Movie Review: A Thousand Words (2012)

A Thousand Words starts off like a typical Eddie Murphy film, utilizing his expected blend of physical slapstick, mile-a-minute chatter, and wild-eyed contortionist facial expressions. The humor is derived almost entirely from awkward communications between Murphy and his acquaintances. But when the plot is well under way and the predicament becomes serious, the film takes a turn toward a sentimental, emotional drama, where the hero must right his wrongs and make amends with his past.

Movie Review – John Carter (2012) (PG-13)

Like all good space operas, John Carter relinquishes virtually all restraint on common sense and plunges headfirst into pure intergalactic melodrama. In spite of the obvious narrative anchors to reality – feuding tribes, political corruption, romance, advancements in technology – we’re immersed in a world and a time that exists solely in the imagination. Yes, this is in part due to the film’s 3D presentation (which is admittedly decent enough for my seal of approval), but mostly it’s due to the care with which the artists and technicians designed and built the environments.

Movie Review – Sound of Noise (2012) (R)

I have not seen every movie ever made, but I’m fairly confident in my belief that there has never been one in which six anarchist musicians break into a hospital dressed as nurses, wheel a patient into an operating room, sedate him, and then perform a makeshift concert using everything in the room, including the patient’s stomach, as a percussion instrument. Sound of Noise is one of the most refreshingly original oddities to come along in quite some time – a crime caper, a deadpan comedy, and a fantasy all rolled into one.

Movie Review – The Decoy Bride (2012) (Not Rated)

The Decoy Bride is a romantic comedy, so already you know that there’s nothing particularly original about the story. Then again, there’s nothing particularly original about most stories, so what I’m I complaining about? As with most such films, what it lacks in breaking new ground is made up for in humor, warmth, and the charm of the actors, all of whom have decent onscreen chemistry.

Movie Review – Playback (2012) (R)

Playback is a horror film that crams in all the current popular subgenres, namely dead teenagers, technology, demonic possession, and found footage, with just a hint of historical fiction thrown in for good measure. Perhaps it’s precisely because of this mash-up that the film never seems to know what it’s about. Structurally, all one can glean from this film is an idea that was never completely brought to fruition; we muddle our way through scenes that strain mightily to connect to one another via a back story, but somehow the harder it tries, the less sense it ultimately makes.

Movie Review – Friends With Kids (2012) (R)

Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) are successful New Yorkers who have been friends since college. They’re now in their thirties, and are the only two in their circle of friends to have avoided marriage and children. They watch their friends – couples Missy and Ben (Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm) and Leslie and Alex (Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd) – as they become increasingly short tempered and detached from their social lives as they raise their children. They then determine that the pressures of romance and marriage got in the way of being responsible parents.

Getting Your Film or Script Awarded and Distributed

Ok, you’ve just made a film and you want to get it out to the world. You’ve looked at major film festivals and realized that you should have budgeted more money for marketing, but in the heat of getting funding to make your film, finding actors, tweaking the script, scouting locations, and doing all the tedious post production, a marketing budget slipped through the cracks. Here is a strategy for getting your work recognized.

Fame or Celebrity, What’s the Difference?

It does not matter how much research you do, there is no easy way to become famous. First of all one should not confuse fame with celebrity. Although very similar, they are by no means the same thing.

There Are Many Twists on the Road to Fame and Fortune

There are many avenues in which American youths today choose on the road to fame and fortune, but the destination is wrought with detours and dead ends. It usually comes down to preparation and opportunity, like most things in life. There are many media out there to achieve this dream…

The Video Casting Call and the People Who Answer Them

How many video casting calls can one person do in one day? Well that depends on what that person is actually doing for the day. A bartender can do them in the day, but not at night because he’s too busy doing mixology.

The Five Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Heard Of

95% of horror films are the worst films ever made. Fans have seen the other 5%. Except for these rare gems, which fell between the cracks and missed the attention of many filmgoers.

The Five Best Comedies You’ve Never Heard Of

They just don’t make enough comedies that work – most are really bad and everyone has seen all the good ones (and a lot of the bad ones). So its important to unearth these rare gems, which fell between the cracks.