It’s Been A While…

January 12, 2010

I know I know… What can I say, I’m lazy, deal with it.

ANYWAY

Yesterday I went to the movies with Lorraine and Liza. I had originally texted Lorraine because I wanted to go see Fantastic Mr. Fox but this is how the convo ended up going:

L: We wanted to see like 4 movies lol

C: Which ones?

L: Youth In Revolt, Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and Avatar.

C: Youth In Revolt looks funny. Sherlock was whitty but a little long.

L: Rachel Mcadams

C: Yup

C: When?

L: Now

C: Like now now?

L: Yea it starts in half an hour.

C: Shit, ok, see you in 15.

So I proceeded to throw on my clothes and run out the door. I ended up getting there before them haha.

Youth In Revolt (2009)

I enjoyed this one very much. There were a couple cool speed ramps and high frame rate shots but other than that it didn’t do too much for me as far as cine goes. The story was very witty and Michael Cera, though not much different from his other roles, does a very good job. And hey, I’ll take any Steve Buscemi I can get these days.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

This was my second time seeing it and I’m glad I did, I was able to pick up on a lot more of those witty comments Robert Downey Jr. drops with precision. (Obviously I’m a fan of wit). They also did some cool stuff with high frame rates and ramping, other than that it looked good but didn’t blow my mind.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

This movie… hmmmmm lets see…

Seriously I think this movie could have been awesome if only WE KNEW WHAT THE FUCK IT WAS ABOUT!?!?!?!

I went into this one having never heard of it before so I didn’t know what to expect at all. In fact as we were sitting there I was informed that it was Heath Ledger’s last movie (which I thought The Dark Knight was…). So hearing that boosted my excitement a bit cause I am a fan.

Anyway you’ll have to see for yourself but this movie had great potential but needs better story structure to carry the audience along. You know a movie isn’t working if, in the middle of it, you realize that you’re sitting in a movie theater.


Avatar (2009)

Ok this movie I’ve definetly been on the fence about seeing. On one hand I knew that I was going to be visually amazing and also I was very intregued to see what happens when James Cameron works on one movie for the past 13 YEARS!!!! But on the other hand I just knew that the story was going to be corny as hell. Anyway this was a good opportunity to see it.

The only other thing that I’m not thrilled with is the whole 3-D that is blowing up in cinema these days, I feel like its just a marketing technique that I (personally) don’t gain anything from. I can see how it is great for kids but I find it distracting rather than an aid to telling the story.

So it turns out I was right, it was visually stimulating but I definitely could have done without the corny PG love story. Though I do have to hand it to Cameron because you can definetly tell he spent a long long time and put a lot of hard work into it.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

September 26, 2009

I finally saw the first episode of season 5 (hulu is on an 8 day delay).
It’s definetly different now, still good laughs, but different. I think the heart is still there but the rediculousness of their antics, though always over te top, seems too excessive.
Hopefully I’m speaking too soon seeing as how it was only the first episode, but I will say that I bet they peaked at season 4.

Anyway if someone wants to have a debate on Bird Law then I would happily oblige.

A Dark Desert Highway (Day 2 & 3)

September 21, 2009

Had an awesome time on the shoot this weekend, but I don’t know if I would have lasted so well if it wasn’t for such great company. Obviously all us on G/E and Camera always get along but everyone on this shoot had a great sense of humor, even under stress and minimal sleep.

I want to congratulate everyone on their hard work and ability to become nocturnal because of the 6pm to 7am shoots. And on top of that we got all the shots PLUS MORE!

The location was an awesome spot in the Oakland hills that overlooked all of Oakland, at sunset it was beautiful.

Also I think its the general consensus that one of the most useless super powers would be the ability to change the pattern on the bottom of peoples shoes (Tyler gets credit for thinking up that one).

Here are some pics for now but I took a couple little vid clips that I will upload at another time: (NOTE: I’LL REPOST THESE PICS BETTER LATER TONIGHT. SORRY THEY SUCK RIGHT NOW).

Hey Jerry

September 16, 2009

I call dibs on this one!

Just gotta save 550 bucks (roughly 50,000 yen FYI)

Patrick Swayze

September 15, 2009

Its “funny” because we joked about it earlier tonight, but I didn’t know yet.

I was honestly crazy for the Swayze.

RIP sir.

Someday I shall rip a man’s throat out in your honor.

Seriously though RIP.

“Patriot Day”

September 11, 2009

Just noticed that my calendar says today is “Patriot Day”, give me a break, this shit is ridiculous. Before 9/11/01 most people didn’t care about anything, now everyone is “proud to be an American”, but I bet they don’t even know why…

This is a film I made about the bullshit in Iraq, etc:

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Crash (2004)

August 26, 2009

Writer(s): Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco

Director: Paul Haggis

Director of Photography: J. Michael Muro

I just watched Crash and I can honestly say that I will never watch that movie again. Its not because it was bad, actually it was very good. It was just a ‘super drama’ and offers no real enjoyment what-so-ever, but I’m sure that was the intention. I wonder how many people watched this movie and decided to change their lives from that point on, I bet zero.

Great writing, good acting, slightly about average cinematography.

And as always: Fuck racism, Fuck ignorance, and Fuck hate.

Do the right thing.

IMDb: Crash (2004)

Inglorious Basterds

August 23, 2009

Writer(s): Quentin Tarantino

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Director of Photography: Robert Richardson

Another awesome feature from Tarantino and Robert Richardson. I loved it. Heavy on the dialogue (classic Tarantino) but it was all well written. There are so many movies these days that are filled with nonsense dialogue and one-liners, but when Tarantino writes dialogue everything said has meaning (mostly aiding in character development). You can tell he actually thinks about what his characters would say and why they would say it. Not that I condone the subject matter at all, but there is a monologue where Jews are compared to rats and its absolutely brilliant and fits that character 100%.

So tie all that in with nazis being brutally murdered in the most awesome ways, some well placed comic relief, and you have a movie that Craig Samuels likes very much. And there weren’t even boobies in it! 😉

Robert Richardson did an amazing cine job. It’s apparent by the very first shot of the movie. Nuff said. If you know anything about what a Director of Photography does then you will see for yourself that Richardson is a pro. Beautiful.

PS Brad Pitt and his endless amounts of whitty, Tennessee style sayings are hilarious and awesome.

PPS Does anyone know why its spelled Basterds instead of Bastards? I’m sure I could easily look that up right now, but Im not going to…

Inglorious Bastards

IMDb: Inglorious Basterds

A Dark Desert Highway

August 23, 2009

Was on a 19 hour shoot yesterday called A Dark Desert Highway. Its a pretty cool film noir piece thats chalk full of deception, murder, and sexy females. Classic.

It was a really laid back shoot (which may be the reason it took 19 hours) with a lot of really cool people doing their jobs well. They told us upfront that it was going to be a 16 hour day (11am – 3am) but obviously we ran a bit late and I got home at 6 in the morning.

Here are a couple iphone pics from when I was working this beast with Jacob on the Straight Shooter jib arm, and Mark as 1st AC on the camera.

Jacob

Classic Film Student Bullshhhhhh.

August 21, 2009

Lately I have been thinking of posting my personal comments on movies I watch. I’ll try my hardest to not sound like a know-it-all film student because I myself cant stand those bitches. I plan to keep them very very brief and mostly comment on Story and Cinematography.

So if you read this crap check back in the next couple days for my opinion on District 9 and Inglorious Bustards (which I’m seeing tonight).