In Which I speak my Mind

My heart is never broken
my patience never tried
I got seven days to live my life
or seven ways to die
Seven days to live my life
or seven ways to die

The very talented David Bowie everyone, let’s give him a hand!

Let’s move on here,

First, sorry about the non-posts for awhile there. I watched “The Beast of Yucca Flats” last night and it isn’t even worth reviewing. It’s just there isn’t anything to it. It’s the most laughable movie I’ve seen in my entire life, second being “2001: A Space Odyssey” (best movie ever my buttocks). It was incoherent and hilarious. Worst movie I’ve seen in my life. Period.

Movie Reviewz: Rebel Without a Cause

Tonights review, Rebel Without a Cause Written by Stewart Stern and Directed by Nicholas Rey and Starring James Dean and Natalie Wood.

*as of tonight, I am separating the review into three sections: Story (overall cast, director, themes and problems with said items), Acting and Writing (pretty specific), and Last Thoughts (also specific)*

Story: I thought it was great. I think it was cast perfectly also, although I haven’t seen any other films with the actors (except of course, for Jim Backus. Who doesn’t know who he is?*). I have to say, the directing was great and the colors and clothes were great, but the main problem was that it happened in ONE NIGHT. I mean, Judy’s boyfriend (Buzz played by Corey Allen) dies (practicably by Dean’s hand) and in two hours she’s fawning over Jim like he’s Bambi (Wordplay)! This Plato kid thinks that Dean is his father or something, and Dean is only, Oh, I’m guessing two years older then the kid. The whole movie happened way to fast.

Acting and Writing :

James Dean was a great actor. He was cool, he was dark, he was good looking, and he was a great actor. His death still hits me now as sad. It was a great loss. I feel it greatly mirrors the death of Heath Ledger in 2008. This film was released after his death months. Off that subject, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo were also great. As for the writing, it was solid enough, although as I said before, the story was a bit iffy.

Last Thoughts:

Well folks, This ends another review of a great movie. I liked it, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. Make sure to keep an open mind though. This is hard stuff.

B

Unrated

Sources

IMDB

Wikipedia

Rotten Tomatoes

*He’s Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island

In Which I Go To The Arizona Student Film Festival

Hello folks!

So today I went to the Arizona Student Film Festival with a friend and his friend. He (Caleb) had submitted I believe, 6 films. While only 4 were accepted, 3 won. Which is pretty sweet. The categories were “Water PSA’s”, “Micro Short Films” and “Short Films”. He won 3rd and 2nd in the Water PSA’s and 3rd in the Micro Short Film category for the “Film School Rap”. Sadly, I was not alerted to the whole “submitting” part. So I never got to submit a film. Or two. Or three. But I throughly enjoyed it. Some films were bad, some were good. Lord I haven’t anything real to post. that has been all that’s really happened to me lately. I’ve been busy with school and work, so I apologize for not getting to any reviews lately. This week though, you should get a review of the films “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Attack of The Giant Leeches”.

See you then.

-james

P.S.

If you want to see some of Caleb’s (and Jordan’s and several other people but I credit him because of a conversation at the festival) films, here are his Youtube chanels-

New (his newer movies)

Older (some old stuff of his)

In Which Several Things Are Written About

Happy Late Year, Readers!

Sorry I haven’t gotten around to reviewing any horror movies yet. I promise I’ll have one this week.  So first off and mainly in this post, I would like to mention the birthdays of singer/songwriter David Bowie, (my favorite person of all time). Second, The great Elvis Presley (you know who he is) and third, Guitarist Jimmy Page. You know him as the main guitarist for Led Zeppelin (one of my all time favorite bands).  Back on the subject of David Bowie, he is my favorite singer and person of all time if you didn’t quite understand me the first time. When I first heard his music it just struck me and that’s all I can say. I first saw him in the film Labyrinth with Jennifer Connelly and Jim Henson and all.  Since then I have been listening to everything I can find of his. Just recently I purchased the newest biography, Bowie written by Marc Spitz. I have yet to watch Duncan Jones (Bowie’s son) film, Moon starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey but I’m very interested in it. My favorite Bowie album has to be Hunky Dory which came out just before he stepped into the Glam-Rock phase.  With that out, I’ll tell you my twelve minute film Spook has officially been finished. The current release date is February 3rd (tell your friends!) on Youtube and my website and here (I’ll have to compress it because neither here, Youtube, or Treasureboxfilms.com will upload it at 2.57 gigs). Wish me luck. My mother has just came home so I think i’ll be getting ready for dinner.

Goodnight!

Movie Reviewz: Sherlock Holmes

Tonights review, the 2009 American film, Sherlock Holmes directed by Guy Ritchie written by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckman, and Simon Kinberg.

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. – IMDB

*First, I must admit, I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book. I’m not a proficient reader. I’ve heard parts of The Hound Of The Baskervilles but that’s it. With that over let’s do this.

This, was a perfect example of a film that was great, yet horrible. Contradictory as it my seem, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law were amazing. The chemistry between them was great.  The effects were good although there were not any real “effects”. I guess when I say effects, I mean the whole look of the film itself. The colors and the buildings and the sets and the costumes. But, the one problem – Rachel McAdams. In general, I like her. She’s a okay actor. But what she was given to work with wasn’t that good. Why did she run up to the bridge if she new it wasn’t finished? Why wasn’t she screaming when she was tied to a meat hook headed for a fire?  It bugged me.

Back to Downey and Law, as I said before, the chemistry was great. I don’t even think they have acted together before. Downey’s performance as the eccentric-border-lining -insane was pulled off in a great way. I loved the way Jude Law was almost able to predict everything Holmes was about to do, but was shown down at the end.

In closing, I liked it and almost loved it.

A
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material.

Sources:

IMDB

Wikipedia

Rotten Tomatoes

In Which Someone Says Merry Christmas

Left to right: James Willis, Cary Willis, Santa Bob, Catherine Willis, Thomas Willis

Movie Reviewz: Avatar

Tonight review, Avatar, the 2009 american film Written and Directed By James Cameron, Starring Sam Worthington and Zöe Saldana

Avatar focuses on an epic conflict on Pandora, an inhabited Earth-sized moon of Polyphemus, one of three fictional gas giants orbiting Alpha Centauri A. On Pandora, human colonists and the sentient humanoid indigenous inhabitants of Pandora, the Na’vi, engage in a war over the planet’s resources and the latter’s continued existence -Wikipedia

The movie that everyone is raving about. Let’s start at story. It was bad. The plot was, really. Not the story. It was pretty much James Cameron Showing everyone that he can do whatever he wants. Make a 4 hour movie about a boat that sinks, or a 2-hour movie about horror in space (I’m not mentioning the first one here. Aliens is the sequel to the first films, Alien directed by Ridley Scott).

It was absolutely stunning when it comes to effects. The human eye could barely register see things that are there because of Cameron’s attention to detail. It was so real. The aliens were fantastic and looked great. The planet itself was beautifully done and how everything worked done to the foliage was perfection. Back to plot, don’t go see it looking for a great story. I could tell who was going to kick it twenty minutes in.

As for the acting and writing, Mr. Cameron should have gone for a better writer. The acting was good. Sam Worthington did what he could with the material given as did the other actors.

In closing, I thought the movie was confusing. I can understand the most trippy time-travel plot, but I cannot for the life of me, figure out who was on whose side. I believe it was because the movie was 3 – hours long. The whole thing kind of meshed together in my brain.

A-

Avatar is rated PG-13

Sources

Wikipedia

IMDB