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Hasko Baumann

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  1. BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW Panos Cosmatos, 2010 A paranoia manifesto by Panos Cosmatos, son of George Cosmatos of FIRST BLOOD PART 2 fame. Panos followed this up last year with the Cagefest MANDY which I felt did not live entirely up to the promise he gave with his debut. BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW ist not for moviegoers who want a good and clear story narrative. Its vague references to the Reagan era and the Noriega affair in particular feel rather put-on. This film is all about mood, atmosphere and visuals. And the visuals are absolutely breathtaking. The sets are stunning, glowing walls and rooms, cold and menacing but unbelievably stylish. As the film is set in the early 80s, there is a fabulous analogue synth score throughout, conceived by the keyboarder of the band Black Mountain. It all feels like being captured in a feverish dream that you just can't wake up from. The film almost blows it with an all-too literate finale, but thankfully that's not enough to diminish this unique cinematic experience. It reminded me of the times when David Lynch or David Cronenberg were still really really weird. It is a very slow film, but if you are open to let yourself be caught up in it, you probably will find the experience most rewarding.
  2. ARTE has moved Real Men to October 13th at 10pm, admittedly a better slot than the one they chose first. This will probably only be of interest to Ariane but that's more than enough for me!
  3. Oh this is beautiful! Thank you so much. Great stuff!
  4. Really just a matter of taste, I guess - the film was a HUGE blockbuster in my home country and is held in the highest regard. Uhm, by most people.
  5. Accurate description I have to say though that everything about the film got on my nerves as far as I remember, it was just too shrill and over the top for my taste. And I found Jovovich's character unbearable. It was just too much kitsch for me. I liked Valerian much better because it had a dry sense of humour that corresponded very well with the colorful visuals, and I also liked that the leads were so so subdued. Of course, the designs in the Fifth Element are gorgeous, so many ideas, so many talented people involved, Moebius, Mézières, Gaultier... I heard that Prince was originally the first choice to play Tucker's role. Now I would have loved to see THAT!
  6. Things The Fifth Element has that Valerian does not: Chris Tucker. Chris Tucker. Chris Tucker. Chris Tucker. Chris Tucker.
  7. I hate The Fifth Element with the intensity of a thousand suns.
  8. Hello all, I am a big fan of Ernie Chan's, especially of his work on Detective Comics in the 70s. Does anyone know if there is a chance of DC releasing a Tales of the Batman book with his art or a similar anthology? Or is he possibly not well-known / popular enough? Thank you!
  9. It is, from way up north, my parents came from what we call 'Ostfriesland'. Very uncommon in the rest of the country which is rather unfortunate when you grow up in a different part of it!
  10. I do have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by the movie. Don't get me wrong, it is not a good adaptation of the comic books (but what is?), but I enjoyed it immensely. I really felt that Luc Besson gave me what has been missing from US blockbusters for many many years now: A sense of wonder. There is so much imagination, so much going on, so much fun to be had. And I really liked the casting of both of them, especially her, and how strong she turns out to be. Yes I have to say I really like that film!
  11. Let's say I wanted to approach a general issue by using a specific angle - an angle that I am familiar with. I sincerely believe that many of the attributes society associates with "manliness" are still universally accepted and many of them were presented in the movies. Also, I wanted to look at it from a man's perspective; meaning I also invited men with different cultural backgrounds, gay and straight, and asked them about their role models from the time they were growing up - and there were many similar answers. I have never heard the name 'Rocky' as often as in the course of making this film! Anyway, ever since #metoo people realized that those clichés are problematic. Of course I try to adress that and ask, where does that leave those kinds of characters - and actors? As for the language: Yes, unfortunately there is voiceover throughout in the Arte version. They did manage to book the guy who dubs Thomas in his movies for the interviews so that's kinda cool. And yes, there is also commentary. I like it better without so the international version that was shown at SDCC is clear of all that, no commentary and the German parts are subtitled.
  12. I did! I interviewed him for Moebius Redux. It was very interesting, I was very impressed by the man. I wasn't too familiar with his work though (and still am not). It was sad though, his stories were very interesting but somehow just did not fit in. It was one of those things. He is only in the film for one or two soundbites which is a shame. I actually feel bad about it now! But I think I put some of the interview into the bonus section...
  13. Thank you very much! Is there a name that could sound more British than Haskins? I was once at a film festival in Austin and someone said that my name sounded like for a henchman in a Bond film!
  14. I must admit I was unaware of it. Somebody pointed out to me that there was some activity regarding Real Men and I was curious. I was also happy that it was about Thomas so I thought, why not take part!
  15. Hello, I registered here just yesterday and I thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Hasko, I work as a director of documentaries/non-fiction television - and I am a passionate movie fan. I also love comic books and I often have managed to squeeze those passions into my work I feel this is a bunch of very kind people so I guess I'll stick around a bit. Hello!
  16. Wow, absolutely amazing stories! I felt that for a while that people were badmouthing Tom Savini a lot and I really have no idea why. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for a doc in 2000 - wow, it really is that long ago - in Switzerland of all places and it was an absolute joy. He was extremely nice with us, complimented us on our lighting and then gave an amazing interview. I mean, he has fascinating stories to tell, not only about his craft but also about his time in Vietnam and how it affected him. To me, he is one of the absolute masters, up there with Rob Bottin and Dick Smith. And I agree, he is a very intense actor and I always liked to see him on screen. Great guy in my book!
