There are only a small handful of movies that I consider near-perfect films. Cinema is such a hard thing to get right as there are so many moving parts that have to come together to form a unified whole. A bad script can kill a movie. A bad actor can kill a movie. A bad director can kill a movie. Bad production design can kill a movie and on and on and on. Back to the Future is one of those where damn near everything in the movie is pitch-perfect. They actually cast Eric Stoltz as Marty originally but let him go after it just wasn’t gelling with the vision. Can you imagine ANYONE other than Michael J. Fox in that role?
Time travel movies can get overly convoluted and shoot themselves in the foot. This one kept it simple, light and made the focus the characters and not the science. Smart move. Plus, the chemistry between Marty and Doc is amazing. I picked a scene from the movie that I felt really nailed that dynamic, their ‘first’ meeting in the past. What a great scene.
I’m really sad to see this one go. It’s one of the first that sort of pained me to erase. I love the subject matter and feel like it suits me to a T. That movie is so good on a lot of levels and does the impossible job of being entertaining, tongue-in-cheek and poignant all at the same time. Every performance in the movie is memorable but the Battle of Wits is a high point for me. The dialogue is hilarious and Wallace Shawn aces this scene. I wish I could have saved this one, it gave me a little boost each day when I arrived to my cube. Up next: BACK TO THE FUTURE!
This has been a very Potter-centric month for me. I finally read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and got around to doing a Potter-related whiteboard. I’ve known for a long time I’d get around to doing one from these movies but there is just so much to choose from in J.K. Rowling’s expansive and incredibly interesting world. Her imagination is absolutely amazing and I hope she continues to visit and explore the wizarding world in her writings. Ultimately, I love bad guys so I decided to go with a powerful image of Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts. I knew that scene with the rubble and people everywhere would make a compelling whiteboard if I didn’t botch it. Despite all the details I thoroughly enjoyed this one from start to finish and it hasn’t probably gotten more love from around the office than any of the others. Here are some progress pics!
John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors. I could seriously do an entire series of whiteboard based solely on his works and it would be immensely satisfying. I’ve already done Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing and now Halloween… I could definitely get behind doing The Fog or Starman. Those would be a lot of fun to do. I seem to be transitioning into a villains motif so perhaps I’ll do another villain after this. (Hint, Hint… VOLDEMORT) And now… Progress pics!
I’m a big Game of Thrones fan. I’ll admit I haven’t read the books but HBO and their collaboration with George R.R. Martin has been pretty stellar. Now that we are nearing the end of the series, it’s gotten really interesting with the television show’s output surpassing where Martin is in the writing of the books. After having to wait for years for the Dark Tower series to be completed, I’m not going to mess with the books until the last one is done. Here are some progress pics!
I’m a little amazed it took me this long to get to a Kurosawa film on the whiteboard. The man was a pillar of film and his masterpiece Seven Samurai has been mined and regurgitated by the Hollywood machine more times than I care to go into. We’ve all seen films where a helpless village hires outsiders to come in and help them deal with oppressors. It’s a classic tale that was made classic because of Kurosawa. So, in a way, we have Kurosawa to thank for The Three Amigos. Just let that sink in for a second.
Man, there is just something so delicious about the crazy excess of Paul Verhoeven films of the 80’s and early 90’s. There’s a common theme running through them, they are completely unapologetic and fully embrace their insanity. He was never afraid to take it a step too far into the realm of utter ridiculousness, which I think is the main problem with Hollywood constantly trying to remake films of that era. They always miss what made the original work and in trying to update it for today’s times they invariably go for a ‘realistic, more ground and dark and gritty’ take on the material. It fails. Every. Time. I’m not specifically trying to blast the Robocop reboot as there are a lot of elements to it that could have been real strengths. I’d rather that energy go into a new idea instead of trading on nostalgia to get butts in the seats. Anyway. Here’s my Robocop whiteboard.
I got to cross another movie classic off the list with this one, Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera. Considering the era, the makeup job on his character is quite good and totally freaky. It’s also in black and white, which makes it easier to translate to the whiteboard. 🙂 My favorite thing to draw in this one is that little statue on the far left. Not sure why. I always have a couple of parts to each one of these pieces that I really liked for reasons that only make sense to me. Like Phantom’s hair. I dig the hair.
I love movies. I always have. It probably stems from seeing movies I was probably too young to see and being transfixed by them, whether it be through being overwhelmed at the imagination on screen or through being genuinely scared by something. The villain that left one of the biggest impressions on me as a kid was Tim Curry’s Lord of Darkness from the 80’s fantasy movie “Legend.” To this day I still think it’s one of the best makeup and prosthetic jobs I’ve seen in a film and the slight voice modulation give him a super creepy voice. He wasn’t a one note villain, screaming all the time. He was calm and terrifying, making his outbursts even scarier. Pair this with the fact that the same guy played Pennywise the clown and Tim Curry is a first ballot villain hall-of-famer.
Here are the pics!