Film

  1. James Franco ~ Renaissance Man

    Some of us are so thick with talent, it's almost impossible to spread ourselves too thin. We are gifted with an endless supply of unbridled ability and a drive that keeps us moving fast forward. In the entertainment world, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce Knowles come to mind. Both are triple—maybe quadrupole—threats. They sing, dance, act, and are generally nice, polite, and likable people. Unfortunately, most of us aren't the caretakers of such gifts—myself included. I am not blessed with any...
  2. Heavy Industry and Ruins Porn

    I am going to share something with you that you may not know about me. I like porn. All kinds of porn. Human fleshy glossies and foodie shots, but most of all, heavy industry and ruins porn. What the heck is that, you ask? It is photography of urban decay... abandoned deindustrialization artifacts such as buildings, factories, houses, bridges, parking lots etc. But not all ruins porn is titillating to me. We all have our preferences right? My niche? Heavy industry, baby! Bring on the blast...
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey Dream Cast

    I am going to play casting director and post my picks for who I think should play the characters in the soon to be made film adaptation of the book Fifty Shades of Grey. The list is ongoing and subject to change. Christian Grey: Alex Pettyfer Why? He's the hottest young actor out there right now. He has Christian's chiseled, gorgeous face, his lean, muscular bod, his generous height, and his messy hair. Plus he is fairly new on the scene and would be able to devote a few years to the...
  4. My 2014 Oscar Ballot

    Best Films 2013, Oscars 2013, Oscars Ballot 2013, Oscars 2012, Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011. The Academy Awards ceremony was broadcasted Sunday, March 2, 2014. Some categories I have not voted in yet. Black dot denotes my picks. Red dot denotes winners.
  5. Amazing Cinemagraphs

    Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video. They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in...
  6. Annual Movie Roundup 2011

    **Update ~ February 19, 2012. I am on my way out the door to see Hugo. This may be the last film of 2011 that I see before the Academy Awards on February 26th. Hugo has been nominated in quite a few categories, including Best Picture. I'll update this blog entry when I return.** *Update: Movie poster spoof image and Best Of Nominees list added to blog entry... scroll down. End of update.* Holy Toledo, Batman, I've seen a lot of movies this year! Yep, it's that time of year again...
  7. Best Digital Distractions 2012 ~ A Year-End Roundup

    Movies: Best 2012 releases: Take This Waltz Amour Argo Looper Bernie Side by Side Game Change Zero Dark Thirty The Hunger Games Silver Linings Playbook Pitch Perfect (for fun factor) Best non-2012 films: 8 ½ Shame Weekend Gates of Heaven 2001 Space Odyssey My Dinner With Andre Some Like It Hot The Apartment This is Not a Film La Dolce Vita Bonnie and Clyde eBooks: Faves: Mortality The Magic of Reality Poorly Made in China: An...
  8. Great Films Directed By Women

    Take This Waltz, Sarah Polly, 2012 We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay, 2011 Winter's Bone, Debra Granik, 2010 Morven Callar, Lynne Ramsay, 2002 The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow, 2008 The Kids Are Alright, Lisa Cholodenko, 2010 Harlan County, U.S.A., Barbara Kopple, 1976 American Psycho, Mary Harron, 2000 Marie Antoinette, Sophia Coppola, 2006 The Piano, Jane Champion, 1993
  9. Keanu Reeves is a Psychopath in My Own Private Idaho

    That's right, Keanu Reeves is a psychopath as the character, Scott Favor, in Gus Van Sant's film, My Own Private Idaho. More on this in a bit. But first... What do they call it when you view a movie again, many years later, and see it in a different light? Answer... proof that we can and do change. Our attitudes, perceptions, and values change over time. And this is a good thing. New information and evidence should have us reevaluating our positions. If not, what is the point of learning...
  10. realitybites back - eBook download

    Hey guys. To celebrate my acquisition of a newer model Kindle, I have created a second follow-up book titled realitybites back. Pretty clever name eh? This eBook is a collection of my blog writings over the last year and a half. Anyhow, I am giving it away for free in PDF format. It has images and links. You can read it on your PC or reading device. Looks great on my new Kindle--old model did not support PDF's very well. To download book, click HERE. File was too large to attach here. So it...
  11. Ten Greatest Documentary Films of All Time

    Grey Gardens, Albert and David Maysles, 1976 Albert and David Maysles, pioneers in the cinéma vérité movement of documentary filmmaking, chose for their subjects of this film a mother and daughter with celebrity connections. Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edie (or, as they are called by the brothers, Big Edie and Little Edie), are aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In the early '70s, their 28-room mansion in Long Island's tony community of East Hampton was found to be a...
  12. Oscars 2015

    My ballot: My picks in gold; winners in blue.
  13. Best Picture Nominees of 2013 w/Commentary

    Nine films are vying for the Oscar for Best Picture. As of tonight, I have now seen all nine. My 2014 Oscar Ballot Which film will win? My guess is 12 Years a Slave. Which do I wish to win? Nebraska. Just saw this film tonight. What a wonderful story with characters that cement themselves into both mind and heart. The black and white cinematography, by Phedon Papamichae, is breathtaking—reminiscent of Gianni Di Venanz's cinematography in Fellini's 8 1/2. Nebraska 8 1/2 Here are...
  14. Fellini's 8 1/2

    I’m late to the party. This cinephile has no excuse. And I am a bit embarrassed to address my cultural faux pas. OK, I might as well get it out on the table. I just watched Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ for the very first time. Nope, I didn’t say twentieth time—first time. Can you believe it? I know, I really can’t either. But I must embrace this truth and get on with it. Better late than never? In this case, yes, yes, yes! Where do I begin? Where do I finish? Ah, I will never finish discussing...
  15. Favorite Films from the United Kingdom

    These are my favorite films that were produced by companies located/registered in the UK. Or, ones that really feel like they were made there, thus deserving the label. Ha! In no particular order... Secrets and Lies The Imitation Game Billy Elliot War of the Buttons Tyrannosaur Mr. Turner Trainspotting The Crying Game 2001: A Space Odyssey Frank Lawrence of Arabia A Room With a View Sophie's Choice About Time Shame 12 Years a Slave Broken Atonement Pride & Prejudice...
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