The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

sk002One of most iconic filmmaker in our generation was director Stanley Kubrick.  His films stood out for being strange, weird and visually artistic.  He did not make mainstream flicks like director Steven Spielberg or summer popcorn fluff like Michael Bay, Stanley Kubrick was unique.  This was the last week of “The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, so being cinema fans here at Retrenders, we stopped by the museum.

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Cinema Alchemist, A Memoir – Roger Christian

cinemaalcoverImagine yourself in 1970s Hollywood and you’re on set meeting a nobody director at the time George Lucas, who is wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.  He talks to you about this secret script named Star Wars.  What would do?  This was before so-called “Hollywood blockbusters”, before movie franchises, before green screens, and before SFX studios like ILM.  Roger Christian accepted the gig and of course, the rest is history.  Cinema Alchemist, Designing Star Wars & Alien is a memoir by Oscar-winning Roger Christian.

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Viral Video Friday: Eggplant – Animated Short

eggplantanimatedshortThis is a not-so typical photo shoot for the kid named Durian.  This UCLA Animation Workshop thesis film “Eggplant” by director and animator Yangzi She has a certain charm and emotional drive to it.  If you have time, definitely watch this animated short.

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Google Doodle Tribute to Eiji Tsubaraya

googlekingkongtributeIf you remember watching Ultraman or those badly dubbed Godzilla flicks from Japan back in the day, well, today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to the sci-fi monster maker Eiji Tsubaraya.  The famous director passed away in the 1970s and today would be his 114th birthday.  Google Doodles honors the man with neat little video on monster making.

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Brainquake by Samuel Fuller

brainquakecoverA-List directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino have been inspired by the works of Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One).  The World War II veteran, was both a director and author.  He wrote “Brainquake” in 1993 while living in France, and now fans can re-discover Fuller’s last novel published and translated into English by Titan Books and Hard Case Crime.

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The Messenger Bag Director’s Chair

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Our Retrenders staff member and film connoisseur Johnny Moreno sometimes fancies himself as a big time director, like he’s the next Pedro Almodóvar.  He will definitely like this item, it’s not just a director’s chair, but folds up into an easy-to carry messenger bag.

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