Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I got to see the big Korean Disaster movie on Friday. This film is about a man who during a Tsunami many years ago makes a promise to his dying friend to take care of his daughter. His relationship with the daughter grows into love and the love is tested during a "Mega Tsunami". There are many other characters who also go through their own troubles with love. It takes awhile for the Tsunami to actually hit in the film. It was a film that should have been more serious but they decided to add humor to the film. Sometimes, I think they need an American over their shoulder saying things like okay that's not funny or okay this scene is too dramatic. I know it was normal Korean fashion as far as humor and dramatics. My friend feels there were too many stories in the film. I think it needed to make me feel for the character's more so I feel for them when tragedy hits. There were loads of good shots and scenes. It hurts me to say this but I would love to have seen them have a bigger budget to make the special effects look crisp. The effects were good I just know in this day and age we are capable of better. It was good but it wasn't great. I would love to say I loved it but I just liked it. I say go see it at the theater don't wait for the dvd.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
"This clip is from the feature documentary Soldier Girls, directed by Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill." -Current.com
I know this is really like an inside joke but the clip is still humorous. It's also kind of sad too but you be the judge.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It's that time of the year many people that I have met during my stay are leaving this month or next. My across the hall neighbor left yesterday. I met him one day when some Jehovah's witnesses knocked on my door. He was leaving his house at the same time. Anywho, I rummaged through his stuff and got some goodies like a desk lamp and a better plunger. When, I got home yesterday he asked me to help him carry some boxes to the post office. We get on the elevator with the boxes and boom the elevator stops. We spent the next 45 minutes stuck in the elevator. We pressed all the buttons pressed the emergency call button. A Korean man answered the call a few times and finally they got the doors to come open slowly. We were just about even with the 4th floor. (so we didn't have to crawl out) We grabbed the boxes and we made it out in time to get to the post office before it closed at 6. That's one of those things I never wanted to happen. I'm glad I wasn't alone I may have lost it. Now, that exercise routine of taking the stairs to my apartment is sounding better and better.
"Winged Creatures"- I pulled this one off the stack of DVDs I purchased this weekend. Spoiler: The film is about a group of people who were all affected by a a madman in a diner. Throughout the film you get flashbacks that tell you all the things that happened in the diner to each person during the madman's rampage. In the present each character is going through their own ways of dealing with the event.
I'm starting to feel like a movie hater. I don't know if this movie had a point besides trying to show scenarios of how people react to tragedy. This film could have been done with a bunch of no names and the filmmakers could have saved money. The many stars attached to the film make it no better or worse. I really understand why this film FAILED. There are hundreds of plot holes. Perhaps, I need to watch it again. There is this narration by Dakota Fanning that attempts to be deep but it doesn't work. I feel none of the problems were really resolved. I'm gonna go on and say don't waste your time.
BEFORE YOU WATCH THE TRAILER NOTE THAT IF YOU PLAN TO WATCH THE FILM DON'T WATCH THE TRAILER FIRST. (MY OPINION)
Monday, July 20, 2009
I saw the midnight showing of this film on Saturday. This is the newest film from the Harry Potter series. I have seen maybe two of the earlier films. After watching this film I want to ask, WHAT HAS MOVIE MAKING BECOME? (ha) It wasn't awful yet the story wasn't good enough. It was all build up for the continuation. Now, they are just milking the cash cow.
