Saturday, June 30, 2012
Up Till Dawn's 2-Minute Crappy Film Series takes care of this problem. We take a crappy film and make it two minutes. A two minute exciting thrill ride of adventure, disaster, and surrealism. All 2-Minute Crappy Films will initially be announced and released here on the Up Till Dawn Films blog. We don't just talk trash about crappy films, we make them too.
Our first film, A Fleeting Victory, is a remix tale of the classic War of the Robots. The film is essentially a bunch of people dressed up like Steve Zissou and fighting robots with lightsabers. All while urging the viewer to jump off a bridge. We broke it down, spruced it up, had The Night Will Steal You redo the score, and chopped a more satisfying conclusion. In a truly irresponsible, zero-budget, for-profit, film house fashion we will release A Fleeting Victory today, tomorrow, or the next day.
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I began watching this show because of a woman. My wife and I began watching this show together, but during this last season (recently concluded) I found myself no longer waiting for her to watch the episodes. I needed to know what happens next.
Engrossed in the drama, intrigued and interested in new characters and old, and out loud laughter all force me to continue watching. And make no mistake, Edie Falco is a badass. I will always miss Carmela Soprano, but only because I miss Tony.
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I hate to admit it, but I enjoyed this film. Based on observed behaviors one could easily deduct that Mel Gibson is a lunatic. However, I do not feel psychosis and antisemitism really have anything to do with this individual film. A certain Elmore Leonard quality emanates from the plot and characters of Get the Gringo. It's worth watching and one of my personal favorites of recent Mel films.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
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Keep in mind I'm not the type of person who instantly jumps to negatively judge a film. When I was a teenager, myself and two other assholes made a film called Giant Mutant Lobsters in Outer Space in which we dumped Jack Daniels on a lobster and set it on fire. Along with a city made of cardboard and hot wheels cars. This was of course after the mad scientist fired off his giant laser that never actually appeared on screen. The difference between the two pieces of trash being ingenuity and passion. Enduring this film was pain-staking and traumatic at best. Zombies or not. I love zombies, but like many great genres Abe vs. Zombies is among a vast catalog of selections that breeds contempt. This type of film makes the porn industry seem more reputable. Certainly more interesting. On second thought, these films are porns, without the porn.
How about 1.3 stars, only because it provide a strong closing for my review.
Friday, June 22, 2012
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I decided to do a blog post warm-up prior to conducting a large amount of educational writing.
Since Up Till Dawn Films' refocusing of purpose I have been selecting movies for coverage that I normally would ignore or outright refuse.
I wanted to include more in this update but I have a lot to do, and the cinematic gems of celluloid commentary resist the river's current.
Until next time...
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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The popularity of the Men In Black films confuses me somewhat. I understand how they have generated the box office numbers and popularity on a summer funzies level, but no so much in regards to the catharsis they seem to provide people. I get they they're funny films, and the two main characters share a dynamic relationship that adds to the clever hilarity. If ever a possibility, the mixing of crotchety white man and sassy but hip black man would provide a sweet comedy elixir. The audience could simply drink in this essence and uncontrollable laughter would consume their entire existence. However, I do not find the films that easy to take down. The Men In Black films make me slightly uncomfortable.
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I digress, the comparison is not fair. A dialogue written by Cormac McCarthy should have a higher level of quality than any MIB movie. I guess I just wanted to bring up Mr. McCarthy. While we're on the subject though, Josh Brolin plays the young Tommy Lee Jones and these two billings alone scream, "Great cast!" Until they decided to cast Emma Thompson, but let's not go there. The strangest paradox of the Men In Black films rests within my own hands of ownership. I have owned both of the previous films. I believe at one point I had multiple copies of one or both of the films on DVD, and I also still own an unopened animated series VHS. How did that all happen?
