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With A Camera

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I love John Ford. The man made some of the best films ever committed to celluloid. He also didn’t have time to sit back and dissect everything. He kept moving forward with his career. In one of the more famous quotes that most filmmakers and film buffs hear about from him is the infamous answer to a question about how he filmed a particular scene while being interviewed by a young Peter Bogdanovich. John Ford’s answer is, much like his films, perfect. “With a camera.”

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10 Movies That Stayed With Me Even If I didn’t Want Them To

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I was tagged on Facebook to do a list of movies that have stayed with you. I thought it was a good idea for a blog post. Plus this enables me to ramble on a little. While the original list calls for 15 movies I decided to take it down to 10 and I tweaked it slightly since the films you could pick for the list could be anything and ones that aren’t ones that were disturbing. However, I went ahead and tried to limit it to only doing ones that did disturb me and stayed with me a lot longer than I may have wanted them to. Though it also led me to be impressed by the films even more. This was actually harder to do than I originally thought because I wanted to make sure the reasons why a film stayed with me was for a specific reason. […]

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Meeting Dick Miller

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During the Chicago Critics Film Festival they showed the new documentary That Guy Dick Miller which is about actor Dick Miller who has been in countless of films from the lead in the Roger Corman film A Bucket Of Blood to being blown away as the gun shop owner in the original The Terminator to Mr. Futterman in Gremlins and a hundred more. The film chronicles his very long and impressive and eclectic career with great humor and depth and admiration. To make the evening more special the man was there in person. I grew up knowing who he was. He is one of those people who you know and when they are so a part of your world (in my case my love of film and he was in half the movies I watched) they take on a special meaning in your life. I was determined to attempt to […]

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Why Film Prints Still Matter

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The term “film is dead” has been going around the last few years. Not sure why we are so quick to end a format. There are people who still collect VHS tapes to this day. Why is film, which has been around longer than any of you reading this have been alive, is dead? It isn’t nor should it be. As a filmmaker I love using the latest technology to make what I do. In that case I am all for the latest digital cameras and formats. I know some filmmakers still prefer to shoot on film. I think it should be there for them to use. For me, I admit, I’m on the digital bandwagon. The tools better suite my creative needs. However, as a film buff I love watching 35mm film prints. Am I contradicting myself? No. Here is why. When it comes to more recent films, most […]

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Why I Am A Collector

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I collect a lot of movie things. I love movies. Probably more than almost anything else. When you love something you like to surround yourself with it. When it comes to movies, posters tend to be one of the main things to collect next to the films themselves. They are the one thing associated with the advertising of a film that people remember so it’s the thing collectors, like myself, gravitate towards. Especially in the days before the internet when sometimes your knowledge of a film was limited to the advertising or what was written up in a magazine. As a kid when I would stand in the lobby of a movie theatre I would look at the poster of a movie that was “coming soon” and the more imaginative the poster the more it sparked not only my interest in the film but my own imagination as well. So […]