Month: January 2010

Production is in full swing.

You may have remembered me saying something about “The Creative Process”. A film I’ve been working and reworking for a while now. Well guess what? It’s in production and coming along quickly.

Why am I doing it? I’ve only written in the past. I think I’m pretty comfortable with my story telling skills at this point. And what do I have to lose as long as the audience has a good time. Mind, body, spirit (or what’s left of it) are all going into this. We’ll see what comes out. Nothing is going to be orthodox, but I think it can play out well this way and keep everyone else relaxed even though I will not. I expect to start shooting on May the 1st.

It’s the movie about making a movie with little to no budget, so there’s a lot of truth to this. I wish I had a picture of an orphan from Nicaragua or something to put up…Well there’s the button. You can donate here. There will be special gifts for those who donate(producer credit, etc). Details on that soon. Every buck counts. It’s shameless. But I’m American, we’re shameless folk.

Golden Globes Get!

Wants:

Best Motion Picture — Drama
The Hurt Locker

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Gabourey Sadibe, Precious–since it’s the only one I’ve seen.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
George Clooney, Up in the Air

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
It’s Complicated

or 500 Days of Summer.  I don’t care either way.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer–I like this movie too much to say no.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mo-Nique, Precious–she really came out on her own in this. who the fuck knew she could act?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds

I’m going with Cristoph waltz for now since I haven’t seen the lovely bones yet, but stanley tucci is good.

Best Animated Feature Film
Up

Best Director — Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker–this movie impressed me a lot.

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
It’s Complicated

I actually think that Blind Date should get it, but it’s not nominated.

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Michael Giacchino, Up

now for what will get it

Best Motion Picture — Drama
The Hurt Locker

I didn’t like Avatar so i can’t give it the credit, and Precious didn’t have a big enough release I think.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Gabourey Sadibe, Precious

I really don’t know, but this was a hard role to do so i’m gonna give it to her.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air

one of these two. need to see crazy heart.

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
The Hangover

it’s sold too many DVDs to not

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes

sadly.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mo-Nique, Precious

she did such a great job

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds

still need to wait for the lovely bones

Best Animated Feature Film
Up

Best Director — Motion Picture
James Cameron, Avatar

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Up in the Air
It’s Complicated

I think it’s a toss up between these two.

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
James Horner, Avatar

I still need to see a couple films, but this is pretty much final. I’m kind of sad that Moon and Blind Date didn’t get any nominations.  Blind Date should win best Screenplay without a doubt.

Film Riddled Podcast?

Yeah. It sounds like it’s fucking underwater. Working out the kinks, but enjoy.

Start listening before you read this shit below.

It started out as a logical conversation with a little passive-aggressiveness.

See you next Tuesday(Big ups if you get this):

Hey guys,
It’s so funny how this topic has come up in several arena’s lately–my online dealings and personal conversations offline.
It really IS important–this article is more about negative self talk, but language is powerful with the other kinds of words you choose to use too.
You may not think nothing of using a simple cuss word–but unless it truly fits the context of your message, it’s best to leave it out of your written and spoken words.
Hope you enjoy!
http://naww.org/blog/watch-your-language-7-tips-for-big-results

I responded with a view of my own.

Wolfen:

I’m a grammar nazi when I talk to people. I just wish I could get a big red pen and write corrections on their mouths.

And the way I see it. You need to cuss sometimes… or as spongebob put it, “sentence enhancers”. used for emphasis. You can’t overdo it though. Like instead of “Man, I got a big plate of nachos” you say, Shit, that’s a fucking huge plate of nachos.” Giving the listening a good picture of just how epic those nachos are/were.

It could have ended right there. But it didn’t.

Buttie Mcgee:

Of course, you could always say “Woah, that’s an epic helping of nachos.”

You don’t have to curse to get your point across, and that’s one of the points we’re trying to get across. Sometimes…well, most of the time…cursing comes off as unprofessional. Therefore, the writer isn’t taken seriously because they don’t seem to care about their professional appearance.

