June 26, 2009

My Camera Work



A selection of my work as Second Camera on "Trinity", an independent feature shot on location in and around Philadelphia, PA. "Trinity" is a Partners in Krime production, copyright 2008.

June 23, 2009

My Camera Work



A compilation of still and video images from my time at Maine Media Workshops.

Maine Media Workshops

June 4, 2009

THE REFUGE MEDIA PROJECT


Well I found something to help pass the time and keep my hand in the biz. I am volunteering at "The Refuge Media Project" in Boston (Roslindale). The project was started by Ben Achtenberg, he is the project director and the executive producer of the documentary. Ben is an Oscar nominated producer and a seven-time CINE Golden Eagle winner.

It’s estimated that more than 500,000 immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the United States have been victims of politically motivated torture. They come here from Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia — some legally, some undocumented, some with families and some very much alone. They live in major American cities and in small towns. Some survivors bear visible scars, but many more have been wounded in ways that remain hidden. Throughout the United States, healthcare and social service professionals and students have mobilized to respond to their needs.

The Refuge Media Project was created by filmmakers, health educators, and human rights activists concerned about this issue. We are producing a half-hour documentary on immigrant torture survivors in the United States, and on some of the individuals and organizations who are working to help survivors deal with their traumatic pasts, and with the sometimes traumatic experience of coming to America.


I'll be in the office and working from home on a variety of projects including writing articles for the website, fundraising efforts and helping when needed with production or post-production. With the exception of Ben the staff is entirely volunteer, mostly interns from nearby universities. Sooooo... the project can always use more money. If you are so inclined please visit the website and click on the donation link and give what you can. THANK YOU!

The Refuge Media Project

CINE

June 2, 2009

WHERE HAVE ALL THE JOBS GONE?

So, I'm not whining, or complaining, well okay, complaining a bit. But what the hell happened to all of the TV work around here?

I'm pretty frustrated with the lack of jobs and job leads right now. I know I need to do my part in the job search arena and I think I have been and continue to do so. But c'mon, somebody throw me a bone already will ya?

I have broadened my geographical search area to include NYC now. I'll just have to figure out the commute and how comfortable sleeping in my car is. Okay that's it, just venting a bit before I start surfing the net and pounding the pavement AGAIN!!!

See you at the movies!

May 20, 2009

"FANBOYS": A Nerdtastic Geekfest.


WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

A long time ago in a city far, far away… The time: May of 2007. The city: Los Angeles, CA. I sit in a darkened room surrounded by a hundred or so of my closest geek cousins. We were about to witness the first viewing of footage from a little film called “Fanboys” exclusively at Star Wars Celebration IV.

Cut to: April 19, 2009, somewhere in New England. I pour a fourth cup of coffee and put my feet up for a private viewing of a little film called “Fanboys”. That’s right, two years later, this little film is finally in theaters on a limited run and it has just been released on DVD. And after watching, I’m left to ask these questions: What the hell took so long!?! And: What the hell have you (Mr. Producer) been doing all that time!?!

Much to my chagrin, the movie is not as good as that preview screening would lead us to believe, or to hope. We gathered geeks laughed out loud at the scenes we were shown and we gave the cast and crew a standing ovation when they came out for their Q&A session.

But somewhere between that sweet embrace and this weeks’ DVD release the Millennium Falcon’s hyper-drive once again failed to ignite. And it’s too bad really, the engaging cast (who have all gone on to bigger and better things) isn’t given much to work with and their valiant efforts never lift the movie above mediocrity. The whole road-trip-comedy-farce-misadventure has been done to death and done better. The “best friend with terminal illness” emotional hook never takes hold. Sorry dude but I don’t dare that you’re dying. The “geek gets the hot chick” shtick was cool in “Revenge of the Nerds” but is so unbelievable here that I swear I saw Kristen Bell flinch when she kissed Jay Baruchel.