In conclusion, this was my favorite Men In Black film (except for the Emma Thompson) from many reasons. The Brolin factor was cool. He did a spot on young Tommy Lee Jones. It goes without saying because we are now in the future, but the CGI was the best. The storyline was the most interesting and intelligent and I also felt the least uncomfortable watching this chapter. 3.4 Stars. This is a draft...TBE...so that may change.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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A culture in which many physical attributes have changed drastically, but continues to be rooted in issues, conflicts, and identities that have changed very little since 1984. One of the UTDF's Top Ten Film Soundtracks. 4.4 Stars.
Warning: Harry Dean Stanton Alert! This film is known to contain Harry Dean Stanton. The true psychological effects of Harry Dean Stanton are highly debated and yet to be scientifically confirmed.
This is an assignment that I had to do for school, but I decided that it is also quite suiting for Up Till Dawn Films' purposes. The direction of the review is based upon the rubric of the assignment.
I use the term "multidimensional" too much. 4.7 Stars.
An individual’s freedom to choose religious beliefs is a basic human right. Unfortunately, many times in society religious beliefs are used to justify extremely violent and deadly actions. Kevin Smith’s film Red State, starring Michael Parks and John Goodman, tells a story about a Christian fundamentalist group. The group uses their religious beliefs to rationalize violent and deadly actions inflicted upon those they categorize as “sinners.” The highly controversial film is a cinematic masterpiece that redefines Smith as a filmmaker. Kevin Smith is perhaps best known for his flatulence focused comedy films, passion for comic books, and network of podcasts. Red State came as a surprise to his most loyal of fans and the film industry in general. Written, directed, edited, and self-distributed Red State proves that Smith is not just a jokesmith satisfied with making audiences laugh. The film demands that Smith be regarded as a sophisticated and multidimensional filmmaker. Smith accomplishes this sophistication by tackling the social issues and themes within Red State. Labeled as a horror film Red State is a shocking social commentary on religious intolerance and the violent consequences of extreme belief. Red State is a picture of society that shows the lines of terrorism are drawn by belief and action, not race and cultural background.
The film also shows that while society has made significant progress, intolerance of race, religion, and sexual preference are still a serious reality. Red State’s main character Pastor Abin Cooper (played by Michael Parks) is especially intolerant of homosexuality. Cooper is a charismatic religious leader that uses his own religious interpretations and beliefs to fuel an anti-homosexual agenda. He passionately indoctrinates his beliefs onto the members of his congregation and motivates and mobilizes violent and murderous action. The intolerance of Cooper’s congregation is seen throughout the world. Red State reminds the viewer that the boundaries of homicidal intolerance are not set by religious, geographical, or racial difference. The intolerant only lack prejudice upon the selection of their victims. The intolerance of Cooper’s congregation is captured with a unique style of cinematography and powerful acting performances. Red State is presented in the clarity of high definition film photography. However, the film uses a grindhouse tone that captivates the eye of the audience and properly captures the gritty, dark, and violent nature for which the film is set. This unique style and powerful acting performances are what make Red State downright creepy. Michael Parks’ academy award worthy performance is essential to Red State. Early in the film an intense 10 minute long sermon is delivered by Cooper. The scene is scary and powerful. There is no doubt or confusion in the audience’s mind that Cooper can use charisma, manipulation, intensity, and belief to mobilize his congregation.
