30 Day Movie Challenge

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Thirty

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Thirty – What is your favorite movie? STAR WARS If you know me at all, or at least have been reading my blog(s), you know that my favorite film is ‘Star Wars’. I saw it when I was 4 years old and it changed my life forever. It began my love of movies. My fascination with the filmmaking process. It inspired me from the very beginning. I watched everything differently. Watching how they were shot or edited or anything. When I played with my toys my eye was the camera. I would move closer to do a close up. Pull back for wide shots. Move around like crazy for fast action scenes with multiple angles. I have thought of who I might be today if I hadn’t seen it at that moment when I was a kid. The thing is I don’t know and […]

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Nine

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Nine – What is your favorite drama? THE GODFATHER Behind my all time favorite film (which just might be in a future post though if you know me then you already know what it is) my second favorite film is Francis Ford Coppola’s film version of Mario Puzo’s ‘The Godfather’. A film that had its budget cut and it was feared that it was going to bomb by the studio. Luckily all of the pieces fell into place and the film about a mafia family and the end of one era and the rise of the next with the passage of power from father to son ended up smashing box office records. A mix of film beauty and in your face violence and amazing performances and just engrossing on every level it is hard to stop watching the film. I can’t tell you how […]

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Eight

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Eight – What is your favorite horror film? DAWN OF THE DEAD It’s probably no secret that one of my top three favorite films is George A. Romero’s ‘Dawn Of The Dead’. I was already a huge fan of Romero’s but for some reason I had not seen this film yet until I was 12 years old. One day while at the video store I saw it sitting on the shelf and rented it. That weekend I think I watched it three times. A new favorite was ushered in. My favorite horror film has always swung back and forth between this and ‘The Exorcist‘. I will say that ‘The Exorcist’ will always be the scariest. I have gone with ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ because it is a film I have watched over and over. It’s a film that is much deeper that it seems […]

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Seven

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Seven – What is your favorite animation film? AKIRA Technically my favorite animation film is Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast‘. It is just beautiful and amazing and entertaining and basically perfect. That being said a very close second is a film that is about as far removed from the G-rated fair of Disney which is none other than the Japanese animation film ‘Akira’. ‘Akira’ was the first R-rated animation film I had ever seen. It was also my first real experience with a Japanese animated film that I ever saw (not including kid’s cartoons as a kid). It was almost jaw dropping. I was a freshman in film school when I saw this for the first time (on laserdisc!) and it opened up my world even more. I guess it was rather fitting being in film school and discovering a whole other type of […]

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Six

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day Twenty-Six – What is a movie you wish you saw in the theatre? PSYCHO I have seen ‘Psycho’ in the theatre but obviously I wasn’t alive when it was first released. Not sure if this one counts since I wasn’t even capable of seeing it when it was first released but it is one I wish I had seen in the theatre. To see it without really knowing anything about it. To be just as shocked and horrified as everyone else. To think you knew Alfred Hitchcock from the TV show and his previous movies only to be thrust into this dark film where it wasn’t fun but actually scary. The suspense in his previous films was always fun with a sense of whimsical but here it was darker. Realer in a way in its coldness. Behind ‘Rear Window’ ‘Psycho’ is my next favorite […]

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UPDATED: Philip Bloom’s Sony FS700 Review Is Up

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UPDATE: Part 1 and 2 of the video are now up and below. A cinematographer I admire a great deal is Philip Bloom. He does a lot of sharing of knowledge of shooting and his thoughts on different cameras. Over at his website he is reviewing a pre-production model of the new Sony NEX FS700 camera which I am very interested in. Part 1 of his video review is up. Be sure to check out his website here and visit his post with the review here with some extra clips as well. I have also embedded the review video below:   Part 2 has been added.

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Happy 35th Anniversary Star Wars

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Happy 35th Anniversary to the film that changed my life forever. What can be said that I haven’t said already. I won’t ramble on this time but simply say thank you for what you have done for me ‘Star Wars‘! Some might consider this sacrilege but here is the trailer for the Special Edition re-release from the 20th anniversary in 1997. I love this trailer.   And the one vintage documentary (missing from the recent Blu-ray release unfortunately) that fans like myself love so much. ‘From Star Wars To Jedi The Making Of A Saga‘. How many times did I watch this as a kid.