Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Friday, November 16, 2012
There's miles of bad footage to come.
This loge seat is a throne of pain.
It's a talkie, but no one says anything.
There is no music, no sound design,
Only the projector clicking.
We can't stop watching.
The camera careens drunkenly
Around what might be the action.
It's so murky,
It could be pornography,
Or footage of an alien or Sasquatch.
The camera dollies in
On a random piece of litter.
Someone fiddles with the lens
And the scene shifts into deep focus.
Friday, October 07, 2011
The Lost Coast Tapes is a new horror-POV feature that has just finished post-production and should be out sometime in 2012. It is already getting some buzz. The Lost Coast Tapes follows a group of investigative journalists as they set out to Northern California to debunk a rogue hunter who claims he has a Bigfoot in captivity (now you know why we're writing about this!). The tagline:
"In 2011 a documentary crew traveled to a remote site in Northern California to verify the discovery of a dead Sasquatch. This footage is all that remains."
If this poster for The Lost Coast Tapes has anything to do with the movie at all, this is pretty exciting. It is directed by Corey Grant and they promise to release a teaser trailer soon.
Friday, August 05, 2011
MICHAEL: You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.
CARLO: Mike, you got it all wrong...
MICHAEL: You fingered Sonny for the Barzini people. Ahhh that little farce you played with my sister -- you think that could fool a Corleone?
CARLO: Mike, I'm innocent -- I swear on the kids, Mike -- Please, Mike, don't do this to me.
MICHAEL (as he pulls up his own chair) Sit down.
CARLO (sitting): Mike, don't do this to me, please...
MICHAEL: Barzini's dead. So is Phillip Tattaglia -- Moe Greene -- Strachi -- Cuneo -- Today I settled all Family business, so don't tell me you're innocent, Carlo. Admit what you did. (then, to Neri) Get him a drink.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Claire isn't sure where or how they appear in the film, but is pretty sure they appear in the end credits-- those elaborate song and dance routines that often end Indian movies.
"Only once in a blue moon is such a great criminal born who is fearless as well as shameless! And that blue moon happens to be 24th December,2010. Watch the theatrical trailer of the year's most awaited film Tees Maar Khan, starring Akshay Kumar & Katrina Kaif.The film Releases on 24th December 2010"
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Jump to the link below to download an MP3/Podcast of the entire War of the Worlds broadcast by Mercury Theatre. This is the piece that propelled Orson Welles to fame, Listen to it and celebrate that great actor, writer, director, and Madison Avenue pitchman, who spooked a large part of America 72 years ago, on October 30, 1938. And it's plenty spooky, in honor of the day.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Robert Rodriguez's movie Machete was funny, insane, over the top, stupid, and just great. The cast and acting was awesome, the score perfect, and a timely story about a giant mess. I think I liked this best of all of RR's movies--probably better than either of the original Grindhouse movies (which I really like). Trejo, DeNiro, Steven Segal, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Steve Fahey, Cheech Marin...all pretty wonderful. Lohan and Cheech were just bent in their parts...wonderful. And, then, there's the mind bending machete work and all the rest of the pretty much nonstop action. This Mexploitation flick is a perfect corker for summer. I like it so much, I saw it twice this weekend.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Maybe the best physical comedy scene ever in a movie - Harpo and Grouch in the Duck Soup mirror scene
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"Unplugged, a short film by Ballard High School video production students Diana Federighi ('08), Kaelan Gilman ('10) & Del Brummet ('10), was recently named an Official Selection by the 11th Annual Seoul International Youth Film Festival. SIYFF is one of the largest and most prestigious youth film festivals in Asia. The event spans the week of July 9 - 15 and includes an international youth filmmaking camp. This year, 821 films were submitted from 44 different countries. Only 36 films were selected for the festival through a highly competitive process. For more information, visit the festival website. "Unplugged is the story of a teen whose connection to music deepens after the loss of his iPod. The short had not originally been entered in SIYFF, but the festival committee saw the film on the Images of Youth Video Festival website and then contacted Ballard High School to request that the short be submitted. Unplugged had won awards for Special Recognition for Overall Excellence in Media and Peer Achievement from the Images of Youth Video Festival in 2008. Unplugged was also named an Official Selection of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth this year.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Worst Special Effects Ever - Watch more Funny Commercials
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This B Movie, The Big Racket, has slipped into the public domain. It includes this action sequence, with some of the funniest over-acting I've ever seen in any movie. This film has bathos to spare. I wish I could find a copy of the entire movie. . .(hint, hint, all you DIVX hackers). . .
