Hollywood and 9/11

The heroes of 9/11

9/11 has become synonymous with being one of the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen. In talking with people I have likened it to being the Pearl Harbour of my generation which is true in many respects. I don’t think I can name one single thing prior to 9/11 that sticks in my mind as much as of this. There certainly are out there such as Oklahoma and Bali bombings but not of something of this magnitude and of this significance. I have a very personal connection to the USA, I have family out in New Jersey across the river from New York. I have visited New York twice and was there one year prior to that fateful day. I’ve seen what those magnificent buildings looked like and feel saddened that I will never see them when I visit next.

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GEEK! The Musical – Part 2

An awesome film, with sadistic dentist, an unlikely couple and a villain that would happily eat vegitarians!

Leading on from the blog post earlier today, is GEEK! The Musical part 2. Musicals aren’t often associated with geekdom, in fact many of them are targeted solely and specifically at women. Others are very much accessible to other groups, such as Little Shop of Horrors. Some are not even available on DVD (Yes, I’m referring to the sublimely awesome Avenue Q). Some are just random and genius like Rocky Horror Picture show. There’s a fair variety out there and I think it’s a little unfair how some have seemingly high-jacked the musical genre.

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Taking a look at Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Spielberg seems to have a thing about aliens...

Last night I watched the director’s cut of the 1977 vintage that is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Directed and written by Steven Spielberg, this film in particular marked the re-emergence of SF back into the cinematic mainstream. Read the rest of this entry »

Having a look at Fear Eats the Soul

Emmi und Ali

One of my birthday presents from Paul this year was a DVD of Fear Eats the Soul (1974). Made during the hey day of New German Cinema, it was a film that tackled a lot of difficult issues that Germany faced at the time of its production (and still faces even to this day) along with the problems faced by individuals as they grow old and the expectations society places on them.

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Bloop bloop!

Even Toy Story manufactured bloopers to go on their credits

Bloopers, outtakes, gag-reels. They’re all the same thing. They’re a record of the funniest gaffs and unused takes. When movies were created on film, they were more of a problem, due to the costs involved in the material itself. This not only meant that extra takes were expensive, but care must be kept in order to keep the film itself in perfect order. As modern technology advances, recording video footage has become extremely cheap – SD cards can hold a fair amount of memory – and then they can be transferred to hard drives – also very cheap now. You can get a 2TB station for under £100 – think of it, a dual layer blu-ray holds 50GB, so that’s the equivalent to 40 blu-ray disks (and most of the time, the entire blu-ray disk isn’t used up by a single movie).

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I can’t stand a lot of British acting

While I love the series, the acting does often make me cringe

The following will be a bit of a rant. I’m kind of apologetic about it – but not completely.

I like to support our more homegrown media productions – be it films or television series. The UK does have a lot to offer. The thing is… sometimes the acting that appears on screen is just a bit too melodramatic or over the top for me. I prefer things a bit more naturalistic. Read the rest of this entry »

Diary of Filming – An Actress

The Victoriana logo (drawn by Georgina Greves)

I didn’t know there was a morning on a Saturday.

I’m really suffering for my art here. I got up at god-knows-o’clock in the morning to get to Falmouth Library for 8.45, I’m wearing cheap 3-inch heels that are shredding my feet, and it’s bucketing it down. At least my costume is vaguely dignified, unlike Arthur’s homeless Crimean veteran get-up.

We’re filming a trailer for Tim’s graphic novel, and the concept is people tangentially involved in the story talking about the main characters. My part as a young science student involves walking down a flight of stairs and getting doorstepped for my opinion. It’s fairly straightforward and for once I’ve learnt my lines (which, I will later discover, will make me extremely popular with the crew). Now I just have to act them.

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