The most telling line of the whole film comes at the end when our geek-squad is sitting down to watch the premiere of “The Phantom Menace”… "What if the movie sucks?" asks our hero. We know the answer to that question don’t we? And so do those of us who sat in that darkened room in California two years ago.

Anyway, there are plenty of “Star Wars” insider jokes, riffs on Trekkies, a general skewering of the geek/fanboy masses, and some pretty cool cameos. You gotta love the Priceline Negotiator, am I right? I did laugh a couple of times, but mostly at Seth Rogen in a couple of goofball roles. Overall the film is an uneven mess that I’m guessing will appeal mostly to the fanboys it’s aimed at.

I can only give it a C

FANBOYS official site

May 9, 2009

STAR TREK: Franchise Re-Launcher


WARNING: SPOILERS ABOUND!!!

I went in to the theater fully expecting to enjoy this film and would have been crushed if I had not. I am not a Star Trek purist, nor am I a J.J. Abrams apologist (just a fan). Is it perfect? No. Are there plot holes? Some. There were moments while watching that I was jarred out of the story by set pieces (hey, I know what that is!) and head scratching (why is that there?). But with the film moving at light speed the entire time you aren’t given a lot of time to dwell on the sticking points. And there are a couple of gags that run just a tad long hence my overall rating below.

Everything is bright, shiny and new but at the same time familiar and comfortable. We get Star Fleet, Vulcans, Romulans, Kirk and of course the USS Enterprise. There’s a new paint job on the old girl, Kirk is younger, as is everyone for that matter, younger and hotter. With the opening tease (‘Birth of a Starship Captain’) Abrams and the talented crew of Industrial Light and Magic take this franchise re-launch (reboot, re-imagining) right to warp factor 5.

But even in this ret-conned, alternate Trek universe, it’s the main characters and their relationships that are the center of the story. We finally get to see the legendary crew of the Enterprise meeting for the first time. And while there are plenty of writer ex machina plot conveniences to get them all in the same place at the same time, it’s ok because they’re in the same place, again, finally!

The writers enlist a long-used Trek plot device - time travel - to tell their origin story, wiping Gene Roddenberry’s original series slate clean. Spinning off of a ST:TNG story and bringing back Ambassador Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy (the only original cast member to return) and introducing a new villain, Eric Bana’s rogue Romulan Nero.
Nero is hell bent on avenging the deaths of his family and home world. When he breaks through the time-space continuum his butterfly effect sets in motion a series of events that reshape the Trekiverse as we know it.
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is no longer the brash, confident Star Fleet Cadet we expect, instead he’s a self-destructive, anti-authority, bar-brawling civilian. When Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) intervenes we are off to the academy where Kirk quickly butts head’s with the by-the-book Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto). Along the way we are re-introduced to central characters sexy and self assured Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and the bristly Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban). Once aboard the Enterprise we pick up Sulu (John Cho) and Chekhov (Anton Yelchin), the gang’s almost all here.

SIDEBAR 1: Zachary Quinto as Spock is the casting coup of the 23rd century. Combine good prosthetics (and waxing) with a close physical resemblance to Nimoy and you GET Mr. Spock. He is the only logical choice for this role.

SIDEBAR 2: Karl Urban channels DeForest Kelley in what is the best interpretation of any of these characters. His performance balances perfectly between imitation, homage and just plain good acting. Urban owns every scene he’s in, I can’t wait to see the trinity (Kirk, Spock, McCoy) exchange barbs and snide remarks in the next movie. He’s gonna wipe the floor with Spock & Kirk!

When the Vulcan home world is attacked by Nero, the Federation sends the fleet racing to their rescue. But they all fly right into the well-baited trap and carnage ensues. Long story short – Spock becomes captain, Kirk is marooned, Ambassador Spock is discovered and Scotty (Simon Pegg) finally joins the crew. Fists fly, phasers stun, heroes triumph and the legend of James T. Kirk is restored to the Trekiverse timeline.

