If you watched the Academy Awards on Sunday, you should know that it was the longest Oscars ever (4:16) and had the lowest rating ever (25.4%)
Waldpfifferling is sharing a new rip of eXistenZ. This one is AC3 5.1, DivX 5, 512x276, 93 min. Quality is claimed to be terrific. Reminder: The previous release was 24fps, 97 min, 583 key frames, 128Kbps stereo with screen resolution of 544x368, but not cropped on top/bottom, so the actual resolution was 538x278. Notice the new release is 4 minutes shorter - my guess is that the end credits are missing. Please give feedback if you get this rip.
"O pointy birds, o pointy pointy, Anoint my head, anointy-nointy"
Updated Howard Shore, Ronald Sanders and Jeremy Irons in Cronenberg's Regulars.
HowardShore.com is now online (is it the weirdest coincidence, or should the writer of these lines get a pat on the shoulder?). Here's what Phil Castillo, the designer of the site, had to say:
There are still a few pages 'coming soon', but all should be up around May. This is still not the official site because I haven't been able to get in touch with Mr. Shore. Any contributions from others is very welcome!
Right now you can find there the Latest News, Media (contains reviews and interviews) and a Message Board (joined with the GraemeRevell.com message board). The Bio and Store are 'coming soon'.
Are you getting annoyed by the pop-ups? Then you should check out the Site section in the FAQ.
Added 4 new photos of Howard Shore in Cronenberg's Regulars.
Slightly different banner on top. I think the sub-title looks better now. Take a look at the Banners section.
If you thought an internet petition has no effect, you should look at this IMDB news article about Paul Verhoeven's plan for a Robocop sequel. According to this article, "he has a 95 page petition collected by an internet fan site to help convince movie giant MGM to back the project". Well, I can't hope for a 95 page petition for a Naked Lunch or M. Butterfly DVD, but anything we get could help. So who wants to start those petitions? (read this thread on the message board - I think petitiononline.com could be a good place for that).
The site HowardShore.com says it's "Coming Spring 2002". This site is designed and maintained by composer Phil Castillo, who also designed the Official Graeme Revell Site and his own official site. All are part of the Filmmusic.com family of composer websites, which also includes sites for composers Danny Elfman, Basil Poledouris, Christopher Young, Mark Shaiman, Shirley Walker and more.
The two existing sites created by Castillo are nicely designed. They contain updated news, a few sound clips from the latest albums (including reviews and interviews), an online store for the latest products and... both Castillo and Graeme Revell themselves take part in the forum, answering the visitors' questions. That's really cool.
Now you have something to wait for!
Enhanced/edited the photos and redone the thumbs in the Cronenberg's Regulars section.
Updated the Howard Shore info in the regular crew section.
Oscar night. Will you watch it? I probably will. I'm not really sure why, I guess it's tradition. Why else would I watch it at 4am (3am if you count the red carpet arrivals)? Personally, I think the ceremony is becoming more and of a popularity contest every year. Art and talent are becoming almost insignificant, while glamour, publicity, money and satisfying the public demand are becoming the sole purpose. Of course, ignoring extraordinary talents is nothing new to the Academy: Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Tim Burton, John Hurt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore are just few of the names the academy has long put in its "Ignore List". You have to be in popular movie (Howard Shore first time (!) nominated - for scoring Lord of the Rings) in order to be recognized for your talent. Or as Danny Elfman puts it: "I wouldn't get an award even if they make a category for Best Danny Elfman Score". Well, we can always be consoled by the fact that these talents are found in a very good company, most of it would actually hate to be recognized by the academy (again, quoting Elfman, this time about being nominated: "My underground status is quickly disappearing" - you gotta love the man!).
Too bad we're not getting Billy Crystal as host again. He made each ceremony a real treat. Oh, well, let's look at some of the good points, shall we? (For a complete listing of the nominees, see IMDB)
Howard Shore is (finally) nominated in Best Music, Original Score for his excellent work for Lord of the
Rings. And since the movie is so popular, I believe there's a very good chance to see him taking an Oscar tonight.
David Lynch is nominated in Best Director for Mulholland Dr. - his first nomination since Blue Velvet in 1987.
Sean Penn is nominated in Best Actor in a Leading Role for I am Sam. It's about time this excellent actor would get an Oscar - and people say he's got a very good chance. Of course, you won't see him sitting there, because he hates it.
Halle Berry is nominated in Best Actress in a Leading Role for Monster's Ball. I haven't seen the movie yet, but reviews say she well deserves it.
Jennifer Connelly is nominated in Best Actress in a Supporting Role for A Beautiful Mind. Again, I haven't seen the movie, but it would be nice to see her winning (I'm biased here - I love her...)
The Nolans are nominated in Best Writing for Memento.
Dennis Muren and Stan Winston are nominated (as usual) in Best Visual Effects for A.I. - what can you do? They are the best ;)
Greg Cannom is nominated in Best Makeup for A Beautiful Mind. Again - he's one of the best, but without any doubt, the one that should have really walk down with the award and is not even nominated is the Maestro and Legend, Rick Baker, for Planet of the Apes.