In this film I found out all the kids were in love. Harry and his friends also take a potion making class. Harry's old textbook belonged to the Half Blood Prince. The book has notes that help him make better potions. The movie goes on with Harry assigned to discover some things about Voldermort. He battles with the blond haired kid. Then the film ends sending the kids on a quest for revenge. I fell asleep towards the end. I missed like two minutes then I woke up to the credits rolling. I mean does this sound exciting to you? If this is all that happened in the book it could have been tied in with the next books adaptation to screen. I haven't read any other reviews so I don't know what is being said about the film. If you follow the series just wait on the DVD. That way your wait to see the next one won't be so long.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I watched this some time ago. I forgot I watched it. This is Al Pacino playing a "forensic psychiatrist"(imdb)and professor that gets caught up in a psychological mind game that starts from a phone call telling him he has 88 minutes to live. The film is forgettable. It keeps you engaged then gives you the random ending. I think it's better to wait for this one to come on cable.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Last night, while twisting up to start my locks again, I watched the first season of "The Wire". Lots of folks have been pressuring me to watch it. I borrowed the collection from this guy I met. I never had any interest in the show. I caught a few minutes of some of the episodes before. I can see how people got into the show. I really think it is a show for men. I think the writing and the story got better as it went along. It's hard b/c I don't know what side to like better the drug dealers or the cops. Of course I hate the cops. I absolutely am not rooting for them on the show nor do I like any of them. I just feel like the cops are straight up harassing them and not solving any problems. Then the drug dealers were born into that world. The one character I want to like is Bubbles but he's a snitch and a crackhead. He makes me think about how the crackheads would break into my brothers house after Katrina. Bubbles is the one person not hurting anyone but himself. I like Sonja Sohn as an actress(not on the show) after seeing her in a few films. I like the actor that plays Omar. (something about chocolate men with nice teeth,my knees go weak) They killed off the kid that had potential to be better than their world. I know it deals with the reality of the city. So, what are we doing about it?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Here is a clip so you have an idea what it is like. I will add my own footage later.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
"The reason I haven’t told you what you need yet, is that I first want to determine if you are eligible to do our honours. We require our postgraduate students to have a lot of practical experience by the time they do honours. Our degree is very practical and students shoot films from their first year of undergraduate, which is why If you want to major in directing in honours you would of already have had to direct quite a few films in your undergraduate. Our honours year consists of you doing a commercial, a documentary and a 24 minute feature film. In the back of the prospectus that I have attached is a work schedule of the honours year.
Does that clarify it a bit?"
There are some misconceptions about grad. school floating around. People say you get to do what you couldn't do in undergrad. That's why I want to go. A friend of mine and I were talking about NYU'S film school and we both agree if I had all the stuff they want you to have to apply, why would I need to go to their school. I am waiting to hear back from this school about the requirements for being a screenwriting major. I'm down for any major I'm not sure what area is the best for me. I just want to learn and do more. I like doing it all in some ways because I love movies. As long as I can get paid so I can progress and they have craft services. (ha) I know that grad. school is a good environment with good equipment, peers on the same page, and deadlines.
I don't think I'm going to finish this one. So take this as a semi-review. I have tried to watch it while at work. I tried to watch it at home and fell asleep. I've listened to the whole movie but I haven't watched the whole thing. I think it is a great concept like "The Blair Witch Project," but the screaming, sound effects, and o.s. dialogue gave me a headache. The creature is shown early on so you gotta love that. The creature is so odd I'm curious to know how they thought it up. It was def. like a low budget film as far as acting and dialogue goes. I think if it were a comedy it would of been better. I guess it is just a creature feature.
What do you think?
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sorry I haven't been on it much lately. I am trying to get some things going.
K. Michel don't worry I will review "Cloverfield".
I haven't heard back from the 48 hour people after sending in my resume. I sent a follow-up e-mail. I'm sure they are busy since things are going on already.
I wanted my short finished to show in this film fest next week but I don't think it will happen.
I am watching movies in my classes all this week. Next week, I don't know maybe I will make up a jeopardy game.
I am e-mailing the people at AFDA trying to figure out what I need to submit to apply. There is a load of stuff including writing an essay. I have the schedule for the year and I am trying to get them to confirm with me that attending the school I will be able to shoot a feature. I want to be down there for the World Cup.
I'm still checking things off my life list. lol My life list is long and things are added as I knock out more and more.
There you have it.
I finally saw this film. I really wanted to see it in the theater but I just never went. This is made for the big screen. So, here is a question ready ready Should you make a movie that looks better on the big screen?
This is of course the story of the Spartans who fought to save Sparta.
There is a quote on the back that sums up the film so well, "A spectacular visual feast that is as inventive and groundbreaking as the first Matrix." -Pete Hammond, MAXIM
It is shot well and the style makes the story play so well. I can't imagine this film shot any other way that would make this story more exciting. It is long. (like long to the point you kinda want it to be over) The fights are bloody. My favorite scene SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER is when the captains son dies and he loses it. They don't show men getting that emotional on screen enough. If you haven't seen it yet trust me it is a cinematic gem.
One more thing wow Rodrigo Santoro was Xerxes I never would have guessed that. He's on my hot men in Hollywood list.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
If you are looking for a fun competition to take part in this Summer, the 48 hour Film Project has started it's tour. It consists of "a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater" and winners will be selected.
I have been privileged to take part in the competition two years in a row. This is definitely a fun and exciting experience. I would recommend it to anyone who loves making movies.
The tour has already happened in some cities but there are still some cities you can join.
Visit the website HERE for more information.