Emmy-nominated DP Michael Goi says persistence is key.
Michael Goi, ASC has an impressive slate of TV credits to his name, including popular hits like Glee, The Mentalist, and American Horror Story. His track record is in part what led to his service as President of the American Society of Cinematographers from 2009-2012. But the success didn’t come overnight.
In an ASC Masterclass series, Goi reveals his humble beginnings and what he did to move up. The main key, more than talent and creativity? Persistence.
“When you move to Los Angeles, you’re starting over again at the bottom.”
When he first moved to LA, he recalls, “For six months, I lived on the two hot dogs for 99 cents at the A&P…but I refused to leave and I refused to give up.” And this was after he already had 300 commercials and six features under his DP belt. “When you move to Los Angeles, you’re starting over again at the bottom,” he said.
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What kinds of scary movies does the King of Horror watch?
Stephen King is a maniac. He has not only written hundreds of published works, making him one of the most prolific writers of all time, but he has managed to scare the bejesus out of his readers for well over 40 years with his dark and twisted contemporary horror/sci-fi/fantasy works. But he’s not only renowned in the literary world. He has made an indelible mark in the film industry with 64 of his novels and short stories being adapted into some of the most iconic horror films in history, including Carrie and The Shining. (Fun fact: The Shawshank Redemption was adapted from his 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.)
It makes you wonder what kinds of scary movies catches the attention of such a well-respected and aptly nicknamed author like the King of Horror. Well, Fandor has put together a list of a bunch of his favorite spooky flicks in the video below:
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You probably already know about Leslie Jones’ love for live-tweeting Game of Thrones, and how incredibly entertaining it is.
Now the next best thing, Game of Jones, is back. It features Seth Meyers and Jones watching the show together — in this case, episode 4 of Season 7.
What’s more, there’s a special guest who joins them. Please, let them do this for every episode until GoT finishes. Read more…
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«Where is the man with the hot dog?» There’s an odd little short film going around this week, debuted by GQ.com as part of their cover story on Robert Pattinson. The short film is called Fear & Shame and is written & directed by & starring Robert Pattinson. It is essentially just a 2.5 minute short about Pattinson running around New York City trying to find a hot dog to eat. He rambles on about fame and shame and fear and more while desperately trying to avoid the paparazzi. This doesn’t have too much going on in it, but it’s all from his perspective with some wacky voice-over, so why not enjoy. Plus, who doesn’t love NYC hot dogs? ›››
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12 movies to watch before you see The Dark Tower
Author Stephen King has never been shy about wearing his influences on his sleeve, and his “Dark Tower” novels have always been an exotic blend of Herbert-esque sci-fi, Leone-style western, Tolkien fantasy and Lovecraftian horror. Hence, in the wake of Sony‘s new filmic adaptation of The Dark Tower we’re giving you twelve films to have seen or at least be aware of going into it.
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Our list contains three different kinds of movies: 1) Films based on King’s own writing that have direct connections to the “Dark Tower” world, 2) Films that directly inspired King when writing the eight “The Dark Tower” novels and 3) Movies that are similar enough to The Dark Tower that they will get you in the right mindset. If you’ve already seen The Dark Tower movie this list will contain a lot of interesting connections as well.
It also so happens that two key movies on this list have just been released on fabulous new Blu-ray editions. On August 15, Kino Lorber is releasing a 50th anniversary edition of Sergio Leone’s western classic The Good, The Bad and The Ugly which contains a gorgeous 4K transfer of the original theatrical cut, available for the first time ever in HD. Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has also just recently unleashed a Warlock three-movie Blu-ray collection, so if you want to get your B-movie sorcery on that’s the surefire way to go.