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Grand Illusion - Jean Renoir (one of the great great movies...one notch under [or over] Citizen Kane)
Seven Samurai - Kurosawa (a three hour long epic film)
The 400 Blows - Francois Truffaut
This Is Spinal Tap - Rob Reiner (one of my top five knucklehead movies)
The Long Good Friday - John McKenzie
M - Fritz Lang - an awesome thriller
Nanook of the North - killer early documentary. Sorry, Frank Zappa didn't invent Nanook.
Time Bandits - Terry Gilliam (esp. if you're a Gilliam fan)
Henry V - Laurence Olivier (one of the best Shakespeare movies ever)
Fishing with John - John Lurie (a very funny and strange sort of travelogue, with Jim Jarmusch, Tom Waits, and Willem DaFoe)
Brazil - Terry Gilliam (This movie is one of a kind)
The Harder They Come - Perry Henzell (and dark, and very cool plunge into Shantytown, Reggae, and Rasta, with a great soundtrack)
The Blob - The classic spooky movie
Do the Right Thing - Spike Lee (his best movie, I think)
Playtime - Jacque Tati (I wonder if I would still like Tati movies?)
8 1/2 - Federico Fellini
Monterey Pop Festival (Hendrix, Joplin, Otis Redding and others broke out)
3 Women - Robert Altman
Slacker - Richard Linklater (an Austin movie--people seem to love it or hate it; the second time I saw it, everyone in the room fell asleep)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Wes Anderson (my favorite Wes movie)
Murmur of the heart - Louis Malle
Dazes and Confused - Richard Linklater
Stranger than paradise - jim jarmusch
Traffic - Jacques Tati
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie - Luis Buñuel
Spartacus- Stanley Kubrick
[see, also, A List of Lists on All This Is That]
Sunday, October 19, 2008
A pretty good mash-up of Glengarry Glen Ross:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I recently watched American Beauty again, and remembered what touched me about it the first time I saw the film. It is a flawed jewel, but it works. You can read/download the script here. I have witnessed people in my life make incredible transformations. At least one of them nearly identically echoes the plot of American Beauty, sans the killing. The central thrust of the film is: "It's never too late to get it back." Some quotes from the movie:
Lester: (amused) Look at me, jerking off in the shower. (then) This will be the high point of my day. It's all downhill from here.
Lester: Both my wife and daughter think I'm this gigantic loser, and they're right. I have lost something. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but I know I didn't always feel this sedated. But you know what? It's never too late to get it back.
Lester: It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about.
Carolyn: Lester, you're going to spill beer on the couch.
Lester: So what? It's just a couch.
Carolyn: This is a four thousand dollar sofa upholstered in Italian silk. This is not "just a couch."
Lester: It's just a couch! This isn't life. This is just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.
Lester: Remember those posters that said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life?" Well, that's true of every day except one - the day you die.
Lester Burnham: I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.
Brad Dupree: Man, you are one twisted fuck.
Lester Burnham: Nope, I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.
Carolyn Burnham: Your father and I were just discussing his day at work. Why don't you tell our daughter about it, honey?
Lester Burnham: Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.
Carolyn Burnham: Your father seems to think this type of behavior is something to be proud of. Lester Burnham: And your mother seems to prefer I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a mason jar under the sink.
Carolyn Burnham: How dare you speak to me that way in front of her. And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me, on the same day that you LOSE your job.
Lester Burnham: Lose it? I didn't lose it. It's not like, "Whoops! Where'd my job go?" I QUIT. Someone pass me the asparagus.
Lester Burnham: I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.
Lester Burnham: Brad, for 14 years I've been a whore for the advertising industry. The only way I could save myself now is if I start firebombing.
Lester Burnham: [narrating] I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars... And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined my street... Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper... And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird... And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.
Lester Burnham: My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead. Of course I don't know that yet, and in a way, I am dead already.
Lester Burnham: [narrating] Janie's a pretty typical teenager. Angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her.