SIDEBAR 3: Simon Pegg’s Scotty is another great performance whose comic quirkiness puts some well-timed zing in the final act. Pegg does not play Scotty as a clown but rather a mad genius of sorts whose brilliant engineer (in Kirk-like fashion) doesn’t quite fit the mold of Star Fleet officer.

Okay let me try and wrap this up before I go on any longer: The movie is fast paced, sexy, and funny. There are plenty of winks and nods to the fanboy audience but it won’t alienate the un-initiated. Tack on a top notch score by Michael Giacchino and you get a rousing space-opera that no doubt has Paramount plotting the newest generation of Trek spin offs and sequels. Not to mention, toys, books, attractions…

Using the alphabet scale I give it an A-

May 8, 2009

"STAR TREK" Give it an A-


I'll have a full report soon. But it is worth the price of admission. Some purists will be miffed but most fans and non-fans will thoroughly enjoy the ride!

"STAR TREK" - IMAX - TODAY!


Going to Cinemagic in Hooksett today, 11:45AM showing of "Star Trek" in the IMAX theater.

I will return later with my assessment.

May 1, 2009

NOTHING SEZ SUMMER MOVIE LIKE...

... like the "awesome" Michael Bay blowing $#!+ up!


I am so there!

TRANSFORMERS OFFICIAL SITE

"X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE": Not What You Hope For.


"X-men Origins: Wolverine" sags under the weight of The Blob, Logan's adamantium-laced skeleton and a ponderous, over-stuffed and cliche-riddled script.

After a very promising first half the film begins to bow to the pressure of being the first summer block-buster. Too many bad CGI filled action sequences. Too many bad lines (and line readings), everything from the over-used-please-stop-saying-it; 'let's do this' to the always popular; 'there's a special place in hell...' And too many super-powered mutants.

Seriously? seriously. I mean just how many of the X-Universe characters need to be squeezed in to these movies anyway? Especially if they are A) Unknown to all but the most diehard fanboy, or B) Put in the movie (out of context or continuity) in hopes of generating some interest in yet another X-Sequel. ie: Wade "Deadpool" Wilson & Remy "Gambit" LeBeau. Although, I really enjoyed Ryan Reynold's performance as Wade Wilson and would like to see a Deadpool move.

Poor Hugh Jackman. He has to be one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood right now. He's a great movie star and there is no doubt he is sincere in his commitment to this film. Seen "Access Hollywood" this month? He infuses Logan (where DID that name come from?) with humanity and a sense of humor. And the abs and pecs on that guy... holy crap! When he steps out of his cabin sans shirt you could actually hear the women catch their breath and swoon at our showing . BUT it's not enough to lift this film above it's lackluster script and (again) it's own bloated carcass.

It's unfortunate that Marvel Studios can't wrestle the rights back from 20th Century Fox. If this had been made by Marvel (see "Iron Man" & "The Incredible Hulk") we would have had a much more streamlined, fast paced, character driven flick. And compared to last summer's "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man" it's shocking how mundane, cliche and pedestrian this movie is.

If there is a sequel (God no.) then we're gonna need characters and foes worthy of the legend of Wolverine. The Hulk, Wendigo & Alpha Flight? Mariko Yashida & The Hand? And now that he's lost his memories he had better become the badass of the Marvel U. that we fanboys know and love.

I won't say don't go see it. Heck no. It's the summer movie season after all and what better way to prime yourself than a comic book, buttered popcorn, action flick? But I will say that it's no better than a C+ in the alphabet rating system. And I strongly recommend paying the matinee price to see it.

Wolverine Links:
OFFICIAL SITE
IMDb
WIKIPEDIA

April 22, 2009

STAR TREK - love it or hate it


(The following is a response to LAFILMCUTTERs recent post)

OH COME ON!!! How far up yer @$$ is that stick? Now pull it out, sit down and shut up!

I'm no purist, but I am a fan. Star Trek: TOS is awesome. And there is no way that a new younger cast can top the Shat, Nimoy and the rest of the gang. And "The Wrath of Khan" can't be beat right? But I am still looking forward to this new movie very much.

