Archive for June, 2014
As an avid movie-goer, my general preference is for big-budget blockbusters. There’s something about the spectacle of a highly anticipated movie that appeals to me that a smaller, independent or low-budget film can’t compete with. But over the past few years, I’ve attempted to see more independent films, such as Little Miss Sunshine, Moon, and more recently, Chef and The Railway Man, because films like these do have a place in the market and deserve a chance to shine (though, there is still some debate as to whether these can even be termed “independent,” as their budgets are still far larger than most films that never see past a small festival somewhere in hodunk Kansas). What I’ve come to appreciate in these types of films is the passion that seeps through the celluloid and makes them more artistically aware than their high-dollar counterparts. Part of this comes from a respect the filmmakers give to their characters, which heightens the subtle textures of meaning the filmmakers are seeking to convey; the essence of which embodies the new film, Words and Pictures, a thoughtful examination behind the merits of the written word versus visual artistry. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Like a lot of fans of Boy Meets World, I was both excited and a little apprehensive about the announcement that they were going to resurrect the series, not as a reboot, but as a continuation of the story (as many properties have already done to varying degrees of success). As news continued to come out, and it became clear that, not only was the original creator back to continue this family’s story, but that the original cast was returning (regardless of how small their participation might be), things looked to be heading in the right direction. What wasn’t clear was whether the show would remain true to its roots and give authenticity to the world of today, that they wouldn’t be afraid of exploring heavier topics alongside the lighter ones (see what I had to say upon the original announcement). Now that the premiere of Girl Meets World has come and gone, I can say that, regardless of its expected growing pains, that it will, over time, become a respectable continuation of a series we’ve all come to love and cherish. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Everyone, I’m sure, has had those days where something happens (no matter how small) that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. Just yesterday, in fact, a couple of things made me scrunch my eyebrows up in a quizzical manner and think, “Uhh…. okaayy….” Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
From the birth of this blog, I have been reviewing one movie per week as part of my Movie Mayhem blog posts. The thing is, I go to two, sometimes three movies per week; I just don’t have the time to cover them all in full detail. Which is why, now that I’ve joined Twitter, I’ll be posting Mini-Reviews — all of my thoughts on the movies I don’t go into full detail with on this blog in 140 characters or less.
And I probably won’t stop at just movies (or movies I see on the big screen). I will also look at doing mini-reviews on all types of media as my mood dictates, including TV, books and music.
It’s finally happened — I’ve officially gone mad! That’s right, I’ve made my way into the Twitterverse. Albeit, it’s only as a representative for my business, Phoenix Moirai, but I will still be the one tweeting and hashtagging all sorts of updates related to my work, my jobs, my films, my projects, relevant news, and anything else related to Phoenix Moirai in general, such as updating all of my design software to Adobe CC 2014 (one of my first tweets!). It’s definitely going to be an interesting experiment to see if I can generate any new leads or clients, and how I can utilize Twitter to best generate continued business and sales.
You can follow me on Twitter @phoenixmoirai.
Breaking the fourth wall isn’t new; in fact, it’s a narrative device that’s been used for as long as actors have taken to the stage, where they can turn a play into an interactive event by “including” the audience in the production. This essence of community, though, loses some of its magic when translated to celluloid. Don’t get me wrong, breaking the fourth wall has been used to great effect in some modern comedies (such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), adding texture to the comedic activities that the characters find themselves in. But a dramatic connection to the audience is limited to the fact that the actors are only speaking to a camera instead of being able to absorb audience reaction to shape their performances. In translating Jersey Boys from stage to screen, Clint Eastwood does a really good job at bringing these characters and their journey to life, but loses some emotional impact by trying to keep the structure of the stage narrative on the screen. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been pretty quiet in posting much of anything other than my weekly movie review. It’s not necessarily that I didn’t have anything to say, it’s that taking the time to turn my thoughts into anything that would make a modicum of sense has been elusive, mostly due to a lack of motivation. Part of this, I think, stems from the struggles I’ve been encountering in getting Phoenix Moirai out into the public consciousness and turning new contacts into actual clients. I knew going in that it was going to be an extremely steep and laborious climb, but with the reality of it all settling into place, and my current revenue stream beginning to dry up, you can see how this might make me feel a little insignificant and powerless. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
I watched Tony Gwynn play baseball for several years. Most of them were in his twilight years as far as the game goes, but that doesn’t take away from any of his many accomplishments during that time. I watched on television as he joined the 3,000 hit club, kept my eye on the newspaper every morning to keep an eye on his battle with Todd Helton as they battled to be the one to capture the elusive .400 batting average, and cheered every time he slapped that baseball through the 5.5 hole. (For the uninitiated, that would be the gap between the third baseman and the shortstop.) He was always in high spirits because he loved the game; but he loved the city more. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
How To Train Your Dragon was one of those films that I wasn’t sure would be anything but ordinary based on the trailers. Up to that point, movies from DreamWorks Animation had been a hit or miss affair — I really liked Shrek, Over the Hedge and Monsters Vs Aliens; Shark Tale, Bee Movie and Flushed Away, not so much — and there wasn’t anything in the trailer that made me believe this would be anything but another average film. But not only did it end up being a breakout hit, it became one of my top ten films of 2010; a sequel was inevitable. For whatever reason, though (perhaps because of the myriad of straight-to-video iterations), I wasn’t sold on the idea that the creators had enough juice left to tell a story that could live up to its predecessor and be worthy of big screen treatment. I’m happy to report that, with How To Train Your Dragon 2, I was once again pleasantly surprised by the overall magic of this franchise. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
There’s a small segment in the groundbreaking film Groundhog Day when beleaguered weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray), after who knows how many times living the same day over and over again, decides to try and end his cyclical torture by stealing the groundhog and driving off a cliff. When he still reawakens from this fiery suicide attempt, Phil spends the next few days killing himself in a variety of ways, hoping one will end his misery for good, only to turn to a new strategy when it becomes clear it won’t work. But what if killing yourself was the only way you could reset the clock? This question is the starting point for Tom Cruise’s new science fiction film, Edge of Tomorrow, and even though the idea isn’t the most original one out there, the execution of the story makes it feel as fresh as it did back in 1993. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More