Thursday, April 30, 2009


From the trailer, this movie looked interesting. And, no it's not the 1980 scary movie (ha,ha) - different movie. (Though, I've seen that movie and may review it down the road).

The story line of this movie was pretty interesting - it kept my attention and kept me wanting to find out more.

Since the movie was set in the late 1920s/early 1930s, it was great to see how times had been back then - a good period depiction. This movie is more drama with a little bit of mystery. Angelina Jolie did a great job, I think the last drama I've seen her act very well was Girl, Interrupted.

If you like Clint Eastwood movies (he directed this one), you may like this one - it's a good movie with an interesting story line. I'd suggest watching this movie if you're in the mood for drama.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monsters Vs. Aliens

I was very excited to this movie. Though, I didn't get a chance to see it in 3D - it probably would have been cool. It's a feel good movie for people of all ages. Lately, I'm noticing more quality animated type movies. It's got action, comedy, suspense and a little drama. Check it out!

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Friday, April 24, 2009

George Lucas In Love

This is the short film that launched writer/director Joe Nussbaum's career.

According to the book, Short Films 101: How to Make a Short Film and Launch Your Filmmaking Career, "Joe Nussbaum thought he could shoot 'George Lucas In Love' for around $10,000, but that figure turned out to be a pipe dream. In actuality, he wound up spending close to $25,000 on the film. His mission was to make every penny count."

And it did. The success of the film eventually got him a deal with DreamWorks - check it out!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Indie Film Sites - Where Have They All Gone?

I recently just finished reading Short Films 101: How to Make a Short Film and Launch Your Filmmaking Career. It's a very good book for anyone looking to get started in film. I find most people think features are the way to go when you first start off. Though, after reading the book - I think shorts are an excellent way to get started. Shorter films=less time and money and less risk at stake compared to trying to make a full length feature film. And, of course - less time editing.

While reading the book, it referenced a few indie fllm sites filmmakers could submit their shorts to including Atom Films, Hypnotic, and iFilm. These indie sites brought back memories. I used to go to Atom Films and iFilm regularly awhile back - I really enjoyed watching the different genres of shorts on these sites back then.

So, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and re-visit these sites. Though, to my surprise here's what I found:

1. Hypnotic no longer exists - it's gone.

2. Atom Films is now called Atom and was bought by MTV networks. On the site, it says "We're a mix of indie and mainstream media," and a tv channel called, Atom TV, somehow associated with Comedy Central.

3. iFilm was also bought by MTV networks and now called "" marketed on the site as "...the premiere online desination for men."

It got me thinking about the indie filmmaking community and how the Internet has played an important role in helping filmmakers get their material out there. (Thank you, YouTube!)

With every generation, there will be new sites and places to visit for the indie filmmaking community. Here's a site I found for indie filmmakers to showcase their work dedicated to journalism in all forms - online, video, documentaries, and social issue media:

NomadsLand Network -

One of the reasons why I'm interested in the Internet and the indie film community is because of time constraints - it's hard for me to go out and hit the festival circuit. Let's face it, work can tie most people down. But, with the computer and the Internet - it's like having your own personal movie theatre - pretty cool!

I am always on the lookout for new sites for indie filmmakers to showcase their work. If you know of any, send me the link and I'll check it out!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I really wanted to see it. It seemed to have a good story line - pretty interesting to me. I was wrong - it just wasn't told very well. It dragged from the very beginning (even with the opening credits - definitely not a good sign). There was a small twist at the end. Though, it didn't make it worthwhile to see the entire movie. I say pass on this one.

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Monday, April 20, 2009


How much do you spend on one movie rental?
Too much to say!
I don't rent movies - it's too much.
I have a monthly movie rental plan (i.e. Netflix, Blockbuster, etc). free polls

Friday, April 17, 2009

Movie Trailer - Extract

This is a new comedy movie from writer/director, Mike Judge. (By the way, I really enjoyed Office Space - it's one of my favorite movies). Check it out!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

How To Break Up With Your Girlfriend in 64 Easy Steps

Pretty entertaining animated video short - great storytelling. Check it out!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Video Camera

I'm on the hunt for a new video camera. I've been looking at a lot lately. So far, I've narrowed it down between a Sony or a Panasonic. I've asked a few YouTubers what they use - I'm finding most people use either a Sony or a Panasonic. As for video programs, I'm going to continue wiith iMovie. Been using iMovie HD for awhile though I'm going to test out iMovie 08 - it looks different and has a different interface.

It should be a fun experience working with a video camera once I get one - it's something I look forward to working on and having fun with in the future.

Here's something I found on Choosing the Right Video Camera. Check it out!

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Monday, April 13, 2009


How often do you go to film festivals?
All the time - I go as much as I can!
I try to attend a few every year.
It depends on the lineup - sometimes I go every year, other times I don't.
I've never been to a film festival. I'd like to learn more about them and how they work. free polls

Friday, April 10, 2009

New Trailer - Harry Potter 6 (2nd International Trailer)

Just released. Check it out!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I recently saw this movie. From the trailer, it looked like an interesting movie, though nothing we've never seen before in Hollywood.

While watching the movie, it kept me wanting to see more and asking more questions. In some parts, it seemed there was no explanation in terms of why and how things were deduced. Though, it made for an interesting storyline.

The movie can be classified as sci-fi but with some religious connotations. Some scenes could be open to religious interpretation though the movie never quite tells you exactly - it's something left to discussion.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie. There were some parts that were not fully explained. The way the movie ended was open to interpretation - it's a movie to watch with a group of people and open it for discussion afterwards.

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Monday, April 6, 2009


What's your most awaited movie of the year?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Star Trek
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Terminator Salvation
None of the above.
I can't decide - so many movies I want to see! free polls

Friday, April 3, 2009

'Atlas Shrugged' = Movie?

Could this be true? Based on Ayn Rand's popular book, a movie could be in the making. Check it out!

Article posted on Risky Biz Blog:

"After decades in development hell, Ayn Rand’s capitalism-minded “Atlas Shrugged” is taking new steps toward the big screen — with one of the film world’s most prominent money men potentially at its center".

Thursday, April 2, 2009

5 Reasons the Recession Is Good For Your Filmmaking Career

Interesting article posted on Film Festival Secrets:

"With each week's report on the world economy looking grimmer than the last, there are a lot of reasons to be depressed. Layoffs are rampant, credit has dried up, and just the simple act of listening to NPR on the way home from work makes me want to hole up in my house with a shotgun, some Pop-Tarts, and my Roku player. For indie filmmakers used to making something out of nothing, however, it's business as usual -- and it may even be a better environment for those who know how to operate on the cheap".