role-playing games, as well as events such Maker Faire and the Burning Man festival. Media coverage from juggernauts such as the New York Times and MTV has fostered its spread through the zeitgeist.

Steampunk draws people from all political persuasions and social classes, but the best of Steampunk in my opinion is unabashedly progressive, proactive, and deliberately pushes against a cynical and jaded world with a brand of cautious optimism. Steampunk also serves as a potent entry point for people to reclaim technology and to talk about a sustainable way of life. Both the Maker movement and the Green movement have become part of the Steampunk subculture.

An exploration of Steampunk begins more than a century before the term was first coined in 1987.

 

 

 

Five in Focus: Elizabeth Wurtzel

Updated August 25, 2009

Elizabeth Wurtzel is the next author to offer hre selection of five favorite drug movies to mark the forthcoming release of the trippy Taking Woodstock.

Elizabeth Wurtzel
Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel

Elizabeth Wurtzel