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Which of the movies on our list do you think connects most to Dark Tower? Any others you would recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
The Mist (2007)
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of King’s 1980 novella is just as lean and mean as its source material, and contains multiple connections to The Dark Tower. For one, Thomas Jane’s character is a poster artist finishing art for a then-non-existent Dark Tower film, featuring Roland in full cowboy gear. The character of Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) speaks the line «My life for you,» which hints she may be communicating with Randall Flagg/Walter Padick/The Man in Black. Lastly, the monsters Roland (Idris Elba) refers to in the film that Walter wants to unleash on all worlds are the same ones from Todash Space in the «Dark Tower» books, likely unleashed by the Arrowhead project by creating a Thinny, which is also featured in a scene in the new Dark Tower movie. So yes, The Mist is more or less a full-on Dark Tower film.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Not only was J.R.R. Tolkien’s «Lord of the Rings» trilogy of novels an acknowledged inspiration for «The Dark Tower» series, but the later success of Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy and the subsequent fantasy revival in cinema that followed was a major impetus for Hollywood to begin approaching King to adapt Dark Tower to the screen.
Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
The Dark Tower film begins with a scene of «Breakers,» children with psychic ability being harnessed by the Man in Black to break the beams holding up the Dark Tower. The main character in Hearts in Atlantis, Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) is one of the most powerful of these Breakers, and he’s being pursued by Walter’s Low Men/Can-Toi agents, who are the rat-like creatures disguised as humans featured throughout the new film. The character of Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) may also be a Twinner (alternate world version of) Dark Tower‘s protagonist Jake Chambers. So, like The Mist, Hearts in Atlantis is very much a Dark Tower movie.
The Stand (1994)
The appearance of Walter Padick/The Man in Black in The Dark Tower, as played by Matthew McConaughey, is not the arch villain’s first screen appearance. In the world of Stephen King novels the devilish sorcerer character is also known by the name Randall Flagg, and he appeared as the baddie in King’s novels «The Eyes of the Dragon» as well as «The Stand.» In the 1994 TV movie of The Stand the character was played with devilish relish by Jamey Sharidan in a more blue collar getup than McConaughey sports.
Many of the reviews of the new Dark Tower movie make the (somewhat fair) argument that the movie feels like a lower budget 80’s horror movie in places. When critics say that, it’s hard to believe they’re not thinking specifically of Warlock, wherein Julian Sands plays a black-clad sorcerer not unlike McConaughey’s Man in Black, who steps out of his own realm to destroy Earth… kind of like the Man in Black. Like Dark Tower there’s also a driven, tortured hero (Richard E. Grant’s Giles Redferne) teaming up with a sarcastic contemporary Earthling (Lori Singer) to kill the sorcerer, leading to much fish-out-of-water antics. Warlock and the new Dark Tower movie are so similar it’s kind of frightening, actually.
In 1984 David Lynch was tasked with adapting a similarly dense sci-fi/fantasy tome in Frank Herbert’s Dune, which (much like Dark Tower) deals with traveling through portals between worlds, people with psychic abilities and a lone hero who’s father is killed (Paul Atreides/Roland Deschain) who seeks to restore balance to the universe. Like Dune, The Dark Tower movie doesn’t quite succeed at channeling the material into a masterpiece, but like Dune it is also immediately misunderstood by critics and destined for cult status once people realize there is greatness within.
So yes, Arthurian mythology is also weaved throughout The Dark Tower. Even in the movie the Man in Black acknowledges that Roland’s andalwood Guns were forged from the famous magical sword Excalibur, and that Roland is descended from the line of Arthur Eld (King Arthur), who was himself a guardian of the Dark Tower. For a good introduction to Arthurian myth, specifically the sword, look no further than 1981’s boobs-and-blood-drenched epic Excalibur, which takes its inspiration from Thomas Malory’s «Le Morte d’Arthur.»
The Shining (1980)
This one’s a gimme. You’ve definitely seen this movie, or at least know that Danny Torrance’s ability to «shine» is a loose term for psychic abilities. This «shine» is also referred to explicitly in The Dark Tower movie, and the fact that Jake Chambers has it big time is one of the main reasons The Man in Black is pursuing him. This ability is referred to as «The Touch» in the books.
El Topo (1970)
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s art house western is a great primer for reading the «Dark Tower» books, as its imagery of a black-clad gunfighter traveling with a young boy through a wasteland and encountering surreal situations and deformed people is very similar in tone to what King would achieve when he wrote the first story, also in 1970. Scenes such as Jodorowsky’s gunslinger killing a whole town of people and a Crimson King-esque sigul are just a few of the similarities it shares with King’s work.
