Dinner for Two? is on Funny or Die!

My short film ‘Dinner for Two?’ is now on Funny or Die! Lots of people found it funny funny funny, so click here and vote it that way! Or vote it die if you’re a crabapple. I won’t know either way (it’s anonymous), although a ‘die’ vote may haunt you in your dreams.

Here’s the link again, in case you missed it: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/13cda404f1/dinner-for-two

Remember: funny funny funny, vote funny funny funny.

Reading Movie Marketing

Now that I’ve finally completed my posts on the (selected) interesting films of 2011, it’s time to get into 2012. And with The Hunger Games officially jumpstarting the pre-summer season (sorry John Carter), it’s looking like it’s time to go back to the movies!

I mention John Carter because it is the other film I want to discuss in this post. While The Hunger Games made $155,000,000 on its opening weekend (the third largest opening weekend ever and the largest for a non-sequel), Disney recently reported that they wrote John Carter off as a $200,000,000 loss. There are many reasons why John Carter and The Hunger Games performend the way they did (budget, source material fanbase, casting, genre, etc), but the one I want to get into is marketing, an incredibly important but often overlooked aspect of the filmgoing experience.

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What Makes Movies Cinematic

Now that I’m taking a short break from writing, I can finally complete my three post series on the interesting movies of 2012. Check out my first post on Bridesmaids and Horrible Bosses and my second post on Warrior and Moneyball. Also, check out my bonus post on The Help. For my final post on the interesting movies of 2012, I discuss what makes a film “cinematic”.

Before I begin, some quotes:

“I have every confidence that in this film, every piece of information is there and flawlessly meshes, but I can’t say so for sure…I became increasingly aware that I didn’t always follow all the allusions and connections.” – Roger Ebert

“I think that, if you haven’t read the book, it is impossible to understand the story as it is presented in the movie.” – Uncle Howie (paraphrased)

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The Real White Guilt

I finally saw The Help! It was pretty much what I thought it would be: well made but not for me. I posted something on IMDb about it, thought I’d share it here as well.

The Real White Guilt

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The Blog is Back!

Hey all! Thanks for tuning back into my blog! I’ve been away the last month but now I’m back. 
And in case you were wondering where I’ve been, here’s a post to get you up-to-speed on the last month of my blog absentee life. That way, we’ll all be up to date, so can go back to my normal movie/filmmaking postings!

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TED Talks Film

I just saw this awesome link on IMDb that I thought I’d share. It’s to all the best TED talks given by filmmakers. #1, #3, and #7 are my favorites (haven’t watched #4 or #5 yet), although #7 isn’t authentic. Even so, check it out, Guy Pearce is badass and I can’t wait to see Prometheus. Here’s the link: http://www.empireonline.com/features/best-film-ted-talks