A Polaroid to Remember: Shots From On Set

Even if taken yesterday, there’s a certain something about polaroid photos that evokes a sense of stillness—a frozen in time quality with the warm sense of memory. And when it comes to film sets, polaroids run rampant for the sake of continuity with make up and such, but also provide a candid look behind-the-scenes at the making of a moment and what was like to truly inhabit it. There’s simply something lingering in the instant held image that you’re not going to gain so easily from snapping a few shots with your iPhone—or at least, that’s how it feels to me.

But from back in the days of Blade Runner to the most recent of film sets, it’s a pleasure to peruse the polaroids found floating around the feature, giving us insight into the on-set life and providing our favorite actors and scenes with even more character and charm. And thanks to the good folks over at Flavorwire, who have unearthed some of the best polaroid shots from your favorite films, you can get a closer glimpse at a young Johnny Depp, a demure Audrey Hepburn, a resting Gillian Anderson and many more. Take a look at some of our favorites below and see the rest HERE.


The X-Files, Gillian Anderson



Blade Runner, Harrison Ford and Sean Young



Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s




Where The Buffalo Roam, Bill Murray and Hunter S. Thompson



Winona Ryder, Girl, Interuppted



New York, New York, Liza Minnelli and Martin Scorsese


Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Main Image: Johnny Depp, Benny & Joon

Watch the Trailer for Michel Gondry’s New Film ‘Mood Indigo’

Dear Michel Gondry: I will forgive you for The Green Hornet and Be Kind Rewind because I still watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind once a week and know that all my tears are forever validated. However, I was really looking forward to your next film, Mood Indigo—thinking perhaps it would be less surrealist twee a la Science of Sleep and more painstakingly dream-layered a la Eternal Sunshine. I mean, with a synopsis as "a woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs," my mind is inundated with Victorian skeletons bursting with flowers crawling and wrapping around a ribcage—which sounds great to me. And with a cast of delicate, beautiful creatures such as Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, I was so hopeful, you know?

Yes, this trailer is in French and my tongue/ear has proved a bit rusty, so I suppose I cannot really grasp the full extent of the dialogue on this first go around, and although the trailer seems lovely like a Parisian spring afternoon where you’ve had a bit too much wine and your only concern is the way the clouds move as the wind ripples through the hair of the lover sleeping on your chest is lovely, but what in all of the world made you choose that song—"Hey Ho" by The Lumineers. Really now, Michel. I suppose you couldn’t have predicted how that ridiculous tune would work its way into American ears this award season with such force, but still it just doesn’t seem fitting in the slightest. Throw some Francoise Hardy up in there, get Jon Brion to compose a gently delightful little diddy—anything other than this song that, thanks to commercials popping up everywhere, immediately conjures up images of Jennifer Lawrence running in a windbreaker screaming, ‘HEY," cut to Bradley Cooper doing some kind of slow motion ritualistic bird dance at an Eagles game, cut to giant type that reads, "NOMINATED FOR EVERY ACADEMY AWARD EVER!"

So I am sorry Michel, but I am going to need another trailer, please. I know it’s there somewhere. Doesn’t even have to be in English, let’s just put "Hey Ho" on the bench for a little while. Thanks in advance and thank you for every moment of Eternal Sunshine. I will now proceed to watch that trailer twenty times.


It’s Jon Brion’s Birthday So Let’s All Have a Cry

If this sounds incoherent, it’s only because I am listening to the Magnolia soundtrack and am growing too emotional to type. Sorry. But that only makes sense, considering today is the 49th birthday of cinematically minded musical genius Jon Brion. Although perhaps best known for his work in the PT Anderson-Fiona Apple-Aimee Mann world of collaboration, the whimsically dramatic singer/songwriter/composer/record producer has scored dozens of films—ranging from Adam McKay’s Step Brothers to his absolutely perfect work on Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind—while producing for everyone from Kanye West to Rufus Wainwright.

Although his projects may vary in medium and style, there’s a very specific sensation that wanders through all of his work—like gentle fingers plucking away at your heart strings, unhinging tearducts, and allowing you to journey even farther into the work it’s a part of. He isn’t melodramatic or devious with senitment, but provides an atmospheric, emotional through-line to guide you amidst the tangled worlds that his work speaks to. But however you see it, here’s a tasting of some favorites from his wonderful body of music.

Magnolia, “Stanley/Frank/Linda’s Breakdown” 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, “Phone Call”

Punch-Drunk Love, “Punch-Drunk Melody”

Hard Eight, “Sydney Doesn’t Speak”

I ♥ Huckabees, “Monday”

Magnolia, “Showtime”

Step Brothers, “Back and Forth”

Fionna Apple, “Fast as You Can”

Rufus Wainwright, “Damned Ladies”


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Full OST

The Jon Brion Show – Feat. Elliott Smith / Brad Mehldau

Magnolia, “I’ve Got a Surprise For You Today”