Archive for November, 2010

29
Nov
10

Drunken Master (1978)

This week I watched Drunken Master, which is one of the first films of the now super famous martial artist Jackie Chan. Drunken Master follows the story of a young martial artist that is trying to master the martial art style of the “8 Drunken Gods”. This powerful style demands strong wrists, strong kicks, and also you have to be completely black out drunk. That’s right, the majority of the film is Jackie Chan chugging dangerous amounts of alcohol and then whooping peoples asses. For any fan of Kung Fu movies this should premise should have instant appeal.

 

Let me preface my review of this film by saying that I’ am a huge martial arts fan, and that if you are not, then I would recommend that you already give up on this film. The reason being, the plot along with many other aspects of this film are completely ridiculous and would not appeal to someone looking for a serious film. Let me assure you, this is no crouching tiger hidden dragon.  However, if you do enjoy kung fu movies Drunken Master is about as good as it gets. Absurdest villains, death defying stunts, beautifully choreographed fight scenes  and of course over dramatic acting with bad voice over work. Anyone who loves Kung Fu knows that the best movies in the genre are slightly campy, and let me assure you this film is pure camp gold. With that said the choreography in this movie is staggeringly beautiful and wildly impressive. Its easy to see why Jackie Chan became a movie god in china, and you can clearly see his love of film and obvious references to his heroes Buster Keaton and other physical comics of the silent era. If you enjoy seeing people getting kicked in the head then look no farther because this movie is a 5/5. If you don’t enjoy that type of thing… avoid drunken master like the plague.

17
Nov
10

MegaMind

This week I saw Will Farrell’s new animated feature Mega Mind with co stars Brad Pitt and Tina Faye. Megamind begs the question what if a super villain was ever to win,what would befall the world then?  Within the first 20 minuets of the movie Metro Man(Brad Pitt)  is defeated by his arch nemesis mega mind( Will Farrell) and MetroCity is left with out a super hero. What ensues is super villain hilarity.

Mega Mind was Hilarious!  Let me just start by saying I’am a huge will Farrell fan, and this film wont disappoint any one else who is. The best thing about this movie however is the sound track, Its is laced with brilliant classic rock tracks as well as some Michael Jackson, and it really helps to push the energy of the film. I don’t really know how to evaluate direction on an animated feature, but there was nothing that I could really find wrong with the movie. This movie was wildly entertaining, and is fun for all ages. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 and recommend it to any one going on a date night or looking to see a family film.

15
Nov
10

Throne of Suds

My group just finished our narrative and it feels like I just completed a marathon. We all loved our piece, but it was a MASSIVE undertaking and damn near killed us. The name of our film is Throne of suds, and it was based on a screen play that I wrote a year ago. It was a delight to be able to see something that I wrote and really loved be transformed form its page state to the silver screen. I would say that our biggest challenge was managing our cast for the film which included over 20 roles. To get people to every shot was a grueling experience. Individually I served as the director for the film and the biggest challenge I faced was having to bend the vision of the film I had in my head to fit the limited resources we had to make the movie. Working with the talent was  a challenge, but I really believe that my direction was on point and that I was able to get some pretty command performances, especially from John Neff. We had 7 locations in the film and well over 30 set ups.  My producer and my art director were unstoppable, and  really credit the success of the project to them thanks Greg and Matt

10
Nov
10

DUDE BASEketball

This week I watched  the classic comedy from the late 90s: BASEketball.  Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the South Park series, this wildly hilarious film follows the story of three friends that invent a new game that becomes a national sensation. That game is baseketball, a sport in which guys with bad knees can compete on the same level as guys all geeked up on steroids. As the game grows in popularity, the three main characters muct deal with the trials and tirbualtions of fame, as well as the strain on their love life. All of these issues come to a head when the Milwaukee Beers take on the Dallas Felons in the Denslow Cup  (The word series of Baseketball).

I loved this film. The style of humor is perfect for “dudes”, and if you even remotely enjoy south park, then you will most certainly enjoy Baseketball as well.  As far as the direction of the film is concerned, I believe the directors greatest challenge/ success was managing the many cameos he has by professional athletes that have limited acting ability. I’m sure that getting Dale Ernheart to have perfect comedic timing is no easy task, and getting reggie jackson to call one of his fans a useless little shit is equally difficult. Zucker must’ve had to utilize multiple takes as well as coax his talents to give the performance he needed. I give this movie a 5/5 for comedy but a 1/5 for tastefulness. This plot is crude, no doubt about it, but if fart jokes don’t offend you, you will laugh until your sides hurt.

09
Nov
10

Real men of phoenix

This is a tribute to the real men of genius advertisements done by Bud Light.

Thanks to Ryan for singing on this track, I did the narration

Enjoy

03
Nov
10

Paranormal Activity 2

Paranormal Activity 3

This week I saw paranormal activity 2 the follow up to the wildly successful Indy film paranormal activity 1.  In the tradition of such films as Blair witch REC and the first Paranormal Activity a fair amount of the film take place from a first person handheld camera view. The film also boasts an impressively sparse budget much like the first.

The first thing I noticed when watching PA2 was the great consideration the director took to prevent the audience from become sea sick, as this has become the norm for such hand held films. The director used stationary security cameras to break up the shaky hand held shots and added an air of professionalism to the film. Along with the addition of the steady cams, more characters were present in this film and this added a welcome depth to the film. With this said I feel as though most of the scares in this film were stolen or recycled form the first, and innovation in horror fell by the way side, almost as if the viewer was just watching a continuation of the first. That’s not to say the film was not scary, because lord knows it scarred the shit out of my and all my friends. I would give this film a 4/5 for achieving to scare me so completely, but don’t expect a cinematic masterpiece or anything that is going to make you reexamine your life.

01
Nov
10

Roll About Doc

We just finished our Documentary project, and it turned out a lot better than expected. I am not the best at documentaries, I will be the first to admit that as they are out of my range of expertise and I tend to prefer Narrative film. I highly prefer using scripts and talent as opposed to creating a story arc out of the shots you acquire during filming. We really did not have a solid subject matter until Sunday so the project felt a little rushed.  Despite all this I actually had a great time making this film and my group was wonderful, both Matt and David knew what they were doing and helped me with the project. The biggest challenges we faced were the lack of good B Roll, as well as a hard time finding interesting subject matter. We were Really lucky to find Roll About and the people there as there were all very interesting, and vastly improved the overall quality of our film. We used all natural lighting and I think it worked out well very well. For the audio we used a shotgun microphone and a lapel microphone for any of the formal interviews. In the future I think the secret to a god doc is good planing and a huge film ratio.  It seems like you can never have enough film for a doc.