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Sergio Leone’s western created the archetype of the mythical «Man With No Name,» as played by Clint Eastwood. The character type of the terse gunslinger who travels the desert was a chief inspiration for Roland (he’s often depicted as Eastwood-like on the covers), as well as George Miller’s Mad Max. The character made his first appearance in A Fistful of Dollars, then in the sequel For a Few Dollars More and, finally, in Leone’s masterpiece The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. The latter is the most «Dark Tower»-esque, as it involves Eastwood’s gunslinger traveling reluctantly with a partner allied against a sinister figure of evil, in this case the amoral Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef). Oh, it’s also one of the greatest movies (not westerns, movies) ever made.
Seven Samurai (1956)
Akira Kurosawa’s legendary samurai epic later inspired westerns like The Magnificent Seven, and King’s «The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla» is an almost 100% riff on it. In terms of the movie, there is a scene where Roland almost single-handedly defends a small Mid-World town from the Man in Black’s henchmen, and it’s very much in the spirit of «few against many» in Kurosawa’s film.
This influential western was directly referenced in the recent Logan, and the relationship between Roland and Jake in Dark Tower is very similar to the one between Shane (Alan Ladd) and Joey (Brandon deWilde). There’s even a bonding scene where Roland teaches Jake to shoot that’s very similar to a scene in Shane, where Ladd explains that «a gun is a tool,» no better or worse than the man who uses it. Not that dissimilar from «I do not shoot with my hand, I shoot with my mind.»
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More from the brilliant mind of Ruben Östlund! Vimeo has premiered his 2009 short film Incident by a Bank online in full for free, and it’s definitely worth watching. The short film won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009, and played at tons of other festivals, picking up even more awards along the way. Incident by a Bank is an amusing, meticulous recreation of failed bank robbery. It’s presented in a single take where over 96 people perform intricate choreography for the camera. The film recreates an actual event that took place in Stockholm in June 2006. I’m a huge fan of Östlund, director of Force Majeure and this year’s The Square, and it’s exciting to go back and discover more of his older work. ›››
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We started this week with a short film, so why not end the week with a good short film as well. Piano is an animated short film that first played at film festivals throughout 2016 before arriving online recently. It’s a charming, fun little short that can’t really be described easily. «A film without main characters where the lives of characters that have lost their head intertwine in a dramatic and less dramatic way in an ordinary concrete panel apartment building.» Piano was made by Estonian filmmaker Kaspar Jancis, a director, animator, and composer, who has made a few other films previously. All of his other work is worth exploring as well, and can be seen on Vimeo. But don’t forget to check out this one below, it’ll make you smile. Enjoy. ›››
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Virtual reality company Oculus on Thursday released a trippy trailer for its first full-length film, and you won’t want to miss it.
The film, called Miyubi, takes the viewer through a series of strange events as you follow the life of a 1982 suburban family in America.
And you’re not just watching the movie passively. Oculus financed the movie and worked with production studios Felix and Paul Studios and Funny or Die, who set it up so that viewers are a part of the action.
Your character isn’t another human watching from the outside either — you’re a Japanese toy robot from the ’80s named Miyubi. Read more…
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You thought Baby Groot was a stone-cold scene thief? Just wait.
There’s so much to unpack from a second viewing of the Avengers: Infinity War footage that first played at D23 last and came out for an encore at Comic-Con on Saturday night, but there was one thing I utterly missed the first time that fully stood out the second:
We first met the brooding, game-obsessed teenaged Groot in one of the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, when Peter Quill was giving him a fatherly talking-to, and he wan’t having any of it. Well, he’s barely aged at all by the time we get to Infinity War — and so settled into the background that I didn’t see him the first time around. Read more…
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«There’s nowhere left to go… Nowhere, except the Oasis.» Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, the geeky novel about a kid in the future who logs into a virtual reality world and plays games to win the ultimate prize. I’m so excited to finally see something from this, and I still can’t believe Spielberg is actually directing. Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the gaming world as Parzival. The cast includes Mark Rylance as the game’s creator, James Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander. There’s some great references to The Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and E.T. of course, and this is only just the first tease. Dang I’m hyped for this!! Very excited to see more. ›››
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