I also can acknowledge that the entire Trek franchise has grown as moldy as bleu cheese. And it needs a kick in the pants. I get what JJ and his cohorts are doing by re-imagining (that's right, I said it!) the Trek universe. I can dig it.

I drank the J.J. Abrams Kool-Aid a long time ago. Though, of course, for every "Alias" or "Cloverfield" we get there is also a "What About Brian" lurking just around the corner.

Listen there's no need to make "Terminator: Salvation" either. But they are! And I don't hear ya gettin' all anti-McG crazy over that now do I? Can I get a WTF for "Charlies Angels: Full Throttle"? Hmm? Can I?

OK, that's it. I'll shut my self up.

(The preceding was presented with peace, love and a smile from the East Coast.)

LAFILMCUTTER
STAR TREK

April 20, 2009

STAR WARS TOYS, PLEASE!?


Hi all...
I am looking to collect any used/unwanted Star Wars action figures and vehicles.
NO, these are not for me. They will be donated to a very deserving, young Star Wars fan.

THANK YOU!!!

April 16, 2009

NEW POSTERS TO HANG

I finally got around to ordering new Star Wars and Indiana Jones posters. Went to MOVIEPOSTER.COM and got reprints of Star Wars style D, the "Circus" poster and Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom style B. I have a couple more to order to complete the wish list but this is pretty good start. Here are the posters...





Looking for a bargain? MoviePoster.com

Got money to burn? Cinemasterpieces.com

April 7, 2009

FANBOYS coming to DVD


Good news for those of you don't have the movie in a market or theater near you. "Fanboys" will be released on DVD, May 19th.

Star Wars dot Com

April 3, 2009

SHAVE? SHOWER? FINGERS CROSSED? CHECK!

Shirt ironed, Mapquest printed, GPS on, car fueled? Check! OK, here we go...
Today I'll be driving up to South Portland, ME for an interview at Lone Wolf Documentary Group. They have an Associate Producer position open on their current project, so I told them I'd love to make the commute from Hooksett to S. Portland!

I'm not sure yet what the project is or what network it's for, they have several going at once. Here is the link to their website, you can check 'em out and see what their up to.

Founded in 1997 by award winning filmmakers Kirk and Lisa Wolfinger, Lone Wolf Documentary Group is an independent television production company with a long-standing reputation for developing and producing high-end documentaries.

April 1, 2009

COULD THE SEARCH BE OVER?

Success! The job search is on the verge of a payoff. I have an interview on Friday. All that printing, folding, stuffing, licking and mailing WAS worth it.

SEARCHING HIGH & LOW-NO

The job search continues. I have mailed out 68 resumes to date.
In response I have received one very polite NO, and a definite MAYBE. Two out of 68, guess that's okay.

Today involves more internet searching more networking and more finger-crossing.

March 18, 2009

MHP + DISCOVERY CHANNEL = ALASKA WEEK 2009


The latest from Moore Huntley. Make sure to look for me in the credit too! Below is the press release for Discovery Channel's "Alaska Week" programming, which our show is part of.

ALASKA WEEK – EXPLORING AMERICA'S LAST FRONTIER
Released by Discovery
[NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.]

ALASKA WEEK EXPLORING AMERICA'S LAST FRONTIER
-- DISCOVERY CHANNEL WORLD PREMIERE EVERY NIGHT AT 9 PM ET/PT BEGINNING SUNDAY, APRIL 12 --
(Silver Spring, Md) Alaska has long been known as America's last frontier. It is twice the size of Texas, and its mountain ranges, forests and tundra offer some of the largest stretches of wilderness, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. However, wild predators, violent storms, and below freezing temperatures make Alaska a very dangerous place to live, and explain why so much of the land has yet to be explored. Starting Sunday, April 12, at 9 PM, Discovery Channel's ALASKA WEEK will bring viewers as close as imaginably possible to exploring the breadth and depth of this vast terrain that has intrigued so many people for so many years.

