Filmmaking Update

Last year, around this time, I made the short film Poetic Justice, about a team of famous poets in an action movie fighting Grammar Nazis. It’s here.

Observe the uncorrected fish-eye lens. Observe the poor sound quality, and occasional failures of dubbing over. Observe the lighting. It’s all poor. The acting is, over all, decent. The script, in my humble opinion, is awesome. But the film seems painfully low-rent.

It’s too sophomoric — not in the college sense of the word, since I made it when I was a junior, but you get the point. Then, I was an apprentice. A junior filmmaker, if you will. In both senses of the word, this time. Anyway. I digress. My point is, I love the script, but dislike the rest. So this spring, I’ll be remaking the film.

This is happening in tandem with another film that won’t be happening: Flux|Flow. The anime-inspired time travel story ended up being too difficult to pull together in one semester, and the guys behind it are busy themselves. I am planning on using their cinematography skills for my remake, though. And their style is pretty classy:

And none of this has anything to do with the film fest selections for this semester, which include both my buddy cop one and the Flux|Flow guys’ untitled one.

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Film review: The Cable Guy

Cable guy

Jim Carrey stars as a creepy cable guy who wastes no time in stalking Matthew Broderick and ruining his life. It’s a 90’s comedy — it takes a simple concept and plays it straight, focusing on the crazy antics and throwing in extra weird stuff, like a medieval-themed restaurant. The two stars are both likable and fun to watch, and they’re supported with a lot of other fun actors (Andy Dick and Owen Wilson are great, although Jack Black isn’t given anything to work with).

The film, however, was a critical flop.

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Friendship in Buddy Cop Movies

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Buddy Cop film genre, as you may have noticed on this blog. While attempting to script my own version of one, I realized that I needed to understand the typical structure of a Buddy Cop friendship, in order to make sure my film hit the right beats. This chart was the result.

It's a roller coaster.

Fun fact: romantic comedies follow the exact same chart.

Film Review: The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Tackling a classical novel by turning it into a blockbuster is always going to be tough. Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby is stunning and sensational, but can’t live up to Fitzgerald’s original prose. In my opinion, though, it comes about as close as it can get. Continue reading

Film Review: Warm Bodies

warm bodies hoult zombie

A group of my friends got together recently to watch Warm Bodies, the zom-com based on a popular internet story that’d been out for a while now. They weren’t content to just watch it though: we followed up the film with a 2 hour discussion of the themes and symbolism involved in it. Yeah, we’re weird, I know. Anyway, I agreed a decent amount of the symbolism mentioned in it, though I felt it was carried pretty far. Here’s the interpretation of the film that I’m comfortable with.

Warm Bodies mashes up three different genres, or four, depending on how you count them. The Zombie Apocalypse, the Romantic Comedy, and Shakespeare are all combined, with Paranormal Romance as a fourth genre, if you didn’t find that obvious from the fact that a zombie apocalypse and a romantic comedy have been shoehorned into a Romeo and Juliet story, presumably so that any seventh graders will feel that their English course had some worth after all. The ending is an important aspect to considers, so, spoilers to follow. Continue reading

Film Review: The Wolverine

the-wolverine

A superhero movie that isn’t setting up a franchise or deeply invested in continuing it is rare nowadays. The Wolverine, a mostly stand-alone film with a slow enough pace to feel like a solid film, is a nice throwback to those quaint days of yore, when times weren’t so tough that movie studios felt pressured into creating a billion-dollar industry out of every film they created. Continue reading

Film Review: Pacific Rim

PacRim

Pacific Rim is a should be a classic example of the best of the ’10s films in a few decades. It probably won’t be, since it didn’t have terrific box office returns. But it exemplifies everything a big summer movie should be: great action scenes, naturally, but also fun characters, teamwork, an easy-to-follow but still gripping plot, and a sense of high stakes. In short, it’s a fun time. Continue reading