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Anybody who has been to university will know about the reading list. But what about the recommended viewing list for film students? Here's ten must-see films before attending any type of film study course.Anybody who has been to university will know about the reading list. But what about... more
From famous gangster movies like "The Godfather" to 80s comedies like "Trading Places," Ice Cube sits down to share his Five Favorite Films.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show is a movie review show that airs on Thursday nights at 10:30 e/p on Current TV. From reviews of the newest releases to commentary on cult favorites and movie trends, each episode of The Rotten Tomatoes Show is a fast-paced, comedic journey through the week in cinema.
For more from the Rotten Tomatoes Show: http://rottentomatoesshow.comFrom famous gangster movies like "The Godfather" to 80s comedies like... more
A MacGuffin is a term coined by famous director Alfred Hitchcock (and used continuously by George Lucas) to define a plot element, generally an object, that drives the characters and the story. To illustrate, I compiled some of the most famous MacGuffins. Check my list out, and let me know all good ones I missed by leaving a comment!
http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2009/10/04/top-macguffins-in-cinema/A MacGuffin is a term coined by famous director Alfred Hitchcock (and used... more
They say you can see straight through to a movie’s soul when viewing its trailer. OK, nobody says that, but you know they’re thinking it. Movie trailers can be useful promotional tools when done right. Heck, some are even works of art all by themselves. Some too can be life-altering; we almost lost an entire generation of teenage girls to heart attacks when the New Moon trailer hit. So for your pleasure The Rabid One nails you with the best movie trailers of all time.
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http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/dailyloaf/2009/08/18/the-rabid-ones-top-10-movie-trailers-of-all-time/They say you can see straight through to a movie’s soul when viewing its... more
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A year ago, when "Me and Orson Welles" made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, it was one of the most anticipated new films of the season and a leading candidate on most distributors' acquisition lists. Directed by Richard Linklater, it offered a striking vision of Orson Welles as a brash 22-year-old wunderkind mounting his legendary theatrical production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" -- four years before his "Citizen Kane" transformed moviemaking.
Offering a view of Welles' escapades through the eyes of a theater-crazed teenager, the movie seemed to have something for everyone, from a great performance by Christian McKay as Welles, a lively portrait of an oversize artist as a young enfant terrible and last, but certainly not least, the presence of a red-hot young actor, Zac Efron, star of "High School Musical," in the role of Welles' starstruck protege.
But despite a raft of largely favorable reviews and a warm audience reaction, "Me and Orson Welles" left the festival without attracting a buyer. In fact, the film had been out of sight ever since until its backers announced late last week that it would be arriving in theaters Nov. 25. The film will be distributed by Freestyle Releasing, the do-it-yourself distributor that has been involved with a variety of art-house and genre projects, including "An American Haunting," which quietly grossed $16 million in 2006, as well as "Bottle Shock," which did modest business last summer.
But for me, the reemergence of "Me and Orson Welles," accompanied by a tie-in with a major studio DVD release and a revenue-sharing deal with a major theatrical exhibitor, offers a fascinating glimpse into the future of independent cinema. If the film finds an audience later this year, it could provide a template for success for the untold thousands of films that play film festivals around the world but never find any real theatrical distribution. If there is a real lesson behind this film's new lease on life, it is that in today's overcrowded marketplace, it takes a village -- a village of like-minded, entrepreneurial talents -- to nurture a film that appeals to a specialized audience. (more at link)
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http://current.com/groups/movie-news/A year ago, when "Me and Orson Welles" made its debut at the Toronto... more
"Making Movies with Orson Welles" was written by cinematographer Gary Graver and focuses on his experiences working with Orson Welles the last 15 years of his life. During this period Welles struggled, and Graver was there intimately with him for all of it. The way Graver met Welles was unorthodox, and shows just how predestined they were to work together. Orson Welles made the gem "F for Fake", and tried to complete the film "Other Side of the Wind" with Graver. There is a lot of insight in these pages about what it was like to know and work with the director who created the iconic classic "Citizen Kane". I recommend this book to film lovers and Orson Welles fans alike. It was a fascinating book, and I enjoyed it very much."Making Movies with Orson Welles" was written by cinematographer Gary Graver... more
Don't write excuse notes - Sympathy is like crack cocaine to industry execs. I've had at least one wonderful screenplay of mine maimed by a sympathy-skank. Yes, of course the audience have to relate to your characters, but they don't need to approve of them. If characters are going to do something bad, Hollywood wants you to build in an excuse note. If you look at Thelma and Louise, you'll see it's really just one long excuse note with 20 minutes of fun at the end. Don't write excuse notes - Sympathy is like crack cocaine to industry execs.... more
"The system learns the sounds it can make by trying out its instruments, and then uses its range of sounds to try to reproduce the rhythmic and melodic qualities of sounds such as the voices of visitors."
For this clip, "the source audio is a bit of the soundtrack from the movie Citizen Kane, and the noisemakers are a set of found object percussion machines and an electromagnetically fretted electric guitar.""The system learns the sounds it can make by trying out its instruments, and then... more