The harsh climate and wonderful wildlife of the state will be highlighted in specials, including UNTAMED ALASKA, ALASKA: MOST EXTREME, ARTIC ROUGHNECKS and BEAR ATTACK!

Also highlighted in this year's ALASKA WEEK is the premiere of ARCTIC ROUGHNECKS. The series delves into the dangerous lives of the men who drive the CATCO- an all terrain vehicle that can go where mere trucks could never go, deep into the frozen tundra of Alaska's North Slope. There are no roads in this remote and uninhabitable region 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle and work can only be accomplished during a brief window in which the tundra is frozen solid. Hauling fuel, freight and equipment, CATCO drivers risk their lives to brave some of the hardest weather conditions and terrain on earth.
In addition ALASKA WEEK features special episodes of Discovery Channel's popular series DIRTY JOBS and MYTHBUSTERS. In the DIRTY JOBS Alaska episode Mike Rowe takes a look at the art of sled dog mushing and what it takes to breed, train and care for the Alaskan Huskies involved in this state's official sport.

For the MYTHBUSTERS team it's time to test whether it gets so cold that your urine will freeze before it hits the ground, and was the Pycrete, a mythical Alaskan boat, actually real. And of course ALASKA WEEK would not be complete without the Emmy-winning DEADLIEST CATCH, now in it's fifth season.

Rounding out ALASKA WEEK is the return of OUT OF THE WILD: THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT. Nine ordinary people are dropped into the Alaskan wilderness and must test their basic survival skills as well as their mental and physical limits to see if they can survive and make it back to civilization before the Alaskan winter sets in.

Starting March 30, visit www.discovery.com/alaskaweek for more information about Discovery Channel's Alaska Week.

About Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel (DSC) is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which reaches 98.1 million viewers in the US, can be seen in over 170 countries, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

Alaska Week 2009 Premiere Program Descriptions
ALASKA WEEK, premiering Sunday, April 12 at 9PM ET/PT, features eight all-new programs that will transport viewers to one of the most unforgiving environments on the planet. See perilous encounters with wildlife caught on tape, watch roughnecks working Alaska's notorious North Slope drilling and transporting oil, join nine strangers as they hike the frozen interior in search of civilization and return to the Bering Sea with the infamous crab fishermen who earn a living cheating death.
ALASKA WEEK premiere programs include (all times ET/PT):

DIRTY JOBS
Sunday, April 12 at 9 PM
Host Mike Rowe travels to Big Lake, Alaska and pays a visit to Happy Trails Kennels to discover what it takes to breed and train Alaskan Huskies for sled dog work. He takes on the daily task of cleaning the dogs' living area and feeding them with a special blend of ground meat and hot water. He then hits the trail to learn the art of sled dog mushing.

BEAR ATTACK!
Friday, April 12 at 10 PM
In a harrowing six-week time period, three people were mauled by a bear near Anchorage, and many more Alaskans have had dangerously close bear encounters. Could one aggressive bear be responsible for all these attacks? And what is causing bears and humans to face off in more urban encounters? Using forensics, technology, and even DNA analysis, researchers launch an investigation into these incidents. Also hear from the victims who relive their lucky escapes.

ARCTIC ROUGHNECKS
Monday, April 13 at 9 PM
Roads. Who needs them? Enter the CATCO: a hard-chargin', take-no-prisoner, all-terrain vehicle that's more tank than truck. Hauling fuel, freight, and equipment in the farthest reaches of the Alaskan North, these trucks and the battle-hardened men who drive them, literally live on the edge of civilization in some of the hardest weather and terrain on Earth. ARCTIC ROUGHNECKS will follow these Alaskan workhorses and the hardworking crew who operate them as they brave blizzards, white-out conditions, and extreme temperatures.

