Films

Battle Royale Poster

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As some of you know one of my hobbies is collecting movie posters. Specifically for movies that have special meaning for me. One of my latest additions is a very cool one. I love the Japanese film BATTLE ROYALE released in 2000 but not released in the U.S. until 2011 on video. I first saw it in 2003 or 2004 thanks to a UK DVD release which was playable on Region 1 players. I had heard of the film since its release so the desire to see it was pretty high and the film did not disappoint. Memorabilia for it is a little hard to come by since it never was released in the U.S.A. theatrically outside of some film festival showings. So the only thing, in relation to film posters, are foreign releases including a cool U.K. quad poster and naturally from its Japanese release which is where I […]

Film History

Happy 32nd Anniversary Creepshow

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Today, November 12th, celebrates the 32nd anniversary of one of my all time favorite films, George A. Romero’s Creepshow. Written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero and featuring an all star cast Creepshow features five “jolting tales of horror” inspired by the old E.C. comics like “Tales From The Crypt” and “The Vault Of Horror”. The film mixes the perfect blend of horror and comedy with portions (like the story “The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verille”) mixing the perfect blend of camp in as well. When things turn to horror it doesn’t skimp whether it’s grossing us out with some amazing make up effects by Tom Savini or the actual terror of creeping corpses, cockroaches aplenty, or a monster in a crate that scared me so much every dark corner or unopened crate to this day inspires feelings of unease in me. Somehow I convinced my father to […]

Filmmaking

Nose Hair & Peanuts Short Plays Festivals

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The short film I directed earlier this year, Nose Hair & Peanuts,  has been accepted into not one but TWO film festivals. It’ll make its world premiere at the SoCal Film Fest and play at the Orlando Film Festival. Needless to say Mike Pusateri, the writer, producer, and actor in it, Jennifer Buhrow, the lead actress, and I are overly excited about this. As if all of this wasn’t enough we also got an amazing review at INFLUX Magazine from film critic Paul Booth. Brilliant, suspenseful and achieves two spectacular goals; one it keeps you interested even though you think you know the ending and secondly, it breaks all clichés. Highly original, enjoyable, great writing, ingenious concept and no doubt a film that should begin a run on the festival circuit. Nose Hair and Peanuts is even tied into the dialogue (something only very well written television shows manage to do with purpose). Enjoyable from […]

Filmmaking

Lighting Test For New Short Film

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It’s now official I am a couple weeks away from shooting my next short film. Details will be revealed but this will be the first film I’ve written, aside from just directing and shooting, in awhile. I have written other things but most of the films I’ve done in the last couple years are ones that were written by other people. As is evident in the picture I am going for a very film noir look with a warm overtone. It’s an aesthetic I’ve always loved but have rarely been able to do when doing other people’s films. I haven’t done a film project (or any project really) in a very long time that was completely mine. Maybe since I made my feature film Distortion. It is actually a bit more nerve wracking since it is more me than with the other projects but that is also the exciting part. […]

Films

Vague Ramblings Episode 5 – My Favorite Directors

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On this episode of Vague Ramblings I ramble on, in a vague manner, about my favorite directors. It is a long one but I put the text of each director when I get to them so you can scroll through it if you only want to see what I have to say about that particular one. Happy viewing!  

Film History

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 […]