Of course it needs to be co-signed.

See You Next Tuesday:

Buttie McGee–Exactly. I see you posted while I was thinking. LOL.

But here’s my thoughts on the situation.

Wolfen—I’m going to slightly agree with you, but mostly disagree.
There are times a cuss word is appropriate. However; in your example it’s simply overkill.
The majority of people do not cuss for emphasis – only writers use it for that purpose in portraying a character.
Here’s what I’ve learned from experience in my 42 years on this planet:
1. People use cuss words because they have a limited vocabulary–it’s the only words they know to grab your attention.
2. People cuss for attention. They “believe” they will be “heard” better by using certain words, when in fact, other people are simply thinking how limited this persons vocabulary is.
3. People who use more than their share of cuss words have a limited mentality.
4. Having a limited mentality and vocabulary, they refuse to better themselves or their language. They have an attitude that everyone else can get over it, they’ll speak like they want–that screw ’em attitude–(aka–the F word).
Funny how you never see these kinds of people at the top. They remain on the bottom rung of the ladder of success.
So a few rappers have made it big and spout cuss words all over creation. The only people who admire or look up to these guys are young people with no direction and no purpose in life. The Zig Ziglar’s and Oprah Winfrey’s of this world are NOT impressed. I use these two as examples because they are self-made millionaires and they did not cuss their way to the top.
Think of all the great speeches you’ve heard that truly moved you–none of them are riddled with cuss words.
Bottom line: If you want to be taken seriously and become successful–watch how you speak (or write) and the language you use.
If you don’t care–cuss all you want and stay right where you’re at; no one is taking you seriously.
In this forum, it’s appreciated if everyone (present and future members) would have respect for the rest of the group and watch the choice of words they use.
Filters are in place for a reason, but even with the use of filters the chosen word is obvious and it simply looks unprofessional.
As forum owner, I want everyone to feel comfortable, grow professionally and as individuals. My guidelines are in place and shared because I’ve gained some wisdom through the years–and I’m one of the smartest people I know. LOL!
I want this forum to be as professional and friendly as possible, and most people are simply offended by even slight uses of cuss words. So lets keep it to a bare minimum please.

That’s where it got full of shit as you can see.

I struck back.

Wolfen:

Okie den… real talk.
In my
22 years on this wonderful blue marble.
1. People use cuss words because they have a limited vocabulary–it’s the only words they know to grab your attention.

2. People cuss for attention. And yeah, it’s very true. You sometimes HAVE to get a person’s attention that way. Human’s are too dumb to listen through peaceful means sometimes.

3. Limited mentally, I really don’t think I’ll even comment on that, sorry.

4. Having such an attitude can come from someone who does and even does not have a good vocabulary. Some people just don’t wanna better themselves. Again, sad facts on humanity.

As for rappers. Yeah, it’s hard to find a decent one these days. I loves me some Jay Z and some Ludacris every now and again though. Oooooo weeeee. But even the worst can still spin a yarn. Though I’m not a fan, I can respect what they do.

Quote:

The only people who admire or look up to these guys are young people with no direction and no purpose in life.


uhhhhhhhhh….. No. You are just plain wrong. I look up to them… will some. Because they’re good at what they do. If you’re just paying attention to the cussing. It’s quite clear you’re not listening to the music/reading the book/watching the movie.

Are we in the business of writing? Or the business of political correctness? Last I checked, the two don’t walk hand and hand to go get ice cream(speaking of which, I gots some chocolate chip I need to finish off.) Welcome to the world folks. Should we gave everyone in the world water wings in case it rains too much?

There are plenty of people that are successful who were on the vulgar side. Money does not equal success. Look at the likes of your Tarentino, Bette Page, George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Guy Ritchie, Seth McPharline, Sam Ramei, even Hitchcock and Poe. Each was never really someone you would want to speak to your grandmother about her medication. But you can’t deny that they were masters of their craft.

