Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser

Christopher Nolan released the teaser trailer for the third and final instalment of his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Ironically, the teaser premiered during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2, the same movie that beat Nolan’s record for best opening weekend, that he held since 2008 with The Dark Knight. The final movie of the Harry Potter series beat TDK by 10 million dollars, earning 168.6 million dollars for its first box office weekend.

The Dark Knight Rises teaser doesn’t show much, but as we can guess, Batman has retired after the Harvey Dent/Two-Face incident, and Gordon (lying in a hospital bed) prays that the caped crusader returns to save Gotham. We also see that Bane should be the main bad guy, played by Tom Hardy, but the IMDB cast credits Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, so that remains to be seen. Honestly, I hope Catwoman will not have a huge role in this movie, because I frankly think she is one of the less credible bad guys to ever appear in a comic book series. Then again, if Christopher Nolan would do a remake of Bambi, I would still believe that it had a shot to win an Oscar, so he’s definitely able to make a believable Catwoman.

The teaser launched pretty much precisely one year before its release in July 2012, so we have a long wait in front of us to answer all these questions, but this is definitely the movie I’m most looking forward to see next year. Nolan never dissapoints.

Throwback Tuesday: Montana Meth Project (2005)

As bright and hilarious as my first throwback post was, this one is its complete polar opposite. This is by far one of the most graphic and disturbing prevention campaign ever released, and according to their stats, the strategy worked.

Montana has been plagued with Meth for quite some time now, and Tom Siebel, the movement’s founder, thought it would be a good starting point to launch the Meth Project campaign back in 2005. Through TV ads, billboards and more, the Meth Project focused on showing the devastating effects of this highly-addictive drug, from where was born their tagline Not Even Once.

For television commercials, the Meth Project brought an impressive arsenal of award-winning directors, composed of Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), Tony Kaye (American History X), Wally Pfister (cinematographer for Dark Knight, Memento, Inception) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, Biutiful, 21 Grams) to create these high-impact ads. The result are 19 gruesome, terrifying 30-second spots that must have been pretty hard to get through the censorship council.

I strongly encourage people to watch them all and learn about this destructive drug that is plaguing the United States.

The Meth Project’s YouTube Channel

50 Years of Amnesty International

Amnesty International is celebrating its 50 years, and to mark this milestone, they’ve teamed up with director Carlos Lascano to put together a 2-minute short film, showing many episodes of mankind’s struggle for freedom.

Lascano used various types of animation to complete this task, from stop-motion to 2D and 3D animation. The result feels very organic and cinematographic. The transitions and continuity of the film are really its highlights. Everything flows perfectly and every new shot that you see is perfectly connected to the one before. Hans Zimmer’s powerful soundtrack completes the piece beautifully.

There is a behind-the-scenes video that is really worth watching.

Throwback Tuesday: Durex “Get It On”

No need to try and hide hit, the blog has been slowing down A LOT these past few weeks. It’s a bit harder to lock myself in and browse the web when it’s hot and sunny until 9 o’clock everyday.

So, to make my life easier, and at the same time revive the blog, I decided to start the Throwback Tuesdays (exactly like about 2 million other blogs in the world right now). TTs will show you stuff that caught my attention back when I didn’t have a blog, and that deserves to be brought back in the spotlight.

For my first Throwback Tuesday, I’m going to bring back this award-winning “viral” commercial from Durex, called Get It On. The advertisement was produced by Superfad, one of my favorite studio, which I have featured several times on my blog.

This is by far one of the funniest ads I’ve seen in recent years, and it’s an incredibly original way to present Durex’s product, and at the same time, raise awareness in the community.

Make sure to check out the different outtakes here.