Happy Birthday, BELA LUGOSI!!!! - from your palz at 1931 Productions
Happy Birthday, BELA LUGOSI!!!! - from your palz at 1931 Productions
When I first saw the trailer for DREDD, it gave me chills and that’s always proven to be a good sign in predicting that from beginning to end, I will be in admiration and adoration of a film.
DREDD, especially in 3D (some of the best since AVATAR) really blew my mind. Aside from the corny but lovable Stallone 90’s JUDGE DREDD, I really knew nothing about the comics and therefore, little about the lead character and the world he lives in.
Aside from the jaw dropping, beautifully violent and impactful visuals, I was captivated by the ever relevant political and socio-economical topics and themes involved in the script. Karl Urban, Lena Headey and Olivia Thirlby are all fantastic in their lead roles, and the music is just a kick ass score (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V57fj584Oe8) that makes me want to be a Judge…until I remember what a horrific dystopia the future America is they have to govern. But really, it’s a mesmerizing blend of heavy industrial and ethereal melodies that plays wonderfully against the film’s mood and setting.
Despite all the film’s glowing attributes, it was largely overlooked on its theatrical release. It wasn’t until word spread of it’s badassery that people started to take notice and Netflix rentals and bluray sales shot through the roof.
For this reason, us over here at 1931 Productions are taking part in the 2014 DAY OF DREDD today. The purpose is to help promote the film in any way possible in hopes of convincing the Big Execs in Hollywood that there should for sure be a DREDD SEQUEL!
So please, today (and always!) SPREAD THE DREDD! :) You can sign the official petition to make another Dredd film here: http://2000adonline.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=a6e40236aa24d482cfff600d2&id=62906ebdcc
Check out my review of the film for a little further convincing as to why this is an amazing and much needed giant step forward for comic book film and indie cinema alike!
Judge Dredd for President 2016
This week has been full of birthdays from some of 1931 Production’s most inspirational directors.
We may have forgotten your birthday (Sept. 7th), but we haven’t forgotten you, Dario! Happiest of Birthdays!
1931 Productions is guest starring in a podcast tonight to express out love of the newest installment in the APES series <3
4 years ago today back in 2010, 1931 Productions pulled up into LA and decided to make it our bitch.
The Dance of Reality Trailer
"You and I have only been memories- never reality. Something is dreaming us. Give yourself to the illusion. Live! Everything you are going to be, you already are. What you are looking for, is already within you. Rejoice in your sufferings. Thanks to them, you will reach me."
- ‘The Dance of Reality’, Alejandro Jodorowsky
Those words spoken from that soothing accented voice, nearly brings me to tears as I hear them. Self affirming sentiments often seen in internet memes today never seem as powerful except when spoken by the artist visionary Alejandro Jodorowsky. Being the director’s first film of 23 years, it is a true testament to the soul sucking, money hunger that is film financing in the current industry as it was and has always been a struggle for Jodorowsky to find funding for his controversial cinematic masterpieces. As one of 1931 Production’s most anticipated films of 2014, THE DANCE OF REALITY (La Danza de la Realidad) left us dazzled, filling our hearts with wonder and joy at this coming of age, politically fired, sexually charged, memorizingly violent, religious doused experience of a story.
Reminiscent of Tim Burton’s BIG FISH, through wildly fantastical stories Jodorowsky recounts his father’s journey to developing a loving and accepting heart while also semi-autobiographically re-telling the beauty and horrors of his own childhood growing up in a small ocean side town in Chile.
Although this is his most accessible film, it does not lack the depth and metaphor present in all his other works. It is an absurd poem dedicated to the exploration of both the miracles and sorrows in living, and like Jodorowsky’s tyrant father, life can be simultaneously cruel and giving, making it not an enigma to understand but rather a moment to savor for it is all but an illusion we should give ourselves wholeheartedly to.
The film, while denouncing God existence, also presents an enchanted world where belief in God does not simply lead to being slave to a particular religious sect, but imagines life where all things are possible through devout Faith and that love is universal and all encompassing. It presents two options through the characterization of his polar opposite parents who share passion in totally separate ideologies. While his father condemns the idea of God, “we die, and then we rot”, his empathetic mother embraces the belief in a power greater than logic. Through her conviction she possesses a mysticism that makes possible the impossible, and poses the choice of believing in a world of imagination, fascination and love, or like his father’s path, choosing the burden of the cynic and to live without compassion. It widdles down religion to something simple, that in a unpredictable world in which our own journey is defined by our individual perceptions, we can choose to either believe in magic or not. It makes me want to believe in the magic of God, because the other option feels so empty in comparison.
THE DANCE OF REALITY is an exquisitely beautiful portrayal of what it means to live. Jodorowsky melds together time and space as he weaves a dreamscape in which the influential characters of his and his father’s life live on to tell their stories. Like, BIG FISH they all stand at the edge of the water as a symbol of the departure from the life he once knew. He freely embellishes on his memories while presenting the notion that reality is in itself completely subjective to the individual perceiving it. Some may find that his works are too difficult to grasp, but they are more like poetic moving images meant to baptize you with universal truth and meaning in its philosophical symbolism.
