Wes Anderson vehicles

Video editor Jaume R. Lloret compiled some of the vehicles from Wes Anderson movies including The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Grand Budapest Hotel. What aesthetic eye candy! Advertisements

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‘The secret of theft, which is also called creativity’

When asked how screenwriter and film director Paul Schrader came up with some of his scripts for the movie First Reformed, he responded like all remix artists: PS: The secret of theft, which is also called “creativity,” is you have to steal a bit from a lot of different places. You can’t go to the […]

RIP Bill Gold, one of the best movie poster artists of all-time

RIP Bill Gold, considered one of the best movie poster artists of all-time. Below are a couple snippets from the obituary in the New York Times but the whole article is worth reading. Long before poster artists turned to photography and computer-generated images in the 1980s and ’90s, illustrators like Mr. Gold billboarded movies with freehand drawings, […]

Your vocation chooses you

We all start out with a dream, a goal of someone or something we want to emulate. We keep that dream close, putting up bedroom posters and memorizing phrases that propel us to keep pushing toward our goal. But then something else happens along the way? The creative gods tell us to do something else instead. […]

Low brain activities

TV YouTube Social media People enjoy low brain activities because it gives them the option to unthink. Whether it’s movies or endless Instagram scrolling, the images are there telling us what to think. Reading or listening to music, on the other hand, may take your mind places. As Ray Bradbury once put it, books create […]

Ray Bradbury: Reading creates a ‘theater inside your head’

A book triggers the imagination. A movie tells all. A book can change your life. A film can change your perception, but only momentarily. Reading creates a theater inside your head When it comes to reading versus watching a screen, it’s all about mind control. You can either make your own mental movie or acquiesce […]

The Stahl House Movie

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see my brother Ryan Baum graduate from SCI-Arc, an architecture school in downtown Los Angeles. Each student was responsible for presenting their thesis in front of faculty and special guests. For his final project, my brother put some renderings together over the Stahl House to recreate the iconic […]

Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Spirited Away’ – Train Travel Scene

We all must confront our demons from time to time. We must let them pass through the millions of burnt light bulbs in our imagination. Everything good seems to disrupt our life. Struggle ensures that nothing is transactional. It is felt, a lesson in disguise. But where does the journey lead us? There’s no clear answer […]

Loving Vincent: When nobody becomes a somebody 

Vincent Van Gogh was a nobody. He only sold one piece of art while he was alive and it was to his brother! But that’s who we all are at the core — small sprinkles on Earth in a vast universe. If the solar eclipse was any reminder, the cosmos operate whether humans exist or […]

Camera obscura

Sometimes it’s the written word. Other times, it’s a still photo. If the camera is too revealing, we can communicate via video or sound. Said filmmaker Robert Bresson’s in his 1975 book Notes on the Cinematograph: “A locomotive’s whistle imprints in us a whole railroad station.”   Communication is a game of elements. Film is the […]

Roger Ebert wrote this after 25 years as a movie critic

  The film critic Roger Ebert originally published this piece in 1992 after celebrating his 25th year as a movie critic for the Chicago-Sun Times. He passed away in April 2013.   The job of a movie critic is unusual. Instead of spending your time at the office or even at home penning away your […]

How to make up your mind and decide

Decisions are multi-faceted. They can be manifested as desires, little bets about on how you want things to go. After all, all believing is betting. However, you can also decide against your best wishes. No one wants to put a sick dog to sleep. Difficult decisions paralyze people’s judgement. “Sometimes it’s not what I want to […]

Werner Herzog talks filmmaking, Pokemon Go, and how to manage our online life

The Verge interviewed legendary director Werner Herzog about his online class where both aspiring filmmakers and professionals can learn his tips and secrets on moviemaking. Not surprisingly, Herzog practices an unusual style of teaching too. He encourages his students to break the rules of storytelling and make up their assignments. “don’t wait for the system to […]

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