Consequently, Cooper’s violent mobilization of belief is the fuel of terrorism. Cooper’s congregation is not a simple church group; it is a terrorist organization. Smith uses the character of A.T.F. Agent Joseph Keenan (played by John Goodman) to facilitate the role of government and a deeper view into the nature of terrorism. The fictional government’s policies regarding terrorism are no different that the policies of real-life society and as Keenan’s peer Agent Hammond states, “If you kill an American because of a religious belief you are a terrorist.” Smith further mirrors society when the Keenan’s superiors make the decision that Cooper’s congregation needs to be eliminated by any means necessary. A barrage of bullets and death is traded between Cooper’s congregation and the A.T.F. The film takes on an almost action flick way of editing and sequencing scenes, but the violent and explicit deaths are not a glorification. When a young lady accidentally kills her mother it is clear that Smith wants the world to know that guns are not toys. Many times the doctrines and religious texts, meant as a guide, are taken literally. Red State captures the deadly ramification of when these misconceptions are acted upon.In conclusion, if Kevin Smith had something to prove, whether as a filmmaker or a commentator of political and religious ideology, Red State proves it. The film shows that intolerance and belief have the potential to be extremely dangerous and violent states of mind often mobilized into bloody terroristic action. It is the sense of realism that Smith uses to execute the film that makes Red State truly horrific. While the organizations and individuals of Red State are fictitious, Smith provides a mirrored view of the terrifying similarities found throughout our own society.
I use the term "multidimensional" too much. 4.7 Stars.
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I did not expect nearly as much as the dormant-Ridley-Scott-super fans did from Prometheus. Intrigued that Damon Lindelof (co-creator of Lost) happen to be one of the writers of the screenplay, but in general the concept and Alien series prequel possibility simply bored me. Yet, low expectations always helps when something from a film can be expected. The first twenty to thirty minutes of the film could be entirely removed and I do not think it would make much of a difference. The distinction between plot and character development and contrived mediocre pace shines brightly on a visually stunning but otherwise bland screen. A sad and slow start however does not mean that all is lost. Ultimately, once the development hurdle was crossed Prometheus pleases and provides the audience what they came for. I have let Prometheus marinate for a couple weeks. The initial Prometheus buzz has worn off. Prometheus is a quality film. I'm definitely going to watch it again, but like Ridley in general I question the ratio of hype to actual output of "genius" work. Especially, since I feel, of all Ridley's films, Prometheus comes closest to the misused adjective. Certainly at the top of my list of Ridley Scott films I want to add to my Blu-Ray collection. Until I watch it again I'll give it a standing 3.5 stars.
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Monday, June 18, 2012
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I understand the need for comparison, but why compare a kidnapping film to a man with a flaming head or Raising Arizona with Drive Angry? First off, these are generally films made by completely different people and production companies. A comparison of a Coen Brothers film and an intentionally over-excessive flick about fast cars and demons completely misses the point of both films. The only real similarity is they star a person who has the habit of at least attempting to remove similarities between most of his roles. Everyone has their Brad Pitt, "What's in the box" or Johnny Utah forever stuck on, "Whoa" moments. However, it does not negate a solid resume, skill, nor the fact that Drive Angry was ridiculously amazing. I bought the blu-ray. Why? Because unlike the "Christian Slater straight-to-video" business model for selecting roles these films are produced big and generally deliver big. Cage has also stepped up his game since his Knowing/Bangkok Dangerous phase. Some may feel inclined to point to Mr. Cage's money problems, but I wonder why he is having them at all; when I watch some of these films. Either way, as he storms through piles of scripts to pay back the IRS he pleases this audience.
Settle down Mr. Cage, you're not a god yet, and no one can ever be as cool as Sailor Ripley in real life. Not even you. Up Till Dawn Films recommends Drive Angry, Seeking Justice, Trespass, Ghost Rider 2, Kick-Ass. Nick deserves some props, all at least 3.0 stars each.
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I'm fascinated by the fact that this is a Farrelly Brothers movie. I imagine if anyone else had made the movie I would have put a needle through my pupil. Although, I'm really not an appropriate judge, but the guys playing the Stooges seemed to have done a really good job. However, they do so while basking in the ambiance of something that smells under Plot's shoe. There's more than just plot lacking too. I mean, come on! Jane Lynch plays a nun as well, but I cannot even recall a single thing she did that was funny. Word? Other than Larry David, the Jersey Shore, and some sweet cleavage shots I do not have anything really nice to say. I blame the fact that I am out of my element and my sensibilities of humor were desensitized over a decade ago; Rated PG. 2.2 Stars.
