Film

  1. Cultural Consumptions

    These are the latest and greatest kibbles and bits that I am devouring at the moment... The Big Bang Theory I just started watching this hilarious television show. Right now I am a third of the way through season two. Yes, I have indulged in another series binge watch. Towards the end of season one, I began to wonder if this show could continue to be interesting. Sheldon's character seemed to have the potential of becoming redundant. But I took a day off from watching. And my interest...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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
  5. 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...
  6. The Ten Greatest Films of All Time ~ A List in Progress

    I really went on a tirade in my previous blog entry--slamming Sight & Sound's Fifty Greatest Films of all time 2012 list. But should I really be stirring up a storm if I have not actually seen all the movies in their list? Perhaps I shouldn't. Of course, no one has seen all movies made. And so anyone who has submitted a top ten list is guilty of doing this. For how can one know if a film is worthy or not of being in a top ten list, if one hasn't actually seen the film? Therefore, I am...
  7. Greatest Films of All Time ~ The Sight and Sound 2012 List Sucks!

    Sight & Sound has just released its list of the Fifty Greatest Films of all time. Since 1952, it has been producing this list every ten years. For this year's list, "...more than 1,000 critics, programmers, academics, distributors, writers and other cinephiles, and received (in time for the deadline) precisely 846 top-ten lists that between them mention a total of 2,045 different films. As a qualification of what ‘greatest’ means, our invitation letter stated, 'We leave that open to your...
  8. Brain Drain July

    **7/21/12 ~ Update at bottom of post... *7/10/12 ~Update near bottom of post... Just as the temperatures outside reach their highs, my cultural pursuits hit all-time lows. Can it get any worse than consuming all three books in the Fifty Shades of Grey series in less than a week’s time? And if that weren’t enough, to continue the obsession by blogging about the books—twice—as if I hadn’t already spent enough time reading the texts? There was the artwork—the painting of Christian Grey....
  9. 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...
  10. May Days

    Scroll down to read Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, and Girls updates. So far, the movies this year have been quite dismal. Thank goodness summer is on its way so we can at least look forward to some entertaining blockbusters. I saw a preview for Snow White and the Huntsman on the big screen. The special effects look way cool. I'll definitely catch that one. As always, it won't be until the end of the year--around the time the awards season oils its gears--that the great films start to...
  11. A Year of Movies ~ 2012

    A Year of Movies February 2012 - December 2012 Oscars 2012, Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011. 2013 Oscar Nominees My 2013 Ballot... Slate's Movie Spoilers Podcast With Critic Dana Stevens Best movie I have seen this year is Take This Waltz. Scene from film Current Releases ~ 2012 Take This Waltz ~ 4 Amour ~ 4 Argo ~ 4 Side by Side ~ 4 Zero Dark Thirty ~ 3.5 Silver Linings Playbook ~ 3.5 The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ 3.5 The Best Exotic Marigold...
  12. Gates of Heaven

    Gates of Heaven, have you seen it? It's a great documentary made in 1978 by Errol Morris--same guy who gave us The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003). Gates of Heaven begins by introducing us to a couple characters who have opened Los Altos Foothill Pet Cemetery near Napa Valley, CA. Mostly they're in it 'cause they love their pets and hate the idea of our beloved companion animals being rendered into tallow after death. They're all heart. Unfortunately...
  13. 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...
  14. Lovesome Loathsome

    I have cinema fever. Because there are no new movies worth mentioning, I'll write about actors and actresses. Some I love and some I loathe. Here are the lists. Each actor and actress is described with one word. Sometimes one word is all it takes. Loves~ Actresses Tilda Swinton ~ Sharp Julianne Moore ~ Brave Jodie Foster ~ Intelligent Penelope Cruz ~ Intense Nicole Kidman ~ Classy Kate Winslet ~ Firey Angelina Jolie ~ Hot Marisa Tomei ~ Fun Eva Longoria ~ Adorable Michele...
  15. Tonight's the Night!

    Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011. *This is a reverse order post, written in real time as the events occurred. If too confusing to view this way, read from bottom to top.* Well, that's all there is folks. There is no more. It was fun. Same time next year? I'm off to watch The Real Housewives of Orange County that I downloaded yesterday. Chow. 9:35 PM ~ Best Picture goes to The Artist. I voted The Artist Will win and The Artist Should win. (12 of 18, 3 abstains)...
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