JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD: PREHISTORIC HEAT AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATOR OF ‘QUEST FOR FIRE’

2018-01-11T09:54:03-08:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA, INTERVIEWS|Tags: , |

While audiences have long exhibited a penchant for movies about the future, few people expected today's science-fiction generation to go wild over a film set 80,000 years in the past. Yet that's what has happened with Quest for Fire, an ambitious work that portrays primitive man's attempts to understand and harness the elements around him.

QUEST FOR FIRE (1981): ACTION/ADVENTURE AT THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION – by Ed Naha [Starlog]

2018-01-11T10:01:22-08:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , |

The domestication of fire was the key development that separated hominids from the rest of the animal kingdom, enabled them to live in hostile environments and spurred the development of language and agriculture. Through this brilliant exercise in backward extrapolation, we get a glimpse of what it might have been like, 80,00 years ago.

WRITING ‘THE SHINING’ – by Diane Johnson

2018-01-08T18:56:21-08:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: STANLEY KUBRICK|Tags: , |

We each began by deconstructing King’s novel separately, reducing it to essential scenes, comparing our lists of scenes, and winnowing them down to a hundred or so. I tore bits of exposition and dialogue out of a paper­back copy of the novel and put them in little envelopes on which were written “# 1 The Arrival,” and so on.

NABOKOV AND CINEMA – by Barbara Wyllie

2018-01-06T00:27:14-08:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA, LITERATURE|Tags: , , |

by Barbara Wyllie “Funny thing," said Darwin one night, as he and Martin came out of a small Cambridge cinema, “it’s unquestionably poor, vulgar, and rather implausible, and yet there is something exciting about all that flying foam, the femme fatale on the yacht, the ruined and ragged he-man swallowing [...]