Wednesday 15 September 2010

It's Trailers For Documentaries Wednesday!

The Great White Silence
The BFI have squirted out this rather lovely trailer for one of The Incredible Suit's London Film Festival picks, The Great White Silence. You know, the one about the man who goes to the bottom of the planet only to find that (SPOILER ALERT) someone else got there first.

Anyway wrap your mince pies around this because it looks magnifulous:

It's this kind of restoration work that makes the BFI one of the best things in the world, like, ever, so if you're going to the LFF this year show them some love and see The Great White Silence. And if doom-laden documentaries from the 1920s aren't usually your thing...

The Parking Lot Movie
Also at the London Film Festival, probably the greatest film about people who work in car parks you'll see this year, unless they re-release Police Academy:

2001: Beyond The Infinite
If you're a level-headed, intelligent individual with impeccable taste and a firm grasp on what makes a truly amazing cinematic experience, you'll know that 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the fifteen greatest films ever made, and in fact when seen on the biggest screen possible is more like a religious experience than a movie.

So you may be pleased to hear that special effects titan Douglas Trumbull (whose filmography as Visual Effects Boffin is surprisingly short but includes 2001, Close Encounters, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Blade Runner) is in the process of creating a well spanky-looking documentary about the making of the film. Here's his peculiar trailer / announcement / test footage which breaks the news:

Despite the tiresome intercutting of Trumbull talking to HAL with clips from the film, and the potentially annoying gimmick of walking into stills and scenes shot over forty years ago, 2001: Beyond The Infinite is the kind of thing that starts my heart beating in the morning. Dear Doug, don't just stick this on the BluRay where it'll be ignored, get it out into cinemas. Really big, loud cinemas. Thanks.

Also I don't know what the 'Sausage Factory System' is but I'm very excited about it.

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  1. Still excited by The Great White Silence Footage, it looks amazing. The music has such a sense of foreboding. Anyone else reminded of The Thing?!

  2. The 2001 doc has already been canceled apparently:


  3. I saw 2001 when released in 1968 when 2001 was far enough away for 2001 to be science fiction. It is strange that 2010 is a world that is more mind boggingly advanced than Arthur C Clark could ever have imagined. Car headlights that know where to shine on any road in any country, telescopes that can see billions of light years into history and of course what HAL would never have predicted, The Incredible Suit.

    2001 shot in the old fashioned pre CGI days still looks good against any modern sci-fi film. It was my first blu-ray purchase.

    HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

    HAL: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.

  4. Now I'll never find out what the Sausage Factory System is!