  17. Awww thank you. I hope you'll like it. I guess it's a little bit dated but maybe that's not necessarily a bad thing. I am glad that you chose the DVD with the 70min version, there are also shorter versions (like the BBC 52 minute cut) which I like a little less. Also, I put a ton of bonus stuff on the DVD that hopefully is fun. Anyway, I am delighted that it is still around and gets some play! THANKS!
  18. I will most definitely look around a bit!
  19. Thank you all for your kind words! Even if you don't enjoy the film as a whole, I can promise you that you will enjoy Thomas' appearances. He is truly amazing in it!
  20. Oh thank you. Yes the Moebius doc was important to me. Jodorowsky, yes, I worked with him on three projects and he forgot me every time - he sure doesn't remember me now!
  21. Oh stupid me, the trailer is up there first page Sorry RE Filming style: Yes we decided to use a lot of slo-mo, backlight and low angles; we really wanted to give it this 'grandiose' kind of feeling. For one, I wanted to represent the actors accordingly and not just show them in interview settings, but make it understandable how they work with the camera and how the camera works with them, and as the film is also about how these icons are being artificially created, the camera is of course an important part of the process. I wanted it to feel very artificial, there are not many 'reportage' parts so you don't see anyone buying a pint of milk In the Arte version there is the storyline of an actor in Hollywood who is going through the whole process, the physical and acting training that is part of the creation, so those parts are filmed 'classic' documentary style, breathing camera, following the action. RE Thomas' appearance: During edting, it was so obvious that he was THE guy in the film who would be commenting on many aspects of it so I really felt that he would have to reappear and be the one who provides the ending. He had already said the perfect things to end the film in 2015 but I felt he should also be seen once more.So I sent him the trailer, he was happy with it and said, come on over. As I had a few days left to film in LA again anyway, it was perfect. He looked totally different, with a beard and longer hair, but barefoot as always I can only say that he is a very generous, gracious man; there is no sense of hurry and he is completely easy going. Also, when we filmed him for the closing images he knew rightaway what we were going for. He just felt it. He is a super pro. And also super nice. And super smart. Funny thing is, I once won the Best Picture award at SDCC with another film back in 2007 - and Thomas was head of the jury back then! I wasn't there when it happened (story of my life), but my Canadian producer was and he told me that Thomas told people "The film was so good, I am not going to give back the screener!" So I felt confident enough to contact him for Real Men based on that story.
  22. He he. But hey Enaira, where did you see the trailer? I thought I was the only one who had it Was just about going to post it!
  23. Well, I hope I am not going to bore you with this... I first came up with the idea in about 2010, it was to be a series about the concept of a "Real Man", but I wanted to focus on yesteryear's action heroes. But then The Expendables came out and took the wind out of the project. I had already found a production company and re-designed it as a feature-length doc, but with a different approach. I thought about what influences us men in what we consider as being "manly" and I thought back to my childhood and youth and remembered how much I loved Bogart and how cool I thought Snake Plissken was. So I thought, in today's times, that might be interesting, to look at "manliness" by looking at the movies - how their concept of "men" influences society and even politics. It sounds very heady, but I am not a very heady guy, so I wanted it to be fun at the same time; I wanted to present some actors that I admire or that I thought were an interesting mix for different reasons. To ask them about how they did or did not become icons, to ask them about their own concept of manliness. I added some more layers to the doc by visiting men that live a life or have a profession that is a typical "Real Men" cliche in the movies: Cowboys, a small town Sheriff, a martial arts trainer, bodybuilders, a boxer. And brought in a feminist filmmaker for the different perspective. Because of course with #metoo and gender politics I had to dig deeper. Anyway, I asked a looooooot of actors if they wanted to be in it but they either wanted a lot of money or deemed it unworthy of their presence But the ones that are in it I really really wanted because I love each and every one of them for different reasons. George Lazenby was the first Bond I saw, Luke Goss and Scott Adkins are carrying the torch of the oldschool action hero, Fred Williamson is my favourite Blaxploitation guy and we became friends years ago... and so on. With Thomas it was a funny thing. I asked him because I think he can be the classic "Real Men" - I mean, he was The Punisher - but he can also be a regular guy, he can be crazy, he can be a romantic lead, he is all that. In the interview, he said so many smart things and had such a dry sense of humour that I knew in the editing that he would be the one man to appear throughout the film, like a Greek Choir. So shortly before I finished I asked him again and filmed the ending with him (he now looked totally different). I also filmed it with my favorite camera man, he is also very fond of this kind of men and movies and we tried to make it look larger than life, especially the actors. I also asked Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 who I admire very much to do the music (we had met on another film I did and stayed in touch) which he actually said yes to! Oh boy, so much babbling. Does this answer any of your questions? Sorry for rambling!
  24. Thank you Enaira for your kind words! I sincerely hope you will enjoy it! Hello Geoff, thank you for the warm welcome! I have to admit I know nothing about what the producers are planning for it or where they will be selling it (if at all). As soon as I hear about it, I will gladly post details here! I finished the film a year ago and moved on if you will, so I am not taking part in the 'business' part of it
  25. Hello there, I saw that Real Men is being discussed here which makes me happy since I'm the director! Working with Thomas on the film was an absolute delight, he was kind of enough to film with me twice for the doc over the course of almost three years. I could not go to Comic Con, I was shooting in Tokyo at the time and would have had to pay for the trip myself anyway so it wasn't really an option. I heard nothing about the screening so I assume it didn't really take San Diego by storm But I would like to inform those who are interested that it will be aired on ARTE In Germany and France on September 22nd. Personally, I like the version that I edited for the international market (which was shown at Comic Con) a little better, it also has a tiny bit more of Tom in it. Anyway, thank you all for your interest in it and for the nice choice of images! Greetings from Berlin Hasko
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