To end this little "article", I want to congratulate all the winners of the Razzie Award, in particular: Mariah Carey, Tom Green and Estella Warren ;)
Enjoy the show! (if you can)
When you check the site for updates, don't forget to take a look below the daily poll. Today I added a brief DK's Recommendation section. I hope you like the non-Cronenberg stuff as well (don't worry, it will stay low-key). Let me know what you think.
Added some new info to the FAQ (including an answer to some people's question: "What is a Cronenberg?").
Put up a banners "experimental" page. What do you think? (I'm still looking for a way to make it obvious it's a David Cronenberg site)
Take a look at Fox's The Fly page for some info and short clips from all Fly films (except for Curse of the Fly).
I'm really crossing the lines here (so you have full permission to skip this one), but there goes: Yesterday was the theater re-release of the cult Israeli movie Metzitzim ("Peeping Toms") (1972) in honor of it's 30th anniversary. I personally think that the shaky film-industry here harly produces good movies (and who can blame them with their almost non-existent budget?), but there are exceptions. This classic is one of the best and definitely one of the funniest. I never get tired seeing it again. So if you live in Israel (hey, there was one visitor from Israel in this site!) or can get the new DVD (eDonkey, anyone?) and want to have 90 minutes of hysterical laugh and nostalgia - this is the movie for you, with the camera work of Adam Greenberg (The Terminator 1-3, Toys) and the hilarious Uri Zohar, just before he went "a little funny in the head".
Lots of news today:
According to FutureDVDs, The Fly: Special Edition DVD is going to be released on 31/12/2003.
Blade II opens in the US today. In an old (September 2000)
Spanish movie magazine, director Guillermo Del Toro said that they had written a role for David Cronenberg that "he hopes
he will accept in Blade II".
According to miranda-richardson.com,
Spider is expected to be released in mid-2002.
According to Hollywood Reporter, on April 5th Warner will be issuing to theaters a special director's cut of Amadeus (1984), one of my favorite movies of all times. This new cut, which is 20 minutes longer and runs exactly 3 hours, will be part of an Amadeus: Special Edition 2-disc DVD set in September, which will include audio commentary, along with a "making of" documentary that will include new interviews and footage. At about the same time there is also going to be a One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest: Special Edition 2-disc DVD release. Wow, I can't wait. (credit also goes to The Digital Bits).
Not much cooperation on the Chat Room issue. Please vote for it in the poll and add your comment on the board (it's perfectly okay to comment it's not a good idea, if you think so).
Added 18 new images to the Behind the Scenes section:
Updated the cast section in Cronenberg's Regulars.
Redesigned the navigation menu on the left. It should work a little bit better now.
Just playing around with the design and colors. What do you think?
Jazzcat suggested putting a chat room on the site. I don't think there are enough visitors here to make it worthwhile, but since I'd already been searching for a good Java chatter, I'll put for poll the best two I found. Chris' The Fly Film Archive already has a chat room and it lacks people too, so I thought of suggesting "merging" it with this site, although it's dedicated for The Fly discussions only. Chris set the "meeting time" there to 21:30 GMT every day, so you might want to check it out.
After the Swedish translation to Crash, you might have expected an Arabic translation to Naked Lunch. Well, apparently my year or two of learning Arabic in school many years ago was quite a waste, since I can't understand anything except for a word or two. Still, you might want to read my short comment on it in the FAQ section.
I opened a thread on the board in hope to hear more opinions/suggestions for the site's name.
Added Pelle's translation to the Swedish narration over the crash test dummies video in Crash. See FAQ.
Not enough votes on the How should this site be called? poll. I can't come to a decision on this issue. Poll is still open for voting, and there's always the board.
Updated the links.
Added Chris Walas (Special Makeup, Creature Effects) and James "Smash" Isaac (Creature Effects, Visual and Special Effects Supervisor, Project Supervisor) to the Crew section. Some interesting info there.
Added some more info about Cronenberg's family to the FAQ section (Thanks Jazzcat).
Vote for the special daily poll, and don't forget to say happy birthday on the message board.
I also added a guestbook. Check it out and write down everything you think about this site :)
Thanks to Jazzcat for reminding us the special date :)
As you can see, the huge, packed page has gone through some "endless renovations". I hope you like the new design.
What started as a small page with several links about a week ago, now became a small web site
I have no idea where it's going to and what the future holds for it. It may last another week, it may last a lot more - I guess it very much depends on YOUR enthusiasm and participation, and I do mean that. I'm spending the time on this because of my appreciation to this great director, and because I think you guys (and gals!) find this page/site interesting. In order to keep it interesting here and me enthusiastic about it, I hope to see some participation and feedbacks. Judging by the amount of people that came in the last several days, I can definitely say there are many more Cronenberg fans out there than you might expect. I myself was very surprised, to tell you the truth, and that's probably what made me eager to continue developing it into what you see in front of you.
So enjoy the new site, and feel free to suggest/comment/complain or anything else you might think of.