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A solid 4.0 stars. I actually want to give it more.
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This movie also stars the lesbian from Hot Tub Time Machine. He again has nerd nailed and provides another amusing performance. This movie makes me wonder if Eddie has a comedy as satisfying as Beverly Hills Cop was when it came out left within his career, or as many have criticized can we just expect variations of a formula known to please and undoubtedly satisfy a certain profit margin but ultimately dance with mediocrity. A Thousand Words is worth the "date night" ticket price, but both Eddie and film unsurprisingly play it safe with the audience. I found the boundary pushing of a PG-13 rating commendable, and I got a little man misty on occasion.
The chosen cover art for this film makes me somewhat angry. Imdb ratings of this film reflect a 4.2 stars out of 10. The masses are simply baffling. I found this film to be an surprise sleeper action hit. The first ten minutes of the film contain film editing orgasms that shall not be given away here. They set the tone, the pace, and everything else that rushes over the audience for the remainder of the film. No Saints for Sinners is the type of film you don't want to end.
Both score and soundtrack are noticeably superior without overshadowing the film itself. Certain moments in this film negate the possibility for the whole to categorically suck. Either way, the film as a whole is anything but sucky. Lead actor, Rick Crawford, does not manifest a man crush but he's a convincing bad-ass that I wouldn't mind seeing in some more roles. I really thought almost every aspect of this film was done very well. Acting, directing, cinematography, editing, music, script and dialogue are all of superior quality. There's a particular scene within the first act that will always stand out for me. 4.1 out of 5 stars! Comments?
Look at the poster art. They didn't even deviate from the poster art. Dr. Jones is still clever, cranky, and adventurous. He solves riddles that beheaded men prior. Perhaps the added sci-fi aspects of the film outraged fans, but does it not make sense within the context and Indiana Jones material of the past?
Spoiler alert: no one holds up a beating heart in this one. Harrison does have moments in which his age shows, but no one is hiding the fact that Indiana Jones has aged several years since the end of the Last Crusade. We will not even get started on Mr. Lucas. I found this chapter an effective rounding off of the Indiana Jones series. The plot and conclusion were certainly not what I expected by watching the earlier films, but I appreciate that it expands the range of the series in many ways while staying true to what I perceive as Indy. Please feel free to shed some light on this matter. That is why comments are enabled, anonymous if you prefer, I don't mind...
(3.2 stars - past Indy films = 3.6)
Indiana Jones Quadrilogy = 3.5 Stars
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Fortunately, I am a long time fan of Stephen Dorff, because one must prepare for an abundance of on-screen Dorff prior to watching this type of film. This type of plot and setting structure is very interesting to me. It's becoming a subgenre of thriller and suspense films. However, there's not a whole lot to say without discussing spoiler elements. The best aspect of the film is that I will definitely be watching S.F.W. again, in the near future. Lets give this bad boy 2.7 stars. I decided to go with a five-star decimal system instead of a hundred percent method. This movie would have received a 45 percentish at best. That's a failing grade. 2.7 stars is not a failing grade. I'm not mad I watched the film, but it's the type of film you want to put on if you have something else to do while watching. Otherwise you're just staring at Cliff Spab in a trunk for over an hour.
Introducing the Up Till Dawn Films - Review.
Alright well I stole this idea from an editor of a local publication. She does this type of review structure with books, so hers is generally much more fascinating. While she is reviewing what seems like ten books a week, Up Till Dawn Films will attempt to review merely ten films a weeks. Don’t know how inflammatory this will get. Probably not much and if it does we will most likely have to submit an apology. Reviews will most likely be shorter in length, approximately 100-200 words long (maybe longer.) Up Till Dawn Film will continue as the child studio for low-budget films of Burning Empire Media, but also now double as an internet publication. Funding is tight right now. Think we’ll start with a five star system as well. What shall our first movie be?