DEADLIEST CATCH
Tuesday, April 14 at 9 PM
The seas are rougher, the stakes are higher and the intensity has never been stronger when the 2008 King crab season opens. All eyes points to 53 52' North / 166 31' West: Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Captains Sig Hansen (Northwestern), Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand (Time Bandit), Phil Harris (Cornelia Marie) and Keith Colburn (Wizard) are all back for another season of crab fishing. But storms -- personal, natural and financial--are brewing. Keith and Phil have ominous health symptoms. Nerves are raw, as the two men await medical test results -- and their doctors' clearance to fish. As the fleet launches into the icy Bering Sea, the captains are under huge financial pressure from costly summer boat repairs. If they want to recoup their money, they'll need to crab fast and crab big.

OUT OF THE WILD: THE ALASKA EXPERIMENT
Tuesday, April 14 at 10 PM
In September 2008, nine amateur hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts put their lives on hold to take on the opportunity, and challenge, of a lifetime. After a three-day crash course in basic survival skills, including how to shoot a gun, skin an animal and start a fire without matches, the volunteers were flown to Ttsusena Lake in the rugged Alaskan interior. There they were given the first piece of a rudimentary map (additional pieces were given to the team along the route), a compass and a few basic tools and told to hike to civilizationbefore the harsh winter weather sets in.

MYTHBUSTERS
Wednesday, April 15 at 9 PM
The MythBusters pack up their sleds, their brass monkeys and their explosives, as the whole team heads north to test some Alaskan myths. Can it get so cold that your urine freezes before it hits the ground? Will a golf ball go further if you tee-off on a frozen lake? And is the Pycrete, a mythical Alaskan boat, actually real?

ALASKA : MOST EXTREME
Thursday, April 16 at 9PM
Everything is extreme in Alaska: the weather and climate that make each day a new and often menacing adventure; the ways in which many Alaskans earn a living; and the basic skills that everyone must learn and know simply to survive in this harsh environment.

UNTAMED ALASKA
Sunday, April 17 at 9 PM
Predators like the Grizzly Bear and Gray Wolf roam over 50 million acres of Alaskan wilderness. Temperatures drop to 100 degrees below and the coastline is battered by freezing storms and giant waves. All this makes life a very, very dangerous place for many of Alaska's half a million residents. Dramatic "caught-on-tape" footage, interviews with eye witnesses and experts, and CGI showcase this perilous world.

March 15, 2009

JONNY QUEST: The Movie


So, after a near millennia of gestation, "Jonny Quest" is finally headed to the big screen. Thank Hanna and Barbera!
Now, I know this is not the white hot property that most of Hollywood is looking for. And quite frankly, like "Watchmen" this may be for a core fanbase of loyal Jonny fans.

BUT - I think that there is a great opportunity to bring in a new, younger generation of fans by casting newly kid-friendly Dwayne Johnson as Jonny's body guard, Roger "Race" Bannon. He'll be re-teaming with director Andy Flickman (The Game Plan & Race to Witch Mountain), which is a good thing. I thought "The Game Plan" was thoroughly enjoyable and I'm looking forward to "Witch Mountain", an older Disney franchise that I remember fondly. Now for all you "High School Musical" haters (and fans) the rumor is that Zac Efron is being cast as Jonny himself. 17 year old heart throb plays 11 year old adventurer... talk amongst yourselves. OK, so cast Tim Matheson as Dr. Quest, get a real dog to play Bandit and maybe toss in Dev Patel as Hadji, and we got a movie!

There's gonna be a lot of hair dye on the set to be sure. With Race's vivid, white GI Joe hair cut, Jonny's primary yellow do and the red-headed Dr. Quest, the makeup department is gonna be busy. (NO, I don't really think they're gonna dye Jonny's hair yellow!)

Concerns? Sure. Can you say "Speed Racer", "Thunderbirds"? Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, meet Roger "Race" Bannon.

March 9, 2009

ARE YOU WATCHING THE “WATCHMEN”?


