Every Frame a Painting

Every Frame a PaintingI recommend the Youtube channel Every Frame a Painting to anyone who has a genuine interest in the art of filmmaking. Whether you’re just someone who likes DVD special features, you’re an aspiring director, or anything inbetween, there’s an awful lot to learn from Tony Zhou’s series of video essays. They have the power to simultaneously make me wish I’d taken Film Studies at uni, and make me feel like there is no need to have taken film studies at uni.

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Re-Animator

Re-AnimatorThe work of actor Jeffrey Combs was recommended to me by the guys at the movie podcast No, Totally! As they seem to be very enthusiastic about it, I watched the 1985 film Re-Animator.

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Frank

I recommended the film ‘Frank’ to Parny. He said he has some spare time to watch it, but he’s probably forgotten so I am reminding him. Parny, watch Frank.

The film, which stars Michael Fassbeneder as the titular character, is based on the life of the the hero of Timpenny, Frank Sidebottom. This isn’t a biopic, it’s detached enough from the late Chris Sievey (the man behind / inside Sidebottom) that it doesn’t incur the controversy or disputes that standard biopics tend to. It respectfully takes the concept of Frank Sidebottom, removes the Sidebottom, and explores the character of the enigmatic genius musician ‘Frank’ who never removes his giant false head.

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Good Will Hunting

Good Will HuntingI recommended the film Good Will Hunting to Ollie and Parny because, following a discussion about The Martian and Interstellar, they both said that they weren’t keen on Matt Damon.

I can understand that he may get a bit dull if you think that he’s just action man Jason Bourne, but he is a lot more versatile than that. In Good Will Hunting he plays a disadvantaged young man from Boston, who has an incredible intelligence hidden beneath his smart alec, macho persona. Even more interesting is that Damon wrote the screenplay with co-star and school friend Ben Affleck. They won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, and it’s easy to see why.

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