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Trailer for Gary Hustwit’s new film, Urbanized. The Barbican have a week of screenings, 16-23 December 2011, tickets and info here. Big fan of Gary’s work and this looks amazing. Can’t wait.

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It is what it is and it is OMG amazing. The work of designer Christian Annyas, Movie Title Stills Collection is a MASSIVE collection of title stills from 1920-now. And it is amazing. There’s also a section dedicated to the work of Saul Bass, which is worth a visit on its own.

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Three trailers for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Top to bottom: the incredibly taut, mysterious and darkly thrilling UK teaser trailer, my personal favourite; the less teasing yet no less thrilling UK theatrical trailer and finally, below, the US ‘blow-by-blow-the-whole-story-with-sign-posts’ trailer. I don’t really understand. I’ve met plenty of Americans and none of them have been so completely stupid as to need the simpleton trailer that they’ve got. The fact is, the film in the first two trailers, looks far more enticing than that in the third. Or is it just me?

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Real Scenes: Berlin from Resident Advisor on Vimeo.

Great little film about the rise of Berlin’s club culture.

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I think there might be something wrong with me. I have developed something of a crush on Sasha Grey, superstar p0rnstar of the twitter generation; she of the exceptionally deep throat and no gag reflex.

The thing is, I prefer her with her clothes on. Which is good because following her appearance in ad campaigns for American Apparel and a role as a high class escort in Steven Soderbergh’s much overlooked (well I liked it) art-house film The Girlfriend Experience, Sasha’s making a bid for a full mainstream crossover. She’s already made a low-budget horror and did six episodes of US TV series Entourage (so far so p0rnstar) and has three films coming out in 2011, including I Melt With You starring alongside Rob Lowe. More importantly though, she’s self-styling herself as pop culture icon with a book, Neu Sex featuring her own photography (of herself) and thoughts, opinions and writings (on sexuality, the entertainment industry and her life in general) which even at a glance suggests she has all the instinct, belief and attitude needed to be the real thing.

Evidently there’s more to Ms Grey than her ability to make even the most hardcore of p0rn lovers blush. I know very little about her and I’m fascinated already. I would love to interview her, preferably for as mainstream a magazine, newspaper or website as possible. If any editors want to commission a feature on Ms Grey please let me know, I can’t help feel that 10 years from now, if not one of the biggest, she’ll certainly be one of the coolest stars around.

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Reyner Banham Loves LA. They don’t make documentaries like this anymore. More’s the pity. Actually really makes me want to go back to LA… or at least LA as it was in 1972.

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A Brief History Of Title Design from Art Of The Title. Superb short film on the evolution of titles with a nice run of shots from Saul Bass‘s game changers – The Man With The Golden Arm, Anatomy Of A Murder, Vertigo, NorthByNorthwest.

I love films. But sometimes I think I love trailers more. There should be an Oscar for best trailer – the ability to make a bad film look amazing means that they are surely the highest, and most valuable, art form. The only things that equal the importance and thrill of trailers are opening credits. They set the tone, the atmosphere and the pace. They manage expectation and can make or break a film. Really good ones can standalone as stunning pieces of cinema in their own right. Art Of Title celebrates those first few minutes in all their forms from the the fully formed title sequence (see Vertigo, Se7en, The Game, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Casino Royale) to the scene setting sequence where film’s set-up provides the titles backdrop (Bullitt, Dirty Harry, It Might Get Loud, Moon). Great site. Prepare to spend a very long time here.

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I’m a big fan of documentary film maker Gary Hustwit. He made the brilliant Helvetica, a film about a typeface, and Objectified, a film about the impact of industrial design on everyday life. Now he’s completing his design trilogy with the city-centred Urbanized, or at least he would if he had the money to do it. He’s looking for $85,000 to finish the film. I’d give it to him myself if I had it, I love his work so much. But I haven’t, so wisely, rather than wait for me, he’s started a crowdsourcing fund on Kickstart to get the last of the cash in, so if you fell inclined to turn your hard earned into a cinematic masterpiece you could do worse than click here.

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Just re-read Len Deighton’s The Ipcress File. Almost as good as this picture of him teaching Sir Michael Caine to cook on the set of the film version. What’s surprising is that I read the book a couple of years ago and hated it. Thought it was dull, confused and nowhere near as good as the film. Admittedly the film is one of my all-time favourites, so it was always going to struggle. Re-reading it, the plot isn’t quite as refined and smart as the movie, which is substantially different, but the writing is stunning. Sharp, clever and very fun, I can’t recommend it enough. Don’t know what I was on the first time.

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Up until now I have been 50/50 on the prospect of The Social Network. On the one hand anything written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher should be amazing. But the story of FaceBook, starring Justin Timberlake?

However, even taking into account the fact that everything musical genius JT has acted in so far has stunk to high heavens, it has to be said that this, the third trailer for The Social Network makes the film look amazing.

If nothing else it’s an inspired example of the art of the film trailer.

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