With a family overflowing with talent best known for the Coppolas, Alejandro Jodorowsky utilizes his sons for his films in ways welcomingly challenging traditional American parental ethics. The use of nudity by not only his actors but his children throughout his films as well present layers of statement about the human body and it’s power through and beyond sexuality. Brontis is a force to behold as he plays his own grandfather in the film, and Adan Jodorowsky has a role as well as creating the hauntingly beautiful score. Axel Jodorowsky plays a Theosophist who introduces young Jodorowsky to the spirit of acceptance and love in religion. Alejandro plays an omnipresent figure of his present self who lovingly nurtures the young and lost Alejandro featured in the film. It is a metaphor for the faith one has in themselves, and speaking as a spiritual guide with a wisdom gained by time and experience, he reassures his past self that all things have meaning and that ultimately it will work out the way the way it should. As he says in HOLY MOUNTAIN, “Now you are an open heart, open to receive your true essence your ultimate perfection. Your new body, which is the universe, the work of god. You will be born again, you will be real. You will be your own father, your own mother, your own child, your own perfection.”
If this film is still playing in theaters near you, I desperately urge you to see it—- to not only support a true artist of our lifetime who has unjustifiably struggled to make important art for humanity, but to give yourself a chance to open your heart and mind to the fantastic.
THE DANCE OF REALITY closes tomorrow at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles!!
If you can’t tell, I absolutely adore his relationship with his lovely looking feline friend.
"I don’t want to make industrial films to earn money, to make a living. I want to make films to lose money, films that oblige me to search employment in other creations. The cinema to me is sacred. It must be of service to something, to open our consciousness, to unite us to the past, present and future, to save the world. Of course, we cannot change the world, but we can start to change it. Don’t ask me to present my film. All beings are infinite, my film is a being, it speaks for itself. I give you my honesty, my truth, this limited coffin where my infinite soul resides." — Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Dance of Reality featurette: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thedanceofreality/
1931 Productions LOVES it when great movies get the attention they deserve!
SO happy to see these two films have extended runs at the Cinefamily Theatre!
Herzog’s NOSFERATU - until Tuesday, May 27th
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE - May 24, 25 & 27th
H.R. Giger has been one of the great architects of my imagination for as long as I can remember. From his glorious original art to his amazing creature in ALIEN to his atmospheric artwork for bands like Danzig and Korn, Giger’s output has been a constant; such genius will be missed. Rest in peace; the world has lost a true icon.
I have always
Been a fan.
And I know
This much is true
I SO love
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
Oh yeah! Favorite movie Spider- Man
Spidey was perfect,
Action was great
Sinister Six tease
Made me salivate.
And of course
There is Gwen
Stop crying Ben
Hell Yes! My favorite Spider-Man!
Please know that
This film does have flaws
But the highs so swept me up
Inspiring joy and applause!
Yes Andrew Garfield
I loved the Spideys
That came before
But this is the one
I’ve been waiting for
So much fun!
My favorite Spider-Man!
Still sad about the loss of such a wonderful actor that brought light to any film he was in…
1931 Productions would like to give a shout out to one of our favorite directors, Quentin Tarantino! Happy 51st Birthday!!
Jodorowsky’s DUNE is an exceptional and highly inspirational film for anyone who has an artistic endeavor or passion they want to realize. The level of creativity that spews forth from this man’s mind is almost incomprehensible as he tries to will to life his own adaptation of the novel, DUNE. Despite being said to have a touch of madness to his grand visions, Jodorowsky with his fervor for life is always such a pleasure to watch and listen. His passion for achievement cannot and should not be contained.
Fascinating how to what levels he sacrifices himself for the sake of creating his vision. A life so encompassed by his own projects to the point where the films and his own life seem to become one— where assembling his cast and crew of “warriors” for DUNE parallels the journey to the planet prophets in his film THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. How cleverly Jodorowsky had to acquire each mega star by using their own personalities and pleasures to lure them into their roles—- Like attaining Dali by outsmarting him into believing he would be the highest paid man in Hollywood, or coaxing Orson Welles into his role by being aware of his gluttonous vices and offering him the chef of hid favorite Parisian restaurant to cook all his meals while working on the film.
Jodorowsky’s DUNE reminds us that aspiration can be man’s greatest tool, even when we fail. As any filmmaker would know, a project regardless of its greatness and preparedness, can still be left collecting dust and forgotten by the studios. The point is not that his project never saw the true light of day, but that despite this seemingly failure, DUNE has still influenced cinema since its conception and continues to even now. A dream can live on and continue to inspire in many forms. What matters is that minds are now open, and filmmakers can continue to dream, even if they must fight constantly to keep that dream alive. As Alejandro would agree: We must have ambition to truly live.
And on a side note, instead of diciplining at our cat next time she’s incessantly yapping, we’ll just gently cradle her in our arms and softly say “Silencio, Silencio” in a loving Jodorowsky style.
See the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WWu1kclNDA
SEE IT IN A THEATER NEAR YOU!