Do you care if you’re watching? My guess is no, you don’t. I personally found the film fun, entertaining and worth the $30.00 I spent on IMAX tix for Ryan and myself. But I immediately recognized that this movie, most likely, will only please those of us who have read the source material – the Moore & Gibbons 1986 comic series. It is not for everyone.

Zack Snyder (300) does his best to compress a years worth of comic books, covering how many sub-plots? Five, six, more? Into a mere 2 hours and 43 minutes. A super-human feat that proves impossible and impractical. The mythology and back story are so dense, you need to have a pause button and the graphic novel next to you to makes heads or tails of some of the very heavy and sometimes far out stories. Lost for sure is the spectre of the countdown-to-midnight of the doomsday clock. The script is unable to convey the seriousness of impending nuclear war as it has to wrestle with the murder mystery/hero rebirth/love triangle plot lines.

Now, don’t be a hater and don’t get me wrong - it is a cool movie that is both visually stunning and pleasing to the ears (I was pleasantly surprised by the soundtrack). My favorite parts of the movie are the tease/opening credits, and the prison riot sequence.

The opening credits are beautiful vignettes, like living photographs - moving in slow motion - that replace about an hours worth of exposition, getting you up to speed on who our heroes are and why their world is the way it is. The prison riot (lifted practically verbatim from the comic) is the best choreographed and edited sequence of the film. Snyder’s judicious use of slow motion and the comic’s dark humor are both served perfectly.

While some critics have bristled at Rorschach’s voiceovers, I like ‘em. They are in tune with their comic roots and I love a good noir. Jackie Earle Haley’s voice is raspy and gravel-laden. Combine it with the perfect costume and a frightening physical resemblance to the comic’s Rorschach, they add up to the stand out performance of a very large cast.

I’m not even going to get into the cutting of key comic elements or the new ending written for the film. C’mon gang, let’s be adults here, it wouldn’t be Hollywood if some suit (or hack, or whomever) didn’t tinker with the story at some point right?

Kudos to the cinematography of Larry Fong (300, LOST), the look of the film is a color-saturated, dirty noir. This alternate universe New York City is grimy, frightening and just plain skeevy. Visually the film is able to convey the feeling of desperation and loneliness far better than the comic did. I will be very shocked if “Watchmen” doesn’t show up at the Oscars and take home some technical awards.

And for those fanboys (and girls) who have kept up with comics over the past few years, you will see the birthplace of the popular: Marvel “Civil War” and DC “Identity Crisis” comic epics.

Hugh Hart at Wired magazine said: …so what, exactly, has Snyder wrought? An ambitious, bloody yet strangely bloodless R-rated movie that lacks something in its soul.

I agree.

Let’s give “Watchmen” a B on the old report card, and simultaneously recommend that you read before you rent.

WATCHMEN Movie

WATCHMEN Graphic Novel

WIRED review

February 7, 2009

JAMES WHITMORE: Dead at 87

James Whitmore, the veteran Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor who brought American icons Will Rogers, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt to life in one-man shows, died Friday. He was 87.



New Hampshire Union Leader

IMDb

Photo Credit

February 4, 2009

EL FUEGO! up your FRIDAYS

Here's a little bit of retro-camp to liven up your day, a great promo from FOX. Could they really be putting some thought (and money) into promoting their Friday night sci-fi line-up? Too bad they didn't show "Firefly" the same love huh?

February 1, 2009

FOUR NEW TRAILERS for 2009

It's a fanboy red-alert - check out these sneak peaks at '09 genre films!







January 28, 2009

Darth Maul does GI JOE in 2009


Ray Park is SNAKE EYES! And nope, can't think of too many other actors that would be a better choice. C'mon, no lines to memorize, just bone-breaking, sword-wielding, @$$-kicking action to deliver.

And now you know.


And knowing is half the battle.

GI JOE Official Movie Site
GI JOE on iMDB
GI JOE at HASBRO

January 21, 2009

"HOPE OVER FEAR"

Barack H. Obama - 44th President of the United States. Welcome to Washington Mr. President.





Read: Obama's inaugural speech