If you want to be successful. Be good. Get Better. No matter what it is.

So say whatever it is you have to say be honest. You’ll feel a little bit better about yourself that way. Just don’t put it on any legal documents and things will work out for you.

And did the whole thing without cursing. :P

So yeah… I think things were made quite clear to me. Kinda brought an awakening to me though. Glad it happened.



Do you get turned on easily?

It’s a pretty well known fact that Michael Cera really only has one role. That being said, he epitomizes this role in Youth In Revolt. arts-youth-revolt-584 Boy is virgin. Boy is awkward. Girl is sexy. Boy meets girl. Boy goes through hardships and competes with other boy.  Boy loses girl. Boy repents. Boy gets girl.   It’s a familiar plot sequence, but Michael Cera does it well.  This movie is pretty humorous, and a few scenes will send you into uncontrollable fits of laughter. Giving away a little of the film, the sequence where Michael Cera is on magic mushrooms reading a book about sexual positions is one of the best drug sequences I’ve seen in a while.  It’s worth a watch if you’re a fan, but if you’re snowed in like most of the country, just watch one of his other films and it’ll be about the same.

B

Oh My God! An Nick Cage Movie that DOESN'T suck?

“Not the bees! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!”

Sadly, that’s what most of us remember whenever we see the name Nicolas Cage. But I was reminded he’s not just a clown, he’s an actor who’s pretty good at playing clowns.

Bad Lieutenent: Port of Call New Orleans” takes place in, well… New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. We get to follow Cage as a loose cannon cop who dosen’t play by the rules. But it dosen’t just end there. He has a hooker girlfriend… and likes crack. A lot. He injures his back saving a drowning prisoner and he’s been pissed off ever sense.

He gets put on a homicide investigation in which a whole family is killed. Obsessed, he does everything inside and outside the law to get people in a questioned… sometimes with less the favorable results. He drowns his sorrows in his hooker girlfriend (Mendes) and his addiction to crack.

When has gambling debts become too much for him to handle, his life goes into even more of a tailspin. He must choose whether to do good, or do a little bad to be good.

The movie came to a pretty relaxed conclusion. Shows that sometimes you have to be little bad for the big picture to come out exactly the way you want it. With a surprising brillient proformance by Cage, it gives me a little (and I mean little) bit of hope for his future.

A-

Most Anticipated of 2010

It’s an odd list I know. But I go by what I see and hear.

I hate to kick “The Last Airbender” and “Rapunzel” off the list. But there are only 10 spaces 😦

10. Valentines day
9. The Green Hornet
8.Tron: Legacy
7. Jackass 3-D
6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
5. Despicable Me
4. Inception
3. The Crazies
2. Saw VII 3-D
1. Kick-Ass

You know, old people are pretty old…

In a world where we have Transformers and Avatar costing hundreds of millions to make, we tend to forget the lighter side of filmmaking.

Filmed on a ridiculously low budget, nasty old people takes us into the life of a 19 year old neo-nazi and the old people she takes care of for a living.

From a paranoid old bat, to a horny old woman to a 49 year old writer with cancer. All of them teach our Nazi friend that life can be a great thing.

A virtually unknown cast creates one of the most realistic depictions of lonely shut ins I’ve seen in recent memory. I was in a mental hospital for a time, I can say the depictions are pretty much spot on. Not necessarily crazy, but just lonely and misunderstood.

The movie plays out more like a series of short plays. Showing the day to day lives of the characters. Wheater it’s drawing pictures of their cancer-ridden brain on a chalkboard or watching porn and telling people they’re ugly.

After all is said and done, I was left with a warm feeling. I could see a lot of myself in the movie. The fact that you can solve anything with a little positive thinking. Don’t know if that’s what the director was going for, but that’s what I got out of it. Very well shot and even better acting. You can pick the movie up at “The Pirate Bay”.

A+