Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a really wonderful and very merry Christmas!!

Working on the Best Of lists which will hopefully be up by the end of the week.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Movie Of The Day - Colin

COLIN (2008) d: Mark Price

When it comes to the world of micro-budget filmmaking, which I am currently apart of myself, movies come and movies go. Technology has gotten to the point where anyone can go out and make a movie. Some people have a decent storytelling sense but lack the aesthetic to tell it effectively. Others have an interesting aesthetic but lack the knack for telling a story. And most, quite frankly, are just flat out bad. So when you come across one that is actually a good story and well done it does make you want to stop and take notice.

Enter Mark Price's film 'Colin'. The UK made film was supposedly made for around $70 relying mainly on favors from friends and colleagues. Shot with a small consumer camera and limited means filmmaker Mark Price devised the idea of telling the story of a zombie apocalypse from the viewpoint of someone who turns into a zombie. It is easy to nitpick a film that was made for almost no money on its shortcomings. Maybe it's because I'm part of that world as a filmmaker myself that I know you can't fault a filmmaker on things that most likely they had no control over. What I look for are the above notions as to whether they can tell a story and how well they can tell it. Well, Mark Price knows how to tell a story and tell it with some very wonderful shots. My main beef is the fact that there is a lot of shakycam in the film but it is done in spots to help hide certain things so I can let it slide. What  surprises me about the film is there are a few really great emotional moments. Something you never find in films on this level.

The world of the micro-to-no-budget film is one that is littered with too many films which leave much to be desired. So when one comes along from a filmmaker that I believe has a very strong future ahead of him and told and made well then it deserves my praise and admiration.

Friday, December 17, 2010

In The Works

I am starting to work on my Best Of The Year lists which I have to admit I get a kick out of doing. My plan is to do a year wrap up plus my picks for best of the year in movies and I might do one for my favorite Blu-ray releases as well. I would do one for TV but I don't watch that many TV shows. The year wrap up will be more of a mish mosh of other things anyway.

I will probably break it up into different posts. My guess is the Blu-ray one will be the first of the bunch. But who knows? That's the exiting part. Right? Um ... right? Er ...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

(re)search my Trash Interview With Me

I recently did one of my favorite interviews for (re)search my covering my films and me as a filmmaker.

You can check it out HERE

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Coming Soon

Coming soon will be a few posts to wrap up the year including the traditional Best Of lists. There were a lot of films I didn't see this year that I'm sure other people will gasp at them not being on my list. However I did see some pretty amazing films.

I know things have been a little light lately but I've been busy getting my own film off the ground and getting my last one out there. But I am still here and will post whenever I can. So keep an eye out for the year end wrap up.

And for no reason other than it was the first thing I thought of when I typed "coming soon" here is the 'Creepshow' trailer.