Monday, January 31, 2011

The Omen

Psycho (1960)
dir. Alfred Hitchcock

These are the Damned (1963)
dir. Joseph Losey

The Prison Break

Raising Arizona (1987)
dir. Joel Coen

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
dir. Frank Darabont

The Dinosaurs

Dinosaur! (1985)
dir. Robert Guenette

Jurassic Park (1993)
dir. Steven Spielberg

The Son of Man

Golconde (1953)
Renè Magritte

Being There (1979)
dir. Hal Ashby

The Enigma

"Suits hand-made by a tailor in Chicago in 1928. The tailor went out of business in 1933, then took his own life. The man carries no identification; no wallet, no driver's license, no credit cards. Fingerprint check proved negative, no identification possible."
Being There (1979)
written by Jerzy Kosinski & Robert C. Jones

"Nothing. No matches on prints, DNA, dental. Clothing is custom, no labels. Nothing in his pockets but knives and lint. No name, no other alias."

The Dark Knight (2008)
written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, & David S. Goyer

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Prisoner

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
dir. Stanley Kubrick

The Dark Knight (2008)
dir. Christopher Nolan

The Victim and the Gang

These are the Damned (1963)
dir. Joseph Losey

A Clockwork Orange (1971) (and detail)
dir. Stanley Kubrick

The Court

The Docks of New York (1928)
dir. Josef von Sternberg

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
dir. Robert Mulligan

The Repression

Splendor in the Grass (1961)
dir. Elia Kazan

Black Swan (2010)
dir. Darren Arronofsky

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Signature Entrance

The Shadow Chapter 1: "The Doomed City" (1940)
dir. James W. Horne

Batman (1989)
dir. Tim Burton

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Alcoholic

Portrait of the Composer Modest Mussorgsky (1881)
Ilya Repin

Chimes at Midnight (1965)
dir. Orson Welles

The 4th Wall

The Graduate (1967)
dir. Mike Nichols

Robocop (1987)
dir. Paul Verhoeven

The Moonlight

Arrowsmith (1931)
dir. John Ford

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
dir. Charles Laughton

The Doorway

Arrowsmith (1931)
dir. John Ford

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
dir. Steven Spielberg

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Federal Dead

"Federal Dead on the Field of Battle of First Day, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania” (1863)
Mathew Brady

Granddad (1913)
dir. Thomas H. Ince

The Swimmer

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
dir. Leonard Nimoy

The Tracey Ullman Show "The Aquarium" (1988)
dir. Matt Groening

The Big Empty Room

Citizen Kane (1941)
dir. Orson Welles

Othello (1952)
dir. Orson Welles

Chimes at Midnight (1965)
dir. Orson Welles

The Shadow over the Grave

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
dir. John Ford

The Searchers (1956)
dir. John Ford

The Chase

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1980)
dir. Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park (1993)
dir. Steven Spielberg

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Space Opera

Message from Space (1978) (and detail)
dir. Kinji Fukasaku

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
dir. Irvin Kershner

Message from Space

Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983)
dir. Richard Marquand

Message from Space

Return of the Jedi

Kinji Fukasaku's Message from Space was one of untold dozens of cheap Star Wars knockoffs released in the late 1970s. Its plot, characters, and mise-en-scen all borrow heavily from Lucas' film. Interestingly enough, a few of the unique visuals this cash-in offered, in turn, found their way into the Star Wars sequels. It was at once an imitation and an inspiration.